Tibet: Legends of the Himalayas

  • Destination: Nepal, Tibet
  • Duration: 10 days
  • Price: $1450

Overview

A once in a lifetime journey to the Roof of the World! A road trip across the magical Tibetan Plateau to explore the unique Tibetan Culture and its breathtaking landscape. From the world’s largest Monasteries to Everest Base Camp!

Highlights

- Lhasa, the legendary capital of Tibet
- Potala Palace, the seat of the Dalai Lamas
- Jokhang Temple, Tibet’s most sacred Temple & Barkhor Market
- Yamdrok Lake, Tibet’s Turquoise Sacred Lake
- Gyantse & Pelkor Monastery
- Shigatse & Tashilhunpo Monastery, the seat of the Panchen Lamas
- Sakya Monastery, the seat of the Sakya Lamas
- Rongbuk Monastery, the world’s highest Monastery
- Mount Everest Northern Face & the Great Himalayas
- Reaching Everest Base Camp from the Tibetan side

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Itinerary & Trip Details

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
Arrival in Kathmandu

Arrival in Kathmandu airport in Nepal, Pick-up and transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel

Accommodation: Standard Hotel

Day 2: Kathmandu Valley

Kathmandu Valley

Spend the day exploring the main sites of Kathmandu valley. We will start by visiting the Swayambhunath temple (Monkey temple) main Buddhist temple in Nepal then continue to visit Pashupatinath Temple, Nepal’s most sacred Hindu shrine then conclude by Durbar Square and the palace of Kumari, Nepal’s living goddess.

Accommodation: Standard Hotel
Meals: B

Day 3: Into Tibet

Into Tibet

Drive to the airport to catch our Trans Himalayan Flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa with amazing views over the Himalayas. Pickup at Lhasa airport and transfer to the hotel. Spend the rest of the day relaxing and getting used to the altitude (3,650m).

Accommodation: Standard Hotel
Meals: B

Day 4: The Legendary Capital of Tibet

The Legendary Capital of Tibet

Spend the whole day exploring the magical city of Lhasa, starting by Jokhang Temple, Tibet’s most sacred temple then continue to Potala Palace, the legendary seat of the Dalai Lama then Sera Monastery which is famous for the Monk debates and conclude by Barkhor Street and Tibetan traditional markets.

Accommodation: Standard Hotel
Meals: B

Day 5: Lhasa-Gyantse-Shigatse

Lhasa-Gyantse-Shigatse

Start our epic road trip across the Tibetan Plateau by driving from Lhasa to Gyantse (3,950m) via mountains passes Kora-La (5,010m) & Kamba-La (4,794m) then make a stop at Yamdrok Lake, the Sacred Lake of Tibet. The scenery of the turquoise blue water of the lake with the reflection of surrounding snow-capped mountains is breathtaking. Afterwards we make a stop at the stunning Karola Glacier then continue to Gyantse to visit Pelkor Monastery and its famous Kumbum stupa then continue to Shigatse (3,860m) through Tibetan beautiful countryside.

Accommodation: Standard Hotel
Meals: B
Driving Time: 7 hours (350km)

Day 6: Panchen & Sakya Lamas

Panchen & Sakya Lamas

Today we visit Tashilhunpo Monastery, the seat of Panchen Lamas then continue our road trip to visit Sakya Monastery with its unique Mongolian architecture then make our way to Tingri (4,348m) via Lhatse and Gyatso-La pass (5,200m).

Accommodation: Basic Guesthouse
Meals: B
Driving Time: 6 hours (290km)

Day 7: The Route to Everest

The Route to Everest

Early in the morning we drive to Rongbuk Monastery, the world’s highest monastery (4,980) facing Mount Everest. Today’s drive is on a bumpy mountain road but with some of the Himalayan highest peaks surrounding us all the way. Upon arrival at Rongbuk guesthouse we will be rewarded by the breathtaking view of Everest’s Northern face. Later on we make our way to Everest Base Camp (5,200m) where climbers start their epic treks to summit the world’s highest mountain. The views of Everest from so close make the mountain seem even more impressive than before. It is a truly amazing experience to stare up at the sheer North face of the world’s highest mountain. Afterwards we go back to the Monastery for overnight.

Accommodation: Basic Guesthouse
Meals: B
Driving Time: 4 hours (130km)

Day 8: Mighty Everest & The Great Himalayan Range

Mighty Everest & The Great Himalayan Range

Wake up for the amazing sunrise over Mount Everest and the Great Himalayan range then make our way back to Tingri then continue to Nyalam via Tong-La mountain pass (5,150m).

Accommodation: Standard Hotel
Meals: B
Driving Time: 6 hours (350km)

Day 9: Crossing the Borders

Crossing the Borders

Drive to Zhangmu, the last city before reaching the Tibetan/Nepali borders. After the immigration and custom formalities cross Friendship Bridge on foot to Kodari, the Nepali border town then drive to Kathmandu where our epic road trip comes to an end

Accommodation: Standard Hotel
Meals: B
Driving Time: 5 hours (300km)

Optional Stop at the Last Resort for Bungee Jumping and Canyon Swing

Day 10: Departure

Departure

Transfer to the airport for final departure

Meals: B

Price Includes/Excludes

Price Includes

- Airport Transfers
- Accommodation as specified in the itinerary for 9 nights (Hotels/Guesthouses) on Bed & Breakfast basis
- All Transfers in a private vehicle
- Tibet Road permit & Travel Permit
- All entrance fees to Monasteries and historic sites
- Sightseeing in Nepal

Price Excludes

- International Flights to Kathmandu
- Kathmandu-Lhasa Trans Himalayan Flight (avg. $500)
- Tibet Visa ($85)
- Nepal Visa ($25)
- Extra meals & Beverages
- Tips & Gratuities

 
Bhutan Extension

Optional extension to the beautiful Himalayan country of Bhutan to visit Thimphu, Paro and the breathtaking Taktsang Monastery for $950 (4 days 3 nights)

Itinerary

Day 1: Fly to Paro, Pickup and transfer to the hotel. Spend the day exploring the beautiful town of Paro

Day 2: Trek to the breathtaking Taktsang Monastery aka Tiger’s Nest

Day 3: Daytrip to Thimphu to explore the capital of Bhutan and its well preserved culture

Day 4: Transfer to the airport and fly back to Kathmandu

Price includes: Airport pickup – Accommodation for 3 nights in a standard hotel in Paro – All meals - Travel Permits & entrance tickets to all touristic sites – The Trek to Taktsang Monastery – All land transfers

Price excludes: Flight from Kathmandu to Paro (avg. $500) – Bhutan Visa ($40)


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