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8 days Tibet Overland Small Group Tour to Kathmandu via Gyirong Port

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Day 1: ARRIVAL IN LHASA BY AIR OR TRAIN AND MEET WITH OTHER TRAVELERS.

Stop At: Lhasa Railway Station, Liuwu Country, Doilungdeqen County 851400 China
A short flight to Tibet give you a panorama of the snowy Himalayan ranges or the days of train ride over high plateau by crossing the mighty Thangu la ranges get you to Lhasa with beautiful sceneries along the route, at your arrival at the Gonggar airport or Lhasa Train Station, you will be greeted by our Tibetan guide and driver and transfer to your hotel in Lhasa city, from the airport it is about 70km to Lhasa and it takes 1:30 hrs, from the train station it is only 25km and it takes about half hour, check in the hotel and meet with other travelers in the group. Take it easy for the rest of the day to acclimatize and alleviate the jet lag. Overnight in Lhasa, accommodation by your own.

(If your flight/train arrives different from our free shuttle bus, then please inform your trip advisor to send a private pick up with additional fee).
Duration: 1 hour

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Tashi Takgye Hotel or Tashi Noda Hotel

Day 2: LHASA ESCORTED TOUR. (B) Attractions; Potala palace, Jokhang temple and bustling Bakhor street.

Stop At: Potala Palace, No.35 Gongqian Alley, Beijing Middle Road Cheng Guan District, Lhasa 850000 China
On your first day on the plateau, you may have little headaches or experience some drowsiness. This is very common among travelers adjusting to the high altitude. We recommend drinking plenty of water and mild activity during the first couple of days.

In the afternoon, we will visit the famous Potala Palace, the cardinal landmark of Tibet and a masterpiece of Tibetan architecture. It was first built by 33rd King Songtsen Gangpo in 7thcentury and later rebuilt in 17th century rebuilt by 5th Dalai Lama. Since then it has been home to the Dalai Lama and his government.
Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street, Chengguan District, Lhasa 850000 China
After breakfast, your guide will meet you at your hotel and take you to Jokhang Temple, the oldest Buddhist temple in Tibet and focal point of pilgrim worship. From there, we’ll walk the famous Barkhor Street around the Jokhang temple, one of Asia’s most unique markets and a great introduction to modern Tibetan culture.
Duration: 3 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Tashi Takgye hotel or Tashi Noda hotel

Day 3: LHASA ESCORTED TOUR. (B) Attractions; Drepung monastery and Sera monastery.

Stop At: Drepung Monastery (Zhebang Si), Southern Slope of Genpeiwuzi Mountain, Chengguan District, Lhasa 850000 China
Today we will visit Drepung monastery about 45km to the north of Lhasa. One the largest monasteries in the world, at one point it housed for more than 10,000 monks. Bring your camera for an inside look of monastic life and the twisting narrow alleys.
Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Sera Monastery, Wuze Hill , Sera Chengguan District, Lhasa 850000 China
The day’s adventures will finish with a visit to Sera Monastery, home to over 600 monks, where we will get chance to see the monks Buddhist philosophical debate and you can take some photots.
Duration: 3 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Tashi Takgye hotel or Tashi Noda Hotel

Day 4: LHASA(3600m) - GYANTSE (3900m) - SHIGATSE(3900m), 350 km, 7hrs. (B) Yamdrok lakeGyantse Kubum stupa monastery.

