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- 21 Days
Tibet- Shangri-La, the land of snows is well known as the roof of the World lies on a plateau at an average elevation of 4,000m. Tibet further is the land of ancient Buddhist culture having awesome landscapes, artistic monasteries and centuries old caravan trails. The holy land is bounded by the Kunlun mountains to the north and the Himalayas to the south. Tibet covers an area of 1.2 million sq. km, and has a population of 2.3 million. Tibet is a sacred land of myths and mysteries inhabited by the ever smiling people. It has not only exerted magnetic spell upon travelers for centuries but also upon spies, missionaries, scholars, geographers, mystics, soldiers and cranks etc, yet, only few intrepid serious and determined travellers have been able to make it. Tibet being extremely remote and isolated by the most formidable Himalayan ranges, a fascinating world of timeless splendor, unique tradition and breathtaking scenery awaits all travelers.
|Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu|
|Day 02 Kathmandu Sightseeing|
|Day 03 Fly To Lhasa|
|Day 04 Sightseeing in Lhasa: Norbulingka, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Bazar, Drepung Monastery|
|Day 05 Free day in Lhasa|
|Day 06 Sightseeing in Lhasa: Drepung monastery and Potala Palace; Rest free day to explore Lhasa|
|Day 07 Lhasa - Chusul: 97 km|
|Day 08 Chusul - Nagatse: 105 km|
|Day 09 Nagatse - Gyantse: 100 km|
|Day 10 Gyantse - Shigatse: 94 km|
|Day 11 Shigatse|
|Day 12 Shigatse - Lhatse: 150 km|
|Day 13 Lhatse â€“ Shegar : 85 km|
|Day 14 Shegar - Tashi Zom: 62 km|
|Day 15 Tashi Zom - Rongbuk: 42 km|
|Day 16 Rongbuk: 8 km|
|Day 17 Rongbuk - Tingri: 70 km|
|Day 18 Tingri - Nyalam: 75 km|
|Day 19 Nyalam - Dhulikhel: 75 km|
|Day 20 Dhulikhel - Kathmandu: 20 km|
|Day 21 Final Departure|
Upon our arrival in the Kathmandu airport (KTM) we will be greeted by a representative from Himalayan Glacier Trekking (HGT). After completing our custom formalities (Visa, etc) we pick up our luggage and look for representative with a Himalayan Glacier display board at the arrival gate. We will be then escorted to hotel. After check in, we will visit Himalayan Glacier office site and meet our trekking guide as well as other participants and do final preparation for the trip. Later in the evening Himalayan Glacier will organize a “Welcome Dinner” at an excellent traditional Nepalese Restaurant where we will enjoy a Nepalese cultural program along with a fine meal.
Today after breakfast, we will start a guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu. Some of these landmarks are considered World Heritage Sites; including the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambunath) and Buddhists shrine (Buddha Nath) which is one of the largest Stupas in the world.
At the dawn we take the morning flight to Tibet. This is one of the world’s most spectacular flights, with a one hour flight over the incomparable Himalayas that keeps our eye out for Everest! After landing at Gongkar airport we will be escorted to our hotel in Lhasa’s beautiful Tibetan Quarter. After checking in the hotel, we go for a walk around the Barkhor Square, the spiritual heart of Tibet. Barkhor has a lively market for souvenir shopping.
Foremost, our tour begins with a visit to SERA MONASTERY. An experienced tour guide also working as an interpreter escorts us to this preserved monastery of white-washed walls and golden roofs. Equally adventurous and exciting tempo builds up while touring NORBULINGKA, the summer palace of the Dalai Lama. JOKHANG TEMPLE is another important sacred site which unravels more deep seated mysteries of Tibetan Buddhism. We further visit to BARKHOR MARKETS where we can view goods of Tibetan culture, custom and tradition. Eventually, the tour for the day concludes as you return to the comforts of our hotel.
Despite the day is free, we further engage into experience of strangeness attained in such remote place of the divine world. Its senice views, cultural traditions and innocences of people at Lhasa makes us thrill.
We experience invaluable insights during our visits to POTALA PALACE and DREPUNG MONASTERY. This 17th century POTALA PALACE offers an awesome view of entire city and also has private quarters of the Dalai Lama, numerous grand state rooms and chapels. Ancient history has it that Drepung Monastery which was built in 14th century used to shelter around 10,000 monks but as now there has been quite a declination resulting in only few hundreds. Tibetans’ respect and belief are immensely knotted with this monastery.
At our full acclimatisation, we take to our bikes or cycle out to the Drepung Monastery on the outskirts of Lhasa. The Freedom Highway then leads us away from Lhasa down the Lhasa Valley and to our guesthouse in Chusul.
Following breakfast, we move on to tackle the 25km climb up to the pass of Kamba La. This tough climb will take 3-4 hours but the views from the prayer-flag-strewn summit at 4794m are spectacular. We then descend to the turquoise Yamdrok Lake where we will have lunch. After lunch, we make a gentle and scenic road jurney to the small town of Nagatse.
