Delights of Tibet

Trip Overview

A short foot hill trek in Annapurna region where you’ll get magnificent views of different Annapurna’s, probably the most beautiful mountain, Machhapuchhare peak, Manaslu and Lamjung Himal.

A spectacular journey from Lhasa to Kathmandu via Everest Base Camp. Traversing high passes, crossing the stark but spectacular Tibetan plateau to Everest Base Camp, with amazing views of the massive north face of Everest, and descending deep gorges to the lush green valleys of Nepal, this route enjoys some of the most amazing scenery to be found anywhere in the world.

With breathtaking views of some of the highest Himalayan peaks this is one of the world’s classic road journeys, we do this travelling in the comfort of private land cruisers. However, crossing the Tibetan plateau is only part of the experience – equally as important as the landscape and scenery is the wealth of cultural interest which Tibet has to offer. In the inspirational Forbidden City of Lhasa we find the very heart of Tibetan Buddhism – the Potala Palace and the Jokhang are places where the monastic rituals and traditional way of life are enacted in one of the most fascinating environments on earth. The Tibetan Buddhist culture combined with the warmth and friendliness of the Tibetan people make this a truly unforgettable journey.

Day to Day Activity
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu.
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu,
Day 03: Drive to Birethanti,
Day 04: Trek to Ghandrung.
Day 05: Trek to Landrung,
Day 06: Trek to Dhampus,
Day 07: Drive to Pokhara,
Day 08: Fly back Kathmandu
Day 09: Fly to Gonggar and drive to Lhasa
Day 10/11: Two days sightseeing around Lhasa,
Day 12: Drive from Lhasa to Gyantse.
Day 13: Drive to Shigatse,
Day 14: Drive to New Tingri.
Day 15: Drive to Rongbuk/visit Everest Base Camp.
Day 16: Drive to Zhangmu.
Day 17: Drive to Kathmandu.
Day 18: End Kathmandu.

Note: Bed and Breakfast is provided in Kathmandu and Pokhara. Full board is provided during the rest of the trip.

Trip Highlight

» A short trek to see mighty Annapurna's
» A spectacular flight across the Himalaya to Lhasa
» Time to explore Lhasa, including the fascinating Potala Palace
» Visit Everest Base Camp and Rongbuk Monastery
» The epic drive from Lhasa back to Nepal

Itinerary
  • Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu,
    Check in to your Hotel (Yak and Yeti) right in the centre of the town, just off Thamel. It’s easy to get all the important sights in Kathmandu valley. CH
    Overnight Exclusive 5 Star Hotel, Included meal: Breakfast,

    Day 02: Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu,
    Today there is a half-day guided sightseeing tour visiting the temples of Bodnath and Pashupatinath. Bodnath is one of the largest Buddhist Stupas in the world and home to a large Tibetan population, whilst Pashupatinath is the most important Hindu temple in the country. The tour will end at lunchtime and there will be time in the afternoon for individual exploration of the Durbar Square area of Kathmandu or Swayambunath, the Monkey Temple, with it's all seeing eyes of Buddha overlooking the whole valley. There will also be a short Annapurna trip briefing today. CH
    Overnight Exclusive 5 Star Hotel, Included meal: Breakfast,

    Day 03: Drive to Birethanthi,
    We depart Kathmandu early in the morning and head towards Pokhara. After leaving Kathmandu we head westwards over low Chandra Pass at the western gate of the Kathmandu valley and continue along the Trisuli Valley. We get superb views of the mountains as we follow the river to Mugling. Continuing we stop for lunch in one of the roadside cafes before reaching Pokhara. A short drive from Pokhara brings us to the road head at Naya Pul, from where it is a short walk to Birethanthi, a pretty riverside village on the bank of the Modi Khola. BL
    Overnight tea house, Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

    Day 04: Trek to Ghandrung,
    We start our trek by following the Modi Khola upstream. The trail climbs all morning on a well built stone staircase passing neatly terraced hillsides to Ghandrung (1,951m). Ghandrung is a large, prosperous Gurung village and we have time to explore the maze of narrow alleyways separating neat slate-roofed houses and watch the ever- changing sunlight on Annapurna South and holy peak of “fishtail” or Machhapuchhare in Nepali. BL
    Overnight tea house, Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

