Find sanctuary amid the majestic mountains of Asia! This trip offers all the delights of Tibet, from the spiritual bastions frequented by Tibetan Buddhists and historic Himalayan cities to glittering high-altitude lakes and Mount Everest – the tallest in the world. Break bread with locals, hike in picturesque locales and soak in the serenity at the once-forbidden mountain kingdom.

*Please note that Tibet tours are only possible for five or more people traveling together as per the new Visa regulations by the Chinese government. 

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Itinerary Summary

DayPlaceHighlightsHotel Options
1 - 4KathmanduKathmandu Valley, 7 World Heritage Sites, Buddhist Temples, Amazing ArchitectureKantipur Temple house, Tibet International Hotel
4 - 7LhasaAncient traditions & Modern city life, Potala Palace, Monasteries & Temples, Markets & CultureYabshi Phunkhang, Tangka Hotel Lhasa
7 - 9ShigatseTashihunpo Monastery, Sakya Monastery, Panchen Lama’s PalaceManasarovar, Qomo Langzong Hotel
9 - 10New TingriMt. Everest Views, Rongbuk Monastery, Karo La GlacierRoof of the World
10 - 11ShigatseTashihunpo Monastery, Sakya Monastery, Panchen Lama’s PalaceManasarovar, Qomo Langzong Hotel
11 - 12TsetangYamdroktso Lake, Tradruk Temple, Samye MonasteryTsetang Hotel
12 - 13KathmanduKathmandu Valley, 7 World Heritage Sites, Buddhist Temples, Amazing ArchitectureKantipur Temple house

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Itinerary Details

Day 1 - 4

International Arrival

Transfer from Kathmandu Airport to Hotel

Kathmandu

3 Days

Kathmandu is a Himalayan valley kingdom, cradled within the foothills of mighty peaks.

Included Activities

Durbar Square & Thamel Visit by Rickshaw
Explore Durbar Square, a durbar (court) of royalty, history and arts! Explore the house of the living goddess, or learn about the home of a red monkey god at Kal Bhairam Temple, decorated with its hundreds of erotic wood carvings. Kathmandu’s charm is best seen with an evening rickshaw ride that features silhouetted temples as the sun goes down. Embrace the colorful buzzing bazaars and market squares of Thamel that you can further explore by foot and venture into the lively nightlife.

Discover the Heritage Haunts of Kathmandu
Discover the deeply spiritual heart of Nepal on this day tour of the key Hindu and Buddhist temples in Kathmandu. Begin your tour at Pashupatinath, an immensely revered pilgrimage site built in the design of a Buddhist pagoda. At the Swayambhunath Temple, its your turn to spin the sacred prayer wheels that encircle its huge circular base, each embossed with Buddhist mantras. Admire the traditional Buddhist artwork placed within the shrine (chaitya) and afterwards, attend a prayer session by Buddhist monks. Afterwards, travel to the ancient Boudhanath Stupa, one of the oldest and largest Buddhist stupas in Nepal. Admire its graceful architectural lines and watch Tibetan pilgrims circle the Stupa as part of their prayer rituals. You can light a traditional butter lamp and offer your prayers, if you wish. (Full Day; Time of Day: Morning & Afternoon; Fitness Level: Easy; Please be suitably attired for visiting temples. Footwear and leather items are not usually allowed inside the Pashupatinath Temple. Please bring comfortable walking shoes).

Patan & Bhaktapur Visit
Nepal’s capital Kathmandu combines with Patan, the city of fine arts, and Bhaktapur, the city of devotees, to form the historic, artistic and cultural Kathmandu Valley. Explore Patan’s Hindu temples and Buddhist architecture! Considered Nepal’s cultural gem with its well-preserved pagodas, palaces and temples, regal Bhaktapur is surrounded by the mighty mountains of the Himalayas and boasts amazing views. It was also a stopping point for the ancient trade route between India and Tibet.

