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Experience Tibet: 11 Days Cultural Tours

  • Experience Tibet and its high country enriched with fascinating Buddhist culture and religion
  • Adventure on overland within world highest and largest plateau with incredible views of peaks
  • Exciting sweeping flight to Lhasa with mesmerizing panorama of high Himalayan mountains
  • Cultural and historical tour around important sites and monasteries of great interest
  • Visit Tibets major cities of Lhasa-Shigatse and Gyantse includes magnificent Potala Palace
  • Drive to near worlds highest Mt. Everest North Base Camp with tremendous views

‘on world’s highest and largest plateau with stunning panorama of Tibetan landscapes’

Experience Tibet with Explorer Adventures takes you to wonderful sites of great cultural interest to enjoy and experience. The tour leads you around all the famous cities that Tibet has to offer for interested visitors.

Starting from the fabled city of Lhasa, the capital of Tibet, a part of mainland China known as the Tibet Autonomous Region. Enjoy the exciting tour of its famed monasteries, the Drefung and Shera with Jhorkhang Temple. As well as the busy market of Barkhor Square, located in the heart of Lhasa. Where one can observe the Tibetan way of life interwoven with the age-old heritage of traditional Mahayana Buddhism. Which is the main Tibetan sect of Buddhism followed around Nepal, Bhutan, and Sikkim as far as Ladakh.

Experience a Tibet tour of the grand majestic Potala Palace, one of the main highlights of Tibet. The palace was built during the time of the 5th to present 14th Dalai Lama from 1649 to 1959 AD. A magnificent citadel and like a huge fortress, in Tibet Potala Palace means a ’Heavenly Realm’. Stands right in the center of Lhasa, and although a metropolitan city, retains its ancient glory. As it were for hundreds of centuries, which makes Lhasa is one of the best cities to visit and experience.

From Lhasa the tour heads towards the lovely countryside steeped with the farm, reaching Ganden Monastery. Then heading towards Gyantse and Shigatse cities, the home to Panchen Lama the second head after Dalai Lama. The overland journey takes you over the high scenic passes of Khamba-La and Karo-La, and towards Yamdrok Tsho; the Turquoise Lake.

At Shigatse enjoy the tour of the beautiful Tashilumpo Monastery and its huge complex, as well as the interesting local market. After a marvelous time around the famous cities of Tibet, and then a scenic flight brings you to Kathmandu.

Where our wonderful cultural and scenic adventure concludes, after an enjoyable time on Experience Tibet.

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On reaching Kathmandu Tribhuwan International Airport where you will be warmly received by our guide and staff and then transfer you to your respective hotels in the hub of Kathmandu city.

First check into your hotel rooms on getting refreshed from the flight and with Jet-Lag, then join with other members of Experience Tibet for group briefing, where our expert guides will inform regarding your stay in Nepal, hotels, trekking, local lodge and overland drives with do’s and don’ts information, evening welcome group dinner in authentic Nepalese restaurants with Folk cultural programs to entertain you during your meals.

    Morning after breakfast leave the hotel for exciting guided sightseeing around Kathmandu where our city guide will lead you to places of interest, Kathmandu a metropolitan city still retaining its ancient heritage and varied ancient culture where you will visit world heritage sites around Kathmandu for half day.

    After an interesting and wonderful tour of ancient historical and religious sites around Kathmandu, with afternoon free preparation for next day journey to Tibet.

      Morning as per flight to Lhasa, transfer to Kathmandu international airport for scenic flight of one hour to reach Gongar airport in Tibet. During flight views of Himalayan range of peaks with Mt. Everest and Mt. Makalu at mere distance from the window seat of the plane, on landing entering into a terminal completing all visa and passport formalities.

      At Gongar airport our Tibetan guide and driver receives you for an hour drive to Lhasa city, a mixed city of urban modernization with old section of Lhasa, where Tibetans still retains their heritage and Buddhist culture as it was for hundred of centuries.

      In Lhasa our hotel in the old part east side of the city near busy and interesting Barkhor Market Square, with time to enjoy walking around before dinner time on first day in Tibet.

        These two days engrossed with ever exciting tour around Lhasa important places of immense interest within its historical and religious sites, beginning with short drive west of Lhasa towards a hill top with tour of old Drefung Monastery, in the early day home of all high priest and Dalia Lamas before Potala Palace was built.

        Here visit the main prayer halls with monks on deep prayers where Drefung means a heap of rice with its white washed buildings as it looks from distance views, after a great interesting visit drive toShera Monastery where you can witness young monks on exciting debate, which deepens their knowledge of all types to reach their priesthood.

        Shera monastery located north of Lhasa after an interesting time with lunch break in local Tibetan / Chinese restaurants, afternoon tour of magnificent Potala Palace known as 'Heavenly Realm' with 1,000 rooms where visitors can tour only the main important interior of 8 to 10 rooms of great significant.

        Potala Palace stands as Landmark of Tibet situated in the hub of the city, where high and superior priests Dalai Lama lived till the last 14th Dalai Lama, at present turn into a museum. After a grand tour head back into busy and colorful Barkhor Market Square with time to visit Jhorkhang Temple, the oldest religious sites of Tibet. As the day end in Lhasa, with time for individual activities around Lhasa before dinner time on last day in Lhasa.

          Morning drive on the suburb of the city heading towards south within vast Tibetan plateau, as journey continues crossing Yarlung Tsangpo River or Bhrmaputra rivers then towards zig-zag climb on winding road towards scenic Khamba-la pass at 4,800 m high.

