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Trip Fact

Trip Duration 11 Days
Destination Tibet
Trip Grade Moderate
Activity Tour
Max. Altitude 3,950m.
Accomodation Hotel + Lodges
Transportation By Air
Meals Breakfast
Starts in Kathmandu – Lhasa
Ends in Lhasa – Kathmandu
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A trip that touches the heartland of Tibet and introduces you to the rich, Tibetan culture, art and history.

This tour takes you to the heartland of Tibetan plateau and if you are interested in ancient Tibetan history and culture then this is the trip for you. Starting from the old Tibetan capital Lhasa you will be driven to Gyantse and Shigatse, the two most important cities after Lhasa. As you are driven along the central Tibetan plateau, you will get to see the old forts and citadels of the Tibetan kings, great monasteries with histories as old as Tibet, caves painted with beautiful murals, which were used as retreats by Buddhist monks, and the hardy Tibetans whose faith and belief in Buddhism is woven in their daily life. Scenic vistas like the one at the Yamdrok-tso Lake and the snowy summit of Nazin Kang Sa (7,252m.) will be a treat for sore eyes.

In Lhasa you will get to visit the imposing Potala Palace, the splendid Norbulingka (summer retreat of Dalai Lama), the magnificent Sera monastery, the holy Jokhang Temple and the busy Barkhor square, the nerve centre of Lhasa.

Trip Highlights

  • Kathmandu and Lhasa's main attractions - Swayambhunath, Bouddhanath, Pashupatinath temple and Patan durbar square with a weeklong excursion to all the tourist sites in Lhasa, Gyantse and Shigatse.
  • English speaking Local Tibetan Guide
  • Comfortable transportation/hotels with ethnic Tibetan ambience wherever possible
  • Complete hassle free Chinese (Tibetan) travel documentation

Detail Itinerary

Tibet Tour Cost Service Includes:

  • All land transportation by Car, Land Cruiser, Van, Hiace or, mini Bus (Airport/Hotel/Airport, expedition pick up and drop).
  • 4 Night’s Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu at bed and breakfast basis as per programs.
  • One full day sightseeing in Kathmandu with professional English speaking tour guide with temples entry fees.
  • Guided sightseeing tours in Lhasa with Monastery entrance fees.
  • Best available standard Hotel accommodation in Lhasa and best available en-route on twin sharing with breakfast.
  • Transportation by Land Cruiser (Toyota 4500, best in Tibet) with support truck while on Tibet.
  • English speaking Chinese or Tibetan guide while on tour.
  • Tibet visa, permit and all applicable taxes and entrance fees.
  • Airport transfers and supply of bottled oxygen in Car.
  • Air Ticket: Kathmandu/Gonggar airport (Lhasa)/Kathmandu.
  • PAC bag (Portable Altitude Chamber) and first aid medical Kit.
  • All official taxes and service charge.

Tour Cost Doesn't Include:

  • Hotel accommodation after 4 nights stays in Kathmandu.
  • Personal transportation except above programs.
  • Major meals lunch and dinner during your stay in Nepal and Hotel in Tibet.
  • Personal clothing, tour equipments as well as sleeping bags. (required)
  • Personal Nature expenses (Extra expenses incurred due to unforeseen circumstances such as sickness, accidents, road blockage, and other occurrences beyond our control.)
  • Drinks except tea and coffee.
  • Airfare: To & from your country.
  • Nepal entry, re-entry visa fees and international airport departure taxes. (It is suggested you apply for a multiple entry visa for Nepal initially saving you the Nepal re-entry fee).
  • Personal travel insurance. (Liability for insurance against sickness, accidents, loss of baggage, loss of life etc.)
  • Tips for the tour guide.

Spring Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1,350m.), meet our staff then transfers to Hotel.
Day 02: Sightseeing: Swayambhunath, Bouddhanath, Pashupatinath temple and Patan durbar square with professional English speaking tour guide. 4/5 Hrs.
Day 03: Fly to Lhasa, meet our staff then transfer to Hotel (3,650m.).
Day 04: Sightseeing in Lhasa.
Day 05: Sightseeing in Lhasa.
Day 06: Drive Lhasa to Gyantse (3,950m.) 261 km.
Day 07: Drive Gyantse – Shigatse (3,900m.) 90 km.
Day 08: Drive Shigatse – Lhasa (280 km)
Day 09: Depart Lhasa by flight to Kathmandu then transfer to Hotel.
Day 10: Kathmandu free.
Day 11: Last minute, transfer to airport then onward journey.