    Day 05: Trek to Landrung,
    We descend on a magnificently made stone staircase down to the Modi Khola and cross it by a narrow bridge. It's then a steep climb through rice fields to the other side of the valley to Landrung, another fine Gurung village, with superb views of Annapurna South and Hiunchuli. BL
    Overnight tea house, Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

    Day 06: Trek to Dhampus,
    We contour round the valley for a while before a steep climb through forest to a col at Deurali - a group of herders' huts and tea houses, where there are good views back to Annapurna South. Descending the ridge a little we pass through Pothana and continue down to spend the night at or near Dhampus village. BL
    Overnight tea house, Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

    Day 07: Drive to Pokhara,
    Descending, we have a final view of Machhapuchhare, Annapurna 2, 4 and Lamjung Himal. We wind down the long ridge to the Yamdi Khola and we transfer back to Pokhara, where we stay in a hotel close to the lakeside. There should be time this afternoon to walk around this
    attractive lakeside resort. If you wish, you should have enough time to do different activities in Pokhara. SH
    Overnight simple Hotel, Included meal: Breakfast,

    Day 08: Fly to Kathmandu,
    It’s a scenic half an hour flight viewing Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Manaslu and Ganesh Himal range to Kathmandu. You should have some time to enjoy and to re-organize yourself for Tibet trip. There’ll be a detail briefing about your Tibet trip some time this afternoon .CH,
    Overnight Comfortable Hotel, Included meal: Breakfast,

    Day 09: Fly to Gonggar Airport and drive to Lhasa,
    Early morning transfer to the airport, and board the plane for the flight over the Himalaya to Lhasa. If the weather is clear, there is a wonderful view of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Makalu, Kanchenjunga and other peaks en route. On arrival at Gonggar airport (which is just 90 km. from Lhasa), we meet our vehicle and drive west along the broad Yarlung Tsangpo valley to cross the bridge over the Tsang Po or go through the tunnel and turn northeast up the Lhasa valley. As we near Lhasa, we see the great bulk of the Potala looming over the city. Today's drive is approximately 90 km. SH
    Overnight simple Hotel, Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

    Days 10/11: Two days sightseeing around Lhasa,
    These two days are spent in Lhasa, the religious, cultural and economic centre of Tibet. One of the highlights is the visit to the symbol of Tibet, the Potala Palace set high on Red Hill, the winter home of the Dalai Lama until 1959. The most sacred temple in Lhasa is the Jokhang, where people come from all over Tibet to visit and pray in this spiritual heart of the country. It was used as a military kitchen during the Cultural Revolution but has now been beautifully restored, with many statues adorning the chapels, and magnificent gilded roofs. The most holy statue in Tibet is the Jowo Shakyamuni, housed now in the Jokhang temple. We also visit Ganden, the first Gelukpa (yellow hat) sect monastery situated just 60 km away from Lhasa, worth a visit. You may like to visit Sera and Drepung other two great monasteries of the Gelukpa sect, just outside Lhasa. Other great treasures are the Norbulingka - the wonderful old summer palace of the Dalai Lama - and the Ramoche temple. You will probably also want to spend time wandering around the Barkhor, the old city, in company with the pilgrims. Around the Barkhor there are numerous stalls selling all sorts of handicrafts, brightly coloured boots and fur-lined hats, silver and turquoise jewellery, rosaries, prayer flags and charms, as well as beautiful Tibetan carpets and all manner of ordinary household ware. (Please note that the order in which we do the sightseeing depends on when we get tickets to visit the Potala. Since 2006 Potala visiting times have been restricted due to the large number of tourists and only a limited number of tickets are issued every day to each travel agent. Outside the Potala and walking up to and down from the palace we can take our time but all tourists are now only allowed one hour actually inside the Potala palace). SH
    Overnight simple Hotel, Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

