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Pre-Trip Meeting:
We will have a Pre-Trip meeting when the participants of the team are arrived. Please advise us if you will be arriving late and unable to attend the meeting. We also supply the departure information for next day. You may join a cultural tour of Kathmandu should you have some spare days before or after the completion of the main trip. The city tour includes a private vehicle (car, van or bus as per the group size) and professional English speaking tour guide. Please note that the city tours are always optional apart from the customized trips.
There are a total of 7 World Heritage Sites in the city, including at least fifty important shrines and temples in the Durbar Square alone. They are Swoyambhunath, Boudhanath, Pashupatinath, Kathmandu/Patan/Bhaktapur Durbar Squares and Changunarayan Temple. Among them, 4 to 5 sites can be included in a day.

Swoyambhunath
The history of Kathmandu valley begins with the Swoyambhunath temple. The entire Kathmandu was supposed to be a Lake and later Manjushri cut a gorge from Chovar to drain the water out and made it possible for human settlement. The word ‘Swoyambhu’ means “the self-existent” in English. The Stupa offers a great opportunity to study the religious harmony in Nepal. Tibetan monks, Bhramin priests and the Newar nuns are the major worshippers in the temple. Most of the monasteries have prayer wheels ‘the Buddha’s wheels of life’ and has to be circled in clock-wise direction. This temple is also called ‘Monkey Temple’ by foreign tourists. This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Boudhanath
The 36 meter tall and one of the largest Stupas in the world is also known as the Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal. The Stupa is located about 6km east of the main city. No other Stupas in Nepal can be compared closely to Boudhanath for its grace and purity. There is a specific religious significance on every part of the Stupa. The Stupa is considered built after 600A.D. by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo. This is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Pashupatinath
Pashupatinath temple is located at the eastern part of the Kathmandu valley on the banks of the holy river called Bagmati. Pashupatinath, which literally means ‘the Lord of Animals’, is one of the many forms of the Lord Shiva. Pilgrims from all over Nepal as well as India come to Pashupatinath to worship and pray to the deity on his birthday and wash away all the sins committed by them. Only Hindus are allowed to enter inside the temple and tourists are only permitted to observe the festival from across the Bagmati River. Pashupatinath is protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Kathmandu Durbar Square
This is a Square of history and arts. From artistic monuments to erotic wood carvings can be seen on the Temples here. The area consists of the house of the living goddess – Kumari. The Kasthamandap temple is believed to have been built from the wood of a single tree and it is also said that the Kathmandu valley is named after the temple. The palaces and temples were built between 12th and 18th centuries by the Malla and Shah Kings of Kathmandu. The Kathmandu Durbar Square is also protected as UNESCO World Heritage Site and is serving as the focal point of socio-religious city.

Patan Durbar Square
Patan is also known as Lalitpur which means the city of arts and crafts. Patan is located only at 5 km south of Kathmandu. Most of the monuments in the Patan Durbar Square date back to the medieval Malla period between 16th to 18th centuries. Patan Durbar Square consists of the three main courtyards – Mul Chowk, Sundari Chowk and Mani Keshab Narayan Chowk which houses the Patan Museum. Krishna Temple entirely made of stone and the three-storied golden temples are the major attractions of Patan Durbar Square. This area is listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Bhaktapur Durbar Square
Bhaktapur means the city of devotees located at about 13 kilometers from Kathmandu city centre. There are many monuments including pagodas, palaces, courtyards and Buddhists shrines and monasteries. The Bhaktapur Durbar Square was the seat of the Malla Kings and the present structures were erected from the 12th to 18th centuries. Golden gate, 55 Windows Palace, Nyatapola and Dattatreya temples are the masterpieces of Bhaktapur. The 55 Windows Palace is the supreme wooden architectural structure dominating the entire Bhaktpaur. Nyatapola in Newari means five-tiered temple symbolizing the five basic elements of nature. Dattatreya temple is the combined incarnation of the three supreme gods – Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. Hence Bhaktapur Durbar Square is protected as UNESCO World Heritage Site for its beauty and importance.

