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Small Group Tour: 8 days Lhasa to Nepal (border)

Most Epic Overland Trip in 2014, Tibet to Nepal Overland
Trip of Exploration & Inspiration

Day by day itinerary Price guide Tour Schedule 2014 Clients' Travelogue

Day1: Arrive in Lhasa

Arrival & Pick-up in Lhasa and Acclimatization
Schedule today: Arrival at train station or airport in Lhasa, our guide and driver will pick you up and transfer you to hotel for acclimatization; you can have your free time hanging out at this holy city to get the first impression of Tibet.

Tibetan Style Pick-up Tibetan Style Pick-up

Day 2: Lhasa city tour

Highlights: Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery

Drepung Monastery Sera Monastery

Schedule today: (Tour of the most important monasteries in Tibet)
In the morning, we will visit Drepung Monastery which is the biggest Tibetan Buddhism College with the biggest number of monks in Tibet. The monastery used to be the winter residence of the Dalai Lama before the 5th Dalai Lama moved his residency to the Potala Palace. And in the afternoon, we will visit another influential Gelugpa Monastery-Sera Monastery (Watch Our Video), where the largest scale of scripture debating (Watch Our Video) among monks is famous all across Tibet.

Day 3: Lhasa city tour

Highlights: Potala Palace, Johkang Temple, Backhor Street

Potala Palace Johkang Temple

Schedule today:
In the morning, visit the symbol or landmark of Lhasa-Potala Palace (Watch Our Video), the successive Dalai Lama's winter residence. In the afternoon, visit the center of Tibetan Buddhism-Jorhkang Temple (Watch Our Video), where you will come across lots of devoted pilgrimages coming from every corner of Tibet. Both sites are under the list of the world cultural heritages by the UNISCO. Afterwards, free time for you to wander through the Backhor Street, the busiest street in old Lhasa quarter. One welcome dinner will be given for free today; you will have a chance to taste the most genuine local Tibetan food and drinks.

Day 4: Lhasa-Gyantse (270 km/ 6-7 hours)

Highlights: Yamdrok Lake, Karola Glacier, Kumpa Stupa, Pelcho Monastery

Yamdrok Lake Kumpa Stupa

Schedule today: In the morning, drive to the historic town of Gyantse via Yamdrok Lake, according to local mythology, Yamdrok Lake (Watch Our Video) is the transformation of a goddess, on the Gangbala Pass, you will have a clear picture of this Tibetan holy lake in turquoise, in distance you can also see the snowcapped Summit of Ninjingkangsang. Then we drive along the turquoise holy lake and snowcapped mountains, the views are just stunning(Watch Our Video). On the way, we will stop to visit the Karola Glacier before arriving in the ancient town of Gyantse (Watch Our Video) where you will find the largest stupa in Tibet-Kumpa Stupa (Ten-thousand stupa), just next to the Stupa is the Pelcho Monastery. (Watch Our Video)

Day 5: Gyantse-Shigatse-Tingri (300 km/ 8 hours)

Highlights: Tashilump Monastery, Shegar Dzong

Tashilump Monastery Shegar Dzong

Schedule: In the morning, visit Tashilumo Monastery (Watch Our Video) which is the seat of Panchen Lama, the equally important religious figure in Tibet as Dalai Lama. The monastery was built by the first Dalai Lama in 1447, and inside the Monastery placed the highest statue of Buddha in Tibet which is 26.8 meters high. In the morning, your guide will also go to government office to apply for another permit for EBC for you, which may take 1 to 2 hours. Afterwards, drive along the well paved highway from Shigatse to Tingri (shegar) (Watch Our Video); before sunset, we will visit ruins of Shegar Dzong perched on the mountain, the ruins used to be the capital administration center of Tingri region and it's also a good point to view the Himalayas. Besides the ruins, you could also visit the small and cozy shegar Chode Monastery built in the 13th century.

Day 6: Tingri-Rongbuk Monastery-EBC (110 km, 5 hours on wheel)

Highlights: Rongbuk Monastery, EBC

Rongbuk Monastery EBC

Schedule today: In the morning, drive to Mt. Everest Nature Reserve, the driving distance is not long today but road is unpaved and very bumpy (Watch Our Video); if weather permits, on the top of the Gyalpo-la pass you can see the beautiful peaks of 4 highest mountains over 8000 meters (Mt. Everest; Mt. Makalu; Mt. Lotse; Mt. Cho Oyu) in the world at the same time, what a great picture. Before arriving at the EBC, you will first visit the highest monastery in the world-Rongbuk Monastery, which is also a good position to watch the Everest, the sunset view is fantastic when weather is good.

