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  • A Tibetan English-speaking leader
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK & UK Departure Tax (flight inclusive only)
  • All internal flights and hotel/airport transfers
  • Good standard hotel accommodation (4 star) in Kathmandu, twin share, bed and breakfast basis
  • Best available hotels in Tibet on full board
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • Sightseeing where specified
  • Carbon offset for clients taking our flight-inclusive option
  • A free high-quality Mountain Kingdoms micro fleece
  • The opportunity to attend one of our pre trip meets in the Cotswolds

Definitive Cultural Tour of Tibet Festivals

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Definitive Cultural Tour of Tibet

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An in-depth exploration of the most important religious and cultural sites in this fascinating Himalayan land.

Highlights

  • A good balance of sightseeing and free time
  • Attend a Tibetan festival
  • Comfortable accommodation throughout
  • Optional Train to Lhasa pre-extension

Reviews          

Tibet is an amazing place to visit and I would go again.
Mr & Mrs H, Aberdeenshire

It was a very enjoyable adventure trip, well planned and full of interest. The way the places we stayed in gradually built up in altitude was very helpful.
Miss K, Hampshire

The itinerary was excellent. Each day we saw/visited amazing, unique places that made me stop in my tracks. Feel lucky to have been to Tibet, I can't praise it enough. I loved the hotels in Tibet; may not have been 5 star but had character and the staff were excellent.
Mr S, Essex

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Now that relations have eased between the United Kingdom and China and made travel to Tibet easier we are delighted to offer our Tibet cultural tour.

This Tibet tour takes you to the ‘must see’ sights such as the Potala and Tashilunpo monastery, but also to places that many tourists do not usually see such as the hermit retreat at Drak Yerpa and the manor house at Namseling. Every departure is timed to visit a Tibetan festival.

When visiting the ‘Valley of Kings’ you will not only visit the tombs, but also the iconic castle of Yumbulakhang, with a visit to the nearby magnificent Samye monastery. The latter is a fabulous place and in many senses the hub of Buddhism in Tibet. After time in Lhasa we travel west and use the quicker ‘northern’ route to reach Shigatse and then the slower ‘southern’ route back past the spectacular lake of Yamdrok Tso to provide variety.

This exciting cultural tour to Tibet offers an amazing experience, both for the scenery and for the Tibetan Buddhist culture you will encounter. It gives you the opportunity to visit some of Tibet’s most important historical, religious and cultural sites and to travel through the awesome landscapes of the high Tibetan plateau.


At a glance

Max. Altitude: 5,044m/16,549ft at Karo La

Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 4 clients

Maximum group size: 12

Land only joining city: Kathmandu

Accommodation types: Hotels

Festival:

04 June 2017 departure attends the Saga Dawa festival.

28 June 2017 departure attends the Tashilumpo festival.

16 August 2017 departure attends the Shoton festival.

Meal arrangements: Bed and Breakfast in Kathmandu. All meals elsewhere.

Itinerary overview
DayActivity
1-3
This at a glance itinerary is based on our August 2017 departure. The exact itinerary varies by departure, please see our detailed itineraries for full details. Fly to Kathmandu (Nepal). At leisure.
4-5
Fly Gonggar (Tibet), drive to Tsetang, visit Samye Monastery and the Yarlung valley.
6-8
Drive to Lhasa, visit Potala Palace, Jokhang and Barkhor.
9-10
Visit Drak Yerpa. Attend the Shoton Festival.
11
Drive Shigatse, visit Tashilumpo.
12-13
Drive to Sayka, visit Monastery, drive to Gyantse, visit Kumbum monastery.
14-16
Drive to Lhasa, fly Kathmandu and return to UK.
Leader: Local leader, Tibet tours
Local leader, Tibet tours

On arrival in Kathmandu you will be met and looked after by our partners there. Then once you arrive in Tibet, you will have an English-speaking Tibetan guide and driver/s. Guides are certified/registered guides, and in their company you will certainly gain an insight into the way of life, traditions and culture of the country you are visiting.



