Tibet Autonomous Region of the People’s Republic of China remains one of the most interesting, mystical and spiritual region of the world. Tibet is situated at an average elevation of 16,000 ft. above sea level. Opened to the outsiders recently, facilities for tourists are gradually improving. A trip to Tibet is not for the faint hearted persons because travelling can be hard, adventurous and often unpredictable, since the region has rugged and high elevated landscape. So for those with high altitude problems and those with a history of heart, lung or anemia problems should consult a doctor and inform the travel agent in Nepal before considering a visit.
Visitors should also understand before venturing into this t rip that Tibet was only opened to tourism since the mid-eighties.
Overland tour in Tibet is especially for most exciting sightseeing experiences of the Himalayas and high altitude valleys. Still largely unexplored, Tibet makes a perfect destination for adventure seekers. The ancient monasteries found across Tibet, prayer flags flying on the alleys, pilgrims making miles of journey on foot, and the complete remoteness and isolation, gives a life time expression to the travelers.
Lhasa – Tibet
Flight / Private Vehicle
Upon arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, a representative from Rainbow Adventures will heartily welcome you. After completing your custom formalities (Visa etc.), our representatives will pick up your luggage, Just look for our representative with a Rainbow Adventures and your name on display board at the arrival gate. You will be transferred to your hotel. If the time persists, you can either visit the city or relax at the hotel.
In the morning after breakfast, we start a guided tour to several of the historical and spiritual places in Kathmandu valley. The tour covers UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including historical Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swoyambhunath (Buddhist Shrine), Boudhanath (the Largest Stupa in the World), and Pashupatinath (Hindu’s holiest pilgrimage site). Patan, which is also known as a city of fine arts, is one of the major cities of Nepal and is best known for its rich cultural heritage, particularly its tradition of arts and crafts.
The tour starts early morning drive to Kodari, the Nepali border post north of Kathmandu. After completing immigration and custom formalities, we drive up hill to Zhangmu, which is the border town in Tibet, China. After the formalities we continue our journey through a beautiful gorge to Nyalam across the Himalayan range. Our Tibetan representative will meet the group on arrival at the check-post. On the way, you will see fantastic view of deep valley with some overslowing waterfalls. Overnight stay in Nyalam.
Starting in the morning we drive towards Lhatse. Crossing two spectacular passes, and driving for about 7 hours we reach Lhatse. On the way, we cross the Nyalam pass (3,800m) and Lalung La Pass (5,082m). The day offers fantastic view of the high mountains including; Mt. Everest (8,848m), Jugal Himal, Mt. Makalu etc. Overnight stay in Lhatse.
In Lhatse we visit the place of famous Tashilunpo monastery which is the seat of Panchen Lama until his death in 1989. The monastery is decorated with huge Thangka wall which is clearly visible from the north side of the road we drive on. We drive some 6 hours to reach Shigatse for overnight stay.
In the morning we make a visit to Tashilunpo Monastery and the open market of Shigaste. After getting lunch we start our short drive to Gyantse where we visit the Khumbum Stupa and Phalkot monastery. Overnight stay in Gyantse.
This day we reach Lhasa after long drive of about 8 hours on the way crossing the Karo La and Kamba La pass; and also Lake Yamdrok Tso. We will also cross the Yarlung Tsangpo (Brahamaputra) river and see the distant views of the Potala Palace in Lhasa. Overnight stay in Lhasa.
These two days you will be planned for sightseeing and excursion of the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple along the bustling street of Barkhor Market. We will also visit Norbu Lingka (the summer palace of the Dalai Lamas), Drepung and Sera monasteries. Overnight stay in Lhasa.
As per flight schedule, you will be transferred to Gongkar airport for the onward flight to Kathmandu. The flight is 1 hour and 10 minutes and is one the most beautiful scenic flights in the world. On your flight (don’t forget to get right side seat) you can see the Yalung Tsangpo River, Lake Yamdruk, Kanchanjunga, Makalu and Mt. Everest.