Welcome to Tibet

A Higher Plain

For many visitors, the highlights of Tibet will be of a spiritual nature: magnificent monasteries, prayer halls of chanting monks, and remote cliffside meditation retreats. Tibet’s pilgrims – from local grandmothers murmuring mantras in temples heavy with the aromas of juniper incense and yak butter to hard-core professionals walking or prostrating themselves around Mt Kailash – are an essential part of this experience. Tibetans have a level of devotion and faith that seems to belong to an earlier, almost medieval age. It is fascinating, inspiring and endlessly photogenic.

The Roof of the World

Tibet's other big draw is the elemental beauty of the highest plateau on earth. Geography here is on a humbling scale and every view is illuminated with spectacular mountain light. Your trip will take you past glittering turquoise lakes, across huge plains dotted with yaks and nomads’ tents, and over high passes draped with colourful prayer flags. Hike past the ruins of remote hermitages, stare open-mouthed at the north face of Everest or make an epic overland trip along some of the world’s wildest roads. The scope for adventure is limited only by your ability to get permits.

Politics & Permits

There’s no getting away from politics here. Whether you see Tibet as an oppressed, occupied nation or an underdeveloped province of China, the normal rules of Chinese travel simply don’t apply. Restrictions require foreign travellers to pre-arrange a tour with a guide and transport for their time in Tibet, making independent travel impossible. On the plus side, new airports, boutique hotels and paved roads offer a level of comfort unheard of just a few years ago, so if the rigours of Tibetan travel have deterred you in the past, now might be the time to reconsider.

The Tibetan People

Whatever your interests, your lasting memories of Tibet are likely to be of the bottle of Lhasa Beer you shared in a teahouse, the yak-butter tea offered by a monk in a remote monastery or the picnic enjoyed with a herding family on the shores of a remote lake. Always ready with a disarming smile, and with great tolerance and openness of heart despite decades of political turmoil and hardship, the people truly make travelling in Tibet a profound joy. Make sure you budget time away from your pre-planned tour itinerary to take advantage of these chance encounters.

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4-Day Private Lhasa Tour

Day 1 Lhasa Lhasa is the spiritual heart and capital city of Tibet. You will be picked up from the Lhasa airport and then transferred to your hotel. The rest of day is free to relax and acclimate to the high altitude. Day 2 Lhasa Your guide will pick you up at the hotel lobby at 9:00am and then take you to visit Tibet's holiest shrine of Jokhang Temple to see a solid gold enlightened Buddha. You'll feel the electric atmosphere and immerse yourself into Tibetan culture while wandering through the bustling Barkor Circuit. In the afternoon, you'll tour the architectural wonder of Potala Palace, towering 13 stories high and containing thousands of rooms. Drop off at the hotel at 5:00pm . Day 3 Lhasa You will be picked up at the hotel lobby at 9:00am and then brought to explore the former Dalai Lamas’ Summer Palace - Norbulingka Park and 15th century Drepung Monastery. Visit the impressive Sera to observe student monks debating with their masters. A leisurely walk around the Tibetan Quarter will follow. You will be dropped off at the hotel at 5:00pm Day 4 Depart Lhasa Private transfer to the airport.

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3-Night Essential Lhasa Tour

