Tibet Cultural and Photography Tour April 2016

Join me as I lead a small group from the Tibetan capital of Lhasa to Everest Base Camp in October 2017! For more information, email me at: thelandofsnows@gmail.com

To join me in October 2017 following this same route, email me at: thelandofsnows@gmail.com or go to the following link: October 2017 Tibet Photography Tour

Tibet Photography Tour

The overland route connecting Lhasa, Tibet with Tibet’s North Face Everest Base Camp is one of the most beautiful and amazing land routes in Asia. Covering a distance of 1000 kilometers / 620 miles, this journey will take us from the modern Tibetan capital of Lhasa to pristine high altitude lakes, rivers, glaciers, farming valleys and through the Himalaya’s to Everest Base Camp. At Everest Base Camp, we will get up close and personal with the world’s highest peak. We will be visiting the most famous and picturesque monasteries and temples and will spend 12 days experiencing and photographing the uniqueness of Tibetan culture. Join us on the Roof of the World for the adventure of a lifetime! To join this amazing journey, email me at: thelandofsnows@gmail.com or apply to join at the following website: April 2017 Tibet Photography Tour

Have a look at some of the things and places we will be exploring!

Here is the itinerary we will be following:

17 April
All participants must arrive in Chengdu, China by 3pm on 17 April. The Land of Snows will give you detailed instructions on how to easily get to the hotel we will be staying at. We will eat dinner together during a time of meet and greet at a centrally located restaurant near our hotel. In Chengdu, we will be staying at the Fraser Suites.

18 April
In the morning, we will fly to Lhasa and arrive in the late morning/early afternoon. The Tibetan capital sits at 3590 meters and is the cultural and spiritual heart of Tibet. After getting situated in a modern, centrally located hotel, we will explore and photograph the center of the Old Tibetan Quarter in the heart of Lhasa. The Barkhor is the main shopping market for local Tibetans. It is one of the most interesting markets in all of Asia and is an excellent place to photograph modern Tibetan culture. In Lhasa we will stay at the Kyichu Hotel, which is located within walking distance of the Barkhor.

19 April
After breakfast, we will spend the morning going through the Jokhang, Tibet’s holiest and most famous temple. Each day, thousands of Tibetan Buddhist pilgrims work their way through this nearly 1400 year old temple. We will also explore Tsamkhung Nunnery, one of the largest nunneries in the Lhasa area. In the afternoon, we will photograph the Buddhist philosophy debates at Sera, one of Tibet’s largest monasteries. The monk debates will be a major highlight during your time in Tibet.

20 April
We will start the day by exploring Tibet’s most iconic building, the Potala Palace. Towering above Lhasa with more than 1000 rooms, the Potala Palace served as the winter residence of the Dalai Lama’s for hundreds of years. After this, we will explore Ramoche Temple and more of the Old Tibetan Quarter of Lhasa.

21 April
In the morning, we will depart from Lhasa and drive to Gyantse via Yamdrok Lake. Yamdrok Lake, during clear weather, is a brilliant turquoise color and is one of the 4 main holy lakes in Tibetan Buddhism. The huge, glaciated 7191 meter Mt. Nojin Kangtsang forms the backdrop of the lake. The lake sits at an elevation of 4441 meters above sea level. Along the way to Gyantse, we will stop by the glaciers of Mt. Nojin Kangtsang at the Karo La Pass, which come down almost to the highway. Gyantse is a small, but modern Tibetan town, that lies at 4025 meters. We will be photographing the Pelkor Chode Monastery as well as the Gyantse Kumbum, the highest stupa (Buddhist pagoda) in Tibet. The drive from Lhasa to Gyantse covers 260 kms (162 miles). In Gyantse, we will stay at the Yeti Hotel.

22 April
After breakfast, we will photograph the 600 year old Pelkor Chode Monastery. This beautiful monastery lies within a walled complex in the Gyantse Old Town. The short hike to the top of the wall gives an excellent panorama view of the monastery, town and the high plateau in the distance. After lunch, we will depart Gyantse and drive to Shigatse, elevation 3840 meters. The distance from Gyantse to Shigatse is 95 kilometers (60 miles). In Shigatse we will stay at the Gesar Hotel.

