TIBET OVERLAND TOUR

For centuries Tibet has been a mysterious and timeless land, cut off from the rest of the world by the mighty Himalayan range. Tibet is the highest plateau in the world with an average altitude in excess of 3500 meters. This overland tours takes you to some of the best that Tibet has to offer from magnificent monasteries to high passes, crystal azure blue lakes, colorful praying flags and vast expanses of land. It truly is an inspiring experience crossing over the high passes.

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 acclimatisation 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

Day-1: Arrive Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel.

Day-2: Full day guided sightseeing.

Day-3: Fly to Lhasa and get transferred to Tsetang.

Day-4: Tsedang Sightseeing.

Day-5: Drive to Gyantse

Day-6: Drive to Shigatse

Day-7: Sightseeing and return to Lhasa

Day-8: Sightseeing in Lhasa.

Day-9: Sightseeing in Lhasa

Day-10:

Day-11: Depart Kathmandu

Overview

Fast Facts

Best: May to October

Tour: 11 Days

Hotels

Detailed Itinerary

Day-1:

Arrive Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel.

Day-2:

Full day guided sightseeing around of the Kathmandu valley.

Day-3: Fly to Lhasa and get transferred to Tsetang.

A China Southwest Airline flight which departs Kathmandu in the mid - morning will take you over the Himalayas in what must be one of the most spectacular flights to Gongar airport, 90km from Lhasa. You will be met here by your guide and then proceed to Tsetang where you will have rooms reserved for you at the Tsetang Hotel. Rest of today will be at leisure.

Day-4: Tsedang Sightseeing.

Your tour of Tibet will begin with the palace of Yambulakhang which was built by the first Tibetan king Nyatri Tsenpo in the second century BC. Local folklore has it that the king was descended from heaven. Later, we will see the Tradruk Temple.

Day-5: Drive to Gyantse

Today, we will begin our overland journey across the Tibetan plains to Gyangtse via Yamdrok, or 'Turquoise' Lake's. Overnight at Gyangtse Hotel

Day-6: Drive to Shigatse

We then continue on to Shigatse, a short drive of only 90kms, arriving in time for lunch. Shigatse is the second largest city in Tibet and after exploring the local market we will make a detailed tour to the Tashilhunpo Monastery. This monastery is one of the largest functioning monasteries in Tibet and there is much to explore within its high surrounding walls.

Day-7: Sightseeing and return to Lhasa

After breakfast, you will go to Tashilhunpo monastery. This is the official seat of the Panchen Lama, second in importance to only the Dalai Lama. The monastery itself was built in1447 by Gendun Drup and once housed upward of 3400 monks. Of particular interest in the monastery is the nine-foot statue of Maitreya, the Buddha of the Future. In the afternoon you will drive back to Lhasa.

Day-8: Sightseeing in Lhasa.

After breakfast, you will go to the Potala Palace. The palace of the Dalai Lama a treasure of Tibetan culture was, till 1965, the seat of both religion and politics in Tibet and quite possibly, the singularly most important building in all Tibet. It was built in the seventh century by Tsongtsen Gampo as a fort and later renovated by the fifth Dalai Lama in the seventeenth century to its present specifications. Your next stop will be Norbulingkha, the winter palace of the Dalai Lama, which was built, in the eighteenth century.

Day-9: Sightseeing in Lhasa

Today you will see the Drepung monastery. This is the largest monastery in the world and once housed 10,000 monks and nuns. It was built in 1419 and the second, third and fourth Dalai Lamas lived and were entombed here. Your next stop will be the Jokhang Temple. This is the holiest shrine in Tibet and houses a golden statue of the Buddha, which was brought to Tibet by the Chinese princess "Wen Chen". You then stop off at Barkhor Bazaar outside the Jokhang monastery. This is a bustling flea market and is, generally, the place to buy souvenirs.

Day-10:

Transfer to the airport for your flight back to Kathmandu, remainder of today at leisure

Day-11:

Depart Kathmandu

End of services

What's Included

Price includes

Airport transfers by private vehicle
Thamel Eco Resort in Kathmandu, twin sharing with breakfast
Kathmandu sightseeing tour, entrance fees, guide, private transportation
Tibet travel permit
Flights: Lhasa to Kathmandu
Hotels
Breakfast daily
Guide and porter (s) on trek; their wages, insurance and expenses
Welcome dinner with live Nepali cultural show
Duffel bag on trek

Price Excludes

International flights, departure taxes and any excess baggage charges.
Mandatory travel and medical insurance
Tips, baggage and porterage
Expenses of a personal nature such as bottled drinks, mineral water, morning and afternoon teas etc laundry etc.
Meals while staying at the hotels in Kathmandu (only breakfast is included along with accommodation).
Extra expenses and/of additional days caused due to unexpected events (such a flight delays, porterage because of land slides and other natural events.)
Entry Visa Nepal $40
Rescue and evacuation
Tips and gratuities
Costs incurred for returning to the hotel earlier than expected (From $35 per night)
Single supplements if applicable
Cost for giving up the trek (and any unused portions which are not refundable), additional hotel days in Kathmandu as a result or costs incurred for changing the itinerary, if applicable, extra costs incurred for landslides and delays beyond our control etc.

Tibet Overland Photos

Potala Palace Tashilhunpo Monastery
Prayer Flags Karo Lake
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