Changunarayan
The Changu Narayan, the temple of Lord Vishnu is located 6 km north of Bhaktapur on a magnificent hill top delivering a fantastic view of the Kathmandu Valley. The temple is full of magnificent art works in metal and wood proving as one of the finest examples of Nepalese architecture. The first epigraphic evidence of Nepalese history found in the temple premises during the reign of Lichchhavi King Manadeva dating back to 464A.D. shows that Changu had already been established as a sacred place in the 3rd century. The pagoda style temple has several masterpieces of 5th and 12th century Nepalese art. This temple is also listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Entering into Tibet:
There are 2 gateway cities to enter into Tibet by air:
1.  Chengdu
2.  Kathmandu

Chengdu:
Chengdu has broad connections with major domestic and international cities and has frequent flights to enter into Tibet. It is possible to enter overland also from Chengdu.

Note: Chinese Visa and Tibet Travel Permit are necessary to visit Tibet.

Kathmandu:
This is probably the best way to enter into Tibet in terms of acclimatization and adventure. There are 2 ways to enter into Tibet (1) via overland above 5000 meters (16,405ft) and (2) via flight which provides a chance to enjoy breathtaking views of Everest and the Trans Himalayas.

(A) Travelers’ Information on Tibet Tours:

Kathmandu to Lhasa Overland:
The journey from Kathmandu on road is already an adventure and not just a sightseeing tour. There are chances of road blockades by landslides in summer before the border. So, it is advisable to make the tour as portable as possible. You will enjoy breathtaking views of water falls pouring down into the great river Bhotekosi. The landscape changes from green forest to barren Tibetan plateau or vice versa. The most portion of the friendship highway between Kodari borders to Lhasa is blacktop and the drive is through the altitudes of over 5000m on many occasions. However there are also the chances of snow fall that can block the road. It is advisable to have patience until the road is cleared.

Transportation (Overland):
We use Toyota Land Cruiser 4500 (New Model), van, mini bus, coaster and deluxe coaches as per your requirements. All vehicles have air-conditioning system.

Drive:
The amount of time of everyday drive may vary from 3 hours to 8 hours including lunch, tea and toilet breaks depending upon the condition of the road.

Accommodations:
The choice of hotels en-route is limited. Budget hotels en-route are very basic and provide dormitory accommodation and common toilets. Most of the hotel staffs do not speak English. You can also see the people from Nepal working in many Tibetan hotels and restaurants. Hotels except in Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse and Tsedang are basic, most  of them have showers, flush toilets and some now have attached facilities, they are likely to have a small shop, a restaurant and laundry facilities. There are many local 5 stars and other deluxe hotels have sprung up in bigger cities such as Lhasa, Yangtze, Shigatse and Tsedang that offer quality accommodations while in the smaller towns, accommodation facilities are still pretty basic. During the peak holiday seasons like in July & August there is often difficulty in getting rooms. We offer our tour price based on 3 different categories of tours: deluxe, standard & budget hotels basis.

Single Supplement:
Please note that all tours are organized on a twin share basis. If you want to have a single room, you will have to pay single room supplement. Please inform us before the start of the tour so as to enable us to book the room in advance.

Guide:
Tibetan guides have limited efficiency in English and you may not expect a fluent explanation about culture and religion or any other topics. He will serve more as a geographical guide and will be responsible for dealing with government agencies and hotels on the way. Your frequent questioning will encourage him/her to explain more in details.

Clothing:
The weather in Tibet is mostly cold and dry. You will need enough warm cloths including shoes, sun cream, sunglasses, sun hat, scarves and lip guards etc. Four season warm clothes are required to avoid the frosty cold weather during the months of October, November, December, January, February and March. April, May, June, July, August and September can allow you to wear light clothes against the heat. As the weather can unexpectedly change at any time in Tibet, it is wiser to have a jacket and a sweater all the year round. Other recommended items include a domestic first aid kit box that has high altitude medicine (please get suggestions from your doctor), water purification tablets, toilet and tissue paper, flashlight with spare batteries, comfortable walking shoes/sandals, anti dust masks etc.