Following breakfast, there is the opportunity to tackle the first and (fortunately) ‘lowest’ of the high passes – the 5045m Karol La. This climb will take approximately 3hours. The subsequent descent is twice as long and descends over 1000m in altitude to Gyantse in the heart of the Yang Chug Valley. There is plenty to catch including the Palcho Monastery and the magnificent Kumbum Stupa – a fantastic tiered structure that is now unique in the Buddhist world. We will also be able to see the beautifully located Gyantse Dzong – where Lt. Col Francis Younghusband made his infamous first stronghold in 1904.
Upon our today’s ride, we traverse through senic gentle 94 km road across beautiful plains with a dramatic mountain backdrop. At mid-ride, we stopp for lunch and then continue across the plains into Shighatse, Tibet’s second largest city and home to the controversial Panchen Lama, whose home is traditionally at the Tashilunpo Monastery.
We make our rest in Shigatse where we also visit the huge Tashilhunpo monastery complex. During our time in Shigatse, we engage to obtain the necessary permits for visiting Everest Base Camp.
Today, we start a gentle ride through rolling terrain across the Shigatse Plains. A gradual but long climb then takes us to the double passes of Tra La (4050m) and Tsuo La (4520m). There is then a fantastic descent which flattens out before we arrive at our guesthouse at Lhatse.
Today will be the judegement day for our legs! We leave Lhatse and ride to the foot of the Gyatso La, before climbing to the summit of the pass at 5248m! This is the highest pass on the Friendship Highway and a steady effort requires to conquer it. The hard effort rewards into the looming sight of Everest, as we gradually approach the Himalayan chain.
After the initial smooth tarmac from the door of the hotel, we then turn south and head off-road for the next few days! For the very fittest there is another pass – this time the 5200m Pang La – where we feast on the extensive views of the Himalayas. On a clear day, the sheer scale of the mountain views throughout is unequalled in the world! The descent from the pass is fast and twisty and brings us down in to the Rongbuk Valley and to our overnight stop in Tashi Zom. 90% off-road.
Cycling on a vehicle width jeep trail today in full view of Everest’s North Face, we approach both the mountain itself and the Rongbuk Monastery. Taking lunch in the airy tranquility at this moment will be is one of the attractions of the trip. After lunch, we continue the short distance to our overnight accommodation at the Ja-Rongbuk tented camp. The remainder of the afternoon is free to allow for acclimatisation to the lofty (5200m) altitude. The stunning views of Everest, visible from our campsite, hopefully make up for the lack of air! 100% off-road. We can eee note in accommodation section.
After breakfast, we take our bikes and head slowly up the gravel jeep trail to Everest Base Camp. The route is only 4km, but the stunning views and thin air mean it might well take 90 minutes! The views from Base Camp are stunning and offer a 360 degree panorama of the high Himalaya to put our photographic skills to the test! After enjoying the ambience of Base Camp, we return to our tented accommodation where our cooks will have prepared another amazing lunch! The afternoon is free to relax and enjoy the incredible surroundings. 100% off-road.
Heading back out of the wide valley, a turn-off takes us over the Nam La pass and along smaller tracks to Tingri, a little town overlooking the sweeping plains. Tingri is bordered by the mighty Himalayas and we will have distant views of Everest, Cho Oyu, as well as the ruins of buildings destroyed in the 18th century Nepalese invasion of Tibet. 100% off-road.
We usually drive to the first of the double passes of Lalung La (4950m) before riding down and up to the Shung La (5200m), the last pass in Tibet. The high-altitude lunch spot at this juncture offers fantastic with tantalising views of Shishipangma. Lunch is made even more enjoyable for knowing that it is now more than 4000m down to Nepal! We begin our epic descent by thundering down to Nyalam where we will spend our last night in Tibet.
Today we will not encounter high pass! At Zhangmu, we pass through Chinese customs before continuing down to Nepal, crossing the famous Friendship Bridge at Kodari. We should remember to ride on the left in Nepal! From Barabise we head to Dhulikhel.
Today, we are on the eve of our tour. After a fine breakfast at Dhulikhel, we head off through the greenery of the Kathmandu Valley towards our final destination, Kathmandu via the UNESCO World Heritage city of Bhaktapur, where we will have the time to visit the beautiful Durbar square. From here, we make our ride to our hotel where we pack up the bikes, shower, and prepare for Himalyan Glacier’s well-earned farewell celebration dinner. 80% off-road.
Today, our journey in Nepal comes to an end! There is nothing to do but we can trade emails with our travel companions and organize our photos. If time permits we can do some shopping or sightseeing at our interest.
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Generally, breakfast is included within the trip throughout the journey. Upon our meal service, we will be served commonly available Tibetan dishes such as noodles, and bread. Further, the tour does not include soft or hard drinks. Lunch and dinner will be upon our own cost.
The tour includes hotels, and simple guest houses on bed at breakfast basis. If we are solo traveler, we will share a room with someone else of same sex of our group. If we prefer a single room, we may express our preference and get single rooms on request by paying single supplement USD 390.
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