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Max. Elevation
3830 m / 12565 ft
Group size
Min 2 (Single Supplement $250)
Level
Moderate
Transportation
All ground transportation and flight as per itinerary.
Best Season
March to May, October to November
Starts at / Ends at
Kathmandu /
Accomodation
3*** Hotel in Kathmandu and Hotel/Lodge during the trip.
Meals
Breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals during the trip.
Trip Route

Highlights

  • Sweeping panorama of Himalayan peaks with grand views of Mt. Everest.
  • Enjoy fascinating tour of impressive monasteries of great cultural interest.
  • Tour of majestic Potala Palace and its immense treasures of ancient times.
  • Visit the scenic countryside beyond Lhasa amidst beautiful farm fields.
  • Explore the interesting Barkhor market observing exciting Tibetan customs.
  • Discover the iconic Potala Palace in Lhasa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and former residence of the Dalai Lama.
  • Visit revered Buddhist monasteries and pilgrimage sites, experiencing the spiritual essence of Tibetan Buddhism.

Overview

TIBET SCENIC AND CULTURAL TOUR:
‘enjoy the fascinating tour of Tibet and its famous heritage sites’
Tibet Scenic and Cultural Tour, a short and exciting visit to the world’s highest Lhasa city, is an amazing place to experience. Tibet with the largest plateau where tree lines and vegetation exist in only a few areas of the country.
The country’s landscapes are mostly dry, arid, and yet beautiful with stunning scenery with a view of snow-capped peaks. An enjoyable journey of less than a week, just to catch glimpse of Tibet's Scenic and Cultural sites.
The tour begins and ends in the fabled city of Lhasa, the capital and commercial hub of Tibet. Although a semi-modern city retains its old-time glories of ancient religious and historical sites. Where Himalayan Forever Treks will show you the wonders of Tibet, its people, and impressive cultures.
Tibet Scenic & Cultural Tour begins on arrival in Kathmandu with a familiarization tour around famous sites. Which provides an idea of Buddhism norms and cultures before heading to Lhasa in Tibet. 
From Kathmandu a sweeping panoramic flight of an hour, flying above the Himalayan range of snow-capped peaks. Overlooking views of Mt. Everest, Shisapangma, Cho-Oyu, and Makalu all world’s highest peaks, then landing across the border in Tibet. 
While in Lhasa, Tibet our native Tibetan guide will lead the tour on receiving at the Tibet International Airport. Located in Gongor town, an hour smooth drive from the main Lhasa city, and staying in traditional Tibetan style hotels.
The tour begins with visiting famous landmarks of the country like the huge monasteries of Drepung, Shera, and Jhorkang Temple. Exploring the colorful market of Barkhor is an interesting place to observe the local immense cultures.
Visiting the main highlight to majestic Potala Palace the pride and landmark of Tibet and Tibetans. The tour extends further east from Lhasa to Ganden's huge monastery complex, which stands on a high hill. Where travelers can enjoy and experience the rural farm village and towns of Tibet.
After a marvelous time in Lhasa, Tibet, then fly back to Kathmandu to enjoining a memorable experience on Tibet Scenic & Cultural Tour.

Central Tibet Cultural Tour
The Central Tibet cultural tour takes you on a journey through the heart of Tibet, where you'll explore ancient monasteries, sacred sites, and vibrant local markets. Highlights of the tour include visits to iconic landmarks such as the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, and Barkhor Street in Lhasa, as well as the serene lakes and stunning landscapes of Namtso Lake and Yamdrok Lake.

Preparation for Tibet Scenic and Cultural Tour Trip
Preparation for your Tibet scenic and cultural tour involves obtaining the necessary travel permits, arranging transportation and accommodations, and packing appropriate clothing and gear for the varying weather conditions. It's also essential to familiarize yourself with Tibetan customs and etiquette to ensure a respectful and enriching travel experience.

Best Season or Time to Visit Tibet Scenic and Cultural Tour
The best season to embark on a Tibet scenic and cultural tour is during the spring and autumn months when the weather is mild and stable. However, Tibet's unique landscapes and cultural events make it a captivating destination year-round, so travelers can plan their visit based on personal preferences and interests.

Foods Available On Tibet Scenic and Cultural Tour
During your Tibet scenic and cultural tour, you'll have the opportunity to savor a variety of traditional Tibetan dishes, including tsampa (roasted barley flour), momos (dumplings), thukpa (noodle soup), and yak meat dishes. Additionally, you'll find Chinese and international cuisine options in restaurants and teahouses throughout Tibet.

