Exciting Days, Comfortable Nights

Nepal to Tibet

13 days  |  Starts/Ends: Kathmandu  |  from USD $3,335  |   Guaranteed Departures 

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

Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Hotels
Inclusions

Itinerary

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

Tibet - Roof of the World

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.

Travellers need to independently book their flight to Lhasa at a personal cost. We can assist with booking this flight should you require. The flight to be booked is Air China: CA 408 departing Kathmandu on Tuesday at 12:20, arriving to Lhasa, Tibet at 16:00. If your tour commences after 10 Oct 2017, please do not book your flight at this point in time as the airline schedule is set to change. Upon arrival you'll be welcomed by our Tibetan tour guide and transferred to our hotel, where the rest of the day is free to relax and acclimatise.
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 & Drepung Monestery

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, Kumbum Monastery & Gyatse

Lhasa - Gyatse. 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 Kumbum Stupa - an architectural masterpiece built in the style of 108-sided Mandela. It is the most revered Stupa in Tibet and houses 112 chapels of which only 23 are open to the public.
Overnight: Gyantse  |  Breakfast

Day 7

Tashilunpo Monastery & Shigatse

Gyantse - Shigatse - Xegar. 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. After a visit to the local market and some free time to browse, its onward to Shegar taking the Friendship Highway which snakes its way through mountain peaks and valley corridors. Well pass the small town of Lhatse before climbing the Gyatso Pass and reaching an altitude of 5220m. As the incredible vistas fall behind the route opens to one of rolling plains studded with local monasteries and nomadic herders camping along the way.
Overnight: Xegar  |  Breakfast

Day 8

Everest Base Camp & Rongbuk Monastery

Xegar – Rongbuk monastery – Everest Base Camp – Xegar. This morning we take in majestic views of snow-capped peaks of Makalu (the fifth highest mountain in the world) to Shishapangma (the fourteenth highest) as we drive the Chay-Pangla pass to Rongbuk. At 4930 metres above sea level, Rongbuk 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. You have the opportunity to explore Everest Base Camp (5150m.) which is approx. 15 km further. The base camp itself is dry and barren, but the views of Everest more than compensate for it. After an awesome experience you will be drive back to Xegar for your overnight stay.
Overnight: Xegar  |  Breakfast

Day 9

Everest Base Camp

Xegar – Shigatse. Today we travel back to Shigatse. Upon arrival we'll visit the local markets offering an opportunity to browse and stretch our legs.
Overnight: Shigatse  |  Breakfast

Day 10

Free time in Lhasa

Shigatse - Lhasa. This morning we drive onward to Lhasa via the scenic northern route. Our route at times runs alongside the upgraded Qingzang Railway Line, the world's highest railway built to operate the high speed Sky Train that connect Xining, Qinghai Province, to Lhasa, Tibet. The Sky Train is fitted with personal Oxygen masks should passengers feel a little lightheaded when travelling those high altitude passes. If we are lucky we'll see the Sky Train whiz by. Upon arrival to Lhasa the afternoon offer free time for you independently explore.
Overnight: Lhasa  |  Breakfast

Day 11

Fly Lhasa to Kathmandu

Lhasa - Kathmandu. At noon today we return to Kathmandu by flight. Travellers need to independently book their flight to Kathmandu at a personal cost. We can assist with booking this flight should you require. The flight to be booked is China Airways: CA 407 departing Lhasa on Wednesday at 12:10, arriving to Kathmandu, Nepal at 11:20. If your tour commences after 10 Oct 2017, please do not book your flight at this point in time as the airline schedule is set to change. Upon arrival to Kathmandu, you will be met at the airport and transferred to our hotel. This afternoon and evening offer free time.
Overnight: Kathmandu  |  Breakfast

Day 12

Bhaktapur - ancient city & famous pottery & yoghurt making

Kathmandu - Bhaktapur - Kathmandu. Today we enjoy a day trip to the ancient city of Bhaktapur. Our tour here will include visits to the 55 Window palace, Golden Gate, Taleju Bell, Bhairabhnath Temple, Datatraya Temple and more. Enroute we'll witness a demonstration of pottery and yoghurt making. Yoghurt is traditionally known as as 'Ju Ju Dhau' and is a speciality of Bhaktapur. In the afternoon we’ll visit the administrative centre of Dhulikhel and Panauti - a small historical city east of Kathmandu before retutning to the capital
Overnight: Kathmandu  |  Breakfast

Day 13

Kathmandu - your way

Saturday. Today you are welocme to further explore before hotel check-out and included departure transfer to the airport for your homeward flight.
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. If you are happy to be paired up with another single traveller of the same sex on your tour, this can be arranged provided there is another single traveller booked on the tour date of your choosing.

Departure dates noted with a 'G' are guaranteed to operate. All other departure dates can be guaranteed with a minimum of 2 persons.

Guaranteed Departure
4+ places available
Limited places
Sold out
On Request (Please Contact Us)
2017
Price/Person
Single Supp.
USD $3335
USD $985
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2018
Price/Person
Single Supp.
USD $3335
USD $985
USD $3335
USD $985
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USD $3465
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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.

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 Mt Everest, Makalu (5th highest mountain in the world) to Mt Shishapangma (14th highest)
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 - the beautiful 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 and 1 dinner
Airport arrival and departure transfer on day 1 and day 13
Welcome dinner and cultural performance, local experiences including village visits and yoghurt making and tasting.
All relevant transfers and transportation in private, air conditioned vehicles
12 nights 3 star hotels
Touring of Kathmandu, Patan, Bhaktapur, Bungmati & Khokana Villages, Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse, Xegar and Everest Base Camp
Assistance obtaining your Tibet Permit (excludes the cost of the permit)
Escorted by licensed English-speaking Nepalese and Tibetan tour guides.

Not Included

International flights including return flights from Kathmandu - Lhasa (on day 3) and Lhasa - Kathmandu (on day 11) at a cost of approx. USD$700. Air China offer direct flights on these days. Please see our itinerary for details of the flights that need to be booked or contact us for assistance.
Tipping - an entirely personal gesture
Visas and Tibet Permit. On The Go will arrange 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, paid in local currency
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
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