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Tibet Land Cruiser Safari

Trip Facts

Program Code: ATH-TT05 | Duration: 14 days | Program Type: Sightseeing tour | Minimum pax: 2+ | Mode of Travel: Land/Flight | Start Trip: Kathmandu | End Trip: Kathmandu | Program Grading: gradegradegrade
Tibet Land Cruiser Safari

Trip Overview

This non-trekking trip starts with an incredible mountain flight over the Himalayas from Kathmandu to Lhasa. After time to acclimatize and explore the Potala Palace and other sights of Lhasa. On your return to Kathmandu you divert to the region of ‘Mount Everest’, which is simply called Sagarmatha, the “Mother universe” by the Nepalese. Shortly after leaving Shegar, we head south over the Pang La 5150m, towards the main Himalayan range. The view from the top is incredible with uninterrupted views stretching from Makalu to Shishapangma. Below the pass, Everest initially is hidden from view, but as we turn the corner into the Rongbuk Valley it reappears, more impressive than ever.
This is the classic overland route between two very exotic Asian cities. From the vast and barren beauty of the Tibetan Plateau to the lush hills of Nepal, you are treated to special insight into Tibetan and Buddhist culture. Three days are spent around Lhasa exploring the ancient monasteries and palaces in the area: Potala, Drepung, Sera, Jokhang and the Summer Palace. The overland journey includes visits to a number of monasteries (Palkhor, Tashilhunpo, Sakya and Shalu), and crosses numerous high-altitude passes, including the 17200-foot Jia Tso La. You can join a group trip, or form your own group. As long as there are two or more participants, we can run this as a private trip in 4WD Land Cruisers for about Euro200 more per person. Shortly after leaving Shegar, we head south over the Pang La 5150m, towards the main Himalayan range. The view from the top is incredible with uninterrupted views stretching from Makalu to Shishapangma. Below the pass, Everest initially is hidden from view, but as we turn the corner into the Rongbuk Valley it reappears, more impressive than ever.

Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival Kathmandu 1330 meters
Day 2: KATHMANDU 1330 meters
Day 3: Lhasa 3650 meters, this morning’s departure to Kathmandu airport is at 7:30am.
Day 4 & 5 Around LHASA 3650 meters
Day 6: Lhasa - Gyantse 950 meters, 261 km
Day 7: Gyantse – Shigatse 3900 meters, 60 km
Day 8: SHIGATSE-SHEGAR 4350 meters,
Day 9: Shegar - Rongbuk 5000 meters,
Day 10: Rongbuk - Tingri 4390 meters,
Day 11: Tingri - Zhangmu 2300 meters,
Day 12 Zhanmu - Kathmandu 1330 meters, 117 km
Day 13: Kathmandu (Free, Shopping) BLD
Day 14: Transfer to the airport by private vehicle for your onward flight.

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