  1. Day 1 - Depart UK

    You will depart London for your flight to Kathmandu transiting either in Delhi or in one of the Gulf countries.

    Overnight iconOvernight: In flight
  2. Day 2 - ARRIVE KATHMANDU (1,370m/4,500ft).

    On arrival you will be met and transferred to the Shangri-La Hotel, a pleasant hotel located near the British Embassy. Here you can relax in their lovely garden or have a dip in the hotel pool. In the evening you can either eat in at your hotel or venture out to one of the many restaurants in Thamel.

    Kathmandu is a wonderful mixture of the ancient alongside the modern - crowded bazaars still throng with colourful ethnic peoples today as they have for past hundreds of years while roads are crowded with cars, roaring motorbikes and buses belching out black smoke; ancient temples and crumbling shrines sit alongside modern offices, picturesque palaces slowly sag into dereliction while Buddhist stupas gaze over the bustling scene with their all seeing eyes. Meanwhile in the tourist hub of Thamel you will find restaurants and bars, shops and internet cafés. Although this is a crowded, noisy and polluted city it is also friendly, fascinating and vibrant - a total mix of beauty and squalor.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Shangri La Hotel, Kathmandu Or Similar
  3. Day 3 - SIGHTSEEING IN KATHMANDU.
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    You will have the whole day in Kathmandu while your Tibet permits are being finalised. You will need to give your passport and the Tibet visa fee to our agents for this purpose.

    In the morning there will be an organised sightseeing tour to the nearby important Hindu temple complex of Pashupatinath on the banks of the sacred Bagmati River, and then on to the Buddhist stupa at Bodhnath.

    In the afternoon you may relax at the hotel or go shopping or for more personal sightseeing.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Shangri La Hotel, Kathmandu
  4. Day 4 - FLY TO GONGGAR, TIBET - 1½hr flight DRIVE TO TSEDANG, (3,510m/11,516ft), 136 kms, 2 hour drive.

    Transfer to the airport for the flight to Gonggar in Tibet. This is an exciting flight which goes east along the Himalaya, passes Everest (on the left hand side of the plane) and then cuts through the chain to continue north east towards Lhasa. At Gonggar (the airport for Lhasa) you will meet your Tibetan guide and your driver. You then drive east alongside the mighty Tsangpo River to Tsedang (3550m/11,647 ft). Tsedang, the capital of Shannan prefecture and the second largest city in Tibet after Lhasa, has some Tibetan buildings but as in so much of Tibet, Chinese influence is now predominant. But Tsedang has an important place in the history of Tibet. It was here, on the nearby hill called Gongpo Ri that, according to legend, the Tibetan race originated, from the union of a monkey and an ogress. Tsetang was said to have been their playground.

    There might be time this afternoon for a little exploration - Tsedang has a Tibetan quarter with traditional houses and several monasteries of interest - but it is probably best to rest and take it easy to help acclimatise to the altitude. In the main street outside the Tsedang Hotel there are lots of restaurants serving good food - so in the evening you might want to try locally caught fish served with lots of chillies or a Chinese hotpot.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Tsedang Hotel Or Similar, Tsedang
  5. Day 5 - VISIT SAMYE MONASTERY (3,556m/11,667ft) AND SIGHTSEEING IN YARLUNG VALLEY.
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    In the morning you will visit Samye Monastery. The drive by the newly built road to Samye now takes one hour - although 'new' this is not tarmaced and may still be bumpy. Until recently this important monastery could only be reached by taking a ferry across the Tsangpo River. This was an exciting boat ride but nowadays it is not normally possible to take it because most traffic now takes the new road and the ferry only runs sporadically. Also in high summer the Tsangpo River may be too swollen for the ferry to be practicable in any case. If the ferry is running your guide may be able to arrange it one way.

