Fly in and fly out tour from Kathmandu to Lhasa offers fun-filled adventurous journey around cultural heritages and historical places of Nepal and Tibet. Lhasa, most popularly known as ‘Sunlight City’, is regarded as the heart and soul of Tibet.
What to Expect
Day 01 - Arrival at the Tribuwan International Airport in Kathmandu (1,345m)
Our airport representative will welcome you at the airport and transfer to your hotel on a private tourist vehicle. Overnight at a hotel.
Day 02 - Pre-trip meeting and sightseeing around the Kathmandu valley
At around 8am, we host a pre-trip meeting at your hotel in Kathmandu and introduce your trek leader/guide. Please seek this opportunity to ask questions about your trek. This includes a final briefing and preparations for the trip. For the meeting, please make sure you bring passport, three copies of passport-size photos, and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. During this meeting, please clear the due balance, if any, and sign the legally binding trip form as well as the non-liability disclaimer. Please inform us in advance if you will be arriving late and therefore are unable to attend the pre-trip meeting.
After the pre-trip meeting and a hearty breakfast, your sightseeing trip will start at around 9:45am. You will have a private vehicle and a professional tour guide at your disposal. We visit Boudhanath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world, where we observe Buddhist monks praying in the monasteries surrounding the stupa. After Boudhanath Stupa we visit Pashupatinath, the most famous Hindu temple in the country, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. Here we see Hindu holy men (sadhus) meditating, pilgrims bathing and occasionally funeral pyres burning on the ghats. We will also visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square, which is a collection of pagoda and shikhara – style temples grouped around a fifty-five-window palace of brick and wood. The attraction of the Bhaktapur Durbar Square is The Lion gate, The Golden gate, The Palace of fifty five windows, Art Galleries, The Statue of King Bhupatindra Malla.
The rest of our time in Kathmandu is free for further exploration and some last-minute shopping in Thamel area near by your hotel. Later, you will be supplied with our Trek Pack and departure information for the next day. Overnight at a hotel.
Day 03 - Fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa (3,660m)
Early morning transfer to the international airport for the hour-long flight to Lhasa. This stunning flight, on a China Southwest Airlines Boeing 757, takes us right across the main Himalayan range and provides us with magnificent mountain views. After landing at Gongar Airport and meeting our Tibetan guide, it is a further 2-hour drive by Land cruiser to Lhasa. It's advisable to rest and take it easy for the remainder of the day due to Lhasa's altitude. Overnight at hotel.
Day 04 - Guided sightseeing in Lhasa
We spend this day visiting several of Lhasa's many monasteries in the company of a guide and interpreter. One of these is the Sera Monastery, one of the best-preserved monasteries in Tibet, within its whitewashed walls and golden roofs, several hundred monks live and study. After lunch we'll visit the Norbulingka, the summer palace of the Dalai Lama, as well as the Jokhang Temple. This temple is possibly the most sacred shrine in Tibet and there is always a procession of devout Tibetans through the complex. Surrounding the Jokhang is the Barkor - a maze of narrow cobbled streets that is the central market of Lhasa. Overnight at a hotel.
Day 05 - Second day of guided sightseeing in Lhasa
In the morning, we visit the Potala Palace which is the crown jewel of Lhasa. It is a spectacular ancient building, containing private quarters of the Dalai Lama as well as numerous grand state rooms and many important chapels. There has been a Palace on this site since the 5th or 6th century, but the present Palace was constructed in the 17th century. After lunch, we visit the Drepung Monastery, which was founded in the 14th century and was once the largest in the world, with a population of around 10,000 monks. These days that figure is down to several hundred, but there is still much here of interest as it was left relatively unscathed during the Cultural Revolution. Overnight at a hotel.
Day 06 - Fly from Lhasa to Kathmandu
Transfer to Gongar Airport for your return flight to Kathmandu. You have the option to extend your trip to continue onto Chitwan jungle safari, rafting adventure, Kathmandu valley shopping tour, scenic Everest flight, mountain biking and other activities. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 07 - Transfer to the airport for your final flight departure
The trip concludes – our airport representative will drop you to Kathmandu’s Tribhuwan International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal.
- Pick up from and drop off at the hotel and the airport on a tourist car / van /minibus.
- Twin sharing accommodation in a three- or four-star hotel in Kathmandu. (3 nights)
- Tibetan standard two-star hotel accommodation (mostly twin-sharing room) with basic hotel accommodation for the Tibet tour.
- Kathmandu - Lhasa - Kathmandu airfare.
- Ground transportation to and from Kathmandu. SUVs and a support truck during the Tibet tour.
- Guided city tour in Kathmandu on a private vehicle.
- Government-licensed English-speaking Tibetan tour guide.
- The required number of ground staff for the tour.
- Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for our ground staff.
- A down jacket and a sleeping bag provided Ace the Himalaya (to be returned after the trek).
- Free Ace the Himalaya duffel/kit bag, sunhat and t-shirt (yours to keep).
- Tibet entry permission, Chinese visa and monastery entry fees.
- All government taxes and official expenses.
What's Not Included
- International airfare and airport departure tax.
- Your travel insurance (mandatory for the trip; should cover helicopter rescue charges worth a minimum of USD 50,000 per person).
- Nepal entry visa – you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (A multiple-entry 30-day tourist visa can be obtained for USD 40 or equivalent. Similarly, a multiple-entry 90-day tourist visa costs USD 100. Please have 2 passport size photos and the amount in cash USD/Euro handy.
- Internet and telephone calls.
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu – about USD 20 per person per day.
- Sightseeing/monument entrance fees.
- Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks. Items of personal nature such as laundry.
- Personal trekking and/or climbing equipment.
- Tips for trekking staff and driver. (Tipping is expected)
- Others expenses not mentioned in the Price Includes section.
Know Before You Go
Please note that: USD 80 per person per night for single room and USD 65 per person per night for double (twin sharing) room if you need extra accommodation in Kathmandu, including breakfast.