Lhasa Kathmandu Tour

This tour is different from our 'Kathmandu to Lhasa Tour' as it begins with a flight and ends with overland travel to Kathmandu.  The 'Lhasa to Kathmandu Tour' can begin in Kathmandu or in mainland China. The tour includes two full days of sightseeing in Lhasa and then takes you to Kathmandu via the Friendship Highway. Along the way we will visit many interesting sites including Gyantse, Shigatse & Sakya.
Gyantse is the fourth largest city in Tibet (after Shigatse and Chamdo), yet it is a small city of only 10,000 people comprised of mostly native Tibetans and not so influenced by mainland China. Strategically situated at the junction between Shigatse and Lhatse it was once an important stop along the caravan routes of the Silk Road from Sikkim and Bhutan in the south. Gyantse then assumed an important role as a military center and market town, known particularly for wool and handicrafts. We will visit Palkhor Choide Lamasery, Pangmo Chorten and The Fort (Gyantse Dzong).
The second largest city in Tibet, Shigatse has a population of around 40,000 and is the traditional seat of the Panchen Lama, the second holiest man (after the Dalai Lama). Tashilhunpo Monastery, built in 1447, is the official residence of the Panchen Lama, although it did not become this until 200 years after it was built.
Sakya (or Sag'ya meaning 'Gray Earth'), off the main Shigatse to Tingri route, was once the base of the Sakyapa Sect (Red Hats) who rose to power in the 13th century. The sect has numerous followers in Tibet and Sakya is a major pilgrimage site for them.
After Samye, we continue our drive to Nyalam via the vast and arid Tibetan Plateau. From here we drive to Kathmandu via Zhang-Mu.
Lhasa Kathmandu Tour: Fly in/drive out
Mode of Transport : Land Cruiser
Maximum Elevation : 5100 m
Sample Itinerary
Day 1: Fly to Lhasa (3650 m) / Overnight in hotel
Day 2: Lhasa tour including Sera Monastery, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Bazaar
Day 3: Lhasa tour including Drepung Monastery, Potala Palace and Norbulinkha Palace
Day 4: Lhasa - Gyantse (3950 m) via Kamba-La (with views of Yamdruk Tso) / Tour Kumbum, Palkor Chode Monastery and fort
Day 5: Gyantse - Shigatse (3900 m) / Tour Tashilumpo Monastery
Day 6: Shigatse - Lhatse (3950 m) via Tibetan plains and across the Yalung / Tour Shakya Monastery
Day 7: Lhatse via Dolma - La, Xegar, Tingri and Lalung - La to Nyalam (3750 m)
Day 8: Nyalam - Kathmandu
Price Includes:
All Tibet travel permits
All ground transportation by private vehicle as indicated in itinerary
Accommodation in Tibet on twin sharing basis with breakfast
Two days sightseeing tour in Lhasa
English speaking Tibetan Guide
All sightseeing tour entry fees
Tibet visa
Kathmandu - Lhasa flight ticket
All applicable taxes and service charges
Price doesn't include:
Meals other than breakfast in Tibet (one meal costs approximately US$8 to US$10)
Nepal re-entry visa fee (US$25 for 15-day; US$40 for 30-day; US$100 for 90-day)
Travel and medical evacuation insurance
Urgent visa fee for Tibet if necessary (only required if you do not have a week to process visa)
Tips for staff
Any additional expenses due to unforeseen circumstances