On the Roof of the World
The high road Lhasa Kathmandu via Everest base camp
10 days including 8 days in Tibet
Level: Easy
Maximum altitude: 5,000 m
Optimal season: April to July and September to November

A flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa launches the great adventure through Tibet, culminating at the foot of Mount Everest in Rongbuk. After visiting the great monasteries and palaces around Lhasa, we move on to Ralung, a place rarely visited. Our next major stops are Gyantse and Shigatse and finally, Rongbuk Monastery for the unforgettable view of Everest. Tour over, we drive to Kathmandu along the Trisuli Gorge.

Kathmandu to Lhasa &  Rongbuk monastery


The high road between Lhasa and Kathmandu reveals the rich, well-preserved Tibetan culture. We come across the pastoral lifestyle on the dry Tibetan Plateau, in the shadow of giant peaks: Everest, Cho Oyu, and Shisha Pangma. In Lhasa or Gyantse, we find great monasteries that speak of the grandeur and preservation of Tibetan Buddhism. We appraise the great masterpieces that have been handed down through the centuries and survived the Cultural Revolution. But we will also visit remote places less frequented by tourists, like Ralung, nestled in the heart of the high plateau where you can feel the immensity of Tibet. There are superb views of Everest from the Rongbuk Monastery and the Everest Base Camp. Then, leaving the high passes and the arid Tibetan plateau, we drive through the deep gorges and go along the Trisuli River to reach the lush vegetation of Nepal. A great trip in the footsteps of Alexandra David-Néel.
HIGHLIGHTS
- The landscapes of the dry Tibetan plateau, the high altitude Himalayan passes, and the Turquoise Lake.
- The awesome view of Everest from the Rongbuk Monastery
- The high spiritual places of Central Tibet: Potala, Jokhang, and more...
- The steep descent to Nepal from a 5000m pass to the rice terraces, passing through the gorges of the Trisuli River.



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Itinerary

  • Level of Trek: Easy
  • Best Period: Avril - juillet et septembre - novembre
  • Duration: 14 Days
  • Number of walking days: 0
  • Highest Altitude: 5000 Meters
  • Accomodation: Hotel
Leave No Trace

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Day
Early morning flight to Gongkar airport 60 km from Lhasa or arrival by train at Lhasa station
- Transport: minibus or minivan
- Accommodation: Hotel in Tibet in room, breakfast
Visit the well-known and lesser-known sites of Lhasa: the Potala Palace which was the seat of the Dalai Lama until 1959 and which houses an impressive collection of works of Buddhist art, the great monastic university of Drépung which housed more than 7000 monks in a maze of chapels, temples and oratories.
2 minutes from our hotel in the heart of the old town, the Jokhang temple, where pilgrims from the farthest reaches of the Tibetan world wander, etc. Visit to the Monastic University of Sera
- Accommodation: Hotel in Tibet in room, breakfast
Visit the well-known and lesser-known sites of Lhasa: the Potala Palace which was the seat of the Dalai Lama until 1959 and which houses an impressive collection of works of Buddhist art, the great monastic university of Drépung which housed more than 7000 monks in a maze of chapels, temples and oratories.
2 minutes from our hotel in the heart of the old town, the Jokhang temple, where pilgrims from the farthest reaches of the Tibetan world wander, etc. Visit to the Monastic University of Sera
- Accommodation: Hotel in Tibet in room, breakfast
Discovery of Turquoise Lake (Yamdrok) in a mountain setting, where yaks and sheep graze. Picnic at the edge of the lake then crossing the Karola pass (5200 m), we pass at the foot of the imposing NorjinKangsang glacier. On the way discover the incredible site of the forgotten Ralung monastery. One or two hours of easy walking to taste the immensity of the Tibetan plateau.
- Accommodation: Hotel in Tibet in room, breakfast
In the morning visit Gyantsé, one of the most beautiful towns in central Tibet where farmers and breeders meet for a picturesque market. Visit the monastery with its extraordinary frescoes and the famous Stupa (Kumbum) with 72 chapels. Afternoon drive to Shigatsé (1h30). At the end of the afternoon, visit the Tashilhumpo monastery, the seat of the Panchen Lama, and then stroll through the market where you can still find some beautiful (fake!) antiques.
- Accommodation: Hotel in Tibet in room, breakfast
Beautiful day's drive on the Tibetan plateau with the passage of two passes at an altitude of more than 5000 m to get as close as possible to Everest at Rongbuk, the famous monastery at the foot of Everest and the Himalayan range that we discover in Tingri.
- Accommodation: Monastery Guest House
In the morning, excursion to Everest base camp (3 hours) then drive to Tingri, a beautiful, typically Tibetan town. Visit the splendid village of GeLangkhor about 10 km away.
- Accommodation: Hotel in Tibet in room, breakfast
Road to reach Nepal via one of the highest roads in the world along Everest, Cho Oyu, and Shijapangma which we bypass from the north via Lake Pegutso to the border town of Kyerong. We plunge into the dizzying gorges of the Trisuli to the Sino-Nepalese border. After crossing the border at Rasuwa, 1h30 of track along the river to Sabrubhesi. We are in Langtang in Tamang country.
- Accommodation: Lodge with half board
We take the road to Kathmandu and find the lush vegetation, rice fields, and Nepalese villages. End of the day at leisure.

NOTES

Prices & conditions (year 2023 excluding August and September)

Number of people:                 2               3/4                   5/9    
Price/person in US$             2220         1790                 1530
Price in € on 24/12/23        2075         1675                 1430




What's included

- All transfers by private vehicle according to itinerary.
- Stay in Tibet with accommodation according to the program (Tsetang****, Lubhum Tsang Boutique, Yeti***, Manasarovar****, etc.)
- Breakfasts in Tibet
- English-speaking Tibetan guide for the entire Tibet stay
- Permits and authorization to enter sites in Tibet
- Entrances to national sites and parks in Tibet
- Staff insurance
- Oxygen available in the vehicle.
- Delivery of permits to the transit point in China

What's not included

- Meals in Tibet excluding breakfast
- Stay in Chengdu or other
- China visa to be obtained in advance
- Flights
- Mandatory repatriation insurance
- Tips, personal expenses and equipment, drinks, etc.

Suppliments

> Extra high season (August - September): 150 US$/person $ (140€ at the rate of 24/12)

> Flight or train supplement for Lhasa: to be determined
(Price subject to variation without notice from airlines – contact us on a case-by-case basis)

> French-speaking Tibetan guide option: US$700/group (€655)

> Single room option: US$290 (€270)/room



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