Stop At: Yamdrok Yumtso Lake, Langkazi Country, Nagarze County 851100 China
We begin our journey west, by zigzagging up the Kampa la pass (4700m) to get a breathtaking glimpse of the holy Yamdrok Lake with its turquoise waters and snowcapped Mt. Nyenchen Khangsar in the distance. Then we’ll continue driving along the lake for few kilometers and stop for lunch at Nagar tse.
Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Karola Glacier, Junction of Ngarzhag County and Gyantse County, Nagarze County 851100 China
The rest of the day will be spent enjoying the many magnificent valleys and Tibetan villages that we pass through. En route we will stop at Karo la (5150m) to see the holy Mt. Nyenchen Kangsar glacier.
Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Palkhor Monastery and Kumbum Stupa, Northwest of the County, Gyangze County 857400 China
In Gyantse, we’ll visit the Kumbum Stupa next to the Palkhor Choede monastery. This magnificent multi-door structure is the largest stupa in Tibet and is not only known for its architecture but also its old sculptures and paintings all around its inner walls. In the late afternoon we’ll drive to Shigatse and stay overnight.
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Shigatse Gesar Hotel

Day 5: SHIGATSE – SHEGAR (4100m) AND VISIT SAKYA MONASTERY, 200km, 4hrs. (B) Attractions: Sakya monastery.

Stop At: Sakya Monastery, Basiba Road, Sa'gya County 857800 China
Today we will drive on the Friendship Highway to Shegar via Lhatse, en route we will visit the mysterious monastery called Sakya monastery by crossing the Tso La pass which is 4500m above sea level. Sakya is unique for its color and one of the important sect in Tibetan Buddhism, Sakya literally means “Grey Soil” and the name was derived from the Bon Bon Hill (Grey clay hill). Sakya monastery has two parts divided by the Zongchu river, the Northern side of the monastery is not active now a days and left as ruin that is built by Kon Konchok Gyalpo where most of the rituals and praying happening on the Southern part of the monastery built by Dromgon Choegyal Phakpa. Afternoon we will drive to Shegar. Overnight at Shegar.

Note: before leaving Shigatse, your guide need some time to obtain the ATP from the local PSB, ATP is also known as Alien’s Travel Permit and it is a permit that should be issued for the border check at Shegar.
Duration: 6 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Shegar Roof top of the World Grand Hotel

Day 6: SHEGAR – EBC (5200m), 350km, 7hrs. (B) Attractions; Rongbuk monastery and Mt. Everest base camp.

Stop At: Mt. Everest Base Camp, kathmandu, Thamel, Tingri County 858200 China
Today we will drive straight to EBC, crossing several passes along the way. Prepare yourself for your first view of the Himalayans at Gyatso La Pass (5400 m). You can actually see Mt. Everest in the distance from the viewing point at the pass.

Few kilometers after the border check point, we’ll turn off the Friendship Highway and zig-zag our way up to Gawu La Pass (5250 m), a great spot for a view of all the Himalayan Range’s mountains above 8000 meters. From left to right you will see Mt. Makalu (8463 m), Mt. Lotse (8516 m), Mt. Everest (8844 m), Mt. Cho Oyu (8201 m) and Mt. Shishapama (8020 m).After arriving at Everest Base Camp, we’ll settle into the tent guesthouse. The Rongbuk monastery houses both monks and nuns and is the highest monastery in the world.

In the afternoon you have the option to do a short trek from the tent guesthouses community to the actual Everest Base Camp. It will take you about 2 hours or more depending on your physical condition (6 km), or you can take the dedicated minibus instead.

We’ll stay overnight in these tents unless you’re there between November and March, when the tent guesthouses close and only Rongbuk Monastery guesthouse is available.
Duration: 3 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Everest Base Camp Local Guethouse

Day 7: RONGBUK (5000m) - OLD TINGRI (4390m) – KYIRONG (1800m) Attractions: Peikutso Lake.