    Samye was founded 1200 years ago and was the first monastery in Tibet with monks. It was the royal temple up to the end of the Yarlung Dynasty and is built in the shape of a Mandala. It is most closely associated with the Nyingmapa order of Buddhism, which is one of the oldest orders of Tibetan Buddhism and dates back to Padmasambhava, an Indian Buddhist master who is credited with bringing monasticism to Tibet in the eighth century. After your visit inside the monastery you might like to climb nearby Hepori Hill, considered one of the four sacred mountains of Tibet, for fantastic views over Samye. From the summit there are also wonderful views out across the Tsangpo Valley.

    You will then return to Tsedang. The area around Tsedang is thought of as the cradle of Tibetan civilisation and in the afternoon you will visit some of the principal sights. In the nearby Yarlung valley, a short half-hour drive from Tsedang, is the fortress/chapel of Yumbulakhang, a distinctive tapering structure perched on a crag. Yumbulakhang is said to be the oldest building in Tibet and to have been built for the legendary King Nyentri Tsenpo. Its origins may date back more than 2,000 years. If you climb the ridge above Yumbulakhang you will get good views of the Yumbulakhang, the Yarlung Valley and the mountains to the south. The first cultivation in Tibet is thought to have started in this valley. It was also from Yarlung that early Tibetan kings unified Tibet in the 7th century and in nearby Chongye are found the burial mounds of these earliest kings. One of the larger mounds, topped by a monastery, is that of King Songsten Gampo who was the first royal patron of Buddhism in Tibet and in whose reign building on the Jokhang Temple was started.

    Tradruck Monastery, also situated near Tsedang, is one of the earliest Buddhist monasteries in Tibet, dating to about the same time as the Jokhang in Lhasa and you should have time to visit it on the way to Yarlung.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Tsedang Hotel Or Similar, Tsedang
  6. Day 6 - DRIVE TO LHASA, (3,597m/11,800ft) 186kms, 3-4 hour drive.

    Today you drive to Lhasa. On the way you will call in to see the old manor house at Namseling. Built in the 14th century this large and ancient building was an aristocratic manor house and is one of the very few remaining non-religious buildings to be found in Tibet. Sadly it has fallenl into a state of some disrepair but is still immensely impressive. Until the mid 20th century the house was the centre of a grand estate and was surrounded by farm buildings and thriving orchards and gardens. Some people in the village still remember the old days when the estate was fully functioning. Later, also within living memory, in the 1960's, the building was used as a school. Unfortunately plans to renovate Namseling do not seem to be moving rapidly enough to save it from dereliction, which is be a great pity. There are lovely views from Namseling over the Tsangpo valley and towards Hepori Hill, which marks the area where Samye monastery is situated. Continuing towards Lhasa it is also worth making the short drive off the road to visit the famous monastery of Mindroling, one of the few monasteries in Tibet belonging to the Nyingmapa sect (this is the sect to which the Sherpas of Nepal belong). You then continue past the airport and drive through a newly built tunnel through the mountains and continue to Lhasa alongside the Kyichu River. Lhasa looks a very modern Chinese city and as you drive in you will pass the new railway line coming in from China. But despite this your first view of the Potala Palace will still take your breath away.

    Your hotel is in the Tibetan section of Lhasa and within walking distance of the Jokhang Temple and Barkhor market.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Kyichu Hotel Or Shambala Hotel Or Similar, Lhasa
  7. Day 7 - SAGA DAWA CELEBRATIONS IN LHASA

