An adventure travel experience between Lhasa and Kathmandu

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, traverse the world's highest mountain range and delve into the heart of Tibetan Buddhism. Mingle with locals, rub shoulders with pilgrims and take in spectacular scenery - this 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


Highlights

  • See mighty Everest from Base Camp
  • Meet monks in mysterious Sakya
  • Travel overland across the Tibetan plateau
  • Experience rural life in remote Nyalam
  • Join the pilgrims at Lhasa's Potala Palace
  • Explore colourful Kathmandu city
  • Walk the holy kora around Tashilhunpo Monastery
  • Climb to the top of Gyantse's impressive Kumbum

Itinerary

Arrive in Nepal's colourful capital, where the constant stream of traffic includes monks, goats and sacred cows. Explore brightly painted temples, chaotic markets or sit back and drink chai at a rooftop restaurant.
Board a flight to Lhasa and visit the awe-inspiring Potala Palace. Join Tibetan pilgrims as they prostrate themselves along the holy Barkhor Circuit, and shop for prayer wheels and carpets at a 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 Nyalam. 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. In order for us to apply for your Tibet entry permit and purchase your flight to Lhasa, you must provide a scanned colour copy of the personal details page of your passport to your booking agent no later than 30 days prior to the start date of your trip.

2. Please be aware that in recent years there have been times when restrictions on nationalities being able to travel on specific departures have been implemented or Tibet has been closed to foreign tourists without warning.

Important notes

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Reviews

Our Tibet Unplugged trips score an average of 4.4 out of 5 based on 5 reviews in the last year.

Tibet Unplugged , April 2015

Tibet Unplugged , April 2014