This trip is a complete exploration of the mythical Lhasa city as well as the Yeti’s favorite home – the site of Mt. Everest Base Camp, the north side in Tibet.
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This trip is a complete exploration of the mythical Lhasa city as well as the Yeti’s favorite home – the site of Mt. Everest Base Camp, the north side in Tibet. It is a tour that truly roams around the ‘Roof of the World’ allowing you to closely experience the life of Tibetan people, feel the greatness of world famous Tibetan Buddhism and enjoy the great vistas passing through the vast grasslands. On these travel days you will be engrossed with Trans-Himalayan flights to sightseeing and excursions of the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Market, Drepung and Sera Monastery. Lhasa is now a fascinating modern city yet, there are many wonderful things to see and do around, which helps to prove the story of Tibet’s unique past and the intertwining of religion with history. Most of the holy temples retain magic and mysticism and demonstrate the absolute faith in Tibetan Buddhism so integral to the character of the Tibetan people.
This trip is suitable for all who are active and go outdoor trips once in a while. It requires no strenuous trekking. Just drive from view point to view point and bring back to good hotels for the night stop. Ample time is allowed to see, enjoy and for photography. Our guide is very detail to explain everything.
Now the active entry point into Tibet including for the foreign travelers is Rasuwagadhi – Kerung check-post. There is Chinese immigration office as well as Nepalese. The travel program based on this is drive in/fly out but it can be vice-versa as your requirement without any damaging the motto of great travel into Tibet!
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Kathmandu Arrival/HotelAirport pick up and transfer to Hotel. Room allocation is followed by welcome drinks. Little briefing about the day as well as the whole trip. Trip signing up and settle the payment. Passport and photos are collected for the Tibetan/Chinese travel visa process.
Day in KathmanduThis day is for city sightseeing. It is a guided tour includes the Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath temple, Boudhnath, Swyambhu Nath etc. Welcome dinner is provided in the evening.
Drive from Kathmandu to Rasuwagadhi and Cross the Border at KerungIt is a new entry point into Tibetan plateau from Nepal. The road from Kathmandu runs thru Trishuli Bazar, Dhunche, Syabrubensi and to Rasuwagadhi – around 185 KM taking some 7 to 8 hrs drive. The part of road is graveled and rough, so we provide suitable off-road drive jeeps. In-spite of partly bumpy road, the drive will be still very interesting as there are unique views of the middle hilly region of Nepal with hills, mountains, terraces, rivers, waterfalls and many more. The lower area is majorly settled by Brahims and Chhetries while the higher areas by the indigenous people such as Tamang, Sherpa etc. Part of the road also passed the Langtang National Park area. Having completed the custom formalities at Rasuwagadhi border between Nepal and China, you would be entering into the Kerong (2800 M), the first town of Tibet. Right there you would be meeting your Tibetan guide and having stocked your luggage in the vehicle take a short drive to another part of the town where you will have a guest house to spend the first night around the Roof of the World area.
Kerung to TingriDay 04: Kerung to Tingri; Start from the lodge at Kerung after breakfast and get ready for the next destination by drive is Tingri (4300M, 370KM) in 5 to 6 hrs. Overnight at Tingri Guest House or similar. Leave the town driving uphill to the vast Tibetan plateau where the typical view of Tibetan landscape offers sheer feeling of standing at the roof of the world from where breathtaking panorama of beautiful Himalayan ranges including Mt. Cho Oyu (8,201m) and Mt. Xishapangma (8,012m) can be seen. From Tingri one can enjoy the magnificent view of Mt. Everest (8,848m).
Tingri to Sigatse (3900m), 235KM 5 to 6 hrsAfter Breakfast continue drive scenic section crossing over Gyatchu La(5,220m), the highest pass en route to Lhasa via Lhatse from where a road to Mt. Kailash separates to the west. Stay overnight at Hotel.
Sigatse to Gyantse (3950m/90KM, 3 to 4 hrsAfter breakfast in the morning go for sightseeing to the Panchen Lama’s Tashilhumpu Monastery. Then drive to Gyantse and visit Kumbum Stupa & Phalkhor Monastery. Stay Overnight at Hotel.
Gyantse to Lhasa (3650m/261KM) 5 to 6 hrsAfter breakfast as usual start the driving. The day is particularly beautiful in crossing over Karola(5,010m), Kambala (4,749m), Colorful Yamdrok- Tso Lake and the Tibetan lifeline river Brahma Putra (Yarlung Tsangpo). Stay Overnight at Hotel.
Day 8 & 9
Lhasa SightseeingAfter Breakfast two (2) full days sightseeing tour to Lhasa including Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Bazar, Potala Palace, Drepung and Sera Monasteries . Stay Overnight at Hotel.
Fly Back to Kathmandu or to the Next DestinationAfter Breakfast drive to Gonggar Airport for your flight to Kathmandu.
Final Day in KathmanduShopping, free rambling… Hotel
Back to HomeFly back home.
- Airport pick up and transfer as program (entire ground transportation by privately reserved van or suitable coach in KTM and in Lhasa),
- Hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast including basis/twin sharing,
- Hotel in Lhasa or on the tour in Tibet with breakfast including basis/twin sharing,
- Tibet Travel permit (Group visa for Tibet entry/travel) and EBC Permit,
- English speaking Tibetan Guide,
- Sightseeing and monastery entrance fees as program,
- Flight ticket of Lhasa to Kathmandu (or vv as the program),
- Welcome dinner in Kathmandu
- Lunch and dinner in Lhasa/Tibet and also in Kathmandu (except the said welcome and farewell dinners),
- Insurance of any kind,
- Personal expenses such as cold drinks, bar bills, tipping/loyalties,
- Nepal visa and re-entry visa with the flight ticket other than as said above,
- Tibet travel permit (group visa) rush fee if any,
- Any kind of unforeseen expenses incurred due to natural calamities or similar reasons that is out of our access,
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