7-day Tibet & Kathmandu Small Group Tour

>>Tour Route: Lhasa-Shigatse-Tashilumpu Monastery-Mt. Everest-Zhangmu-Kodari Border

>>Tour Length: 6 nights & 7 days

>>Trip highlights:

1. Enjoy the wonderful view of the Friendship Highway between Lhasa and Kathmandu in Nepal.
2. It's an ideal route in that it takes in most of Tibet's main sights, offers superb scenery and features a spectacular roller-coaster ride down from high La Lung-la into the Kathmandu valley.
3. With this small group, you can head straight from Lhasa to the coiling scorpion-lake of Yamdrok and the glacier-draped Karo-la pass to Gyantse. Then a 90-minutes drive away is Shigatse with its impressive Tashilumpu Monastery.
4. The most popular excursion from the road is to Rongbuk Monastery and Everest Base Camp.
5. A new paved road has cut down driving time to just a few hours. This classic overland route of around 1300km can be done in just 6 days on this well organized trip, and it takes in central Tibet¡¯s most important monasteries, plus views of the world's highest peak.

The Friendship Highway between Lhasa and Kathmandu in Nepal is the main travelers’ route through Tibet and allows a number of excellent detours. It's an ideal route in that it takes in most of Tibet's main sights, offers superb scenery and features a spectacular roller-coaster ride down from high La Lung-la into the Kathmandu valley. With this small group, you can head straight from Lhasa to the coiling scorpion-lake of Yamdrok and the glacier-draped Karo-la pass to Gyantse. Then a 90-minutes drive away is Shigatse with its impressive Tashilumpu Monastery. The most popular excursion from the road is to Rongbuk Monastery and Everest Base Camp. A new paved road has cut down driving time to just a few hours. This classic overland route of around 1300km can be done in just 6 days on this well organized trip, and it takes in central Tibet’s most important monasteries, plus views of the world’s highest peak.

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Group Tour Route

>>Day by day itinerary:

Day 1 Arrive in Lhasa (alt. 3600m)
Welcome to the “Roof of the World.” On your arrival to Tibet, we will meet you at the airport or train station and transfer you to the hotel, after you check in, you could either rest a bit or see the city yourself, get the first impression of this ancient city!

Day 2 Tour of Lhasa [B]
This morning you’ll wind your way up through the stunning, awe-inspiring Potala Palace. Built in 637 AD by Songtsen Gampo, it was the former winter residence for the Dalai Lamas and is truly a splendor of Eastern architecture. Next, visit the Jokhang Temple, the center of Tibetan Buddhism, also built in the 7th century on the legendary pond of “Wothang.” Later after lunch, witness the famous debate sessions by the monks at Sera Monastery. And finish the day by taking a Kora around the Barkhor. Test your bartering skills with the locals in this push-and-shove economy.


Potala Palace

Day 3 Drive to Shigatse via Gyantse [B]
In the morning you’ll start the drive to Shigatse, via Gyantse on the Southern Friendship Highway. Crossing over the summit of Kamba La (4794 m), you’ll see the tranquil turquoise waters of Lake Yamdrok below; one of the three holiest lakes in Tibet. Far in the distance you’ll spot the towering massif Mt. Nojin Kangtsang (7191 m), and the staggering Karo-la Glacier (5045 m). Afterwards, you’ll drive to Shigatse, and overnight there.

Tips: After you arrive in Shigatse, our guide will take your passport to process the PSB permit to Everest Area, it will take few mins (pending the queue at the office), and you may either wait in the vehicle or just walk around. The application could be arranged next morning alternatively.


Lake Yamdrok

Day 4 Tashilumpu Monastery & Drive to Shegar [B]
This morning you’ll have a chance to visit Tashilumpu Monastery, the home of the Panchen Lama, which is essentially a walled town with cobbled and twisting lanes that revolve around a magnificent monastery. Then be driven to Shegar via Gyatsola Mountain Pass, rest and get prepared for Everest.

Tips: More time to explore: the local free market- the largest souvenir market in Shigatse, could be a pretty good choice.

Day 5: Shegar – Rongbuk Monastery – Mt. Everest Base Camp [B]
Depart from Shegar in the early morning, and drive straight to Rongbuk Monastery (optional), the highest monastery in the world, then drive the remaining 8 km to visit Everest Base Camp. This afternoon you will have the intoxicating view of Mt. Everest. Overnight in local guesthouse or tent.


