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Day 1 - Welcome to Lhasa, TibetYou’ll be greeted on arrival and escorted to the 5-star Shangri-La Hotel. The balance of this day is at leisure so you can relax and acclimate to the altitude. Tonight, you’ll sit down to an à la carte dinner here at the hotel. Meals D
Day 2 - Tibetan History + CultureAfter breakfast, General Tours engaging Tibetan guide will be waiting to share with you the historic sites and colorful stories of this intriguing city. Stretching for more than 1,000 feet along a ridge set against the snowcapped peaks, the Potala Palace was the winter residence of the Dalai Lama. Entering within its massive walls, gates and turrets, your guided tour will include both the White and Red Palaces.
Back in town, a resident monk enriches your tour of Jokhang Temple; originally founded in the 7th century, this 4-story timber structure is topped with gold and remains an important pilgrimage site for Tibetan Buddhists. Then experience the lively markets of Barkhor Street and visit Sera Monastery, founded in the 15th century. Meals B+L+D
Day 3 - Over the Kambala Pass to ShigatseAfter breakfast and check out, you’ll hit the road this morning with General Tours professional driver and experienced Mountain Trip Leader. In comfortable Toyota 4x4 Land Cruisers, General Tours intimate group will journey southward through the spectacular mountain scenery. Ascending to 15,680 feet through the Kambala Pass, you’ll have great views over Yamdrok Yumtso, one of Tibet’s three holy lakes.
In Gyantse, you’ll hear the colorful history of this high-mountain town that sits on an ancient trade route between India and Tibet. Visit Palkhor Monastery, with its distinctive blend of Han, Tibetan and Nepalese architecture, and see the impressive Kumbum Stupa where Tibetan pilgrims come to perform Kora – an ancient Buddhist rite of walking and prayer. Continue your scenic overland journey to Shigatse and check in to the comfortable Qomo Langzong Hotel. Meals B+L+D
Day 4 - Across the Roof of the WorldAnother memorable day of discovery begins this morning at Tashilhunpo Monastery. Founded in 1447 by the first Dalai Lama, it sits at the foot of a mountain peak and is the largest monastery in the region. At Sakya Monastery, you’ll admire some of the finest Buddhist frescoes in Tibet. Dating back nearly 1,000 years, this is also the principal monastery of the Sakyapa Sect of Tibetan Buddhism.
In the small town of Lhatse, you’ll spend time with a resident family. With General Tours expert guide on hand to translate and offer insight, this specially arranged cultural encounter affords an authentic look into Tibetan life. Your overland journey continues at a comfortable and leisurely pace through the fabled Gyatso La Pass at 17,000 feet. From here, Mt. Everest can be seen on a clear day! Drive onward to New Tingri and settle in to the Tingri Qomolangma Hotel; though simple, it’s the best in town. Meals B+L+D
Day 5 - Mt. Everest Base CampAfter breakfast, we’ll travel in General Tours 4x4 Land Cruisers to Gawa La Pass to experience one of the most breathtaking vistas in the world. With favorable conditions, Mt. Everest may be the tallest and most famous mountain in view. But this celebrated spot offers a chance to see and photograph no less than four peaks that tower more than 26,000 feet above sea level. Next you’ll visit Rongbuk Monastery, set at an elevation of more than 16,000 feet against the awesome North Face of Everest. Built in 1899 by a local lama, this is the highest temple in the world!
