Tibet is one of the world’s most extraordinary destinations and there is adventure indeed hidden around almost each and every corner. Lhasa, the capital lies high in the arid wilderness of the Tibetan Mountains, its name “the Roof of the World” is no idle statement. The valley bottoms of Tibet are higher than the highest mountains elsewhere. It’s snow covered plateaus are the highest in the world and apart from Everest, which Tibetans see from ‘the other side’, many mountains are over 15000 feet. Lhasa, at (3590 meters), is Tibet’s religious, cultural and economic centre. The 1000 room Potala Palace physically dominates Lhasa City.
There are no air routes within Tibet except from Amdo to Kham. The distances are huge and the only recommended mode of transportation is hiring the vehicles from a travel agent.
Travellers are requested to take insurance from home which covers medical and emergency evacuation. Seriously ill travellers should not consider trying to leave Tibet by road, as the difficulties and uncertainties of such a journey holds many risks.
Banks in Tibet/China are closed on Saturday & Sunday. So, you are requested to carry about US 0 per person in cash or travellers cheque for personal expenses. If it is cash dollars, even local people help you to get them exchanged into Chinese Yuan. Credit cards are very difficult to cash outside the banks, especially outside Lhasa. The unit of currency is Yuan, which is approximately US$ 1 = 8 Yuan.
Tibet tour is an utterly amazing week of high altitude overland travel. The 900 Km. Journey between Kathmandu and Lhasa is rightly considered to be an incredible Trans-Himalayan adventure - a more dramatic journey between such startlingly contrasting cultures and climes impossible to imagine.
But the rugged living and travelling conditions en-route will discourage all but truly adventurous. Those considering this short but epic journey will need to know that meals are seldom better than basic, accommodation and sanitation are humble at best, and that road condition and the five great mountain passes make for slow and jolting Land-cursor progress. However, no traveller has yet failed to find that the rewards of this incredible journey far outweigh any of its tiresome privations.
Day 1: Drive to Nyalam (7 hours, 3750m)
Day 2: Drive to Tingri (5 hours, 4000m)
Day 3: Drive to Rongbuk – Excursion to Everest Base Camp (5 hours, 4950m)
Day 4: Drive to Shigatse (5 hours, 4000m)
Day 5: Drive to Gyantse (4 hours, 4000m)
Day 6: Drive to Lhasa (5 hours, 3650m)
Day 7 & 8: Sightseeing in and around Lhasa (5 hours, 3650m)
Day 9: Fly to Kathmandu
Explore the mystical land of Tibet on this unforgettable journey. Experience the rich cultural heritage of Lhasa, visit ancient monasteries, and immerse yourself in the breathtaking landscapes of this enchanting region. Discover the wonders of Tibet with our expert guides and create memories that will last a lifetime.
Day 01: Kathmandu/Lhasa (By Flight) Morning you will fly for about an hour over the panoramic Himalayan Ranges to the capital of Tibet. "Lhasa". Lhasa at an altitude of 3,650 mt, is situated on the north bank of Kyichu River. Lhasa in Tibetan means "Place of the Gods", the residence of the Dalai Lama. On arrival, you will be met by the local representative and transferred to your respective hotel. (60 km/ 1 hr). Full rest in the afternoon to acclimatize. Overnight at the hotel in Lhasa.
Day 02: Lhasa After breakfast, proceed for a full day sightseeing of Potala Palace and Norbulinka. Potala Palace, this legendary palace built atop a single hill is synonymous with Tibet by the first foremost king Songtsen Gompa. Norbulingka, meaning 'Treasure Park', covers an area of around 360,000 sq. m. and is considered to be the biggest man-made garden in Tibet. After sightseeing, you will be transferred to the hotel for your overnight stay in Lhasa.
Day 03: Lhasa After breakfast, enjoy a full day sightseeing of Sera Monastery, Jokhang Monastery, and Barkhor Market. Sera Monastery, 5 km north of Lhasa, is one of Lhasa's prettiest monasteries. Jokhang Temple, situated in the heart of Old Lhasa, houses Tibet's most precious religious relic, a golden Shakyamuni Buddha. Barkhor Market is the religious and social focus of Lhasa. After sightseeing, you will be transferred to the hotel for your overnight stay in Lhasa.
Day 04: Lhasa After breakfast, visit the Tibetan Medical Institute. Afternoon is free for shopping or other activities on your own. Overnight at the hotel in Lhasa.
Day 05: Lhasa/Kathmandu (By Flight) Transfer to the airport to connect the return flight.
Mount Kailas “Precious Jewels of Snow” is a peak of the Gangdise Mountains located in the far western region of Tibet. This is a sacred site for Hindus, Buddhists, Jains, and Bons. Every year, many pilgrims from around the world visit to pray in the shadow of the holiest of mountains. It is believed by pilgrims of several religions that circumambulating Mt. Kailash (52km) on foot will remove their sins and bring good fortune.
Despite its remote and stark location, it is also a popular destination for all adventure lovers. Mt. Kailash is flanked by two neighboring lakes—Manasarovar & Rakkshas Tal. The lakes are the highest bodies of fresh water in the world, with Lake Manasarovar (330 sq. km) at 4,558m, about 15 meters higher than Rakkshas Tal. A Kailash pilgrimage is only complete when bathed in the sacred lake of Manasarovar.
Day 1: Drive to Nyalam - 3,750m (6 hrs)
Day 2: Acclimatization day in Nyalam
Day 3: Drive to Saga – 4,280m – 250 km (6 ½ hrs)
Day 4: Drive to Paryang – 4,750m – 255 km (7 hrs)
Day 5: Drive to Lake Manasarovar – 4,556m – 260 km (5 ½ hrs)
Day 6: Drive to Darchen – 4,600m – 51 km – (2 ½ hrs)
Day 7: Trek to Diraphuk 4,730m (7 hrs)
Day 8: Trek over Dolma La (5,630m) & trek to Zutrulphuk 5,480m (8 ½ hrs)
Day 9: Trek to Darchen (3 ½ hrs) & drive to Trita Puri 4,200m (1 ½ hrs)
Day 10: Drive to Drongpa – 4,300m – 320 km (7 ½ hrs)
Day 11: Drive to Peku Tso – 4,000m – 295 km (6 ½ hrs)
Day 12: Drive to Kathmandu – 1,350m – 265 km (8 ½ hrs)