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Lhasa, Everest Base Camp, Kathmandu Overland Tour – 15 Days
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Lhasa, Everest Base Camp and Kathmandu Overland Tour-15 Days

An opportunity to visit the base camp of Everest (5200m.) with an experience across the Tibetan Plateau.

Pashupatinath Temple, Kathmandu, NepalTrue to its nickname, “the Roof of the world”, Tibet is the highest plateau in the world with an average altitude in excess of 3500 meters. Lying to the north of the great Himalayan range which separates it from its neighbors, India, Nepal and Bhutan, Tibet is more or less an untamed land of nomads (drokpas), monasteries, yaks, sand dunes, and high altitude desert that goes as far as the eyes can take it.

On this Tibet overland tour you have three days (i.e. 4 nights) in Lhasa to acclimatize and to absorb the exoticism of Tibetan heritage and to explore this history-laden city to its core. You will be expertly guided around the most significant and ancient Gompas (monasteries) of Lhasa, Gyantse & Shigatse by your Tibetan guide, who will instruct you on the intricacies and mysticism of Tibetan Buddhism. With its spectacular mountain scenery and rich Buddhist culture, Tibet would certainly be a unique mystical destination to visit.

Tibet tour, Potala PalaceYou drive down Friendship highway by a luxury Toyota land cruiser 4 WD passing through small Tibetan settlements where you get upfront views right from your vehicle of nomadic herdsmen wandering across the wide arid plains amidst a backdrop of awe-inspiring mountain peaks. A special highlight of this trip is the visit to the Everest base camp where you will be rewarded with panoramic and breath-taking views of Mount Everest from the north side. This overland tour will be a mystical delight that will be remembered by the fireside for many winters to come.

TRIP FACTS

Trip length: Nepal 4 - Tibet 10 Days
Grade: Gentle
Starts in: Kathmandu – Lhasa
Ends in: Zhangmu – Kathmandu
Group size: Maximum 12
Accommodation: Hotel & Lodge
Transportation: 4WD Land cruiser with support truck
Maximum altitude: 5000m.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Hike or horse cart ride (your choice) to Mt. Everest north base camp from Rongbuk monastery
  • 4 nights in Lhasa, staying near the city's main attractions - the Potala Palace and the Jokhang Temple & 1 free day for self exploration in Lhasa.
  • Adventurous drive by best 4WD land cruiser across the ‘roof of the world’ with English speaking best local Tibetan guide.
  • Inspiring landscapes, superb mountain views, rich Buddhist history & culture & Tibetan Nomads.
  • Hotels/lodges with Tibetan character wherever possible.
  • Complete hassle free Chinese (Tibet) travel documentation.
  • Spectacular flight to Lhasa passing right over Mount Everest and many of the highest peaks in the world (if you join the trip in Kathmandu

 

OUTLINE ITINERARY

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu airport, meet our staff then transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: Kathmandu sightseeing: Swayambhunath, Bouddhanath, Pashupatinath temple & Patan Durbar square. Evening will be briefing for tours to Tibet.
Day 03: Flight to Lhasat, meet our staff then transfer to Hotel (3650m.)
Day 04: Sightseeing in Lhasa.
Day 05: Sightseeing in Lhasa.
Day 06: Lhasa, free day for acclimatization
Day 07: Drive to Gyantse (3950m.) 261km.
Day 08: Sightseeing & drive to Shigatse (3900m.) 90km.
Day 09: Sightseeing & drive to Shegar (4050m.) 244km.
Day 10: Drive to Rongbuk (5000m.) 68km.
Day 11: Explore EBC & drive to Tingri (4390m.) 65km.
Day 12: Drive to Zhangmu (2300m.) 181km.
Day 13: Drive to Kathmandu (1400m.) 123km.
Day 14: Kathmandu Free.
Day 15: Last minute, transfer to airport for onward journey.

TRIP DEPARTURE DATES:
Tibet Tour & Trek Cost:       USD Per Person.

