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14 days,Kathmandu to Kathmandu
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Experience the Tibetan cultural capital of Lhasa, witness monks in debate and prayer, explore rural villages and lunar landscapes, hike to Everest Base Camp

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From the sacred peaks of Tibet to lush green Nepalese valleys, explore the best of the Himalaya on this 2-week tour. Discover mighty temples and small outposts on a journey that offers incredible vistas at every turn of the trail. Our expert CEOs will take the hassle out of planning and help you find the secluded spots only the locals know—and leave you with time to explore. In the thin mountain air of Rombuk, the highest monastery in the world, you'll enjoy unparalleled views of Mt Everest. So make sure your camera is charged—you're going to need it.

What's Included

  • Kathmandu orientation walk
  • Lunch at the Planeterra-supported Sisterhood of Survivors Project
  • Lhasa orientation walk
  • Potala Palace entrance
  • Sera or Drepung Monastery visit
  • Jokhang Temple entrance
  • Pelkor Chode, Gyantse Kunbum and Tashilhunpo Monastery visits
  • Sakya Monastery visit
  • Rombok visit
  • Everest Base Camp entrance and hike
  • Zhangmu Pass
  • Border crossing support
  • Internal flight
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • 1 lunch. (Allow USD240-315 for meals not included.)
  • Plane, local bus, air-con bus
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
  • Small group experience; Max 14, avg 12
  • Hotels/guesthouses (12 nts), very basic guesthouse (1 nt, limited facilities).

Day 1Kathmandu

Arrive at any time.

Day 2Kathmandu

Take an orientation walk in Durbar Square before enjoying a free day to explore the fascinating city.

Day 3Kathmandu/Lhasa

Take a morning flight to Lhasa. Enjoy an orientation walk around Barkhor Square and guided tour of the Potala Palace and Norbulingka, Jokhang Temple, and Sera Monastery.

Days 4–6Lhasa

Spend three days exploring Lhasa, adjusting to the altitude, and learning more about the unique culture here.

Day 7Lhasa/Gyantse

Drive to Gyantse along beautiful Yamdrok Tso.

Day 8Gyantse/Shigatse

Visit the Pelkor Chode Monastery, Gyantse Kumbum, and Tashilunpo Monastery.

Day 9Shigatse/Sakya

Travel to Sakya and visit the Sakya Gompa.

Day 10Sakya/Rongpu Si

Visit Rongbuk, the highest monastery in the world. Hike to Everest Base Camp for a closer view of this magnificent mountain.

Day 11Rongpu Si/Nyalam

Drive through Lao Tingri and continue on to Nyalam. This town may be a small outpost, but it offers up views that are truly spectacular.

Day 12Nyalam/Panauti

Leave the Tibetan Plateau and travel to the border town of Zhangmu. After completing Chinese immigration, we continue on to Panauti for a community homestay.

Day 13Panauti/Kathmandu(1L)

Travel to Kathmandu. Visit the Sisterhood of Survivors Project, a grassroots organization. Meet some of the women and learn how to make Nepalese momos (dumplings) before enjoying an authentic local lunch.

Day 14Kathmandu

Depart any time.

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