23 April
Shigatse is home to Tashilhunpo Monastery and its 600+ monks. This monastery, one of the largest in Tibet, is the seat of the Panchen Lama, the second most important lama in Tibetan Buddhism. We will walk around the pilgrim route that goes up and around the famous monastery as well as explore inside the huge monastery complex. In the afternoon, we will explore the walking street and markets in the Old Town.

24 April
We will depart from Shigatse in the morning and drive 305 kilometers (190 miles) to the small village of Basum going through small farming villages. Along the way, we will cross the Gyatso La Pass, which rises above 5000 meters and the Pang La pass, which rises to 5050 meters. From the Pang La pass, you get a sweeping view of the Himalaya’s where you can see 5 of the worlds highest mountains, including Mt. Everest. Basum is a small Tibetan village only 40 kilometers (25 miles) from Everest Base Camp. We will stay with a local Tibetan family in their traditional-style home. The elevation of Basum is 4270 meters.

25 April
In the early morning, we will drive 40 kilometers (25 miles) from Basum to Everest’s North Face Base Camp. Along the way, we will stop at the the beautiful Rongphu Monastery, the highest monastery in the world at nearly 5000 meters. The small monastery has an amazing view of Everest. We will explore and photograph this region, getting excellent pictures of the world’s highest mountain. After spending several hours in the Everest Base Camp region, we will drive 100 kilometers (62 miles) to the small town of Shegar where we will stay the night at the Snowlands Hotel.

26 April
This day we will leave Shegar after breakfast and begin the journey back to Lhasa. We will stop at a couple of farming villages along the way to photograph traditional farming culture. We will arrive in Shigatse in the mid afternoon and stay at the Gesar Hotel. The distance from Shegar to Shigatse is 230 kilometers (145 miles).

27 April
After breakfast, we will return to Lhasa. We will arrive in Lhasa with enough time to stroll through the Old Tibetan Quarter a few more times. The distance from Shigatse to Lhasa is 260 kilometers (162 miles). In Lhasa we will stay at the Kyichu Hotel.

28 April
In the morning, we will transfer you to the airport to depart from Tibet.

Here are a few more images of places we will be visiting:

Tibet Photography Tour

17 April to 28 April, 2016: Our journey will begin in the city of Chengdu, China, the traditional gateway to Tibet. Everyone needs to arrive in Chengdu by 3pm on 17 April. The following day, 18 April, we will fly to Lhasa. Everyone will depart Tibet on the morning of 28 April.

A cultural and photography journey: This tour is designed for anyone who is interested in Tibet, the Himalaya’s and its special culture. There will be daily teachings on different aspects of Tibetan culture, religion and history so that each person leaves Tibet with a good understanding of its uniqueness in our world. Some of our clients use specialized DSLR cameras, while others will simply use the camera on their smart phone. No specific level of photography skill is required. Each day we will be taking you to beautiful and amazing places across Tibet. You will have ample time to explore and photograph each area we will be going to. Your guides will be there to help translate for you so you can communicate with local Tibetans and to explain Tibetan culture and history in an easy-to-understand way. Space is limited to just 10 participants in order to give you the best experience possible.

The cost per person is $3199. Participants are responsible for their own travel arrangements to Chengdu, but we will take care of just about everything else after that! Send us an email at thelandofsnows@gmail.com to apply for this tour or for any questions you may have. In addition, you can apply to join by going to the following site: Lhasa to Everest April 2016

Included in the price: One-way airfare from Chengdu to Lhasa, all accommodations (based on double occupancy, single room available for extra), all meals from the evening of 17 April until morning of 28 April, all drinking water, all ground transportation costs for the tour duration, all entrance fees, all Tibet permit fees, all guide and driver fees and transfer costs to the Chengdu Airport on 18 April and to the Lhasa airport on 28 April. Single room supplement is available.

