With spectacular views of the world’s tallest peaks and awe-inspiring high altitude treks, Tibet in true sense is the ‘roof of the world’.
The spiritual heart of Tibet, Lhasa, has enough to keep you intrigued for at least a couple of days.
While the former residence of Dalai Lamas, the iconic Potala Palace is an obligatory stop for all tourists, the Jokhang Temple located in the Barkhor Square is fast becoming another requisite site to visit.
The Tibetan style of debating draws many tourists to Sera, one of the great Gelukpa religious center, Sera. Sera is 4km north of Lhasa. Another great Gelukpa religious center is Drepung which is 8km to the west of Lhasa.
Another pleasant town is Gyantse, famous for its 32m high chorten, the Gyantse Kumbum. The tour continues further exploring the ancient citadels, palaces and monasteries in the Tibetan cities of Shigatse and Tsethang.
The tour the moves to the birthplace of Tibetan civilization, Yarlung Valley, which is known for the old Samye Monastery. It is considered to be the first great Buddhist monastery in Tibet.
The tour concludes with the excursion to the sacred Namtso Lake.
This trail is relatively unscathed by the earthquake and is safe for trekking.
Day 01: Arrive Lhasa (3,660m). Drive from gongarr airport to Lhasa
Day 02: Sightseeing in Lhasa
Day 03: Sightseeing in Lhasa
Day 04: Drive Lhasa to Gyantse (3,950m)
Day 05: Drive Gyantse to Shigatse (3,900m)
Day 06: Drive Shigatse to Lhasa (2,80km)
Day 07: Drive Lhasa to Tsedang
Day 08: In Tsedang – Yarlung Valley (the Valley of Tombs) & Samye Monastery
Day 09: Drive to Lhasa
Day 10: Day excursion to Namtso Lake
Day 11: Depart Lhasa
All visitors except the Indian nationals must hold a passport and valid visa in order to enter Nepal. Visas can be obtained at the Nepalese diplomatic missions and consulates abroad and also at entry points in Nepal. In order to obtain a visa at the airport or any of the land entry points, you are required to complete a visa form and provide a recent passport photograph and payment in cash.
Gratis visa for 30 days available only for tourists of SAARC countries
Multiple entry 15 days – US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry 30 days – US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry 90 days – US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency
If you wish to extend your visa, you can do this at the Department of Immigration in Kathmandu
The visa extension fee for 15 days or less is USD 30 or equivalent convertible currency
The visa extension fee for more than 15 days is USD 2 per day
Tourist visas can be extended for a maximum period of 150 days in a single visa year (January to December)
Tourist visa is avalable on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu.
Before you head to the immigration counter, fill out the visa forms. Though there is a photo booth, we would advise you to carry passport photos to save time (and money). It will cost you US $ 30 (cash) for a thirty days visa.
Our staff will be waiting for you outside the international airport. Look out for someone carrying a sign with either “Expedition Himalaya” or your name written on it.
You can call Nabin (98 5100 4278) or Pasang (98 0102 5435) of Expedition Himalaya if you face any problem.
At the end of your trip, Expedition Himalaya will transfer you to the airport for your flight home.