Explore Tibet

Tour Highlights:

              •   Visit to Pashupatinath, Boudhanath and Kathmandu Durbar Square

              •   Scenic 1 hour flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa

              •   Scenic drive from Zhangmu to Kathmandu

              •   Mt Shishapangma, Mt Cho Oyu, Mt Everest

              •   Yumbulakhang, Thandruk Monastery, Samye Monastery, Potala Palaca, Zokhang Temple, Barkhor Bazar

              •   Drepung Monastry, Sera monastery, Norbu Linka and Tibetan Nunnery and  Tibetan Medicine Center

              •   Tsurpu Monastery, Ganden Monastery,Yamadroke Lake, Kumbum Stupa

              •   Phalkor Monastery, Gyanstse Dzong, Shalu Monastery, Panchen Lama's Tashilumpu Monastery


 

Trip Cost Includes:

              •   All ground transportation in private vehicles.
              •   3  Nights in Kathmandu in twin sharing accommodation in star hotels   
              •   15 Nights in Tibet  in twin sharing accommodation

              •   18 Breakfast

              •   Tibet entry permission, Chinese visa and monastery entry fees
              •   Airfare from Kathmandu to Lhasa including airport departure tax at Kathmandu airport.
              •   Guided city tour with all entrance fees in sightseeing places 
              •   Licensed English speaking Tibetan tour guide in Tibet
              •   Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff.
              •   City Map and T Shirt

Day 01: ARRIVE KATHMANDU
On arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, a representative from our office will greet you at the airport and escort you to your pre booked hotel. A group meeting will be arranged introducing the team members and trip orientation and preparation. In the evening we go for welcome dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant.

Overnight: Hotel in Kathmandu

Meals: Welcome Dinner


 

Day 02:  VISIT TO PASHUPATINATH; BOUDHANATH AND KATHMANDU DURBAR SQUARE
Pashupatinath Temple:
Pashupatinath, a pagoda style Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is considered to be the powerhouse of Hindu spiritual power in religious terms.
BoudhnathStupa: Listed in the UNESCO World Heritage list, this enormous stupa where thousands of pilgrims gather daily to make a ritual circumnavigation of the dome, beneath the watchful eyes of the Buddha, which gaze out from the gilded central tower.
Kathmandu DurbarSquare: is one of three royal palace squares in the Kathmandu Valley. This site was the royal residence until the 19th century where important ceremonies, such as the coronation of the Nepalese monarch use to take place.Kashthamandap is the source of the name Kathmandu and supposed to be made from the timber of a single tree
Overnight: Hotel in Kathmandu

Meals: Breakfast


 

Day 03:  Fly to Lhasa (1hr) and drive to Tsedang (3650m;2 hrs)
Fly to Lhasa and transfer to TSEDANG with a scenic drive along the Brahmaputra river (95 km) (2 hrs) and check-in to the hotel

Overnight: Hotel in Tsedang

Meals: Breakfast


 

Day 04:  IN TSEDANG

Morning:Visit YUMBULAKHANG with a mild walk uphill to the temple & THANDRUK MONASTERY 
Afternoon: Visit Tibetan bazaar.

Overnight: Hotel in Tsedang

Meals: Breakfast


 

Day 05:  Drive from TSEDANG to SAMYE  and back to LHASA

We drive 250km to SAMYE and explore the oldest monastery in Tibet: SAMYE MONASTERY with a mild walk in and around the monastery and continue drive to LHASA (3650m) (5-6 hours)

Overnight: Hotel in Lhasa

Meals: Breakfast


 

Day 06:  IN LHASA

Morning: Visit POTALA PALACE.
Afternoon: Visit JOKHANG TEMPLE & BARKHOR BAZAAR

Overnight: Hotel in Lhasa

Meals: Breakfast


 

Day 07:  IN LHASA

Morning: Visit DREPUNG MONASTERY.
Afternoon: Visit SERA MONASTERY.

Overnight: Hotel in Lhasa

Meals: Breakfast


 

Day 08:  IN LHASA

Morning: Visit NORBULINKA.
Afternoon: Visit TIBETAN NUNNERY

Overnight: Hotel in Lhasa

Meals: Breakfast


 

Day 09:  IN LHASA

Morning: Visit TIBETAN MEDICINE CENTRE.
Afternoon: FREE for independent activities

Overnight: Hotel in Lhasa

Meals: Breakfast


 

Day 10:  Drive from LHASA to TSURPU and drive back to  LHASA (70km)

Full day excursion to TSURPU and visit TSURPU MONASTERY: seat of KARMAPA and drive back to LHASA

Overnight: Hotel in Lhasa

Meals: Breakfast


 

Day 11:  Drive from LHASA to GANDEN and back to LHASA (60km)

