Trips in Tibet

Overland Tour to Lhasa

  • Total Duration

    12 days
  • Duration in Tibet

    08 days
  • Trek Starts

    Kathmandu
  • Trek Ends

    Kathmandu
“On the world’s highest plateau, at the roof of the world, striking scenery, moonscape landscapes, vibrant and rich culture, traditional villages, and ancient monasteries in the shade of the high Himalayan peaks”

Overview

This remarkable trip covering the best parts of Tibet with fabulous journey, offering awesome rock formation cascades and canyons slightly hidden under the clear blue sky. With numerous high passes with stunning views of the picturesque landscape, tranquil lakes, rural traditional villages, large meadows with nomad camps scattered all around. This scenic exciting overland trip is one of the best in short duration.

The journey passes by the ancient most lavishly decorated monasteries and temples with chanting saffron colored monks, ever smiling faces of people and their typical lifestyle all contributes to this trip a memory of your lifetime. A land so rich in culture, tradition and steeped in religion with its unique landscape cast an enchanted spell that holds you in thrill and excitement. A sweeping panoramic flight over the mighty Himalayas with the breathtaking views of Everest and Makalu concludes this wonderful trip.


Departures

SPRING - AUTUMN

27 April to 08 May
16 May to 27 May
05 September to 16 September
23 September to 04 October

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu (1300m) and Transfer to Hotel
On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be greeted by our staff, who will escort you to the hotel, where our Sherpa guide or the office staff will give you a brief orientation about the hotel, Kathmandu itself, trekking, and the do's and don’ts of the area. They will also review any additional information that you might require while in Nepal, including an overview of the next day's sightseeing tour. In the evening, you will enjoy a complimentary welcome dinner at one of the finest traditional Nepalese restaurants in Kathmandu, with the necessary transfer to and from the hotel by taxi, bus. Overnight stay in Hotel
Day 02: Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu valley
After your breakfast, you will precede to Kathmandu Durbar Square, where you will tour the ancient palace, the temple of the Kumari, the living goddess of Nepal, Hanuman Dhoka, and Kasthamandav Temple with a guide knowledgeable about Nepalese history, architecture, and religion. From there, you will proceed by taxi, bus to the Buddhist site, Swoyambhunath Stupa, also known as the "Monkey Temple" because of its lively troops of resident monkeys. You will then visit Pashupatinath Temple, the holiest shrine for Hindus, situated on the banks of the holy Bagmati River, a popular cremation site. Before returning to the hotel, you will visit Boudhnath Stupa, a Buddhist pilgrimage center and home to many colorful gompas, or monasteries. Once back at the hotel, you will receive a briefing about the trek and have a chance to meet your guides and ask any last minute questions before tomorrow morning's departure. Overnight stay in Hotel
Day 03: Kathmandu to Nyalam (3650m) via Zhangmu (2300m) 07 Hrs
Today early morning 5.20 am we pick up you from your hotel and transfer to the bus station for your departure to Tibet journey. Approx. 05 hours drive to Kodari (near Tibet- China/Nepal border), drive passes through scenic countryside. After an hour drive stop at Dhulikhel for breakfast or for a short break. Another 4 hours drive brings you to the Nepal frontier at Kodari border which called Friendship Bridge. After going through immigration formalities (Nepal part) drive to Zhangmu, where after completion of immigration formalities (Chinese part). Zhangmu, is a busy town with mixed Chinese, Tibetan and Nepali people. From here drive leads on the winding road following the Bhote Koshi upstream through a beautiful forest of rhododendron, pines and hemlocks with overflowing waterfalls at places. After leaving the torrent river behind, the drive climbs towards Nyalam town, a small growing place where there is a meditation cave of the famed saint Milerappa just on the outskirt of the town. Overnight stay in Guesthouse/Lodge
Day 04: Nyalam to Lahtse (4200m) 06 Hrs
From Nyalam, the drive continues passing through traditional Tibetan farm villages and fields of barley towards Lalung-la Pass (5,050m) with outstanding view of Mt. Shishapnagma (8013m highest within Tibet), Langtang towards west and Mt.Gaurishankar to the south east. After a brief stop at the pass for photographs, journey continues towards Shegar(Xegar) or New Tingri via a town of old Tingri, where you can have a good view of Mt. Everest (8,848m) on a clear fine day. Here at the roadside restaurant for a lunch or tea break. After Tingri an hour ride on the smooth highway reaches you at Xegar or New Tingri. Journey continues to the highest pass of this tour at Gyatsola 5,220 m after an hour and half drive from Shegar. The drive descends from here to Larze town situated on the route to Mt.Kailash. Overnight stay in Guesthouse/Lodge
Day 05: Lhatse to Shigatse (3900m) 02 Hrs
