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Get as close as possible to view the iconic Mount Everest within the shortest time
World's greatest overland journey with view of some of the world's highest peaks such as Cho'oyo and Shishabangma
Enjoy hikes into Gyantze Dong and the Everest Base Camp
Dwell in-depth into Tibetan history, culture and monasteries
Watch interesting monk debates at Sera Monastery
Climate is not such a major consideration when visiting Tibet as many people might imagine. For a place nicknamed ‘The Land of Snows’, there’s a surprising lack of snow. The boom in domestic tourism means that Lhasa swells with Chinese tourists in the summer and particularly in the week-long holidays around 1 May and 1 October. Winter is very cold, many restaurants are shut and snow can close mountain passes, but some travellers swear by the winter months. There are few travellers about at this time and Lhasa is crowded with drokpas (nomads). The average temperature in January is -2°C.
Spring, early summer and late autumn are probably the best times to visit Tibet. March is a politically sensitive month in the country and there is occasional tightening of restrictions on travellers heading into Tibet at this time, but the weather’s pretty good. April brings reliable weather in eastern Tibet and discounts on accommodation and vehicle rental in Lhasa. Mt Everest is particularly clear during April and May.
From mid-July through to the end of September the monsoon starts to affect parts of Tibet. (The months of July and August bring half of Tibet’s annual rainfall.) Travel to western Tibet becomes slightly more difficult, due to roads being washed away.
It’s worth trying to time your trip with one of Tibet’s festivals. New Year (Losar) in January or February is an excellent time to be in Lhasa, as is the Saga Dawa festival in April or May.
Known as one of the best overland journeys, we take you across the roof of the world from the land of snow in Lhasa into the exotic Kathmandu, passing through monasteries, alpine lakes, glaciers, some of the world's highest peaks, and of course, a hike into the Everest Base Camp.
Your first night will be spent in Chengdu before your early morning flight to Lhasa the next morning.
As the capital of the Tibetan Autonomous Region, Lhasa harbours many cultural treasures such as the postcard-worthy Potala Palace, the bustling Barkhor Square, important monasteries such as Jokhang, Ganden and the interesting Sera where you can watch monks practice their debate.
Moving into Gyantze, we will pass through Yamdrok Lake where you will hang your praying flags, passing through scenic Kampa La and Karo La Pass before arriving into Pelkor Chode Monastery and Kumbum.
Spend the next morning hiking into Gyantze Dong. And afterwards, make a visit to Pala Manor and Tashilungpo Monastery before arriving at Xigatze.
The next morning, you will pass through spectacular sceneries of Tsuo La and Gyatso La passes and make a stop at Sakya Monastery before getting into Tingri where you will spend the night.
Tingri is an excellent base for a day trip into Everest Base Camp. You will start from Rongbuk Monastery where you will get a view of the Rongbuk Glacier and spend the entire day hiking into Everest Base Camp.
From Tingri to Gyirong, we will spend a day of spectacular scenic driving where you can see the peaks of Everest, Cho'oyo and Shishabangma before arriving into Gyirong where you will spend the night before crossing the border.
After crossing the Friendship Bridge into Nepal, our Nepal representative will pick you up for your car transfer. The road gradually turns into lush green valleys with pine trees and wild flowers to welcome your arrival before you reach Kathmandu, the exotic capital of Nepal.
You will spend the night in Kathmandu before flying home the next day. Optional extensions in Nepal can be arranged if you are able to extend your trip longer.
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