Full day excursion to GANDEN and visit GANDEN MONASTERY and drive back to LHASA

Overnight: Hotel in Lhasa

Meals: Breakfast


 

Day 12:  Drive from LHASA to GYANTSE (3950m) 261km

Scenic drive to GYANTSE via YAMADROKE LAKE (Turquoise Lake) over crossing two high passes KAROLA (5010m) & KAMBALA (4794m)

Overnight: Hotel in Gyantse

Meals: Breakfast


Day 13:  IN GYANTSE
Morning: Visit to the KUMBUM STUPA & PHALKOR MONASTERY.
Afternoon: Visit GYANTSE DZONG


Day 14:  Drive from GYANTSE - XIGATSE (3900m) 90km

Scenic drive to XIGATSE with a visit to SHALU MONASTERY through the typical Tibetan villages on the way

Overnight: Hotel in Xigatse

Meals: Breakfast


 

Day 15:  IN XIGATSE

Morning: Visit the PANCHEN LAMA'S TASHILHUMPU MONASTERY.

Afternoon: Visit Tibetan bazaar

Overnight: Hotel in Xigatse

Meals: Breakfast


 

Day 16:  Drive from XIGATSE - XEGAR (4350m): 244km

Picturesque drive to XEGAR by over crossing the high pass GYTSO LA (5220m)

Overnight: Hotel in Xegar

Meals: Breakfast


 

Day 17:  Drive from XEGAR - ZHANGMU (2300m) 244km

Scenic drive via NYALAMU PASS (4800m) with an opportunity to see Mt SHISHAPAGMA, Mt CHO OYU, Mt EVEREST from the NYALAM PASS and continue downhill drive to ZHANGMU

Overnight: Hotel in Zhangmu

Meals: Breakfast


 

Day 18:  Drive from ZHAGMGU - KATHMANDU (1345m) 130km , Evening Farewell Dinner

Meals: Breakfast

The best months for this tour is between March to October. Please contact us for your desired dates

Best Months

The best months for this tour is between March to October


 

Weather

The weather in the mountains is difficult to predict. Nights are generally cooler than the daytime. It is also important to make sure that you can stay warm and dry in just about any conditions. Depending on the season the temperature could range from -15°C to 20°C.


 

Accommodation

We provide twin sharing star hotel accomodation in Kathmandu.  Tibetan-standard two-star hotel accommodation (mostly twin-sharing room) in Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse and basic guesthouse accommodation for rest of the town in Tibet.

We try our best to provide the best accommodation available but please do keep in mind that you are taking an adventure tour, and sometimes the arrangement may be basic. Traveling in Tibet is a fantastic experience but sometimes you have to put up with a bit of discomfort. To enjoy this trip you need to have an adventurous spirit and the ability to adapt to minor discomforts.


 

Food

All the restaurants that we dine at cater for Continental, Chinese, Mexican, American based cuisine with some local influences, always plenty to choose from.

There are small Tibetan restaurants which serve authentic Tibetan food. Your Tibetan guide will help you find a good place with reasonable price . You can try ethnic Tibetan cuisine. Have some momos or gyantok, and wash it down with a cup of salted Tibetan butter tea. Meals will either be in the hotel or at a restaurant. While on the road, lunch will be at one of the many Chinese tea shops along the way which generally serve a variety of noodle and vegetable dishes and meat where available. Expect to spend around USD 15 to 20 per day for meals.


 

Transportation

We use private vehicles for sightseeing, city tours and pickups and the best 4WD SUVs for the overland drive across the Tibetan highland. These vehicles are extremely sturdy, spacious and reliable and they make the journey as comfortable as possible. For larger groups, we also use supported trucks to carry your luggage.


 

Vaccination

No vaccinations are compulsory in Nepal and Tibet, but we do recommend you are covered for Diphtheria, TB, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Malaria, Typhoid, Polio and Tetanus. We also do recommend for a dental check-up prior to travelling and you should know your blood group in case of emergency in your travel

If you have any pre-existing medical conditions which might affect you on your tour, you need to inform to us


 

Communication
Communication facilities in Tibet have been improved over the past few years. All the hotels we use in Lhasa, Gyantse and Shigatse have international IDD phone and fax services. Phone calls can also be made from public booth in bigger towns. Internet cafes are also available at bigger towns, check with your guide for the best cyber cafes in each town.

You can also have a roaming facility added to your mobile phone as mobile phones work fine in Tibet. If you buy a Chinese SIM card at the border, you could stay in touch with your family and friends most of the time.


 

Credit cards
Besides Chinese Yuan, only US dollars can be accepted in Tibet. Also shops that accept American currency are very limited and you might not be able to get a good deal for an exchange rate. Credit cards can only be used at some hotels. The Bank of China also accepts credit cards. ATM is not widely available. Exchanging your money to Chinese currency will be the best option for you, which can be done at the Bank of China. While changing money at the local money exchange centers, please make sure that you are accompanied by your guide and do consult him as you may easily be duped with counterfeit notes.


