Tipping for your trip leader and driver is expected - though not compulsory - and shows an expression of satisfaction with them who have assisted you on your tour. Tipping is appreciated if they did an excellent job for you. While it may not be customary to you, it is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspire excellent service and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across the third pole destinations.
The following amounts are based on local considerations and feedback from our past travelers:
Trip Leader: the amount is entirely a persoanl preference, however asw a guideline USD20 per day for all of your group can be used. Of course you are free to tip more or less as you see fit, depending on your perception of service quality and the length of your trip. Remember a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.
Drivers: the driver will be with you for the whole trip. We suggest USD10-15 per day is generally appropriate.
Porters: Throughout your trip, you may at times have a porter in addition to your leader. We suggest USD1-3 per day.
Complaint Tel of China's National Tourism Administration: 010-12301
Complaint Tel of Chengdu Municipal Tourism Administration: 028-96927 96527