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 2-week tour. Discover mighty temples and small outposts on a journey that offers incredible vistas at every turn of the trail. Our expert 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.

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

Stroll around the city's ancient streets, or get a cold drink at a rooftop garden restaurant, complete with traditional musicians. Included Activities: Durbar Square Orientation Walk

Day 3 Kathmandu/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. Included Activities: Barkhor Square Orientation Walk Transport: Flight (1.50 hour(s))

Days 4-6 Lhasa

Spend three days exploring Lhasa, adjusting to the altitude, and learning more about the unique culture here. Included Activities: Potala Palace Tour Norbulingka Tour Jokhang Temple Tour Sera Monastery 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. Transport: Private Vehicle (8.00 hour(s), 267km)

Day 8 Gyantse/Tingri

Visit the Pelkor Chode Monastery and Gyantse Kumbum. Included Activities: Pelkor Chode Monastery and Gyantse Kumbum Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (8.00 hour(s), 270km)

Day 9 Tingri/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 (5.00-5.00 hours, 115km)

Day 10 Rongpu Si/Shigatse

Travel from Rongbuk Si to Shigatse. Transport: Private Vehicle (10.00 hour(s), 320km)

Day 11 Shigatse/Lhasa

Opt to join the pilgrims on their evening kora (Tibetan for “revolution”) around the perimeter of the monastery or pay a visit to the Shigatse Bazaar. Included Activities: Tashilunpo Monastery Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (8.00 hour(s), 200km)

Day 12 Lhasa/Panauti

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: Border Crossing (Tibet - Nepal) Panauti Homestay Transport: Plane Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s), 32km)

Day 13 Panauti/Kathmandu (1L)

We drive to Kathmandu by early afternoon. Additional Notes: Completing Nepal immigration: it is only 132kms (82mi) to Kathmandu, but it can be a slow trip – the first section of the road is narrow and winding as it continues down the ravine and is occasionally blocked by landslides. Included Activities: Sisterhood of Survivors Project Transport: Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s), 50km)

Day 14 Kathmandu

Depart any time.