Join an adventure across the top of the world. From the serene former home of the Dalai Lama in Lhasa to the ancient narrow laneways of Kathmandu, travel across the world's highest mountain range and delve into the heart of Tibetan Buddhism. Mingle with locals, rub shoulders with pilgrims, take in the spectacular scenery of Everest National Park and sample delicious Tibetan and Nepalese food - this trip is most definitely Tibet Unplugged.

Start
Kathmandu, Nepal
Finish
Kathmandu, Nepal
Countries
China,
Nepal
Themes
Explorer
Code
CFRE
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 12
Group size
Min 4, Max 14
Carbon offset
1 415kg pp per trip

An adventure travel experience between Lhasa and Kathmandu


Highlights

  • Trek to Everest Base Camp
  • Meet monks in Sakya
  • Travel across the Tibetan plateau
  • Experience rural life in Lao Tingri
  • Join the pilgrims in Lhasa, Tibet
  • Explore colourful Kathmandu city
  • Visit Shigatse the seat of the Panchen Lama
  • Admire Gyantse's impressive Kumbum Chorten

Itinerary

In Nepal's colourful capital, the constant stream of traffic includes monks, goats and sacred cows. Explore the many unique Kathmandu temples, chaotic markets or sit back with a chai at a rooftop restaurant.
Travel to Tibet by airplane and visit the awe-inspiring Potala Palace in Lhasa. Join Tibetan pilgrims as they prostrate themselves along the holy Barkhor circuit and shop for prayer wheels and carpets at the market outside the Jokhang Temple.
Located in the green farmland of the Nyang-chu Valley, Gyantse's imposing Dzong, or fortress, dominates the town. Perhaps visit the amazing Kumbum Chorten, decorated with thousands of colourful murals.
Home to the best-preserved monastery in Tibet, Shigatse is the seat of the Panchen Lama, who ranks second to the Dalai Lama. Check out the town's ancient bazaar, buzzing with local life.
With a magnificent monastery exhibiting medieval Mongolian architecture, Sakya is a wonderful place for local interaction. Meet the monks and discover some intriguing Tibetan artwork.
Travel to Rongphu, one of the world's highest monasteries, on an exhilarating drive through the mountains. For the energetic, there is an optional two-hour trekking experience up to Everest Base Camp.
Get a feel for Tibetan life in the tiny settlement of Tingri. Look beyond the colourful prayer flags and vast landscapes to see a towering Mt Everest.
Leaving the Tibetan plateau, head for the cliff-hugging town of Zhangmu. Travel across the border into Nepal and follow the Arniko Highway as it snakes its way above the raging Sun Kosi River.
Back in Kathmandu, chill out in a cafe and reminisce about this incredible adventure tour across the high peaks of magical Tibet.
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Inclusions

Meals
n/a
Transport
Bus, Plane, Private Bus
Accommodation
Guesthouse (13 nights), Permanent tented camp (1 night)
Included activites
  • Everest NP - Base Camp visit

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Notes

1. During 2012, due to government permit rules, there may be restrictions on nationalities that can travel on specific departures. Bookings will need to be requested and your sales or Intrepid agent will provide more information. Tibet may also be closed to tourists at any time without warning.
2. Please provide Intrepid or your booking agent with a scanned colour copy of the personal details page from your passport at time of booking.
3. In 2013 the itinerary will change as follows (Day 12 only)

Day 1 - Kathmandu
Day 2 - Kathmandu
Day 3 - Lhasa
Day 4 - Lhasa
Day 5 - Lhasa
Day 6 - Lhasa
Day 7 - Lhasa
Day 8 - Gyantse
Day 9 - Shigatse
Day 10 - Sakya
Day 11 - Everest National Park
Day 12 - Nyalam
Day 13 - Zhangmu/Bhote Kosi River
Day 14 - Kathmandu
Day 15 - Kathmandu

Important notes

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Reviews

Our Tibet Unplugged trips score an average of 4.5 out of 5 based on 4 reviews in the last year.

Tibet Unplugged, April 2014

Tibet Unplugged, May 2014