The name of this tour says it all. Why go to Tibet and not do the full Himalayan adventure?
Join YPT on the roof of the world for an out of the ordinary tour of Tibet. In this tour, we combine the main sights in Lhasa with a trip to Namtso Lake, passing through some of the most beautiful scenery in the world and 5000 meter high passes.
But we also journey through Tibet’s second city, Shigatse, up to Everest Base Camp for views of Mt Qomolangma – as it’s known to the locals – or Mt Everest, the highest mountain in the world, and spend a night in a monastery near base camp.
Then we journey along the China-Nepal Friendship Highway and cross the land border into Nepal, only recently re-opened to foreign tourists, ending in Nepal’s capital city of Kathmandu.
If you like monasteries and temples, stunning mountains, amazing culture and food, and a rarely crossed border crossing, then this is the tour for you!
We start in Beijing or Xi’an, before all meeting up in Lhasa, but we can arrange travel from anywhere in China depending on your plans, get in touch for a quote!
Morning flight to Lhasa (from Beijing/Shanghai/Chengdu/Xi’an) and a traditional Nada welcoming ceremony from our Tibetan guides
Check in to the beautiful and welcoming Tashitakge Hotel deep in Lhasa’s old town and start acclimatising to the altitude and getting to know your guide and fellow travellers.
Free afternoon to wander the streets of Lhasa old town
Get your first taste of yak and other Tibetan foods when we go for dinner at a small but welcoming courtyard restaurant near the hotel
Overnight in Lhasa.
Monday 8th October
First things first, we’ve got to visit the world famous Potala Palace. This was the residence of the Dalai Lama until he fled to India in 1957, but had been the main seat of Tibetan government for centuries. Set on the mountaintop this is a site not to be missed!
Join the pilgrims on the Pilgrims Path for a walk around the palace.
Grab a quick lunch of Nepalese food in central Lhasa
Carry on a temple themed day visiting the Jokhang Temple – this temple is actually considered the most important of Lhasa’s temples by Tibetans and was built for the Nepalese Princess of the Tibetan King
Afternoon wander around Barkor Street market – this part of the old town is a major pilgrimage site and we can see locals prostrating themselves as they make their way clockwise around the roads
Dinner and drinks in the old town
Overnight in Lhasa.
Tuesday 9th October
Drive to Namtso Lake through stunning scenery and high mountain passes, stopping for photo opportunities as often as we want. Although it’s only just over 100 kms from Lhasa the winding, bumpy roads means it might take up to 4 hours, but the scenery makes the drive itself worth it.
Cross a pass that is 5190 metres high, with great views of snow topped mountains and down to the lake itself
Lunch in a lakeside restaurant
Hiking around Namtso Lake. We can ride horses down to the lake or walk around on foot. See who can get the best views for a photo or just hang out by the lakeside with the local Tibetans.
Drive back to Lhasa, dinner and overnight
Wednesday 10th October
Head to the Tibet Museum with exhibitions on Tibetan culture and history and a section on British imperialism in the area before 1949, a good chance to learn the Chinese interpretation of Tibetan history.
Climb up to the Drepung Monastery, built into the hillside outside of Lhasa
Head back into town and get Indian food for lunch
Visit the Sera Monastery where if we are lucky we will hopefully see the monks doing their customary afternoon debate. This monastery is one of the big ‘university monasteries’ of Tibet.
Dinner and overnight in Lhasa.
Thursday 11th October
Drive out to typical Namba Tibetan villages. Here we can get a picture of what life is like outside of Lhasa and the main urban centres, buy some things at the local markets, eat in local restaurants and chat with the locals.
Look around the villages, go horse riding or hiking in the mountains, take in the fresh air, blue sky and stunning scenery.
Drive back to Lhasa and hit the town. We’ll visit the Tibetan bar street to see what the locals do on a night out in Lhasa!
Overnight in Lhasa.
Friday 12th October
Get up early for a filling breakfast before we set off on the road again
Drive to Gyantse along the Kyichu River with a view of Lake Yamdrok from 4800 metres altitude!
Stop for photos at the Karola Glacier
Arrive in Gyantse and visit Pelkor Monastery and Kumbum Stupa
Continue on to Shigatse, Tibet’s second city and the seat of the Panchen Lama
Recover from a day on the road with a few liquid refreshments as we check out the nightlife of Shigatse
Dinner and overnight in Shigatse
Saturday 13th October
Visit the Tashi Lhunpo Monastery in Shigatse
Set off along the Friendship Highway on the drive to Tingri taking in more of the spectacular scenery, if the weather permits we’ll have a sight of four mountains over 8000 metres high!
Visit Rongbuk Monastery – 8km from Everest Base Camp
Get an early night in preparation for Mt Everest, or warm yourself by the fire with some Chinese liquor!
Overnight at Rongbuk Monastery
Sunday 14th October
Get up for the spectacular sunrise at Rongbuk
Hike or take the bus up to Everest Base Camp for amazing photo opportunities of Mt Everest – or Chomolungma to the locals, which rises to 8848 metres high
Grab lunch back at the monastery
Set off on the drive back to Tingri, where we will check into our hotel, grab dinner and get an early night in preparation for our drive the next morning
Monday 15th October
Set off after breakfast on the drive down to the Chinese-Nepali border, descending from 5000+ metre passes down to a mere 1750 metres at the Friendship Bridge that crosses into Nepal
We go through Chinese customs and say goodbye to our guides
And we’re met on the other side by our Nepali guides and transfer to our new minibus before heading out on the Araniko Highway to Kathmandu!
Grab some snacks for our first taste of Nepal, samosas are guaranteed to fill you up a bit!
Drive through some beautiful Nepalese scenery before entering the Kathmandu Valley and getting to our final destination
Check into our centrally located hotel in Thamel district and enjoy some local food, beers and a night out in Kathmandu
Tuesday 16th October
End of tour. YPT can help arrange onward travel, or you can continue on with our Nepal Maoist People’s Wat Tour!