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Nepal to Tibet

14 days  |  Starts/Ends: Kathmandu  |  from USD $2,599  |   Guaranteed Departure 

Journey beyond cosmopolitan Kathmandu to holy Tibet - 'the roof of the world'. Uncover the world's most holy Hindu temple, the world's highest monastery and the tallest mountain, set amongst spectacular Himalayan vistas and enlightening Buddhist stupas.

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Day 1

Welcome to Nepal and the start of your holiday. Arrive Kathmandu airport and transfer to hotel. This evening enjoy a welcome drink and briefing.
Overnight: Kathmandu

Day 2
Kathmandu Valley

Kathmandu is a fascinating blend of old and new, the largest and most cosmopolitan city in Nepal and yet in places, seemingly unchanged since the middle-ages with temples, shrines and living gods. This morning we visit the colossal Bodhnath stupa and Patan Durbar Square, which is brimming with temples and unique architecture. In the afternoon we explore the enchanting 16th Century Newari towns of Bungamati and Khokana which remain untouched by 21st Century life. This evening enjoy dinner and a traditional dance performance at the cultural village.
Overnight: Kathmandu  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3

Kathmandu – Lhasa. Fly to Lhasa in Tibet this morning - the ‘Roof of the World’. Rising more than 2 miles above sea level the Tibetan plateau is a mystical realm of breathtaking mountain scenery, spectacular Buddhist architecture and fascinating culture. Upon arrival transfer to Lhasa, where the rest of the day is free to relax and acclimatise.

Please Note:The flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa is not included in the tour cost. There is one direct Air China flight on a Tuesday please book this one or contact us for assistance.
Overnight: Lhasa  |  Breakfast

Day 4
Jokhang temple

Over the next two days explore enchanting Lhasa, home to the Dalai Lama’s until the 1950’s. Just north of Lhasa is the Sera monastery which after 600 years, is still a working retreat, although these days only hundreds of monks rattle around in the massive buildings that were built for thousands. It is one of the great Gelukpa ‘Universities’ where you can witness the monks learning scriptures in the Debating Garden. We’ll also explore the fascinating Jokhang temple which is the holiest shrine in Tibet and houses a solid gold shrine of the enlightened Buddha, around which, in varying degrees of exertion, all Tibetans prostrate themselves at some point in their lifetime.
Overnight: Lhasa  |  Breakfast

Day 5
Potala Palace

Continuing our exploration of Lhasa, we travel to the Potala Palace - an enduring symbol of Lhasa and the winter home of the Dalai Lama. Our sightseeing also includes the monastery of Drepung; once the largest monastery in the world, home to 10,000 monks, but tragically torn asunder during the Cultural Revolution and still rebuilding its walls and status today.
Overnight: Lhasa  |  Breakfast

Day 6

Today is a free day for you to relax or independently explore the city.
Overnight: Lhasa  |  Breakfast

Day 7

Lhasa – Gyantse. Departing Lhasa, we head off along the Friendship Highway to the attractive city of Gyantse. The journey is incredibly scenic, crossing two mountain passes, the Kambala pass (4794m) and Karola (5010m) pass via the beautiful lake Yamdrok Tso. Gyantse is 3rd largest town in Tibet but most influenced by Chinese attractions.
Overnight: Gyantse  |  Breakfast

Day 8

Gyantse - Shigatse. Gyantse‘s main highlight is the Kumbum, constructed in 1440, it is an eight storey building and the best preserved example of unique Tibetan architecture. Kumbum means “a hundred thousand images” and this fabulous building is lavishly decorated, with paintings smothering the walls and topped with a gold dome. After sightseeing at the Kumbum stupa and Phalor Monastery in Gyantse we continue our journey to Shigatse, Tibet’s second largest city. Upon arrival we visit the free Tibetan market and the Tashilunpo Monastery; a huge monastic compound of golden roofed buildings and cobbled lanes, founded by the first Dalai Lama in 1447.
Overnight: Shigatse  |  Breakfast

Day 9
Xegar

Shigatse – Xegar. Be prepared for a bumpy ride today, driving through the spellbinding Everest Region to Xegar which was once the capital of the Tingri region. Here we visit the impressive Xegar Dzong (fortress).
Overnight: Xegar  |  Breakfast

Day 10
Everest Base Camp

Xegar – Rongbuk monastery - Everest Base Camp – Old Tingri. This morning drive the Pangla pass to the Rongbuk; at 4930metres above sea level, it is the world’s highest monastery and the spectacular views of Everest’s north face are well worth the arduous journey. The Himalayas boast eight out of the ten highest mountains in the world and extend across 2400 kilometres. The mighty Mount Everest has the world’s tallest peak and today we visit its famous base camp; the starting point of many intrepid expeditions to reach its lofty summit. We spend a few hours exploring the area before taking a short drive south to the town of Old Tingri (via the stunning Lamna pass), where we spend the night.
Overnight: Tingri  |  Breakfast

