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Tibet Cultural Tour

A classic Tibetan journey over the vast arid desert known as the Tibetan Plateau, connects the mystical worlds of Lhasa and Kathmandu. Our tour provides an excellent insight to the devotion of extraordinary people who weather the country’s political turbulence and harsh living conditions of one of the most remote regions in the world.

Trip Facts
  • Difficulty : Moderate
  • Duration: 14 Days
  • Trip Grade :
  • Destinations : Tibet
  • Activities : Culture Tour
  • Departure Date :
  • Best Seasons :Mar - May; Sep - Dec
  • Highest Altitude :5220 m
  • Start - End :Kathmandu - Kathmandu

A classic Tibetan journey over the vast arid desert known as the Tibetan Plateau, connects the mystical worlds of Lhasa and Kathmandu. Our tour provides an excellent insight to the devotion of extraordinary people who weather the country’s political turbulence and harsh living conditions of one of the most remote regions in the world. 

This tour is a cultural feast of highlights both in Lhasa and on the Tibetan plateau. We commence our tour with a visit to the historical Samye, Tibet’s first monastery, and experience its tranquil atmosphere. Returning to the capital of Lhasa, home to the Dalia Lamas, we explore the city that is Tibet’s heart and soul with visits to; the unforgettable landmark of the city, Potala Palace with its incredible architecture and history; Jokhang temple, with its exuberant activities both within and around the monastery; and the monasteries of Drepung and Sera. Leaving Lhasa behind, we pass over five high passes before leaving the plateau, which takes us through the dramatic, yet breathtaking landscape of snow-capped mountains, by the serene turquoise waters of Yamdrok Lake, and through villages and small nomadic settlements. We will visit Gyantse - Kumbum chorten, with its extraordinary paintings and sculptures dating back to the 15th century, and Shigatse - where we stroll around the intriguing complex of the Tashilhumpo Monastery. An undeniable highlight is the journey to Rongbuk valley to see the sun rise over the majestic north face of Everest. 

We combine the journey with exploring Kathmandu before taking an awe-inspiring mountain flight across the Himalayas to Lhasa. These once rmarkable forbidden lands with its extraordinary people will leave you with a lasting memory of Shangri-la.

Day 01 - Arrive in Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel. Alt. 1,350m. Overnight Hotel.
Day 02 - Sightseeing around Kathmandu. 1,350m Visit Durbar Square and Swayambhunath. Overnight Hotel.
Day 03 - Fly to Lhasa then Drive to Samye Alt. 3,650m - Drive 2 1/2 hours - Distance 95km. The flight route takes us over the awe-inspiring Himalayas; this is undeniably one of the most spectacular flights in the world. Crossing the Tsangpo river will lead us to Samye Monastery. Overnight Hotel.
Day 04 - Drive to Lhasa Alt. 3,650m - Drive 2 1/2 hours - Distance 120km. On the way we stop to visit Rato Monastery, famous for its fine wall murals. In the afternoon visit Barkhor market. Overnight Hotel.
Day 05 - Sightseeing around Lhasa Alt. 3,650m Visit interesting sites such as Jokhang and Sera Monastery. Overnight Hotel.
Day 06 - Sightseeing around Lhasa Alt. 3,650m Visit various interesting sites such as Potala Palace, Norbulingka and Drepung Monastery. Overnight Hotel.
Day 07 - Lhasa - Gyantse Alt. 4,000m - Drive 5 hours - Distance 280km. Drive to Gyantse via Yamdrok Tso Lake and high passes: Karo La (5,050m) & Kamba La (4,790m). Overnight Hotel.
Day 08 - Gyantse - Shigatse Alt. 4,000m - Drive 1 1/2 hours - Distance 90km. Visit the "Tashilhumpo Monastery", a vast monastery with its own streets, housing sectors, plazas, back alleys and complex temples and halls. Overnight Hotel.
Day 09 - Shigatse - Lhatse Alt. 3,900m - Drive 5 hours - Distance 334km. Our drive takes us across the highest pass of our journey, Gyatso La at 5,220m. Visit Sakya Monastery which contains some of the most magnificent ancient artwork in Tibet. Overnight Hotel.
Day 10 - Lhatse - Rongbuk & Everest Base Camp Alt. 4,950m - Drive 2 hours - Distance 95km. Drive over the Pang La pass at 5,150m. Our first views of the majestic Everest are encountered. We spend the night at Rongbuk Monastery, the highest monastery in the world. Overnight Guesthouse. Please note: Accommodation is limited and very basic. At peak times it may be necessary to take dormitory style rooms or stay in a fixed tent. The spectacular views fully recompense any discomfort that may be experienced.
Day 11 - Rongbuk - Nyalam Alt. 3,750m - Drive 5 1/2 hours - Distance 315km. An early morning start to reach base camp to watch dawn break and capture the magnificent daily event as Everest reveals herself. Truly breathtaking! Ascend two high passes Lalung La 5,050m and Thang La at 5,120m, both offer stunning views of the Himalayas. Overnight Guesthouse.
Day 12 - Nyalam - Dhulikhel Alt. 1,550m - Drive 4 1/2 hours - Distance 126km. We leave behind the Tibetan plateau, along with our final views of Mount Everest, Cho Oyu and Shishapangma. Dhulikhel is a quieter and less visited location, which offers a spectacular panoramic view of Lirung (7,246m), Dorje Lakpa (6,966m), Gauri Shankar (7,145m) and Melungtse (7,181m). Overnight Hotel.
Day 13 - Dhulikhel - Kathmandu Alt. 1,350m - Drive 1 1/2 hours - Distance 30km. Our final day before departure sees our return to the capital. On the way we visit the ancient city of Bhaktapur, a world heritage site renowned for its rich culture, temples and wood, metal and stone artwork. Overnight Hotel.
Day 14 - Departure Transfer to hotel

"So What Am I Paying For?"

When it comes to money we would like to explain to you what you are paying for. We are a local company providing world-wide travelers with internationally qualified services. We provide you with the lowest prices possible for fully inclusive trips that have no hidden fees. As one of the leading trekking companies in Nepal, we guarantee your safety, satisfaction, and long-lasting memories of your experience. You can check our feedback on two of the world's most trusted travel advice websites - Trip Advisor and Lonely Planet's Thorntree.

Cost Includes

  • International & domestic airport transfers as per the itinerary.
  • Internal transport and flight within Nepal as per the itinerary.
  • 3 meals a day while trekking (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) as indicated by the itinerary.
  • Accommodation while trekking in twin sharing basis tents or local lodges / guesthouses.
  • All trekking and climbing related permit & fees.
  • Professional English speaking guides and porters.

Cost Excludes

  • International air fare to/ from Nepal.
  • Lunch and dinner prior to the trek, please allow US$ 20 per day.
  • Meals at airports and whilst in Kathmandu/ Pokhara - allow per day.
  • Entry Visa fees - at present for 15 day, US$ 40 for 30 day, and US$ 100 for three month visa on entry into Nepal.
  • Insurance which covers, medical, emergency evacuation, lost, theft expenses.
  • Drinks: both alcoholic and bottled other than sterilized drinking water.
  • Laundry fees.
  • All foods and beverages other than on the itinerary. 
  • Personal gear and expenses.
  • Tips and gratitude provided to staff.

Note:  Airfare is not included in the tour price.