Today a short drive of three hours or less to Shigatse, drive continues on the newly improved tarmac Lhasa to Kathmandu or Friendship highway passing small passes of over 4,500m and farm fields and villages, then reaching at Shigase second biggest city in Tibet and the place of the famous Tashilumpo Monastery, the seat of Panchen Lama. Shigatse is also the capital of the province ‘Tsang’. The most interesting places here are Trashilumpo monastic complex and the ruined fortress which dominates the city’s skyline. A high wall surrounds the red and gold buildings which make up the Trashilumpo Monastery. The route around the wall circumambulates the monastery which also includes small shrines, significant rock inscriptions and many prayer wheels. A visit to the market concludes our stay at Shigatse. Overnight stay in Guesthouse/Lodge
Day 06: Shigatse to Gyantse (3950m) 02 Hrs
After visiting Tashilungpo Monastery and Shigatse bazaar, the drive continues to Gyantse, which is about two hours. Gyantse, later became the main centre for trade with British India. Gyantse is a small bustling town steeped in history. It lies in 261 kilometres southwest of Lhasa on the northern bank of Nyang - Chu River. In the 15th century it used to serve as a capital of a small kingdom. With time for a visit to Kumbum Chorten which was built in 1400 A.D. Overnight stay in Guesthouse/Lodge
Day 07: Gyantse to Lhasa (3,650m) 06 Hrs
A scenic drive of seven hours leads you to Lhasa crossing the Karo La Pass (5,010m) and Kamba La Pass (4,795m). The Karo La climbs between two lofty mountains, Nozing Khang SA (7,223m) and Ralung (6,236m). While driving you go alongside the Yamdrok Tso (Turquoise Lake). After passing Kamba La, Lhasa Valley is seen to the north. Check into Hotel at Lhasa. The accompanied guide will collect your airlines ticket for re-confirmation. As you arrive in Lhasa, you will have time to immerse yourselves in the crowd of colourful people and the Potala Palace one of the wonders of the world which dominates Lhasa and the Kyichu valley. Overnight stay in Hotel
Day 08: Lhasa city sightseeing
At Lhasa the tour begins early (Beijing Standard Time which is 2 hours 15 minutes ahead of Nepal standard Time). The tour begins with a short drive to the famous Sera Monastery which is one of the important and old Monastery of Tibet as well a school for Tibetan Buddhism. This interesting tour will last for an hour or more visiting prayer rooms and the Tibetan scroll printing just outside from the Monastery premises. The Jorkhang Temple is situated at the center of Barkhor Market square which is another interesting place to visit as Jorkhang boasts a lot of historic importance and tales. It is the foundation and the pillar for Buddhism in Tibet. It offers a grand view of Barkhor square and of Potala palace from its rooftop. After a great time here visit the arkhor Market and mingle with the crowd of pilgrims from all parts of Tibet. Overnight stay in Hotel
Day 09: Lhasa city sightseeing
Tour of Potala Palace,located towards west part of the old city of Lhasa and was originally built during the 640 A.D. during the reign of King Songtsan Gampo. The 13 storied palaces stand 117.19m high with 1000 rooms, big and small. The entire building is made of stone and wood with walls averaging 3 meters thick and the thickest 5 meters or even more. Potala Palace is divided in two parts,The Red Palace and the white Palace, the former consisting of the Dalai Lamas' tomb stupas and various chapels, the latter being both the Dalai Lama's residence and the halls for official activities. The Potala Palace with its lofty and magnificent halls and its brilliant gold-gilded pinnacle demonstrate the high accomplishments of the Tibetan people and reflect their unique style of architecture, painting, sculpture and other forms of religious expression. Afternoon tour to Drepung Monastery just west of Lhasa, drive passes through the suburb of the city and uphill through the peach and plum groves. Drepung meaning "heaps of rice", looks as if from the distance with its white lime paint over the Monastery. It is the largest of all Monasteries in Tibet. There used to be over 10,000 monks but at present fewer. The unusually magnificent Drepung Monastery was built in a very large scale. Inside it one can see vestibules criss-crossing as if in a great walled city. Before the construction of Potala Palace, the Drepung Monastery was the residence of successive Dalai Lamas. In1642, the 5th Dalai Lama formed Gadeng Pochang,the Tibetan local Government in the monastery marking the real beginning of the theocracy when religion joined in with politics. After the Dalai Lama moved his residence to the Potala Palace, it still remained the biggest and most powerful among the three large monasteries in Lhasa. After a good time visiting nearly every interesting rooms of Drepung Monastery drive back to the Hotel. Overnight stay in Hotel
Day 10: Fly back to Kathmandu
After breakfast early morning we drive for 2 hours to the Gonggar Airport. An hour scenic flight back to Kathmandu over the majestic Himalayan range with the spectacular view of Everest, Makalu and some of its adjoining peaks. Upon arrival at Kathmandu airport, our staff will transfer you to the Hotel and simply relax at the hotel in Kathmandu. Overnight stay in Hotel
Day 11: Leisure at Kathmandu
You will be transferred to airport for your flight back to Kathmandu. Once you land in Kathmandu airport, you will be picked up from the airport and drop you to the hotel. Rest of the time will be at leisure. Overnight stay in Hotel
Day 12: Final departure
Today keep in mind your international flight time, so make sure to keep your confirmed air ticket and your passport handy. Our staff will take you to the airport for your final departure from our amazing country, Nepal.

