On this trip, we will follow the Friendship Highway through some of the most beautiful and picturesque landscapes on Earth. We spend 3 nights in Lhasa, staying right in the centre of the old city. This will allow both plenty of time for
and easy access to the cities main attractions - the Potala Palace and the Jokhang Temple. Leaving Lhasa in our Toyota Land Cruiser 4 wheel drive, well travel through this amazing country. In the towns of Gyantse and Shigatse we explore monasteries and fully immerse ourselves in the Buddhist culture.
We will pass small Tibetan settlements, nomadic herdsmen wandering across the wide arid plains and awe-inspiring mountain peaks. Equally as fascinating is the wealth of cultural interest and we will have plenty of opportunity to explore this side of Tibet, both in Lhasa and the other towns we pass through on our journey
The highlight of this trip is the visit to Everest Base Camp - where the view of Mt Everest are unsurpassed. We then head all the way back down to Nepal.
Best: May to October
Tour: 11 Days
|Kathmandu and Chitwan Tour|
|Poon Hill Trek|
|Tamang Cultural Trek|
|Nepal Mountain Bike|
|Annapurna Base Camp|
|Tilicho Lakes Mountain Bike|
|Mera Peak Trek|
|Mera Amphu Lapcha|
|Island Peak 20 Days|
|Island Peak 22 Days|
|Everest Base Camp Trek|
|Everest via Gokyo Lakes|
|Dagala Lakes Trek|
|Paro Tsechu Festival|
|Magical Kingdom Tour|
|Vietnam and Cambodia Delights|
|Laos with Kong Lor Cave|
|Laos with Muang La|
Day-1Arrive Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel.
Day-2Full day guided sightseeing around of the Kathmandu valley.
Day-3. Kathmandu to Lhasa (3660m)Transfer to the airport for the hour-long flight across the main Himalayan range. Afternoon at rest to acclimatise to the high altitude of Lhasa.
Day-4: LhasaWe will visit Lhasa's many monasteries and sites, such as the Sera Monastery, and the Norbulingka, the summer palace of the Dalai Lama.
Day-5: LhasaWe visit the Potala Palace and Drepung Monastery founded in the 14th century, and once the largest in the world, with a population of around 10,000 monks. The afternoon, is a time to relax or further explore the area.
Day-6: Lhasa to Gyantse (3950m)Traveling by jeep along the Friendship Highway we cross the Khamba La (4794m) and continue westwards over another high pass the Karo La (5045m) with incredible glacial views. We spend the night in a Hotel at Gyantse. [261km]
Day-7: Gyantse to Shigatse (3900m)After an early morning tour of some of the Gyantse Dzong (14th Century fort) and the Kumbum, a large stupa, we head off on a short 90km drive to Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet. In the afternoon we will explore the area, local monasteries and market.
Overnight at the Hotel. [90km]
Day-8: Shigatse to Shegar (4050m)We continue along the Friendship Highway, marveling once more at the barren yet spectacular landscape of Tibet. Beyond the town of Lhatse we cross the highest pass on our journey, the Gyamtso La [5220m]. From here we descend to the plains en route to Shegar and overnight at Hotel Quomolongma.[244km]
Day-9: Shegar to Rongbuk (5000m)On our travels, we are rewarded with uninterrupted views stretching from Makalu to Shishapangma, with clear views of Everest as we turn into the Rongbuk Valley. Overnight Guest House.(68km)
Day-10: Drive Rongbuk - NyalamAfter arriving back at Rongbuk, we begin our drive towards Tingri, cross another two high passes, and begin our descent from the Tibetan Plateau to Nyalam just 30 km before the Nepalese border. [215km]
Day-11: Drive Nyalam - KathmanduWe arrive at the Chinese - Nepalese border, say goodbye to our Tibetan team, pass through customs and join up with our Nepalese staff. We then drive back into Kathmandu, a trip which takes about 5 hours, depending on road and weather conditions. [153km] (1400m)
Day-12Today at leisure.
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