Customs:
There is no restriction and official formality required on taking still and video cameras, I-pod, walkman or radios as long as they are for personal use. Printed matters considered unsuitably by the Chinese government are prohibited. Custom regulations forbid the export of art objects created prior to 1959, antiques and souvenirs in amounts deemed to be excessive. Any document or object related to Tibetan freedom is strictly prohibited and if found in possession and carrying of such materials, authority can deport the guest immediately and the tour company could be penalized. Our staffs will be co-operating you on passing through the immigrations.

Food:
Food is not readily available en- route to Lhasa until the stopover hotels/guesthouses are reached. There are some Tibetan and Chinese restaurants in smaller town for local foods. You may speak to your guide for suggestions as of your taste and nature. You should bring additional snack and drinking water to supplement during the traveling time.  Some canned food, biscuits, chocolates, cheese, drinking chocolate/coffee, instant noodles, nuts and chewing gum are all worth considering.

Currencies:
In China, they call RMB for their currency. The units of the RMB are Yuan. Banks are closed on Saturday and Sundays. Travelers' cheques or credit cards are not accepted in most parts of Tibet. So, you may want to carry about 100 dollars in cash for lunch/dinner and for small souvenirs. Money can be exchanged at the bank of China at Zhangmu, Shigatse and Lhasa. If the banks are closed, you can exchange them with the local money changers at the border. In Tibet, the only place to change foreign currency and travelers cheques is the Bank of China. Some bigger hotels in Lhasa have exchange facilities but available for guests only.

Credit Cards: Credit cards are not well recommended as a way of payment in Tibet. There are ATM Machines in Lhasa and Shigatse.
Traveler’s Cheques: Traveler’s cheques are acceptable at the Bank of China. It is recommended that you cash them in Lhasa.

Tipping:
Tip is expected by your Guide and Driver and in fact it motivates them to work harder and provide better service.

High Altitude Sickness:
People who are undertaking Tibet tours are reported to experience mild symptoms of high altitude sickness. So, it is recommended to take some measures of precaution and remedies. Headache, fever, loss of appetite, uneasiness, stomach disorder etc can cause as altitude problems. People with heart and lungs diseases should consult with their doctors before they sign up for a trip to Tibet. Consumption of enough liquid food (not liquor!) and enough rest will help against the symptoms of sickness. It is quite likely to have some symptoms in Lhasa that lies at above 12,000 feet or 3600m. Please drink more water and take rest until your body adjusts to the elevation if any symptoms appear. This might take a few hours to a couple of days and proper hydration is the best way to keep your body acclimatized.

Some High Altitude Warnings:
1. You may feel breathlessness on exertion; some headache is treatable by aspirin.
2. You may have some difficulty in sleeping and a little loss of appetite.  
3. You may also wake up suddenly at night trying to catch your breath.
4. The lack of oxygen in the system will first affect either the brain (HACE - High Altitude Cerebral Edema) causing loss of physical and mental coordination OR the lungs (HAPE - High Altitude Pulmonary Edema), coughing up persistent sputum or both.
5. Do not drink any alcohol on the outward trek. It seriously impairs the ability to acclimatize, and confuses the symptoms of AMS.

Oxygen Cylinder:
We provide reserve oxygen cylinders in our all private tours only. There will be minimum charges for using it.

Weather:
The best time of year to travel to Tibet is considered from April to the beginning of November. The central Tibet, including Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse and Tsedang, generally has very mild weather from April to November, though July and August can be rainy. These two months usually cover around half of Tibet's annual rainfall. October and November often bring some dazzling clear weather and daytime temperatures can be quite comfortable at Tibet's lower altitude. The coldest months are from December to February. It is not impossible to visit Tibet in winter though. The low altitude valleys of Tibet (around Lhasa, Shigatse and Tsedang) see very little snow. Spring does not really get under way until April, though March can have warm sunny days and is not necessarily a bad month to travel to Tibet.

Photography:
Photography is prohibited in sensitive areas like Check Posts/Army Areas etc. in Tibet. There is an extra charge if you wish to take photographs inside the Monasteries. Monasteries sometimes may charge you extra for each different section of the same Monastery. If you want to take a photograph of an individual, please get him/her permission first.