Useful Information

Tea House Trekking

On the more popular treks in Nepal, particularly in the Everest, Langtang and the entire Annapurna regions, enterprising villagers have built teahouse lodges, similar to European style alpine lodges offering simple but comfortable accommodation and food. We offer a selection of single/twin sharing rooms in the best available lodges run to a high level of service. We also supply a four season sleeping bag and cotton liner free of charge on our teahouse treks. Hire of other key items if needed can be arranged in advance. During the trek you’ll have 3 meals a day, with a mixture of European and Asian style dishes and large portions. Soft drinks, sweets, mineral water and alcohol are not included.

Fully Provisioned Camping Style Trekking

This type of trek is staffed by a full Sherpa crew including a Sirdar (head man), cook and assistants. Porters, yaks, horses or mules carry your main baggage. It is the Sherpa crew’s job to perform all the camp work, from setting up to providing freshly made meals,to leaving the site clean on departure. We provide twin share dome or a frame sleeping tents, a kitchen tent, mess tent and toilet tent. We also provide tables, chairs or stools,lanterns/candles, thin sleeping mattresses and all crockery and cutlery as well as a fully equipped kitchen set up. The Sherpa crew will cook, wash up, and provide hot water for washing and tea and coffee at night and for your wake up call. Food is a mixture of Asian and Western dishes, with lots of choice, freshly prepared. As with teahouse trekking you can expect 3 main meals each day. Soft drinks, sweets, mineral water and alcohol are not included. A few of our teahouse treks involve crossing high passes and necessitate camping for a couple of nights. We provide full camping services for these nights including providing four season sleeping bags.

Small Group Travel

Most of our trips, treks and tours are organized on a small group basis, usually with a maximum of 16 persons in a group. On family holidays the maximum number is 20 to allow a number of families to join a group. By keeping numbers small we are able to offer a friendly, personal and high quality service.

Tailor Made Private Charter Adventures

We offer a very competitive complete tailor made service and are happy to design private charter programs for individuals and for groups as well as to tailor any of our packages to more closely meet your requirements. We have a wealth of experience in helping many clients in designing and planning individual adventures, ranging from romantic breaks to personal challenges, fundraising programs,student programs to extreme adventure expeditions, from low budget to no expense spared. We don’t charge a fortune to tailor make a trip for you and we have plenty of ideas, suggestions and experience we’re happy to share. We’ll work closely with you to design your adventure. Our advertised brochure prices will give you an idea of what you can expect to pay but we’ll provide individual quotes based upon your itinerary, requirements,budget and number of people traveling. Let us take care of the research and arrangements for your flights, accommodation,guides,transport,permits,peak fees,equipment requirements,food and all ground handling service for treks, expeditions or tours, using our local knowledge, expertise and contacts. And you can get on with enjoying yourself.

Group and Club Organizers

If you are organizing a trip for a group or a club we will offer one free* additional place for every 10 bookings made. You can use this for your own travel, use it to reduce the overall cost of the trip for everyone or perhaps offer it as a fantastic prize for your group members or for a charity. Contact us for more details and for conditions (*permit fees, national park entry fees, airfares and departure taxes not included).

Grading System

In Nepal, the trails often zigzag with plenty of ascents and descents and it is better to think in terms of hours spent walking rather than miles covered. A typical day’s walking is from five to seven hours with a number of ascents and descents. This includes a one hour lunch stop, a comfortable pace of walking and time to enjoy your surroundings. We use four grades for our treks, intended to give you a general sense of what to expect and to help you choose which adventure will suit you best. Factors such as weather conditions, altitude, fitness level, experience, interests and how you feel on a particular day all contribute to how easy or strenuous you find a trip. If you’re unsure of whether a trek is suitable for you just contact us before making your booking.

Equipment Checklist

A pair of light hiking boots
A pair of sandals
2 pairs of woolen socks and 2 pair of hiking socks
1 medium poly pro shirt
1 pile jacket
1 down jacket
1 woolen hat
A pair of sunglasses
A pair of glove shells with liner or ski gloves (opt.)
A pair of woolen gloves
One Trekking pack 3000 cubic inches capacity
One Sunscreen lotion SPF 10 to 30 and One Sunscreen stick SPF 10 to 30
Two Reading books (Optional)
One Walkman (Opt) and Music tapes (Opt) iPods Digi Camera and its Charger
A one liter water bottle
A pair of trekking poles
One flash light with 4 sets of batteries one -5 to -20 sleeping bag
Two T-shirts and one long sleeve T/city shirt
Two Trekking baggy pants

Toiletry Items

Towel, pre-moistened novelettes, wash cloth, lip balm, and any additional personal items such as toothbrush, comb, etc.

Miscellaneous Items

Photo equipment with plenty of films and spare batteries, reading/writing materials, postcards of hometown and/or photos of home and family to share with Nepalese people, safety pins, sewing kit, zip lock bags for small items.
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