14 days Small Group Tours 18th Sep - 1st Oct 2017Register for 2018 via our enquiry form Tailor make this journey and make it yours

Price

$6399 AUD per person

Single supplement – On request

Inclusions

  •  Meet and greet service on arrival in Kathmandu
  • 13 nights accommodation (2 to 3 star hotels in Kathmandu, Lhasa. Guest Houses in Syame, Namcho Lake and Rongbuk.)
  • 13 Breakfasts
  • English speaking local guides
  • Equipment porter for trekking
  • All activities as per itinerary
  • Private transportation
  • Domestic flights Kathmandu/Lhasa
  • Entrance fees, park fees and permits
  • Scrubba Wash Bag

Exclusions

  • International flights
  • Visas
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • All services, meals other than those indicated above
  • Personal porters
  • Any changes to the proposed and confirmed program.
  • All items of a personal nature e.g. drinks, laundry, telephone calls, tips etc

Escape the crowds and experience the rich heritage and spirituality of Nepal and Tibet. Exploring Tibet, the Roof of the World, is magical. Encounter pilgrims trekking, mountains soaring, monasteries cliff clinging and prayer flags fluttering.  Home to the Dalai Lama, the world’s tallest peak, Mount Everest, and over 1700 monasteries, this cultural adventure across the roof of the world is one not to miss.

Mingle with mysterious but gentle locals, bargain in bustling markets, and lose yourself in winding laneways. The scenery dotted with heavenly lakes will make your knees wobble. Your neck will be sore from cranking it to look at the awe inspiring jagged snow splashed landscapes. The timelessness of this region will draw you in, capture your heart and leave you yearning for more.

Day 1 - Arrive Kathmandu

Welcome to the buzzing city of Kathmandu! Stepping off the plane is an adrenaline rush in itself for many people. Your eyes darting from left to right, not wanting to miss any of the action, your ears ringing with the whirring sounds of Himalayan mountain life and the aromas assaulting your senses. You will be met upon arrival at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is yours at leisure to trundle through narrow winding streets or hop in a rickshaw and explore. This evening, a pre tour meeting will take place where you will meet your fellow travellers and receive a briefing on your tour. Documents will be collected this evening, so please ensure you have a copy of your passports, travel insurance and at least four passport photos.

Overnight Kathmandu

Day 2 – Kathmandu

Following breakfast this morning, you will be met before commencing your city tour of the enchanting city of Kathmandu. Kathmandu for many is exhilarating, intoxicating and exhausting. Exploring the main highlights including a visit to Bauddhanath Stupa which is one of the largest stupas in the world. Discover Pashupatinath, the holiest temple of Lord Shiva, the Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple) and Durbar Square. Many travellers are surprised by the sheer number of temples surrounding the square, and the two adjoining squares, some dating back to the 12th century. (B)

Overnight Kathmandu

Day 3 – Syame

This morning, you will be met and transferred to Kathmandu airport for the spectacular hour long flight to Tibet. Fly over the magnificent Himalayan ranges providing you with dramatic mountain views the entire way. Upon arrival into Tibet, you will be met and transferred to Syame. (B)

Overnight Syame

Day 4 – Lhasa

Following breakfast, spend your morning exploring the stunning city of Syame in the morning including a visit to Syame Monastery which is located on the north bank of the Yarlung Tsangpo River. Sitting amongst open farmlands, this monastery was founded in 770AD by Guru Rimpoche. After this you visit the Chim Phu Caves, which is just above the monastery. These caves were used as retreats for meditation. Continuing on, you visit the beautiful Yambulakhang Palace and Yarlung River Valley. Later in the day, you drive onto Lhasa. (B)

Overnight Lhasa

Day 5 – Lhasa

Today your local guide will lead you through several of Lhasa’s many monasteries. The first one you will visit is Sera Monastery, a fifteenth century sprawl of golden roofs and whitewashed walls. This well preserved monastery is located just a few miles north of Lhasa and is home to several hundred monks. In the afternoon, you will visit the Summer Palace of the Dalai Lama, Norbulingka, as well as the Jokhang Temple. This temple is the most revered shrine in all of Tibet and is constantly bustling with devout worshippers. You will also be given the opportunity to shop in Barkor, the crowded central market of Lhasa. (B)

