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Test of Tibet

Trip Facts

Program Code: ATH-TT03 | Duration: 13 days | Program Type: Trekking | Maximum Altitude: 4350m | Minimum pax: 2+ | Mode of Travel: Flight/Land | Start Trip: Tsetang | End Trip: Zhangmu | Program Grading: gradegrade
Test of Tibet

Trip Overview

Such mysterious places are rare to be found in the world, but Tibet is an exception. With an average elevation of 14,000 feet, Tibet is literally the highest nation on earth. Nearly half the world’s population lives downstream from Tibet with five of Asia's great rivers including the Indus, Mekong and Brahmaputra having their headwaters in the “Roof of the World”. Combine snow-capped Himalayan Peaks touching cobalt blue skies, and majestic turquoise colored lakes with the spiritual energy of country that embraced Buddhism in the 8th century AD. Since then, a paramount objective of Tibetan culture has been the cultivation of a good heart and a calm, clear mind. Embrace life in the same way Tibetans view Mount Everest, “From the other side”.

This is also non-trekking trip start 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, you take a spectacular drive across the vast arid Tibetan plateau to the lush valleys of Nepal. Along the way you explore fascinating monasteries and towns and see Everest’s north face (if weather permit us). 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. This trip is a great add-on to our Nepal adventures. 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 other monasteries (Palkhor, in Gyantse and Tashilhunpo in Shegatse), and crosses numerous high-altitude passes, including the 17200 ft Jia Tso La. You can join a group trip, or form your own. As long as there are 4 or more participants, we can run this trip also as a private trip in 4WD Land Cruisers for about USD 200 more per person.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: KTM Arrival 1330 meters.
Day 02: KATHMANDU 1330 meters.
Day 03: Tsetang 3540 meters.
Day 04: Lhasa 3650 meters.
Days 05 & 06 LHASA 3650 meters.
Day 07:  Excursion trip to Ganden monastery:
Day 08: Lhasa - Gyantse 3950 met0 meters, 60 km/ a pleasant 2 hour drive.)
Day 10: SHIGATSE-SHEGAR 4350 meters ers, 261 km.
Day 09: GYANTSE-SHIGATSE (390244 km.
Day 11: SHEGAR-ZHANGMU 2300 meters 244 km.
Day 12: ZHANGMU TO KATHMANDU 1330 meters 117 km.
Day 13: Trip conclusion “Exit. Transfer to the airport by private vehicle for your onward flight.

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