Tibet Tours (roof top of the world):
Tibet has not only exerted a magnetic spell upon travelers for centuries, but also spies, missionaries, scholars, geographers, mystics and soldiers of fortune.
It's a fascinating world of timeless splendor, unique tradition and breathtaking scenery, isolated from the rest of the world by the mighty Himalayan range. It is a scared land of myths, and mysteries, but the inhabitants are very welcoming and smiling people.
With 24 successful years in the travel / trekking business we have become experts in tours/ trek to Tibet and make the journey easy, pleasant and affordable. Whether it's a trip to Everest Base camp in Nepal side or Tibet side, Mt. Kailash and Mansarovear Lake (a holy Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimage location) or several days exploring the fascinating city of Lhasa.
Altitude & Health:
Traveling in Tibet is an adventure involving high altitude and could be strenuous. While most visitors experience only minor effects from the altitude, we advise those with heart, lung or blood disease to contact their physician for advice. Mild headache, fever, loss of appetite or stomach disorder can take place in the process of acclimatization.
Our advice for better acclimatization: drink a minimum four litters of water a day, do not exhaust yourself, breath-deep and take more rest than usual.
From Kathmandu the flight will arrive in Gonggar where a bus will be waiting for the last leg to TseDang.
Lhasa tour - 8 days, (fly in - drive out or vice versa):
Day 01 : Kathmandu airport transfer by an English speaking guide.
Welcome to Tibet! Upon arrival at Gongkar Airport, clear Immigration and Customs and proceed to the arrival hall where your local guide will be waiting. From the airport, drive to Tsedang (about an hour). After checking into your hotel, the rest of the afternoon is free to relax and acclimate. Be sure to take it slowly and drink plenty of water.
Day 02: Tsedang - Samye - Lhassa by bus.
Morning visit of Yumbulakhang - the first palace in Tibet. After a drive to the ferry a boat will be taken to Samye monastery, the first monastery allowing tonsured monks to become real Buddhists. The central chapel is a three-storied building with Tibetan style rooms on the ground floor, Chinese style rooms on the middle floor and Indian style rooms on the top floor.
Day 03: Lhasa sightseeing by bus.
This morning, meet your Tibetan guide and begin your exploration of Lhasa. First visit Drepung Monastery. About eight kilometers west of central Lhasa, Drepung is one of the world's largest monasteries. It was built in 1416 by Jamyang Choje, a pupil of Tshong Khapa, the founder of the Gelugpa Sect of Buddhism. Drepung literally means "heaps of rice," and the fertility of its fields supported a monastic community, that before 1959, was comprised of 7,770 monks. In the afternoon visit the Jokhang Temple, founded in the mid-7th century. As the spiritual center of the Tibet, the temple hums with pilgrims chanting and spinning prayer wheels amid the smoke of yak butter lamps. Explore the Barkhor Market surrounding the temple. Here hundreds of merchants sell their wares to the innumerable pilgrims. One can buy everything from incense and prayer scarves to yak butter and Pringles. A current of humanity fills the Barkhor as the devoted make their clock-wise
Day 04: Lhasa sightseeing by bus:
circumambulation, called a kora, around the temple grounds. Some pilgrims perform chaktsal, or ritual prostration, around the entire kora circuit. The electrifying sensation of immersion in the kora touches an ancient and enduring spiritual pulse.
If you're picturing Tibet, chances are you're picturing the Potala Palace, and today you'll visit this World Heritage Site. Stroll through its 13 stories, housing 1,000 rooms, and see what remains of its antiquities.
This afternoon, visit the Dalai Lama's former Summer Palace, the Norbulingka, a tranquil and shady retreat. Time permitting, visit Sera Monastery, noted for its theological debates, an interesting tool of study. The monks grill each other on the meaning of sacred texts. If a monk answers incorrectly, the others clap and the sound reverberates throughout the
chamber. It's good natured, boisterous fun, as well as a skillful way to delve into profound Buddhist philosophy. The rest of the day is at your leisure. Perhaps venture back to the Barkhor, a fascinating place to watch the locals and daily life. Watch the glowing sunset on the Jokhang Temple before retiring for the evening.
Day 05: Lhasa – Gyantse via Yamdrok Tso Lake.
