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Crossing the Roof of the World: From Lhasa to Nepal

From RMB 25600
Travel days:  11 days
 /  10 nights

  • Tibet Permit.
  • Visa for Nepal (please bring a passport photo with you).
  • All flights mentioned in the program in economy class, including airport taxes and fuel surcharges.
  • All transfers mentioned in the program with air-conditioned vehicles.
  • First entrance fee for all sights mentioned in the program.
  • Accommodation in mentioned hotels in standard rooms (with breakfast).
  • English-speaking local guide for all mentioned sightseeing.
  • All meals mentioned in the program (B: breakfast, L: lunch, D: dinner).
  • 24-hour TUI China telephone hotline (German or English): +86 13910187388.
  • Tips.
  • Personal expenses.
  • All expenses not mentioned above.
  • Lhasa 4* 
    Four points by Sheraton
  • Gyantse 3*
    Gyantse Hotel
  • Shigatse 3*
    Manasaravor Hotel
  • Shegar
    Mt. Everest Hotel
  • Rongphu
    Rongphu Monastery Guesthouse
  • Zhangmu 2* 
    Zhangmu Hotel
  • Kathmandu 5*
    Hyatt Regency
  • The above mentioned rates are subject to availability. Kindly note that no reservation has been made at this moment.
  • For certain sightseeing venues, if a child is taller than 120 cm, entrance fees are calculated as an adult. For further visits or re-entry at some sites, the entrance fee must be paid again and this will be the responsibility of the client. 
  • If you have any further ideas, please feel free to contact us. We will do our best to adjust the offer according to your wishes.
  • Attention: Kindly note that we stay in places up to 5,000 meters above sea level. Please ask your doctor for advice, if you think that you might suffer from the effects of altitude. However, you will have time to acclimatize. Trips to Tibet require adaptability, improvisation, and flexibility from all travelers.
  • Note also that meals in Tibet cannot match those of the cities in eastern and southern China.
  • Road conditions in Tibet have improved remarkably, although they are still not comparable to well developed areas.

Travel content

Take the journey of a lifetime as you travel from Lhasa to Kathmandu, through Himalayan history and breathtaking beauty. As you wind your way through Tibet, you will visit various monasteries, each superbly unique, giving you insights into the activities and devotion of monks and pilgrims. In the steps of famous mountaineers, you will hike up to Everest Base Camp and taste the thrill of being there yourself. Then through unforgettably gorgeous views, continue on to Nepal, where you will notice the Indian subcontinent fragrances of curries and incense starting to mix into the total experience. In Kathmandu and its ancient sister cities, Patan and Bhaktapur, the temples, markets and age-old trades are fascinating. All along the way you will meet with the genuine warmth and friendliness of the Tibetan and Nepalese people.

Travel Itinerary

  • Day 1:
    Beijing / Shanghai - Lhasa

    Arrive at the airport in the morning to board flight to Lhasa.
    Your guide will meet you at the airport upon arrival.
    Transfer from the airport to Lhasa City.
    Time to relax and acclimatize!
    Overnight in Lhasa

  • Day 2:
    Lhasa (B, L) Jokhang Temple, Potala Palace

    Your amazing tour of Tibet begins at the Jokhang Temple. Built in the 7th century, it is considered the most significant religious structure for all Tibetans. Many pilgrims pay homage to their faith at this sacred temple each day.
    Afterwards, we will visit what is often recognized as the symbol of Lhasa, the incredible Potala Palace. For many years it was used as the winter residence of the Dalai Lama.
    Overnight in Lhasa

  • Day 3:
    Lhasa (B, L) Sera Monastery, Norbulingka

    Today our trek takes us to the venerable Sera Monastery. This monastery not only serves as a place of worship, but also as a house of higher learning. Established in 1419 by the scholar Tsongkhapa, Sera Monastery was considered the most famous academy in Tibet. You will have a unique opportunity to see the monks debate there.
    Then, visit the second largest monastery in the world, Norbulingka (meaning, 'precious stone garden'), formerly the Dalai Lama's summer residence. Currently 400 monks reside here.
    Overnight in Lhasa

  • Day 4:
    Lhasa - Yamdrok Lake - Gyantse (B, L, D) Kumbum, Palkhor Chode, Gyantse Fort