    The day of the Saga Dawa Festival, which falls in the fourth Tibetan month, is considered to be the holiest day of the year in Tibet and is one of the most important festivals. Three memorable occasions coincide on this auspicious day: Buddha's birth, Buddha's death and Buddha's enlightenment. In Lhasa although there are no fixed celebrations visiting pilgrims will join in circumambulation of various sites in the city, principally round the Potala Palace and round the Barkhor and there may also be further ceremonies at monasteries around Lhasa. After joining a kora and participating in a ceremony many Tibetans will spend the late afternoon on picnicking at spots such as the "Dzongyab Lukhang" near the Potala Palace or elsewhere. You will be able to join them for a kora round the Potala and your guide may suggest additional ways to join any festivities.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Kyichu Hotel Or Similar, Lhasa
  8. Day 8 - SIGHTSEEING IN LHASA, POTALA PALACE, JOHKANG TEMPLE AND BARKHOR MARKET
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    In the morning you will visit the Potala Palace. Luckily the Potala remained largely undamaged throughout the years of the Cultural Revolution. Songtsen Gampo was the first Tibetan ruler to establish a palace on this outcrop, the 'Red Hill', but construction of the grand palace that we see today began in 1645 during the reign of the Fifth Dalai Lama. The palace is named after Mount Potala, a sacred mountain in South India, and has served as the home of successive Dalai Lamas and their monastic staff. You will start your tour at the top of the building where the view from the roof is stunning. You then work your way down through successive storeys and through a maze of rooms - through the living quarters of the Dalai Lama and down through numerous highly decorated chapels and colourful assembly halls. Walls are decorated with intricate murals and hung with painted thangkas. One of the most awesome rooms in the Potala is the Chapel of the Dalai Lamas' Tombs, which contains the massive golden stupa of the Fifth Dalai Lama and smaller stupas containing the relics of other Dalai Lamas. When you have completed your tour you may like to make a kora (circuit) right around the building, along with many Tibetan pilgrims who will be making the same circuit.

    Later you will visit the Jokhang Temple. This is the most sacred temple in Tibet and the centre of the Tibetan city. Pilgrims from all over Tibet flock to visit it. You will see them circling the Barkhor turning their prayer wheels or making full-length prostrations around the temple. To visit the Jokhang you will join these pilgrims as they shuffle round inside, making their offerings and feeding the thousands of flickering butter lamps. The temple was initially established in the 7th century by King Songtsen Gampo. It takes its name from the sacred image of the Buddha, the Jowo Shakyamuni, the most highly revered image in Tibet, a statue which was brought to Tibet by Songtsen Gampo's Chinese wife and which is now housed in one of the chapels of the Jokhang. The Jokhang itself was however originally designed by Nepalese craftsmen brought to Tibet by Songtsen Gampo's second wife who was from Nepal. Since that time the temple was further enlarged during the reign of the Fifth Dalai Lama. It is worth visiting the roof of the Jokhang for wonderful views of the city and surrounding hills.

    The nearby Barkhor market is full of vendors selling all manner of wares; stirrups for dashing nomad horsemen, tacky souvenirs for Chinese tourists and all sorts of other ephemera. Shops in the nearby streets display huge slabs of butter which pilgrims purchase to feed the butter lamps in the Jokhang temple. The characteristic rather cheesy smell of such temples is from these butter lamps.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Kyichu Hotel Or Similar, Lhasa
  9. Day 9 - VISIT SERA MONASTERY, TIBET MUSEUM AND NORBULINGKHA

    This morning you will drive 40 minutes to Sera Monastery, one of the three great Gelukpa monasteries near Lhasa. This monastery dates back to the 15th century and was formerly a monastic township housing over 5,000 monks. Although many of the outlying buildings have been destroyed the principal buildings were left relatively intact and nowadays the monastic population is again over 300 monks. Sera is particularly famous for its great monastic debates and monks can still be seen debating in the debating courtyard. More prosaic but equally fascinating are the large monastic kitchens where monks prepare industrial quantities of food in huge copper cauldrons. It is quite a sight to see Tibetan tea being blended with a mixer the size of a road drill!