A Taste of Traditional Nepal at Bhaktapur
Always wanted to know more about the secluded mountain kingdom? Here’s your chance. Visit a local Nepalese home to learn more about the local culture and daily life at the town of Bhaktapur. Savor the feeling of a home away from home as you are graciously welcomed into the lives of traditional Nepali people through a tour that will explain the mysteries of the Nepali lifestyle. Guests in Nepal are akin to God and you will have the chance to savor some traditional homemade delicacies, including fried fish, special curries, and boiled and fried eggs that are served with rakshi (homemade spirit).

Hotel Options
RoomStandard Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
RoomTibet Intnl-Tibetan Boutique Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
Day 4 - 7

Transfer from Kathmandu Hotel to Airport

Flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa

Transfers from Lhasa Gonggar Airport to Lhasa Hotel (60 Km, 1 hr)

Lhasa

3 Days

The center of the Tibetan Buddhist world for over a millennium, Lhasa (‘Place of the Gods’) remains largely a city of our mystical imagination. The Potala Palace soaring above the city and the whitewashed old Tibetan quarter still preserves a bit of traditional Tibet.

Included Activities

Highlights of Lhasa
Soak yourself in the mysticism that defines Lhasa! Marvel at the impressive Potala Palace set atop Marpo Ri hill which was built by the fifth Dalai Lama in the 17th century. Surrounded by 7th century architectural marvels that form a part of the complex today, this World Heritage site is at the very heart of Tibetan cultural heritage. Visit the ancient Jokhang Temple right in the center of Old Lhasa, an exquisite amalgam of ancient Indian, Tibetan and Nepalese design and architectural elements. Direct your steps towards the more than 200 year old UNESCO World Heritage site of Norbulingka or ‘jeweled garden’ – an ideal example of Tibetan palace architecture. Set amid lush gardens, this summer palace of the Dalai Lama also served as a religious and administrative center. Spend your evening ambling around the streets of the bustling Barkhor Bazaar as locals go about their daily lives amid shops laden with jewelry, artifacts, masks and other souvenirs. (Full Day, Time of Day: Morning; Private Activity & Transfers; Fitness Level: Easy; Please bring comfortable walking shoes. Please note that climbing the steps of the Potala Palace can be tiring due to the thin level of oxygen.)

Crystal Gazing at Namtso Lake
Discover the spectacular Namtso Lake surrounded by a quintessential Tibetan landscape on this full day trip. Head out from Lhasa in the morning, passing a starkly beautiful Tibetan countryside before reaching the holy lake that lies high up in the Himalayas. The sacred Namtso, at more than 4700 m altitude, is one of the highest saltwater lakes in the world. Take in its magnificent vastness and great depth, cradled by the snow-capped Himalayas and surrounded by rolling grasslands. Drink in the deep turquoise hues of this holy lake that exudes an equally deep tranquility. The lake is home to a couple of rocky outcrops and a handful of islands. Gaze out at the surrounding mountain tops and vast stretches of grasslands from the shores of the holy lake. Spot herds of domesticated yak grazing out in the pastures, with their nomadic herdsmen in tow. (Full Day Trip, Morning Activity; Private Activity & Private Transfer; Fitness Level: Easy; Please bring comfortable walking shoes).

Hotel Options
Yabshi Phunkhang – Opt 1
RoomDeluxe Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleLodge
RoomStandard Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
Day 7 - 9

Drive from Lhasa to Shigatse via Yamdrok Tso Lake and Karo La Pass (340 km, 6.5 hrs)

Shigatse

2 Days

Shigatse, the second largest town in Tibet, is next in importance only to Lhasa. Today Shigatse is home to the Panchen Lama, whose traditional seat is in yet another monastery in town – the Tashilhunpo.