Stop At: Peikucuo Lake, Cha'na Country, Nyalam County 858300 China
As we awake the next morning, a striking view of luminous peaks is highlighted by the sun and it is bittersweet to say goodbye to this landscape that we have gotten to know so well. Next, we will drive south to Nepal and traverse the Thongla pass. Then drive along the Peikutso lake with a great view of the Mt Shishapama, gradually descend into Kyirong valley with a series of switchback bends, the dry climate changes into a warm, moist environment and it is clear that we drawing into the Indian subcontinent. Our destination is Tibet border town Kyirong which is just opened border for travelers, because the previously Zhangmu border was closed after the deadly Nepal earthquake in April 2015. Overnight in Kyirong
Duration: 5 hours

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Kyirong Phuntsok Rabsal Hotel

Day 8: KYIRONG (2300m) - ENTER INTO NEPAL. TRIP ENDS

Stop At: Langtang Valley, 123 Ba, Langtang National Park 44600 Nepal
Today we drive down to the friendship bridge and our guide will help you to clear the China Customs, from there our Tibetan staffs are not allow stepping further and time to say your farewells. Before your departure, we will appreciate if you can spend a short time to evaluate our services either by filling the feedback form or simply send us an email. When you crossed the bridge you will get into Nepal and Nepal visa can be obtained at the arrival by paying USD25 for 15 days tourist visa. Then you can easily find jeeps and buses from the Nepalese border town to Kathmandu city, it is 130km from the border to Kathmandu city and you will passing through the Langtang national park.
Duration: 40 minutes