Not included in the price: Passport and Chinese visa fees, international airfare to/from Chengdu, airfare departing Lhasa at the end of the journey, travel vaccinations, insurance (travel, medical, etc), souvenirs, bar beverages, airport transfer from the Chengdu airport to Chengdu city on 17 April, excess baggage fees, fees for photographing inside temples/monasteries or personal items such as laundry, snacks, guide/driver tips, etc. Each participant will be sent a list of required and recommended gear for the tour that they will be responsible for. A suggested packing list will be sent to participants upon registration and acceptance.

Accommodations: In Chengdu, we will be staying in a highly rated 4 Star international-chain hotel. In Lhasa, Gyantse and Shigatse, we will be staying in pleasant 3 and 4 Star Tibetan-owned hotels. Hotels in other areas of Tibet will be the best available. They will be clean and comfortable with private bathrooms and showers. In the village of Basum, near Everest Base Camp, we will stay in a traditional style Tibetan home, which will be very simple. All hotels, except for those in the Everest Region, should have internet access.

Meals: For this tour, we will be eating a variety of Western, Chinese, Tibetan and Nepali food. If you have any food allergies or dietary restrictions, please let us know so we can plan accordingly.

Eligibility: Participants must be in good health and be able to spend each day walking around towns, villages and monasteries while carrying their own equipment. Though we will be doing a lot of walking each day, no trekking is required. Most of this tour will take place in mountainous terrain between 3600 meters and 5200 meters (11,800 feet to 17,000 feet) above sea level. We will spend 1 night in Chengdu and 3 nights in Lhasa for altitude acclimatization before going above 3600 meters. Ascent will be slow and gradual with the highest sleeping elevation being at 4300 meters (14,100 feet). For safety and comfort reasons, we will not be sleeping at Everest Base Camp. This tour is not recommended for those who have severe asthma or who have had problems with high elevation in the past.

This is a cultural and photography. Any level of photographer (or non-photographer) is welcome to join and no specific camera gear is required. Unfortunately, people holding a Norwegian passport are unable to join this tour due to government restrictions that are beyond our control.

Responsible Tourism: The Land of Snows is foreign-owned, but Tibetan staffed. All of our guides and drivers are local Tibetans who have been working in tourism for many years. It is a top priority for us to support as many Tibetan-owned businesses as possible. During this tour, all of the hotels we will be staying at in Tibet are locally-owned, as are all of the restaurants we will be going to. The preservation of the culture of Tibet, as well as the protection of the environment of Tibet, are extremely important to us. In fact, when we are not out leading journeys across Tibet, we are in the office working with local Tibetans in numerous eco-tourism projects.

Tibet Photography Tour

The Leaders:

Jamin “Lobsang” York has lived full-time on the Tibetan Plateau for nearly 14 years working in education, community development and tourism. In addition to traveling over 350,000 kilometers overland across Tibet, Jamin has led and arranged hundreds of tours across the Tibetan Plateau and the Himalayan regions of India and Nepal. Jamin’s expert knowledge on Tibetan culture, history and religion has been put to use for The Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, BBC, Frommer’s Travel Guides, Fodor’s Guidebooks, DK Eyewitness Travel and Lonely Planet Guidebooks. Jamin will be giving detailed lectures on Tibetan culture and history throughout this journey.

Jamin is owner of The Land of Snows and serves as a lead guide on journeys through Tibet, India, Bhutan and Nepal. His goal is to help clients understand, appreciate, and respect the people and cultures they photograph.

Accompanying Jamin will be Jampa Chödzon, a native of the Lhasa region, has been guiding clients through all regions of Central Tibet for the past 7 years. She is fluent in Tibetan, Hindi, English and Chinese and enjoys explaining the uniqueness of her Tibetan culture with others. She is an expert on the overland route connecting Lhasa with Everest Base Camp having traveled this route nearly 80 times over the years. She specializes in explaining Tibetan Buddhism and monastery history. She has an excellent reputation as being one of the best guides in all of Tibet.

To join me in April 2016, please email me at: thelandofsnows@gmail.com or apply to join at this website: Tibet Photography Tour April 2017