Included Activities

Encountering the Golden Maitreya at Tashilumpo Monastery
Encounter one of the most resplendent of Buddhist monasteries in Tibet, on this trip to the 15th century Tashihunpo Monastery. Set against the Himalayan hills, this monastery is the seat of the spiritual leader Panchen Lama, who is second in importance only to the Dalai Lama. Admire the white washed monastic cells topped by a crowd of golden tombs where past Panchen Lamas rest. A huge wall hemming the complex is hung with intricately worked thangka paintings depicting Tibetan festivals – all washed in gold paint. The best surprise reveals itself as you gaze up at the biggest gilded statue in the world – the Golden Maitreya or Future Buddha. The massive statue is studded with precious gems and surrounded by innumerable golden thangka paintings of this powerful incarnation of the Buddha. Explore the many chapels, funeral chortens, beautiful paintings and mandalas, and stop by the assembly hall where nearly a 1,000 monks chant their prayers. If you’re lucky, you could catch them at a debating session within the complex. (Half Day; Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness Level: Easy; Please bring comfortable walking shoes)

Passage to the Tibetan Heartland: From Lhasa to Shigatse
Discover fascinating landscapes and the beautiful Pelkor monastery on this trip from Lhasa to Gyantse. On your way to Tibet’s Rongbuk Valley, enroute from Lhasa to Shigatse, travel over numerous Himalayan passes, crystal clear lakes and snow-capped peaks. from the top of the Gampala or Khamba La pass, take in the panoramic view of the Yamdrok-Tso Lake and the snow white peak of the Nyenchen Khangsar, one the highest mountains in Tibet. One of the holiest lakes of Tibet, the Yamdrok-Tso is also called the Green Jade Lake, because of its deep turquoise shade and calm waters. Drive on to a still higher mountain pass, the Karo La, for stunning views of a gigantic glacier. Watch how the huge frozen mass nearly cascades down to the road to Gyantse. Once you have reached the quaint town of Gyantse, discover the Pelkor Monastery with its famous Kumbum. You’ll be awed at the sight of the gigantic dzong overlooking the city.

Visit a Monastery with an Ancient Indian Connect (Shiagtse – Tingri)
Take a trip to the 9th century Sakya Monastery in the town of Sakya, enroute to Tingri from Shigatse. The town and the ancient monastic order take their names from the unusual shade of the earth in this part of the land. Learn from your local guide that the great Buddhist Master, Atisha Deepankara Srijnana, from Bengal in India, had prophesied the propitious site of the monastery. The Master was largely responsible for the spread of Buddhism in South Asia, especially to Tibet. Explore the centuries old Sakya complex with its numerous shrines, temples, and monastic cells. Admire the Tibetan Buddhist art and architecture of the complex that expanded over the ages. Established by Khon Konchok Gyalpo, it continued to be the seat of the venerable Sakya Order, headed by the Sakya Trizin, till the late 1950s. (Full Day, Morning Activity; Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness Level: Easy; Please bring comfortable walking shoes).

Hotel Options
Manasarovar – Opt 1
RoomStandard Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleLodge
RoomStandard Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleLodge
Day 9 - 10

Drive from Shigatse to Tingri (240 km, 4.5 hrs)

New Tingri

1 Day

This little town’s claim to fame is its convenient position along the Friendship Highway between China and Nepal. Also called Xegar or New Tingri, it offers an excellent enroute stoppage to the Everest Base Camp and back.

Included Activities

Day Trip to Mt Everest
Seize your opportunity of a lifetime to gaze up at the world’s highest peak from the Everest Base Camp! On your way from Xegar/ New Tingri, cross the famous Gawula pass that’s set high at 5198 meters above sea level. The famous explorer George Mallory passed through this on his way to the magnificent mountain. The region offers gorgeous views of five of the world’s tallest peaks, including Mt Makalu, Mt.Lhotse, Mt.Everest, Mt.Chowoyo and Mt.Shishapangma. Stop by the Rongbuk Monastery – the highest monastic complex in the world replete with intricate murals and architecture. The massive Chortens of the Rongbuk Monastery, set against the backdrop of the Everest with its singular peak, make for great photographs! Afterwards, take the shuttle bus or leg it up to the Everest Base Camp on the Tibetan side of the Sino-Nepal border. This area is fairly level, but you would be well advised to walk at a leisurely pace, considering the thin levels of oxygen here. Savor the moment that you encounter one of the planet’s most amazing landmarks, in blissful solitude. Following a simple yet deliciously hot lunch at the monastery or in the tented restaurant, drive back to Shigar or New Tingri. (Full Day; Private Activity & Transfer; Meal included: Lunch; Fitness Level: Easy, but mind the high altitude; Please bring comfortable trekking boots and don’t forget your camera).