Meals included:
• Breakfast
No accommodation included on this day.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Lhasa Gonkar Airport or Lhasa Train Station
Duration
8 days
Return Details
This tour ends at Kyirong/Gyirong border, which is border to the Nepal.
Inclusions
  • 6x Breakfast
  • Accommodation included: 7 nights
  • All necessary travel permits to Tibet;
  • Private transportation in Tibet with experienced local Tibetan driver: Ranging from van to minibus depending on the group size and trip route (car gasoline is included)
  • Private guide: English speaking local Tibetan guide;
  • Lodging: Comfortable class hotel: 4 star hotel in Lhasa, Gesar hotel in Shigatse and local distinguished tent guesthouse at EBC, local comfortable hotel in Kyirong;
  • Free shuttle Pick-up and send-off services at the beginning/end of the tour(Check shuttle bus frequency below)
  • Bottle water;
  • A mobile with local SIM card for the group ( it can receive international call and text messages also)
  • Oxygen: One big Oxygen tank in the car (4L or 7L)
  • Meals: only breakfast is included
  • Lodging and meals for guide and drivers;
  • First aid kit;
  • Breakfast
  • If you are a single traveler or no one sharing room then single supplement USD194
  • Entry/Admission - Potala Palace
  • Entry/Admission - Jokhang Temple
  • Entry/Admission - Drepung Monastery (Zhebang Si)
  • Entry/Admission - Sera Monastery
  • Entry/Admission - Yamdrok Yumtso Lake
  • Entry/Admission - Karola Glacier
  • Entry/Admission - Palkhor Monastery and Kumbum Stupa
  • Entry/Admission - Sakya Monastery
  • Entry/Admission - Mt. Everest Base Camp
Exclusions
  • Travel insurance covers trip cancellation and emergency evacuation (recommended to buy from your home country before you leave)
  • Chinese visa;
  • Nepal visa and any services in Nepal;
  • Expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, phone call, etc.
  • International and domestic flight/train tickets.(Note: we accept flights and train tickets bookings in advance, please check the updated cost and tickets availability with our travel consultant)
  • Meals - lunches and dinners, averagely a meal in
  • cost around USD5 per person;
  • Tips for the guide and driver.
  • Entry/Admission - Langtang Valley
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • On this tour, you will travel to demanding altitudes of approximately 11,975 feet (3,650 meters) above sea level in Lhasa, up to 16,404 feet (5,000 meters) above sea level at Everest Base Camp and over mountain passes of up to 17,060 feet (5,200 meters) above sea level when traveling between locations; it is common for travelers to experience adverse health effects due to this altitude, regardless of age, gender and fitness; it is highly recommended that you discuss this trip with your doctor prior to departure, and begin a regular exercise regimen in the weeks leading up to your trip
  • Rest breaks are available at any time throughout the tour if you find the walking to be too strenuous due to the elevation
  • After booking, the local tour operator will send you a packing list and other general information to help you prepare for your trip. You may also request more information about tips and prevention methods for altitude sickness
  • Be prepared for very cold weather; pack warm layers appropriately
  • In warm weather, please dress conservatively; shoulders and knees must be covered
  • There are no luggage restrictions for the trip, but Chinese domestic airlines only allow check in luggage of up to 44lbs (20kg) per person
  • At Everest Base Camp, the tent guesthouses usually reuse blankets for a few weeks at a time due to the limited washing facilities; you may bring your own sleeping bag for the guesthouse, if you wish; sleeping bags can also be purchased in Lhasa or in mainland China before your tour
  • Tour is not wheelchair accessible
  • Passport name, number, expiration date and country are required at time of booking for all participants
  • A current valid passport and visa is required on the day of travel
  • Tibet tours must be booked at least 25 days in advance; upon booking, clear copies of all travelers' passports and Chinese visas must immediately be sent to the local tour operator in order to apply for and obtain your Tibet travel permit in time for your tour
  • Please note that if your Chinese visa is not an 'L' tourist visa, then you need to provide supplementary letters from your sponsored organization; please contact the local operator for more details
  • If you're flying into Tibet from mainland China: You need the original copy of the Tibet travel permit that the local tour operator will send to your hotel in mainland China. Therefore, please provide your hotel details (name, address and contact numbers) and your hotel reservation number. If you are not staying at a hotel and have a connection flight to Tibet from mainland China, please provide detailed flight information so the local operator can arrange someone from the tour company to deliver your permit to you at the airport in China when you arrive
  • If you're taking a train to Tibet from mainland China: You will only need a printed copy of the Tibet permit, which you will receive from the local operator via email
  • If you fly into Tibet from Kathmandu, Nepal: You don’t need to have a Chinese visa, but you do need a Tibet Group Visa (same as a Chinese visa) from the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu. When you send the copy of your passport to the local tour operator after booking, the staff will help you to get the Tibet Group Visa. The Tibet Group Visa fee is not included in the tour price, so you will be asked to pay at the embassy. Please keep in mind that even if you have a Chinese visa, if you enter Tibet from Nepal, it is required that you have the Tibet Group Visa. Please be advised that when you apply for the Tibet Group Visa, the Chinese Embassy will cancel your current visa. You can only apply for the Tibet Group Visa through a local Nepalese agent, so this tour operator's local agent in Nepal will help you obtain it
  • Single room or double room accommodation will be chosen at checkout. If a group with an odd number of people chooses double room accommodation, one person will stay in a single room and the extra single room price will be charged additional.
  • Single room supplement for this overland tour is USD194 in July and Aug, USD161 for rest of the year.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
Cancellation Policy
All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
