- International Airfare/train ticket
- Travel insurance, health insurances.
- Items of a personal nature such as laundry, drinks, camera or video fees at any sites etc.
- Tips for your guide and driver (discretionary)
- Model fees
- What is not mentioned as included
Itinerary of Tibet Photo Tour
Day (1) Lhasa(3600 m high)
Upon arrival, our guide and the driver will greet you at the airport and drive to your respective hotel in Lhasa, stay at hotel for adapting to the high altitude and take it easy. Even if you want to walk out , make it light as it, s your first day in Tibet. And make sure that you drink mineral water more than usual. Try to avoid having alcohol on first three nights in Tibet.
Day (2) Lhasa
Full day sightseeing of Lhasa, in the morning, you can visit the treasure house Potala Palace- the centre attraction of whole Lhasa. It is founded in 7th century and since then it had been used as a palace of every successive leaders of Tibet. In the afternoon, your guide will lead you to visit the Sera monastery, which was founded in 1419, in 15th century. It, s the second largest yellow hat lineage monastery in whole Lhasa. if you are hiking enthusiast or don, t show any sign of altitude sickness, ask your guide to lead an hour hiking through the pilgrimage path around the monastery and it, s worth taking chance. While visiting monastery, you will witness the monks doing philosophical debates in the courtyard.
Today, we will visit Drepung monastery, it was once the largest yellow hat lineage monastery of whole of Tibet and it was founded in 1416 and one get to see some magnificient statues of Buddha which are dated back to 15th century. Even if it was badly affected during the cultural revolution , but still some of the orginal buildings which are dated back to 15th century can be seen even today. In the afternoon, your guide shall guide to the Jokhang temple which is situated in the old Tibetan quarter of lhasa. It was founded in 7th century , considered one of the first buddhist temple ever built up in whole Tibet, founded even before the full fledge Buddhism came to Tibet. Founding this Buddhist temple is a mark of initiating the Buddhism here. After the visit, we advise you to take a circumambulation around the temple, as you can witness some of hundred years old authentic buildings and you will come across hundreds of local pilgrims doing pilgrimage circuit around the temple. If you are interested in shopping, you will be welcomed by souvenir shop owners.
Day(4) Gyangtse (3950 m high, 260 km)
Today, we drive to Gyantse town where you can find authentic life style of Tibetan people. The journey involves crossing of two high passes Kamba La (15,700 ft) and Karo La (16,500ft) and will drive you through beautiful YamdrokTso Lake which is 40 miles long. YamdrokTso Lake is one of the four holiest lakes of Tibet and has turquoise green water. As we leave the lakeshore behind, the road climbs to Karo La (16,500ft) pass, where you will make a short stop ,you will discover a huge Mt. Nyechenkangsar (7190mt) capped with huge glacier. The whole journey from Lhasa to Gyangtse takes 7 hours long. Visit Palchoe monastery.
Day(5) Shigatse (3800 m high,+90km)
From Gyantse, it is less than 2 hours drive to Shigatse, the second largest city of Tibet. The journey will be through native people, s farm land and the region has got the most fertile land in whole central Tibet and it is known as “land of barley”. Once we arrive Shigatse, we check in hotel and later take a relaxing walk through the Shigatse’s Flea market which is a nice bargaining place for Tibetan souvenir. We will visit the famous Tashi Lhunpu monastery.
Day(6) Rongbuk (4900 m) – Mt.Everest base camp(5200mt)
Day(7) Mt.Everest base camp(5200mt)
We will have a sunrise view of Mt. Everest and .You can either trek or take a eco bus to reach the famous Mt. Everest base camp, as we have to cover 8 km more from Rongbuk monastery. Spend the whole day there. ( guest house or tent)
Day(8) Tashi Lhunpu
It, s time bid farewell to the mighty Everest and we shall take same route back to Shigatse. In the afternoon, your guide will take you to visit the famous Tashi Lhunpu monastery and spend a night there. Gesar Hotel ( 3 star ) or similar
Day(9) Back to Lhasa
This time, you will be driving through northern road and the whole driving will be along with famous Brahmaputra river and you shall see some narrow gorges. The whole journey takes 6-7 hours drive. Here we conclude whole Mt. Everest trip and we are confident that you shall return home with so much beautiful memories and spiritual knowledges to share your friends back in your home town Gangyen Hotel ( 4 star hotel)
Day(10) Lhasa – Departure
Our representative and driver will drive you either airport.
per person in double room
November 3-13, 2018
10 days/9 nights
landscape, Villages, mountains, culture, people,
Yamdrok Tso Lake,
Mt,Everest bas camp,
- Transfer from/to airport upon arrival and departure
- all acomondations in Hotels (Guesthouse)
- Meals as indicated (B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner)
- Private transportation – Sightseeing with Air-con Van+ fuel,
- Sightseeing and entrance fees according to the itinerary
- Drinking water in the Van. * Maps for everyone .
- Guide fees for the tour guide .
- Full-time services of your English speaking local guide
- Professional Photographic Guides Dean Tatooles and Tim Vollmer
- All necessary Tibet permits and Travel documents
You will organise your own travel to and from Lhasa.
Tim has devoted his life to photography. Photography has been his long-held hobby and great passion. Tim has always felt himself drawn to the power and beauty he finds in nature. Tim has been leading photo tours and workshops in Iceland and many different countries over the years. He has had the world as his workplace. He is Photographing everything from the dramatic landscape in Iceland, to the native people in the remote corners of the world and the culture that are unique to each country. His journeys have taken him around the world in pursuit of memorable travel experiences and the creation of compelling images. His work has been featured in international publications. His images and stories are shared on various internet outlets. As a driven artist, professional, entrepreneur and an adventurer, Tim is eager to share his passion, knowledge in photography and travel through the tours he designed on his own, or through his partnership with professional photographers from around the globe. Tim and his family lived 11 years in Iceland. Now they are based in Czech Republic.
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Chicago-based photographer, Dean J. Tatooles, is the owner and operator of Southern Cross Galleries Photo Safaris. In his professional career, Dean has specialized in landscape and wildlife photography and indigenous portraiture. His travels have taken him across all seven continents multiple times.
Dean works primarily with Nikon digital SLR equipment to capture his wildlife images and indigenous portraits and a Linhof 617 S III Technorama medium format panoramic camera to produce his majestic landscapes. At a young age, Dean became fascinated with the topography, culture and wildlife of certain locations in the Southern Hemisphere. In that spirit, he created Southern Cross Galleries after the constellation that bears its name and is only visible from below the Equator. His hope is that his work touches that sense of adventure in everyone and that viewers of his photographs will be transported to another time and place, even if it’s for just a moment.
As owner and operator of Southern Cross Galleries Photo Safaris, Dean in conjunction with his global partners, has lead photo tours all across the globe. The world is his workplace and Dean is eager to share his passion for photography with others whenever he can. Southern Cross Galleries Photo Safaris’ photo tours are always small and intimate –with rarely more than six to eight guests on a given trip. Wherever possible, mass tourism and the norm are avoided, opting for the more “off the beaten path” locations. Dean understands that light and timing are everything in creating that perfect photo and makes sure to have his guests in the right place at the right time to maximize opportunities. Accordingly, scheduling is flexible and his tours adapt constantly to conditions on the ground. Dean is happy to have many return guests over the years and hopes that you will choose to travel with us on your next adventure.