Average Temperature & Rainfall in Lhasa:

Month

Celsius

Fahrenheit

Rain Fall

 

Max

Min

Max

Min

Inch

January

06

-10

42

14

Nil

February

08

-08

46

18

Nil

March

12

-03

54

26

Nil

April

15

00

59

32

0.4

May

18

05

64

41

1.4

June

23

09

73

48

2.8

July

22

09

71

48

6.7

August

22

08

71

47

4.7

September

21

07

70

44

4.7

October

17

02

62

35

0.4

November

12

-04

53

25

Nil

December

08

-10

46

14

Nil


Time:
China time is 2 hours and 15 minutes ahead of Nepal time in winter and 3 hours and 15 minutes in the summer.

Electricity: 220 Volt.

Communications:
There are internet centers and private phone booths available in Lhasa, Gyantse and Shigatse. Please ask your guide for any assistance needed. It is usually written INTERNET CENTER on their signboards.

Insurance:
All travelers' wishing to visit Tibet are strongly advised to be fully equipped with the insurance in their own home country that adequately covers for medical, emergency rescue and evacuation, trip cancellations or any other eventual mishaps.

Visa:
All tourists visiting Tibet requires a valid China visa & a special Alien Travel Permit which they can obtain only by joining tours organized by recognized travel agencies in Nepal. Nature Trekking Nepal operates all tours and treks directly in association with the Tibetan Travel Companies based in Lhasa. Those who arrive in Kathmandu with a Chinese visa issued by Chinese authorities outside of Kathmandu will find it useless for entry into Tibet.
There is no minimum group size requirement for traveling into Tibet. Individual visas are also organized for those who purchase a tour package to Tibet. Please also note that Tibet visa regulations often change & hence given information may not be true at the time of your travel. So, please feel free to contact us for latest update on Tibet visa regulations.

Festivals:
There are many religious festivals celebrated in Tibet. Among them, Tibetan New Year (February or March), Saga Dawa Festival (May or June), Gyantse Horse Race & Archery (May or June), Changtang Chachen Horse Race Festival (August), Shoton Festival (August), Harvest Festival (September), The Main Folk Festivals Bathing Week (September), Kungbu Traditional Festibal (November of December) are the main festivals of Tibet, celebrated by each individual in Tibet.

Itinerary:
The agency reserves the right to amend the itinerary at the last minute without prior notice as per the local conditions.

Risk and Liability:
Nature Trekking Nepal will put every effort into making your journey smooth and well. However, all our tours designed for Tibet will run strictly under the supervision of Tibet Tourism Authority. Nature Trekking Nepal and our agents in Tibet shall not be responsible for any change or cancellation of programmes due to any unavoidable circumstances like road blockade, flood, snow, political unrest, cancellation of flights, delayed arrivals, sickness or accidents. Any resulting additional cost must be paid by our clients. Therefore, we advise our clients to have full insurance against medical and personal accidents, etc. Insurance for trip cancellations and any other eventual mishaps is also advised to purchase from your home country.

Our Commitment:
All mentioned services are guaranteed.

(B) Brief Information on Places of Interest in Tibet:

Lhasa:
Lhasa is the capital city of the Tibet Autonomous Region of People’s Republic of China located at the north bank of Kyichu River at an altitude of (3,600m/11,811ft) above sea level. 'Lhasa' in Tibetan means 'the land of Lords'. In Lhasa, there are plenty of scenic spots and historical attractions such as the  Potala Palace of the Dalai Lama with thirteen storey and 1000 rooms, Norbulingka, the summer palace of the Dalai Lama, Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery, Jokhang Temple-the holiest shrine of Tibet and the famous Rimpoche Temple.

Potala Palace:
King Songtsen Gampo was the first Tibetan ruler to establish a palace on this outcrop-The Red Hill, which dominates the city of Lhasa. This palace was called Kukhar Potrang was burned down by the invading Chinese during the reign of his successor Mangsong Mangtsen the construction of the present palace was begun in 1645 during the reign of the great fifth Dalai Lama and completed in 1694. The building if named after Mount Potala in South India, one of the holy mountains of the Hindu God Shiva. Buddhists however dedicated this same mountain to Avalokitesvara, the bodhisattva of compassion and gave the name “Potala” to the pure land where Avalokitesvara resides. Since both Songtsen Gampo and Dalai Lama are considered the incarnations of Avalokitesvara, Potala was the obvious choice for their dwelling. The Potala is divided into two sections, namely, the Red Palace and the White Palace. The total height of the Potala is 117 meters spanning thirteen storeys. The length of the Palace from east to west is 400 meters and the breadth from south to north is 250 meters (820ft). The building was constructed of stone and timber with golden roofs. It is a majestic architectural masterpiece.

