Journey across Tibet
Overland Lhasa to Kathmandu with Everest Base Camp option | 13 days
This journey begins with a magnificent flight across the great Himalayan range to Lhasa, where you spend three full days sightseeing and acclimatising before heading across the vast Tibetan plateau along some of the highest, wildest roads in the world towards Gyantse, with its old fort and massive Palkhor Monastery. The drive across the central Tibetan plateau to the grassy meadowlands of the Tingri Plain yields stunning views of Everest, Cho Oyo, Lhotse and Makalu.
For those with a yearning to see Everest at close quarters, we highly recommend an extension of two to four days by jeep or on foot to Rongbuk, and finally to Everest Base Camp (northside) at 5,200m, which affords spectacular views.
Day 1: Fly to Kathmandu in Nepal
Days 2&3: Explore Kathmandu
Day 4: Fly across the Himalayan range to Lhasa
Days 5&6: Sightseeing and acclimatisation in Lhasa
Days 7&8: Cross the vast Tibetan plateau to see the monasteries at Gyantse & Shigatse
Days 9&10: The grassy plains of Tingri and a breathtaking descent into Zhangmu
Day 11: Cross the border into Nepal
Day 12: In Kathmandu
Day 13: Fly to London
guide price £2,495 per person
Fiona’s travel tips
FOR THE ACTIVE: Try mountain biking across the Tibetan Plateau — you’ll need to be fit!
MY FAVOURITE PLACE: Sitting among Tibetan monks listening to early morning chanting.
READ: The Epic of Mt. Everest by Frances Younghusband; Trespassers on the Roof of the World by Peter Hopkirk and Younghusband: The Last Great Imperial Adventurer by Patrick French.
BEST TIME TO GO: April to October
JOURNEY TIME: 15 hours (indirect)
“Could I please pass on my thanks to my excellent guides both in Kathmandu and Lhasa. I took a great food tour in Kathmandu which involved nipping around the back streets on Vespa scooters! The food was great. I had lassi, samosas, sweet Tibetan food, water buffalo Mo Mo (dumplings) and traditional Newali food. The Mo Mo were out of this world, I loved them, could eat them all day!
Bring on Mustang next year! I spoke to many guides who had been there, it sounds brilliant.”
Ian Stubbs, Nepal and Tibet, September/October 2017
“Far Frontiers Travel really does offer a tailor-made service. We contact Fiona with a list of what we want to do and see, and she somehow makes it all work. Nothing is ever a problem, and she always creates the itinerary that is exactly what we want. Considering we like to travel independently and really experience the culture of the destination, that is no mean feat.”
Chris and Jean Betts, Nepal and Tibet