    Later you will visit the Tibet Museum and the Norbulingkha Palace. At the museum you should probably pass quite rapidly through the galleries justifying the Chinese occupation and you will find that the galleries on Tibetan Buddhism and Tibetan arts and crafts along with objects of everyday life are well worth the visit. There are many outstanding pieces on display. You will then visit the Norbulingkha; The name means 'Jewel Park' although nowadays it is known as 'People's Park'. The Norbulingkha was formerly the summer palace and recreation gardens of the Dalai Lama and it was from here that the present Dalai Lama escaped in 1959.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Kyichu Hotel Or Similar, Lhasa
  10. Day 10 - VISIT GANDEN MONASTERY WITH KORA ROUND MONASTERY. VISIT DRAK YERPA.

    Today you may visit Ganden Monastery, one of the earliest and largest Buddhist monasteries in Tibet. Ganden is located on the southern bank of Lhasa River about 47 kilometres (29 miles) from Lhasa City. Along with Sera and Drepung, Ganden is one of three great Gelukpa university monasteries of Tibet. It was the original monastery of the Geluk order, founded by Tsongkhapa himself, and is traditionally considered to be the seat of Geluk administrative and political power. Nowadays, the monastery houses 400 monks. You will have time to make the 3km kora of the monastery along with other pilgrims and visitors - remember these are always performed in a clockwise direction!

    On the way back from Ganden you will visit Drak Yerpa the site of an important historic heritage and one of Tibet's principal cave retreats, with links to many important figures in Tibetan Buddism, a mystical place.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Kyichu Hotel Or Similar, Lhasa
  11. Day 11 - DRIVE TO SHIGATSE BY NORTHERN ROUTE, 330kms, 4-5 hrs drive. SIGHTSEEING IN SHIGATSE & VISIT TASHILUMPO.

    Today you will drive via the more direct northern route to Shigatse which is Tibet's second largest city and the capital of Tsang province. It is a busy, modern city and has long been an important trading centre. Formerly Shigatse was dominated by a massive castle built on a hill above the old town which was destroyed during the cultural revolution. This castle was the seat of the kings of Tsang in the 16th and 17th centuries. The castle of Shigatse has been restored and is now likened to a 'little Potala Palace'.

    The most important remaining Tibetan institution in Shigatse is the Tashilunpo Monastery, one of the six largest Gelukpa monasteries in Tibet. This monastery was founded in 1447 and housed at its peak over 4,500 monks. This impressive monastery contains the world's largest gilded copper image, a massive seated image of Maitreya (the future Buddha - embodying loving kindness and benevolence). This image is 26metres high and is very imposing. Like the Jokhang in Lhasa, Tashilunpo Monastery is a major focus pilgrimage for Tibetan pilgrims. Shigatse is the seat of the Panchen Lama who since the 18th century was a rival source of spiritual power to the Dalai Lama. The last Panchen Lama, the Tenth, died in 1989 and there is still some dispute over his successor and mystery over his whereabouts.

    When you are walking around the monastery watch out for the packs of dogs. They are fed by the monks because dogs are said to be the souls of reincarnated monks. You can also walk up to the castle and it is worth visiting Shigatse's interesting local Tibetan market. Look out here especially for the rather gruesome whole dried sheep

    Overnight iconOvernight: Shigatse Manasarovar Hotel, Shigatse
  12. Day 12 - DAY EXCURSION TO SAKYA TO VISIT SAKYA MONASTERY.
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    Today you will make an excursion to Sakya, 130kms from Shigatse. Nowadays the roads are much improved so this is quite a fast journey leaving you with plenty of time to explore the famous and important Sakya Monastery. Sakya is quite a small town but has many modern, ugly, concrete buildings which contrast very oddly with the imposing monolithic windowless grey walls of the monastery. You will visit the monastery and have lunch in Sakya.

