From Huc Father to Alexandra David-Neel, to reach Lhassa, the heart of Himalayas, was an adventure. Still today, this trip remains an adventure, where the expression "Roof of the World" takes on a new meaning. The magic of the immense landscapes answers to the incredible richness of the monuments. Following the ancient road used by monks, pilgrims artists and traders for centuries, from Lhassa to Kathmandu, we'll discover many facets of the Tibetan civilization: Sera and Drepung, important monastic universities, traditional villages, major historical sites like Samye and Potala, artistic marvels like Gyantse...
The amazing fervour of the Tibetans will give a unique occasion to understand their ancient wisdom.
On the immense Tibetan plateau, the pastors still travel with their herds (yaks, sheep, goats and horses). No trees exist to stop way vision. The soft undulations of the land endlessly repeat themselves, and smash in the South into the Himalayan chain and its sharp landscape, emphasized by eternal snow and ice. The Tibetan nomads have adapted themselves to this hostile universe. Wrapped in their big coats with long dangling sleeves, they withstand more than 200 km/H winds with serenity and temperatures that go down to more than 20 degrees below zero. During the winter, under the tents, they warm up around the meager flame given by burning dry yak waste, their only combustible.
The Tibetan side of the Himalayas, offer the most beatiful sight on the Everest. From the base camp of Rongphu, you have a gorgeous view on many peaks. The Everest (Chomolangma in tibetan), (Sagarmatha in Nepali), rise up its vertiginous rock faces almost smooth, above the Rongphu.
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Welcome at the airport in Kathmandu (or Changdu) and transfer to the hotel. Night at the hotel.
Guided visit of Kathmandu. (Or visit of Chengdu). Night at the hotel.
around 1h flight
Transfer to Kathmandou (or Chengdu) airport. Welcome at the airporTag 80 Km away from Lhassa, and transfer to the hotel. Free afternoon to relax and to acclimatize (3500 m) in the Tibetan capital. Night at the hotel.
Guided tour of the monasteries and of the major monuments of Lhassa essential to visit as well as the surroundings. Overnight stay at the hotel.
We use the famous Friendship Highway in direction to Gyantse, via the Yamdrok lake. Visit of Gyantse. Night at the hotel.
Road to Shigatste. Visit of the imposing Tashilhumpo monastery. Night at the hotel.
Visit of the Sakya monastery. Night at the guest house.
We leave the Friendship Highway to take one of the two tracks leading to the Everest base camp. We're going through two passes which are allmost aTag 5000m of altitude. On the way, visit of the villages of Tash Dzom and Pasum. Visit of the Rongphu monastery. Night in a guest house, with a very basic comfort.
Road in direction of the Everest base camp (5200 m). Visit the site. Then we take the Lamna La track to Dingri. On the way, we're going through the Lamna La pass (5100 m). After going through the pass, visit of few nomadic camps (Drokpas), and few tibetan villages. Night at Dingri in a guest house, with a very basic comfort.
The Friendship Highway leads us towards the Sino-Nepalese border through mountain passes over 5,000 m in lunar landscapes. Lunch in the village of Nyalam (3700 m). A few kilometers before the border town of Zhangmu-Kodari, a complete change of decor awaits you, while the zigzagging trail descends: mineral landscapes give way to lush, clean landscapes of southern Himalayas. We head to Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.
Free day to explore the tourist district of Thamel. Night at the hotel.
Transfer to the airport. End of our services.
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