Kathmandu - Lhasa, Fly Lhasa - Kathmandu
an average altitude in excess of 3500m, Tibet
can truly be described as the roof of the world.
Lying to the north of the great Himalayan range
which separates it from its neighbors India, Nepal
and Bhutan, much of the country is high-altitude
desert. With its spectacular mountain scenery
and rich Buddhist culture, Tibet is a remarkable
place to visit.
this trip, we will travel in a Land Cruiser 4WD,
following the Friendship Highway through some
of the most amazing landscape on Earth and staying
in the best traditional hotels Tibet has to offer.
We'll pass small Tibetan settlements, nomadic
herdsmen wandering across the wide arid plains
and awe-inspiring mountain peaks. Equally as fascinating
is the wealth of cultural interest and we will
have plenty of opportunity to explore this side
of Tibet, both in Lhasa and the other towns we
pass through on our journey from Kathmandu.
spend 3 nights in Lhasa, staying right in the
centre of the city. This will allow easy access
to the city's main attractions - the Potala Palace
and the Jokhang Temple.
landscapes and mountain views combined with its
rich Buddhist history and culture, make visiting
Tibet a truly unforgettable experience.
Drive Kathmandu [1300m]-Zhangmu [2500m] 123km
/ Nyalam [3750m.]
02 Drive Zhangmu [2500m]/Nyalam
- Shegar [4050m] 244km
03 Drive Shegar [4050m] - Shigatse
04 Sightseeing & drive Shigatse
[3900m] - Gyantse [3950m] 90km
05 Sightseeing & drive Gyantse
[3950m] - Lhasa [3650m] 261km
06 Sightseeing in Lhasa
07 Sightseeing in Lhasa
08 Fly Lhasa [3650m] - Kathmandu
KATHMANDU [1300m]–ZHANGMU [2500m] 123km / NYALAM [3750m]
leave Kathmandu early in the morning, driving
through the beautiful Nepalese countryside to
Kodari on the Nepal Tibet border. After completing
the border formalities at both the Nepalese and
Chinese immigration posts we check in to our hotel
in Zhangmu or Nyalam on the Tibetan side of the
DAY 02 DRIVE ZHANGMU [2500m]/NYALAM - SHEGAR [4050m]
drive takes us from the lush, green lower hills
into the dry, arid landscape of the Tibetan Plateau.
We cross several high passes including the Lalung
La [5050m] from which, [weather permitting], there
is a breathtaking panorama of the Himalayan range
including Mt Everest - a fitting backdrop to the
vastness of the Tibetan Plateau. We stay overnight
in the town of Shegar at the Hotel Quomolongma.
03: DRIVE SHEGAR [4050m] - SHIGATSE [3900m] 244km
along the Friendship Highway, we pass by lonely
monasteries and the camps of nomadic herders.
We then cross the highest pass of our journey,
the Gyamtso La [5220m] before descending once
more to the barren splendor of the plains. Tonight,
we stay in Shigatse, the second largest city in
Tibet at either the Shigatse Hotel or Shandong
04: DRIVE SHIGATSE [3900m] - GYANTSE [3950m] 90km
This morning we have time
to visit the Tashilhunpo Monastery, one of the
largest functioning monasteries in Tibet, before
setting off on the relatively short drive to Gyantse.
Once in Gyantse, we can explore the Pelkor Chode
Monastery and the Gyantse Kumbum. The Kumbum is
a large gold-domed stupa and its many chapels
house an impressive array of Tibetan Buddhist
murals. Our overnight accommodation is at Hotel
Gyantse or similar type.
05: DRIVE GYANTSE [3950m] - LHASA [3650m] 261km
spectacular day’s drive today will take us over
the Karo La [5045m] where we are treated to the
awesome sight of a huge glacier tumbling down
to within a few hundred meters of the road. Beyond
the small, developing town of Nagartse, the road
follows the bank of a beautiful turquoise lake,
the Yamdrok-tso, for about 20 Km. We then cross
the Khamba La [4794m.] and continue on to Lhasa,
where we check in at the Dhood Gu / Dhood gu Hotel.
06 - 07: IN LHASA
Today will be spent visiting
several of Lhasa’s many monasteries in the company
of a guide and interpreter. One of these is the
Sera Monastery, one of the best preserved monasteries
in Tibet. Within it’s whitewashed walls and golden
roofs, several hundred monks live and study. After
lunch we’ll visit the Norbulingka, the summer
palace of the Dalai Lama, as well as the Jokhang
Temple. This temple is possibly the most sacred
shrine in Tibet and there is always a procession
of devout Tibetans through the complex. Surrounding
the Jokhang is the Barkor - a maze of narrow cobbled
streets which is the central market of Lhasa.
morning we will visit the Potala Palace which
dominates the city of Lhasa. A spectacular building,
it contains the private quarters of the Dalai
Lama as well as numerous grand state rooms and
many important chapels. There has been a palace
on this site since the 5th or 6th century, but
the present palace was constructed in the 17th
century. A visit to the Drepung Monastery this
afternoon will complete a truly awe- inspiring
day. Founded in the 14th century, this monastery
was once the largest in the world. With a population
of around 10,000 monks. These days that figure
is down to several hundred, but there is still
much here of interest as it was left relatively
unscathed during the Cultural Revolution.
08: FLY LHASA [3650M] - KATHMANDU [1300m]
we leave Lhasa early in the morning for the 2
hour drive to Gonggar Airport and our flight back
to Kathmandu or your onward destination. The China
Southwest Airlines Boeing 757, takes us right
across the main Himalayan range and the mountain
views are spectacular.
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.
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 month]
FOR YEAR 2004 - 05-April, 22-April, 13-May,
03-June, 24-June, 15-July, 05-August, 26-August,
16-September, 07-October, 28-October.
05 April departure reversed itinerary.