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AAST- Tibet To Nepal

Tibet to Nepal -
An Overland Expedition 

Beijing - Chengdu - Lhasa - Tsedang - Gyangtse - Shigatse - Shegar - Everest Base Camp - Zhangmu - Dhulikhel - Kathmandu

About the Program:

Length: 23 days
Min/max: 6/15
Tour type: overland expedition

High on the stunning Tibetan Plateau, the civilization of Lhasa and its sister cities of Gyangtse and Shigatse preserve one of the richest cultures on the planet.

Our journey begins here in this land of awesome landscapes, artistic monasteries, centuries-old caravan trails and fascinating Buddhist culture. We visit Tsedang, known as the Valley of the Kings. This ancient capital is the cradle of Tibetan civilization since the first kingdom was established here more than two thousand years ago.Our route takes us through some of the most spectacular mountain scenery in the world as we approach the majestic Himalayan range with spectacular views of Mount Everest, Cho Oyu and many other notable peaks. Along the side of the Khumbu glacier is Everest base camp at 5,357 metres. The dramatic vista of the icefall hanging over the west cross of Everest is indeed a splendid sight.

This overland journey is demanding but highly rewarding. Travelling the unspoiled Himalayas, you will drive across the high plains and pass by nomadic villages set in fields of green barley and yellow canola. You will hear the prayer flags fluttering on high wind-swept passes and view the snow-capped peaks glistening in golden sunlight, as you descend almost 3,000 metres from the high plateau into the lush Kathmandu Valley.

This is one of the most awe-inspiring road journeys in the world!



2011 - 2012
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COST (Per Person)
Land only (twin): upon request 
Single supplement: upon request 

Price includes:
  • Domestic flights
  • Mini van or coach for airport/hotel transfers
  • 4x4 vehicles for overland transportation
  • First-class hotels in major cities and best available in remote areas
  • Hotel taxes and service charges
  • Meals indicated as B (breakfast), L(lunch) and D (dinner)
  • Guided sightseeing
  • Entrance fees
  • Special visits and activities
  • Service of English-speaking guides
  • Travel manual
  • Ticket wallet
  • Travel bag
  • Tibet entry permission
  • Base camp entry permission

Price Excludes:

  • International flights to/from China
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • China and Nepal entry visas
  • Gratuities to guides, drivers, porters and hotel staff
  • Personal expenses


Day 1, Mon. Depart

Depart hometown for Beijing.

Day 2, Tue. Beijing

Arrive Beijing in the afternoon and transfer to hotel for refreshment.
Welcome dinner.
D International Hotel

Day 3, Wed. Beijing

City tour of Tian An Men Square, the Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven.
B/L/D International Hotel

Day 4, Thu. Beijing

Drive to Badaling to the Great Wall of China, one of the world's architectural marvels. Then on to the Ming Tombs, burial ground of 13 royal families. On the way back, visit Beijing’s largest cloisonné factory.
B/L/D International Hotel


Day 5, Fri. Beijing

Morning explore Beijing's old residential area by rickshaw and enjoy a family lunch at a local home. Afternoon visit the Tibetan-style Lama Temple.
B/L/D International Hotel

Day 6, Sat. Beijing/Chengdu

Fly to Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province. Afternoon city sightseeing. Evening enjoy a genuine Sichuan dinner.
B/L/D Jinjiang Hotel

Day 7, Sun. Chengdu

City tour followed by a visit to the Chengdu Culinary School for a seminar on world-famous Sichuan cuisine.
B/L/D Jinjiang Hotel

Day 8, Mon. Chengdu/Lhasa

Fly into Tibet in the morning and transfer to hotel. First day is at leisure. Take time to rest and adjust to the high altitude.
B/L/D Shambala Hotel or Xiongbala Hotel

Day 9, Tue. Lhasa

Morning visit the Bokhar Market and Jokhang Monastery. Afternoon visit Tibet Museum.
B/L/D Shambala Hotel or Xiongbala Hotel

