VISIT LHASA 5 days / 4 nights
Tuesday, transfer to the airport for the flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa on China Southwest Airlines. This one-hour tarns Himalayan Flight will give you an opportunity to have an aerial view of Mt. Everest and other Himalayan Peaks (weather permitting). Arrival at Gonggar airport around 13.30 hrs. local time. After clearing immigration and customs it will be a two-hour drive to cover the 93 km. to Lhasa which is situated at an altitude of 3650 meters (13,000ft). Upon arrival we check in at the Snowland hotel, right in the heart of the old city.
Day 02 Wednesday, we start our sightseeing with a visit to one of Tibet's most important and biggest monastery, Drepung. Beautifully placed on a mountain slope 12 km. outside Lhasa. After returning to the city for lunch we will go to the Norbulinka, the former summer palace of the Dalai Lama. Surrounded by a lush green garden, it's a favorite place for Tibetan people to celebrate their festivals.
Day 03 Thursday, in the morning visit the Potala Palace, one of the wonders in the world and one of the marvels of Tibet. This huge structure is the former home of the Dalai Lama and a sight you will definitely not forget. In the afternoon we visit the Jokhang Temple, the most sacred and oldest temple in Tibet. The walk around it is called the Barkhor and a must for all pilgrims, it is also a famous bazaar for Tibetan handicrafts and antiques.
Day 04 Friday, the morning is free to relax or to explore the small alleys in the old Tibetan part of Lhasa. In the afternoon we will visit Sera monastery, 5 km. outside Lhasa, where we can watch the monks debating. They do this in a very special way by making all kinds of gestures with their hands and arms.
Day 05 Saturday, already the end of our tour and we have to get up very early for our transfer to Gonggar airport to catch the flight back to Katmandu. We arrive around nine o `clock in the morning because of the 2 hrs and 15 minutes time difference with Tibet. Of course we enjoy the spectacular views again while we fly over the Himalayan range
TIBET OVERLAND TOUR 8 days / 7 nights
Day 01 KATHMANDU - NYALAM, we start our tour with an early morning drive to Kodari, the Nepali border post. Weather permitting there will be fine views of Langtang, Gauri Shanker, Melungtse and Khumbu Himal ranges. Depending on the road situation we walk or drive up to Zhang Mu where we clear Chinese immigration. After the formalities we continue our journey through a beautiful gorge to Nyalam crossing the Himalayan range. Altitude 3800 m., hotel *
Day 02 NYALAM - LHATSE, our first stop on the Tibetan plateau will be on the 5200 m. high Lalung la pass from where we have a breathtaking view of the Himalayan range and Shisabangma, the highest peak in Tibet. While having lunch in Lao Tingri, the peaks of Mt. Everest (Qomolongma in Tibetan) and Cho Oyu can be seen. This day our journey is long but the spectacular Tibetan plateau will make you forget time.
Altitude 4000 m., hotel *
Day 03 LHATSE - SHIGATSE, a four hour drive brings us to Tibet's second largest city, Shigatse. Here we visit Tashilumpo monastery, the seat of the Panchen Lama, hence one of the most important monasteries in Tibet.Altitude 3800 m.
Day 04 SHIGATSE - GYANTSE, after a stroll through the old city we depart for the two and a half hour drive to Gyantse. While approaching the small farming town we can clearly see the old fort that was captured by Younghusband during his 1904 raid into Tibet. Here the main attraction is the Kumbum monastery with it's extraordinary architecture.Altitude 3900 m.
Day 05 GYANTSE - LHASA, this will be a long drive but on the way we cross the Karo la with the beautiful glacier, we see Yamdrok tso which is named the Turquoise lake and cross the Kamba la from where we descend to the main road which brings us all the way to Lhasa.
Altitude 3650 m.
Day 06/07 SIGHTSEEING, during these two days in Lhasa we visit the Potala palace, Drepung and Sera monasteries and of course the famous Jokhang temple including the surrounding Barkhor.
Day 08 FLIGHT LHASA - KATHMANDU, we have to get up very early for our transfer to Gonggar airport to catch the flight back to Kathmandu. This flight is one of the most spectacular in the world with aerial views of the Himalayan range including Mt. Everest.
