Day 1, KATHMANDU: Arrive in Kathmandu.
Day 2, KATHMANDU: Morning walking tour of the market area of Asan, Durbar Square and Swayambunath Temple.
Day 3, ZHANGMU: Travel overland from Kathmandu to Zhangmu in Tibet.
Day 4, NYALAM PASS - LALUNG LA - XEGAR: We ascend rapidly up a narrow and fertile valley, hugging the banks of the Bhote Kosi river until we arrive on top of the Tibetan plateau. The views of the Himalayas and Mt Everest are incredible as we cross the Nyalam Pass (3,800m) and the Lalung La Pass (5,050m). (B)
Day 5, XEGAR - EVEREST: A scenic drive to Rongbuk, close to Everest Base Camp. There is a small monastery here and unrivalled views of Mt Everest. Return to Xegar for the night. (B)
Day 6, SHIGATSE: A long drive from Xegar to Shigatse crossing a 5,220m pass, visiting Sakya monastery if time allows. There are sweeping views over the varied and majestic landscape. (B)
Day 7, GYANTSE: Morning visit to the Tashilhunpo, the monastery of the Panchen Lama. With its traditional Tibetan architecture, striking golden roof and 26m high Buddha this is the largest yellow hat monastery in Tibet and one of the most impressive. Continue to Gyantse where we visit the Kumbum stupa and the Phalkor monastery. (B)
Day 8, LHASA: Scenic drive via Karo La (5,010m), Kambala (4,794m) and the sparkling turquoise Yamdrok Lake to Lhasa. (B)
Day 9, LHASA: A full day to visit the exquisite temples and palaces of Lhasa. We enjoy a guided tour of the Jokhang Temple, the Potala Palace and the important monasteries of Sera and Drepung. (B)
Day 10, LHASA: A full free day to further explore Lhasa. Relax on a roof top café overlooking the Jokhang Temple to watch the many devout pilgrims as they circle the temple, head for the summer palace of the Dalai Lama and ‘thief’s island’ or scour the markets for beautiful Tibetan souvenirs. (B)
Day 11, KATHMANDU: A spectacular flight over the Himalaya from Lhasa to
Day 12, KATHMANDU: Tour ends.