Tibet has many names and inspires many people and their dreams. Tibet Overland Tour is a unique and beautiful place to visit and travel. It possesses a unique culture, firmly rooted in Tibetan religion, but with strong influence from the geography of the Himalayas, and the neighbouring civilisations of India and China.
Geographically, People have divided Tibet into three major parts – north, south and east. Besides, that, the eastern part is a forest region, occupying approximately one-quarter of the country. Forests run the entire breadth and length of this part of Tibet. The northern part is open grassland, where nomads wander and where yak and sheep dwell this is around half the country. The southern and central part is the agricultural region. All major Tibetan cities and towns such as Lhasa, Shigatse, Gyantse and Tsetang are located in this area and are considered the cultural centre of Tibet.
Likewise, the Tibet Tour is 8 days and provides you with the opportunity to explore Tibet. You will have the chance to explore Buddhist Monasteries and Tibetan life. Lhasa is where we will finish the tour. With Tibet Overland Tour, it will allow you to see this fascinating country and gain an insight to the people here and their way of life. Moreover, Having a tour in 8 days gives you the chance to see the country in a short time.
Four nights accommodation in a three star Hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast. This will be two nights before trip and two nights after trip.
Airport arrival and departure with Private tourist vehicle.
Chinese visa and permit arrangements.
Guide fee and all entrance fee in Kathmandu.
Arrival transfer from Lhasa to airport to Lhasa city.
Three star standerd hotel in Lhasa /Shigatse/ Gyantse and best avilable hotel on Shegar and Zangmu. Rooms on twin sharing bed and breakfast.
Transportation by 4wd land cruiser and gasoline charges.
Sightseeing tours with English speaking local Tibetan guide.
All entry fees, Tibed travel permit/Visa.
All government taxes.
Single supplement charges (compulsory if no one to share the room with).
Kathmandu Lhasa airfare.
Airport tax, personal clothing & equipments.
Nepal entry visa (fee and require one photograph).
Any unforeseen expenses like due to landslide, evacuation etc.
An additional tour services which are not mention above.
Porter if used near Nepal Tibet border, And tips for guide and driver is expected.
Arrival in Kathmandu
Arrive into Kathmandu. You will be met by a member of Top of the World Treks and after a 45 minute bus journey to the heart of the city and check into the hotel there is time for a cup of tea, shower and then a chance to see the tourist district of Kathmandu by night as we go for dinner before an early night!
Sightseeing in Kathmandu and Visa Procedure
A day in Kathmandu where we will take you to Swayambhunath which is a Buddhist stupa and Monastery, which is over 2000 years old and one of the oldest in the world. Here is a great chance to see across the valleys, see some monkeys and begin to learn about this fascinating country. The afternoon will be spent getting for the trek and some time to relax and make sure all the kit and packing is complete. Also the first time you can go shopping which in Thamel is an adventure in itself!
Kathmandu – Zhangmu – Nyalam
Early in the morning after breakfast Our bus departs at 6 am, for the border at Tatopani. The reporting time for the journey is 5:45 am. Bus will be ready at your hotel. After 4 to 5 hours journey goes up to Tibet, Nepal borders through agriculture fields and passing thrugh traditional villages, following the bank of Bhote Koshi River. From the border friendship bridge and after completing immigration formalities we wwill drive up hill to Zhangmu the border immigration city of China. And drive to Nyalam Overnight at goust house.
Nyalam to Lhatse
Today we follow the trail highlands rising through the dry plateau and scenery view of Langtang-7242m, Shishapangma 8013m, Dorje Lakpa -6980m, Gauri Shankar-7134m, Cho Oyu -8021m Mt Everest-8848m, Lhotse -8516m and Makalu- 8464m. We will cross Nyalam pass 3800m and Lalung – La pass 5050m along the way stopping to enjoy the view. Overnight at Gause house.
Lhatse to Sigatse(3900m)
Today is our longest driving day via gyatsola Pass 5,220m. By crossing Lhatse from Where the road to MtKailash bifurcastes. Overnight at Guest house.
Sigatse to Gyantse (3,950m)
This morning is youe relax and explore second largest city in Tibet. Xigatse including the world famous tashilumpo Chu River and home to monastery of Bhuddiha’s 1000 images. Overnight at Guest house.
Gyantse to Lhasa (3650m)
In the rigen is many busy villages, yaks, mountains sheeps, and lakes dot our route to day, as we cross the famous Brama – Putra River and it is belief that the creater was son of Brahma a hindu god. Passing over kora and Kamba pass 5010m and 4794m. Respectively, our final destination awaits – Lhasa. Overnight at Hotel.
Visit Potala Palace, Ramoche Monastery and Norbulingka. The Potala Palace, the erstwhile home of the Dalai Lama, was built in 637 AD atop a single hill by the Tibetan king, Songtsen Gampo. Norbulingka, the erstwhile summer palace of Dalai Lama meaning ‘Jewel Park', is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and covers an area of around 3,60,000 sq. mt. making it the largest man-made garden in Tibet. Overnight at hotel in Lhasa.
Lhasa To Kathmandu
Early in the morning after Breakfast we will be heading to the airport (Gonak – 96km) Southwest of Lhasa. With boundless beauty speed below, this is perhaps the most beautiful flight in the world.
Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Today after a leisurely start we will continue the tour of Kathmandu by visiting thelargest Buddhist stupa in the world. Boudhanath stupa is a world heritage site and a place which is an amazing place to see Buddhism and understand more about not only the religion but the Nepali culture. A group dinner will be had in the evening to celebrate the end of the trek.
