High Road to Tibet
14 days from Kathmandu to Kathmandu
From $ 3899
Duration14 days

From the sacred peaks of Tibet to lush green Nepalese valleys, explore overland the best of the Himalayas on this two-week tour. Discover mighty temples and small outposts on a journey that offers incredible vistas at every turn of the trail. Our expert Chief Experience Officers (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 Rongbuk, 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.

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  • Duration: 14 days
    Service level: Standard
  • Starts in: Kathmandu
    Physical Grading: Average
  • Ends in: Kathmandu
    Ages: 12+
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Day 1: Kathmandu

Start place: Kathmandu

There are no planned activities for today except for a welcome meeting in the early evening, followed by an optional dinner.
Arrive at any time.

End place: Kathmandu

Day 2: Kathmandu

Start place: Kathmandu

Take an orientation walk in Durbar Square before visiting 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. In the evening, enjoy free time to explore the fascinating city.

End place: Kathmandu

Meals: L
Day 3: Kathmandu/Panauti

Start place: Kathmandu

Many families in Panauti Village have come together to establish a homestay program.

Depending on the location, the home offers lovely views across surrounding fields or a post from which to observe street activity. As well as getting to know a local family and exploring this lovely village, you will assist with preparing your evening meal - learning how to cook local dishes - and eat together with your host family.
Depart for a community homestay in Panauti. Choose to disembark in Sanga and hike the remaining way to the village or continue via private vehicle. Explore the village then help cook an authentic Nepalese dinner. Enjoy a traditional Nepalese dinner at the Panauti community homestay.

End place: Panauti

Meals: D
Day 4: Panauti/Lhasa

Start place: Panauti

With a relaxed pace to allow for the effects of altitude, explore this fantastic city on 'the roof of the world' over three days. Don't miss one of the evening debating sessions with the monks.
Take an afternoon flight to Lhasa and spend three days exploring Lhasa, adjusting to the altitude, and learning more about the unique culture here.

End place: Lhasa

Day 5: Lhasa

Start place: Lhasa

Enjoy an orientation walk around Barkhor Square and guided tour of the Jokhang Temple. In the afternoon explore Sera Monastery.

End place: Lhasa

Day 6: Lhasa

Start place: Lhasa

Explore the grounds of Potala Palace where the Dalai Lamas would meditate. Later, visit the Dalai Lama's Summer Palace, Norbulingka.

End place: Lhasa

Day 7: Lhasa/Gyantse

Start place: Lhasa

The drive to Gyantse is a spectacular one, crossing three passes over 5000m (16404ft) and skirting the shores of the beautiful turquoise lake, Yamdrok Tso. Great for photography, prepare to stop at Khambala Pass, Karo La Pass, and Yamdrok Tso to take in the stunning views.
Drive to Gyantse along beautiful Yamdrok Tso.

End place: Jiangzi

Day 8: Gyantse/Xêgar

Start place: Jiangzi

In the morning, visit Pelkor Chode Monastery and Gyantse Kumbum. After breakfast, depart for Xȇgar. On the way, make a stop in Sakya and explore the Sakya Monastery.
Day 9: Xêgar/Rongpu Si
Take an exhilarating drive to reach Rongbuk – 5000m (16404ft) and a mere 7km (4.4mi) below Everest Base Camp. The view from here is utterly spectacular.

Rongbuk is the highest monastery in the world and its guesthouse offers very basic accommodation, but the views that surround it more than compensate. Lie in bed and watch the moonlight illuminate the mountain.

If you're keen and the altitude hasn't gotten to you, make the 7km (4.4mi) hike to Base Camp for a closer view this magnificent mountain. For the rest of the group, take the bus!
Visit Rongbuk, the highest monastery in the world. Hike to Everest Base Camp for a closer view of this magnificent mountain.

End place: Rongbu Si

Day 10: Rongpu Si/Shigatse

Start place: Rongbu Si

Travel from Rongbuk Si to Shigatse.

End place: Rikaze

Day 11: Shigatse

Start place: Rikaze

Lined with prayer wheels, follow the pilgrims on their kora around Tashilunpo Monastery. This sacred walk provides stunning views of the monastery and town below.
Enjoy a visit to the Tashilunpo Monastery and opt to complete the surrounding kora. In the afternoon, enjoy free time visiting the local market or exploring the scenic city.

End place: Rikaze

Day 12: Shigatse/Lhasa

Start place: Rikaze

Travel back to Lhasa.

End place: Lhasa

Day 13: Lhasa/Kathmandu

Start place: Lhasa

Fly back to Kathmandu and enjoy a final evening in the city.

End place: Kathmandu

Day 14: Kathmandu

Start place: Kathmandu

Depart any time.

End place: Kathmandu



  • Your G for Good Moment: Sisterhood of Survivors Project, Kathmandu Your G for Good Moment: Panauti Homestay, Panauti Your Local Living Moment: Rongbuk Monastery Guesthouse, Rongpu Si
  • Kathmandu orientation walk
  • Lhasa orientation walk
  • Potala Palace entrance
  • Sera Monastery visit
  • Jokhang Temple entrance
  • Pelkor Chode, Gyantse Kunbum, and Tashilhunpo Monastery visits
  • Border crossing support
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • Transport

    Plane, Local bus, Air-conditioned bus, Walking
  • Accommodation

    Hotels/guesthouses (12 nts), Homestay (1 nt, multi-share)
  • Meals

    1 lunches,
    1 dinners

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