This morning meet your guide and depart Lhasa on a spectacular overland journey along the Tibetan Plateau to Gyantse, Enjoy the stunning scenery, spectacular high mountain passes, authentic villages and experience Tibetan life. The drive to Gyantse is approximately eight hours (262 kilometers / 163 miles). En route, you'll cross over Kampa La pass (4,794 meters/15,724 feet) with magnificent views of Yamdrok Tso, or Turquoise Lake, covering 600 square kilometers/372 square miles. Yamdrok Tso is one of the three largest lakes in Tibet and one of the most sacred. Continue your drive, passing
massive glaciers and typical Tibetan countryside. The altitude of Gyantse is 3,950 meters/12,956 feet. Gyantse is one of the last authentic Tibetan villages and well worth the time spent here. Spend the evening exploring Gyantse. Begin with a visit to Peklor Chode Monastery, founded in 1418. Within the high perimeters walls of the complex is the great Kumbum stupa, completed in 1427. It is a spectacular creation and Gyantse's most popular attraction.
Day 06: Gyantse – Lhatse via Shigatse.
This afternoon, continue driving west about 2-3 hours to Shigatse (elevation of 3,900 meters/12,792 feet). Shigatse is the second largest city in Tibet, consisting of the predictably drab, Stalin-esque concrete cubes that make up the "modern" Chinese section of the city, and a delightfully whimsical jumble of monasteries and dzongs comprising the old Tibetan quarter. Visit the interesting Tashilunpo Monastery, the seat of the Panchen Lamas. This monastery was founded in 1447 by Gedun Drup who was later recognized as the first Dalai Lama. The main statue of this monastery is Maitreya Buddha, the future Buddha. The statue is made of 275 kilograms of gold and measures 26 meters in height.
Day 07: Lhatse – Nyalam.
The drive from Tingri to Zhangmu is very impressive and one of the most scenic drives of the trip. Drive across the Tingri plain and enjoy the stunning views of Mt. Everest, Cho Oyu, and others impressive mountains off in the distance. The road zigzags for several kilometers before reaching Nyalam. Nyalam when literally translates to "road to hell", because it used to be very narrow and prone to muddiness, but it has since been renovated so that it is wider and more secure. As you descend slowly the dry barren hills recede and tree lines begin to appear and eventually give way to greenery. The vistas are breathtaking and awe-inspiring. Passing over Lalung La, the world's highest peaks seem to be within your reach. Arrive in Zhangmu and check into your hotel for the evening.
Day 08: Nyalam - Friendship bridge via Zhangmu - Kathmandu:
This morning, continue the drive to Kathmandu. After clearing Immigrations on the Chinese side at Zhangmu, drive down to the Friendship Bridge, the border of Nepal and China. Say goodbye to your Tibetan guide, cross the Friendship Bridge by
foot. Meet your Nepali guide and transfer to Katmandu.
Kathmadu to Lhasa by flight then overland tour to Zhangmu border via Everest Base camp, 10 days.
Means of transport by jeep or bus depend on group size and requirment.
Day 01: Kathmandu – Lhasa.
Day 02 & 03: Lhasa full days sightseeing.
Day 04: Lhasa – Gyantse.
Day 05: Gyantse – Xigatse.
Day 06: Xigatse – Xegar.
Day 07: Xegar – Rongbuk.
Day 08: Everest Base Camp excursion, return to Tingri.
Day 09: Tingri – Zhangmu via Nyalam.
Day 10: Zhangmu – Kathmandu.
Kathmandu to Lhasa by flight than bicycle to Everest Base Camp in Tibet side and Kathmandu - 19 days:
Day 01: Arrive Lhasa airport, transfer to Lhasa city (100 km.). O/N hotel.
Day 02: Sightseeing tour of Jokhang, Barkhor Market. O/N hotel.
Day 03: Sightseeing tour of Potala Palace. O/N hotel.
Day 04: Cycling to bottom of Kamba La. O/N Camp.
Day 05: Cycling to Nagarge. O/ N Camp.
Day 06: Cycling to below Simi La. O/N Camp.
Day 07: Cycling to Gyantes.O/N hotel.
Day 08: Cycling to Xigates. O/N hotel.
Day 09: Sightseeing tour of Thshi Lhungpo Monastery. O/N hotel.
Day 10: Cycling below Tsuo La O/N Camp.
Day 11: Cycling below Lhakpa La.O/N Camp.
Day 12: Cycling beneath Pang La.O/N Camp.
Day 13: Cycling 10 miles Past the Village Phadhruchi.O/N Camp.
Day 14: Cycling to Rangbuk . O/N Camp.
Day 15: Rest day at Rangbuk for local exursion of Everest BC . O/N Camp.
Day 16: Cycling to Old Tingri. O/N Camp.
Day 17: Cycling below Lalung Leh O/N Camp.
Day 18: Cycling Beyond Nyalam. O/N Lodge.
Day 19: Cycling to Zhangmu, check out immigration, cross friend Ship border then cycling to KTM after checking immigration.
Price depends upon group size.