Pem Dorjee Sherpa, two-time Mt. Everest summiter, will lead this 17-day trip. The ancient capital cities of Kathmandu and Lhasa allow you to learn about Buddhist and Hindu culture and the lifestyles and traditions of the people of Nepal and Tibet. The trip starts with a few days in Kathmandu visiting Buddhist and Hindu temples and wandering the narrow, cobblestone streets and markets of the three ancient kingdoms that fill the Kathmandu Valley. Next you will fly over the Himalayas to Lhasa, Tibet.
In Lhasa you will explore the enormous Potala Palace, once the home of the Dalai Lama and the former Tibetan government. You will visit several monasteries and temples as well as the Norbulingka, the Dalai Lama’s Summer Palace and the bustling Barkhor Square. A local Tibetan guide will join the tour to offer an expert perspective.
Next, leaving Lhasa in a 4WD land cruiser, you will be chauffeured across the Tibetan Plateau back to Nepal. On the way, picturesque Tibetan settlements can be seen and the occasional nomadic herdsmen may be wandering across the dry open landscape. The journey will take you across several high mountain passes with views of the majestic Mount Everest, Cho Oyu, and Makalu (the fifth tallest mountain in the world). Along the way you will visit historic cities and several ancient monasteries, forts and citadels, as well as Everest base camp on the Tibet side. Finally you leave Zhangmu and cross the Friendship Bridge, entering back into Nepal. Your trip ends back in Kathmandu.
Trip Length: 17 Days
Trip Cost: $ 3400 ( If you have group more then 5 please call for discount price 303-834-5512)
Difficulty: Moderate, Overland Tour
Trip Departs: Every Spring & Fall
Group Size: 5 to 20 Max
Accommodations: Hotel and Lodge
Transportation: 4WD Land Cruiser
Maximum Altitude: 17,226 ft./5,220m
May 15 Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
May 16 Day 2: Sightseeing of the Kathmandu Valley, Swyambunath Stupa, Kathmandu's Durbar Square, Boudhanath Stupa and Pashupathi Temple.
May 17 Day 3: Tour of Bhaktpur and Patan Durbar Squares. Afternoon packing to get ready for flight to Tibet.
May 18 Day 4: Fly to Gongar Airport in Lhasa, Tibet. Drive to Tsedang (11,201 ft./3,415m). In the afternoon visit Yambulakhang and Chaduk monasteries.
May 19 Day 5: Visit Samye monastery in Tsedang.
May 20 Day 6: Drive to Lhasa (11,972 ft./3,650m). Visit Mindroling monastery on the way and stop to rest in order to acclimatize.
May 21 Day 7: Tour of Drepung, Sera Monastery and Barkhor Market in Lhasa.
May 22 Day 8: Tour the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Norbulingka, the Dalai Lama's summer palace.
May 23 Day 9: Drive to Ganden. Visit Ganden Monastery and drive back to Lhasa.
May 24 Day 10: Drive to Gyantse (12,956 ft./3,950m) via Yamdrok Tso and the Karola Pass (16,500 ft./5,050m). Sightseeing of Khumbum Stupa and Palkhor Monastery.
May 25 Day 11: Drive to Shigatse (12,792 ft./3,900m). Sightseeing of Tashilhunpo Monastery.
May 26 Day 12: Drive to Shegar (14,268 ft./4,350m). Visit the Sakya monastery.
May 27 Day 13: Drive to Rongbuk (16,400 ft./5,000m). Visit Everest base camp (17,056 ft./5,168m) and drive to Nyalam (12,300 ft./3,750m).
May 28 Day 14: Drive to Zangmu (7,708 ft./2,350m). Visit the Milerapa's Cave.
May 29 Day 15: After immigration, cross the border into Nepal and drive back to Kathmandu.
May 30 Day 16: Free Day
May 31 Day 17: Departure.
• Airport transfers in Kathmandu and Lhasa
• Twin accommodations in Kathmandu for 5 nights with breakfast at a tourist class hotel
• Sightseeing in Kathmandu, entrance fees and transportation
• One-way airfare Kathmandu to Lhasa
• Tibet visa fee
• Twin accommodations with breakfast at tourist class hotels in Tibet
• Lunch & Dinner during Tour in Tibet
• Sightseeing tours, entrance fees at the monasteries and monuments in Tibet
• Transportation as per the itinerary
• Welcome/Farewell dinner
Cost Does Not Include:
• Lunch, dinner in Nepal
• Photography charges in the monasteries
• Any cost arising due to unexpected delays, landslides, political disturbance, strikes,
• Re-entry Nepal visa
• Tips for driver and other support staff
• Any other extra service not mentioned above
For more information please contact:
Of Global Interest
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Ann Arbor, MI. 48104