Exciting Days, Comfortable Nights

Nepal to Tibet

13 days  |  Starts/Ends: Kathmandu  |  from USD $3,335  |   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.
Countries Visited: Nepal, Tibet

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Hotels
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Itinerary

Note: Currently this tour is operating with a revised itinerary as the Tibet/ Nepal land border crossing at Zangmu/ Kodari is still closed. The Kyirong border (Rasuwa Gadhi crossing), north of Kathmandu is currently open for trade only, though on the ground information suggests that this border will start processing tourism visas in August. Should neither land border be open for tourism travel from Tibet to Nepal will be by flight at an additional cost to travellers of approx USD$500. For trips departing from Oct - Dec 2016, a decision will be made on 15 Aug 2016 as to whether this section of the trip will operate by land or air.

Day 1

Kathmandu

Sunday. 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. Early this morning there will be an optional flight over Everest and other of the world’s tallest peaks. Our sightseeing today starts at Bodhnath Stupa, while here you can visit the Thangka Art Gallery. Later we head to Patan CIty, a historic centre for Buddhist and Hindu cultures, where we visit several famous temples and sights, as well as witness Singing Bowls performed by a Buddhist monk. Leaving Patan City behind we travel onwards to the rural towns of Bungamati and Khokhana for a brief stop. This evening we enjoy a dinner and traditional dance performance back in the capital.
Overnight: Kathmandu  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3

Lhasa

Kathmandu – Lhasa. Fly to Lhasa in Tibet this morning - the ‘Roof of the World’. Rising more than two 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

Potala Palace

Over the next three days we explore the lofty city of Lhasa. Our first stop will be Potala Palace - an enduring symbol of Lhasa and the winter home of the Dalai Lama. 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 all Tibetans prostrate themselves at some point in their lifetime. Later we’ll browse the popular Barkhor Bazaar, where you can purchase handicrafts, carpets and paintings.
Overnight: Lhasa  |  Breakfast

Day 5

Sera Monastery

Continuing our sightseeing today we visit 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. Just north of Lhasa is our next stop - 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.
Overnight: Lhasa  |  Breakfast

Day 6

Kambala pass & Gyantse

Lhasa - Gyantse. Today we travel by road 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. Upon arrival we visit Pelkhor Chode Temple, home to the Khumbum Stupa - an architectural masterpiece and the most reverred in Tibet.
Overnight: Gyantse  |  Breakfast

Day 7

Tashilunpo Monastery

Gyantse - Shigatse. We get back on the road this morning for our drive to Shigatse, Tibet’s second largest city. Upon arrival we pay a visit to visit Tashilunpo Monastery, a huge monastic compound of golden roofed buildings and cobbled lanes, founded by the first Dalai Lama in 1447. As one of the largest functioning monasteries in Tibet it is a fascinating place to explore.
Overnight: Shigatse  |  Breakfast

Day 8

Xegar

Shigatse – Xegar. Our journey today takes us on the picturesque Friendship Highway as we make our way to Xegar. Enjoy free time upon arrival to explore the sights at your own pace.
Overnight: Xegar  |  Breakfast

Day 9

Everest Base Camp

Xegar – Rongbuk monastery – Everest Base Camp – Xegar. This morning we drive the Chay-Pangla pass to Rongbuk. At 4930 metres above sea level, it is the world’s highest monastery and the spectacular views of Everest’s north face are well-worth the journey. The mighty Mount Everest has the world’s tallest peak and from Rongbuk we take an excursion in a local bus to its famous base camp, the starting point of many intrepid expeditions to reach its lofty summit. Spend a few hours exploring the area before our drive back to Xegar.
Overnight: Xegar  |  Breakfast

Day 10

The Nepal Border

Xegar – Kyirong. Today we begin our journey back to Nepal. Driving up to the steep Lalung La Pass we’ll be treated to some amazing views of the Himalayas. Skirting Peku Tso Lake and across the Yangdo High Pass we’ll arrive at the Tibet-Nepal border town of Kyriong. After hotel check-in enjoy free time.
Overnight: Kyriong  |  Breakfast

Day 11

Crossing the border

Kyirong – Kathmandu. After breakfast today we’ll drive to the border and following immigration formailities we’ll start our journey back to Kathmandu through national parks and rural towns.
Overnight: Kathmandu  |  Breakfast

Day 12

Bhaktapur

Kathmandu - Bhaktapur - Kathmandu. Today we enjoy a day trip to the ancient city of Bhaktapur. Our tour here will take in famous sights as well as allow us to witness a demonstration of pottery and yogurt making. In the afternoon we’ll visit the administrative centre of Dhulikhel and Panauti - a small historical city east of Kathmandu.
Overnight: Kathmandu  |  Breakfast

Day 13

Kathmandu

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

Prices & 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.