    After breakfast, we begin our scenic drive to Gyantse, passing by the beautiful Yamdrok Lake. In a Tibetan village you will almost certainly be surrounded by curious, laughing children as they come and greet their new guests. Upon our arrival in Gyantse in the afternoon we will visit the monastery Palkhor Chode, noted for its intricate Kumbum, one of the most important monuments in Tibetan architecture. It is a nine tiered stupa with 108 chapels and superb murals. The Gyantse Fort located high in the mountains offers you a breathtaking view of the city.
    Overnight in Gyantse

  • Day 5:
    Gyantse - Shigatse (B, L, D) Xialu Monastery, Tashilhunpo Monastery

    After breakfast, you will be driven by car to Shigatse, Tibet's second largest city, to visit Xialu and Tashilhunpo Monasteries. Xialu Monastery is situated in Rikuozuo and its construction was started in 1027. Its architecture is a typical combination of the Tibetan and Chinese styles with archways, carved pillars, tiled roofs and Song and Yuan style murals. The Tashilhunpo Monastery is the ancient residence of the Panchen Lama, the highest ranking Tibetan monk after the Dalai Lama.
    Afterwards, time is set aside especially so that you can discover and explore the old city center at your own leisurely pace.
    Overnight in Shigatse

  • Day 6:
    Shigatse - Shegar (B, L, D)

    In the morning, we will drive to Shegar (altitude 4,350 meters), also called New Tingri. On the way, if time permits, we will stop at Sakya Monastery (4,280 meters), the chief monastery of the Sakya Sect. Its northern monastery was built in 1073 and named Sakya, which means "gray" in Tibetan, as it was on a gray mountain. What we see today is the southern monastery, built in 1269 by Phagpa, famous for converting Kublai Khan and becoming his designated ruler in Tibet. The outside walls of the monastery were painted red, white, and gray, symbolizing the bodhisattvas Avalokitesvara, Manjushri, and Vajrapani.
    Overnight in Shegar

  • Day 7:
    Shegar - Rongphu (B, L, D) Rongphu Monastery, Everest Base Camp

    In the morning, drive to Rongphu. At 5,030 meters, this is the highest temple in the world. Sitting under the shadow of Mt. Everest, Rongphu presents a breathtaking view of the world's tallest peak, called Chomolungma in Tibetan. Climbers ascending Everest's north face must pass through Rongphu Monastery on their way to the Base Camp.
    We too will hike 7 kilometers to the Base Camp in the afternoon.
    Those tired by the walk can return by horse-drawn cart to Rongphu.
    Overnight in Rongphu

  • Day 8:
    Rongphu - Nyalam - Zhangmu (B, L, D) Tong-la Pass, Cave of Milarepa

    We must rise early to start the long spectacular drive (320 kilometers) to the border. We will cross the Tong-la Pass (5,214m), decorated with colorful prayer flags. From here, you'll have a clear view of the Shisha Pangma Mountain (8,013 meters) on one side and on the other, the enormous Gaurisankar mountain range.
    Drive over the Tong-la Pass to Nyalam (3,750 meters). We will visit the meditation cave of Milarepa, a yogi who played an influential role in Tibetan religion. Driving along a winding road, we will gradually leave behind the high plateaus and head towards the cloud-draped Himalayans.
    Arrive at Zhangmu, a town near the China-Nepal border.
    Overnight in Zhangmu

  • Day 9:
    Zhangmu - Kathmandu (B, L)

    In the morning, our guide will help you clear customs and transfer you to the Friendship Bridge at the border. You will cross the bridge independently. Our Nepalese guide will pick you up on the other side.
    Then drive 6 hours to Kathmandu, through breathtaking scenery along the way.
    Overnight in Kathmandu

  • Day 10:
    Kathmandu (B, L)

    After breakfast, start your sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley. It contains three fabled cities of great historic, religious and cultural interest; Kathmandu (Kantipur), Patan (Lalitpur) and Bhadgaon (Bhaktapur). Each town has a Durbar Square (old palace), and with their old temples and palaces these epimotize the religious and cultural life of the people.

  • Day 11:
    Kathmandu - Beijing / Shanghai (B)

    Transfer to airport for the flight back to Beijing / Shanghai via Chengdu.