Overnight Lhasa

Day 6 – Lhasa

A trip to Tibet would not be complete without experiencing the Potala Palace. This palace is Lhasa’s cardinal landmark and is a wonder of eastern architecture. Your first sight of this massive structure will be a magical moment remembered for years to come. It has been a palace since the fifth or sixth century and was once home to the Dalai Lama. This truly amazing day will end with a visit to the Drepung Monastery. Once the world’s largest monastery, housing 10,000 monks, Drepung Monastery lies hidden in rocky ridges just beyond the city. Surprisingly much of the building was left untouched throughout the Cultural Revolution. (B)

Overnight Lhasa

Day 7 – Namtso Lake

After breakfast  this morning, you will start your four hour drive to Namtso Lake. Situated at the height of 4,718m, this is a world’s highest salt water lake. The views from here are simply spectacular as you take in the surround panoramic beauty of the lake and great surrounding Himalayan ranges. (B)

Overnight Namtso Lake

Day 8 – Gyantse

The breathtaking views and truly amazing scenery continue as you head southwest, weaving through many magnificent valleys and exquisite Tibetan villages bursting with traditional untouched mountain life. The day will finish in the town of Gyantse. You will spend the night in a hotel in this historical city. (B)

Overnight Gyantse

Day 9 – Xigatse

First thing in the morning you will visit Gyantse Dzong. This fort dates back to the fourteenth century and offers some of the most amazing views of Gyantse and the surrounding valley. Before leaving you will also visit the famed Gyantse Kumbum. This magnificent tiered structure is the largest stupa in all of Tibet. If the exquisite gold dome is not enough, this stupa is packed with Tibetan sculptures and paintings.

The drive today is only 90km and takes us to the second largest city in Tibet. Shigatse is a laid back city that provides an excellent opportunity for both relaxation and exploration. As a group we will explore the local market and the Tahilhumpo Monastery. Tahilhumpo Monastery is one of the largest functioning monasteries in Tibet and was able to last through the Cultural Revolution nearly unscathed. It is a great pleasure to spend some time exploring the busy cobbled lanes twisting around these ancient buildings. (B)

Overnight Xigatse

Day 10 – Shegar 

The views of this desert plateau provide for wondrous entertainment as you travel along the Friendship Highway. This stretch is some of the most spectacular landscape in Tibet. After passing through the small town of Lhatse we will cross Gyatmso La, the highest pass on our journey. The land quickly descends to plains after Gyatmso La. Whilst traveling through the plains, you will see many nomadic herders, quiet countryside life and secluded monasteries.  (B)

Overnight Shegar

Day 11 – Rongbuk (Everest Base Camp Excursion)

After leaving Shegar you will travel only a short distance before turning off the Friendship Highway. Your four wheel drive vehicles will take you south towards the main Himalayan range while passing over Pang La. The view from the top of Pang La is truly stunning. One is able to see all the way from Makalu to Shishapangma. In the afternoon you will descend into the Rongbuk Valley and Everest will jump quickly into view. This is your first chance to catch a glimpse of this awe-inspiring mountain.

Everest Base Camp Excursion (5090m) – If you would like to trek instead of drive you can trek for two hours to Rongbuk Monastery. This will lead you to the base of the highest peak on earth – The North Face Of Mount Everest (8848m.) Or Mount Quomolangma in Tibetan. Explore the Base Camp and catch sight of the Rongbuk glacier. (B)

Overnight Rongbuk

Day 12 –Zhangmu

Today you drive back from Tingri and cross Lalung La and Shung La, two more incredible passes. The views from these passes are breathtaking once again. While standing on these passes one is surrounded by grandiose mountains such as Shishpangma, Cho Oyu, Gauri Shankar, and more.  In the afternoon, drive downhill to Nyalam.  You begin descending from the arid Tibetan plateau to the small town of Zhangmu. (B)

Overnight Zhangmu

Day 13 – Kodari to Kathmandu

Following breakfast, the drive continues downhill from Zhangmu to The Friendship Bridge where your transportation awaits you as you head to the Nepalese border. The Friendship Bridge lies at the Border of China and Nepal and is only a few kilometres from Zhangmu. It spans the impressive Bhote Koshi River. It is time to say goodbye to your Tibetan guide and driver at this point. Our Nepalese staff will meet you at the immigration control in Kodari and help with all the re-entry formalities. The city of Kathmandu, lies four hours to the south. (B)

Overnight Kodari

Day 14 – Departure

Enjoy one last breakfast in your hotel in Nepal before you are transferred to the airport for your onwards flight. It is time to say goodbye to your fellow travellers and reflect on one of the most experiences of your travelling life.  (B)