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A Jourbey to the Roof of the World – Tibet


Tibet– a sacred land of myths and mysteries was opened to tourism in 1985. Before this, it avoided influence from the west and this country developed its unique culture and religion independently. Since the spiritual leaders governed Tibet, monasteries and religious institutions were the backbone of power so the importance and prestige were shown by the size and magnificent architecture of these buildings. Tibetan Buddhism contains many elements of their older religion,” Bon Po” which worshipped the sky, moon, sun, fire, soil and even evil spirits and this is why a monastery such as Tashilhumpo contains thousands of unique statues, paintings (thangka), religious and historical books that to visit it in detail would take weeks. Pilgrims till today often travel long distances to have their wishes fulfilled and crowd the monasteries which shows that religion still holds a very important place in their daily lives.

Tibet – extremely remote and isolated by the most formidable Himalayan range in a fascinating world of timeless splendor, unique tradition and breathtaking scenery awaits all travelers to “the Roof of the World”.

Tibet at a Flance

As per the historic map, Tibet prior to the Chinese invasion lay at the center of Asia, with an area of 2.5 million square kilometers. Tibet is comprised of three provinces of Amdo (now split by China into the provinces of Qinghai, Gansu & Sichuan), Kham (largely incorporated into the Chinese provinces of Sichuan, Yunnan and Qinghai), and U-Tsang (which, together with western Kham, is today referred to by China as the Tibet Autonomous Region). The Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) comprises less than half of historic Tibet and was created by China in 1965 for administrative reasons.


Trek Duration: Tibet Tour
Best Season: All Months
Accomodation: Hotel & lodge
Group Size: 2+
Transportation: Drive/Flight

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  • placeDay 01 : Arrival in Kathmandu

    Upon arrival in Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport, meet, assist and transfer to the hotel. At the hotel’s lobby welcome refreshments will be served and room check in assistance provided.
    Eve: Pre departure trip briefing at the hotel’s lobby followed by welcome dinner.
    Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

  • placeDay 02 : Sightseeing Tour of Kathmandu City

    Am: After breakfast, proceed for a sightseeing tour of Kathmandu City.
    It includes visit to the Hanuman Dhoka (Kathmandu Durbar Square) - an ancient durbar (palace) with its numerous old palaces, temples and pagodas, the Temple of Living Goddess “Kumari”, and the Kasthamandap Temple, which is believed to be constructed from the wood of a single tree from which Kathmandu derives its name.
    In addition also visit the Boudhanath Stupa - an ancient colossal stupa and the center of Tibetan Buddhism in the world and the Pashupatinath Temple - the Temple of Lord Shiva situated on the bank of the holy Bagmati River.
    Pm: After lunch drive up to the Swayambhunath Stupa situated atop a hill from where you could get a bird’s eye view of Kathmandu Valley. The Swayambhunath Stupa is also known as the “Monkey Temple”!!
    Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
    (Note: Today is Chinese visa processing day)

  • placeDay 03 : Fly to Lhasa - Tibet

    After an early breakfast, check out from the hotel and transfer to the Tribhuvan International Airport for the Kathmandu- Lhasa Flight (Flight duration – 1 hour). Upon arrival at the Gonggar airport (Tibet), meet, assist and start the one and a half hour drive through Tibetan villages along the banks of the Brahmaputra River to Lhasa. Upon arrival at Lhasa, check in at the Lhasa Hotel. The afternoon is free for rest and acclimatization.
    Dinner and overnight at hotel in Lhasa.

  • placeDay 04 : Sightseeing Tour of Lhasa

    AM: After breakfast visit Potala Palace: This legendary palace built atop a single hill is synonymous with Tibet. The first king, Songtsen Gampo expanded it to its present structure during the 17th century this 13 storey, 1000 room citadel served as the headquarters of the former Church-state" of Tibet and was home to successive Dalai Lamas who, from the later half of the 18th century used it as their "Winter Palace".

    PM: Visit the Jokhang Temple: Situated in the heart of old Lhasa houses Tibet’s most precious religious relic, a golden Sakyamuni Buddha which was brought as a gift by the Chinese princess Wen Cheng on her wedding to the Tibetan King, Songtsen Gampo. Devout pilgrims prostrate themselves at the entrance of the temple and make the inner holy circuit to offer yak butter to the gods and pay homage to the golden statue of Sakyamuni. Surrounding the Jokhang Temple is the busy bustling Barkhor Bazaar. A market place, which is the religious and social focus of Lhasa. This is the spiritual Center of Tibet and is also the heart of Lhasa.
    Dinner and overnight at hotel in Lhasa.

  • placeDay 05 : Sightseeing Tour of sera Monastery & Norbulingkha

    AM: Visit the SERAMonastery: 5 Km (3 miles) north of Lhasa. Sera’s setting is one of the prettiest Once a community of more than 5,000 monks, it was virtually extinguished by the Chinese invasion. The restored monastery sits below the brow of the hill on which Tsongkhapa built a hermitage and spent several years in meditation. One of the monk's disciples started building the Sera in 1419 AD”. 2nd floor was Chinese and the 3rd floor Indian.

