High Road to Lhasa
From 29/08/2021 to 07/10/2022
Journey over the Tibet Plateau to Rongbuk Monastery and Mt.
Absorb the dramatic views of the north face of Everest.
Explore Lhasa and visit Potala Palace, former home of the Dalai Lama.
Delve into the rich cultural traditions of Tibet, visiting Tashilhunpo Monastery in Shigatse.
Traverse the Himalaya overland from the Tibetan Plateau to Kathmandu.
12 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 6 dinnersAirport transfers in Chengdu, Lhasa and KathmanduRadisson Hotel in KathmanduComfortable hotels in Chengdu & Lhasa, best available guesthouses across TibetExpert bilingual guideUse of a World Expeditions trek pack which includes a quality sleeping bag, down or fibre fill jacket and insulated matSouvenir World Expeditions 80l kit bagSightseeing and site entrance fees as listed in itineraryPrivate transportationPortable altitude chamber for group useBottled Oxygen for emergency useGroup medical kitWorld Expeditions does not require single travellers to pay a surcharge for travelling alone.
We will arrange for you to share accommodation with another traveller of the same gender and if we can not match you up we will provide a single room at no extra charge.
If you prefer not to share a single supplement is payable to guarantee your own room.
Please refer to our website for the additional cost.
As a general rule the further west you travel through Tibet the more basic the accommodation becomes.
Tibet is a very remote, mountainous region and does not have the accommodation options travellers are accustomed to in other parts of the world.
While we source the best available accommodation for you, there will be times where it will be necessary to stay in very basic local lodges utilising multi-share rooms with shared bathroom facilities.
Hot water and electricity can sometimes be intermittent in the most remote towns.
Group Size: 5 - 16.
Day 1 - Arrive Chengdu, China You will be met by a representative of World Expeditions and transferred to the hotel. Remainder of the afternoon/evening at leisure. Overnight: Chengdu Jaho Forstar Wenshuyuan or similar
Day 2 - Fly Chengdu to Lhasa (3,670m) This morning we are transferred to the airport for the flight to Lhasa. You will be advised which flight to book as the group are required to arrive into Tibet together due to the group permit. On arrival at Lhasa Airport you will be transferred to the city – a drive that takes around two hours. Due to the high altitude, you need to take it easy when you arrive in Lhasa. (Chengdu to Lhasa flights not included in trip cost.) A briefing will be given around 5pm by your guide, where arrangements will be made for the distribution of your kit bag, sleeping bag and down/fibrefill jacket. Drive: 65km, ~2hrs Altitude: 3,670m Overnight: Gangjian Hotel or similar
Day 3 - In Lhasa (3,670m) The following two days are scheduled to appreciate the long and rich cultural history of Lhasa. We include visits to the Jokhang, the Norbulingka (the Summer Palace of the Dalai Lama), and the famous Potala Palace. We also include visits to the nearby monasteries of Drepung and Sera. The Old City of Lhasa was built around the Jokhang, the most sacred temple in Tibet. Drive: N/A Altitude: 3,670m Overnight: Gangjian Hotel or similar
Day 5 - Drive to Gyangtse via the Khamba Pass (4,900m) and Karo La (5,200m). From Lhasa we drive down the Kyichu Valley to the Yarlong Tsampo (Brahmaputra) before ascending to the Khamba Pass (4,900m). The views are outstanding – in the foreground is the vast freshwater Yamdrok Tso or Turquoise Lake, while to the south the snow-capped ranges merge with the main Himalayan range. We drive around the lake before crossing the Karo La (5,200m) to reach Gyantse. The town is strategically located in the Nyang Chu valley on the ancient trade routes from the Chumbi Valley, Yatung and Sikkim, which met here. Note: while we endevour to stick to the projected itinerary, travel in Tibet is by nature unpredictable and a flexible approach is always needed. Drive: 7-8hrs Altitude: 3,977m Overnight: Gyantse Hotel or similar
