Tibet - from Kathmandu to Lhasa
Day 1 Kathmandu
Welcome to Kathmandu! Your guide will greet you and escort you to your hotel. Depending on your arrival time, perhaps your trip leader can show you the old streets of Ason Tole and Indra Chowk and introduce you to the Nepalese way of living.
Meals not included
Day 2 Kathmandu Valley: Bhaktapur, Pashupatinath and Bodnath
Today we discover the jewels of the valley of Kathmandu. First stop Pashupatinath, the important Hindu site dates back to the twelfth century and is a place of cremation, dedicated to Shiva, where the pilgrims bathe in the sacred river Bagmati. We then leave for the sumptuous pedestrian city Bhaktapur, 15 km from Kathmandu, this is the most beautiful of the valleys three imperial cities. Then, it is a short transfer to the great stupa of Bodhnath, found in the heart of the Tibetan district, many the Tibetan style monasteries were constructed here.
Meals not included
Day 3 Kathmandu city hike: Durbar Square - Swayambhunath
After breakfast, we head for Swayambounath, an impressive hilltop Buddhist stupa overlooking the Kathmandu Valley. We visit the stupa and the nearby monastery. Then, it is a short drive to Kathmandus Durbar Square, with its pagoda temples and palaces which date back to the seventeenth century. Enjoy lunch in the historical Durbar Square. The local atmosphere is a marvel to behold: narrow, charming streets teeming with people and businesses... Meet street food vendors; observe colourful shops offering traditional dishes, clothes and jewellery... Explore hidden courtyards with big and small temples housing thousand of Gods and Goddsses. We return to the hotel on foot, via the old streets of Ason Tole and Indra Chowk after a fantastic cultural and historical enlightenment.
Meals not included
Day 4 Flight to Tibet - Lhasa - Tsetang
Early morning scenic flight to Lhasa (1 hour). Then, we take the road to Tsetang, skirting the Brahmaputra (Tsangpo) River. In the late afternoon, we visit the old parts of Tsetang and Yumbulhakhang.
Day 5 Samye - Lhassa
Today begins with an interesting visit of a fantastic monastery! We cross the Tsangpo River and explore Samye, the first monastery built in Tibet back in the 8th century. Samye is built according Buddhist tradition and the plans of Mandalas in the heart of an oasis. It was rebuilt and completed only in 1989. The site makes a lovely lunch spot before our drive to Lhasa.
Accommodation: Hotel in Lhassa
Days 6 to 7 Lhassa : Potala - Sera - Drépung
Days 6 and 7 are earmarked for the complete discovery of Lhasa. Visit the most famous and lesser known sites of cultural and historical importance. Explore Potala Palace, the seat of the Dalai Lama until 1959 which houses an impressive collection of masterpieces (Thangkas and statues). Visit the great monastic universities of Sera and Drepung where monks are trained for philosophical debate amid chapels, temples and oratories. Our complete discovery of Lhasa also includes visits to Jokhang Temple in the heart of the Old City, the Norbulingka, the Garden of Jewels and the Summer Palace of the Dalai Lama...
Accommodation: Same Hotel
Day 8 Lhasa - Kampala Pass (4900 m) - Ralung Monastery - Gyantse
Discover the turquoise lake Yamdrok in its fabulous mountain setting where yaks and sheep graze. Enjoy a picnic by the lake and cross Karola Pass (5200 m) at the foot of the imposing Norjin Kangsang glacier. We walk for one and a half hours along a beautiful plateau to discover the small monastery of Ralung where we are welcomed by local monks. In the late afternoon, we drive to Gyantse and walk in the old district.
Day 9 Gyantse - Kumbum - Shigatse
Today we take time to visit the old city of Gyantse, one of the most authentic places in Central Tibet. Explore the monastery and the famous Kumbum Stupa with its 72 chapels before taking the road to Shigatse. In the late afternoon we stroll through the market of Shigatse where beautiful antiques are displayed.
Day 10 Shigatse - Sakya Monastery - Tingri
After breakfast, we drive to Tingri. On the way, we visit Sakya, which means 'grey earth' and was the seat of the Sakyapa School which ruled Tibet in the fifteenth century. The monastery architecture has an amazing Mongolian style and houses an impressive library, probably the largest in Tibet! We cross a Mountain Pass (5000 m) which, on a clear day has views of Mt. Everest.
