Day 1: Lhasa arrival [3650m]
Upon arrival in Lhasa you will be welcomed by your English-speaking Tibetan Guide and Tibetan Driver who will bring you to your hotel. Acclimatization to high altitude: please, drink lots of water and take plenty of rest in order to minimize altitude sickness.
Overnight at Shambhala Palace or House of Shambhala Hotel, which is a Tibetan style hotel located in Lhasa city center (Barkhor)
Day 2: Lhasa sightseeing
We begin visiting Jokhang Temple, the most sacred monastery in Tibet. It was founded in the 7th century by the first great Buddhist king Songtsen Gampo. Later you can explore the surrounding Barkhor old quarter and spend time walking around Jokhang Temple following pilgrims from all over the Tibetan plateau. In the afternoon we go to Sera Monastery, one of three great universities of Gelugpa Sect. We will attend the debating session of the monks.
Overnight at Shambhala Palace or House of Shambhala Hotel
Day 3: Lhasa sightseeing
Today we visit the beautiful Potala and Norbulingka Palaces. Potala winter palace was built in the 17th century by the fifth Dalai Lama. Provides amazing views of the entire city and houses the private quarters of the Dalai Lama, numerous grand state rooms and chapels. Norbulingka Palace is the summer palace of the Dalai Lama, built in the 18th century by the seventh Dalai Lama. It’s tradition to do picnic in its beatiful garden and perform opera dances during Shoton Festival (August-September).
Overnight at Shambhala Palace or House of Shambhala Hotel
Day 4: Lhasa – Shigatse [354Km, 3840m]
Adventure starts: we drive West to reach second largest city in Tibet. First we cross Kampa-la Pass [4797m] and then Karo-la Pass [5050m], where Mt. Noijin Kangsang [7206m] glacier lies near the road. In the middle, we enjoy the unreal turquoise waters of holy lake Yamdrok-Tso. Then we stop in Gyantse town, where we visit the considered best tibetan art paintings in Kumbum Stupa inside Pelkor Chode Monastery. Also, we admire the majestic Gyantse Dzong (fortress) overlooking the valley. Finally, we reach Shigatse before dinner.
Overnight at Gesar Hotel
Day 5: Shigatse – New Tingri [230Km, 4300m]
The journey to New Tingri involves crossing the high pass of Gyatso La [5220m] and the opportunitty to view Mt. Everest and the Himalayas for the first time. Before, we visit Tashilhunpo Monastery, built in the 15th century by the first Dalai Lama. Nowadays seat of the Panchen Lama. We recommend to do Kora around Tashilhunpo Monastery.
Overnight at Roof of the World Grand Hotel
Day 6: Mt. Everest North Base Camp Day trip [260Km, 5200m, overnight at 4340m]
Exciting day today: early morning we continue driving towards Rongbuk Monastery –located at the foot of the Everest and the highest monastery in the word– to reach one of the major highlights of our trip, Mt. Everest North Face Base Camp [5200m]. During the journey we enjoy amazing views of several peaks like Makalu, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, and Mount Everest from the top of the Pang-la pass [5150m]. After spending some time at the base of Mt. Everest we visit Rongbuk Monastery and then drive to our hotel in Old Tingri.
Overnight at Gankar Hotel
Day 7: Old Tingri – Kyirong [260Km, 2800m]
Today begins the end of your tibetan journey through the most sacred Buddhist monasteries and greatest mountains on earth, out of the barren Tibetan Plateau to the lush foothills of Nepal. If you would like start early your day, enjoy sunrise with Cho Oyu peak views in the horizon [8201m]. We drive West crossing high passes with enchanting views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks like Shishapangma and wild Peikutso lake; where we turn South toward the spiky peaks of the Langtang Himal. Climate and landscape suddenly change to milder, humid and greener while descending in altidude out of the Roof of the World. Due to the closure of the border crossing on the Friendship Bridge at Zhangmu / Kodari after 2015 Nepal Earthquake, a new border crossing for tourists has been opened at Kyirong connecting Nepal’s Langtang Region with Tibet.
Overnight at Kyirong Hotel or similar
Day 8: Tibet departure: Kyirong – Nepal Border [20Km]
After breakfast, your guide and driver meet you at the hotel to transfer you to the Nepal Border and assist you during the China Customs Clearance formalities.
End of our services.
On Nepali side, you can apply for your Nepal VISA on arrival: 25/40/100USD for a 15/30/90 days VISA. We can provide private transportation to Kathmandu (280USD per vehicle, driver only). Consider extending your trip exploring the recently reopened Langtang Valley & Tserko Ri Trek (starting at 750USD per person with official local guide).
Please, contact us for further information about any available extension of your trip.
You might be interested in the reverse overland route from Kathmandu to Lhasa if you plan to continue your trip to China. Contact us and let us know your dates so other travellers can join you.
Bear in mind that you will reach 5000+ meters in a couple of days when entering Tibet from Nepal border. We recommend you to let your body acclimatize little by little choosing a wise itinerary.
Tours starting in November – February and until April 20th:
Tour price for 4-12 people,
Discounted price of 900USD per person from November 1st to April 20th.
– Single room occupancy supplement: 190USD.
Rates shown above include all permits, english speaking tibetan guide, confortable accomodation, transportation and entrace fees ONLY.
All our fixed departure tours for this itinerary start in Lhasa weekly. All participants are responsible for their own travel arrangements to Lhasa. We take care of all VISA process if coming from Nepal. The size of the group is between 4-12 people and the kind of transportation varies according to the size of it: minivan or minibus.
Hotel in Lhasa is Shambhala Palace / House of Shambhala in Barkhor area; outside Lhasa we selected best accomodation available. ALWAYS in double room sharing basis with bathroom and breakfast, except Mt. Everest campsite tent or Rongbuk guesthouse. Single room use available for additional fee. Please, contact us for further details.
You must apply for your Nepal VISA on arrival at Kyirong Border: 25/40/100USD for a 15/30/90 days VISA. We can provide private transportation from Nepal border to Kathmandu (280USD per vehicle, driver only). Consider extending your trip exploring the recently reopened Langtang Valley & Tserko Ri Trek (starting at 750USD per person with official local guide).
Please, check our upcoming departures.
Price varies according to the number of people in your group, category of hotel, transportation and other services you request. Please contact us with these important details first.
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