    Sakya Monastery is one of the largest and most important monasteries in Tibet and much of South Sakya survived the destruction of the Chinese Cultural Revolution. The massive walls of the monastery are unusual - they are painted grey, with white and red vertical stripes. Protruding rain spouts are carved as gargoyles of mythological beings. The temples within these walls are also huge and awe-inspiring. On a similar large scale, an illuminated manuscript (The Prajnaparamitasutra), which may be the biggest book in the world, is kept in the Great Library of the monastery. Sakya Monastery, from which the Sakya order of Buddhism is named, was founded in 1073 and unusually the position of head abbot is hereditary not by reincarnation. Sakya has a very important place in the history of Tibet. It was an abbot of Sakya, known as Sakya Pandita, who presided over the beginning of Sakya's most glorious years. Revered as one of the greatest lamas of his generation Sakya Pandita travelled to Mongolia and met the Mongolian emperor Godan Khan in 1247 and came to be recognised as an important ally of the Mongols. Later in 1251 Kublai Khan heaped honours on Pakpa, Sakya Pandita's successor, and made him the ruler of Tibet under Mongolian overlordship, the first effective ruler of Tibet since the Yarlung dynasty. During this time Sakya was a powerful place and was 'de facto' capital of Tibet. Tibet was ruled from here for a hundred years and during that time many temples of the Sakya sect were founded throughout Tibet. After you have visited the main south monastery it is possible to walk right round the outside of the monastery or to explore the ruins of Northern Sakya, where esoteric tantric practices were formerly taught. Some rebuilding and restoration has taken place there in recent years.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Shigatse Manasarovar Hotel, Shigatse
  13. Day 13 - DRIVE TO GYANTSE (3,899m/12,467ft) 77kms 1½ hour drive, SIGHTSEEING.

    Today you will make the short drive to Gyantse. This drive is nowadays all on hardtop road and takes 1-2 hours only. You will then have the rest of the day to explore Gyantse.

    Although Gyantse has been affected by development it is still, even today, quite small and is one of the most traditionally Tibetan of towns, probably the most Tibetan of all the towns you visit on this trip. It has somewhat of a 'wild west' air. Gyantse is situated at the junction of trade routes from Lhasa and the east, Shigatse to the west and India to the south and came to importance as the centre for Tibet's wool trade.

    A great castle on the hilltop overlooks the entire area. In 1904 this castle, which guarded the route to Lhasa, was the scene of a military siege during the British Younghusband Expedition. In the castle a museum tells the story from the Tibetan/Chinese point of view and at the summit you will find a small monument to the Tibetans who died during the siege.

    The monastic complex of Gyantse Pelkhor Chode is set against the hill and the whole area is surrounded by a high wall which runs along the ridge of the hill behind and then along in front of the religious buildings sealing them off from the rest of the town. Here you will see some of the most superb architecture and art in the whole of Tibet. The finest buildings still remaining from the former glory of this monastery are the great Kumbum Stupa and the temple of Tsuklakhang. The marvellous Kumbum Stupa (The stupa of 100,000 deities) is a great octagonal nine-storeyed stupa and is one of the most magnificent buildings in Tibet. It was built and decorated in the 15th century and its architect was from Nepal. You may climb up through the many storeys to visit its dozens of small chapels. The Tsuklakhang Temple is the central monastic building of the complex. (Sometimes this building is also called Pelkhor Chode or this term can refer to the whole monastic complex). This temple was founded in the 15th century and houses many wonderful painted murals and carved images. Be sure to visit the Samvara Chapel and the Chapel of Sixteen Arhats. The wonderfully executed statues in these chapels look like carved wood but are believed to be made of clay. Upstairs is a chapel with a series of awesome painted mandalas.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Gyangtse Hotel
  14. Day 14 - DRIVE TO LHASA, BY SOUTHERN ROUTE, VIA YAMDROK TSO 258kms 6-7 hr.

