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Sunday, February 26, 2017


Travelling overland between Kathmandu and Lhasa is an incredible journey in which you can see the world’s highest mountains, travel on the world’s highest plain, meet nomadic Tibetan pilgrims and walk amidst the burning butter lamps and chanting monks of Tibet’s ancient and legendary Buddhist Monasteries. This is a wonderful and amazing trip. However if you are not up for a bit of adventure, or for accommodations and amenities that may be far from perfect, perhaps this trip is not for you while the trip to Tibet is not easy it is well worth the effort. Tibet was opened to tourism in 1985. Before this it avoided influence from the western world and developed its unique culture and religion independently. The infrastructure of the tourist industry is still very basic in this remote country. Please do not expect the standard you are accustomed to in the west. However every effort will be made under the circumstance to ensure a smooth and Pleasant trip

DAY 01 KATHMANDU (1300) - ZHANGMU (2,500M)/NYALAM (3700M) 123 /156 KM
Early morning scenic drive to KODARI ( Nepal - Tibet border) through the beautiful Nepalese countryside and after necessary border formalities both at Nepalese & Chinese immigration, check-in to hotel. Overnight at hotel/guest house.
DAY 02 ZHANGMU - XEGAR (4,350M): 244 KM
Day drive uphill to the highest plateau of the world with the typical view of Tibetan landscape offering sheer feeling of standing on the roof of the world crossing over NYALAMU PASS (3,800 M) and LALUNGLA (5,050 M), weather permitting breathtaking panorama of beautiful Himalayan ranges including MT. EVEREST (8,848 m) but dwarfed by the vastness of the Tibetan plateau. Overnight at hotel/guest house.
DAY 03 XEGAR - XIGATSE (3,900M): 244 KM
Continue scenic drive crossing over GYATCHU LA (5,220M), the highest pass en route to LHASA via LHATSE from where a road to MT KAILASH bifurcates to the west. Overnight at hotel.
DAY 04 XIGATSE - GYANTSE (3,950M): 90 KM
Morning sightseeing to the PANCHEN LAMA'S TASHILHUMPU MONASTERY. Drive to Gyantse and visit to the KUMBUM STUPA & PHALKOR MONASTERY. Overnight at hotel.
DAY 05 GYANTSE - LHASA (3,650M): 261 KM
Full day picturesque drive crossing over KAROLA (5,010M), KAMBALA (4,794M), colourful YAMDROK LAKE and the Tibetan lifeline river BRAHMA PUTRA (YARLUNG TSANGPO) - Overnight at hotel.
DAY 06-07 IN LHASA Two full days sightseeing tour to Lhasa including JOKHANG TEMPLE, BARKHOR BAZAAR, POTALA PALACE DREPUNG & SERA MONASTERIES. Overnight at hotel.
Early morning drive to GONGGAR airport for departure flight to KATHMANDU or to your onward destination

The tour starts from explore Nepal office located in Thamel, near Kathmandu guesthouse. At 5am, you report and embark on your journey to the Friendship Bridge [116kms/6hrs drive]. Enrobe, breakfast stop is made at the Dhulikhel lodge resort. An early start is made on the first day as china time is 2hrs 15minutes ahead of Nepal time in winter & 3hrs 15minutes in summer.

After completing immigration formalities on the Nepal side, drive uphill to zhangmu [8kms/45min]-immigration post. The Tibetan guide will meet you here and will take care of your entire tour arrangement.
Food & drinks
Breakfast is included in the cost of the tour package. All the hotels/ guesthouse you will be staying in has restaurant, and serves dinner.
The lunch stops are made at small towns with very basic meals. Realizing that the lunch stops can be a bit unappetizing; brining your own snacks is a good idea. Bring foods you like and can eat easily [crackers, cheese, cookers, chocolate bars, granola bare, soup mix etc]. Mineral water is available throughout the trip. You may consider carrying water bottle and pontification tablets [iodine solution or tablets].
Casual wears and comfortable walking shoes are the rule for Tibet. Be sure to bring warm clothing as nights and early mornings can be quite chilly to down night cold in water months. Bring all the film, medicine, cosmetics, personal toilet items, etc. That you will need from home, as these are difficult if not impossible to obtain in Tibet. A small first aid kit is also a good idea. Also quite useful is a Kathmandu- Lhasa route map, to know where you are going and have been each day.
November to April
Down jacket
Thermal underwear
Warm trousers
Warm sweaters
Woolen shirts
Light leather boots in case of snows
Warm hat & scarfs
May to October
Raincoat or wind breakers
Sun hat
Shirts [cotton/woolen]
Comfortable shoes
What to take
Food- snacks along the way
Water bottle {uses 10 biniodinized or boiled water}
Personal medical kit and diamox tablet
Sunglasses -{UV is especially strong at high altitude so protect your eyes}
Sun screen
Toilet paper
Flash light batteries
Day pack
Bandanna/scarf or masks – to protect your lungs from dust
A good guide book on Tibet
Kathmandu – Lhasa route map.
Altitude sickness
As you are travelling over high terrain, you are likely to experience some of the minor symptoms and discomfort of altitude sickness {headache, loss of appetite} until your body adjusts to the elevation. This can take from a few hours to a couple of days, depending on an individual. Take it lightly, but drink plenty of non-alcoholic liquids. Proper hydration is critical to acclimatization. We also recommend you to carry a strip of diamox tablet.

Finding the right hotel just got a whole lot easier -

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