Day 11
Zangmu

Tingri – Zangmu – The Last Resort. Today begin the journey back to Nepal, driving up to the steep Lalung La Pass, where we’ll be treated to some amazing views of the Himalayas and Everest, before our sharp decent along narrow windy roads, through lush forested mountainsides and deep gorges. Continue to the Tibet-Nepal border town of Zangmu. Crossing the border back into Nepal we stop at a border resort for the night where bungee jumping and rafting are available to book locally if you’re feeling adventurous!
Overnight: Nepal Border (permanent tented camp)  |  Breakfast

Day 12

The Last Resort - Bhaktapur. Today we drive to Bhaktapur, a typical Newar town. Despite its close proximity to Kathmandu, Bhaktapur seems worlds apart. This enchanting old town is peacefully traffic free and has retained its centuries old traditions, crafts and trades. Bhaktapur Durbar Square is home to beautifully carved Malla dynasty palaces and pagodas and the cobblestone streets, temples, shrines and squares are full of character.
Overnight: Bhaktapur (simple guesthouse)  |  Breakfast

Day 13

Bhaktapur – Kathmandu. The Newar communities of Bhaktapur are famous for their pottery making, they not only sell their products within the country but also abroad. The town is also famous for making yogurt traditionally known as “Ju Ju Dhau”, which is the town's speciality. This morning we visit a local family in Bhaktapur to see Ju Ju Dhau (yoghurt) being made and visit Pottery Square to test our skills at pottery making. In the afternoon we return to Nepal’s capital where you can enjoy the remains of the day at leisure.
Overnight: Kathmandu  |  Breakfast

Day 14

Hotel check-out and onward transfer to the airport.
Breakfast

Trip Highlights

Kathmandu and the Kathmandu Valley - Patan Durbar Square, Bodhnath stupa, Bungamati and Khokana ancient Newar towns
Lhasa - Sera Monastery, Jokhang Temple, Potala Palace and Drepung Monastery
Shigatse - Tashilunpo Monastery, a huge golden roofed monastic compound
Gyantse - Kumbum Stupa and Phalor monastery
Rongbuk Monastery - the world's highest monastery which offers spectacular views of Everest's north face
The Last Resort - a resort on the border of Nepal and Tibet where bungee jumping and rafting are available to book locally
Views of the Himalayan Mountains and Everest along the Lalung La Pass
Spectacular mountain vistas along the Friendship Highway, with views of Yamdrok Tso Lake
Everest Base Camp - starting point of intrepid treks to the summit of Mt Everest
Bhaktapur - Durbar Square, visiting local families to watch Ju Ju Dhau (yoghurt) being made and try making pottery
Xegar Dzong (fortress)

Included

13 breakfasts
12 nights 3 star hotels and simple guesthouses and 1 night permanent tented camp
Assistance obtaining your Tibet Permit (excludes the cost of the permit)
English speaking local guides
1 dinner at a Nepali cultural evening
Airport arrival and departure transfer on day 1 and day 14
Touring of Kathmandu, Patan, Bhaktapur, Bungmati, Khokana, Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse, Xegar and Everest Base Camp
All relevant transfers and transportation in private, air conditioned vehicles

Not Included

International flights including the one way flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa on day 3. There is one direct Air China flight on a Tuesday, please book this or contact us for assistance.
Tipping - an entirely personal gesture
Visas and Tibet Permit. On The Go will make all the necessary arrangements for your Tibet permit in advance of your travel. Upon arrival to Kathmandu, the Tibet permit cost (approx. USD$220 for US passport holders & USD$120 for all other nationalities) will need to be paid by you directly to our representative.
Entrance Fees: USD $30-40

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.

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Tour Details
Starts
Kathmandu
Ends
Kathmandu
Departs
Sundays
Hotel Rating
3 star
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - for all included sightseeing
Meals
Breakfast: 13, Dinner: 1

Excellent trip & very good value.

Very pleased with joining hotel - a small haven in chaotic Kathmandu.

Local agents very efficient & tour guide Ms Pema in Tibet was a lovely lady. Very comfortable Land Cruiser for some long journeys.

Tibet is a fascinating country to visit, but it would have been very difficult without such a helpful & knowledgable guide.

This was our 3rd trip with OTG, and have no hesitation in booking again.

Mr David Zahra
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