Tibet Tours

Itinerary 1: seven nights, eight days (drive in fly out)

Day 1: Kathmandu to Nyalam. This tour starts with an early morning drive to Kodari at the Nepali border. Weather permitting there will be good views of Langtang, Gauri Shanker, Melungtse, and Khumbu himal ranges. Depending on road conditions, we will walk or drive to Zhang Mu to clear Chinese immigration. After the formalities we will continue our journey through a beautiful gorge to Nyalam, crossing the Himalayan range at an altitude of 3800 meters or 12,467 feet.

Day 2: Nyalam to Lhatse. The first stop on the Tibetan plateau will be on the 5200 meters or 17,060 feet high Lalung la pass from where we have breathtaking views of the Himalayan range and Shisabangma, the hightest peak in Tibet. While having lunch in Lao Tingri, the peaks of Mt. Everest and Cho Oyu can be seen. The day's journey is long, but the spectacular Tibetan plateau will make you forget that. Final altitude for the day is 4000 meters.

Day 3: Lhatse to Shigatse, a four-hour drive to Tibet’s second largest city, Shigatse where we visit Tashilumpa Monastery, the seat of the Panchen Lama. It is one of the most important monasteries
in Tibet (altitude 3800 meters).

Day 4: Shigatse to Gyantse. After a stroll through the old city we depart for the two and a half hour drive to Gyantse. On the approach to the city we will see the Gyantse Dzong or fort. In Gyantse the
main attraction is the tiered Kumbum of the Palcho Monastery the largest chorten in Tibet. This monastery was commissioned in 1427 by a local prince and was an important center for the Sakya school of Tibetian Buddhism. It contains 77 chapels on six floors and more than 10,000 murals. (Altitude 3900 meters).

Day 5: Gyantse to Lhasa. This is a long drive and on the way we cross the Karo La with a beautiful glacier. We also see Yamdrok Tso (the Turquoise lake) and cross the Kamba La from where we
descend to the main road that brings us all the way to Lhasa. The altitude here is 3650 meters.

Day 6 and 7: Sightseeing. During these two days in Lhasa we visit the Potala Palace, Drepung and Sera Monasteries and the famous Jokhang Temple including the surrounding Barkhor.

Day 8: Flight Lhasa to Kathmandu. We will arise very early for our transfer to Gonggar airport and flight back to Kathmandu. This flight is one of the most spectacular in the world with nice
views of the Himalayan range including the Mt. Everest.

Itinerary 2: Ten days, nine nights

Day 1: Flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa. Transfer from your hotel to the airport for the flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa on China Southwest Airlines. This is a one hour trans Himalayan Flight and will give you an aerial view of Mt. Everest and other Himalayan Peaks (weather permitting). Arrivel at Gonggar airport around 13:30 local time. After clearing immigration and customs there will be a two hour drive to 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.

Days 2-4: Sightseeing. During these three days in Lhasa we visit the Potala Palace, Drepung and Sera Monasteries, the Norbulinka, and the famous Jokhang Temple including the surrounding Barkhor.

Day 5: Lhasa – Gyantse. We begin our overland adventure with a full day's drive to Gyantse. We will cross the Kamba La (4794m) and the Karo La pass (5010m), both grant spectacular views. After the
Kamba La we come to Yamdrok Tso, also known as Turquoise lake. You’ll want to have your camera ready for the beautiful views.. Altitude 3900 m.

Day 6: Gyantse – Shigatse. This will be a full day. In the morning we visit Gyantse stupa and Monastery followed by a two-hour drive to Shigatse. Here we see the giant Buddha in the famous Tashilumpo Monastery. This is the seat of the Panchen Lama. Altitude 3800 m.

Day 7: Shigatse-Lhatse. The journey today brings you over two high passes with wonderful views. Lunch will be 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.

Day 8: Lhatse-Rombuk. Today's journey begins with the Tsho La (4500m) and ends with
the spectacular view of Mt. Everest from Rombuk Monastery. Tonight you will relax at hotel and stroll around the monastery. Altitude 5050m.

Day 9: Rombuk-Lao Tingri. We will arise early walk for 2-3 hours at a leisurely pace (one way) to the base camp itself (5200m). We will return early afternoon to head to Lao Tingri. Lao Tingri is a small
Tibetan town that offers the best view. We will stay here in a hotel. Altitude 4200 m..

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 lapass (5050m). In the evening you will be back in Kathmandu and relax.

Itinerary 3: 4 nights, 5 days (Fly in Fly out)

Day 1: Drive to the airport for the flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa. This one-hour trans Himalayan flight will give you an opportunity to have an aerial view of Mt. Everest and other Himalayan peaks. Arrival at Gonggar airport around 13:30 local time. After clearing immigration and customs there will be a two-hour drive to covering 93km to Lhasa which is situated at an altitude of 3650 meter.

Day 2: We start our sightseeing with a visit to one of Tibet’s most important and largest 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 3: In the morning we will visit the Potala Palace, one of the wonders of the world and 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 4: 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 observe the monks debating. They do this in a very special way by making all kinds of gestures with their hands and arms.

Day 5: 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 Kathmandu. We arrive around 09:00 in the morning because of the
2 hours and 15 minutes time difference with Tibet. There will be spectacular views again while we fly over the Himalayan range.

Included in all three itinerary packages:
1. Guide and all permits and entrance fees
2. Transportation both ways
3. Accommodations with bed and breakfast plan

Excluded in all packages:
1. Bar bill
2. Tips for guide and porter(s)
3. Donations (if needed)
4. Trekking equipment
5. Drinking water

Note Regarding Tibet tours: The larger the group, the lower the overall individual costs will be. If you are interested in any of these tours, try to make arrangements for a group vs just individuals if you want to be able to reduce your costs.