Day 10, Wed. Lhasa

Morning excursion to the Potala Palace. Afternoon visit Norbulingka Park, the traditional summer residence of the Dalai Lamas.
B/L/D Shambala Hotel or Xiongbala Hotel

Day 11, Thu. Lhasa

A special home visit will be arranged today. Afternoon visit Sera Monastery and witness the religious debate.
B/L/D Shambala Hotel or Xiongbala Hotel

Day 12, Fri. Lhasa/Tsedang

Drive to Tsedang, ancient capital of Tibet.
En route cross the Tsangpo River by ferry to visit the Samye and Mindroling Monastery, the only remaining monastery of the Red Hat sect, the oldest and most unchanged sect of Tibetan Lamaism.
B/L/D Tsedang Hotel

Day 13, Sat. Tsedang
Visit Changzhu Monastery famous for its Pearl Tangka; Yongbulakang, the first palace in Tibet and the Tombs of the Tibetan Kings dating from the 7th to 9th centuries.
B/L/D Tsedang Hotel


Day 14, Sun. Tsedang/Gyangtse

Drive to Gyangtse, stopping en route at the spectacular Yalung Tsangpo Gorge.
Arrive Gyangtse in the afternoon and visit the Phalkor Monastery and Kumbum, a spectacular stupa temple.
B/L/D Gyangtse Hotel

Day 15, Mon. Gyangtse/Shigatse
Morning drive to Shigatse. Upon arrival, visit the Tashilunpo Monastery, the most important religious building in the city. Founded in 1447, it was home to the Panchen Lama, the reincarnation of the Buddha of Eternal Light. Also visit the new palace of the Panchen Lama.
B/L/D Shigatse Hotel

Day 16, Tue. Shigatse/Shegar
Full day drive to Shegar crossing Gyatso Pass at about 5,200m above sea level. Shegar is a very small town at 4,300m above sea level surrounded by picturesque Tibetan villages and nomadic camps where snow-capped mountain peaks glitter under the bright blue sky.
Upon arrival, rest at the local guesthouse.
B/L/D Mt. Everest Guesthouse

Day 17, Wed. Shegar/Mt. Everest base camp

Drive to base camp for magnificent views of the Himalayan peaks and Mt. Everest. Everest was named after Sir George Everest, the British Surveyor General of India at the time when the mountain was first identified. To the Sherpas and Tibetans, she is known as “Chomolungma”, Mother Goddess of the Earth, and to the Nepalese, “Sagarmatha”, but to all she is the undisputed highest peak at 8,848 metres.
B/L/D Base Camp local accommodation

Day 18, Thu. Mt. Everest base camp/Zhangmu

Drive to Zhangmu crossing Nyalamu and Lalung La Pass en route. Zhangmu perches on a mountainside at the Tibet-Nepal border.
This small town has become the major trading post between Tibet and Nepal. Along the only street in the town, you will see private houses, shops, restaurants and merchants’ stands offering wool, tea, salt, Tibetan medicine and all manner of currencies.
B/L/D Zhangmu Guesthouse

Day 19, Fri. Zhangmu/Dhulikhel

Drive into Nepal crossing the Friendship Bridge passing by waterfalls, evergreen forests and spectacular canyons.
Overnight at a picturesque hillside resort.
B/L/D Himalayan Shangri-La Resort

Day 20, Sat. Dhulikhel/Kathmandu

Scenic drive to Kathmandu and transfer to a five-star hotel. At leisure.
B/L/D Dwarika's Hotel

Day 21, Sun. Kathmandu
Visit Swayambhunath Stupa and Pashupatinath Temple. Explore ancient Durbar Square with its hand-crafted wooden buildings.
B/L/D Dwarika's Hotel

Day 22, Mon. Kathmandu
Full day at leisure. Optional sightseeing tours available. Evening dinner and Nepali cultural show.
B/L/D Dwarika's Hotel

Day 23, Tue. Depart Kathmandu

Transfer to the airport and depart for home city.