          From the pass views of Tibetan landscapes and of distant snow capped peaks with Turquoise Lake of Yamdrok Tsho. Drive towards Turquoise Lake at Yamdrok Tsho and then reaching Nagarktse for possible lunch stop in a local Tibetan restaurant, journey continues heading over Karo-La pass at 5,050 m high with grand views of Nzonkhangsa peak and its glaciers which flows near to the road.

          From here with exciting views heading over Simi-la pass and the towards Gyantse city with tour of Pholkar monastery and beautiful Kumbum terracotta pagoda stupa, from here a few hour drive brings you at Tibet's second largest city in Shigatse (Xigatse). Here transfer into a nice modern hotel with great facilities within the city area and time for short walks around the street and shops of Shigatse.

            Morning our Tibetan guide leads you to visit the great Tasilumpo Monastery adorned with golden roof top, a magnificent complex which is the seat of many Panchen Lama, classed as second head of state after Dalai Lama, here visiting many chambers and halls with tall bronze statue of future Buddha (Matriya) at 21 meters, time permitting visit the local market.

            Drive continues heading south east direction into great scenic and arid Tibetan plateau past rural villages, towns and farm land to reach at Larze, on the junction of Lhasa-Kathmandu and Kailash highway. From here drive leads uphill to cross the highest pass of the journey over 5,220 m at Gyatchu - La pass festooned with prayer flags and offering, after a brief stop for views heading downhill to Shegar town also known a New Tingri.

            A windswept town located on Nepal-Tibet / China Friendship Highway, our adventure carries on heading past the main highway towards a high Pang-la pass at 5,200 m high with sweeping panorama of world's highest mountains from Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho-Oyu to Shisapangma with array of peaks. After a great view heading down to the farm village of Tashi Dzong as the drive leads further towards our destination at Rongbuk Monastery with superb views of towering Mt. Everest North Face.

            In Rongbuk visit its main chapel of Sakyamuni Buddha with other great statue of Buddhist saints with overnight in a local lodge / guest house of simple and basic facilities.

              Drive to Everest base Camp, limited up to Rongbuk, allowing only few vehicles for elderly people, here one can take a horse cart or taxi on motorbike to reach base camp, or hike of few hours heading towards dunes and moraine crossing few icy stream to land at world's highest Mt. Everest Base Camp, where Tibetan calls as Chomolungma means great Mother.

              Enjoy the views of towering North Face of Mt. Everest with other adjoining peaks and then head back to Rongbuk for the drive to Old Tingri on the same scenic route and joining the main highway near Shegar to Old Tingri for overnight stop in local Guest House and Lodge.

                A long drive today to reach at Kyirong frontier town, journey leads past great Tibetan dry plateau taking a newly opened route of five hours overland drive to reach the border town of Tibet-China and Nepal at Kyirong for last overnight stop in Tibet.

                  Farewell to our Tibetan guides and drivers as morning starts leaving Tibet with short drive to the border post of Nepal and Tibet / China at Rasuwa-Gadhi, here on completing visa and custom formalities then enter into Nepal border at Rasuwa Gadhi, here again following and completing immigration forms and continue drive on rough dirt road for a while to reach at Syabrubesi village, after a short refreshing break journey continues on winding uphill to reach at Dhunche town for overnight stop.

                    Morning transfer into a vehicles either by car-coach or in tourist bus (as per the size of the group), for overland journey back to Kathmandu with scenic views of mountains, green scenery of hills and farm fields within nice villages and towns as drive brings you back at hustle and bustle city life of Kathmandu.

                    On reaching Kathmandu transfer to your respective hotels with time for individual activities and shopping souvenirs.

                      Your last memorable day in Nepal after a wonderful Experience Tibet with great service of Explorer Adventure, and as per your international flight then transfer to Kathmandu international airport for homeward bound or to your respective destinations.

                        Experience Tibet: 11 Days Cultural Tours FAQs

                        • The only airlines that links Kathmandu, Lhasa and Chengdu is Air China, and sometimes China South East Airlines. It is an Air Bus model,accommodates more than 100 passengers, the flight of 1:10 mins one ways. Either from Kathmandu to land at Ganden, Lhasa International Airport or vice-versa.

                        • Depending on the booking as per the best time of seasons for Experience Tibet Tour. For all our Tibet trip minimum person of 2/3 pax required, where all clients will be on group visa. As per the rules of Chinese Government all names are listed in A-4 size paper, stamped with a Tibet entry Visa.

                        • Tourist Standard of 2-3 star standard hotels, it also depends upon the trip price from budget, standard to deluxe class. All hotels and guest house with attached bath and toilets, and well furnished rooms. The food, especially the breakfast is at the hotel large immaculate dining hall, either buffet or served on the table.

                          Breakfast includes from oat porridge, muesli, granule to toast, eggs of choice, fresh juice followed by tea / coffee.

                        • All Tibet tour operates from late spring of April to summer / monsoon time during June to August. As well in autumn / fall of September to November, Tibet falls within a Rain-Shadow. Where monsoon rain clouds are blocked by the Himalayan Mountain range; that is why most parts of Tibet is dry and arid.

                          The temperatures depend on seasonal wise, April to August is warm with mild temperatures. Mostly sunny days with strong UV sunlight, requires sun-block, hats and scarf to be safe from UV. Afternoon is very windy outside the town and city areas on the outback. Can get snowed sometimes, the autumn time of September to November is pleasant with sunny days. But shorter days due to limited sunlight hours, cold morning and night time, as well in the shades.

                        • It is possible to split from the main group after Experience Tibet Tour in Lhasa.

                          But the client needs to inform us on booking any trips for Tibet or Bhutan. As we need to make special arrangement for clients leaving the group after the tour. Where client needs to pay extra charge for new Chinese Visa, and omitting the names from the main group list Visa.