On arrival in Kathmandu you will meet your zoologist escort and local guide before being transferred to your accommodation, level 4* (Hotel Himalaya / Royal Singi). Here you will relax and get ready for your Himalayan adventure starting tomorrow. Your evening meal will be at the accommodation.
Today will be a busy day, Kathmandu is a huge city with so many sights we will try and see as much as possible. Such as Durbar Square, Swayambunath, Bodnath Stupa, Pashupatinah, Patan and more. Your evening meal will once again be at our accommodation, level 4* (Hotel Himalaya / Royal Singi).
Today you will set off from Kathmandu towards the imposing peaks of the Himalayas and stopping for lunch along the way. The drive will take you to Kodari and the Friendship Bridge. Just beyond here is the town of Zhangmu which is the immigration point before entering Tibet. Here you will meet your Tibetan guides and spend the night. Your evening meal will be served at your accommodation, level – local guesthouse.
Today you will continue your journey into the Tibetan plateau and during the 6 hour drive through Nyalamu Pass and Lalung La Pass you will have fantastic views of the mountains including Mount Everest. En route there are chances to see some of amazing wildlife up here. The bird life is exceptional here and we will aim to see some of the 30 endemic species here as well as keeping our eyes peeled for marmots, blue sheep and possibly some of the very rare Tibetan antelope, Tibetan gazelles or wild asses. You will have your evening meal at your accommodation, level – local guesthouse (Hotel Everest).
Tingri (Everest Base Camp)
Today we will rise early and see if we can see some of the special bird species up here such as bar-headed geese, lammergeyer and various pheasants, snow cocks and partridges, before driving to Rongbuk. You will pass through Pang La pass and have spectacular views of Makalu and Shishapangma before visiting Everest Base Camp and standing at the foot of the worlds tallest mountain. Your evening meal will be served back at the accommodation, level – 3-4* (Tingri Everest Hotel) and you will overnight in Tingri.
Today you will once again rise early to try and catch some of the birdlife here before being driven to the second largest city in Tibet, Xigaze, and in the afternoon visit Tashihunpo Monastery. This is one of the largest functioning monasteries in Tibet and the seat of the Panchen Lama. You will have your meals at your accommodation, level – local guesthouse (Hotel in Shigatse).
After breakfast, you will be driven to Gyantse to visit Phalkor Monastery and Khumbum Stupa. As well as Palkhor Temple which was built in the 15th century, its uniqueness is that its three sects of Buddism-Shaja, Ningma and Guolu stayed harmoniously in the same place. After lunch you will be driven to Lhasa, crossing the Karola Pass and Kambala Pass as well as visiting the brilliant turquoise blue Yamdrok Tso (Lake), the road along the Tibetan lifeline river Brahmaputra also known as Yarlung Tsangpo. You will have your evening meal at your accommodation, level – 3* (Tsedang hotel) in Lhasa the capital sity.
Today you can enjoy the highlights of Lhasa, exploring this unique city is an amazing insight into the culture of Tibet. In the morning you will be taken to Potala palace, the winter residence of the Dalai Lama and the religion political nexus of traditional Tibet. In the afternoon you will be taken to Sera monastery, and visit the debating courtyard where monks are formally examined in an age old tradition of philosophical debate. Then continue on to the summer palace of the Dalai Lama, lunch will be at the Snow Land restaurant and dinner in your accommodation, level – 3* (Tsedang Hotel).
After breakfast at the hotel, you will visit Jokhang and Barkor. Jokhang is the most sacred and central of all temples in Tibet founded by King Songtsen Gampo in the 8th century. Walking around the Barkhor’s inner pilgrim circuit lined on all sides with markets, shops you will gain first hand experience of what it is like to be part of Tibetan culture. Lunch will be served at Kyichu hotel Garden restaurant and you will enjoy a private dinner in the Mad Yak restaurant with special Tibetan dancing. Accommdation, level – 3* (Tsedang Hotel).
After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport to catch the return flight to Kathmandu. Once arriving in Kathmandu you will be transferred to your accommodation, level 4* (Hotel Himalaya / Royal Singi). The rest of the day will be at your leisure and you can enjoy the highlights of Kathmandu or simply review the best bits of the tour before your evening meal in the hotel or nearby restaurant.
After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport in time to catch your return flight home.
Please note that the itinerary stated above is correct as our planned intentions for the tour. However adverse weather conditions and other local considerations can necessitate some modifications of the itinerary during the course of the tour; any changes will be made to make the best of the time and weather conditions available to us.
This tour is available on different date (subject to availability) please contact us for more details about running this tour on a date which suits you more.