Essential Tibet

Perfect for first-timers to the roof of the world.

Lhatse, Shigatse, Gyantse, Yamdrok Lake, Lhasa, Kathmandu

13 days

£889 per person

Trip Info

Overview

Essential Tibet uncovers the mystical attractions of Tibet. Perfect for first-timers to explore the roof of the world. Visit the key towns the most important monasteries, experience the best this amazing country has to offer. The breathtaking scenery and Tibetan Buddhist culture await.

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"We loved everything but what made it exceptional was that it was tailor-made to suit us." Colin & Elizabeth Singleton, UK

Day 1 - Lunch, Dinner

Kathmandu Airport | Kathmandu Hotel

Meet our representative waiting for you at the airport, transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is free. In the evening enjoy a complimentary dinner at the hotel.

Kathmandu Airport

Kathmandu Airport

Day 2 - Breakfast

Kathmandu

Submit your application and passport for Tibet visa and travel permit.
Morning: Enjoy a walk with your city guide from the hotel to Durbar Square. Kathmandu Durbar Square is listed as a UNESCO Cultural World Heritage site. It is a cluster of ancient temples, palaces, courtyards and streets dating back to the 12th and 18th centuries.

Afternoon: Visit Pashupatinath, Nepal’s most sacred Hindu shrine, located on the banks of the Bagmati River and visit Boudhanath, one of the largest Buddhist Stupas in the world. Compare and contrast the different religions, see how they overlap and exist in harmony.

Kathmandu Durbar Square

Kathmandu Durbar Square

Day 3 - Breakfast

Kathmandu

Await your application and passport for Tibet visa and travel permit.
Morning: Drive to Bhaktapur, en route visit Changunarayan, a forth century temple. Visiting Bhaktapur is like stepping into a piece of history, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, that is literally a living museum where farmers dry their harvest, potters turn their wheels and people go about lives as they have done for hundreds of years.

Afternoon: Rest of the day is free.

Bhaktapur

Bhaktapur

Day 4 - Breakfast

Kathmandu | Nyalam

Morning: An early start, drive to Kodari, the Nepal- Tibet border. Complete the necessary border formalities at Nepalese immigration and Chinese immigration, then a one hour adventurous uphill drive to Nyalam (3700m).

Nyalam

Nyalam

Day 5 - Breakfast

Nyalam | Lhatse

Morning & Afternoon: Drive up to the world’s highest plateau, enjoy the amazing Tibetan landscape view. Arrive at Lhatse (4350m).

Lhatse

Lhatse

Day 6 - Breakfast

Lhatse | Shigatse

Morning & Afternoon: Drive to Shigatse, crossing the Gyatchu la pass (5220m) the highest point of your trip.

Shigatse

Shigatse

Day 7 - Breakfast

Shigatse | Gyantse

Morning: Visit the Panchen Lama’s Tashilumpu Monastery.

Afternoon: Drive to Gyantse and visit Kumbum Stupa and Phalkor Monastery.

Gyantse

Gyantse

Day 8 - Breakfast

Gyantse | Lhasa

Morning & Afternoon: A full day of picturesque driving to Lhasa, en route visit Yamdrok Lake and Tibetan lifeline river Brahmaputra (Yarlung Tsangpo).

Yamdrok Lake

Yamdrok Lake

Day 9 - Breakfast

Lhasa

Morning: Enjoy a tour of Lhasa with your city guide, visit Sera monastery, one of the best preserved monasteries in Tibet.

Afternoon: After lunch visit Norbulingka Park, the summer palace of the Dalai Lama, followed by the Jokhang Temple and Barkhor market.

Lhasa

Lhasa

Day 10 - Breakfast

Lhasa

Morning: Visit the spectacular Potala Palace, containing the private quarters of the Dalai Lama and numerous staterooms.

Afternoon: After lunch, visit the Drepung Monastery, once the largest in the world with 10,000 monks.

Potala Palace

Potala Palace

Day 11 - Breakfast

Lhasa | Kathmandu

Morning & Afternoon: Take an early breakfast in the hotel and transfer to Lhasa airport for your flight to Kathmandu. Meet our representative waiting for you at Kathmandu airport, transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day is free.

Kathmandu

Kathmandu

Day 12 - Breakfast

Kathmandu

Morning & Afternoon: The day is free.

Evening: Enjoy a complimentary farewell dinner.

Kathmandu

Kathmandu

Day 13 - Breakfast

Kathmandu Hotel | Kathmandu Airport

Departure day: We provide a complimentary transfer to Kathmandu International Airport where our representative will help you and bid you farewell.

Kathmandu Airport

Kathmandu Airport

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Our Prices

Are based on two people travelling together and sharing a room. We offer reasonable quotes for single travellers and can save money for groups of two or more people, we want to tailor your holiday to suit your budget.

Included in your holiday

  • Tibet visa fee and travel permit
  • All accommodation
  • Local English speaking guides
  • All activities as per the itinerary
  • All entrance fees
  • All transportation including Lhasa to Kathmandu flight
  • Meals as per the itinerary
  • Airport transfers
  • 24/7 support from our local representatives

Excluded from your holiday

  • International flights – read about our flight advice
  • Travel insurance – read more
  • Personal expenses e.g. gifts, alcohol
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Nepal re-entry visa and Vaccinations
  • Tips – read more
  • Please allow £15 to £25 per day for lunches and dinners not included.

Value for Money

We believe that value for money is important, we want you to travel with us again. When comparing prices, ensure you are comparing like for like as often there may be a cheaper option, but there may be hidden extras, fewer services or the quality may not be as good.

  • Day 1
    Kathmandu Airport | Kathmandu Hotel
  • Day 2
    Kathmandu
  • Day 3
    Kathmandu
  • Day 4
    Kathmandu | Nyalam
  • Day 5
    Nyalam | Lhatse
  • Day 6
    Lhatse | Shigatse
  • Day 7
    Shigatse | Gyantse
  • Day 8
    Gyantse | Lhasa
  • Day 9
    Lhasa
  • Day 10
    Lhasa
  • Day 11
    Lhasa | Kathmandu
  • Day 12
    Kathmandu
  • Day 13
    Kathmandu Hotel | Kathmandu Airport

It’s Good to Know

We have assembled a list of all the things about this itinerary that are good to know, those things that you could have gone on holiday, not knowing, but feel better that you did.

Time Zone: GMT +8hr

Language: Tibetan, Chinese

Food Of Tibet

Standards of Holiday Accommodation

Mount Kailash – The Holy Mountain

When to Go to Tibet

Our tailor made approach to your holiday offers you complete choice, for a rough guide of  the typical temperature and rainfall see Weather and Climate.

  • We can base your holiday to suit the dates you want to go.
  • We can offer some fixed date departures for customers wanting to join a group.
  • Some holidays must operate on certain dates if they contain time sensitive events like a course or a festival.
  • We can help solve the age-old problem of booking a holiday to get away from the crowds.

Essential Tibet

The best time to go is April, May, June, September, October.
3 days are required in Kathmandu before travelling to Tibet in order to process your travel permit.

Personalise your unique adventure

Tailor-made Holidays

We design trips around the needs, interests, and budgets of single travellers, couples, families, small groups, Scout groups and schools.

So, personalise your unique adventure with these add-ons and don’t hesitate to let our professional Travel Consultants know about any needs or interests that aren’t listed, we love a challenge!

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