Cultural, Kayaking and Rafting Tour to Tibet 2019/20
Cultural, Kayaking and Rafting Tour to Tibet 2019/20
River and Culture Journey to Tibet, the top of the world!
Rafting and Kayaking
From most descriptions of Tibet, it is hard to believe that Tibet is home to a large number of spectacular rivers. Mt Kailash, in the west of Tibet, is the source of the subcontinent’s four greatest rivers: the Ganges, Indus, Sutlej, and Brahmaputra. In the east, the forested land of Kham is home to the source of the Mekong and the Yangtse, the 2 largest rivers in East Asia. In the summer months, regular rains swell Tibet’s rivers and a result is a surprising number of world-class rafting and kayaking rivers.
Adventure Hub Nepal (AHN) have our partners in Tibet to organize all the official permits to operate rafting and kayaking trips. We employed international guides who work alongside our Tibetan guides to ensure a very high standard of safety, service and cultural experience. We also run a variety of trips that combine some of the striking cultural visits in our general catalog with rafting and camping in areas of overwhelming beauty. We also have the ability to suggest, guide and handle logistics for first descents by experienced kayakers or rafters.
Safety and Experience
All our international guides are trained in wilderness first aid and river rescue. Our international rafting guides and safety kayakers have extensive experience running challenging whitewater expeditions in the Himalaya and elsewhere. Expert safety kayakers are used on every whitewater run. Ram Bhandari is our trip leader who has and had over 20 year’s experience guiding, instructing, and managing rafting and other outdoor adventure operations around the world. All clients are provided with international standard safety equipment including a full wetsuit, helmet and buoyancy vest. We use state of the art rafts, kayaks and equipment.
When we design your itinerary, we consider seasonal weather patterns, water levels and temperatures, altitude, accessibility, as well as surrounding scenery and cultural sites to ensure that you have the best possible experience on the water.
Travel options to Tibet.
The options are to travel through Kathmandu, Nepal or Beijing China.
***This is the rough idea, if we decide to go through Nepal we need three days in Kathmandu to apply Chinese visa and Tibetan permit.
***Alternatively, if we decide to go through Beijing then we will get to Lhasa in two days and for your Tibetan permit we will sort it out and have it sent to Beijing, you will only need Chinese visa.
Note: People can buy air tickets from their home country to Beijing and from Beijing to Lhasa return in one after they book their trip. It might be cheaper for people buy a ticket this way. If people are keen to go via Nepal then they need to talk to me about the ticket from Kathmandu to Lhasa return because we have to stay three days in Kathmandu get our Chinese visa and Tibetan permit.
Day 01: Arrival at Lhasa and transfer to hotel.
You will arrive in Lhasa stay in hotel Yabshi or Kiychu and relax after jetlag.
Day 02: Sightseeing at Lhasa
We will do sightseeing around Lhasa and acclimatization day, it’s very important that everyone use to high altitude, we will go to visit the famous Potala Palace with and a couple monasteries where all the monks do their meditation.
Day 03: Visit Potala Palace
Day 04: Paddle the Toulung Chu
We will head to the river today and test out how we feel paddling in the highest point in world. It’s a fun whitewater adventure only 1 hour from Lhasa. It is a perfect warm up for paddling in to Tibet but it is recommended that you are physically fit and have acclimatized in Lhasa for a few days as you will be required. We will paddle 3 hours on the lower section and maybe the next day we will drive back and paddle the challenging upper section as well depending on how people are feeling.
Day 05: Drive to the Reting Tsangpo River.
This incredible river journey was first paddled in 2005. We take a gear boat and say good-bye to the road for four days, carrying our supplies along with us. We access the Reting Tsangpo by its north fork, beginning as a small alpine stream with amazing views of the Nyenchen Thanglha range near Namtso. The North fork enters the main river on day 2 and we paddle big water through incredible alpine juniper forests and past nomad camps. In high water, big volume rapids are interspersed by lazy flat sections and awesome surf waves for kayakers. This is the quintessential Tibetan rafting experience. It’s wonderful mix of mountains, nomads, monasteries and the whitewater is bound to make this a classic.
