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KEEP WALKING - NEPAL

TIBET CULTURAL JOURNEY

2018 & 2019 : May 1 to 15 & Sept 4 to 18

Tibet

Tibet has long been considered the ‘Roof of the World’ and offers unparalleled beauty and mystery in its own right. This is a land of the largest and highest plateau on earth with an average altitude of over 4,000 meters. Its unique Buddhist culture, rare wildlife, snow-capped mountains, deep tropical rainforests and open pastureland are the hidden treasures to be explored. In addition, the Yarlung Tsangbo River, ancient ruins, palaces, monasteries and religious cultural heritage are other facinating features of the land.

Tibet also offers an overload to your senses, with smells, tastes and colors you have never experienced previously. For good or for bad, you'll discover the fetid odor of yak butter and incense that smacks of hashish. You'll taste rich, savory stews of spicy yak, crisp Asian pears, and sweet local melons. You will enjoy one of the most adventurous, scenically stunning and physically demanding overland trips in the world as we travel from Kathmandu through vast landscapes, glittering peaks, high mountain passes, remote high altitude deserts, and densely forested precipitous gorges; all virtually unpopulated at high altitudes. It is a journey of scenic and religious discovery of the land and self.

We would be pleased to have you on this journey through the centuries and, with our Tibetan counterparts, introduce you to the Tibetan country and ways of life while you travel as part of my extended family.

 

Ang Tshering Sherpa

 

Ang Tshering Shepa,

Family business woner/manager
Keep Walking Nepal

 

Trip Summary

Day 1 - arrive Kathmandu: meet and greet
Day 2 - half day sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley, Boudha and Pashupatinath
Day 3 - fly Kathmandu to Lhasa Gonggar airport, then drive approx. 60km to Lhasa (3700m)
Day 4 - in Lhasa: visits to palace and monastery
Day 5 - in Lhasa: visits to Norbulingka and monastery
Day 6 - in Lhasa: visit Jokhang temple and market shopping
Day 7 - drive approx. 290 km to Gyangtse (3977m) with lake and snow capped mountain views en-route
Day 8 - drive approx. 90km to Shigatse (3900m) after Kumbum monastery visit in Gyangtse
Day 9 - in Shigatse - visits to Tashilhunpo Monastery Shigatse Dzong (fort) & Shigatse market
Day 10 - drive approx. 240 km to New Tingri (4300m) with Everest views en route weather dependant
Day 11 - drive 110 km to Rongbuk Monastery (4980m) viewing many peaks'/night in Everest Guest House.
Day 12 - drive approx. 75km on basic roads to visit Everest Base Camp (5200m) : then return to Shegar
Day 13 - drive to Shighatse (4 to 5 hours)
Day 14 - drive to lhasa
Day 15 - fly to Kathmandu
Day 16 - trip concludes after breakfast

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Cost: US $4,675 (joining Kathmandu)
Cost Includes:

  • Airport pick up and drop
  • Half day sight seeing in Kathmandu
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu, Hotel Tibet on BB
  • Kathmandu—Lhasa—Kathmandu air fare
  • Full board during the trip
  • All land transport in Tibet
  • All sight seeing entry fee in Tibet
  • All Tibet travel permits.
  • Sleeping bag, down jacket and kit bag
  • Nepali guide VISA, air fare Kathmandu-Lhasa-Kathmandu, insurance, daily wages, food and accommodation
  • Tibet local guide, driver wages, food and accomodation

Service Excludes:

  • Tips, travel insurance, emergency resque, tips for Nepali guide and Tibet local guide, driver

 

A 16 day tour. General level of fitness level required.

