Explore Tibet with its enchanting landscape, religious traditions, and culture. At any mention of this land, the images of snowy mountains, mirror-like lakes, Potala Palace and Buddhist disciples immediately come to mind. Due to its high altitude, it is often called the ‘Roof of the World’ and the ‘Third Pole of the Earth’. It boasts the world’s highest peak, the splendid Mt. Everest on the border with Nepal, and the Tibetan Plateau where the Yangtze River, Yellow River and the Ganges all begin.
This 18-day on-demand tour combines two nights in Kathmandu, the fascinating capital of Nepal, with a 12-night tour of Tibet including Everest Base Camp from the Tibet side. We spend three full days in Lhasa, the mystical capital of Tibet exploring the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Norbulingka, the summer palace of the Dalai Lama. We leave Lhasa and drive to Gyantse through the Kyichu Valley to the Yarlong Tsampa River before climbing over the Khama La Pass at 4,900 m. We stop to take in the view of the beautiful turquoise lake of Yamdrok Tso, with its backdrop of snow-capped mountains. Before reaching Gyantse, we make one more ascent over Karo La at 5,200 m. At Gyantse we will soak up the old-world atmosphere of Tibetan rural life. For centuries, this town has dominated the wool and timber trade routes from Nepal, Sikkim and Bhutan.
The highlight of the trip will be a visit to Everest Base Camp where we will view majestic Mount Everest, which stands 8,848 metres above sea level. While its legendary status holds a fascination for many trekkers and mountaineers, the region is also home to the Sherpas and an outpost of Tibetan Buddhism, and therefore a place with rich cultural connotations and spiritual significance. After spending time in Rongbuk to visit Everest Base Camp, we continue our drive back to Kathmandu.
indicative $8,395.00 per person share twin