Day 1: Arriving Lhasa Upon your arrival, your guide or driver will greet and transfer you to the hotel of your own arrangement for better acclimatization (Fixed pick up from airport to hotel: 9:30 am; 1:30 pm; 4:30 pm, Pick up from train station: varied depending on customers' arrival time. If your arrival schedule differs, you will need to take an airline shuttle bus at RMB 30-35 per person by yourself). Relax for the rest of the day or stroll along the area at your leisure.  Day 2: Visit Norbulinka-Summer Palace of Dalai Lama and Sera Monastery Norbulingka which means ‘treasure garden’ in Tibetan language, is located in the west side of Lhasa, a short distance from the southwest of Potala Palace. It is marked as the world’s highest, largest and best-preserved ancient artificial historical and cultural garden. As part of the ‘Historic Ensemble of Potala Palace’, it is also recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Sera Monastery (founded in 1419 by Jamchen Chojey of Sakya Yeshe, disciple of Tsongkhapa) is just located at the foot of Tatipu Hill,located 1.25 miles (2.01 km) north of Lhasa and about 5 km (3.1 mi) north of the Jokhang and it is about 6 km to the northeast direction of Potala Palace. It is famous for the Buddhism activities of” Monks Debate” which happens in afternoon from Monday to Saturday. Hotel booked by yourself Day 3: Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple, Barkhor streets (one group meal will be served) Enjoy a full day of sightseeing in Lhasa on foot. Visit Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple as well as vital neighborhoods around them. Potala Palace was named after Mt. Potalaka, the mythical abode of the Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara and a winter palace of the Dalai Lama since the 7th century. This iconic landmark of Lhasa symbolizes Tibetan Buddhism and its central role in the traditional administration of Tibet. The palace is a complex comprising the White and Red Palaces with their ancillary buildings built on Red Mountain in the center of Lhasa Valley with an elevation of of 11,483ft (3,700 m). Next, you will visit Jokhang Temple located on Barkhor Square. Jokhang Temple is the most revered temple in Tibet. Highlight of the temple is a 85-foot (26 meter) tall image of Buddha along with many other important Buddhist statues and images brought to Tibet as part of the dowries by wives of King Songtsän Gampo who constructed Jokhang Temple around 642 A.D. At the end of the temple visit you will also have an opportunity to shop at nearby market, Barkhor Bazaar, which is a crowd gathering place in the ancient section of Lhasa. Hotel booked by yourself Day 4: Departing Lhasa Return details See off to airport: 6:30 am; 8:30 am; 12:30 pm. To train station: depending on customers' departure time.

$951.99 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Tibet 8-Day Tour including Mount Everest Base Camp

Day 1: Arrival in LhasaThe airport shuttle bus leaves Lhasa Airport at 12:30 and 16:00. Overnight at Lhasa Gang-Gyan Hotel Tibet 4-starDay 2: Lhasa (B)Pickup from hotel lobby at 8 a.m. Visit the Potala Palace, Barkhor Street, and Jokhang Temple. Overnight at Lhasa Gang-Gyan Hotel Tibet 4-starDay 3: Lhasa (B)Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery. Drepung is the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery. Sera was famous for its debates.Overnight at Lhasa Gang-Gyan Hotel Tibet 4-starDay 4: Lhasa – Gyantse – Shigatse (B)Coach from Lhasa to Shigatse via the old mountain route. You'll stop at the sacred Yamdrok Lake, pass the striking Karo-La Glacier 16,273 feet (4960 meters) above sea level, and visit the Pelkor Chode Monastery in Gyantse. You'll arrive in Shigatse, the spiritual home of the Panchen Lama.  Overnight at Tashichota Hotel Shigatse 3 star or similar Day 5 - Shigatse to Tingri to Rongbuk Coach transfer westwards on the Friendship way to Tingri, and then to Rongphu Monastery Kent. It takes eight hours on the road. On the way to Rongbuk Kloster, you’ll come across four high mountains capped with snow: Mt. Everest, Makalu, Lhotse, Cho oyu peak.Overnight at Rongphu Monastery KentDay 6 - EBC to Rongbuk to Tingri to ShigatseSee the sunrise from Rongpuk. Then you will be transferred by coach to Everest Base Camp. You will admire the majestic Mt. Everest and take some fantastic pictures. Transfer back to Shigatse.Overnight at Tashichota Hotel Shigatse 3-star or similar Day 7 - Shigatse to LhasaIn the morning, visit Tashilunpo Monastery, one of the oldest and largest Gelug sect monasteries in Tibet, Tashilunpo Monastery is also the traditional seat of successive Panchen Lama. Later today transfer back to Lhasa, and drive through the green farmland of Nyangchu Valley. Overnight at Lhasa Gang-Gyan Hotel Tibet 4-starDay 8 - Depart from Lhasa Airport shuttle bus leaves at 7:30 and 11:00 from your hotel. Fixed Departure Dates in 2018Apr: 1, 4, 9, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29May:  2, 5, 8, 13, 16, 19, 23, 27, 30Jun: 3, 6, 11, 13, 17, 20, 24, 26Jul: 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29Aug: 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29Sep: 2, 5, 8, 10, 12, 16, 19, 22, 26, 28, 30Oct: 17, 21, 24, 28, 30Nov: 6, 10, 13, 20, 23, 27, 28Dec: 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 29If your preferred tour date is not in the list, please check with local tour operator if any person has signed up the same day.  A new group will be created if 5 adults sign up for the new tour date eventually (Plan A), or full refund guarantee (plan B).