 

Daily Movements

Days Avtivities
Day 1 Arrive Kathmandu, where you will be met by our local staff and transferred to your accommodation in Hotel tibet. An evening meal will be held together so we can get to know each other. O’night in Kathmandu.
Day 2 Half day sightseeing in Kathmandu valley, including Boudha stupa, one of the world’s largest Buddhist stupas;& Pashupatinath temple, one of the most significant Hindu temples of Shiva. O’night Kathmandu.
Day 3 Fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa Gonggar airport, Tibet (one hour international flight) where we meet our driver and local guide, settle visa requirements, then drive approximately 60km to Lhasa (3700m), crossing the Yarlung Tsangbo River then generally following the course of the Lhasa River to the city. O’night in Lhasa.
Day 4 In Lhasa: in the morning we visit Potala palace, winter residence of the Dalai Lama built in the 17th century by the fifth Dalai Lama. In the afternoon we explore the Sera monastery and watch the monks debate. O’night in Lhasa.
Day 5 In Lhasa: in the morning we visit Norbulingka, summer palace of the Dalai Lama, built in the 18th century and a unique representation of Tibetan palace architecture in surrounding gardens. In the afternoon we visit the Drepung monastery, one of the ‘great three’ monasteries of Tibet. O’night in Lhasa.
Day 6 In Lhasa for our last day: we visit the Jokhang temple the most sacred Tibetan monastery, which is surrounded by Bharkor market one of the country’s main tourisit shopping areas. After lunch we have free time for shopping and later, an evening of Tibetan food with a culture show. O’night in Lhasa.
Day 7 Drive approximately 290km to Gyangtse (3977m), crossing Kamba La pass (5050m) and karo La pass (5045m). We will pause at the former, enjoying view of a sparkling turquoise lake and snow capped mountains, then travel on to Nagartse for lunch. Moving on again, we pause at the Karo La pass with a close view of Mt. Nojin Kangtsen, one of Tibet’s secret mountains. O’night at Gyantse hotel.
Day 8 After breakfast we visit the Kumbum monastery at Gyangtse, have lunch, then drive approximately 90km to Shigatse (3900m). O’night at Shigatse hotel.
Day 9 In Shigatse: we visit the Tashilhunpo Monastery to see the future Buddha’s golden shrine. This monastery is the seat of the Panchen Lama, 2nd highest in the Tibetan Buddhist religious hierarchy. We also visit Shigatse Market, then view the panorama of Shigatse Dzong (fort) with its architecture reminiscent of the Potala Palace. O’night in Shigatse.
Day 10 Drive approximately 240km to Tingri (4300m) through Shegar, and crossing Tsou-La Pass (4500m) and Gyatso-la Pass (5220m). With good weather we will have our first views of Mt. Everest during this stretch. Overnight at Chomolungma hotel.
Day 11 Drive approximately 110km to Rongbuk monastery (4980m) on a dirt road, having left the main Friendship Highway. We cross the Pang-La Pass (5200m) and if the day is clear we will enjoy the panaromic view of several mountains above 8,000 meters including Mt. Lhotse (8516m), Mt. Everest (8848m), Mt. Cho-oyu (8201m), and Mt. Makalu (8463m). Rongbuk Monastery is the highest in the world and we make our visit in the afternoon. O’night at the monastery guest house, an experience in basic accommodation and food.
Day 12 Drive a short distance to visit Everest base camp after an early breakfast, then return to Rongbuk for lunch. Then drive back to shegar 110km through pangla pass( 5200m) enjoy the view before we decending to shegar(4300m) overnight at chomolungma hotel
Day 13 Drive approximately 240km to crossing Tsou-La Pass (4500m) and Gyatso-la Pass (5220m) O’night at Shigatse hotel.
Day 14 Drive approximately 380 km to lhasa crossing Kamba La pass (5050m) and karo La pass (5045m). once again We will pause at the former, enjoying view of a sparkling turquoise lake and snow capped mountains, then travel on to Nagartse for lunch. Moving on again, we pause at the Karo La pass with a close view of Mt. Nojin Kangtsen, one of Tibet’s secret mountains. O’night at lhasa . This is our last day in Tibet and we will have a group dinner with the Tibetan guide and drivers with opportunity to present them with appropriate gifts for their efforts on our behalf
Day 15 Drive to drive approximately 60km to gongkhar airport crossing the Yarlung Tsangbo River then generally following the course of the Lhasa River to the city. An hour flight to Kathmandu day at leisure
Day 16 Trip formally concludes after breakfast with transportation to the airport, unless other arrangements have been made.

** There are some important matters to note for this tour exerience and our staff will aprise you of them on arrival.

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