Sera Monastery:
Sera means 'hailstone' in the Tibetan language. It is located at 5km north of Lhasa. Sera Monastery together with Ganden Monastery and Drepung Monastery in Lhasa are known as the 'three Great Monasteries of Tibet'. It was built below a small hermitage where Tsong Khapa spent several years in retreat and meditating, by his leading discipline Jamchen Chöje Shakya Yeshe of Tsel Gungtang in 1419. Sera is divided into two main colleges (dratsang), Sera Me and Sera Je.

Drepung Monastery:
It is located at 8km west of Lhasa and is one of the three great Gelukpa Monasteries. It has served like its two other sister monasteries Sera and Ganden as centre for learning and monastic training to which monks from all over Tibet would come to spend as long as 15 years methodically studying and debating the meaning of the Buddhist scriptures. For centuries it existed as a small monastic township housing thousands of fully ordained monks and other functionaries. It was founded in 1416 by Jamyang Chöje  Tahsi Pelden, a disciple of  Tsong Khapa.

Ganden Monastery:
Ganden Monastery is located at 40km east of Lhasa. The fifteenth century monastery erected on top of Mount Drokri after a prayer festival by Tsong Khapa and the main centre of the Gelukpa order.  Ganden in Tibetan means ‘Tushita’ – the Pure Land where the future Buddha Maitreya resides. Tsong Khapa died at Ganden two years later in 1419. Shortly before his death, he passed the mantle of succession to Gyelstab Je, one of his two main disciples.

Norbulingka Palace:
It is called as the ‘Jewel Park’ – a large open area located at about 4km to the west of Lhasa and referred to as the summer palace of the Dalai Lama. Its official name now is the People’s Park. Kelsang Gyatso, the Seventh Dalai Lama, was the first Dalai Lama to make use of this rural park. He came here not only to rest but to bathe in a curative spring to treat his legs. Since the time of the Eighth Dalai Lama, the park has been used as a summer palace, retreat and recreation area for the successive Dalai Lamas. Most of the main buildings were constructed during the Thirteenth and the Fourteenth Dalai Lamas. It is the first building one encounters in the eastern section of the Norbulingka is the Kelsang Palace – name after the Seventh Dalai Lama, Kelsang Gyatso.

Jokhang Temple:
Jokhang Temple formerly called the Trulnang Temple or temple of ‘magical appearance’ – erected by King Songtsen Gampo in the 7th century to house statute of Akshobhya Buddha in Tibetan Jowo Mikö Dorje and given to him by his Nepalese Wife Princess Bhirikuti. Later the statue of Jowo Shakyamuni given to him by his Chinese wife Princess Wen Cheng, was moved here from the Ramoche Temple that the present name became Jokhang, the ‘Shrine of the Jowo’. It is one of the holiest temples in Tibet and is the main centre of pilgrimage. An evening walk (Kora) around the Jokhang Temple together with the Tibetan pilgrims is a lifetime experience.

Namtso Lake:
Namtso Lake is situated at 265km away from Lhasa. It is very much popular for its spectacular tidal views which are 70km long and 30km wide, the second largest salt water lake in the Tibetan Plateau after Kokonor. The average altitude is 4718m (15,479ft), and the landscape is dominated by the snow peak of Nyencheb Tanglha to the southwest.

Samye Monastery:
It was the first Buddhist Monastery built in Tibet, probably founded during the 770s. The central temple represents Mt. Sumeru, the mythical mountain at the centre of the cosmos. Around it are four temples called ‘ling’ which represent the four continents (ling) situated in the vast ocean to the north, south, east, and west of Sumeru. To the right and left of each of these temples are two smaller temples called ‘ling-tren,’ representing the subcontinents (ling-tren) of the Buddhist universe.