Accommodation Facilities On Tibet Scenic and Cultural Tour
Accommodation options on the Tibet scenic and cultural tour range from comfortable hotels and guesthouses to traditional Tibetan-style lodges and tented camps. While accommodations may vary in amenities and comfort level, they offer a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in Tibetan hospitality and culture.

Difficulty Level of Tibet Scenic and Cultural Tour
The difficulty level of the Tibet scenic and cultural tour is generally low to moderate, with most activities involving sightseeing, short walks, and cultural experiences. However, travelers should be prepared for high altitudes and varying weather conditions, as well as the possibility of long travel days and rugged terrain in some areas. Overall, the tour is suitable for travelers of all ages and fitness levels.

Important Note

Mode of Tour: Best traditional Guest-House and hotels in Tibet.
Tour Grade: Moderate with touch of high altitude.
Area of Tour: Central Tibet, Lhasa, Ganden monastery and Shigatse.
Highest points: 3,830 m / 12, 566 feet high at Ganden Monastery Tour.
People and culture: 80 % Tibetan follows Buddhism religion and cultures.
In Tibet: 04 Nights and 05 Days (with flights both ways).                                             
Total Trip: 07 Nights / 08 Days from arrival to main departures.
Best Seasons:
The best seasons for Tibet Scenic and Cultural Tour are late spring and autumn/fall. Starts from April to pre-summer of June, most days are clear and fine with longer sunlight hours. Chances of light snowfall sometimes. 
The next best season is autumn/fall when most days are crystal clear for a scenic tour and the best views. But short days due to sun-light hours, cold morning and late afternoon till night time. Chances of snowfall sometimes. The sun in Tibet is bright due to the high altitude with much UV, requires strong Sun Cream / Block, wearing a sun-hat and long sleeve shirts. While walking on day time on tours.

Trip Itinerary

On arrival at Kathmandu, Nepal International Airport our guide and staff will receives you with traditional welcome. After knowing the staff of Himalayan Forever Treks, a short drive to your hotels. Located in the heart of a city within an exciting Thamel area, an interesting place where most good hotels and restaurants situated. Reaching at the hotel, check your lovely rooms, after getting refreshed join in for group briefing. Provided by your guide or Group Leader, offers useful and important information for Tibet Scenic & Cultural Tour. 

Max. altitude

1,320m / 4,331 ft.

Accommodation

Hotel

Meals

Welcome Dinner

Morning after breakfast, our city and cultural guide receives you at the hotel for exciting tour. The drive leads in the heart of Kathmandu city, where interesting historical Durbar Square / Palace Courtyard located. The right spot to observe Nepalese cultures. Tour of ancient monuments listed in UNESCO World Heritage Sites, next tour takes you to old Swayambhunath Stupa of more than 2,600 years history.  A Buddhist monument situated on a hillock west of Kathmandu city outskirt, the famous landmark of the country.

1. Kathmandu Durbar Square:

Nestled within the bustling streets of the Kathmandu Valley, Kathmandu Durbar Square stands as a living museum of Nepal's royal history. As the former royal palace, this UNESCO World Heritage Site boasts an array of palaces, courtyards, and intricately carved temples. The architecture reflects a harmonious blend of Hindu and Nepalese artistry, with pagoda-style structures, ornate windows, and detailed wooden carvings that showcase the country's cultural diversity. Visitors can explore the Hanuman Dhoka Palace, Kumari Ghar (the Living Goddess's residence), and numerous shrines that bear witness to the city's royal past. The vibrant atmosphere, with street vendors, local artisans, and traditional performances, immerses visitors in the authentic charm of Kathmandu.

2. Pashupatinath Temple:

A short distance from Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple emerges as one of the most sacred Hindu shrines globally, nestled along the banks of the Bagmati River. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this UNESCO-listed site draws pilgrims and tourists alike with its spiritual aura and stunning architecture. The temple complex encompasses a series of shrines, ghats, and courtyards, each contributing to the religious ambiance. The main temple, adorned with silver and gold, features intricate carvings that narrate Hindu mythology. Visitors can witness the solemnity of cremation ceremonies along the riverbank, a profound experience that underscores the cycle of life and death in Hindu tradition.