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I was a female solo traveler and gratefull for choose this tour. The tour met my expectition and everything went smoothly. Thanks for our guide Namgyal for share the knowlegde and driver Sonam. Thanks for my travel buddies, you were all rocks guys.
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Response from ExploreTibet-Sonam, Guest Relations Manager at 8 days Tibet Overland Small Group Tour to Kathmandu via Gyirong Port
Responded Oct. 25, 2019
Dear Lisuhenny, Thanks for the review and thank you for being with us. We wish you all the best! Best Regards! Chophel
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The tour completely met expectations. Well planned itinerary, good hotels, friendly and knowledgeable guide (Namgyal) and driver (Sonam), made for a great tour.
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Response from ExploreTibet-Sonam, Guest Relations Manager at 8 days Tibet Overland Small Group Tour to Kathmandu via Gyirong Port
Responded Oct. 25, 2019
Dear Mativam, Thanks for the review and thank you for being with us. We wish you all the best! Best Regards! Chophel
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We had a great tour, specially thanks to our guide Namgyal and the driver Amdo. Namgyal is very knowledgeable and we learned a lot of him. Itinerary of the tour is good, though it was a lot of driving. The landscapes are amazing, so the rides were never boring. However, an extra
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Response from ExploreTibet-Sonam, Guest Relations Manager at 8 days Tibet Overland Small Group Tour to Kathmandu via Gyirong Port
Responded Oct. 25, 2019
Dear Exploremy destionation, Thanks for the review and thank you for being with us. We wish you all the best! Best Regards! Chophel
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I want to give a shout out to our guide Migma for taking good care of us during this trip. She was very kind and helpful and we learned a lot from her. It was a once in a lifetime and unforgettable experience. Everything about it and the highlight of course was Mt. Everest but
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Response from ExploreTibet-Sonam, Guest Relations Manager at 8 days Tibet Overland Small Group Tour to Kathmandu via Gyirong Port
Responded Oct. 25, 2019
Dear Lili T, Thanks for the review and thank you for being with us. We wish you all the best! Best Regard, Choephel
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We had a wonderful experience taking the 8-day Tibet overland tour to Kathmandu. We enjoyed the beautiful landscape and mountain views on Tibet plateau including monasteries, lakes, glaciers and villages. Staying at Everest Base Camp is a memorable experience. Our guide
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Response from ExploreTibet-Sonam, Guest Relations Manager at 8 days Tibet Overland Small Group Tour to Kathmandu via Gyirong Port
Responded Sep. 12, 2019
Dear Scenic, Thanks for the review and thank you for being with us. We wish you all the best. Best Regards, Choephel
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By: Explore Tibet
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lidia b
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Great tour
Tibet is beautiful, their people too. The guide and the driver were very kind and very nice people. I lost my
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Cindy R
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Oh my Goodness!
Explore Tibet really knows how to provide its guests an unforgettable exploration of life and culture in Tibet.
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GCosta
Coimbra
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Book with Explore Tibet
I would like to thank Explore Tiber for the organisation of our trip. We discussed it several months in advance.
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neilyadig
20
Unforgettable experience in Tibet
We did a customized 4-day tour with Explore Tibet during Golden Week in China and had an unforgettable experience.
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Clintonjackson77
10
Excellent trip to Tibet + Dolma was A+!
1. EXPLORE TIBET GUIDE REVIEW: My guide was Dolma and she was very helpful and knowledgeable throughout my stay
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Monica S
2812
Impressive knowledge and histories from tour guide.
The tour was very well arranged. Mr Tsela our tour guide had showed us so much around Tibet and sharing his
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437kelvinc
Washington, D.c.
31
Great tour guides, responsive management
My wife and I signed up for the 10 day EBC easier acclimatization tour in late August. Communication with their
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S1573HNnickh
Greater London, United Kingdom
30
Well looked after, explored a lot, and certainly got my moneys worth.
This tour covered a fair amount. What was most worth while for me was the monasteries and temples and they were
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southolmst
82
Amazing experience - 7 day private overland tour
Our guide Dhala and driver Ngawang made this tour an incredible experience. From pick up to drop off the Explore
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inkworksak
334
Overall a great trip
We did an 11-day private tour. Our guide Dolma and driver Amdo were awesome and we had a really spacious vehicle
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MichaelJP22
Brisbane, Australia
10
Very disappointing Company to deal with.
The Tour of Tibet was wonderful, however spoilt by A very disappointing company. Their attitude changed once the
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CalebL204
10
An AMAZING Tibetan experience!
A fantastic time in Tibet, what more to say! Amazing food, fascinating history, rich culture, and wonderfully
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Olivia H
21
Pacific Discovery
The tour around Tibet was so great. We learned so much and truly got a unique Tibetan experience. The guides and
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Devin P
Boulder, Colorado
80
Super fun times
Thank you all for putting this together. Our trip was one full of adventure and fun. We learned vast amounts of
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Justin C
Singapore, Singapore
25
Could have been a better experience!
Part of our itinerary was to visit an incense making factory but when we go there, we were told it was closed for
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