    Day 12: Drive from Lhasa to Gyantse,
    We re-cross the Yarlung Tsangpo, then turn upstream to climb steeply to the first of the many passes. The Kamba La (4794m.) is traditionally the divide between 'front' and 'back' Tibet. At the top is a splendid panorama with the Yarlung Tsangpo, the great river of Tibet, behind us, while in front is a superb vista of the stunning scorpion-shaped turquoise lake of Yamdrok Tso and the peaks along Tibet's southern border. The road quickly drops down to the lake, and then follows the shore for a couple of hours. A short climb brings us to the Karo La (5010m) passing close to a magnificent hanging glacier near the summit. This was the site of one of Younghusband's battles in 1904. We then climb to our third pass of the day, the Simi La, before descending to a broad flat valley and the town of Gyantse, an important market town and trading crossroads. Gyantse is an attractive town dominated by the great fortress captured and destroyed by the British during their incursion into Tibet in the early years of 20th century. Apart from the fort, there are two particular points of interest in Gyantse - the Pelke Chode Monastery and the Kumbum Stupa. The stupa is reckoned the finest in Tibet and is filled with innumerable manifestations of Buddha, some of which are incredibly old. Today's drive is at total of approximately 261 km. SH
    Overnight simple Hotel, Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

    Day 13: Drive to Shigatse,
    We spend part of the morning visiting the Pelke Chode Monastery and Kumbum stupa before driving through a landscape of fields and low hills to Shigatse, Tibet's second largest town at 3900 m. Shigatse is situated near the junction of the Ngang and Yarlung Tsangpo (Brahmaputra) rivers, with many traditional low ceiling, flat roofed, mud brick Tibetan houses, but quite a lot of ugly modern Chinese buildings as well. It is home of the Tashillunpo monastery, traditional seat of the Panchen Lama, and one of the great centres of Tibetan Buddhism. Unlike most religious buildings in Tibet, the Tashillunpo monastery was largely untouched during the Cultural Revolution, and contains numerous impressive chapels and prayer halls. Don't miss
    the giant statue of the future Buddha Maitreya that contains 280 kg. of gold. Shigatse also has an interesting bazaar, where various traditional items can often be found at more or less reasonable prices. Today's drive is a total of approximately 90 km. SH
    Overnight simple Hotel, Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

    Day 14: Drive to New Tingri (Xegar),
    Leaving Shigatse we climb steadily to the top of a 4050m. pass, then follow valleys containing a few small villages before climbing to the Tsuo La (4500m.). From here the road drops steeply down towards Lhatse where the main road from western Tibet comes in. Another climb through virtually unpopulated high altitude moorland brings us to the summit of the Gyatso La (5220m.) the highest pass on this trip and the watershed between Tibet and the Indian sub-continent. After a long descent we arrive at Xegar (sometimes called New Tingi) for the night. Today's drive is a total of approximately 233 km. SH
    Overnight simple Hotel, Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

    Day 15: Drive to Rongbuk,
    After a few more kilometres on the Friendship Highway we leave the main road and drive along a rough road for about four hours to Rongbuk (101 km). This road was resurfaced in 2008 for the Olympics so it is now an easier drive to Rongbuk. However there may still be slow sections but the scenery is breathtaking as we pass through small villages and then climb to a pass, the Pang La at 5120m, from where, on a clear day, we have a magnificent panorama of Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Gyachung Kang and Makalu. We stay near the monastery in a very basic guest house for the night at 4900m, a cold night but the views are stunning. Straight ahead is the north face of Everest and the changing colours of the sunset on the mountain are not to be missed. Monks and nuns from the Nyingma sect live at Rongbuk, some speak English, learnt through contact with foreigners, and are generally very friendly. In the afternoon we will visit Everest Base Camp (5200m), which is 9 km from Rongbuk. Sometimes we are allowed to take the jeeps to Base Camp, at other times we must go by bus or pony cart. If we go by pony cart please make sure you dress warmly. From Base Camp we get even closer views of the North face of Everest. From the viewpoint that is a small hill with lots of prayer flags, we can follow the route that Mallory and Irvine climbed in 1924. There is a memorial to Mallory and Irvine just off to the side of all the prayer flags. We return to Rongbuk for the night.
    (Please note: the accommodation at Rongbuk is very basic, with multi bedded rooms, very basic common toilets and no running water. No single rooms are available in Rongbuk and usually there are 4 beds per room.) BH
    Overnight Basic Guest House, Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

