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Tibet Overland Scenic Cultural Tour

"Adventure on world highest plateau of Tibet with exciting cultural and scenic tour"

Trip Duration: 12 Days

Highlights of Tibet Overland Scenic Cultural Tour

  • An ever exciting overland journey visiting great wonderful cities of Tibet
  • Adventure on world highest and largest plateau of Tibet plateau with scenic views
  • Dramatic landscapes of high snow capped peaks and crossing high great passes
  • Explore Shigatse and Lhasa cities of great historical and cultural interest
  • Drive through wide Yak grazing country and past rural Tibetan villages
  • Tour of famous Tashilumpo monastery and magnificent Potala Palace

Trip Profile:

  • Trip Mode: Hotel with local Lodge and Guest House on route
  • Trek Grade: Moderate and Adventurous walks.
  • Highest Altitude: Over Gyatso-la 5,220 m high.
  • Daily drives: Minimum of 04 hrs to maximum – 6 hrs.
  • Tibet duration: 07 Nights and 08 Days (with drive and flight back)
  • Total Trip: 11 Nights and 12 Days (Kathmandu-Kathmandu).

Tibet Overland Scenic Cultural Tour Overview

Tibet Overland Scenic and Cultural Tour full of adventure around world highest and largest plateau of Tibet surround by dramatic landscapes and snow-capped mountains and crossing high passes to reach fabled city of Lhasa.

Tibet Overland Scenic and Cultural Tour, offers great delights and interest from the moment you land into Tibetan soil at Kyirong a border town within Tibet close to Nepal areas of Rasuwagaddi located within massive Langtang Himal. This amazing and great journey on Tibet Overland Scenic and Cultural Tour provides you with fascinating scenery during daily drive past nice farm villages and town around huge Yak and sheep grazing country.

Adventure begins from Kathmandu after enjoying tours of world heritage sites that gives you glimpse of Tibetan traditional life and culture as drive leads past the city and valley of Kathmandu to reach into Tibet at Kyirong. From Kyirong on complete wilderness of mountains and vast country within high plateau to reach first at second largest city of Tibet at Shigatse, with time here to visit famous Tashilumpo monastery complex the seat of Holy Panchen Lama.

With enjoyable tour journey heads to Gyantse and then on the road to Lhasa with spectacular views of snow-capped peaks and driving close of turquoise Lake Yamdrok Tsho to reach at scenic Khamba-la pass with wide panorama of Tibetan landscapes.

Slowly drive enters Lhasa city for few overnight stops with interesting tour of its famous historical and religious sites and monasteries visiting Drefung-Shera and magnificent Potala Palace the center and landmark of Tibet, known as Heavenly Realm located on a hill top facing grand views of Lhasa city and the valley.

Enjoying splendid time in Lhasa and around the busy market place of Barkhor Square and with colorful life of Tibetans then with last overnight in Lhasa where great sweeping flight from near Lhasa brings you back at Kathmandu, after a great adventure and experience in Tibet Overland Scenic and Cultural Tour.

Best Seasons for Tibet Overland Scenic and Cultural Tour:

April to November months of the year can visit Tibet, where April to May spring time will be the best time, visit of  great interest with fine clear morning till afternoon, with some chances of light rains sometimes.

September to November another best months around Autumn/Fall, when most of the days are clear for views and walks but can be much colder and freezing as altitude gains with chances of snow sometimes.

Amazing to know that one can visit Tibet even in Monsoon months from mid June to mid September a wet rainy seasons on southern Himalaya, where’s Tibet falls within rain-shadow area, where heavy monsoon cloud blocked by giant Himalaya range. That is why northern Himalaya and Tibet are dry and arid country with least rain fall, but heavy snow during winter and early spring times from December till March.

Monsoon times much green in Tibet around hills and valley with lush vegetation in wet seasons, so the choice is yours for Tibet Overland.

