Fly in, Drive out Tour of Tibet - 9 Days

Trip Cost
US$ 1195 (Per Person)

Trip Details

  • Destination: Tibet
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Duration: 9 Days
  • Transportation: NA
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For thousands of years, Tibet lay under the ancient Sea of Tethys. Eighty million years ago, India crashed into Asia, pushing up the Himalayas, lifting the ocean bottom above water, and creating this magical land. Mystical land, Shangrila, Forbidden Country: Tibet has many names and inspires an air of mystical dreams. However, Tibet is a real and beautiful place to travel. It possesses a unique culture, firmly rooted in Tibetan religion, but with strong influence from the geography of the Himalayas, and the neighbouring civilisations of India and China.

Geographically, Tibet can be divided into three major parts - north, south and east. The eastern part is forest region, occupying approximately one-fourth of the land. Virgin forests run the entire breadth and length of this part of Tibet. The northern part is open grassland, where nomads and yak and sheep dwell here. This part occupies approximately half of Tibet. The southern and central part is agricultural region, occupying about one-fourth of Tibet’s land area. All major Tibetan cities and towns such as Lhasa, Shigatse, Gyantse and Tsetang are located in this area and is considered the cultural center of Tibet.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01:Fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa
  • Day 02:Exploration day in Lhasa
  • Day 03:Exploration day in Lhasa
  • Day 04:Drive from Lhasa to Gyangtse (3990m)
  • Day 05:Drive from Gyangtse to Shalu, then Shigatse (3860m)
  • Day 06:Drive from Shigatse Shakya and continue to Shegar/Dingri (4350m)
  • Day 07:Drive from Shegar to Zhangmu (or Kerung)
  • Day 08:Drive from Zhangmu (or Kerung) to Kathmandu
  • Day 09:Departure from Nepal

What's Includes:

  • Airport pick up and drop by private transport
  •   Bed and Breakfast,  accommodation Tibet
  • Kathmandu to Lhasa by air, transportation during the tour, and back to Kathmandu 
  • Tibetan English speaking guide
  • Tibet visa ( 3 day for proces)
  • Transportation in Lhasa by private vehicle
  • All entrance fees for monastery as per itinerary at Tibet

What's Excludes:

  • Tips for guides and driver 
  • Lunch & Dinner during the tour
  • Personal expenses, beverage, cold drinks, phone call, etc.
  • Rescue and emergency cost, medical and hospital expenses
  • Travel insurance and international flight tickets
  • Extra night accommodation or any charges in Kathmandu, if arrive early or late in Kathmandu in case of evacuation

Detail Itinerary

  • Day 01Fly from Kathmandu to LhasaWe are transferred from the hotel to Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan Airport for the flight to Lhasa. This is one of the most spectacular flights in the world as we follow the high mountain peaks before crossing over the Himalayan chain to the high Tibetan Plateau. After arriving at Gongkar Airport, there is a long drive to the fabled city of Lhasa. The distance used to be 90 kilometres, but has been slightly shortened due to a tunnel that was recently opened. We spend the rest of our first day in Lhasarelaxing to aid our acclimatization, as it is likely we will be feeling some effects after coming from Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel in Lhasa.
  • Day 02Exploration day in LhasaGuided sightseeing tour of Potala, the winter palace of the Dalai Lama, Drepung, the biggest monastic university of Tibet & Nechung Monastery, temple of the State oracle of Tibet. There are many fascinating sights to see in Lhasa, and this is just the beginning. Overnight in Lhasa.
  • Day 03Exploration day in LhasaGuided sightseeing tour of Jokhang, the central cathedral of Tibet, Barkhor, the bustling Lhasa market encircling the Jokhang Temple, the Tibetan Medical Center & Norbulinka Palace. Again, we spend the day learning about the many fascinating sites that Lhasa has to offer. There is never a dull moment throughout our tour. Overnight again in Lhasa.
  • Day 04Drive from Lhasa to Gyangtse (3990m)We drive through Yamdrok, the Turquoise Lake to Gyangtse across Kampa La Pass (5050m) & Karo La (5045m) Pass. We drive a total distance of 350km today. Upon arriving at Gyangtse, we visit Kubum Stupa & Pelkor Chode Monastery.
  • Day 05Drive from Gyangtse to Shalu, then Shigatse (3860m)The drive to Shigatse is roughly 90km. En route, we visit Shalu Monastery. When we arrive to Shigatse, we'll visit Tashilhunpo Monastery, the seat of Panchen Lama who is the 2nd in the Buddhist religious hierachy. If we have more time, we wander around Shigatse Market. Overnight in Shigatse.
  • Day 06Drive from Shigatse Shakya and continue to Shegar/Dingri (4350m)After breakfast, we drive to Shegar, crossing the Tsoula Pass (4500m) & Gyatso La Pass (5220m) along the way. En route, we stop for a visit at Sakya Monastery. Overnight in Shegar/Dingri.
  • Day 07Drive from Shegar to Zhangmu (or Kerung)We pass through the Shegar checkpoint and then cross the Tingri Plains before ascending to Lalung Leh (5050m). At this pass we have spectacular views to the east (weather permitting) of Everest (8850m), Lhotse (8516m), Makalu (8463m), Cho Oyu (8201m) and Gauri Shanker (7146m). To the west it may be possible to see Xixapangma (8013m), Langtang (7245m) and Dorje Lakpa (6980m). That’s five peaks, each over 8000 metres in height - a truly spectacular sight. From the pass, we descend steeply over 3000 metres to the small town of Nyalam. As you near the border, the road is cut into the cliffs high above the valley floor. If you don’t like heights, you should sit on the left-hand side of the vehicle! Overnight in Zhangmu or Kerung.
  • Day 08Drive from Zhangmu (or Kerung) to KathmanduAfter breakfast we make the short trip to the border and complete customs and immigration formalities. We cross the Friendship Bridge that spans the Bhote (Tibet) Kosi River and enter Nepal, before driving back to Kathmandu. Our journey here is in complete contrast to the wild and often barren plains of Tibet. We travel through heavily populated areas, with lush terraced hillsides rising steeply from the valley. After nearly five hours of traveling we arrive back at our hotel in Kathmandu, where we spend our final night.
  • Day 09Departure from NepalWe will transport you to the airport. Thanks for trekking with Adventure Himalayan Travels. We look forward to seeing you again!

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