Price

$6827 AUD per person

$1323 AUD Single supplement

Inclusions

  • Meet and greet service on arrival in Kathmandu
  • 14 nights accommodation (2 to 3 star hotels in Kathmandu, Lhasa. Guest Houses in Syame, Namcho Lake and Rongbuk.)
  • 14 Breakfasts
  • English speaking local guides
  • Equipment porter for trekking
  • All activities as per itinerary
  • Private transportation
  • Domestic flights Kathmandu/Lhasa/Kathmandu
  • 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 Dwarika Chhen or similar

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 Dwarika Chhen or similar

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 Hotel Samye Guest house or similar

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 Hotel Lingtsang or Yeshi Bukamg Heritage Hotel

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 Hotel Lingtsang or Yeshi Bukamg Heritage Hotel

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 Hotel Lingtsang or Yeshi Bukamg Heritage Hotel

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 in a local guesthouse

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 Hotel Gyantse or similar

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 Hotel Tashi Choda or similar

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 travelling through the plains, you will see many nomadic herders, quiet countryside life and secluded monasteries.  (B)

Overnight Hotel Chomolongma or similar

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 Guest House or similar

Day 12 – Shigatse

Today you will head back towards Shigatse. (B)

Overnight Hotel Tashi Choda or similar

Day 13 - Lhasa

The Friendship Highway is unfortunately closed since the landslide in 2015 so today you will return to Lhasa. (B)

Overnight at Hotel Lingtsang or Yeshi Bukamg Heritage Hotel

Day 14 – Lhasa to Kathmandu

This morning you will transfer to the airport for your flight to Kathmandu. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. (B)

Overnight at Dwarika Chhen or similar

Day 15 – 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)