Depart to home.
Extra days are available at your own cost but we will be happy to arrange this for you.
Please be aware that your safety while in Nepal and Tibet is our number one propriety. All itineraries are subject to change if there are safety concerns, health concerns of people in the group and/or weather concerns. This will be decided by the trek leader but we will always discuss the options with the group where possible to ensure peoples wises are taken into account, however the Treks leader decision is final.
Book our fixed departures
Equipment Check – List
What clothing and equipment to take is one of the things that people worry the most about! We can advise you and help you and it does of course depend on the time of year, the area, the altitude and how many days you are trekking/climbing. When you arrive in Kathmandu we will go through all your equipment to ensure that it is correct for your trip. In Thamel (the tourist area of Kathmandu where you will be staying) there is an abundance of shops seeling equipment and clothing so if anything is forgotten it can easily be sourced.It is also possible to hire climbing equipment and also items such as down jackets, and sleeping bags saving you a large purchase.
The following equipment list is suggested and necessary for both camping and tea house treks. Use this list as a guide line. The basic check list should help you with your packing for any of our trips. Please remember that you should always try to keep the weight of your clothing equipment down to a minimum. Your packed trek bag, should weight no more than 15kg. Please remember this is just a check list and you do not necessarily need to bring everything that is listed bellow.
GENERAL CHECK – LIST
The following basic check list should help you with your packing for any of our trips. Please remember that you should always try to keep the weight of your clothing equipment down to a minimum. Your packed trek bag, should weight no more than 15 kilograms. Please remember this is just a check list and you do not necessarily need to bring everything that is listed bellow. Use your own experience and judgment to make your decision.
-Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
-Fleece jacket or pullover.
-fleece wind –stopper Jacket (optional)
-Waterproof sheel jacket (preferably breathable fabric)
-Lightweight thermal gloves.
-Lightweight cotton long trousers / pants .
-Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms.
-Sun hat or Scarf.
-Warm fleece hat or light balaclava.
-T- shirt (2)
-Thin, light weight (inner socks) (4).
-Sunglasses with UV protection.
-Sleeping bag rated to 0 degrees ¾ season
-Head lamp (eg petzl) Spare bulbs and batteries.
-Small padlock to lock trek bag.
-Basic first aid kit(see First aid medicine bellow)
-Plastic bags –for keeping items dry inside trek bag.
-Daypack ( 35 to 40 litters/ 2500 to 3000 cubic inches.)
-Camping mattress, eg thermarest pad.
-Small wash towel.
-Footwear appropraite to the trip.
-Waterproof shell trousers / pants. (Preferably berathable fabric)
TREKKING CHECK LIST
In addition to the items listed in our general check list you will need to take the following on your trekking trip:
-Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof sheel outer.
-Down vest and/ or jacket (optional).
-Fleece or wool trousers/ pants.
-Trekking/ hiking boods with spare laces.
-Thick, warm wool hiking socks (4)
– Footwear for around camp, eg running shoes and /or sandals.
-Telescopic trekking/ ski poles (optional)
MOUNTAINERING / CLIMBING CHECK LIST
In addition to the checklists for general trekking equipment above, and depending on the trip you have chosen, various items of mountaineering equipment may also be required, eg:
-Plastic boots and crampons (preferably step – in bindings ) with front points.
-Mountaineering Safety harness.
-Mountaineering Ice axe(60 to 75 cms long – depending on your height and personal preference).
-120 cms (4ft) climbing sling and to locking and unlocking caravines.
-Telescopic ski – sticks (optional).
-Prussik loops .
-Climbing helmet (optional).
-Jumer (Ascender & Descender).
-Rope and Snow bars.
Most if not all of this equipment will be needed for any trip that crosses steep, snow – covered ground, or which includes sections of glacier travel. Our recommendation that you take no more than fifteen kilos of trekking equipment dose not include your plastic boots, ice axe , Crampons ot herness/ carabiners . During the trek, climbing hard wear will be carried separately from your personal trek bag, in group bags untill needed.
In order to minimize your expense outlay for trekking and climbing equipment you may never use again, equipmeent rental and buying is possible in Kathmandu. You find them lot cheaper than you find in europe and in Usa. Shops in Thamel offer a wide range of equipment available for rent and buy. Here is some cost which give you an aidea of the cost to rent in Kathmandu.
-All purpose mountaineering Ice axe (60 – 70 cms)
-Climbing Harness .
-2 looking Carabiners , Climbing Sling.
-12 – point Crampons.
-Plastic Climbing boots.
FIRST AID MEDICINE
-Bandage for Sprains.
-Plaster/ Band- aids.
-Iodine or Water filter(optional)
-Moleskin/ Second skin – for blisters.
-Antiseptic ointment for cuts.
-Anti- bacterial throat lozenges (with antiseptic)
-Aspirin/ paractamol- general painkiller.
-Oral rehydration salts.
-Broad – spectrum antibiotic (norfloxacin or ciprofloxin).
-Anti – diarrhea medication (antibiotic).
-Diarrhea stopper (Imodium – optional).
-Antibiotic for Giardia or similar microbe or bacteria.
-Diamox (Altitude sickness – can be bought in Kathmandu.
-Sterile Syringe set (anti-AIDS precaution).
– For more details please see our staying healthy topic.