3. Boudhanath Stupa:

A beacon of Buddhism in Kathmandu, the Boudhanath Stupa is an imposing structure that commands attention with its colossal mandala. As one of the largest stupas in the world, it serves as a focal point for Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal. The stupa's whitewashed dome is adorned with prayer flags, while the all-seeing eyes of the Buddha gaze serenely in all four cardinal directions. Pilgrims and visitors alike circumambulate the stupa, spinning prayer wheels and chanting mantras, creating a rhythmic and meditative atmosphere. The surrounding area is dotted with monasteries, shops selling traditional Tibetan artifacts, and rooftop cafes that offer panoramic views of the stupa and its vibrant surroundings. From here back to hotel, afternoon at leisure and preparation for Tibet Scenic & Cultural Tour.

Max. altitude

1,320m / 4,331 ft.

Accommodation

Hotel

Meals

BLD

Fabled Lhasa City Tour starts with scenic flight of one hour to Lhasa, during flight eye-catching views of world’s highest mountains includes Mount Everest, on reaching at Tibet at Gongar Airport, at Gongor airport received by our Tibetan guide and driver for short exciting drive in the hub of Lhasa city. Afternoon relax and take a short walk around Barkhor market square where most of the hotels are located.

Max. altitude

3,650m / 11,975 ft.

Accommodation

Hotel

Meals

BLD

Two days in Lhasa for exciting tour around great places of religious and cultural interest. Our Tibetan guide takes you for a short drive west of Lhasa to a large and important Drepung Monastery. Located on a hill top, in early day it was the residence of all high priest including the Dalai Lamas, before Potala Palace was built. Tour leads to the main prayer halls with monks on deep prayers, Drepung means a heap of rice. As it looks from the distance with white washed buildings after a great interesting visit. Drive to Shera Monastery witness the young monks on exciting debate, which deepens their knowledge before reaching the priesthood.

Shera monastery located north of Lhasa, after an interesting time with lunch break in local Tibetan / Chinese restaurants. Afternoon enjoy a stroll around the busy Barkhor market and visit the Jhorkang Temple.

Next morning tour of magnificent Potala Palace, which means 'Heavenly Realm' with 1,000 rooms. The visitors can enter only the main important interiors of 8 to 10 rooms of great religious and cultural significant.

Potala Palace stands as Landmark of Tibet situated in the hub of the city, where high and superior priests Dalai Lama lived till the last 14th Dalai Lama, at present it is a museum. Afternoon free at leisure or visit the Summer Palace of Norbulingkha with lovely gardens, the palace of few past Dalai Lamas.

As the day end in Lhasa, with time for individual activities around Lhasa before dinner time.     

Max. altitude

3,650m / 11,975 ft.

Accommodation

Hotel

Meals

BLD

Today our tour leads outside the city and one of the best way to see Tibetan country landscapes and rural life of villagers with chance to watch Yak grazing on wide open pastureland. Morning a pleasant drive to Ganden Monastery area, a distance of 45 k.m. towards east of Lhasa, on leaving the main road heading uphill as Ganden monastery located 18 k.m from main highway, on reaching the top sacred ridge of Wangku Ri at Ganden area.  

Ganden a foremost monastery of Gelugpa sect of Tibetan Buddhism (Yellow Hat), all Great Six monasteries (Ganden, Sera, Drepung, Tashilumpo, Labrang, Kumbum) are of Yellow Sects, none suffered as disastrously as Ganden during Cultural Revolution when artillery and vast quantities of dynamite where deployed, at present built into its original form after much destruction. 

In early time over 2,000 monks lived here; now there are hardly 300 monks, after a nice and interesting tour of Ganden drive back to Lhasa.

Max. altitude

3,830m / 12,566 ft.

Accommodation

Hotel

Meals

BLD

Morning as time for flight to Kathmandu, the guide meets you for an hour drive to Gongar airport. After bidding farewell to the Tibetan guide and drivers then enter the terminal for visa and passport formalities with custom check.

Board in Air China or similar airlines for super panoramic flight of an hour to land at Kathmandu. During flight enjoy superb views of Himalayan arrays of peaks with close views of Mt. Everest and Mt. Makalu. Slowly the flight lands at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport.

After migration and visa formalities, walk outside the terminal our staff transfer you back into your hotel, with time in the afternoon for individual activities and shopping.  

Max. altitude

1,320m / 4,331 ft.

Accommodation

Hotel

Meals

Fare-well Dinner

Last day in Nepal and at Kathmandu, get ready for final departure as per your international flight time. Himalayan Forever Trek guide and staff transfer you to the airport. Bidding farewell to the guide and staff as you depart for homeward-bound flight, after a wonderful experience on Tibet Scenic & Cultural Tour.

