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11 Days Tibetan Journey

  • Tibetan Journey into worlds highest and largest plateau with sweeping panorama
  • Explore rural country farm villages of immense interest and vivid culture and custom
  • Scenic and exciting overland journey into Tibetan soil with amazing experience
  • Tour of famous world highest cities of Lhasa-Shigatse of great glory historical sites
  • Sweeping flight back to Kathmandu from Lhasa with panorama of Himalayan peaks

Experience a life time journey within worlds high country and plateau of Tibet

Tibetan Journey with Explorer Adventurers takes you to the world's highest and largest plateau in Tibet. Although a wild, windswept landscape and a vast country, it has its special charm and beauty.

The Tibetan Journey will be a great once-in-a-lifetime experience, the country steeped with age-old cultures and heritage. Although some of the cities are quite modern like Shigatse and Lhasa, but retain their ancient glories. This makes the Tibetan Journey, a fascinating trip to enjoy for a week, where drives take you through the wild country. As well as the magical cities of Shigatse and Lhasa the most important sites in Tibet. The seats of former Dalai Lama and Panchen Lama the main rulers and religious monarch of Tibet.

Tibetan Journey starts with an exciting tour in Kathmandu, Nepal visiting places of Tibetan Buddhism cultural interest. Allowing travelers with a brief introduction to Tibetan customs and heritage, before entering across the border in Tibet.

The drive follows from green hills and gorges to reach the Nepal and Tibet border in Kyirong. Then the adventure continues driving through the windblown terrains of Tibet with awesome views of snow-capped mountains. During the drive, overlooking the dramatic scenery of the beautiful Tibetan high plateau includes views of Mt. Everest.

As the journey progresses, to reach Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet after Lhasa. Enjoy the tour of Shigatse, which treasures the magnificent Tashilumpo Monastery a huge complex with a golden-tiered pagoda roof. After an exciting time in Shigatse visiting its important places, and then on the road through beautiful country.

Where drive takes you close to the Turquoise Lake of Yamdrok Tsho, with close views of snow-capped peaks. The drive heads highest towards Kamba-La Pass to enter the fabled city of Lhasa. An amazing metropolitan, as well as one of the world’s highest capital cities the Tibet Autonomous Region / Province of China.       

At Lhasa an exciting tour of magnificent places of historical and religious wonders of huge monuments. The Drefung, Shera Monasteries, and the amazing citadel, the Potala Palace, a great work of masterpiece.

The tour around the busy and colorful market of Barkhor Square, located in the heart of Lhasa city.

Enjoy the tour of lovely sites with brilliant scenery backdrops, then head back to Kathmandu, taking a scenic flight. During airborne grand panorama of the Himalayan giant famous peaks Mt. Everest, Cho-Oyu, and Mt. Makalu.

The fabulous adventure concludes on reaching Kathmandu, Nepal after a great marvelous experience on the Tibetan Journey.

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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 Tibetan Journey 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 tour of ancient historical and religious sites around Kathmandu afternoon free preparation for next day journey to Tibet.

      Morning an exciting drive on Kathmandu to Dhunche-Syabrubesi highway, heading towards Himalayan foothills, on reaching at Trisuli Bazaar within warm sub-tropical area, as our journey continues towards uphill on long winding road towards cooler alpine area past farm villages and town to reach at Dhunche, at 1,950m high.

      Dhunche headquarter and main town of Rasuwa district within Langtang Himal where Langtang National Park starts and ends. From Dhunche drive leads downhill on zig-zag road to reach at Syabrubesi village the home of Tamang tribe people in the shadow of Ganesh and Langtang Himal, overnight in a nice cozy lodge at Syabrubesi.

        From Syabrubesi morning drive leads on newly built road that links Nepal / Tibet towards Rasuwagadhi (1800m / 15 km / 1 hr min from Syabrubesi), here received by our Tibetan counterpart guide and drivers, after completing immigration & customs formalities on both side of the frontier Nepal / Tibet at Rasuwagadhi, continue drive further to Kyirong county with first overnight stop in Tibet accommodation at local guest-house.

        At Kyirong afternoon with time to relax and enjoy views of Ganesh and Langtang Himal that borders Nepal and Tibet.

          From Kyirong onward where Tibetan high plateau begins as morning drive leads past Tibetan farm villages to reach on top of Lalung-la Pass (5,050m) with views of Mt. Shisapangma (8013m highest within Tibet).

          After Lalung-la drive leads on vast Tibetan plateau with high and dry terrain to Old Tingri with first glimpse of Everest and Cho-Oyo peaks, from here few hour drive to Shegar also known as New Tingri and then transfer to your hotel or lodge for overnight stop.

            After being in high Tibetan plateau at Shegar, morning leads to a highest pass of the journey over Gyatsho-La over 5,220 m high and then downhill to the town of Larze, located on the road to Mt. Kailash and Friendship Highway of Lhasa & Kathmandu.

            From Larze town, drive is short of few hours on good road to reach at Tibet's second largest city in Shigatse drive continues past rural farm villages and well tended fields of barley-wheat and yellow mustard.

            After an enjoyable ride reaching at Shigatse where hotels are much better than past few night stops, in Shigatse transfer to excellent hotels with modern facilities of Wi Fi and money change at its exchange counters.

