Tibet, the mystic Shangri-La, the forbidden kingdom on the roof the world has captured man’s imagination for centuries.

Great explorers and adventurers of the century have ventured into this holy land rendered inaccessible by the hostile natural conditions and bandits that waylaid them across through the Himalayas. Despite untold ravages brought about during the Cultural Revolution, Tibet’s past grandeur, majesty, magic and mystery remains undiminished. One can still see today nomads herding their yaks, pilgrims worshipping at sacred shrines and the expansive, striking and enduring Himalayan topography. Tibet is truly an adventurer’s paradise!

TIBET OVERLAND BUDGET TOUR

This is an adventure trip for travelers on a budget. The breathtaking trans-Himalayan flight from Katmandu to Lhasa and the overland route from Lhasa to Nepal offer truly spectacular views of the Himalayas, high mountain passes, ancient monasteries, fortresses and a people and culture from a bygone era. We begin our tour by exploring fabled Lhasa; its majestic Potala Palace towering over the entire Lhasa valley; The Drepung Monastery, the largest monastic university in Tiber; The Jokhang, the central cathedral and the surrounding Barkor market bustling with jpilgrims and traders. We then drive via Yamdrok Tso, The Turquoise Lake, to Gyangtse, Shigatse, Shegar and on to Katmandu.

Day1:

Fly to Lhasa

Day 2/3:

Lhasa

Day 4:

Gyangste

Day 5:

Shigatse

Day 6:

Shegar

Day 7:

Zhangmu

Day 8:

Zhangmu-KTM



OVERLAND CENTRAL TIBET TOUR

This is also an adventure trip for budget travelers but with the added attraction of a visit to the Yarlung Tsangpo Valley – the cradle of Tibetan civilization. We begin our tour by exploring the Yarlung Tsangpo Valley with a ferry ride across the Yarlung Tsangpo River to visit Samye, the oldest monastery belonging to the Red Hat School. Then, on to Yumbulakhang,, the first castle built for a Tibetan king overlooking a fertile agricultural valley; agter which we head for Lhasa, the Forbidden City. From Lhasa, we drive across the vast hinterland of Tibet’s high, arid plateau with spectacular views of the Himalayas, high mountain passes, ancient forts and monasteries to the border town of Zhamgmu and on to Katmandu.

Day 1:

Fly to Lahsa, Tsedang

Day 2:

Tsedang

Day 3/5:

Lhasa

Day 6:

Gyangtse

Day 7:

Shigate

Day 8:

Shegar

Day 9:

Zhangmu

Day 10:

Zhangmu to Katmandu

MYSTICAL TIBET

This fly in/fly out tour of Central Tibet follows a circular route form Tsedang to Lhasa, exploring the Yarlung Tsangpo alley, the cradle of Tibetan civilization, and then proceeding on the southern route past Yamdrok Tso, the Turquoise Lake, to Gyangtse and Shigate. From Shigate we will take the Northern route through the scenic, rugged countryside of nomads, culminating our tour in the comforts of the Holiday Inn, Lhasa.

Day 1:

 Fly to Lhasa. Tsedang

Day 2:

 Tsedang

Day 3:

Gyangtse

Day 4:

 Shigatse

Day 5-7:

 Lhasa

Day 8:

 Fly to Katmandu

TIBET CULTURAL HIGHLIGHTS

This is a specially designed tour of Tibet and coincides with the annual Tibetan festival of “Shoton”, an Opera dance festival, held in Lhasa. It also covers most of the cultural highlights of Central Tibet. We enter by overland from Katmandu driving along the Kodari Highway to Zhangmu, the border town. From Zhangmu, we proceed across the vast expanse of the Tibetan plateau, visiting all the places of interest along the way to Lhasa, we visiting all places of interest along the way to Lhasa. In Lhasa, we visit the Potala Palace, Drepung Monastery and other historic places before heading south to Tsedang to explore the Yarlung Tsangpo Valley, the cradle of Tibetan civilization. We return by air to Katmandu.

Day 1:

 Katmandu to Zhangmu

Day 2:

Shegar

Day 3/4:

 Shangtse

Day 5:

Gyangtse

Day 6-9:

 Lhasa

Day 10/11:

 Tsedamg

Day 12:

Fly to Katmandu

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

ACCESS: China Southwest Airlines operates direct flights between Kathmandu and Lhasa (one hour). The trans-Himalayan overland journey retraces the old mule caravan route (962 km, three to six days). Lhasa is also connected to Beijing, Xian, Chengdu and Chongqing by air.

SEASON: March through October is the best time to visit. Layered clothing is recommended as day and nighttime temperature varies greatly. Down jackets are required from October to March (there is snow). The rainy season is June-September. The mean temperature is 8 degrees Celsius in the south and 0 degrees in the north.

CLOTHING: Casual wear and comfortable walking shoes are the rule for Tibet. Be sure to bring warm clothing for cold conditions as the night and early mornings can be quite chilly and downright cold during the winter months. Bring all your films, medicines, cosmetic, personal toilet items that you will need from home as these are difficult, it not impossible to obtain in Tibet. A personal first aid kit is also recommended. More detailed information on clothing and related matters will be provided upon booking our tour.

CURRENCY: Banks in TIBET/CHINA are closed on Saturday & Sunday. So, you are kindly requested to carry about USD 100 per person in Lhasa to cover your extra expenses for main meals and others en route until Lhasa. If it is cash dollars, even local people help you to get them exchange in Chinese Yuan. Travelers Cheques & credit cards are very difficult to be cashed outside the banks especially out side Lhasa.

If any of the clients pay for Tibet tour in TC you are kindly requested to accompany the guide to the bank in Lhasa for about 15 minutes and please make an extra counter signature on the TCs you have paid. Your direct presence and counter signature ensures immediate encashment of the TCs to our agent in Lhasa. Otherwise, it may take months. Your kind co-operation in this regard will be highly appreciated. The unit of currency is the Renminbi or Yuan. A US$ is equivalent to 8Yuan approx. Money can be exchanged at the Bank of China branches at Zhangmu, Shigatse and Lhasa.

AIRPORT TAX: Airport tax in Lhasa airport is Yuan 90 (US$ 12)

     

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