Gyantse:
Located at 3,950m (12,959ft), a small agricultural town famous for its wool carpets and the Phalkor Choide Chorten, Gyantse lies between a monastery and fort. This unique structure, built in 1414, consists of five stories representing the five steps to enlightenment and is topped by thirteen rings, which symbolizes the stages of advancement towards Buddha hood. There are 108 halls inside, each with frescoes and Buddhist Shrines. Gyantse has good accommodation facilities as per one’s requirement.

Phalkor Monastery:
Phalkor Monastery is located in Gyantse and founded jointly by Kedup Je of the Gelugpa Sect and Rabten Kunsang of the Sakyapa Sect in 1418. The Phalkor Monastery has a special influence over Tibet's Buddhism owing to its unification of three different Sects, the Gelugpa, the Sakyapa and Bhuton Sects in a single monastery.

Kumbum Monastery:
The famous Kumbum pagoda, built in collaboration with Newari artists from Nepal and Tibet, also stands in the same courtyard where Phalkhor Monastery is with nine storeys, 108 doors and 77 chapels containing clay sculptures and various murals. The pagoda is said to have 100,000 images, either sculptured or painted, this is the reason for the name '100,000 Image Pagoda' refers to a particular style of stupa construction in which chapels are housed in ascending symmetrical stories. Rabten Kunsang in July 1427 embarked on his most ambitious project – the construction of the Kumbum (or Tashi Gomang Chöten), which was probably completed in 1439. The gilded copper roofing and the final consecration ceremonies, however not completed until 1474.

Yamdrok Tso Lake - The Sacred Lake:
Yamdrok Tso Lake is one of the biggest and most beautiful lakes in Tibet situated at an altitude of 4,425m (14,518ft). We pass by this lake with about two hours drive along its bank. Yamdrok means turquoise in Tibetan language. On the days when the weather is good the lake does take on the beautiful blue aspect of turquoise. This lake unlike other Tibetan lakes is fresh water, extending for 624 sq km, in the shape of two pincers of a large scorpion; you can have a short stop on its bank to take photographs.

Shigatse:
It is situated at 3,900m (12,795ft) from the sea level in the southwest of the Tibet where the Nyangchu River joins the Yarlung Tsangpo River. Shigatse is the second biggest town in Tibet and the centre of transportation and distribution of agriculture and husbandry products from the south-eastern part of Tibet. 'Xigatse' in Tibetan means the 'Estate that fulfils one's Wishes'. Shigatse offers good accommodation facilities as per one’s need.

Tashilhunpo Monastery:
Tashilhunpo Monastery is located on the western edge of modern Shigatse and was founded in 1447. Gendun Drup was entombed in Tashilhunpo, one of two Dalai Lamas (the other was the sixth) whose remains are not enshrined in Lhasa. It was here that the Fifth Dalai Lama declared his teacher, Losang Chökyi Gyeltsen, then abbot of Tashilhunpo Monastery, to be a manifestation of Buddha Amitabh and the fourth in a line of incarnate lamas starting from Khedrup Je, one of Tsongkhapa’s two chief disciples. Since the abbot of Tashilhunpo was already referred to by the title Panchen (great scholar), these incarnate lamas were called the Panchen Lamas. Losang Chökyi Gyeltsen thus became the fourth Panchen Lama. It is one of the main Geluk Monasteries.

Lhatse:
Lhatse is located at 4,350m (14,272ft) where a main Tibetan road turns westwards to Mt. Kailash (6,714m/22,028ft) and Manasarovar Lake. During the short summer season, the whole valley is covered with green barley fields and bright yellow mustard meadows. It is a welcome change after the barren lands of the Tibetan plateau. There is also a small hot spring located a few kilometers away.

The Holy Mt. Kailash and Lake Manasarovar:
In the far western Himalayas, there lies a pure white-snow the mystical Mount Kailash also known as the ‘Precious Snow Jewel’. The snow covered holy peak shines brightly as the holiest place of pilgrimage in the entire Indian subcontinent. Since centuries Mt. Kailash has become a famous pilgrims and mystics who endured great hardships to reach the holy mountain’s remoteness and worship on its gem-like slopes. Even today it is not an easy task to visit the great Mt. Kailash. We have been making the journey comfortable but one must be prepared to endure the rigors of the road conditions.