$185 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Kathmandu Valley 2-Night Private Sightseeing UNESCO Sites Tour

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu & Half-day Sightseeing tourArrive in Kathmandu Airport. Upon arrival meeting assistance and transfer to your hotel. Afternoon, visit Patan city also known as Lalitpur or the "city of beauty". Patan is well known for its intricately carved temples, narrow lanes and quaint shops. See the intricately stone-carved Krishna temple, Patan Durbar Square and Hiranyavarna Mahavihar (golden temple).If arriving by an afternoon or evening flight then this day sightseeing tour can be adjusted to be on the last day depending on your departure flight time.Overnight at Hotel Bliss International, Kathmandu or similarDay 02: Full-day Sightseeing tourMorning enjoy sightseeing tour of Pashupatinath temple & cremation ghats. Pashupatinath temple is one of the holiest Hindu Shrine in the world. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva temple which is also known as 'The Temple of Living Beings'. You will see morning rituals perform by Hindu followers with with its astonishing architectural beauty, stands as a symbol of faith, religion, culture and tradition.After visit continue to Boudhnath stupa. Around the base is a ring of 108 images of the Buddha and 147 insets containing prayer wheels. This is one of the holiest Tibetan Buddhist temple outside Tibet and also referred as “Mini Tibet” because of set in a pattern of a "Mandala" encircled by houses and monasteries where Rinpoches (Buddhist monks) reside.Afternoon visit Kathmandu city with its stone paved lanes. Visit includes Kathmandu Durbar Square, Kumari Ghar, Hanuman Dhoka and many other temples dotted inside Durbar Square area.After visit, drive to Swoayambhunath stupa situated west of Kathmandu on hill ridge with the eyes of Buddha painted on its pinnacle overlooking righteous behavior of the valley inhabitants. This is excellent place to see Cultural harmony & view of Kathmandu valley floor with Himalayan ranges.Overnight at Hotel Bliss International, Kathmandu or similarDay 03: Departure transferTransfer to Kathmandu Airport to board flight (Check-out time 12pm)

$315 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Private 3-Day Scenic Nepal Trek from Kathmandu