Deep in the soaring terrain of the Himalayas, Rongbuk is also one of the best places on Earth to see Everest’s 29,000-foot summit. Indeed, you’re just a few miles from Everest Base Camp which is only 1,300 feet higher than the monastery, so you’ll be one of the privileged few to get this close to the world’s highest peak! You’ll also stop in a mountain pass where you can prepare your own prayer flag. Personalize it with the names of those you love and hold dear, and add it to the many other flags that you see hanging and fluttering in the breeze. Before returning to New Tingri, you can mail a postcard from the world’s highest post office. Meals B+L+D
Day 6 - Overland to KyirongAn unforgettable journey through remote high-mountain landscapes affords a variety of breathtaking vistas including Mt. Shishapangma. At 26,289 feet, this is the 14th highest mountain on the planet. With its turquoise blue waters and salt-encrusted shore, Peiku Tso is the largest lake in the region. Along with the rushing waters of the Kyirong River, these waterways of the Tibetan Plateau add a captivating dimension to the region’s mountain vistas. We’ll stop for a picnic lunch, surrounded by the gorgeous scenery, before continuing toward the Nepalese border. Arriving in the border town of Kyirong, you’ll check in to the Kyirong Hotel with time to refresh before dinner. Meals B+L+D
Day 7 - Into Nepal and on to KathmanduCheck out after breakfast for the short drive to the border. Bid farewell to General Tours Tibetan Trip Leader and meet General Tours Nepalese guide who will assist you with immigration formalities. The journey into Nepal takes you through Langtang National Park. Encompassing the soaring peaks of the Central Himalayan Range along with temperate river valleys, old growth forests and glacial-carved cliffs, the varied terrain of Langtang promises a spectacular journey. Continuing southward, you’ll descend into the Kathmandu Valley which sits just over 4,000 feet above sea level. Check in to the Vivante by Taj for your 2-night stay. Meals B+L
Day 8 - Mt. Everest Flightseeing + Kathmandu and PatanA once-in-a-lifetime thrill begins early this morning as General Tours take you to the airport to board a special twin-engine plane for a flightseeing adventure over the snow-covered slopes of the Himalayas. Narrated with fascinating facts and colorful stories about the spiritual significance of the various summits, this 1-hour experience promises amazing views of glaciers, mountains, high-altitude lakes and, of course, the 29,029-foot peak of Mt. Everest! The plane will make a u-turn and a second pass close to Everest so that passengers on both sides of the aircraft can experience the view!
Back in Kathmandu , General Tours guided city tour begins with the medieval landmarks of Durbar Square. In Hanuman Dhoka, the ancient royal quarter of the city, you’ll find a complex of centuries-old palaces, temples and courtyards. It’s the perfect place to learn more about the Malla Dynasty that ruled from 1201 to 1769. You’ll also visit Mahadev Parvati Temple and the House of the Goddess Kumari.
Outside the city center on the opposite banks of the Bagmati River, you’ll visit the once independent city-state of Patan . Celebrated for its traditional architecture, much of it embellished with beautifully carved windows and balconies, General Tours guided tour will include Teleju Temple and the oft-photographed Krishna Mandir, built and carved of stone in the 17th century. This evening before dinner, we’ve made special arrangements for you to spend time with an adventurer who has scaled Mt. Everest. With a chance to pose your questions in a casual setting, this congenial meeting offers a fascinating glimpse into the world of extreme mountain climbers. Meals B+D
Day 9 - The Kathmandu ValleyAfter breakfast, you’ll journey deeper into the picturesque Kathmandu Valley to explore ancient Bhaktapur , another one of the three kingdoms of medieval Nepal. In the town’s main square, you’ll see architectural treasures like the Lion Gate and the Palace of 55 Windows. With its 5-tiered roof and carved statues of Goddesses, animals and mythical beasts, Nyatapola Temple is the tallest in all of Nepal.
Then visit Boudhanath, the largest stupa in Nepal and venerated by both Tibetan and Nepalese Buddhists. Before returning to your hotel, stop along the banks of the picturesque Bagmati River to see Pashupatinath Temple; dedicated to Lord Shiva this is one of the holiest Hindu shrines in the world. Meals B
Day 10 - Depart NepalAfter breakfast, you’ll be escorted to the airport for your onward flight. Meals B
Hygiene and Safety Protocols for Alexander Roberts Tours
Committed to Your Well Being While You’re With Alexander Roberts
- All Alexander Roberts' staff will maintain appropriate physical distancing at all times, so expect a warm and genuine greeting but not a handshake or a hug!