 

Tibet Overland Scenic Cultural Tour Short Outline Itinerary
  • Day 01: Arrival day in Kathmandu via various airlines and transfer to hotel.
  • Day 02: In Kathmandu sightseeing tour and Tibet preparation.
  • Day 03: Drive to Syabrubesi 1,460 m – 07 hrs journey.
  • Day 04: Drive to Kyirong Border 2,890 m and enter Tibet – 04 hrs drive.
  • Day 05: Drive to Shegar or New Tingri 4,350 m – 06 hrs.
  • Day 06: Drive to Shigatse 3,900 m visit Tashilumpo Monastery -05 hrs.
  • Day 07: Drive to Gyantse 3,950 m visit Kumbum Stupa -03 hrs.
  • Day 08: Drive to Lhasa 3,650 m via Yamdrok Tsho Lake – 05 hrs.
  • Day 09-10: In Lhasa with sightseeing tour at places of great interest.
  • Day 11:  Drive to Lhasa / Gongor Airport fly to Kathmandu-1 hr:15 mins.
  • Day 12:  International Departure homeward bound to respective countries.

Tibet Overland Scenic Cultural Tour Detailed Itinerary


01
Day 01: Arrival day in Kathmandu via various airlines and transfer to hotel.
  • Reaching Kathmandu received by our staff and guide
  • Adventure Alpine Gorkha Treks transfer to your respective hotel
  • Explore around the streets of Kathmandu and Thamel area.
  • Tibet Overland briefing includes welcome dinner in authentic Nepalese restaurant with culture programs of the country.
02
Day 02: In Kathmandu sightseeing tour and Tibet preparation.
  • Time Kathmandu preparation Tibet Overland Tour
  • Morning sightseeing tour around Kathmandu at places of interest visit leads to World Heritage Sites and catch Nepalese culture and as well touch of Tibetan Buddhism.
03
Day 03: Drive to Syabrubesi 1,460 m - 07 hrs journey.
  • Morning interesting drive beyond Kathmandu to reach Dhunche town and Syabrubesi village for first overnight stop
  • Located around Langtang Himal region of Rasuwa district the home of Tamang people the hill tribe of Himalaya and as well on route to Tibet border.
04
Day 04: Drive to Kyirong Border 2,890 m and enter into Tibet -04 hrs drives.
  • After Syabrubesi morning drive on newly constructed road linking Nepal and Tibet by the frontier of Rasuwa-Gadhi (1800m / 15 km / 1 hr min from Syabrubesi)
  • Enter Tibet soil, received by our Tibetan guide and drivers, after completing immigration & custom formalities on both sides Nepal / Tibet at Rasuwa-Gadhi
  • Continue drive further to Kyirong with first overnight stop in Tibet accommodation at local guest-house.
  • At Kyirong afternoon with time to relax and enjoy views of Ganesh and Langtang Himal that borders Nepal and Tibet.
05
Day 05: Drive to Shegar or New Tingri 4, 350 m - 06 hrs.
  • From Kyirong Tibetan high plateau begins morning drive leads past Tibetan farm villages to reach on top of Lalung-la Pass (5,050m).
  • At the pass views of Mt. Shisapangma (8013m highest within Tibet).
  • After Lalung-la drive leads on vast Tibetan plateau with high and dry terrain to Old Tingri with first glimpse of Everest and Cho-Oyo peaks
  • Drive continues to Shegar also called New Tingri transfer to your hotel or lodge for overnight stop.
06
Day 06: Drive to Shigatse 3,900 m - 04 hrs visit Tashilumpo Monastery.
  • After Shegar morning drive to Tibet second largest city Shigatse as drive continues past rural farm villages
  • Cross high Gyatso-la pass at 5,220 m before reaching Larze town on route Shigatse.
  • From Larze with brief stop drive on good road to reach Shigatse with nice hotel accommodation hotels with modern facilities of Wi Fi and money exchange counters.
  • Having lunch getting refreshed a short drive in the hub of Shigatse for marvelous tour of famous Tashilumpo Monastery complex adorned with Golden Roofs here visit the monastery interior of great interest with tomb stupa of several late and past Panchen Lama.
  • Panchen Lama the 2nd biggest priest and holiness after Dalai Lama (present XIV Dali Lama who is exile in India)
  • With enjoyable tour of the monastery and the seat of Panchen Lama visit the local colorful Tibetan market and return back to hotel.