Detailed Itinerary:
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1,350m.), meet our staff then transfers to Hotel.

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing: Swayambhunath, Bouddhanath, Pashupatinath temple and Patan durbar square with professional English speaking tour guide. 4/5 Hrs.

Day 03: Fly to Lhasa, meet our staff then transfer to Hotel (3,650m.).
You will be met at Gonggar Airport by your Tibetan guide. After immigration formalities, you will be driven to Lhasa (3650 meters). It takes around 45 minutes to reach the old city. After checking in at your hotel, you are advised to take rest and take it easy. Drink plenty of fluids and let your body get used to Lhasa’s high altitude.

Day 04: Sightseeing in Lhasa
After breakfast, you will be briefed on the day’s program. An experienced guide will take you on a tour to Sera Monastery, Norbulingka, Jokhang Temple and the Barkhor Square. At the famous Sera Monastery, you will get an insight into the important aspects of Tibetan Buddhism. You pay a visit to Norbulingka, the summer retreat of the Dalai Lama. Completed in 1956, the handsome building is ornately decorated with Tibetan carvings and paintings. Jokhang temple provides yet another glimpse of the rich Tibetan cultural heritage.

You will also get the chance to stroll around the busy Barkhor Square, the nerve centre of Lhasa. After the day’s tour, you will be escorted back to your hotel.

Day 05: Sightseeing in Lhasa  
After an early breakfast, you will be escorted by your guide to the majestic Potala Palace. The imposing structure of the palace dominates the landscape of Lhasa. As you are guided through the ancient chambers of the palace, you get to see the best of Tibetan art. The Potala Palace has a vast array of intricate Tibetan murals and beautiful statues.

You will also get to view the tombs of the eight Dalai Lamas. Later in the day you will visit the beautifully landscaped Drepung Monastery where you can observe nuns and monks chanting and performing religious discourses. After the day’s tour is over, you are escorted back to your hotel for a well- earned rest.

Day 06: Drive 261 km. from Lhasa - Gyantse (3,950m.)
Traveling by jeep along the Friendship Highway you cross the Khamba La (4794m.). the drive offers you stunning views of Yamdrok-tso Lake and the snowy summit of Nazin Kang Sa (7252m). You continue westwards, over another high pass, the Karo La (5,045m.), where you are treated to the spectacular sight of a huge glacier tumbling down, within a few hundred metres of the road. After passing through beautiful valleys and colorful Tibetan villages you arrive in the town of Gyantse.

Day 07: Drive 90 km from Gyantse - Shigatse (3,900m.)
Before departing from Gyantse, you will be taken for a guided tour to Gyantse Dzong and Gyantse Kumbum. The Dzong is a 14th century fort, from where you get amazing views of Gyantse and the surrounding Nyang Chu Valley. The Kumbum is a large gold-domed stupa. It has many small chapels which houses an impressive array of Tibetan Buddhist murals. We move on to Shigatse, Tibet’s second largest city, which is about 90 km away.

Day 08: Drive (280 km.) from Shigatse – Lhasa
After breakfast, you will be guided to explore the local market and the Tashilhumpo Monastery in Shigatse. Tashilhumpo Monastery is one of the largest functioning monasteries in Tibet and there is much to explore within its high surrounding walls. After a detailed visit of Shigatse, you will be driven back to Lhasa via a shorter route.

Day 09: Depart Lhasa
You will be transferred to the airport in time to catch your flight home/or Kathmandu then transfer to Hotel.

Day 10: Kathmandu free.

Day 11: Last minute, transfer to airport then onward journey.

Autumn Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1,350m.), meet our staff then transfers to Hotel.
Day 02: Sightseeing: Swayambhunath, Bouddhanath, Pashupatinath temple and Patan durbar square with professional English speaking tour guide. 4/5 Hrs.
Day 03: Fly to Lhasa, meet our staff then transfer to Hotel (3,650m.).
Day 04: Sightseeing in Lhasa.
Day 05: Sightseeing in Lhasa.
Day 06: Drive Lhasa to Gyantse (3,950m.) 261 km.
Day 07: Drive Gyantse – Shigatse (3,900m.) 90 km.
Day 08: Drive Shigatse – Lhasa (280 km)
Day 09: Depart Lhasa by flight to Kathmandu then transfer to Hotel.
Day 10: Kathmandu free.
Day 11: Last minute, transfer to airport then onward journey.