Tour Cost Includes:

  • All land transportation by Car, Land Cruiser, Van, Hiace & mini Bus (Airport/Hotel/Airport & expedition pick up & drop).
  • 1 full day 4/5 hours sightseeing with professional English speaking tour guide & temple entry fees and 3-4 hrs.
  • 4 Night’s Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu at Bed and breakfast basis.
  • Best available standard Hotel accommodation in Lhasa & best available en-route on twin sharing with breakfast.
  • All transportation in Tibet by 4 WD Land Cruiser and support truck for the entire trip.
  • 1 English-speaking expert Tibetan guide.
  • Private transportation from Tibet border (Kodari – Zhangmu) to Kathmandu.
  • Tibet visa, travel permit and all applicable taxes and entrance fees.
  • Air Ticket: Kathmandu – Lhasa.
  • PAC bag (Portable Altitude Chamber) & first aid medical Kit.
  • All official taxes and service charge.

 

Tour Cost Doesn’t Include:

  • Personal transportation except above programs.
  • Major meals lunch and dinner during your stay in Kathmandu – Nepal & Tibet.
  • Personal clothing, tour equipments as well as sleeping bags. (required)
  • Personal Nature expenses. (Extra expenses incurred due to unforeseen circumstances such as sickness, accidents, road blockage, and other occurrences beyond our control.)
  • Emergency evacuation (If incase).
  • Drinks except tea and coffee.
  • Airfare: to & from your country.
  • Nepal entry, re-entry visa fees & international airport departure taxes. ((It is suggested you apply for a multiple entry visa for Nepal initially saving you the Nepal re-entry fee).
  • Personal travel insurance. (Liability for insurance against sickness, accidents, loss of baggage, loss of life etc.)
  • Tips for support crews.

Note:

  1. We need a name list of each member 60 days before the trip confirmation for flight reservation.
  2. Clear passport photocopy and a passport size photo of each member which should reach us 30 days before client's arrival in Kathmandu at info@culturaltreks.com ((jpeg or gif reduced to max. 25Kb per photo).
  3. If you wish to join tours or trekking in Kathmandu you have to arrive as per the given programs and if you wish join in Lhasa can also possible.
  4. If you are traveling in Nepal before going to Tibet, then you must apply for your Chinese visa in Kathmandu. We can get it within 2 days with your original passport.

 

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 01: Arrival in KTM airport, meet our staff then transfer to Hotel.

Day 02: Kathmandu sightseeing: Swayambhunath, Bouddhanath, Pashupatinath temple and Patan Durbar square. Evening will be briefing for tours to Tibet.

Old Durbar Square, KathmanduDay 03: Flight to Lhasa, meet our staff then transfer to Hotel (3650m.)
You will be met at Gonggar Airport by your Tibetan guide. After immigration formalities, you will be driven to Lhasa (3650 meters). It takes around 45 minutes to reach the old city. After checking in at your hotel, you are advised to take rest and take it easy. Drink plenty of fluids and let your body get used to Lhasa’s high altitude.

Day 04: Sightseeing in Lhasa.
After breakfast, you will be briefed on the day’s program. An experienced guide will take you on a tour to Sera Monastery, Norbulingka and the Barkhor Square. At the famous Sera Monastery, you will get an insight into the important aspects of Tibetan Buddhism. You pay a visit to Norbulingka, the summer retreat of the Dalai Lama. Completed in 1956, the handsome building is ornately decorated with Tibetan carvings and paintings. Jokhang temple provides yet another glimpse of the rich Tibetan cultural heritage. You will also get the chance to stroll around the busy Barkhor Square, the nerve centre of Lhasa. After the day’s tour, you will be escorted back to your hotel.

Potala palace- Lhasa, TibetDay 05: Sightseeing in Lhasa.

After an early breakfast, you will be escorted by your guide to the majestic Potala Palace. The imposing structure of the palace dominates the landscape of Lhasa. As you are guided through the ancient chambers of the palace, you get to see Tibetan art at its best. The Potala Palace has a vast array of intricate Tibetan murals and beautiful statues.

