High Road to Tibet

Classic, Kathmandu to Kathmandu

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

From the sacred peaks of Tibet to lush green Nepalese valleys, explore the best of the Himalaya on this two-week tour. Discover mighty temples and small outposts on a journey that offers incredible vistas at every turn of the trail. Our expert Chief Experience Officers (CEOs) will take the hassle out of planning and help you find the secluded spots only the locals know — and leave you with time to explore. In the thin mountain air of Rongbuk, the highest monastery in the world, you'll enjoy unparalleled views of Mt Everest. So make sure your camera is charged — you're going to need it.

What’s included

  • Your G for Good Moment: Sisterhood of Survivors Project, Kathmandu Your Local Living Moment: Panauti Homestay, Panauti Your Local Living Moment: Rongbuk Monastery Visit and Stay, Rongpu Si
  • Kathmandu orientation walk
  • Lhasa orientation walk
  • Potala Palace entrance
  • Sera Monastery visit
  • Jokhang Temple entrance
  • Pelkor Chode, Gyantse Kunbum, and Tashilhunpo Monastery visits
  • Everest Base Camp entrance and hike
  • Border crossing support
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Experience the tibetan cultural capital of lhasa
  • Witness monks in debate and prayer
  • Explore rural villages and lunar landscapes
  • Reach 5000m and a mere 7km below everest base camp

Itinerary

Day 1 Kathmandu There are no planned activities for today except for a welcome meeting in the early evening, followed by an optional dinner. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Kathmandu (1L) Take an orientation walk in Durbar Square before visiting the Sisterhood of Survivors Project, a grassroots organization. Meet some of the women and learn how to make Nepalese momos (dumplings) before enjoying an authentic local lunch. In the evening, enjoy free time to explore the fascinating city. Included Activities: Durbar Square Orientation Walk Sisterhood of Survivors Project
Day 3 Kathmandu/Panauti (1D) Many families in Panauti Village have come together to establish a homestay program. Depending on the location, the home offers lovely views across surrounding fields or a post from which to observe street activity. As well as getting to know a local family and exploring this lovely village, you will assist with preparing your evening meal - learning how to cook local dishes - and eat together with your host family. Included Activities: Guided Hike to Panauti Community Homestay Panauti Homestay Transport: Private Vehicle
Day 4 Panauti/Lhasa With a relaxed pace to allow for the effects of altitude, explore this fantastic city on 'the roof of the world' over three days. Don't miss one of the evening debating sessions with the monks. Transport: Private Vehicle Plane (1.50 hour(s))
Days 5-7 Lhasa Enjoy an orientation walk around Barkhor Square and guided tour of the Jokhang Temple. In the afternoon explore Sera Monastery. Included Activities: Barkhor Square Orientation Walk Jokhang Temple Tour Sera Monastery Tour
Day 6 Lhasa Explore the grounds of Potala Palace where the Dalai Lamas would meditate. Later, visit the Dalai Lama's Summer Palace, Norbulingka. Included Activities: Potala Palace Tour Norbulingka Tour
Day 7 Lhasa/Gyantse The drive to Gyantse is a spectacular one, crossing three passes over 5000m (16404ft) and skirting the shores of the beautiful turquoise lake, Yamdrok Tso. Great for photography, prepare to stop at Khambala Pass, Karo La Pass, and Yamdrok Tso to take in the stunning views. Transport: Private Vehicle (8.00 hour(s), 267km)
Day 8 Gyantse/Xêgar In the morning, visit Pelkor Chode Monastery and Gyantse Kumbum. After breakfast, depart for Xȇgar. On the way, make a stop in Sakya and explore the Sakya Monastery. Included Activities: Sakya Monastery Visit Pelkor Chode Monastery and Gyantse Kumbum Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (8.00-9.00 hours, 330km)
Day 9 Xêgar/Rongpu Si Take an exhilarating drive to reach Rongbuk – 5000m (16404ft) and a mere 7km (4.4mi) below Everest Base Camp. The view from here is utterly spectacular. Rongbuk is the highest monastery in the world and its guesthouse offers very basic accommodation, but the views that surround it more than compensate. Lie in bed and watch the moonlight illuminate the mountain. If you're keen and the altitude hasn't gotten to you, make the 7km (4.4mi) hike to Base Camp for a closer view this magnificent mountain. For the rest of the group, take the bus! Included Activities: Rongbuk Monastery Visit and Stay Everest Base Camp (North) Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00-4.50 hours, 115km)
Day 10 Rongpu Si/Shigatse Travel from Rongbuk Si to Shigatse. Transport: Private Vehicle (8.00-9.00 hours, 340km)
Day 11 Shigatse Lined with prayer wheels, follow the pilgrims on their kora around Tashilunpo Monastery. This sacred walk provides stunning views of the monastery and town below. Included Activities: Tashilunpo Monastery Visit
Day 12 Shigatse/Lhasa Travel back to Lhasa. Transport: Private Vehicle (8.00 hour(s), 200km)
Day 13 Lhasa/Kathmandu Fly back to Kathmandu and enjoy a final evening in the city. Transport: Plane
Day 14 Kathmandu Depart any time.
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