Welcome to Nepal and the start of your holiday! Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel where you will receive a welcome drink and a briefing about your holiday. Overnight - Kathmandu
Kathmandu is Nepal’s biggest and most cosmopolitan
city, a crossroads for the caravan routes between Tibet
and India. Discover the highlights of the
Kathmandu Valley today! After breakfast take a short drive
out of Kathmandu to Swayambhunath Pagoda and
Bodhnath. Ancient 5th century Bodhnath, is a beautiful
Buddhist worship site where the spinning of prayer
wheels, prostrating pilgrims and collective chants are
just some of the practises that can be witnessed. Continue on to Patan Durbar Square, which has unique
Newari architecture and is full of Buddhist and Hindu
monuments, with fine bronze gateways, guardian
deities and wonderful carvings. We explore Patan’s
courtyards (known locally as chowks), temples and
beautiful pagodas. This evening enjoy dinner whilst
watching a traditional Nepali dance performance. Overnight - Kathmandu (B, D)
Highlights of Lhasa - 9 days Go Guide : :Check out the go guide for details of the tour, info on visas, climate, money, what to bring and more!
Kathmandu – Lhasa. This morning fly to Tibet; this is one of the most scenic flights in the world, crossing over the great mountains of Kanchenjunga and Everest. More than 4500 metres above sea level, Tibet is known as the ‘Roof of the World’ and the towering mountain ranges that surround the plateau, ensure it’s complete isolation. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to the fabled city of Lhasa - ‘Ground of the Gods,’ where you receive a short briefing and then the rest of the day is free to relax and acclimatise Overnight - Lhasa (B)
Begin exploration of this mythical city by visiting the Sera monastery, which is still a working retreat 600 years after its foundation as a main teaching monastery. It is one of the great Gelukpa ‘Universities’, once housing more than 5500 monks. See young novices learning scriptures in the Debating Garden and being rewarded for a correct answer with a resounding hand-clap from their master. The highlight of the day is a visit to the holiest shrine in Tibet, the 7th Century Jokhang Temple, which houses a solid gold shrine of the enlightened Buddha. The exterior of the temple isn’t exceptional but the electric atmosphere and buzz of activity inside is truly captivating. Crowds of Tibetan pilgrims travel around each of the chapels, praying and prostrating themselves with varying degrees of exertion and frequency along the way. Final stop of the day will be the bustling Barkhor Bazaar. Overnight - Lhasa (B)
Exploration of Lhasa continues on day 5 with a visit to the city’s most enduring image - the Potala Palace. The winter home of the Dalai Lamas and a masterpiece in design; the Potala Palace is a towering 13 stories high and contains thousands of rooms. The palace really is the heart of Tibet, its (exiled) government and people. Then we take a short journey to the 15th century Drepung Monastery. Formerly one of the largest monasteries of Tibet, housing 10,000 monks, it was torn asunder during the Cultural Revolution and its walls and statues continue to be rebuilt today. Day 6 is at leisure - so either continue exploring the city independently or just relax. Overnight - Lhasa (B:2)
Day 7: Lhasa to Kathmandu
Lhasa – Kathmandu. Bidding farewell to Tibet, fly back to Kathmandu today. Kathmandu is the meeting place for dozens of ethnic groups, filling the streets with life and colour. Enjoy two free days in this wonderful city; with plenty of time to explore the myriad of medieval alleyways, courtyards, temples and bazaars. Overnight - Kathmandu (B)
The day is free to spend at leisure. Durbar Square in the heart of Kathmandu is a hive of activity and a fabulous place to people watch or perhaps indulge in a little last minute souvenir shopping. Overnight - Kathmandu (B)
Hotel check-out and included onward transfer to the airport.
Upgrade Your Hotels
Prices are based on basic 3 star hotels. For a little extra comfort it is possible to upgrade your stay with 4 - 5 star hotels in Kathmandu and Lhasa.
Kathmandu to Lhasa Flights
Return flights between Kathmandu - Lhasa are based on the lowest fare class available booked in advance. If we are unable to book seats in this fare class due to a lack of availability then a flight supplement will apply.
FROM USD $4,179
Prices & Departure Dates
Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers who require their own room and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price.
If you are happy to be paired up with another single traveller of the same sex on your tour, this can be arranged, (if another solo traveller of the same sex is already booked upon the tour), thus avoiding the single person supplement.
All our scheduled tour departures are guaranteed subject to a minimum of 2 travellers.
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Highlights & Inclusions
Below is a list of key highlights and what is included on this tour. Further, where appropriate, we have listed the items that are not included in the tour price.
Kathmandu and the Kathmandu Valley - Patan Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Pagoda, Bodhnath Buddhist stupa
Buddhist stupa and various other temples and shrines
Lhasa - Sera Monastery, Barkhor Bazaar, Potala Palace, Drepung Monastery.
Views of the Himalayan Mountains including Everest and Kanchenjunga on the scenic flight to Tibet.
8 nights - basic 3 star hotels
Return economy flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa
Touring of Kathmandu Valley & Lhasa
All relevant transfers and transportation
Please Note: Return flights between Kathmandu - Lhasa are based on the lowest fare class available booked in advance. If we are unable to book seats in this fare class due to a lack of availability then a flight supplement will apply.
1 dinner at a Nepali cultural evening
Airport arrival and departure transfer on day 1 and day 9
Entrance fees to all included sites
English speaking local guides in Kathmandu and Lhasa
Tibet visa assistance (excludes cost)
What's Not Included
International flights and visas. On The Go will make all the necessary arrangements for your Tibet visa in advance of your travel. Upon arrival to Kathmandu, Tibet visa costs (approximately USD$175 for US passport holders, USD$85 for all other nationalities) will need to be paid by you directly to our representative.
Tipping - an entirely personal gesture
Here's what some of our past travellers have written in to us and said about their experiences on this trip.
Highlights of Lhasa - 9 days
I had a great time, thanks. It was such a good tour. The guides were very helpful and the hotels were very nice indeed. I did fill out the assessment form and gave very positive feedback.
So thanks for a great trip. I may be in touch again next year for my next Asian tour.
Highlights of Lhasa - 9 days
Overall the trip was excellent and it showed us how Kathmandu and Lhasa cannot really be explored to the depth we experienced with the guides. A special thanks to our Tibet guide whose knowledge was outstanding as he managed to explain all questions we had.
A truly memorable holiday
Highlights of Lhasa - 9 days
The guide in Tibet was excellent! very knowledgeable - worth his weight in gold!