This tour takes you to some of the most significant, exotic and popular cultural sites of Tibet, including the famous Potala Palace in Lhasa. Lot more to explore on this trip!
What to Expect
Drive in and fly out tour through a circular route from Kathmandu to Lhasa in the heart of Tibet, offers you some of the most amazing landscapes on Earth creating a real Adventure trip for travellers on a limit of time and money.
The Friendship Highway is an important artery of commerce as it’s also Tibet’s most popular tourist route. Enjoy fabulous mountain scenery, visit mystical Buddhist Monasteries of Tashilungpo at Shigatse, the Kumbum Stupa at Gyantse.
Drive past the beautiful Turquoise Lake. This path gives you a glimpse of both the Tibetan and Nepali culture. We'll pass small Tibetan settlements, nomadic herdsmen wandering across the wide arid plains and awe-inspiring mountain peaks. Equally as fascinating is the wealth of cultural interest we will have plenty of opportunity to explore this side of Tibet, both in Lhasa and the other towns we pass through on our journey.
Day 01 - Arrival at the Tribuwan International Airport in Kathmandu (1,345m)
Our airport representative will welcome you at the airport and transfer to your hotel on a private tourist vehicle. Overnight at a hotel.
Day 02 - Pre-trip meeting and sightseeing around the Kathmandu valley
At around 8am, we host a pre-trip meeting at your hotel in Kathmandu and introduce your trek leader/guide. Please seek this opportunity to ask questions about your trek. This includes a final briefing and preparations for the trip. For the meeting, please make sure you bring passport, three copies of passport-size photos, and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. During this meeting, please clear the due balance, if any, and sign the legally binding trip form as well as the non-liability disclaimer. Please inform us in advance if you will be arriving late and therefore are unable to attend the pre-trip meeting.
After the pre-trip meeting and a hearty breakfast, your sightseeing trip will start at around 9:45am. You will have a private vehicle and a professional tour guide at your disposal. We visit Boudhanath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world, where we observe Buddhist monks praying in the monasteries surrounding the stupa. After Boudhanath Stupa we visit Pashupatinath, the most famous Hindu temple in the country, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. Here we see Hindu holy men (sadhus) meditating, pilgrims bathing and occasionally funeral pyres burning on the ghats. We will also visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square, which is a collection of pagoda and shikhara – style temples grouped around a fifty-five-window palace of brick and wood. The attraction of the Bhaktapur Durbar Square is The Lion gate, The Golden gate, The Palace of fifty five windows, Art Galleries, The Statue of King Bhupatindra Malla.
The rest of our time in Kathmandu is free for further exploration and some last-minute shopping in Thamel area near by your hotel. Later, you will be supplied with our Trek Pack and departure information for the next day. Overnight at a hotel.
Day 03 - Drive Kathmandu to Nepal/China Friendship Bridge, and onto Nyalam (3,750m)
Depart at 5am from the hotel in Kathmandu and drive to the Nepal-Tibet border along the famous Araniko Highway. We stop for a quick breakfast at Dhulikhel and lunch at Kodari. After immigration and custom formalities on both sides (Kodari and Zhangmu) we drive to the small town of Nyalam (3,750m). The total distance from Kathmandu to Nyalam is 125 kms. Overnight at a guesthouse.
Day 04 - Drive to Lhatse (4,350m)
Day drive uphill to the highest plateau of the world with the typical view of Tibetan landscape offering sheer feeling of standing on the roof of the world crossing over Laungla (5,050m), from where, weather permitting, breathtaking panorama of beautiful Himalayan ranges including Mt. Cho Oyu (8,201m) and Mt. Xishapagma (8,012m) but dwarfed by the vastness of the Tibetan plateau. From Tingri one can enjoy the magnificence of Mt. Everest (8,848m). Overnight at a hotel.
Day 05 - Drive to Xigatse (3,900m)
Continue the scenic drive crossing over Gyatchula (5,220m), the highest pass en route to Lhasa from where the road to Mt. Kailash bifurcates to the west. Overnight at a hotel.
Day 06 - Drive to Gyantse (3,900m)
Morning sightseeing to the Panchen Lama’s Tashilhmpu Monastery. Drive to Gyantse and visit the Kumbum Stupa & Phalkor Monastery. Overnight at a hotel.
Day 07 - Drive to Lhasa (3,650m)
Full day picturesque drive crossing over Karola (5,010m), Kambala (4,794m), colourful Yamdrok Lake and the Tibetan lifeline river Bramhaputra. Overnight at a hotel.
Day 08 - Guided Tour in Lhasa
Sightseeing around Sera Monastery, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street. Overnight at a hotel.
Day 09 - Guided Tour in Lhasa
Sightseeing tour around the Potala Palace and the Drepung Monastery. Overnight at a hotel.
Day 10 - Flight from Lhasa to Kathmandu
Early morning drive to Gongar airport for departure flight to Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.
Day 11 - Leisure day in Kathmandu
You have the option to extend your trip to continue onto Chitwan jungle safari, rafting adventure, Kathmandu valley shopping tour, scenic Everest flight, mountain biking and other activities. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 12 - Transfer to the airport for your final flight departure
The trip concludes – our airport representative will drop you to Kathmandu’s Tribhuwan International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal.
- Pick up from and drop off at the hotel and the airport
- Twin sharing accommodation in a three- or four-star hotel in Kathmandu. (4 nights)
- Tibetan standard two-star hotel accommodation
- Lhasa - Kathmandu airfare
- Ground transportation to and from Kathmandu. SUVs and a support truck during the Tibet tour
- Guided city tour in Kathmandu on a private vehicle
- Transfer and pick up by a bus at Kodari (the Friendship Bridge) on the Nepal-Tibet border
- Government-licensed English-speaking Tibetan tour guide
- The required number of ground staff for the tour * Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for our ground staff
- A down jacket and a sleeping bag provided Ace the Himalaya (to be returned after the trek)
- Free Ace the Himalaya duffel/kit bag, sunhat and t-shirt (yours to keep)
- Tibet entry permits/visa fees
- Entrance fees
- All government taxes
What's Not Included
- International airfare and airport departure tax
- Your travel insurance (mandatory for the trip; should cover helicopter rescue charges worth a minimum of USD 50,000 per person)
- Nepal entry visa – you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (A multiple-entry 30-day tourist visa can be obtained for USD 40 or equivalent. Similarly, a multiple-entry 90-day tourist visa costs USD 100. Please have 2 passport size photos and the amount in cash USD/Euro handy.
- Internet and telephone calls
- Lunch and dinner – about USD 20 per person per day
- Sightseeing/monument entrance fees
- Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks. Items of personal nature such as laundry
- Personal trekking and/or climbing equipment
- Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is expected)
- Others expenses not mentioned in the Price Includes section
Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu
Know Before You Go
Please note that: USD 80 per person per night for single room and USD 65 per person per night for double (twin sharing) room if you need extra accommodation in Kathmandu, including breakfast.