Small Group Overland Expedition to Kathmandu HH02

5 Days From £0 (667 USD)

Friendship Hwy between Lhasa and Kathmandu is an ideal route as it takes in most of Tibet's main sights, offers superb scenery and features a spectacular roller-coaster ride down from La Lung-la into Kathmandu valley.

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Key Information

Travel Style: Small Group
Start Location: Lhasa, Tibet
End Location: Kathmandu, Nepal
Accommodation: Hotels
Period: April - October
Difficulty: Suitable for Most Travellers

About The Operator

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Years In Business: 19

The Friendship Hwy between Lhasa and Kathmandu in Nepal is the main travelers' route through Tibet and allows a number of excellent detours. It's an ideal route in that it takes in most of Tibet's main sights, offers superb scenery and features a spectacular roller-coaster ride down from high La Lung-la into the Kathmandu valley. With this small group, you can head straight from Lhasa to the coiling scorpion-lake of Yamdrok and the glacier-draped Karo-la pass to Gyantse. Then a 90-minutes drive away is Shigatse with its impressive Tashilumpu Monastery. The most popular excursion from the road is to Rongbuk Monastery and Everest Base Camp. A new paved road has cut down driving time to just a few hours. This classic overland route of around 1300km can be done in just 6 days on this well organized trip, and it takes in central Tibet's most important monasteries, plus views of the world's highest peak.

Description

A full day by day itinerary will be provided by the tour operator when you make an enquiry about this holiday.

Includes
- Airport or train station transfer: The free airport pick-up is at 3:20 p.m. and see off is at 12:00 p.m., and train station see off is at 6:30am.
- Accommodation: 4 nights stay in comfortable 3 star standard hotels in Tibet. 1 night stay nearby EBC in tent or guesthouse according to the weather.
- Meals: mainly Breakfast. See detailed itinerary for complete listing.
- English Speaking Guide: All of our guides are local Tibetans with infectious smiles and a passion for sharing their homeland. From them you'll receive extensive information about the history, geography, culture, religion, traditions, art and music.
- Vehicle Rental & Driver: All of our vehicles are well maintained and safe. Our drivers are experienced in driving in the Tibetan landscape. Vehicle type will be according to group size.
- Travel Permits: All Tibet traveling permits.
- Entrance Fees: All entrance fees listed in the itinerary, (except optional sites) including vehicle and personal entry permit for Qomolangma Nature Preserve.

Excludes
- Transportation to and from Tibet.
- Other services of non-Tibet parts
- Private expense like laundry, IDD calls, drinks in the room, etc.
- Extra expenses incurred due to unexpected natural events (delays, road washouts, etc.)
- Meals not specified in the tour itinerary
- Tips for the tour guide and driver

Prices per person - please submit an enquiry to receive a personalized itinerary and costs.

Itinerary
Day 01. Lhasa: On your arrival to Tibet, we will meet you at the airport or train station and transfer you to the hotel . Plan on taking it slow the rest of today, so you can adjust to the altitude. Remember to drink plenty of water and get plenty of sleep for the long journey ahead.
Day 02. This morning you'll wind your way up through the stunning, awe-inspiring PotalaPalace. Built in 637 AD by SongtsenGampo, it was the former winter residence for the Dalai Lamas and is truly a splendor of Eastern architecture. Next, visit the JokhangTemple, the center of Tibetan Buddhism, also built in the 7th century on the legendary pond of “Wothang.” Later after lunch, witness the famous debate sessions by the monks at Sera Monastery.
Day 03. In the morning you'll start the drive to Shigatse, via Gyantse on the Southern Friendship Highway. Crossing over the summit of Kamba La (4794 m), you'll see the tranquil turquoise waters of Lake Yamdrok below; one of the three holiest lakes in Tibet. Far in the distance you'll spot the towering massifMt.NojinKangtsang (7191 m), and the staggering Karo-la Glacier (5045 m).
Day 04. This morning you'll have a chance to visit Tashilumpu Monastery, the home of the Panchen Lama, which is essentially a walled town with cobbled and twisting lanes that revolve around a magnificent monastery. Then be driven to Rongbuk Monastery (optional), the highest monastery in the world. This evening you'll have the intoxicating view of Mt.Everest. Overnight in local guesthouse or tent.
Day 05. Wake this morning below the stunning north face of Mt. Everest, (8848) the tallest mountain on earth. After breakfast, drive the remaining 8 km to visit Everest Base Camp. Then, drive forward to Old Tingri, where you could enjoy the fabulous views of the 4 peaks above 8,000 meters on earth including Mt. Everest, Luozi, Makalu, Zhuoayou, which are all competing to stand up higher than other peaks on earth.
Day 06. In the morning, transfer to the Kodari Border, our guide will help you go through the formalities of China Customs and apply for your Nepali visa, then you need to cross the Friendship Bridge to Nepali side by yourself.