Day 11 Tingri - Kyerung
This morning, we walk to explore the village of Langkhor (2 hours). After lunch, we drive towards Tibet-Nepal border crossing a high pass of 5000 m on the way to Kyerung. The road to Nepal is one of the highest in the world and harbours fantastic views of Mt. Everest (8848 m), Mt. Cho Oyu (8188 m) and Mt. Shejapangma (8027 m) ... we stop to discover Lake Pekho Tso on the way then continue through the gorges to the Nepal border.
Day 12 Kyerung - Katmandou
After some formalities, we cross the border into Nepalese territory where we are wecome by our Nepalese team. In comparison to the arid landscapes of Tibet which we have become accustomned to, the lush greenery before us now is a joy to behold. We continue our journey towards Kathmandu. Our road skirts the Trisuli River which passes between the Langtang and Ganesh Himal massifs. We see rice fields on hillsides and typical villages of Nepal along the way, before arriving in the Nepalese capital of Kathmandu in the evening.
Day 13 Free Time in Kathmandu
A day at leisure to relax and explore the vibrant city of Kathmandu at your own pace. Our expert guides can provide advice and recommendations.
Day 14 End of stay
End of our services
Dates & prices
Departures for English-speaking groups:
No departure for now
Trip code: NTIB-EN
- All in-country transfers by private vehicle as detailed in itinerary
- Accommodation in 3 * hotel or B&B in Kathmandu (Hotel Tibet, Manaslu or similar)
- Full accompaniment by an English speaking Altaï Guide
- Visits as per itinerary: with a cultural guide in a private vehicle
- Domestic flights Kathmandou / Lhassa
- Full board exluding meals in the Kathmandu Valley
- Staff Insurance
- All local taxes
- Entrance fees for historical sites & monuments
- Nepalese visa: multiple entries & valid for 15 days (30 US$)
- Entry permit to Tibet is done in Kathmandu by Altaï Nepal ($ 120 payable in US Dollars only before departure)
- Meals on Day 12 & Day13. Lunch Day 1. Dinners Day 2 & Day 3
- International flights
- Insurance: Repatriation, Medical & Helicopter Services
- Drinks, tips and personal expenses - all that is not in "THE PRICE INCLUDES"
Terms and conditions
- Cancellation received more than 30 days prior to the departure date: No cancellation fees.
- Cancellation received 30 to 21 days before the departure date: 30% of trip price will be retained.
- Cancellation received within 20 days of the departure date: 70% of trip price will be retained.
Changes to travel contract
Budget & exchange
- Warm Sleeping Bag
- Water purifiers (micropur, aguatabs ...)
- A cap or sunhat
- 1 or 2 sets of thermals: long-sleeved thermal tops and full-length long johns
- Long sleeved and short sleeved t-shirts, preferably in quick-drying technical material
- A light fleece or equivilent (plus extra warm layers if necessary)
- A breathable wind proof, waterproof jacket (Gore-Tex...)
- Lightweight waterproof over trousers
- Suitable shorts
- Walking trousers
- A pair of high-rise walking boots - strength, good grip of the foot and ankle (high stems) and impermeability are essential. Choose shoes with non-slip soles (vibram).
- A pair of trainers/sandels or equivilent casual shoes for cities, villages and evenings
- Thick walking socks
- Warm gloves, hat and scarf (it can be chilly in the mountains)
- Your personal toiletries and a fast drying towel
- Water bottle(s). Min. 2 litres, light and isothermal
- A good pair of sunglasses (think min. category 3)
- Sun-cream, face and lips
- Head torch and spare batteries
- A pocket knife
- A pair of hiking poles
- A waterproof bag cover (or plastic bags) to protect your belongings
- Toilet paper
- Anti-bacterial hand gel
- Your camera
- Notebook or travel diary
- A pair of mountain hiking boots for wearing with crampong (B2 or B3)
- A harness
- A descender or figure of 8
- 2 locking carabiners (for use with gloves, think pear shaped)
- A self-locking Jumar
- A 8mm rope, 1.5 or 2m
- An ice-axe
- A helmet
- A survival blanket
- No cotton
- Always carry dry spares of everything, including underwear and gloves
- A warm breathable base layer
- A second thermal layer
- Wind and water proof protective outer layers
- A rucksack (35-40L or 45-50L) for use as a day bag. This will contain your (vital) personal belongings for the day (sweater, spare t-shirt, water bottle, picnic-lunch, sunglasses, small things ... )
- We use porters to transport our other belongings when trekking. Please bring a flexible travel bag with zips for easy access max 80L and max 13kg (16kg with camping gear). Please do not bring suitcases or other hard bags which the porters cannot transport.
- You may also be able to store some belongings securely at the hotel in Kathmandu.