Tibet - Mountains and Monasteries on Top of the World

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• Discover Kathmandu, Nepal
• Explore the Jokhang Temple, Drepung Monastery and Potala Palace in Lhasa
• View Mount Everest
• Meet Tibetan pilgrims and monks
• Traverse the Tibetan Plateau and the Himalayas
• Visit (hike or drive) to Everest Base Camp
• See the sites of Gyantse and Shigatse

Fact File

• 17 land days
• Maximum 16 travelers
• Start and finish in Kathmandu, Nepal
• All meals included
• Includes 1 internal flight
• Activity Level: 2


Prayer flags flutter on wind-swept passes, snow-capped Himalayan peaks touch cobalt skies, plains of green barley and yellow canola shoulder treeless brown slopes and mountain monasteries echo the chants of monks. The sights and sounds of Tibet are fantastic and, for many, magnetic.

Kathmandu is our rendezvous point, where we spend a day touring before taking a spectacular Himalayan flight to Lhasa, the capital of Tibet. To help us acclimatize, we leisurely explore Tsedang and the burial site of the ancient kings.

On our way to Lhasa, we visit Tibet's first monastery, Samye, on the shore of the braided channels of the Yarlung Tsampo, the world's highest river. In Lhasa, we see the towering 1,000-room Potala, the former winter palace of the Dalai Lama. We visit the religious sanctuaries of Sera, Drepung and the Jokhang, Tibet's most religious structure. In the streets of Lhasa, we can walk with Tibetan pilgrims around one of the holiest paths in Tibet, the Barkhor.

The journey continues to Gyantse and Shigatse, via the 14,600-foot Karo La Pass, overlooking Yamdrok Lake far below. In Gyantse, the Khumbum Stupa is open for the curious who want to view its 1,000 Buddhas.

In Shigatse, we wander through the buildings of Tashilhunpo Monastery and observe the beautiful paintings and funerary pagodas of former Panchen Lamas. We continue our overland journey to Rongbuk Monastery, the highest in the world. From here, Mount Everest, or as the Tibetans call it, Qomolangma "Mother of the Earth" is a formidable and magnificent sight. At 29,035 ft (8, 850 m) Mount Everest is the highest mountain in the world.

Leaving the plateau, we descend through the Himalayas. The land becomes greener as we head into the Kathmandu Valley, concluding one of the world's great overland journeys.

FROM: $5995 USD



Comfortable hotels with private bathrooms. 1 night in communal Tibetan Yurt tents at Everest Base Camp & 1 night in very basic guesthouse with non-western shared bathrooms. NOTE: accommodations outside major cities can be quite basic compared to general western standards. We encourage bringing a sleeping sheet and travel pillow.

Comfort notes

10 days over 9,000 feet. Some rough/dusty roads and long drives. Temperatures can be cold at night at high altitude.

Itinerary - detailed itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu, Nepal
Day 2: Kathmandu - Old City
Day 3: Fly to Lhasa - Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Bazaar
Day 4: Lhasa - Drepung and Sera Monasteris
Day 5: Lhasa - Potala, Dragon Pool, Chagpori Hill
Day 6: Lhasa - Norbulinka
Day 7: Tsedang - Yambu Lakang Fort, Samye Monastery
Day 8: To Gyantse via Kamba La and Karo La Pass
Day 9: Palcho Monastery, Khumbum Stupa, to Shigatse
Day 10: Shigatse Sights
Day 11: Xegar, Base of Mount Everest
Day 12: Rongbuk Monastery - In the Shadow of Mt. Everest
Day 13: Mt. Everest Base Camp Hike (Driving Option), Return to Xegar
Day 14: To Kerung-Rasuwagdhi Border
Day 15: Through the Himalayas to Nuwakot
Day 16: Exploring Ancient Bhaktapur & Patan
Day 17: Depart Bhaktapur (Kathmandu)
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