LHASA TIBET TOURS AND KATHMANDU

Ancient Temples and magical landscapes

Lhasa Tibet Kathmandu tours

On this tour we will encounter the the wealth of cultural diversity between Nepal and Tibet. We spend 3 nights in Lhasa, staying right in the centre of the old city. This will allow both plenty of time to visit the city's main attractions - the Potala Palace and the Jokhang Temple. Leaving Lhasa we will head to Ghanden and fully immerse ourselves in the Buddhist culture


LHASA TIBET TOURS AND KATHMANDU

Day-1: Kathmandu

Day-2: Kathmandu

Day-3: Kathmandu to Lhasa (3660m)

Day-4: Lhasa

Day-5: Lhasa

Day-6: Ganden Monastery and back to Lhasa

Day-7: Lhasa to Kathmandu

Day-8: Depart

 

Tibet Tour to Lhasa and Ghanden Monastery Detailed Itinerary

Day-1: Kathmandu

Arrive Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel


Day-2: Kathmandu

Explore the Kathmandu Valley and visit some of the world heritage sites.


Day-3. Kathmandu to Lhasa (3660m)

Transfer to the airport for the hour-long flight across the main Himalayan range. Afternoon at rest to acclimatise to Lhasa's high altitude.


Day-4: Lhasa

We will visit Lhasa's many monasteries and sites, such as the Sera Monastery, and the Norbulingka, the summer palace of the Dalai Lama.


Day-5: Lhasa

We visit the Potala Palace and Drepung Monastery founded in the 14th century, and once the largest in the world, with a population of around 10,000 monks. The afternoon, is a time to relax or further explore the area.


Day-6: Ganden Monastery and back to Lhasa

Today you will take a day trip to Ganden monastery. Ganden Monastery is located on Wangbur Mountain, on the southern bank of Lhasa River. Ganden Monastery is one of the earliest and largest Buddhist monasteries in Tibet, and stands atop of the six famous temples of Gelugpa - a branch of Tibetan Buddhism. This compact monastery was once gutted by fire but the restoration is now complete. Drive back to Lhasa in the afternoon.


Day-7: Fly to Kathmandu

Remainder of the day at leisure. Overnight Hotel


Day-8: Departure

Transfer to the airport

End of services

 

Lhasa Variations

Tibet Overland Overland to Everest Base Camp

Day-1: Kathmandu

Day-2: Kathmandu

Day-3: Kathmandu to Lhasa to Tsedang

Day-4: Tsedang

Day-5: Tsedang to Gyantse (3950m)

Day-6: Gyantse (3950m) to Shigatse (3900m)

Day-7: Shigatse to Lhasa

Day-8: Lhasa sightseeing

Day-9: Lhasa sightseeing

Day-10: Lhasa to Kathmandu

Day-11: Departure

Day-1: Kathmandu

Day-2: Kathmandu

Day-3: Kathmandu to Lhasa (3660m)

Day-4: Lhasa

Day-5: Lhasa

Day-6: Lhasa to Gyantse (3950m)

Day-7: Gyantse (3950m) to Shigatse (3900m)

Day-8: Shigatse to Shegar (4050m)

Day-9: Shegar to Rongbuk (5000m)

Day-10: Optional morning walk to Everest base camp. Drive to Nyalam

Day-11: Drive Nyalam - Kathmandu

Day-12: Departure  

Your Questions Answered

We have several options ranging from 7 to 12 days depending on how much of the country you want to see
The best time to travel to Tibet therefore is April and May, or September and October either side of the peak of the summer rains and the winter snow.
All travelers need to have Tibet Travel Permit to enter into Lhasa or any other parts of the Tibetan Autonomous Region. When you book through us, we arrange the permit for you. When you take a flight or train to Lhasa, you will be asked to show this permit during check-in.
Tibet is new to tourism and as such, you may often encounter things running a little differently to the way they do in the west. Time adherence can be slow and facilities e.g. some restaurants and public toilets seriously "wanting." The roads are also prone to wash ways causing delays or detours and often sections of a road will be closed without prior notice. As such, a good degree of patience is required when travelling to Tibet. We do however, endeavour to make your journey run as smoothly as possible despite these issues. When entering Tibet from Nepal, Chinese Visas cannot be used. As such, the visa for Tibet must be obtained from the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu. As visa's are only issued on Mondays, Wednesday's and Thursdays (except if they fall on a Chinese Holiday), tours need to be arranged to suit these visa issue dates, i.e. any one going on a tour departing for Tibet from Nepal, needs to arrive in Kathmandu at least three days before entering Tibet. When you confirm your trip with us, we will organize your Travel Permit for Tibet, Visa Approval Documents and apply to the Chinese embassy to obtain your visa. We will thus require your full passport details, 3 weeks prior to your arrival at Kathmandu. The final documentation will be done on arrival in Nepal. Please note that visa for Tibet obtained elsewhere has still got to be endorsed by the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu.
Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet, is located at an elevation of 3,600m. In fact, most of Tibet lies above the altitude of 3,000m so the risk of altitude sickness is increased. For this reason your first few days is normally just sightseeing around Lhasa itself.
This is one of the most often asked questions - "how will I cope with the altitude". To be honest, this is an 'unknown' factor as no-one can predict how your body will cope at altitude. People who have been to altitude many times in the past without problems, may on one trip suddenly develop problems. There are many factors that play a role. The only way to help combat this, is to take all of the necessary precautions, and walk slowly, acclimatise correctly, don't ascend too quickly and drink plenty of water.