We are a group of 21 people from Vietnam who long ago wanted to set foot on Tibet and EBC. We started looking around for a reliable tour operator since December 2013 and after a while decided to settle with Road to Tibet. Woeser, the owner of the company, was so helpful and swift in replying our emails in addition to being clear and straight forward. A 10-day itinerary was quickly outlined and agreed with us, followed by agreements on transportation, accommodation, Tibet permits, etc.
As we arrived at Lhasa on April 27, Tsewang Lhamo, our tour guide, greeted us with big smile and white scarf as a present to bring luck to people coming to Tibet. A good bus was already there to take us to Thangka hotel, which is located right next to Jokhang Temple. We were all impressed with the hotel quality and location. The first meal in Lhasa was booked at Lhasa Kitchen, which overlooks Jokhang Temple and is one of the best restaurants in Tibet in our opinion. Then we immediately proceeded with the tour schedule by visiting Ganden monastery. In the next two days, we visited Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Lhasa market, had good food and medicine to avoid acute mountain sickness syndroms. We strictly followed Woeser's guidance that we should drink a lot of water and refrain from fast moves or shouting. As such, all 21 members were fine in the first three days at Lhasa and ready for the long-awaited trip to Everest Base Camp (EBC) on April 28.
The trip to EBC was impressive, with us passing some of the highest passes in Tibet, shooting amazing photos of Yamdrokso Lake, Karola Glacier, Sera Monastery, Tashi Lhunpo Monastery, etc. Jigme was a careful driver and attentive to our requests along the way. After 3 days of traveling, we finally realized our dream, setting foot on EBC. Lhamo told us that our group was very lucky to arrive at EBC in excellent weather conditions. Some others had spent two days at EBC and could not see Everest. The last 100 meters of trekking onto a small hill overlooking Everest was so long, as all of us had to take small steps while our heart was still beating very hard to grasp enough oxygen. Some ladies even had to breath through the handy oxygen container. All of us finally made it to the top of the hill where Everest stood vividly in front of us. We all burst into joy as the most important goal of our trip was reached. On the way back to Lhasa, we took another route which ran along Yalung Tsangpo river, which was claimed to be the highest river in the world. The picturesque along the way was breathtaking as was that of Namtso Lake in the day after.
All told, we had a memorable trip with great care and support from Road to Tibet. Good food, good accommodation, excellent tour guide and driver. So we owe great thanks to Road to Tibet for all your help. —Trân Trọng