In the monsoon season, be prepared to have to walk stretches of this road because of landslips from higher up.
IMPORTANT PRE DEPARTURE INFORMATION
Included in the Land cost : Standard Hotels on B&B basis. Transport by motor coach/landrover/automobile as required, and accommodation at Yak or similar for budget package while at Lhasa , for the rest we use the best available hotels and guest houses, but these offer more basic accommodation and fewer amenities. Sightseeing Tours , Services of English speaking Local Tibetan /Chinese Guides, entrance fees to monasteries and other points of interest, and Tibet permits.
Not included in the land cost: Lhasa to Kathmandu airfare at present Important: Once the domestic ticket is issued there is no refund. It is only valid for the dates on the ticket. Dates and names are not changeable. Insurance, airport departure taxes, All visas, Passport fees, immunizations, hard and soft drinks, Photographic charges in various monasteries, gratuities and items of a personal nature that have not been specifically included above.
Visa: A charge on Tibet visas is applicable.
Visas and documentation : You must be in possession of a valid passport. We obtain your visa for Tibet , and will require the following information when making your reservation: full name, date of expiry, place of issue, nationality, date of birth, sex and occupation. Two passport size photographs are also required. Additionally you must allow three full working days in Kathmandu for the visa to be fiscally stamped in your passport. A 30 day's visa for Nepal can be obtained from all Nepalese Embassies abroad or upon your arrival in Kathmandu airport . You will require a double entry visa into Nepal .
Accessories : We recommend you to bring the following items to make your journey more comfortable: Personal first aid kid, water purification tablets, toilet kit with toilet paper, flashlight with extra batteries, sunglasses, water bottle, note book, pens, pencils, camera and film and extra batteries for electronic Cameras, binoculars, Duffel bag, rain gear, strong footwear, pocket knife, sewing kits, compass, altimeter, drinking cup, towel, plastic bags, dust mask, strong sun cream, chapstic, and money belt.
Insurance : You must insure yourself against sickness, emergency rescue, accident, Hospitalization, cancellation etc., as we accept no responsibility for expenses which may arise from mishaps to persons or their belongings during these tours.
Altitude Sickness : The Tibetan Plateau lies over 12000 feet, most people will experience some of the minor symptoms and discomfort of altitude sickness, until their body adjusts to the elevation. This can take from a few hours to couple of days, depending on the individual. Please consult with your doctor and ask their advice.
Risk and Liability : We will make every effort in making your journey smooth and pleasant. However, as all Tibetan tours are run strictly under the Tibet Tourism Authority, Footprint Adventures and its agents shall not be responsible for any change or cancellation of flight, delay in arrivals, sickness or accidents.
Important: Before you travel please check your Tour Voucher and Arrival Information for the latest joining instructions. This will be sent to you upon receipt of final payment.
All itineraries are subject to change without prior notice.
Day 01: KTM - Lhasa , transfer to hotel. Morning transfer to the airport for the hour-long flight to Tibet . This spectacular flight, on a China Southwest Airlines Boeing 757, takes us right across the main Himalayan range and provides us with magnificent mountain views. After landing at Gonggar Airport and meeting our Tibetan guide, it is a further 2-hour drive by Landcruiser jeep to Lhasa where we will check in to the Hotel Dhood Gu or Dhood Gu. It's advisable to rest and take it easy for the remainder of the day due to Lhasa 's altitude.
Day 02 : Lhasa This morning we will visit the Potala Palace , which dominates the city of Lhasa . A spectacular building, it contains the private quarters of the Dalai Lama as well as numerous grand staterooms and many important chapels. There has been a palace on this site since the 5th or 6th century, but the present palace was constructed in the 17th century. A visit to the Drepung Monastery this afternoon will complete a truly awe- inspiring day. Founded in the 14th century, this monastery was once the largest in the world. With a population of around 10,000 monks. These days that figure is down to several hundred, but there is still much here of interest as it was left relatively unscathed during the Cultural Revolution.
Day 03 : Lhasa Today will be spent visiting several of Lhasa 's many monasteries in the company of a guide and interpreter. One of these is the Sera Monastery, one of the best-preserved monasteries in Tibet . Within its whitewashed walls and golden roofs, several hundred monks live and study. After lunch we'll visit the Norbulingka, the summer palace of the Dalai Lama, as well as the Jokhang Temple . This temple is possibly the most sacred shrine in Tibet and there is always a procession of devout Tibetans through the complex. Surrounding the Jokhang is the Barkor - a maze of narrow cobbled streets that is the central market of Lhasa .
Day 04 : Lhasa - Gyantse via Yamdrok Lake , o/n Hotel. Today we start our overland journey towards Kathmandu . Travelling by jeep along the Friendship Highway we cross the Khamba La [4794m] from which there is stunning views across the waters of Yamdrok-tso Lake to the snowy summit of Nazin Kang Sa [7252m]. We continue westwards over another high pass the Karo La [5045m] where we are treated to the spectacular sight of a huge glacier tumbling down to within a few hundred metres of the road. After passing through beautiful valleys and colourful Tibetan villages we arrive in the town of Gyantse
Day 05 : Visit Kumbum and Pagoda, drive to Shigatse, o /n hotel. Before leaving Gyantse we have time this morning to visit the Gyantse Dzong and Gyantse Kumbum. The Dzong is a fort dating from the 14th century from which there are amazing views of both Gyantse itself and the surrounding Nyang Chu Valley . The Kumbum is a large gold-domed stupa and its many small chapels house an impressive array of Tibetan Buddhist murals. We then continue on to Shigatse, a short drive of only 90kms, arriving in time for lunch. Shigatse is the second largest city in Tibet and after exploring the local market we will make a detailed visit to the Tashilhunpo Monastery. This monastery is one of the largest functioning monasteries in Tibet and there is much to explore within its high surrounding walls
Day 06 : Shigatse to Shegar, o/n hotel. Today we continue along the Friendship Highway , marvelling once more at the barren yet spectacular landscape of Tibet . Beyond the small town of Lhatse we cross the highest pass on our journey, the Gyamtso La [5220m]. From here we descend to the plains, passing lonely monasteries and the camps of nomadic herders, en route to Shegar and our overnight accommodation at Hotel Quomolongma
Day 7 : Shegar to Rongbuk, o/n Guest house. Shortly after leaving Shegar, we turn off the Friendship Highway and head south over the Pang La [5150m] towards the main Himalayan range. The view from the top is incredible with uninterrupted views stretching from Makalu to Shishapangma. Below the pass, Everest initially is hidden from view, but as we turn the corner into the Rongbuk Valley it reappears, more impressive than ever. We stay overnight at the Gompa Guest House.
Day 8 : Explore Base camp For a clear, full length panoramic view of The North Face of Mount Everest (8848m) a 2 hour trek from the lodge at Dza Rongphu is begun early morning to Everest Base Camp (5090m) then drive to Old Tingri.
Day 9: Tingri to Nyalam, o/n Guest House Drive downhill to Nyalam or Zangmu. (3750m) crossing two spectacular passes - Lalung La Pass (5082 m) & Nyalamu Pass (3800m)
Day 10 Nyalam to Kathmandu – Zhangmu Drive downhill to Zhangmu and to The Friendship Bridge (Kodari), where transportation awaits for the groups final journey to Kathmandu (1200m)