North of India, Nepal, and the great Himalayas lies an ancient land unparalleled in it’s beauty and majesty. This land of Tibet, often referred to as the roof of the world, is the largest and highest plateau on earth. Its’ unique Buddhist culture, magnificent wildlife, and grand peaks have been sealed from outsiders for years. You are now given the chance to experience this land of mystery and fantasy!
The majority of this trip will be spent traveling the Friendship Highway, home to some of the most breathtaking scenery this side of heaven. Our route will lead us through seven days of rugged beauty. Along this journey we will pass through spectacular mountain peaks, numerous Tibetan settlements, and more ancient monasteries than you could imagine. We will have plenty of opportunities to explore this wealth of natural and cultural allure. While in Gyantse and Shigatse we even immerse ourselves in the Buddhist culture.
The first four days of our journey will be spent in
the old city of Lhasa. This time will allow for
excellent sightseeing and proper acclimatization. The
awe-inspiring Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple will be
some of the mains sites we see while in Lhasa. Soon
after we will depart in four wheel drive Toyota Land
cruisers. Along the amazing Friendship Highway we will
stay in first-rate yet traditional Tibetan hotels every
step of the way.
This Tibet trip will guarantee to be the memory of a lifetime. Tibet’s’ awe-inspiring landscape, mountain views, and vibrant Buddhist culture are unparalleled in this world.
Come join us in the roof of the world!
ITINERARYDay 01 Fly Kathmandu [1400m] - Lhasa [3660m]
Day 02 Sightseeing in Lhasa
Day 03 Sightseeing in Lhasa
Day 04 In Lhasa, free day.
Day 05 Drive Lhasa - Gyantse [3950m] 261 km
Day 06 Sightseeing & drive Gyantse - Shigatse [3900m] 90km
Day 07 Sightseeing & drive Shigatse - Shegar [New Tingri: 4050m] 244km
Day 08 Drive Shegar - Rongbuk [5000m] 68km
Day 09 Drive Rongbuk - Tingri [4390m] 65km
Day 10 Drive Tingri - Zhangmu [2300m] 181km
Day 11 Drive Zhangmu - Kodari - Kathmandu [1400m] 123km
In the morning we will convene at the Kathmandu airport for the spectacular hour long flight to Lhasa. A China Southwest Airlines Boeing 757 will fly us over much of the magnificent Himalayan range providing us with mountain views the entire way. Once landed at Gongar airport the tour group will meet with our Tibetan guide. We must travel two hours by Land cruisers to reach the actual city of Lhasa. It will take some time to acclimate to Lhasa’s high altitude so we recommend that you relax and rest in the uxorious Hotel Dhood Gu.
DAY 01 FLY KATHMANDU [1400m] - LHASA [3660m]
On this second day a guide and interpreter will lead you through several of Lhasa’s many monasteries. The first one we will visit is Sera Monastery, a fifteenth century sprawl of golden roofs and whitewashed walls. This well preserved monastery is located just a few miles North of Lhasa and is home to several hundred monks. In the afternoon we will visit the summer palace of the Dalai Lama, Norbulingka, as well as the Jokhang Temple. This temple is the most revered shrine in all of Tibet and is constantly bustling with devout worshippers. We will also be given the opportunity to shop in Barkor, the crowded central market of Lhasa.
DAY 02 IN LHASA
A trip to Tibet would not be complete without experiencing the vital Potala Palace. This palace is Lhasa’s cardinal landmark and is a wonder of Eastern architecture. Your first site of this massive structure will be a magical moment remembered for years to come. It has been a palace since the fifth or sixth century and was once home to the Dalai Lama. This truly amazing day will ended with a visit to the Drepung Monastery. Once the world’s largest monastery, housing 10,000 monks, Drepung monastery lies hidden in rocky ridges just beyond the city. Surprisingly much of the building was left untouched throughout the Cultural Revolution.
DAY 03 IN LHASA
This last day in Lhasa will be one of leisure, exploration, and relaxation. The members of the tour group will have many choices of what to do. Many choose to explore Lhasa further, revisit their favorite monastery, tour additional monasteries, or simply relax around Lhasa. There are many wonderful cafes and shops throughout Lhasa. This is the last chance for acclimatization before we depart so once again we recommend you take it easy.
DAY 04 IN LHASA
Today we finally began our overland journey culminating in Kathmandu, Nepal. One of the first sites we will see while traveling along the majestic Friendship Highway is the Khamba La. The breathtaking view at Khamba La allows one to see all the way to the summit of Nazin Kang Sa. Truly an amazing view! While continuing westward we will travel over the Karo La, a high pass surrounded by stupendous glaciers. The rest of the day will be spent enjoying the many magnificent valleys and exquisite Tibetan villages we pass through. The day will end in the town of Gyantse. We will spend the night in a hotel in this historical city.