Day 01: Drive to Nagarkot Hill station and explore nearby villages with sunset viewIn the morning, you will meet your escort trek guide at hotel lobby. You will drive to Nagarkot hill station located 38 kms east to Kathmandu valley. The drive will take approximately 1.5 hours along a winding mountainous road. Upon reaching the Nagarkot hotel, your guide will assist you with check-in. After sometime, your guide will take you to a nearby area for short hike to explore local villages. You will also enjoy the sunset view over Central Himalayan Ranges from nearest view point. You will walk for 3-4 hours depending upon your pace. You will return to the hotel for your overnight stay. Overnight: Bhangeri Durbar Resort or similar (Standard Hotel)Day 02: Hike to Nala village and drive to Dhulikhel (B,L)Early in the morning, you will enjoy a magnificent sunrise from your hotel. Nagarkot offers the broadest view of the mountain ranges 8 Himalayan ranges among 13 ranges of Nepal. This includes Annapurna range, Manaslu range, Langtang, Ganesh Himal, Jugal Himal range, Rolwaling, Everest range and Number range with view of Kathmandu valley floor and Shivapuri National Park. Breakfast will be served at the hotel this morning. After breakfast, you will start your trek escorted by your guide who will meet you at hotel. A packed picnic lunch will be arranged by your hotel. Your trekking trail is mostly downhill inside the forest and green belt where you will pass ancient settlements on the middle hill region. Explore the lifestyle, villages and traditional culture of the local people especially dotted with Newars, Tamang, Bhramin and Chettri along the route. Upon arrival at Nala village, visit Nala Karunamaya, a popular Buddhist site and Nala Bhagawati temple (Kali temple). The total walking hours today will be 6 hours. Meet your vehicle at Nala and drive to Dhulikhel. If you wish to walk further, then you can trek another 1.5 hours to Dhulikhel. Overnight: Dhulikhel Lodge Resort or similar (Standard Hotel) Day 03: Explore Dhulikhel and drive back Kathmandu (B)After breakfast at the hotel, you will explore ancient Dhulikhel town located on hill ridge. Your guide will take you to old market area covering major attractions such as temples and traditional houses. Dhulikhel is located on the trade route of Nepal and Tibet also known as the “Silk Road” which links China with Tibet to Nepal, India and other South Asian countries. After visiting, you will check-out from your hotel and drive back to Kathmandu. You will get transferred to your hotel located at Thamel area or Kathmandu Airport. The driving time will be around 1.5 hours.

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Bouddhanath stupa, Swyambhunath stupa, Pashupatinath, Darbar square 1 day Tour

Kathmandu Nepal one day tour starts from your hotel in Kathmandu, where our city tour guides will accompany you around places of great interest of five to six hours with fascinating times around impressive places within the city.As Kathmandu blessed with ancient historical palaces, religious monuments of both Hindu temples and Buddhist monasteries located side by side in perfect harmony, where you can observe wonderful sites as listed in World Heritage, a short drive to inner parts of Kathmandu city and visit places of great wonders of old Hanuman Dhoka (palace court yard).The palace of Malla to late Shah Regime built during 5-6th Century, at present a museum where you can observe and gather knowledge and information of past royals.From here visit Resident and Living quarter of famous Kumari regarded as Living-Goddess (a young girl picked before reaching puberty period, retires after reaching woman-wood with first period).From here heading towards a famous Landmark of Kathmandu and Nepal at Swayambhunath old Stupa, a Buddhist Stupa or Chaitya of more than 2,600 years old with mystical eyes of Lord Buddha around four cardinal North-South-East and West, a nice spot and a monument with super panorama of Kathmandu city and its valley with views of snow-capped mountains.After an interesting tour heading towards eastern side of Kathmandu city at holiest of all holy Hindu Temple of Pashupatinath, dedicated to Lord Shiva with masterpiece golden roofed and silver four sided doors with Phallus depicting Shiva.Where thousands of pilgrims for Nepal and India visit this sacred temple, in the month of February as per Hindu auspicious time a great festival held called Shiva Ratri (tribute to Lord Shiva and its birth anniversary.The place also holds as cremation and funeral place for Hindu, although non Hindu are not permitted inside the main temple premises, however one can watch the daily routine of local in religious ceremony.From Pashupatinath our tour takes you to Bouddhanath Stupa / Chaitya, located north of Pashupatinath where you can witness Buddhist culture around Bouddhanath also called as ‘Little Tibet’ due to its Tibetan culture and origin of people that lives around.A great white dome shaped Buddhist shrine known as Stupa or Chaitya believed to be the largest of this kind in Asia, this ancient colossal chhorten built in 6th Century A.D. by King Man Deb.The Stupa encircled by shops, nice restaurants and markets of Tibetan products selling Buddhist items from all types of incense to prayer flags and Tibetan dresses, the Mahayana sect and faith of Buddhism which originated from Tibet in the 6-7th Centaury spread around Bhutan-Nepal-Sikkim and Ladakh in Northern India.