    The road from Gyantse to Lhasa by the southern route has recently been upgraded so what used to be an arduous all day journey, although still long, should nowadays be less difficult. From Gyantse the road continues along the valley floor and then climbs slowly up to the Karo La, 5,044m/16,549ft. Just before the pass a huge glacier comes down on the north side of the road. This is a magnificent spot but unfortunately it has been colonised by a group of aggressively pushy souvenir sellers who will offer you a yak to have your photo taken with and other such touristic joys; an unusual experience for Tibet and a great pity because it mars the enjoyment of this wonderful spot. On either side are gigantic peaks including Nazin Kang Sa, (7,252m/23,792ft). In May 1904 the Karo La was the site of one of the world's highest 'battles' (probably more of a skirmish), between the Tibetans and the British Younghusband Expedition. From the pass the road drops to Yamdrok Tso, a huge lake, said to be in the shape of a scorpion. The road follows the twisting northern bank for hours, before climbing again to the Kamba La (4,793m/15,724ft). Then you descend the zig-zag road to cross the mighty Yarlung Tsangpo River (this river becomes the Brahmaputra when it enters India). The road then follows the Kyichu River to approach Lhasa. Colourful rock carvings of Buddha are passed as you again approach the outskirts of Lhasa.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Kyichu Hotel Or Similar, Lhasa
  15. Day 15 - DRIVE GONGGAR, FLY KATHMANDU

    After an early breakfast you will drive to Gonggar airport where you will say goodbye to your Tibetan guide and driver and check in for your flight to Kathmandu. You will once more make the spectacular flight over the Himalaya. The best views of Mount Everest are from the right hand side of the aircraft, although seating is allocated. However if you are on the left-hand side you will enjoy wonderful views of Mount Kanchenjunga.

    The flight to Kathmandu usually arrives by mid morning so all being well you will be back in the Shangri-La Hotel before lunch with time in the afternoon for sightseeing or shopping.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Shangri La Hotel, Kathmandu
  16. Day 16 - TRANSFER TO THE AIRPORT. FLY TO LONDON.

    You will be transferred to the airport for your flight back to London.

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What’s included

  • A Tibetan English-speaking leader
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK & UK Departure Tax (flight inclusive only)
  • All internal flights and hotel/airport transfers
  • Good standard hotel accommodation (4 star) in Kathmandu, twin share, bed and breakfast basis
  • Best available hotels in Tibet on full board
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • Sightseeing where specified
  • Carbon offset for clients taking our flight-inclusive option
  • A free high-quality Mountain Kingdoms micro fleece
  • The opportunity to attend one of our pre trip meets in the Cotswolds

What’s not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Nepal visa fees and Tibet permit (around $35 for the Nepal visa and $120 for Tibet permit.)
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
  • Optional trips
  • Tips


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Overall score:           (Based on 4 reviews)

Definitive Cultural Tour of Tibet          

A really well thought out itinerary - good choice of monasteries and a stunning drive back to Lhasa on the final day.

Can't praise it enough          

The itinerary was excellent. Each day we saw/visited amazing, unique places that made me stop in my tracks. Feel lucky to have been to Tibet, I can't praise it enough. I loved the hotels in Tibet; may not have been 5 star but had character and the staff were excellent.

Gradual acclimatisation          

It was a very enjoyable adventure trip, well planned and full of interest. The way the places we stayed in gradually built up in altitude was very helpful.

Amazing place          

Tibet is an amazing place to visit and I would go again.


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Everest Flight - extension
  • Fly within five nautical miles of Everest
  • As well as Everest, see views of other 8,000m giants; Makalu, Kanchenjunga, Cho Oyu and Lhotse
  • Flights operate in the early morning, when weather conditions are at their best.

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While in Kathmandu, why not experience the spectacular sight of Mount Everest? Instead of trekking into the region to gain a good view of this must-see landmark you could see it in under an hour! We fly with either Buddha Air or Mountain Air who both operate modern Raytheon Beechcraft 1900 aircraft. These hold between 16 and 18 people and as the seating is only two abreast everyone is guaranteed a window seat.