TIBET EVEREST BASE CAMP 10 days / 9 nights
FLIGHT KATHMANDU - LHASA, transfer to the airport for the flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa on China Southwest Airlines. This one hour trans Himalayan Flight will give you an opportunity to have an aerial view of the Mt. Everest and other Himalayan Peaks (weather permitting). Arrival at Gonggar airport around 13.30 hrs. local time. After clearing immigration and customs it will be a two hour drive to cover the 93 km. to Lhasa which is situated at a altitude of 3650 meters (13,000ft). Upon arrival we check in at the Snowland hotel, right in the heart of the old city.
Day 02/03/04 SIGHTSEEING, during these three days in Lhasa we visit the Potala palace, Drepung and Sera monasteries, the Norbulinka and of course the famous Jokhang temple including the surrounding Barkhor.
Day 05 LHASA - GYANTSE, you begin your overland adventure with a full day drive to Gyantse. Along the way you cross the Kamba la (4794m) and the Karo la pass (5010m), both grant spectacular views. After the Kamba la you come to Yamdrok tso, also known as the Turquoise Lake. You'll want to have your camera ready. Altitude 3900 m.
Day 06 GYANTSE - SHIGATSE, this will be a busy day. In the morning visit Gyantse stupa and monastery followed by a two hour drive to Shigatse. Here see the giant Buddha in the famous Tashilumpo monastery. The seat of the Panchen Lama. Altitude 3800 m.
Day 07 SHIGATSE -LHATSE, the journey today brings you over two high passes with fine views. For lunch we stop in the small town of Lhatse. Depending on how much time we spend during the morning in Shigatse we might stay overnight in Lhatse. Altitude 4350 m. / 4000m.*
Day 08 LHATSE - ROMBUK, begins with the Tsho La (4500m) and ends with the spectacular view of Mt. Everest from Rombuk monastery. Relax tonight and stroll around the monastery. Altitude 5050m., hotel *
Day 09 ROMBUK - LAO TINGRI, get up early and start the 2-3 hour leisurely walk (one way) to the base-camp (5200m) itself. You should return early afternoon to head to Lao Tingri. Lao Tingri is a small Tibetan town that offers the best view even from a toilet that you're unable to experience from anywhere in the world. Altitude 4200 m., hotel *
Day 10 LAO TINGRI - ZHANG MU - KATHMANDU, make sure you have some photos left for the panoramic view of the Himalayan range as you cross the Lalung la pass (5050m). In the evening relax in
Tours include: all land transportation twin sharing accommodation with attached bathroom
places marked with a * have common bathroom sightseeing with local English speaking guide
entrance fees transfers to and from airport all necessary permits flight ticket
Tours exclude: airport tax at Kathmandu Airport RS. 1000 personal expenses / insurance Nepal re-entry visa China visa fee all meals
PLEASE NOTE THAT AGENCY WILL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR EXTRA
COSTS INCURRED DUE TO LANDSLIDES, ROAD BLOCKAGE AND OTHER SUCH WEATHER RELATED PROBLEMS.
A jacket and a sweater are advised throughout the year, especially for tours outside
Lhasha as the weather may unexpectedly change at any time! Other recommended items are a flashlight, comfortable walking shoes, sun hat, sunglasses, suntan lotion and some warm clothes.
Transportation will be either by landcruiser or by mini bus depending on the size of the group. However, tours to the Everest base camp will always be operated by land cruiser due to bad road conditions.
Tibet is 8 hrs ahead of GMT since it is linked to Beijing time the time difference with Nepali is therefore 2 hrs and 15 minutes.
Tibet has only a handful of towns, and Tibetan cuisine is not exactly the most varied in the world. Although it is certainly possible to get some good food one might want to bring food items like: nuts, muesli, chocolate and and other dry food. Since you can get hot boiled water almost everywhere throughout Tibet it is also handy to bring instant drinks like coffee, hot chocolate, soup or bouillon.
Traveling in Tibet involves high altitude and can be strenuous. Clients with heart and lung problems or blood disease should consult their doctor before booking the trip. Very rare cases of altitude sickness have been reported but simple headache, fever, loss of appetite or stomach, disorders can happen during the acclimatization. It is advised to drink approx. three litters of water per day. Not to strain yourself, move slowly, breathe deeply and take regular rests.