4+ places available
Limited places
Sold out
On Request (Please Contact Us)
2016
Price/Person
Single Supp.
USD $3335
USD $985
USD $3335
USD $985
2017
Price/Person
Single Supp.
USD $3335
USD $985
USD $3465
USD $985
USD $3465
USD $985
USD $3465
USD $985
USD $3465
USD $985
USD $3465
USD $985
USD $3465
USD $985
USD $3335
USD $985
USD $3335
USD $985

Hotels

The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard when necessary.

Accommodation on Tour

For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.

Simple
Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.

Standard
Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.

Superior
Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.

Deluxe
Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.

Lavish
Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!

Hotel Manaslu, Kathmandu

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Set over 3 floors, Hotel Manaslu is a charming hotel decorated in a classic Nepali style - using local artisans to create an aura of beautiful Newari tradition. Guest rooms are well furnished with air conditioning and en suite facilities. The hotel also benefits from an out door pool, cocktail bar and complimentary Wi-Fi. The hotel can arrange shuttles into the centre of Kathmandu which is just over a mile away.

Hotel Yeti, Gyantse

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Meaning magical creature, the Yeti Hotel in Gyantse is newly refurbished and decorated with a beautiful Tibetan cultural theme. This warm and friendly hotel is conveniently located just 5 minutes from the Old Town. Guest rooms are equipped with gorgeous hand crafted furniture including traditional paintings and woollen weaved rugs. Delicious and hearty meals are served in the onsite restaurant and there is Wi-Fi available throughout the accommocation complex.

Manasarovar Hotel, Shigatse

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Opened in 2001, the Manasarovar Hotel is an elegant complex built in a classic Tibetan style. Guest rooms are spacious and all come with a range of modern amenities including air-conditioning, TV and telephone. The hotel also has an onsite restaurant that provides a varied selection of authentic Sichuan, Cantonese and local cuisine for the pleasure of its guests. The hotel is conveniently located in the centre of Shigatse close to the Tashi Lhunpo Monastery.

Trip Highlights

Kathmandu & Kathmandu Valley - Bodhnath Stupa, Patan’s Durbar Square and the ancient Newari towns of Bungamati and Khokani
Rongbuk Monastery - The world's highest monastery which offers spectacular views of Mount Everest's north face
Views of the Himalayan Mountains including Everest
Shigatse - Tashilunpo Monastery, a huge golden roofed monastic compound
Gyantse - Kumbum Stupa and Phalor monastery
Bhaktapur - Bhaktapur Durbar Square, visiting local families to watch Ju Ju Dhau (yoghurt) being made and try making pottery
Lhasa - Sera Monastery, Barkhor Bazaar, Potala Palace and Drepung Monastery
Spectacular mountain vistas along the Friendship Highway, with views of Yamdrok Tso Lake
Everest Base Camp - The starting point of intrepid treks to the summit of Mt Everest

Included

12 breakfasts & 1 dinner at a Nepali cultural evening
Airport arrival and departure transfer on day 1 and day 13
Touring of Kathmandu, Patan, Bhaktapur, Bungmati, Khokana, Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse, Xegar and Everest Base Camp
Escorted by licensed English-speaking local guides
12 nights 3-star hotels
Assistance obtaining your Tibet Permit (excludes the cost of the permit)
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 $135-145
Tour Details
Starts
Kathmandu
Ends
Kathmandu
Departs
Sundays - April to November
Hotel Rating
3 star
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - for all included sightseeing
Meals
Breakfast: 12, 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
Exciting Days, Comfortable Nights OTG Signature
Exciting Days, Comfortable Nights

On The Go's Signature group tours place local interaction and authenticity at the heart of your cultural travel experience. Upping the comfort stakes, this range is a clear cut above our OTG Adventure range.

Appealing to a wide age demographic from the 20s to 60+, we maximize your days with excitement and awe and then bring you home to a comfortable 4* hotel with western amenities, air-conditioning, WiFi and, where appropriate, a swimming pool. Hotels can sometimes be of 3 or 5 star standard too, ensuring you get the best value for your holiday.

Visiting all the main attractions you’ll be accompanied throughout by our highly qualified English-speaking local guides too. Group size is typically 18 with a maximum for 28, apart from festival tours, where group sizes can be larger due to the one-off nature of these events.

Guaranteed Departures
This tour is 100% guaranteed to depart with 2 travellers.
Guaranteed Departures
This tour is 100% guaranteed to depart with 2 travellers.
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