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Forbidden Lhasa & Everest Tour

A Road Leading To Lhasa

12 Days Tour of Lhasa, Yarlung Tsangpo Valley & Everest
EX - Kathmandu/Chengdu/Beijing/Kunming
Best Season: March - November
Definitely, one of the best & the most popular of our Tibet tours, the trip includes visits to all the important places of interest in central & south Tibet including the Yarlung Tsangpo Valley, the cradle of Tibetan civilization. And the highlight of the trip is a visit to Rongbuk Monastery & the Everest Base Camp from where the view of Everest is the most spectacular of all.

Itinerary

Day 01: KATHMNANDU-GONGAR-TSEDANG
Transfer to airport to connect CA 408 KTM-LXA flight. Upon arrival meet & transfer to hotel. En route visit Mindroling Monastery.

Day 02: TSEDANG-LHASA
Explore Yarlung Tsangpo Valley, the cradle of Tibetan civilization. Visit Samye Monastery, the first monastery built in Tibet by king Trisong Detsen under the guidance of Padmasambhava & Yumbulakhang, the first castle built for a Tibetan king. Continue drive to Lhasa.

Day 03: Lhasa
This morning, we tour Potala, the winter palace of the Dalai Lama & listed as a world heritage site and Drepung Monastery, the biggest monastic university of Tibet.

Day 04: Lhasa
In the morning, we visit Norbu Linka, the summer palace for the Dalai Lama. In the afternoon, we cover Jokhang – the “central cathedral”, Barkhor – the bustling market in the heart of old Lhasa with its narrow streets whitewashed stone homes, window and the Tibetan Medical Centre.

Day 05: Lhasa / Gyantse
Driving out of Lhasa, this long journey (8 hrs) takes you through the vastness of the Tibetan Plateau, past the turquoise lake Yamdrok and over Kampala(4794m) and Karola (5010m) Passes. After 261km, we arrive at Gyantse at 3950m, a pastoral town which is still left pretty untouched by modern expansion.

Day 06: Gyangtse / Shigatse
Visit Kumbum Stupa (an oversized chorten of over 100,000 images) & the adjoining Palkor Choede Monastery. & continue a short 90 km drive to Shigatse at 3900m. En route visit Shalu Monastery.

Day 07: Shiigatse / Sakya
AM- Visit Tashi Lhunpo Monastery, one of the biggest Gelukpa monastery & the seat of Panchen Lama. Tashi Lhunpo has one of the world’s largest 9 storey bronze statue of Maitriya, the future Buddha.
PM- Drive to Sakya Monastery, the seat of Sakya School of Tibetan Buddhism. O/N Sakya Hotel.

Day 08: Sakya / Rongbuk
We head off the main overland route and the road rise steeply up the foothills of the Himalayas via Pangla Pass to arrive at Rongbuk Monastery, the world’s highest monastery situated at 5200m, just below the Rongbuk glacier. En route visit Sakya, the seat of the Sakyapa School of Tibetan Buddhism. Overnight at Rongbuk.

Day 09: Rongbuk / Nylam
After another magical sunrise over Everest & an excursion to Everest Base Camp, we drive on to Nylam. From the barren landscape of the Tibetan Plateau, you cross the mighty Himalayas and are greeted with the greenery of the foothills. Overnight at Nylam Guesthouse.

Day 10: Nylam / Kathmandu
We drive the last stretch of the Nepal-Tibet Highway to Zhangmu. Cross the Friendship bridge and you are back in Nepal – Kodari. Drive back to Kathmandu and check into your hotel.

Cost in USD Per Person: (MIN 2 PAX)

HOTELS TOUR COST
(Minimum 4 Pax)
(Twin Share Basis on BB)
SUPPLEMENT SURCHARGE
2 PAX 3 PAX
DELUXE
Brahmaputra
USD 1050 per person
Single Supplement - USD 300
USD 330 USD 250
STANDARD
Kyichu/Dudgu
USD 950 per person
Single supplement - USD 220
BUDGET
Mandala/Flora
USD 850 per person
Single Supplement - USD 150
AIRFARE EXTRA
(As Applicable)
Kathmandu-Lhasa - USD 273 + 106(flight insurance)    
Lhasa-Kathmandu - USD 273 + 96(flight insurance + Tax)    
Chengdu-Lhasa - USD 240    
Beijing-Lhasa - USD 380    


(Rates subject to change without prior notice)

Also during the monsoon season the Arniko Highway linking Nepal-Tibet border is often disrupted by landslides. Additional porter or transport charges incurred due to such road disruptions will have to be borne by the clients' themselves.


Cost Includes:
● Tibet permit, entrance fees
● Twin sharing accommodation
● Daily breakfast
● All guided tours & transfers in private jeep/coach
● Kodari border pick up/drop transport

Cost Excludes:
● Airfare & airport taxes
● Insurance & emergency rescue charges
● Extra porter/transport charges in the event of landslides
● Tibet visa fee USD 116 for USA nationals & USD 200 for other nationals