07
Day 07: Drive to Gyantse 3,950 m visit Kumbum Stupa -03 hrs.
  • Morning after breakfast, continue drive towards east for few hours to reach Gyantse another large city of Tibet
  • In early 19th and 20th century was a flourishing place where trade between Nepal-Bhutan and Sikkim used to take place.
  • On reaching at Gyantse transfer to a nice hotels or guest house with afternoon tour of old Phalkor Monastery and great terracotta Stupa of Kumbum, famous historical monuments located within great surrounding walls of this holy complex.
08
Day 08: Drive to Lhasa 3,650 m via Yamdrok Tsho Lake - 05 hrs.
  • Morning drive to fabled city Lhasa, crossing Simi-La pass on great Tibetan plateau watch Yaks and other cattle grazing on huge green meadows.
  • As drive progress towards scenic Karo-La pass at 5,050 m with close views of Nzongkhangsa peaks at 7,100 m high where ice falls and glaciers flows near to the road head.
  • Enjoy views with old traditional life of Drokpa (Nomads) a Yak herder then reach Nagarktse town and beyond to beautiful turquoise Lake Yamdrok Tsho
  • Drive past Khamba-La pass at 4,800 m high offers panorama of Tibetan tableland and landscapes with distant views of snowcapped peaks and of Yamdrok Tsho Lake.
  • From here downhill to cross a bridge over Yarlung Tsangpo / Brahmaputra River, slowly journey reaches in the heart of Lhasa city with views of magnificent Potala Palace.
  • At Lhasa hotels located on old part of Lhasa in the eastern side of the city near colorful and exciting Barkhor Square and its markets.
9/10
Day 09-10:   In Lhasa with sightseeing tour at places of great interest.
  • These two full in Lhasa enjoy tour around important places of interest its historical and religious sites, beginning with short drive west of Lhasa to a hill top with tour of old Drefung Monastery,
  • In early day home of all high priest and Dalia Lamas before Potala Palace was built.
  • Visit main prayer halls with monks on prayers Drefung means heap of rice with white washed buildings.
  • After interesting visit drive to Shera Monastery witness young monks on exciting debate, as it deepens the knowledge of all types to reach high priesthood.
  • Shera monastery located north of Lhasa an interesting tour with lunch break in local Tibetan / Chinese restaurants
  • Afternoon tour of magnificent Potala Palace known as ‘Heavenly Realm’ with 1,000 rooms where visitors can tour only the main important interior of 8 to 10 rooms of great significant.
  • Potala Palace stands as Landmark of Tibet situated in the hub of the city, where high and superior priests Dalai Lama lived till the last 14th Dalai Lama, at present turn into a museum.
  • After a grand tour head back into busy and colorful Barkhor Market Square with time to visit Jhorkhang Temple, the oldest religious sites of Tibet.
  • As the day end in Lhasa, with time for individual activities around Lhasa before dinner time on last day in Lhasa.
11
Day 11: Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
  • Morning after breakfast transfer to Lhasa airport for flight to Kathmandu
  • A flight of one hour or little more with views of Himalayan high peaks with Mt. Everest.
  • Reaching Kathmandu transfer to hotel with evening free at leisure
12
Day 12: International Departure homeward bound or respective countries.
  • Depart from the hotel as per your time for international flights.
  • Adventure Alpine Gorkha Treks guides and staff transfer you to Kathmandu International airport
  • Farwell with grand memories of Tibet Overland with Cultural and Scenic Tour as well enjoying great time in Nepal.

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Trip Facts
  • Trip Duration: 12 Days

  • Destination: Tibet

  • Group Size: 2-12 People

  • Difficulty: Moderate to Adventurous

  • Altitude: Gyatso-la 5,220 m

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