DAY 05 DRIVE LHASA - GYANTSE [3950m] 261 km
First thing in the morning we will visit Gyantse Dzong. This fort dates back to the fourteenth century and offers some of the most amazing views of Gyantse and the surrounding valley. Before leaving we will also visit the famed Gyantse Kumbum. This magnificent tiered structure is the largest stupa in all of Tibet. If the exquisite gold dome is not enough, this stupa is packed with Tibetan sculptures and paintings.
DAY 06 DRIVE GYANTSE [3950m] - SHIGATSE [3900m] 90km
The drive today, only 90 km, takes us to the second largest city in Tibet. Shigatse is a laid back city that provides excellent opportunity for both relaxation and exploration. As a group we will explore the local market and the Tahilhumpo Monastery. Tahilhumpo Monastery is one of the largest functioning monasteries in Tibet and was able to last through the Cultural Revolution nearly unscathed. It is a great pleasure to spend some time exploring the busy cobbled lanes twisting around these ancient buildings. At night we will relax and rest in the Shigatse Hotel or Shandond Mansion.
The views of this desert plateau provide for wondrous entertainment as we travel along the Friendship Highway. This stretch is some of the most spectacular landscape in Tibet. After passing through the small town of Lhatse we will cross Gyatmso La, the highest pass on our journey. The land quickly descends to plains after Gyatmso La. While traveling through the plains we will see many nomadic herders, quiet countryside, and secluded monasteries. The night will be spent in Hotel Quomolongma in Shegar.
DAY 07 DRIVE SHIGATSE [3900m] - SHEGAR [NEW TINGRI] [4050m] 244km
After leaving Shegar we will travel only a short while before turning off the Friendship Highway. Our four wheel drive vehicles will takes us South towards the main Himalayan range while passing over Pang La. The view from the top of Pang La is truly stunning. One is able to see all the way from Makalu to Shishapangma. In the afternoon we will descend into the Rongbuck valley and Everest will jump quickly into view. This is your first chance to catch a glimpse of this awe-inspiring mountain. We will spend the night at the Gompa Guest House.
DAY 08 DRIVE SHEGAR [4050m] - RONGBUK [5000m] 68km
This morning is the highlight of the trip for many. You are given the opportunity to explore the Everest Base camp. The views of Everest from so close make the mountain seem even more impressive than before. It is a truly breath taking experience to stare up at the sheer North face of this highest mountain in the world. Mount Everest towers above you in a looming yet magical way.
DAY 09 DRIVE RONGBUK [5000m] - TINGRI [4390m] 65km
After Lunch we will get back on the Friendship highway and continue our amazing journey. We will spend the night at the high class Snow Leopard Lodge in Tingri.
Continuing along the Friendship Highway we will leave Tingri and cross the Lalung La and the Shung La, two more incredible passes. The views from these passes are breathtaking once again. While standing on these passes one is surrounded by grandiose mountains such as Shishpangma, Cho Oyu, Gauri Shankar, and many more.
DAY 10 DRIVE TINGRI [4390m] - ZHANGMU [2300m] 181km
In the afternoon we begin descending from the arid Tibetan plateau to a small town of Zhangmu. Zhangmu is much lower in elevation and as a result is much more lush and green than what we have experienced so far. The Zhangmu Friendship Hotel provides great rooms to relax and rest on one of our last nights.
We will leave Zhangmu in the morning and head to the Nepalese border. The Friendship Bridge lies at the Border of China and Nepal and is only a few kilometers from Zhangmu. It spans the impressive Bhote Koshi River. Sadly we must say goodbye to our Tibetan guide and driver at this point. Our Nepalese staff will meet you at the immigration Control in Kodari and help with all the reentry formalities. The city of Kathmandu, our end destination, lies only five hours to the south. Boy, what an amazing journey this is!
DAY 11 DRIVE ZHANGMU [2300m] - KODARI - KATHMANDU [1400m] 123km
PRICE US$ 1200 [SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: US$ 150]
Costs includes: Hotel Dhood Gu or similar on BB basis in Lhasa & best available en route with breakfast, transportation by 4WD land cruiser, flight either to or from Lhasa, guided sightseeing tours with all entry fees, travel permit, Tibet visa & airport transfers.
Cost does not include: Lunch & dinner, airport
tax, hotels in Kathmandu, Urgent visa fee [US$ 25 shall
be charged if the passport copy submitted in less then 1
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