    Day 16: Drive to Zhangmu,
    We head towards the Nepalese border today, although long day, scenically this is one of the most spectacular days of the trip. We drive back to the main road, using the old route into Rongbuk if water levels allow, and pass through Old Tingri. The Himalayas are still very much in view to the south and we should get magnificent views as we cross the barren plains. As Everest recedes from view we climb steadily to the Tong La (5100 m.). Ahead we have the most amazing panoramic views of the Himalaya, to our right is a splendid panorama of Shishapangma, while to the north is a vast open landscape with range upon range of mountains beyond, ahead of us the road drops into a gorge between the magnificent snow-capped peaks of the main Himalayan range. A long and sometimes steep descent brings us down to Nyalam. We continue on down the gorge until we arrive at Zhangmu, the final town in Tibet. Today's drive is a total of approximately 180 km.
    (Please note in 2010 this last section of the road was being resurfaced, this can result in groups having to wait. Your leader will have up to date information and will make sure you make the most of your time in this area but be prepared for a late arrival in Zhangmu). SH
    Overnight simple Hotel, Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

    Day 17: Drive to Kathmandu,
    After completing the Chinese border formalities, we cross the Friendship Bridge. Once across the bridge, we are in Nepal, and as soon as the formalities are complete, we pick up our transport. The road to Kathmandu is not that good and be prepared for a bumpy ride in a bus back to Kathmandu. The road follows the Bhote Koshi valley down to its junction with the Sun Koshi at Barabise. We continue down the Sun Koshi past rice terraces, small villages and scrub woodland to Dolalghat where we leave the river and complete our journey to Kathmandu. Today's drive is a total of approximately 130 km. We should arrive at our hotel in the late afternoon and you should have time to go and do some last minute shopping before dinner. CH
    Overnight Comfortable Hotel, Included meal: Breakfast,

    Day 18: End Kathmandu,
    The trip ends after breakfast. You’ll be transferred to the airport for the flight back home.
    Included meal: Breakfast,

Include/Exclude

Price Includes

» Arrival and departure transfer in Kathmandu
» All sightseeing, entrance fees in Kathmandu and Tibet
» Lhasa flight and arrival transfer
» English speaking Nepali leader and Tibetan guide throughout the trip
» Sightseeing in Lhasa by private vehicle
» 4WD Landcruiser(s) outside Lhasa to Nepal boarder
» Tibet Permits
» Accommodation in Kathmandu and Tibet as mentioned on twin sharing basis
» All meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner), hot drinks, welcome drinks and snacks sometime in Tibet
» Group Transportation from Kodari to Kathmandu

Price Excludes

» Personal expenses such as soft drinks, beverage, postage, laundry
» Meals in Kathmandu
» International flights to and from Kathmandu and departure taxes
» Visa fees for Tibet and passport fees
» Travel insurance
» Emergency evacuation
» Tips and gratuities
» Photography charges inside monasteries and monuments while sightseeing in Tibet
» Additional expenses which may arise due to circumstances beyond the control of Griffon Travel such as flight cancellations or delays, landslides, strikes etc.

Equipment List

You can bring your personal clothing if you already have them with you,if not it's worth buying all below mentioned clothing and equipments here in Kathmandu in good rates and your guide will help you with it.You will have plenty of time before the trek to buy stuffs in Kathmandu(thamel). 

 

PERSONAL EQUIPMENTS FOR TREKKING 

  • Fleece beanie
  • sun glasses
  • Chapstick / Sunscreen
  • Face mask or Scarf
  • Hand towel
  • Wind stopper / waterproof top and bottom
  • Cold weather down jacket below waist
  • Fleece jacket and trouser
  • Trekking trouser
  • T-Shirts(short or long sleeves) dry fit is better
  • Polypropylene thermal tops and bottom
  • Wind stopper and fleece gloves
  • Socks and under wears
  • Trekking boot
  • Runners
  • Head torch
  • Personal medical kit
  • Water Bottle/Camel Pak
  • Trekking / Ski pole (optional. Handy for anyone with knee problem)
  • Spare batteries for Camera and flash light. Check charging facility along your journey
  • Day pack  Minimum 25L with side pocket for water bottle
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A 17-member team led by Narayan Sapkota, former president of TAAN Pokhara, started the exploration with a drive to Kushma from Pokhara. From Kushma, the walk started toward Banau (2150 meters) through Ghumti, Bagaicha, Bhatebari, Dhakdhake and Sidhali
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