- All high-touch surfaces in coaches and private cars – like door handles, railings, arm rests, and window controls – will be sanitized each morning and regularly throughout the day.
- Alexander Roberts' expert guides and drivers will don face masks whenever in proximity to guests.
- Alexander Roberts staff have been trained on Extra Care procedures – and how to respond to issues that may arise as you travel.
- Complimentary face masks and hand sanitizer will be available in all vehicles while touring.
- Larger luxury motorcoaches so each traveler will have two seats to themselves while touring.
- Private airport transfers with a spacious luxury vehicle when you come and go for every tour
- Regular and frequent sanitizing of all high-touch vehicle surfaces.
- Prearranged entry for all sightseeing minimizes standing in line with other travelers.
- Whisper Headsets for groups of 5 or more allow for proper physical distancing while sightseeing, except for certain nature activities in remote areas like the Amazon.
- Alexander Roberts carefully selects restaurants to avoid crowded high-capacity venues; Alexander Roberts emphasizes fine farm-to-table dining with attentive and efficient service – and the choice to dine al fresco whenever available.
- No large-group dining; enjoy more spacious dining settings and smaller, well-spaced tables for included meals.
- Restaurant staff will follow the guidance of local health authorities and WHO protocols which may include facial coverings.
- Alexander Roberts' hotels are always selected for their outstanding locations, evocative ambiance, impeccable service – and cleanliness.
- OAlexander Roberts' partners include the most respected luxury brands – like Belmond, Four Seasons, Park Hyatt, Kempinski and JW Marriott; they are now leading the industry with their sophisticated hygiene standards and protocols to ensure the well being of all their guests.
- Hotels will be continuously and rigorously vetted to ensure that they are following established WHO guidelines including social distancing and sanitizing procedures of guestrooms and public spaces.
- Hotel breakfasts will usually feature à la carte service and group seating will be replaced by smaller, appropriately distanced tables.
In a Small Group of Never More than 16 Guests or on a Privately Guided Tour for just your traveling party, their experienced guides have the flexibility to adjust your sightseeing based upon local conditions – to avoid times of heaviest traffic and crowding, for example. Alexander Roberts can dine in smaller authentic restaurants, minimize the time waiting in lines, and leave a lighter footprint. You’ll learn the history and stories behind the world’s most iconic landmarks, immerse more deeply in the wonders of the natural world, and delight in genuine cultural engagement not possible in a larger group. It’s travel without a crowd.
Shangri-La - Lhasa, Tibet
General Tours luxury urban resort enjoys a privileged city-center location and is the perfect base for exploring Lhasa and its many significant landmarks. Spacious guestrooms offer 462 square feet of luxury in which to sleep and relax. You’ll enjoy contemporary furnishings, unique Tibetan accents and a full range of luxury amenities including complimentary WiFi, 40-inch LCD television, in-room electronic safe, minibar and feather duvet and pillow menu with hypoallergenic options. The hotel offers a 24-hour oxygen lounge to help you adjust to the high mountain altitude.
Qomo Langzong Hotel - Shigatse, Tibet
Enjoy a warm welcome and a comfortable stay in the heart of Shigatse, close to the historic Tashilhunpo Monastery. All guestrooms are well appointed with cable television, complimentary WiFi, a hairdryer, bathrobes and toiletries. Modern furnishings are enhanced with regional accents including fine Tibetan textiles. An onsite restaurant offers Chinese and Western menu items.
Kyirong Hotel - Kyirong, Tibet
As in the remote town of New Tingri, there are not a lot of accommodation options in this border town, which the Chinese government only recently opened for border crossing with Nepal. Again, it’s simple, basic – and the best in town. We’ll only be here for one night and it offers a good starting point for General Tours next day’s journey into Nepal’s Langtang National Park.
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