Tour Itineraries in Tibet


Tibet Overland Tour (fly-in / drive out)
(8 days / 7 nights)
(Fixed departure tour ex-Kathmandu)

(private tour can also be arranged)

(Category - Moderate)



Day
Program
01
Kathmandu - Lhasa (3,650m): Transfer to Kathmandu airport in time to connect your flight to Lhasa. This one hour fifteen minutes flight is perhaps the most spectacular as you fly directly over the great Himalayan barrier across Mt. Everest & its many surrounding peaks such as Nuptse, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Makalu etc. Upon arrival at Gonggar airport you will be received & driven along the banks of the Yarlung river to Lhasa. Check - in at Hotel Lhasa. Rest of day is at leisure.
02 - 03
Lhasa (3,650m): These two days will be spent discovering Lhasa - its magnificent palace residences, Monasteries & quaint bazaars. You will see the famous Potala Palace, Norbulinka-HH Dalai Lama's summer Palace, Sera & Drepung Monasteries as well as the Jokhang Temple. Walk through the narrow lanes of Barkhor, the old market place of Lhasa, which has remained unchanged for centuries. (B)
04
Lhasa - Gyantse (3,950m - 261kms): After breakfast, drive to Gyantse, a small bustling town seeped in history. It takes about 8 hours to drive from Lhasa to Gyantse. Drive along the Yarlung Tsangpo river & then over a high pass Khamb-La pass (4,794m) before descending to the Turquoise lake, Yamdrok Tso. Then ascend along a winding road to cross the Karo-La pass (5,045 m) and then descend to the Gyantse valley. Overnight at the Hotel Gyantse. (B)
05
Gyantse - Shigatse (3,900m - 60kms): After breakfast, visit Kumbum Chorten & the Pelkhor Monasteries. Drive on for couple of hours to Shigatse. In the afternoon, visit the Tashi Lhumpo Monastery, the largest & most magnificent amongst all Monasteries in Tibet. Also visit temple of future Buddha which is 26 m high & gilded with gold. Overnight at the Hotel Shigatse. (B)
06
Shigatse - Xegar (4,350m - 240km): This day, you will drive along the flat Tibetan plateau via a few small settlements such as Lhatse & Lulu which are typical Tibetan villages. Cross Lhakpa-La pass (5,220m). Overnight at Hotel Qomolangma. (B)
07
Xegar - Zhangmu (2,500m - 244km): The drive from Xegar to Zhangmu is picturesque & offers one of the best views of the world’s tallest peaks such as Langtang (7,245m), Dorje Lakpa (6,980m), Makalu (8463m), Everest (8,848m), Lhotse (8,516m), Cho Oyu (8,201m) & Gauri Shankar (7,134m). Cross Lalung-La pass (5,050m). As the road approaches Zhangmu, it follows the deep Gorge of Bhotekoshi river with high and spectacular waterfalls. Overnight at Hotel Zhangmu or similar. (B)
08
Zhangmu - Kathmandu: Walk or drive down from Zhangmu to the friendship bridge where you will be met by our vehicle for the onward drive to Kathmandu (114 km). As the Tibet trips are conducted only during the summer/monsoon, it is quite possible that road conditions may be very poor in which case you will have to walk certain stretches of the road which have been washed away or have been blocked by land slides.

If the road condition is very bad due to rain, you may also have to hire a 4 wheel drive vehicle for the drive from Lhasa to Zhangmu for which you have to pay extra directly to the agent (approx. US$ 100 per person). In Kathmandu, you will be dropped at a certain point close to the City center from where the transfer to the hotel will have to be arranged on own. (B)

P.S Our weekly guaranteed departures will commence with the first Saturday of April & end with the first or second Saturday of November. At present, we propose to operate this tour on fly-in & drive-out basis. However, we reserve right to alter the programme making it drive-in to Lhasa and fly-out from Lhasa (depending on road conditions/flight booking etc;). In this case, the program will have exactly the same contents but in reversed order. This “seat-in-coach” tour is based on bed & breakfast. We use best available hotels/guesthouses en route. Single rooms are not guaranteed!