 

Nepal Visa & Visa Fee

You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at International Airport in Kathmandu. Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos with accurate USD

Visa & Tibet Travelling Permit

Visas for individual travel in China are easy to get from most Chinese Embassies. But the Chinese Visa and Tibet Permits are different. All travellers entering Tibet must also obtain SPECIAL TRAVEL PERMITS from the Tibetan Tourism Bureau (TTB), Lhasa which is required to buy an air ticket into Tibet. One cannot travel to Tibet with Chinese Visa. So, visitors need to enter Tibet either through mainland China or Nepal. TRAVELLERS MUST OFFICIALLY BE PART OF A GROUP TOUR with a guide who will help dealing with the Chinese authorities at checkpoints. If you are traveling to Tibet via Nepal, you must obtain the Chinese visa which must be issued by the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu but if you are planning to enter Tibet via mainland China, you need to get the Chinese visa from Chinese Embassy in your home country. As soon as you book the trip, Eve Holidays will arrange for the Tibet Travel Permits, for which you need to send us the copy of your passport if you wish to enter Tibet via Nepal and copies of your passport and Chinese Visa if you wish to enter Tibet via mainland China.

1. Your passport should be valid for at least six months before travelling. Visa is not provided to the passports with less than six months' validity. You need two passport-sized photos for the visa application.


 

2. All Tibet permits can be obtained using photocopy of your passport but you need your original passport to apply for Chinese visa. Visa section in Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu is open on every Monday, Wednesday and Friday only from 10:00 hrs to 11:30 hrs for submitting and collecting passports. Normally Chinese Embassy takes 5 working days to issue the tourist visa but they issue visa even in a day charging an extra Urgent Visa Fee on top of normal fee.


 

3. Travellers must use the same passport for Nepal and Tibet.


 

4. Itinerary and the places to visit in Tibet must be stated clearly and finalized in advance because while applying for a Chinese visa from Kathmandu, a copy of this should be attached. Travel permit from the Tibet Tourism Bureau (Lhasa) is obtained according to the places mentioned in the itinerary.


 

5.The Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu does not issue Chinese visas to individual travellers and will even cancel any existing Chinese visa once you apply for it from Nepal.


 

6. Travellers are not allowed to carry any Tibetan religious books, literatures, photographs, especially related to Dalai Lama during your travel to Tibet. Possessions of such are confiscated and you are not allowed to enter Tibet.


 

7. Rules and regulations regarding Chinese visa and Tibet travel permit keeps on changing very often, therefore we suggest our customers to consult us regarding the visa issues so that your all programs and plans goes smoothly without any obstacles.


 

Getting intoTibet

Tibet is accessible from either mainland China or Nepal ONLY.

Kathmandu –Lhasa is the only international flight to/from Tibet and the Friendship Highway connecting Nepal and Tibet (China) is the only international highway in Tibet.

For getting into Tibet the most popular options are:

By Air: Take a flight to Gonggar Airport, Lhasa, Tibet either from Kathmandu (Nepal), Chengdu (China), Zhongdian (China) or Beijing (China). Flights from Kathmandu to Lhasa run four times a week in the high summer season and twice a week in the low winter season.


 

By Rail: Take a train that links Qinghai (mainland China) to Lhasa (Tibet).


 

By Road: Or choose an overland drive over 865km stretch of road named Friendship Highway from Kathmandu (Nepal) to Lhasa (Tibet).


 

NOTE: Whichever way you enter Tibet, from China or from Nepal , you will have to be officially part of a group tour purchasing a package tour through a travel company. Please contact us for a hassle free and enjoyable package and Tibet Tourism Bureau (TTB) permits.


 

Tour Guides

All our tour guides have received 45 days training from the Hotel Management and Tourism Centre in Nepal. The guides also take first aid training from KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Education Project). We provide English speaking Nepali guide during your Nepal stay and the English speaking Tibetan guide for your Tibet tour


 

Documents for tour

  • Passport that has to be valid for 6 months after you return from your tour (keep a separate photocopy)
  • Flight Tickets
  • Travel insurance, keep a separate photocopy
  • Cash and Traveller’s Cheques (Keep numbers and proof of purchase separately)
  • Emergency contact numbers for T/C’s, banks, insurance, family contacts.


 

Insurance Coverage

A travel insurance policy that covers medical expenses, evacuation, theft and loss is recommended.


 

Departure Dates

The tour will be arranged for you according to your needs. So, please contact us for your required date.  Best Months: March to May & September to November. You can have a look at our fixed departure dates to see if that suits your plans.


 

Contact Us

Information required for this trip is provided here. If you want to consult us regarding any aspect of the trip, please feel free to email us or give us a call at 977 1 6915029

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