On arrival in Kathmandu and Nepal International Airport via various international airlines, received by our guide and staff for a short transfer to the heart of Kathmandu city. Where is your hotel located, after checking into your rooms, and then meeting other members of the trip at the hotel lobby for a briefing?
The briefing includes important information regarding Tibet Overland Tour, to make your holiday in Tibet and Nepal more enjoyable. evening group welcomes dinner in a lovely Nepalese Restaurant with an introduction to the culture of Nepal with folk dance and music.
A free day in Kathmandu preparation for Tibet Overland Tour includes a sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley at places of great historical and religious interest.
The city is steeped with ancient world heritage sites, where the tour takes you around renowned landmarks, like the old Durbar / Palace Square with old Swayambhunath of more than 2,500 years old Stupa, a Buddhist religious monument. Includes holy Hindu temple of Pashupatinath and large dome stupa of Bouddhanath of great cultural and religious interest.
Start early as possible in the morning after breakfast, because of the long and scenic drive to reach the high hills and mountainous areas of Langtang Himal. An interesting drive of little more than 6 hours, during the ride, observe Nepalese farm villages and towns.
As drive reach you at the large town of Dhunche, located at 1, 950 m high. The headquarter town of Rasuwa district, as well as the entrance of Langtang National Park. From Dhunche winding downhill to reach Syabrubesi village for an overnight stop, mostly inhabited by the indigenous Tamang, hill tribes of Langtang and Central Himalaya, interwoven to Buddhism religion and fascinating culture.
From Syabrubesi morning drive on a newly built road that links to the Tibet border at a small village of Rasuwagadhi within Nepal's side of the frontier, a few hours drive from Syabrubesi. At the border our Tibetan guide and driver from our counterpart agent in Tibet receives you.
After completing immigration and custom formalities on both sides of the border, then enter Tibet, with a short drive to Kyirong small town for a first overnight stop in Tibet, accommodation at a local guest-house.
After an overnight in Tibet at Kyirong, having breakfast then our Tibetan guide and drive leads towards the wide and high Tibetan plateau, as the morning overland journey continues heading towards farm villages. Reaching near Lalung-la Pass 5,050 m offers grand views of Mt. Shisapangma 8, 013 m, the world's 14thhighest peak.
From here drive through the dry country to Old Tingri, where you can catch a view of Mt. Everest, and Cho-Oyo peaks. After a refreshing stop drive takes you to Shegar also called New Tingri in a simple local lodge for the overnight stop.
Morning from Shegar, having breakfast drive continues on winding high road to reach the highest pass of the journey at Gyatsho-la Pass 5, 220 m. From the pass, the drive descends to Larze town, located on the junction of Mt. Kailash, and to Lhasa via Shigatse.
After a refreshing stop, a drive of a few hours to Shigatse; the second-largest city in Tibet, a place with the famous Tashilumpo Monastery; the holy seat of Panchen Lama. The hotels are up to tourist standard than the other few nights. At Shigatse with time to browse around the streets to observe the Tibetan's interesting customs.
From Gyantse, our overland journey heads towards Lhasa, crossing over a few passes of Karo- La Pass with super views of Nzongkhangsa peak and ice-falls, glaciers, observe the local nomads and Yak herders camp. After a scenic stop, drive to beautiful Yamdrok Tsho a turquoise Lake, as the drive continues to Khamba-La pass facing grand views of Tibetan landscapes with snow- peaks, and then downhill towards Lhasa.
As the drive enters the city suburb of Lhasa, at present a mixture of modern and old, the old section located in the east of the city within colorful and busy Barkhor market square, where most good Tibetan style hotels are located. An afternoon with time for a short walk and immerse within Tibetan pilgrims from all different parts of Tibet, as they make a once-in-a-lifetime journey visiting Lhasa on a holy pilgrimage.
The morning after breakfast, our Tibetan guide meets you at the hotel, for an enjoyable day around Lhasa around place of great historical, religious and cultural interest. Drive west of the city and then uphill to the huge white monastery of Drepung, the seats and residence of many Dalai Lama, before Potala was built.
Tour takes you to visit the monastery interior enriched with impressive arts and statues placed in the main prayer hall and enjoy observing the monastery activities. From here head towards Jhorkang Temple amidst busy Barkhor Square and markets. The oldest shrine of Tibet enjoys views of the city from the terraces of Jhorkang temple with views of Potala Palace.
Afternoon short drive north of Lhasa to visit another important Shera monastery, and watch young monks debating regarding social and religious subjects, one of the highlights of this monastery. After a great day, the rest of the afternoon is free for a stroll around the streets of Lhasa and to witness local people of great cultural interest.
After breakfast, at the usual time for the tour of the famous landmark of Tibet, Potala Palace is situated on a red hill, within the center of Lhasa. A winter palace and resident from 5th to present 14th Dalai Lama, head of state where visitors are allowed to enter a few main halls and prayer rooms from its 100 rooms.
The Palace was built in early 640 A.D. during the time of the 5th Dalai Lama. After an interesting visit with a free afternoon for individual activities and shopping souvenirs. The afternoon tour continues with short drive southwest to Norbulingka, a summer palace of semi-modern with lovely large gardens and tall trees, our guide will take us around the summer palace's important sites, and then end the day tour with the rest of the day free at leisure.
Yes, nearly 90 % are largely populated by Buddhism followers with some minority of Tibetan Muslims, which you can notice in the cities of Lhasa and Shigatse.
Where in all hotels in Kathmandu and Tibet you have the facilities to charge you electronic gadgets, where the flow of current and voltage can differ. In Kathmandu / Nepal capacity 609 MW in Integrated Power System, of 230 volts in A.C. single phase and 400 volts in three phases for general. Electricity in Tibet / China is 230 volts AC, 50 cycles. We do have two pins & 3 pins power sockets, you better have two Pin travel plug adapter which will be useful to charge your batteries.
Yes, an exchange in the Bank of China, located in towns and cities only like in Shigatse, Gyantse, and Lhasa only where we have time for overnight stops. In Tibet where Chinese currency is used, which is about the US $1 equals 6: 50 Chinese Renminbi Yuan, which is the official currency of the People's Republic of China and translates to “people's money.
Tibet, similar to mainland China uses Beijing Standard Time. Which is 8 hours ahead of GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) 2 hours and 15 minutes ahead of Nepal Standard Time Zone.
The chances are small and rare, as you will be spending overnights at certain heights, and crossing high passes with ups and downhill which will help and support you to get acclimatized. Few people might catch a slight headache but soon fades away, taking advice from our guide, taking enough fluid and water with rest as you will be driving most of the time on comfortable vehicles.
April to May and September and October are the best months for travel to Tibet as well for this tour. The weather is fine and clear most of the season, as the land with high altitude gets much sun for long hours, although cold morning and from late afternoon till night time. Can get very windy especially on the drive to Shigatse during the afternoon time till 4 p.m. Chances of snowfall sometimes around high passes and altitude wise, do get light rain around monsoon time of June to mid-September, but the mostly dry and arid country as weather-wise. Does not get heavy rain like in southern countries of the Himalayas range.