Xegar (New Tingri):
A new Chinese commune built at the foot of the ruins of Xegar Dzong is located at 4,050m (13,288ft), 7km away from the main road. The total population of Xegar is about 3000 and it is the centre of the large and remote area and a base station from where the expeditions to Mt. Everest and other peaks are launched.

Tingri:
Tingri is an old Tibetan settlement with typical clustered Tibetan styled housing at the foot of small hillock that is located at 4,100m (13,452ft) from the sea. A short exploration of the settlement can expose you to a typical remote Tibetan lifestyle. Right from the roadside of Tingri, you can see Mt. Everest (8,848m/29,028ft), the top of the world towards the south.

Nyalam:
Nyalam is located at 3,700m (12,139ft) and as being an important trade centre, known as Kuti by the Nepalese traders. Nowadays, barrack style Chinese communes surround the typical old flat roofed, mud brick houses. Vegetation is quite rare in this area but one can still see an abundance of alpine fauna on the hillside during the summer months.

Zhangmu:
Zhangmu is the closest Tibetan town from Nepal which lies at 2,300m (7,546ft) from the sea level. This place is popularly known as Khasa among Nepalese. For Tibetans, it is better known by the name of Dram. Zhangmu is a small settlement clinging to a hillside 10km far from the Friendship Bridge over the great Bhotekoshi River. Zhangmu has become the major trading point between Nepal and Tibet for many centuries. The climate is quite different from the hinterland. The hills around Zhangmu are heavily wooded with many waterfalls in summer and impressive ice formations in winter.

Bookings and Payments:
To start a booking of any trip published by TEN on its marketing materials, we shall need a completed booking form along with 25% of deposit to the specified bank account. A complete booking form will be available to you by e-mail or fax. On completion, it needs to be sent us back by fax, e-mail scan copy or post to our office in Kathmandu along with the 25% of deposit. This will constitute your acceptance of all Terms and Conditions. We also require your copies of passport and insurance details. After we receive your 25% of trip cost as deposit amount, completed booking form, copies of passport and insurance details, we shall send you final confirmation of your booking and receipt.
Deposits are on per person and per trip based. Please contact us directly to get deposit instructions.
- If sending via wire transfer, a bank service charge may apply and should be borne by the Client.
- If paying by Credit Cards, a surcharge of 4% will be levied as card processing fee. For your information, we accept Visa and MasterCard only.
- Full payment is required minimum 21 days prior to the trip departure date.

Our CSR:
Social Responsibility is an ethical ideology that companies should contribute to the welfare of the society and not be devoted to maximizing profits only. Trekking Encounters Nepal is a business organization which has put an obligation to act to benefit society at large by avoiding engaging in socially harmful activities and performing acts that directly advance social goals. We are one of the Socially Responsible companies that act in a number of ways to benefit society; by giving donations to preserve the arts and culture, funding academic scholarships, supporting community-building initiatives and so on. We are also committed to reduce the pollution in the environment because of our customers' activities.
Since Nepal is one of the under developed countries in the world, the private sectors can play a vital role to support its people in many ways. We have been donating a certain percentage of our profits to local charities that work for environmental protection, education and health services in Nepal. We aim to find more opportunities in building up scholarship funds for the remote and underprivileged children of Nepal. The girls of indigenous casts and war victimized children also need support suffered from the 10-year long Maoists insurgency.

Please Contact Us if you are willing to sponsor a child in Nepal. Your small contribution may give lights to someone.

Equipment List:
A detailed equipment list is provided on our website. Sleeping bag and down jacket can be hired with us in Kathmandu at a very reasonable price. Each item will cost about US $1 per day on rental. However, we advise you to purchase a good 4 season sleeping bag and jacket for winter treks and serious expeditions. Click here for our detailed equipment list.

Terms and Conditions:
The Booking Terms and Conditions contain important information so that it is necessary for you to read them carefully and understand well. It also constitutes a legally binding contract between Trekking Encounters Nepal (TEN) referred as the 'Company' and 'Client' for the services to be provided by TEN and defines the legal obligations to either party. Continue reading>>

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