Chitwan National Park - extension

Chitwan National Park - extension
  • Activities include; bird watching, elephant washing, canoe ride, elephant experience, landrover safari and jungle walks
  • Choice of accommodation from budget to luxury
  • Suitable to add to any holiday flying in/out of Kathmandu

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Why not extend your adventure in Nepal by visiting Nepal’s jungle region for a complete contrast to the high mountains and the Kathmandu Valley. Chitwan is home to a rich and varied wildlife. Here are found wild elephant, rhinos, leopard, sambar, chital (spotted) deer, wild boar and
arguably the most magnificent of cats, the Royal Bengal Tiger. You may even see sloth bear, gaur (wild cattle) and crocodiles. Chitwan is also wonderful for birdlife especially in the spring, when the jungle rings day and night to the calls of several kinds of Asian cuckoo.


Bhutan extension from Nepal
  • 5-day cultural tour or 8-day gentle walking options available
  • See the main sights in Paro, Thimphu and Punakha
  • Bhutan is just a short flight from Kathmandu

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Though only a short flight from Kathmandu, Bhutan offers a very different Himalayan experience to Nepal. Characterised by lush valleys, terraced hillsides and soaring peaks the landscape is endlessly picturesque, whilst the imposing dzongs (monastery/fortresses) and Swiss chalet style houses give each town or village a look that is distinctly Bhutanese.
Here are just two options – if you would prefer something different please discuss with this office.

A taste of Bhutan - five-day cultural tour
This five-day tour visits Bhutan’s key sights and cultural centres including magnificent Taksang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest), the beautiful riverside dzong at Punakha and the fascinating treasures housed in the National Museum at Paro. The tour will be led by a knowledgeable Bhutanese guide and accommodation is in comfortable hotels with all meals included.

A short walk in Bhutan - eight-day gentle walking and cultural tour
This eight-day gentle walking trip offers the perfect introduction to some of the cultural highlights and scenic delights of Bhutan. You begin with sightseeing om Thimphu and a walk to Cheri Monastery, one of Bhutan’s most historic temples before travelling over the Dochu La Pass to Punakha, the former winter capital. In Punakha you take a lovely valley walk and visit the beautiful riverside dzong. Driving back to Paro you take a pretty walk from the Dochu La through beautiful forest. You then drive up to the Chele La Pass and take the lovely walk to Kila Nunnery, before ending your trip with the walk up to Tiger’s Nest Monastery, Bhutan’s greatest cultural treasure and a fitting conclusion to a superb extension. You will stay in good quality, comfortable hotels throughout and all meals are included.


Agra, Taj Mahal & Jaipur - extension (Nepal)

Agra, Taj Mahal & Jaipur - extension (Nepal)
  • 3-day and 6-day extension options available
  • Add to the beginning or end of your holiday in the Himalaya
  • Sights include the Red Fort, Taj Mahal, City Palace and Amber Fort

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After your adventurous trek to the Himalaya why not add an exciting trip to Agra to see the sights of the one time capital of the great Mughal empire? Or, if you have more time available, perhaps a longer trip visiting both Agra and another gem of the ‘Golden Triangle’, Jaipur. For those travelling to or from Kathmandu for their holiday it is very straightforward to stop off in Delhi en-route to make a side-trip in India. Whichever option you take, once in Agra you will be looked after by one of our fully trained, English-speaking guides who will show you around the Red Fort, the Taj Mahal and the ancient city and mosque of Fatehpur Sikri. For those travelling on to Jaipur, you will take guided visits to the Amber Fort, Palace of the Winds and City Palace, and have time to explore the colourful bazaars of the ‘Pink City’.


Shivapuri Heights Cottage extension
  • Escape the crowds and hustle and bustle of Kathmandu
  • Walks available from the cottage - explore the nearby countryside
  • Single and double rooms available, or exclusive hire of the entire cottage
  • Breakfast and dinner included, plus unlimited tea and coffee

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While in Kathmandu, why not experience an exclusive, private, home away from home? Shivapuri Heights Cottage is a “home-stay-style” property that offers a great escape from the hustle and bustle of the City. It is located in 2 acres of land at an altitude of 6,000ft /1,830m on the edge of the protected Shivapuri Reserve, with beautiful views looking down into the Kathmandu Valley.


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