Day 6 - In Gyangtse, drive to Shigatse (3,845m) Gyantse is a remarkable place that has escaped much of the Chinese influence evident in other major Tibetan towns. It is dominated by the ancient fort that was besieged by British forces in 1904 during the famous Younghusband Expedition. We also visit the remarkable octagonal chorten, the Kumbum (or Pango Chorten)- built in 1444 on a series of four levels, each of which contains separate chapels. In the afternoon we drive to Shigatse. Drive: 2hrs Altitude: 3,845m Overnight: Manasarova Hotel or similar
Day 7 - Drive to Shegar (4,330m) The drive to Shegar can be completed in half a day, which allows time this afternoon to visit the Shegar Fort and Monastery. Shelkar is famous for the Shelkar Chode Monastery, founded in 1266 by a Kagyu lama, but it has been a Gelugpa monastery since the 17th century, and formerly had over 400 monks. Although, destroyed by the Red Guard during the Cultural Revolution, the assembly hall has since been rebuilt and there is an active branch monastery in Boudhanath, Nepal. The ruins of the old dzong are located on the hill behind the monastery Drive: 5-6hrs Altitude: 4,330m Overnight: Qomolangma Hotel or similar
Day 8 - Drive to Rongbuk (5,000m) via the Pang La (5,150m) The drive over the Pang La (5,150m) affords our first views of the north face of Everest (8,848m). From the pass we descend to the village of Phadhruchi, before driving up the Rongbuk Valley to Rongbuk Monastery and unrivalled views of the mountain's north face. At Rongbuk we stay in the small lodge attached to the monastery, which has recently been reconstructed following the excesses of the Cultural Revolution in the 1960s. Nowadays there are about twenty monks in attendance. Drive: 7-8hrs Altitude: 5,000m Overnight: Rongbuk Guesthouse or similar
Day 9 - Rongbuk Monastery then drive to Tingri (4,300m) Access to Everest Base Camp used by the famous interwar British expeditions is currently restricted to mountaineers with the necessary permits. That said the view of Everest from the monastery is definitely worth the trip as it dominates the valley carved by the glacier originating from the mountains northern flank. In the afternoon we will commence our drive to Kathmandu, stopping to overnight in the small remote town of Tingri. Drive: 5-6hrs Altitude: 4,300m Overnight: Snow Leopard Guest House or similar
Day 10 - Drive to Kyirong (4,130m) Continue our drive to Kathmandu. Today we are heading for the border town of Kyirong. Following the 2015 earthquake the former friendship highway was badly damaged resulting in its continued closure. This new route was opened initially to ensure that trade between Nepal and China could continue. In 2017 the border post was opened to tourists allowing for travel along this legendary overland route to recommence. This road is sure to add to the sense of adventure as it traverses parts of both Tibet and Nepal new to tourism. Road conditions along this route are changeable as improvements to the road continue to ensure that it can accommodate the traffic using it. Drive: 4-5hrs Altitude: 4,130m Overnight: Pingcuo Raoxi Hotel or similar
Day 11 - Drive to Kathmandu (1,400m) Today we cross the border into Nepal and complete the final stage of our journey from Lhasa via the earthquake ravaged Langtang region. It is a fitting conclusion to an epic overland journey and the comfort of the Radisson Hotel in Kathmandu will no doubt be welcomed with open arms. Drive: 160km, ~6hrs Altitude: 1,400m Overnight: Radisson Hotel
Day 12 - In Kathmandu (1,400m) Today you have a full day at leisure to explore Kathmandu’s bustling streets and significant landmarks. You may wish to start by exploring the city’s two most important World Heritage Listed spiritual sites: Pashupatinath, Nepal’s most sacred Hindu temple and an important cremation site; and Boudhanath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal and the most sacred Tibetan Buddhist shrine outside of Tibet. Alternatively you could wander through the markets and shops of the busy Thamel precinct or explore some more of the city’s significant sites such as Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple) or the World Heritage Listed plazas of Patan, Bhaktapur or Durbar Square. Drive: N/A Altitude: 1,400m Overnight: Radisson Hotel
Day 13 - In Kathmandu, trip concludes After breakfast, you will be provided with an airport transfer. Trip concludes.
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