 

Day 7: EBC-Old Tingri-Zhangmu (310 km, 7-8 hours on wheel)

Highlights: Sunrise over the peak of Mt. Everest

Green Bus to EBC Everest Sunrise

Schedule today: (Tour of Tibetan glory)
Get up early in the morning to wait for the most exciting and holy moment when the first sunshine strikes the peak of the Everest. The golden crown over the peak of Mt. Everest will definitely be unforgettable in your life. Afterwards, continue our journey on the bumpy but amazing off-the-beaten track (Watch Our Video) to Zhangmu via Old Tingri. Today we will stay at Zhangmu, the border town of both Nepalese and Chinese style.

Day 8: Zhangmu-Nepal (border transfer)

China Custom China-Nepal Border

Schedule today: In the morning after breakfast, your guide will help you go through border formality and you can You can cross the border bridge and check in Nepal side, Nepal visa is available upon arrival with 25USD, please prepare one photo of passport size to get Nepal Visa. Next step, you need to find a car or bus towards Kathmandu, 50ms ahead from border bridge, dozens of car or bus are parking there to pick up travelers; about 3000 Nepali Rupee for a taxi rental or 50 Nepali Rupee(Appro.1USD) for a bus seat. Taxi will be a good choice for you.

Price Guide for 2014:

No hidden extra fee! No shopping stops

   Nov-Mar    April - June    July - Aug Sep    Oct
   USD 720 p/p    USD 800 p/p    USD 930p/p    USD 890 p/p    USD 800 p/p

 
Service Inclusions:
1. All travel permits required during this tour.
2. Well maintained tourists’ vehicle throughout the tour.
3. Local licensed Tibetan English speaking tour guide.
4. Accommodation with breakfast included as shown below.

    Lhasa (Day1-Day3)    Yak Hotel or New Mandala Hotel    3*
   Gyantse (Day4)    Jianzang Hotel or Yeti Hotel    2*+
   Tingri (Day5)    Snowland Hotel or RoofofWorld Hotel    1*
   EBC (Day6)    Yak hair tent or Rongbuk Guesthouse    Basic
   Zhangmu (Day7)    Zhangmu Hotel or Caiyuan Hotel    3*

5. Tour guide and vehicle's entry fee into EBC.
6. Oxygen supply on the vehicle.
7. Travel insurance only for accident.
8. Government tax and travel agent's service fee.
9. One welcome dinner in Lhasa.
10. One bottle of mineral water per person per day, one liter bottle.

Service Exclusions:
1. Lunches and Dinners.
(In Tibet, it's about USD 5 per meal per person if you order normal average food)
2. Entrance fee to all the scenic spots mentioned.
(Potala Palace = RMB200, Johkang Temple=RMB 85, Drepung Monastery = RMB 50, Sera Monastery= RMB 50, Yamdork Lake = RMB 40,Karola Glacier = RMB 50, Pelcho Monastery = RMB 60, Tashilumpo Monastery= RMB 80, Shegar Dzong= RMB 30, Rongbuk Monastery= RMB 25, EBC= RMB 180, amounts to RMB 850 = USD 142 totally)
3. Tips to driver and tour guide.
(Not compulsory, but tips to guide and driver are encouraged as they working very hard on roof of the world)
4. Single room supplement fee if you travel alone and occupy a single room.
(USD 166 for the entire trip)
5. Bank service fee when you transfer deposit to our company.

Price Guide for 2014:

No hidden extra fee! No shopping stops

   Nov-Mar    April - June    July - Aug Sep    Oct
   USD 720 p/p    USD 800 p/p    USD 930p/p    USD 890 p/p    USD 800 p/p

 
Service Inclusions:
1. All travel permits required during this tour.
2. Well maintained tourists’ vehicle throughout the tour.
3. Local licensed Tibetan English speaking tour guide.
4. Accommodation with breakfast included as shown below.

