Across The Tibetan Plateau

Across The Tibetan Plateau

Take in the breathtaking views of the Himalaya, marvel at ornate monasteries and experience the cradle of Tibetan Buddhism on this classic and diverse overland journey from Lhasa to Kathmandu across the roof of the world.

The ever stunning Potala Palace in Lhasa, the natural beauty of Yamdrok Tso, Rongbuk Monastery and amazing Everest Base Camp are some of the major attractions of this holiday.

Trip Facts:

Tour Duration: 11 day(s)
Group Size: 2 -10 people
Destination(s): Lhasa, Everest Base Camp Tibet 
Specialty Categories: Jeep driving and Sightseeing
Season: March - December
Trip type: Cultural tour Jeep adventure 
Meals: Daily breakfast

Max. Altitude: 5200meter
Trip grade: Moderate 
Cost: Please contact us

Across The Tibetan Plateau - Itinerary

Day 01: upon arrival at Gonggar airport,
you will be met by your local guide and transferred to your hotel in Lhasa city (2-hour drive). On the way you will see the Giant Stone Buddha carved into the side of a mountain. After checking into hotel, the rest of the afternoon is yours to relax and let your body adjust to Lhasa's high altitudes.

Day 02/03: Lhasa sightseeing
These days you will be engrossed with sightseeing and excursions of the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Market, Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery. Lhasa is now a fascinating modern city. There are many wonderful things to see and do around Lhasa, which helps tells the story of Tibet's unique past and the intertwining of religion with history. Most of the holy temples retain magic and mysticism and demonstrate the absolute faith in Tibetan Buddhism so integral to the character of the Tibetan people.

Day 04: Lhasa to Gyantse  
Drive via the sacred fresh-water Yamdrok Tso (the Turquoise Lake) and the Karo La (5,045 metres) to Gyantse (3,950 metres).  Stay at the Gyantse Hotel for one night.  Enjoy this small agricultural town famous for its woollen carpets.  The 14th century Gyantse Dzong overlooks the town and the surrounding Nyang Chu Valley.  

Day 06 Gyantse to Shigatse
In the morning visit Khumbum, with its large gold-domed stupa, and Shalu Monastery. Then proceed on a short drive to Shigatse (3,900 metres) and stay at the Shigatse Hotel for one night.  Shigatse is famous for the Tashilhunpo Monastery, the seat of the Panchen Lama.

Day 07 Shigatse to Sakya
Drive west to Sakya (4,000 metres) and stay for one night in a local hotel.  Visit the Sakya Monastery, with its Mongolian-style outer walls and murals by painters from Tibet, China, Nepal and India.

Day 08 Sakya to Shegar
A picturesque drive past Lhatse and Gyatso La brings you to Shegar (4,350 metres) where you stay at the Shegar Hotel for one night. A small monastery and the remains of the Shining Crystal Dzong are on the mountain top.

Day 09 Shegar to Rongbuk & Tingri
In the morning drive to Everest Base Camp (5,150 metres) and after a short stop continue to Rongbuk which, at 5,500 metres, has the highest monastery in the world. Move on to Tingri (4,340 metres) and stay the night in a simple local hotel.

Day 10 Tingri to Zhangmu
Drive to Zhangmu (2,300 metres). Witness the changing landscape as you descend from the Tibetan Plateau to the lush green surroundings of this lively border town. Stay at the Zhangmu Hotel for one night.

Day 11 Kathmandu
After completing the border formalities, drive to Kathmandu (1,300 meters). Overnight at hotel. End the services.

Notice: Participants of the trip must keep in mind that this is an adventure journey that takes you into one of the remotest corner of the Tibetan plateau where many unexpected and unpleasant events may contribute to the need for a change in the itinerary. Depending on the prevailing situation, the itinerary can be modified to some extent after consulting with your guide. However, the date of tour conclusion should always coincide with the original plan.

Why choose us?

Mission Eco Trek aware that there are many companies seeking your business as you plan your adventure holidays in the Nepal Himalayas. We believe we offer the very best value for money and take your safety, comfort and ultimate holiday experience very seriously.

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Tour Cost:

In order for us to quote you the cost, please write us with number of members in your group, type of vehicles you want and the category of hotels you would like to stay in.

Flight Fare:

We provide you ktm-lhasa or Lhasa-ktm air tickets along with tour packages but the price are not fixed always, so please ask before booking your trip. Also if you wish to fly from Beijing to Lhasa and want a help from our side to book the air ticket then contact us and let us know your desire date, our ticketing officer will provide you entire details within 24 hours.

Train Fare:

You can take a train journey from any parts of Mainland china to Lhasa. Let us know from which city you want to come to Lhasa by train then we will provide you train fare with all necessary details. Contact us for more info on train.

Acclimatization

Keep in mind that you are traveling overland to highest plateau in the world; the drive goes constantly above 5000m during your journey except Lhasa (3,650m). Driving fast in such an elevation could cause medical conditions (Acute Mountain Sickness) which could be fatal. There is 50% less oxygen compared to sea level in high-altitudes places like in Tibet. The higher the altitude the less is the oxygen in air. Your body needs few days to acclimatize to this less oxygen environment. Although we provide enough information regarding AMS precaution matters, if you get AMS, we do not have other options to treat it other than medication. We advise specially the guest(s) with known heart or lungs or blood diseases to consult their doctor before traveling. Mild headaches, fever, loss of appetite or stomach disorder are symptoms of AMS.

Guide and Staffs arrangements

Throughout your time in Tibet you will be accompanied by an experienced English speaking Tibetan guide who will not only act as an interpreter but will also provide valuable insights into the Tibetan way of life. All our Tibet trips are run in cooperation with our Tibetan counterpart, so you can be assured that authentic local touch.

Time in Tibet

08 hours ahead of GMT. Note Tibet is linked to Beijing time so when you cross the border to Nepal the time change is considerable. Nepal is 5 hours and 45 minutes ahead of GMT.

Best Season

Autumn (August, Sept, & Oct), spring (March & April) & summer (May, June & July) are the best seasons for attempting this wonderful Trans Himalayan overland journey. No matter about the group size, this tour can be arranged for both individuals and small group travelers any time on your request.

Health & Experience Required

Overland trip in Tibet involves five to six hours driving per day, but comparatively little walking (indeed, walking is not mandatory). However, it is all at very high altitude, which will take a physical toll. There are no special physical requirements, but high altitude experience is a plus.

Rescue & Evacuation

In case of a serious sickness or a casualty, which we hope will not happen; you shall be transferred to the nearest hospital. Since you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation please make sure that it is covered by your insurance before assigning for it or be prepared to pay on your own.

Insurance

Before joining a tour, we recommend you to take a travel insurance which should cover cancellation, medical expenses and emergency repatriation.

Further Information

Our homepage contains as much information as possible about this trip. However, if you have any questions regarding trip, please feel free to contact us. We answer all enquiries within 24 hours. If you want to book a trip, you can send us an email or contact us directly by phone: 0977 98510 23742 (Jitendra), 0977 98510 23758 (Thakur).

Testimonials

Two weeks holiday in Nepal with Mission Eco-Trek

My wife and I took a 2 week tour in Nepal with Mission Eco-Trek in Feb 2011 and had a fantastic time. Mission Eco-Trek provided the very highest caliber guides and Ram Kumar (the proprietor) personally made sure that everything went smoothly. When storms caused our original flights to be cancelled and then cancelled for a second time, he graciously accommodated our changes at no extra cost. The cost was reasonable and the services provided were exceptional -even beyond what we had expected from the contract....

Namaste!
Kevin & Jacque
New York, USA

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