Detailed Itinerary:
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1,350m.), meet our staff then transfers to Hotel.

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing: Swayambhunath, Bouddhanath, Pashupatinath temple and Patan durbar square with professional English speaking tour guide. 4/5 Hrs.

Day 03: Fly to Lhasa, meet our staff then transfer to Hotel (3,650m.).
You will be met at Gonggar Airport by your Tibetan guide. After immigration formalities, you will be driven to Lhasa (3650 meters). It takes around 45 minutes to reach the old city. After checking in at your hotel, you are advised to take rest and take it easy. Drink plenty of fluids and let your body get used to Lhasa’s high altitude.

Day 04: Sightseeing in Lhasa
After breakfast, you will be briefed on the day’s program. An experienced guide will take you on a tour to Sera Monastery, Norbulingka, Jokhang Temple and the Barkhor Square. At the famous Sera Monastery, you will get an insight into the important aspects of Tibetan Buddhism. You pay a visit to Norbulingka, the summer retreat of the Dalai Lama. Completed in 1956, the handsome building is ornately decorated with Tibetan carvings and paintings. Jokhang temple provides yet another glimpse of the rich Tibetan cultural heritage.

You will also get the chance to stroll around the busy Barkhor Square, the nerve centre of Lhasa. After the day’s tour, you will be escorted back to your hotel.

Day 05: Sightseeing in Lhasa  
After an early breakfast, you will be escorted by your guide to the majestic Potala Palace. The imposing structure of the palace dominates the landscape of Lhasa. As you are guided through the ancient chambers of the palace, you get to see the best of Tibetan art. The Potala Palace has a vast array of intricate Tibetan murals and beautiful statues.

You will also get to view the tombs of the eight Dalai Lamas. Later in the day you will visit the beautifully landscaped Drepung Monastery where you can observe nuns and monks chanting and performing religious discourses. After the day’s tour is over, you are escorted back to your hotel for a well- earned rest.

Day 06: Drive 261 km. from Lhasa - Gyantse (3,950m.)
Traveling by jeep along the Friendship Highway you cross the Khamba La (4794m.). the drive offers you stunning views of Yamdrok-tso Lake and the snowy summit of Nazin Kang Sa (7252m). You continue westwards, over another high pass, the Karo La (5,045m.), where you are treated to the spectacular sight of a huge glacier tumbling down, within a few hundred metres of the road. After passing through beautiful valleys and colorful Tibetan villages you arrive in the town of Gyantse.

Day 07: Drive 90 km from Gyantse - Shigatse (3,900m.)
Before departing from Gyantse, you will be taken for a guided tour to Gyantse Dzong and Gyantse Kumbum. The Dzong is a 14th century fort, from where you get amazing views of Gyantse and the surrounding Nyang Chu Valley. The Kumbum is a large gold-domed stupa. It has many small chapels which houses an impressive array of Tibetan Buddhist murals. We move on to Shigatse, Tibet’s second largest city, which is about 90 km away.

Day 08: Drive (280 km.) from Shigatse – Lhasa
After breakfast, you will be guided to explore the local market and the Tashilhumpo Monastery in Shigatse. Tashilhumpo Monastery is one of the largest functioning monasteries in Tibet and there is much to explore within its high surrounding walls. After a detailed visit of Shigatse, you will be driven back to Lhasa via a shorter route.

Day 09: Depart Lhasa
You will be transferred to the airport in time to catch your flight home/or Kathmandu then transfer to Hotel.

Day 10: Kathmandu free.

Day 11: Last minute, transfer to airport then onward journey.

Mountain Info

    Trip length: Nepal 4 – Tibet 6 Days
    Grade: Gentle
    Starts in: Kathmandu – Lhasa
    Ends in: Lhasa – Kathmandu
    Accommodation: Hotel/Guest House
    Maximum altitude: 3,950m.

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