Day 06: Paddle a couple of hours.
We will have an early morning breakfast and drive to the put-in point and depending on the time when we arrive will determine if we paddle that day. If we arrive on or before lunchtime then we will paddle a couple hours today, if we arrive after lunch we will stay overnight at the put in point, driving is 4 hours.
Day 07: Paddle full day, find a nice camp near Reting Monastery to stay.
After a lovely breakfast cooked by our personal cook we will get on the water and paddle for the day and find a nice camp site near the Reting Monastery so we can explore it and surrounding areas.
Day 08: Paddling and exploring the Tibet
Delight in another day another day of paddling and exploring the Tibet and its monasteries.
Day 09: This day will be our last full day on the water on the spectacular Resting Chu River. Let’s enjoy this as much as we can, as all the beautiful views and the way the nomads live their everyday life. Camp and load the van and truck for our next river the incredible Drigung Chu for the next day.
Day 10: We will drive to the Drigung Chu River.
After breakfast, we will drive to the Drigung Chu River. Arrive at the relaxing Drigung hot springs and set up camp on the riverside. Head up to visit the hot springs and then prepare for our next paddling day.
Day 11: We will visit the hot springs and nunnery.
In the morning, we will visit the hot springs and nunnery and after lunch, we will do kayaking and rafting and camp at the riverside.
Day 12: Get on the water for another wonderful day on Drigung chu.
Today we will have a nicely cooked breakfast prepared by our Tibetan cook and then pack up everything onto our truck or van and then get on the water for another wonderful day on Drigung chu. After we finish paddling we will drive to Lhasa around 3 and half hours.
Day 13: We will drive to the Yarlung Tsangpo River
After a quick breakfast, we will drive to the Yarlung Tsangpo River which is the biggest river in Tibet in terms of volume and paddle for two days.
Find a nice camp spot with a sandy beach and enjoy our night out in the Tibetan river environment. After breakfast, we will start paddling.
Day 14: We will pack up all our gear into our truck and van.
After breakfast, we will pack up all our gear into our truck and van. This will be; anything that we are not going use on the water apart from our paddling gear. Paddle for a couple hours until lunch-time and then pack up everything for the last time into the truck including all our kayaks and rafts. Sit back relax and enjoy the scenic drive back to Lhasa. This evening we will have our farewell dinner with local guides and international guides to finish off our night off our Tibet, top of the world paddling trip!
Day 15: Fly back to home.
Fly back to home and people who are flying to Kathmandu, Nepal transfer to airport.
Cost Include / Cost Exclude
- Tibet entry permit and all Tibet travel permits. (Couriered to)
- All transport from Lhasa airport pick-up to drop-off and throughout the trip using well maintained and safe bus 15 seats or 17 seats. (Includes all fuel, maintenance, driver expenses etc.)
- Local Tibetan guide (good English with excellent cultural knowledge)
- Twin share (double bed) accommodation (extra added folding bed) with Breakfast
- All meals outside of Lhasa (as listed in itinerary: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner)
- Entry fees to all monasteries and sights as listed in the itinerary. (Extra sites may be visited; time permitting, at the client’s expense)
- All camping equipment with 1 equipment truck
- 1 trekking cook with all cooking equipment
- Kayak, and raft.
- First aid kit with oxygen cylinder
- Lhasa breakfast include only in hotel you are staying
- Full meals arrangement out of Lhasa and during camping
- Chinese tourist visa. (Must arrange in your home country)
- Travel insurance (recommended) with rescue helicopter included in your insurance
- Flights ticket to and from Tibet
- Items of a personal nature (such as laundry, cigarettes, alcohol etc.)
- Lunches and Dinners when in Lhasa, snacks and extra drinks throughout trip.
- Tips for guides and drivers etc.
- Flight ticket from ether Beijing to Lhasa both way and Kathmandu to Lhasa Both way.