You will also get to view the tombs of the eight Dalai Lamas. Later in the day you will visit the beautifully landscaped Drepung Monastery where you can observe nuns and monks chanting and performing religious discourses. After the day’s tour is over, you are escorted back to your hotel for a well- earned rest.
Note: Since only a limited number of visitors are allowed inside the Potala palace every day, the order of sightseeing places will be decided upon by your guide.

Day 06: Lhasa, free day for acclimatization.
This day is for you to spend it as you wish. Explore and soak in the sights and sounds of the old city, revisit a favorite monastery, go for souvenir hunting in the busy local market at Barkhor Square, or simply sit in a café and watch pilgrims as they circumambulate the Jokhang. There is also the option of an additional tour to places such as the Tibetan Medical Centre, Ganden Monastery and Tsurphu Monastery. But this additional tour will incur an extra cost.

Tibet Overland TourDay 07: Drive to Gyantse (3950m.) 261 km.
Moving along the Friendship Highway, you drive past Khamba La, at 4794 meter, with a brief halt to savor majestic views of Yamdrok-tso Lake and Nazin Kang Sa, standing at 7252m. On turning westwards, you come across another pass, Karo La at 5045m. If you look at the road, you can see huge glaciers tumbling down. After driving 261 km., beautifully landscaped Tibetan villages become visible as you enter the town of Gyantse.

Day 08: Sightseeing in Gyantse & drive to Shigatse (3900m.) 90km.
Gyantse prides on Gyantse Dzong and Kumbum. Gyantse Dzong, a 14th century historical fort, overlooks the entire Gyantse and the surrounding Nyang Chu Valley. Kumbum has a large gold-domed stupa and houses several chapels and Tibetan Buddhist murals. After you enjoy exploring Gyantse, taking a 90 km drive, you will arrive at Shigatse, the second largest city of Tibet that lies at an altitude of 3900 meter. Tashilhunpo Monastery, being one of the largest functioning monasteries in Tibet is the major attraction of Shigatse.

Namtso Lake - TibetDay 09: Sightseeing & drive to Shegar (4050m.) 244km.
Today you will traverse along the Friendship Highway amidst picturesque landscape driving past small town of Lhatse and Gyamtso La pass at 5220m. As the route opens into plains, many monasteries and camps of nomadic herders become visible en route to Shegar.

Day 10: Drive to Rongbuk (5000m.) 68km.

Away from Shegar, you will drive to the south crossing Pang La pass at 5150m. Along the drive you can bask in the splendor of majestic views of snow-capped peaks from Makalu to Shishapangma. After driving for 68 km, you eventually reach Rongbuk at 5000m. You can then view spectacular sight of Mount Everest. A guest house is available for overnight accommodation.

Jeep drive tour in TibetDay 11: Explore Everest base camp & drive to Tingri (4390m.) 65km.
This morning you have the opportunity to explore Everest Base Camp (5150m.) The base camp itself is dry and barren, but the views of Everest more than compensates for it. It truly is an awe-inspiring place with the sheer north face of the highest mountain in the world towering above you.

Day 12: Drive to Zhangmu (2300m.) 181km.
You will drive past Tingri crossing Lalung La pass at 5124m and Shug La pass at 5200m. Savoring the enchanting views of the surrounding peaks of Shishapangma, Cho Oyu, Menlungtse and Gauri Shankar, you descend from the arid Tibetan Plateau to verdant Zhangmu on the Nepalese border. After driving for 181 km, you find yourself amidst the lush and verdant vegetation of Zhangmu at 2300 meter.

Day 13: Drive to Kathmandu (1400m.) 123km.
A few kilometers drive away from Zhangmu to Friendship Bridge across Bhote Koshi river brings you to the Immigration Control in Kodari. Here, you will part with your Tibetan guide and driver, and walk across the river to meet your Nepalese escort who will drive you to Kathmandu. After driving 5 hours for 123 km, you finally arrive in Kathmandu.

Day 14: Kathmandu Free.

Day 15: Last minute, transfer to airport for onward journey.

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