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High Road to Lhasa

This is our classic Tibetan journey - a rugged crossing of the Tibetan Plateau linking the fabled city of Lhasa with the bustling and vibrant Kathmandu. In the company of our Tibetan speaking guides we include the cultural highlights of Lhasa including the Potala Palace, the Jokhang temple, the Norbulingka plus the Drepung and Sera monasteries, with visits to Gyantse (the Kumbum chorten) and Shigatse (the Tashilhunpo). A highlight of the journey is our visit to the famous Rongphu Valley to see Mount Everest's north face from the historic base camp used during the expeditions led by Mallory in the 1920s - an experience shared by only a handful of dedicated travellers each year on this remarkable journey through Tibet.


14 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 8 dinners
Airport transfers if arriving on day 1 and 15 or if you booked pre/post tour accommodation at the Radisson through World Expeditions
Expert bilingual guide and group medical kit
Radisson Hotel in Kathmandu
Comfortable hotels and guesthouses in Tibet
Private transportation
Sightseeing and site entrance fees as listed in itinerary
Portable altitude chamber for group use
WE kit bag, down jacket and sleeping bag (if joining in KTM)
Bottled Oxygen for emergency use
Journey over the Tibet Plateau to Rongphu Monastery and Mt. Everest
Absorb the dramatic views of the north face of Everest
Explore Lhasa and visit Potala Palace, former home of the Dalai Lama
Delve into the rich cultural traditions of Tibet, visiting Tashilhunpo Monastery in Shigatse
Traverse the Himalaya overland from the Tibetan Plateau to Kathmandu
Tour Provider World Expeditions
Number of Days
Price From
AUD $3,990
Start Location
Kathmandu, Tibet
End Location
Age Range
Avg. 30+
Group Size
5 to 16
Tour Style
Tour Themes
Physical Rating
Tour departure dates
01 Sep 201915 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $3,990
03 May 202017 May 2020AvailableAUD $4,140
30 Aug 202013 Sep 2020AvailableAUD $4,140
27 Sep 202011 Oct 2020AvailableAUD $4,140
Day 1
You will be met by a representative of World Expeditions and transferred to the hotel. Remainder of the afternoon at leisure. A pre-trip briefing will be given around 5pm where arrangements will be made for the distribution of your kit bag, sleeping bag and down/fibrefill jacket and the completion of your Tibet visa application. There are a million things to see in Kathmandu and we recommend you spend this day wandering the town and exploring the valley on bicycle or by taxi. Evening drinks are held in the hotel for all World Expeditions clients arriving today. Drinks and snacks will generally be served from 6:30 pm until 7:15pm, and this is a great opportunity to get acquainted with your fellow group members before heading out to dinner. Overnight Radisson Hotel, Kathmandu
Day 2
This morning a sightseeing tour takes in the key attractions in and around Kathmandu. We will visit Pashupatinath and Boudhanath. Following lunch we will drive to the village of Balthali about 40kms outside of Kathmandu. Our visit here gives us the opportunity to get out of the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu life and experience the reduced pace of rural Nepal while the Tibetan visa formalities are being completed by the Chinese Embassy. If the weather is kind you may also get magnificent views of the Himalayan Range. It's best if you pack a day pack with the things you will need for the next couple of days as a short walk of about 20 minutes is required to access our accommodation from the road head. Overnight hotel.
Day 3
Today is a day to explore our surroundings with a walk around the village and nearby environs. Alternatively, you may opt to put your feet up in preparation for the Tibetan adventure that awaits. Overnight Radisson Hotel, Kathmandu. Overnight hotel.
Day 4
With visa formalities due to be completed today we head back to Kathmandu in preparation for tomorrows flight to Lhasa. En route back to Kathmandu we stop in at Bhaktapur on of the three ancient cities that have fused to created modern day Kathmandu. We will visit the UNESCO listed Durbar Square that many relate to be the finest in the Kathmandu Valley. Despite some damage being done by the 2015 earthquake there still remains many reasons to visit this wonderful city. In the afternoon you will have free time to explore more of the city and make final preparations for your trip.
Day 5
This morning we are transferred to the airport for the flight to Lhasa. On arrival at Lhasa Airport you will be transferred to the city a drive that takes around two hours. Due to the high altitude, you need to take it easy when you arrive in Lhasa. (Kathmandu to Lhasa flights not included in trip cost.) Overnight hotel.
Days 6-7
Today we will allow ourselves to appreciate the rich cultural history Lhasa. We include visits to the Jokhang, the Norbulingka (the Summer Palace of the Dalai Lama), and the famous Potala Palace. We also include visits to the nearby monasteries of Drepung and Sera. Overnight hotel.
Day 8
From Lhasa we drive down the Kyichu Valley to the Yarlong Tsampo (Brahmaputra) before ascending to the Khamba La (Khamba Pass) at 4900m. The views are outstanding in the foreground is the vast freshwater Yamdrok Tso or Turquoise Lake, while to the south the snow-capped ranges merge with the main Himalayan range. We drive around the lake before crossing the Karo La (5200m) to reach Gyantse. Overnight hotel.
Day 9
Gyantse is a remarkable place that has escaped much of the Chinese influence evident in other major Tibetan towns. It is dominated by the ancient fort that was besieged by British forces in 1904 during the famous Younghusband Expedition. We also visit the remarkable octagonal chorten, the Kumbum (or Pango Chorten)- built in 1444 on a series of four levels, each of which contains separate chapels. In the afternoon we drive to Shigatse. Overnight hotel.
Day 10
The drive to Shegar can be completed in half a day, which allows time this afternoon to visit the Shegar Fort and Monastery. Overnight hotel.
Day 11
The drive over the Pang La (5150m) affords our first views of the north face of Everest (8848m). From the pass we descend to the village of Phadhruchi, before driving up the Rongphu Valley to Rongphu Monastery and unrivalled views of the mountain's north face. At Rongphu we stay in the small lodge attached to the monastery, which has recently been reconstructed following the excesses of the Cultural Revolution in the 1960s. Nowadays there are about twenty monks in attendance. Please note that there are no "5-star" hotels at Rongphu, and facilities at both the lodge and the nearby campsite are very basic, but any discomfort is more than compensated by the views in this spectacular location!
Day 12
Access to Everest Base Camp used by the famous interwar British expeditions is currently restricted to mountaineers with the necessary permits. That said the view of Everest from the monastery is definitely worth the trip as it dominates the valley carved by the glacier originating from the mountains northern flank. In the afternoon we will commence our drive to Kathmandu and the town of Old Tingri. Overnight hotel.
Day 13
Continue our drive to Kathmandu. Today we are heading for the border town of Kerung. Following the 2015 earthquake the former friendship highway was badly damaged resulting in its continued closure. This new route was opened initially to ensure that trade between Nepal and China could continue. In 2017 the border post was opened to tourists allowing for travel along this legendary overland route to recommence. This road is sure to add to the sense of adventure as it traverses parts of both Tibet and Nepal new to tourism. Road conditions along this route are changeable as improvements to the road continue to ensure that it can accommodate the traffic using it. Overnight hotel.
Day 14
Today we complete the final stage of our journey from Lhasa via the earthquake ravaged Langtang region. It is a fitting conclusion to an epic overland journey and the comfort of the Radisson Hotel will no doubt be welcomed with open arms. Overnight Radisson Hotel, Kathmandu
Day 15
After breakfast, your trip concludes.