              Morning getting refreshed with breakfast, a short drive in the hub of Shigatse for marvelous tour of famous Tashilumpo Monastery complex adorned with Golden Roofs here visit the monastery interior of great interest with tomb stupa of several late and past Panchen Lama. Panchen Lama the 2nd biggest priest and holiness after Dalai Lama (present XIV Dali Lama who is exile in India) With enjoyable tour of the monastery and the seat of Panchen Lama visit the local colorful Tibetan market and return back to hotel.

              From Shigatse few hour drives leads east to reach at Gyantse another large city of Tibet, where in early 19th and 20th century was a flourishing place where trade between Nepal-Bhutan and Sikkim used to take place.

              On reaching at Gyantse transfer to another nice hotels or guest house with afternoon tour of old Phalkor Monastery and great terracotta Stupa of Kumbum, famous historical monuments located within great surrounding walls of this holy complex.

                Morning our drive leads to our next highlight of the journey heading towards the fabled city Lhasa, drive leads past Simi-La pass within great Tibetan plateau where you can watch Yaks and other cattle grazing on huge green meadows. As the ride progress heading towards a scenic Karo-La pass of above 5,050 m with close views of Nzongkhangsa peaks at 7,100 m high where ice falls and glaciers flows near to the road head.

                Here enjoy the views as well observe the traditional life of Drokpa (Nomads) and Yak herder then reaching Nagarktse town and beyond towards beautiful turquoise Lake of Yamdrok Tsho then on high hills to reach another scenic Khamba-La pass at 4,800 m high.

                Khamba-La offers super panorama of Tibetan tableland and landscapes with distant views of snowcapped peaks and of Yamdrok Tsho Lake. From here after marveling the scenery heading downhill to come across a bridge over Yarlung Tsangpo / Brahmaputra River, slowly our overland journey reaches in the heart of Lhasa city in the backdrop of magnificent Potala Palace.

                In Lhasa hotels located on old east areas close to colorful and exciting Barkhor Square and its markets.

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

                    Morning as per the given time by our Tibetan guide, depart from the hotel for an hour drive which leads outskirt of Lhasa city area and then on nice newly built highway entering few wonderful tunnels to reach at Gongar airport. Here bidding farewell to our Tibetan guides and ever smiling friendly drivers entering the terminal for visa and passport formalities with custom check.

                    Board in Air China for panoramic flight of an hour flight to Kathmandu during air views of Himalayan chain of peaks with close views of Mt. Everest and Mt. Makalu as the flight finally lands at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport. After migration and visa formalities walk outside air terminal, our staff receives you for transfer back to your hotel, with time in the afternoon for individual activities and shopping.

                      Your last memorable day in Nepal after a wonderful experience on Tibetan Journey 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.

                        11 Days Tibetan Journey FAQs

                        • Driving from Kathmandu to Lhasa via Kyirong, Tingri, Shigatse and Gyantse cities approx. 1,300 km / 808 miles. Not adding the flight from Lhasa to Kathmandu which comes almost the same distance. But with a difference of aerial between Lhasa and Kathmandu is 600 kilometers, or 375 miles. A flight of 1 hour 10 minutes.

                        • Driving from green vegetation of Nepal towards dry and barren landscapes of Tibetan landscapes. Which is the world’s highest and largest plateau, overlooking views of giant snow-capped peaks of Himalaya range.

                          Tour leads to many traditional farm villages with yellow mustard and barley fields with Yaks grazing over the meadows. Visiting monasteries and palaces of former Dalai Lamas the Potala Palace. About 90 % Tibetans follows Buddhism with interesting age-old heritage culture and custom.  On flights views of world’s three highest peaks, namely Mt. Shisapangma, Mt. Cho-Oyu and Mt. Everest.

                        • As season wise, during spring and autumn the best time for tour in Tibet most days are fine and clear. To enjoy views and pleasant walks, however can expect snow on higher altitude sometimes. But bright and sunny days in best seasons from April to pre-summer month of June. As well in autumn / fall from September to November, in spring season, above 3,000 m high.

                          Minimum temperatures of minus 0° and maximum of 20° Celsius not adding extra wind-chill factor. In autumn the sun rise late by 5:30 a.m. and sunsets by 5 p.m. makes the morning and night time much colder with minimum temperatures from minus 5° to 10° Celsius.

                          Depending upon altitude wise. Maximum of 15° to 20° Celsius, around high altitude above 2,500 the sunlight gets bright with strong UV. All visitors need to carry sun-blocks and wearing sun-hats to block the sun against the UV rays around higher altitude, especially in direct sunlight of afternoon.

                        • Yes, can continue to mainland China, either by flight or taking train journey.

                          But needs to inform the company in advance, on booking, as for Tibet Tour it will be a group visa. On separating from the group, people leaving for China, must obtain another visa and cancel the name from the main group name list.

                        • The Time Zone used in Tibet is Beijing Mean Time (GMT + 7:45 Hours). Which is 2 hrs. 15 minutes ahead of Nepal Standard Time. The currencies in Tibet is Chinese Renminbi Yuan which is 1 Yuan to US$ 8 but subject to change any time.