Sunrise of Mt. Everest

Day 6 Mt. Everest Base Camp & forward to Old Tingri [B]
Wake this morning below the stunning north face of Mt. Everest, (8848) the tallest mountain on earth. After breakfast,, drive forward to Old Tingri, where you could enjoy the fabulous views of the 4 peaks above 8,000 meters on earth including Mt. Everest, Luozi, Makalu, Zhuoayou, which are all competing to stand up higher than other peaks on earth.

Day 7 Transfer to Kodari Border and see off [B]
In the morning, transfer to the Kodari Border, our guide will help you go through the formalities of China Customs and apply for your Nepali visa, then you need to cross the Friendship Bridge to Nepali side by yourself.

Tips for Nepali Visa:
In Kodari it’s possible to get a Nepali visa. For a single entry visa for 60 days, it costs US$30 cash or the equivalent in rupees; for a GRATIS visa, it is for all tourists who visit Nepal for 3 days or less, or for tourists of SAARC countries and People's Republic of China. And passport size 02 copies of photo are required while applying at any entry points.

Don't forget this: Nepal is an odd 2.25 hours behind Chinese time.

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Group Tour Departure Dates for 2015

Group Tour Departure Dates for 2015
Jan 7 14 23 28        
Feb 7 14 18 25        
Mar 3 10 17 24 31      
Apr 7 14 21 28        
May 1 9 14 19 26      
Jun 1 6 11 16 21 26    
Jul 1 6 11 16 22 26    
Aug 1 5 9 13 17 21 25 29
Sep 2 6 10 14 18 22 26  
Oct 1 3 6 14 20 27    
Nov 3 10 17 24        
Dec 1 8 15 24        

Price Quotation:

Departures
(dates omitted)

Tour Cost
(in RMB)

Tour Cost
(in USD)

Single Supplement
(in RMB)

Single Supplement
(in USD)

Apr. to Jun.

5390

US$884

710

US$116

Jul & Aug

6190

US$1015

866

US$142

Sep & Oct

5800

US$ 951

732

US$120

Nov. to next Mar.

5290

US$ 867

680

US$111

Lhasa: Yak Hotel; Shigatse: Monasarovar Hotel; Shegar: Tringri Everest Hostel; Old Tringri: Snow Leopard Hostel

Note:

1) Prices listed are per person, based on double occupancy. Tour cost in USD is subject to exchange rate of the day you book the tour. (Rate in chart is 1:6.1)

2) We will charge you for 100USD per person as a deposit for booking the tour, we accept cash, credit card or West Union.

3) Because you need original copy of the Tibet permits to board the plane, in this way, all the clients in one group who depart from the same city should take the same airplane. So please discuss with us first to fix the flight schedule before you issue the air tickets, sorry for any inconvenience it may cause.

Price Includes:

1) Airport or train station transfer: The free airport pick-up is at 3:20 p.m. These are the most common times in and out of Lhasa, but if you would like to schedule a different time enter/leave Tibet we will be happy to arrange that. Please ask your travel consultant for the price.

2) Accommodation: 3 nights stay in comfortable hotels in Lhasa & Shigatse; 1 night stay nearby EBC in tent or guesthouse according to the weather, 2 nights stay in local guesthouse in Old Tingri and Shegar

3) Meals: mainly Breakfast. See detailed itinerary for complete listing.

4) English Speaking Guide: All of our guides are local Tibetans with infectious smiles and a passion for sharing their homeland. From them you’ll receive extensive information about the history, geography, culture, religion, traditions, art and music.

5) Vehicle Rental & Driver: All of our vehicles are well maintained and safe. Our drivers are experienced in driving in the Tibetan landscape. Vehicle type will be arranged according to group size.

6) Travel Permits: All Tibet traveling permits.

7) Entrance Fees: All entrance fees listed in the itinerary, (except optional sites) including vehicle and personal entry permit for Qomolangma Nature Preserve

Price Excludes:

1) Transportation to and from Tibet.

2) Other services of non-Tibet parts

3) Private expense like laundry, IDD calls, drinks in the room, etc.

4) Extra expenses incurred due to unexpected natural events (delays, road washouts, etc.)

5) Meals not specified in the tour itinerary

6) Tips for the tour guide and driver

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