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Highlights of Central Tibet (Trip code: HT)

potala-palace
Trip Level
Trip Length 11 Days
From $1980

  7 DAYS in Tibet & 4 DAYS in Nepal

  • Easy touring and day hikes

  • 10 nights hotel

Central Tibet forms the geographical, historical and cultural center of Tibet which has drawn countless pilgrims, travellers, adventurers and invaders over the centuries. Highlights of Central Tibet provides a wonderful opportunity to visit Lhasa, the capital and spiritual heart of Tibet, and its major cities, holy shrines, monuments, and to explore the fascinating cultural and religious aspects of Tibetan Buddhism and its people.

 

GRADE A (Easy) :
Touring with short day walks at medium to high altitudes that are suitable for people of all ages. No special physical preparation is required as this trip can be enjoyed by anyone who leads a fairly active life.

 

Itinerary

Arrive Kathmandu (1,337m/4,385ft)

Tour Kathmandu (Pashupatinath temple and Boudhanath stupa)

Fly to Gongkar and drive to Tsethang (3,550m/11,644ft), tour Yambulhakhang (oldest building in Tibet)

Day excursion to Samye monastery

Drive to Lhasa (3,600m/11,808ft) visiting Mindroling monastery en route. Later visit Jokhang and the Barkhor

Tour Lhasa (Potala palace, Norbulingka summer palace and Sera monastery)

Drive out of Lhasa to cross the Khamba La (4,970m/16,302ft) and Karo La (5,045m/16,548ft) passes to skirt Yamdrok Tso Lake and reach Gyantse (3,950m/12,956ft). Visit Kumbum stupa

Drive to Shigatse (3,850m/12,628ft) visiting Shula monastery en route. Tour Tashilhunpo monastery

Return to Lhasa by the northern route over the Dugu La (4,840m/15,875ft) and Shug La (5,300m/17,384ft) passes

Drive to Gongkar and fly to Kathmandu

Depart Kathmandu (if time permits optional Everest Mountain Flight – extra)

COST INCLUDES:

  • Expert Leader
  • All airport transfers in Kathmandu and Gongkar
  • All hotel accommodations on Bed and Breakfast basis in Kathmandu: 3 nights The Malla Hotel (5 Star Deluxe Hotel)
  • Sightseeing tour of Kathmandu as per itinerary with city guide, transfer and entrance fees
  • Tibet permit fee
  • All hotel accommodations on Full Board basis in Tibet: 7 nights
  • All transfers and sightseeing tours of Tibet as per itinerary with an English speaking guide and monastery/monument entrance fees

COST DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • Nepal and Chinese visa fees (please see above)
  • Medical immunizations
  • Internal airfare (Kathmandu / Gongkar / Kathmandu – please see above)
  • International airfares (hotel accommodation en route if any)
  • International airport taxes (if any)
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Lunches and dinners in Kathmandu
  • Camera fee to monasteries and monuments wherever applicable
  • Donations
  • Trip members’ insurance of any kind
  • Emergency evacuation by helicopter or other means in case of illness, accident, etc…which trip members’ insurance should cover
  • Personal expenses, such as sodas/soft drinks, bottled water, alcoholic beverages, laundry etc…
  • Tips to Leader and all Support Staff

Trip Dates (7 days in Tibet & 4 days in Nepal start Tuesday end Friday)

2017
HT 110717 11 jul – 21 jul
HT 080817 08 aug – 18 aug
HT 290817 29 aug – 08 sep

2018
HT 100718 10 jul – 20 jul
HT 070818 07 aug – 17 aug
HT 280818 28 aug – 07 sep

Land & Internal Air Cost (in twin sharing basis) + Visa Fee

Land Cost
US $ 1980 (12 to 15 members)
US $ 2405 (8 to 11 members)
US $ 3075 (4 to 7 members)
US $ 3940 (2 to 3members)

Airfare
US $ 1080 (Kathmandu – Gongkar – Kathmandu)
(Airfare subject to change)

Single Supplement
US $ 535

Chinese Visa Fee to be paid in Kathmandu in US $ cash only
US $ 250 (US Nationals)
US $ 165 (Other Nationals)

No Special Equipment Required.

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