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Includes

  • All arrival and departure transportation airport / hotel / airport in Nepal and Tibet.
  • 3*** (Three Star ) Hotel in Kathmandu / Tibet at tourist standard hotels (Single room supplement at extra cost if required)
  • In Kathmandu / Tibet accommodation with Bed and Breakfast basis only.
  • Sightseeing tour as per the itinerary.
  • Applicable Tibet Permit & Tibet Entry Visa Fees.
  • Service of city guides as well in Tibet, daily wages-medical insurance.
  • Comprehensive medical kits and re-confirmation of international air tickets.
  • Airfare as per the itinerary Kathmandu-Lhasa-Kathmandu.

Doesn't Include

  • Nepal Visa-Personal travel and medical insurance.
  • Expenses of personal nature on tour in Tibet / Nepal, gratitude (tips) hard/soft drinks throughout the trip.
  • Personal gear and medical kit.
  • Emergency evacuation by any means of transportation services is required.
  • Early return from the trip due to personal/medical problem in this case clients should bear his / her own expenses on return from the tour back to Kathmandu. Including expenses of accompanying guides.06: Meals in Kathmandu and in Tibet, besides breakfast.
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Frequently Asked Questions

The average elevation within all Tibet is above 3,000 m high, and crossing passes of above 5,000 meters. The highest point on this journey is at 3,830 m on top of a high hill at Ganden Monastery and Lhasa city at 3,650 m high. 

Dry and barren landscapes with close views of giant snow-capped peaks of Himalaya range. On flights views of world’s three highest peaks, namely Mt. Shisapangma, Mt. Cho-Oyu and Mt. Everest. Tour leads to many traditional farm villages with yellow mustard and barley fields with Yaks grazing on the meadows. Visit leads to interesting monasteries and palaces of Dalai Lamas, the former principal rulers of Tibet. About 90 % Tibetans follows Buddhism with interesting age-old heritage culture and custom.  

As season wise, during spring and autumn the best time for tour in Tibet most days are fine and clear. To enjoy views and pleasant walks, however can expect snow on higher altitude sometimes. But bright and sunny days in best seasons from April to pre-summer month of June. As well in autumn / fall from September to November, in spring season, above 3,000 m high. Minimum temperatures of minus 0° and maximum of 20° Celsius not adding extra wind-chill factor. In autumn the sun rise late by 5:30 a.m. and sunsets by 5 p.m. makes the morning and night time much colder with minimum temperatures from minus 5° to 10° Celsius. 

Depending upon altitude wise. Maximum of 15° to 20° Celsius, around high altitude above 2,500 the sunlight gets bright with strong UV. All visitors needs to carry sun-blocks and wearing sun-hats to block the sun against the UV rays around higher altitude, especially in direct sunlight of afternoon.

Yes, can continue your personal trip to mainland China, either by flight or taking a train journey. But needs to inform Himalayan Forever Treks well in advance, as for Tibet Tour it will be a group visa. On separating from the group, people leaving for China, must obtain another visa and cancel the name from the main list. 

The Time Zone used in Tibet is Beijing Mean Time (GMT + 7:45 Hours). Which is 2 hrs. 15 minutes ahead of Nepal Standard Time. The currencies in Tibet is Chinese Renminbi Yuan which is 1 Yuan to US$ 8 but subject to change any time.

The Tibet Scenic and Cultural Tour is a journey designed to explore the breathtaking landscapes and rich cultural heritage of Tibet.

The journey often begins with a flight to Lhasa, the capital of Tibet, from major cities like Chengdu or Kathmandu.

The tour typically takes around 8-12 days, depending on the specific itinerary and places included.

Yes, travelers need a Tibet Travel Permit to enter Tibet, which is usually arranged by the tour operator.

English-speaking guides are commonly available for international tourists. Other languages may be available upon request.

Mobile network coverage is available in major towns, allowing communication during the tour.

Yes, there are opportunities to shop for traditional Tibetan handicrafts, jewelry, and artifacts in local markets.

Travelers can explore Tibetan monasteries, experience traditional ceremonies, witness unique architecture, and learn about the rich Buddhist culture.

Yes, travelers can extend their stay in Tibet with additional permits. Extensions may include visits to nearby attractions like Namtso Lake or further exploration of Lhasa.

There is no strict age limit, but participants should be in good health to enjoy the tour activities.

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