Hotel Options
RoomStandard Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleHomestay
Day 10 - 11

Drive from Tingri to Shigatse (240 km, 5 hrs)

Shigatse

1 Day

Shigatse, the second largest town in Tibet, is next in importance only to Lhasa. Today Shigatse is home to the Panchen Lama, whose traditional seat is in yet another monastery in town – the Tashilhunpo.

Hotel Options
Manasarovar – Opt 1
RoomStandard Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleLodge
RoomStandard Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleLodge
Day 11 - 12

Drive from Shigatse to Tsetang (319 km, 5.5 hrs)

Tsetang

1 Day

Tsetang is a modern Chinese city with a charming little Tibetan part of town tucked into a traditional corner. It is an important district capital and army base, set by the banks of the Yarlung Tsangpo River.

Hotel Options
Tsetang Hotel – Opt 1
RoomStandard Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
Day 12 - 13

Transfer from Tsetang Hotel to Gonggar Airport, Lhasa (90 Km, 1.5 hr)

Flight from Lhasa to Kathmandu

Transfer from Kathmandu Airport to Hotel

Kathmandu

1 Day

Kathmandu is a Himalayan valley kingdom, cradled within the foothills of mighty peaks.

Hotel Options
RoomStandard Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique

Transfer to Airport

International Departure

 Price & Inclusions

  • Option 1 From $ 4,820 /person
  • Option 2 From $ 5,140 /person

Prices are in USD and exclude international flights. This trip price is based on low season rates for accommodation and other applicable services, and may change depending on availability, currency fluctuations and number of people traveling together. For high season prices, please contact us with your exact travel dates and preferences.

Price Includes

  • Accommodation in one double room for 13 days / 12 nights.
  • Meals as indicated
  • Economy flights for all sectors :
    • Kathmandu – Lhasa (Flight)
    • Lhasa – Kathmandu (Flight)
  • All activities as listed :
    • Kathmandu: Durbar Square & Thamel Visit by Rickshaw
    • Kathmandu: Discover the Heritage Haunts of Kathmandu
    • Kathmandu: Patan & Bhaktapur Visit
    • Kathmandu: A Taste of Traditional Nepal at Bhaktapur
    • Lhasa: Highlights of Lhasa
    • Lhasa: Crystal Gazing at Namtso Lake
    • Shigatse: Passage to the Tibetan Heartland: From Lhasa to Shigatse
    • Shigatse: Visit a Monastery with an Ancient Indian Connect (Shiagtse – Tingri)
    • Shigatse: Encountering the Golden Maitreya at Tashilumpo Monastery
    • Xegar: Day Trip to Mt Everest
  • All airport and hotel transfers
  • A high-quality air conditioned vehicle with unlimited mileage and a trusted chauffeur throughout your trip, apart from during your stay at a beach/backwater resort or houseboat if applicable.
  • All activities described in the itinerary, including entrance fees wherever applicable, accompanied by our tour guide
  • Your Trip Coordinator: a 24/7 point of contact, supporting you during your trip
  • Welcome kit including all important documents and information regarding your itinerary
  • Insolvency insurance
  • Fees and taxes
  • English speaking accompanying guide in Bhutan
  • All government and royalty taxes in Bhutan
  • Organization and fees for your visa to Bhutan & China/Tibet
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Tibet – Majestic Mountains, Culture and Heritage

13 days $ 4,820 / person

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