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High Road to Tibet
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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 knowand leave you with time to explore. In the thin mountain air of Rombuk, the highest monastery in the world, you'll enjoy unparalleled views of Mt Everest. So make sure your camera is chargedyou're going to need it.


Duration: 14 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Parks & Nature Reserves, Local Culture & Cuisine, History, Wildlife Physical rating: 4 - Demanding
Accommodation standard:   Budget% Traveller Tour Rating: 80.0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 126871
Starts: Kathmandu, Nepal Finishes: Kathmandu, Nepal
You will visit
  • Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu

Itinerary

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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

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Day 2: Kathmandu

Opt to cycle around the city ring road to the ghats along the Bagmati River, 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

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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))

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Day 4: 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

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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)

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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)

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Day 9: Tingri/Rongpu Si

Take an exhilarating drive to reach Rombuk -- 5000m (16404ft) and a mere 7km (4.4mi) below Everest Base Camp. The view from here is utterly spectacular.

Rombuk 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)

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Day 10: Rongpu Si/Shigatse

Travel from Rongbuk Si to Shigatse.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (10.00 hour(s), 320km)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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Day 14: Kathmandu

Depart any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Kathmandu orientation walk
    • Lunch at the G Adventures-supported Sisterhood of Survivors Project
    • Lhasa orientation walk
    • Potala Palace entrance
    • Sera or Drepung Monastery visit
    • Jokhang Temple entrance
    • Pelkor Chode, Gyantse Kunbum, and Tashilhunpo Monastery visits
    • Rongbuk visit
    • Everest Base Camp entrance and hike
    • Border crossing support
    • Internal flights
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels/guesthouses (12 nts), very basic guesthouse (1 nt, limited facilities)
    Meals Included
    • 0 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 0 dinners
    Transport
    • Plane, local bus, air-con bus
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Experience the Tibetan cultural capital of Lhasa
  • Witness monks in debate and prayer
  • Explore rural villages and lunar landscapes
  • Hike to Everest Base Camp


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Laura M. Posted on: 

The tour leader was wonderfully helpful and well informed! The trip was well organized and an amazing experience overall.

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Mary B. Posted on: 

Great places, but really remote. I will have never been able to do this trip on my own and enjoyed it as much. Baikunta the guide was awesome, really friendly, helpful, knowledgeable, funny and add certain flavor to the tour. I really enjoyed it.

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Lynda P. Posted on: 

Overall very good, with a very committed guide who worked hard to make people happy and ensure that we got to see all the sights.

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James F. Posted on: 

I had an amazing experience. I loved the guide and had a great time with people from all over the world. People respected each other and bonded well throughout the 2 weeks together.

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Zoe D. Posted on: 

The tour was great, very well organized, with a great guide who was extremely enthusiastic.

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David P. Posted on: 

overall the tour was excellent, there was a wide range of things to do and places of interest to visit.

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