    Lhasa (Day1-Day3)    Yak Hotel or New Mandala Hotel    3*
   Gyantse (Day4)    Jianzang Hotel or Yeti Hotel    2*+
   Tingri (Day5)    Snowland Hotel or RoofofWorld Hotel    1*
   EBC (Day6)    Yak hair tent or Rongbuk Guesthouse    Basic
   Zhangmu (Day7)    Zhangmu Hotel or Caiyuan Hotel    3*

5. Tour guide and vehicle's entry fee into EBC.
6. Oxygen supply on the vehicle.
7. Travel insurance only for accident.
8. Government tax and travel agent's service fee.
9. One welcome dinner in Lhasa.
10. One bottle of mineral water per person per day, one liter bottle.

Service Exclusions:
1. Lunches and Dinners.
(In Tibet, it's about USD 5 per meal per person if you order normal average food)
2. Entrance fee to all the scenic spots mentioned.
(Potala Palace = RMB200, Johkang Temple=RMB 85, Drepung Monastery = RMB 50, Sera Monastery= RMB 50, Yamdork Lake = RMB 40,Karola Glacier = RMB 50, Pelcho Monastery = RMB 60, Tashilumpo Monastery= RMB 80, Shegar Dzong= RMB 30, Rongbuk Monastery= RMB 25, EBC= RMB 180, amounts to RMB 850 = USD 142 totally)
3. Tips to driver and tour guide.
(Not compulsory, but tips to guide and driver are encouraged as they working very hard on roof of the world)
4. Single room supplement fee if you travel alone and occupy a single room.
(USD 166 for the entire trip)
5. Bank service fee when you transfer deposit to our company.

 

Budget Tibet Group Join-in Tibet-Nepal overland Tour Schedule in 2014
Tour Date
(Arrival Date)
Booked Quote Group size Join Tour
2nd, April, 2014 2 pax USD 800 2-13 Join
4th, April, 2014 3 pax USD 800 2-13 Join
12nd, April, 2014 2 pax USD 800  2-13 Join
22th, April, 2014 8 pax USD 800  2-13 Join
2nd, May, 2014 3 pax USD 800  2-13 Join
10th, May, 2014 4 pax USD 800  2-13 Join
18th, May, 2014 3 pax USD 800  2-13 Join
26th, May, 2014 2 pax USD 800  2-13 Join
3rd, June, 2014 0 pax USD 800  2-13 Join
13th, June,2014 3 pax USD 800  2-13 Join
17th, June, 2014 1 pax USD 800  2-13 Join
25th, June, 2014 2 pax USD 890  2-13 Join
3rd, July, 2014 2 pax USD 930  2-13 Join
11th, July, 2014 0 pax USD 930  2-13 Join
19th, July, 2014 0 pax USD 930  2-13 Join
24th, July, 2014 2 pax USD 930  2-13 Join
2nd, Aug, 2014 1pax USD 930  2-13 Join
12th, Aug,2014 0 pax USD 930  2-13 Join
23rd, Aug,2014 2 pax USD 930  2-13 Join
28th, Aug,2014 0 pax USD 930  2-13 Join
3rd, Sep, 2014 1 pax USD 890  2-13 Join
11th, Sep, 2014 3 pax USD 890  2-13 Join
17th, Sep, 2014 2 pax USD 890  2-13 Join
27th, Sep, 2014 2 pax USD 890  2-13 Join
3rd, Oct, 2014 0 pax USD 930 2-13 Join
5th, Oct, 2014 0 pax USD 930 2-13 Join
18th, Oct, 2014 2 pax USD 800  2-13 Join
23rd, Oct, 2014 0 pax USD 800  2-13 Join
2nd, Nov, 2014 0 pax USD 720  2-13 Join
10th, Nov,2014 0 pax USD 720  2-13 Join
18th, Nov,2014 0 pax USD 720  2-13 Join
24th, Nov,2014 0 pax USD 720  2-13 Join
2nd, Dec,2014 0 pax USD 720  2-13 Join
10th, Dec,2014 0 pax USD 720  2-13 Join
18th, Nov,2014 0 pax USD 720  2-13 Join
24th, Nov,2014 0 pax USD 720  2-13 Join

Like when entering a chicken farm, Fred and I felt slightly amused when we boarded our Lhasa bound train in Chengdu. All the passengers had a ticket with a designated place and bed and the train was only about to leave in some 45 minutes – still, loud and intense arguments arouse all around us (as if there were fewer places than passengers or a free seating with only one window-seat). >> Read More

Georg & Fred happy with Tibet permit The group are ready to depart

 

 

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