    PM: Visit The Norbulingkha: The ‘Jewel Park’ as it is known in Tibetan, was built in the 18th century and served as the Summer Palace of the Dalai Lamas. This colorful garden landscape was the site of picnic and public gatherings. The place is richly decorated, creating an atmosphere of peaceful repose.
    Dinner and overnight at hotel in Lhasa.

  • placeDay 06 : Drive from Lhasa to Gyantse

    AM: After an early breakfast, check out from the hotel and drive to Gonggar Airport from where we take the highway mountain road towards Gyantse in 4WD Land Cruisers via Yamadrok lake. Yamadrok Lake: -is one the major attractions in Tibet, lying below the Kamba la pass and is 4441 meter above sea level. Spend some time watching the fabulous view of the Yamadrok Lake while enjoying the picnic lunch and proceed towards Gyantse. Upon arrival, check in at hotel for refreshment and rest.

    Gyantse: is a pastoral town between Lhasa and Xigatse. It is 264 Km Southwest of Lhasa (total 8 hours drive). It still retains the charm of a traditional Tibetan town untouched by modern expansion.
    Dinner and overnight at hotel in Gyantse.

  • placeDay 07 : Drive Gyantse to Xigatse

    AM: After breakfast, visit the 14th century Gyantse Dzong, or fort. It is worth the stiff 20 minutes climb to its upper limits, more for the amazing views of Gyantse, the monastery, Nyang Chu valley. Some of the Dzong’s buildings can be entered and explored, sometimes to upper floors by means of rickety wooden ladders.

    Also visit the Pelkhor Chode Monastery. Located near the Khumbum, it was founded in the 15th century. It has been remarkably well preserved and many of the statues and paintings inside it date back to the time of its founding.

    PM: After the sightseeing tour, drive to Xigatse (2 hours). Upon arrival, check in at the hotel for refreshment and rest.

    In the late afternoon go on a sightseeing tour of Panchen Lama’s Tashilhunpo Monastery founded in 1447 AD by Gendun Drup, the first Dalai Lama. It is the seat of the Panchen Lama who is second to the Dalai Lama in Tibetan Buddhist Hierarchy.
    Dinner and overnight at hotel in Xigatse.

  • placeDay 08 : Drive back to Lhasa

    After an early breakfast, drive along the Tsangpo River with its combination of steep gorges, rushing waters, picturesque villages and the beautiful scenery. Upon arrival check in hotel for refreshment and lunch. Rest of the day if free for personal activities.
    Dinner and stay overnight at hotel in Lhasa.

  • placeDay 09 : Day Excursion to Namtso Lake

    Day excursion to Namtso Lake.Namtso (4,718 m), one of the holy lake in Tibet and the second largest salt lake in China and 150 km from Lhasa, Nam Tso provides the breathtaking and intoxicating views. The water is miraculous shade of turquoise blue, which is graced with magnificent views of mountains. The lovely stone pebbles beach is superbly serene and untouched.
    Dinner and overnight at hotel in Lhasa.

  • placeDay 10 : Fly back to Kathnadu (Nepal).

    Early morning wake up call and transfer to Gonggar Airport to fly back to Kathmandu’s TribhuvanInternational Airport. Upon arrival, meet assist and transfer to the hotel for much deserved rest.

    Eve: Farwell dinner at a nice restaurant in Thamel.
    Overnight at hotel.

  • placeDay 11 : Final Departure

    Free until final departure transfer to Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport.


  • All arrival & departure transfers, sightseeing tours and drives in a private A/C vehicle accompanied by an English speaking guide / escort from Himalayan Holidays.
  • Sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley as per Itinerary including monumental fees.
  • 3 nights stay at Deluxe or Standard hotel in Kathmandu on BB basis including taxes.
  • Welcome & Farewell dinner in Kathmandu.
  • One free tour leader if the no. of full paying persons is 10 or above.
BB. TIBET PORTION The costs include in Tibet.
  • 5 nights Tibet package tour as per itinerary including hotel accommodation (either in deluxe OR Standard) with breakfast, all sightseeing tours as per the itinerary in Tibet, drives by Toyota Land Cruisers (3~4 pax in each vehicle), monumental entrance fees, etc.
  • Tibet visa fees.
  • One free tour leader (Except airfare & Visa) if the no. of full paying persons is 10 or above.
  • International airfares (Quoted separately) and airport departure taxes.
  • Nepal visa (Available upon arrival in Kathmandu airport).
  • Lunch and Dinner at hotels in Kathmandu and Tibet besides ones mentioned in program.
  • Items of personal nature such as bar bills, aerated drinks, mineral water, laundry, telephone calls, personal gratuities as trips to guides, drivers, hotel bell hopes, etc.
  • Items not mentioned in the above “Cost includes” column.

The itinerary listed is a guideline and standard pattern which we provide you. This trekking can be modified according to your time and requirements. We will be pleased if you provide every minor details about your trip.

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