Tibet lures numerous visitors every year with its distinct charm. Roof of the world, The Highest Plateau, The Forbidden Kingdom or The Last Shangri-la; it is Tibet. 1000km long Friendship Highway joins the capital city Lasha of Tibet to the Himalayan nation Nepal. The journey on the Highway is what we call the Tibet Overland Tour. Mr. Madsen, Ms. Mikkelsen and Ms. Oskarstottir from Denmark were on this extremely exciting Overland Trip last spring with Explore Himalaya.
A scenic view on the Friendship Highway.
The tour started at Lasha upon their on April 7 2012. Lasha 3650m has the 1000 years of cultural and spiritual history. The magnificence and dignity of the Potala Palace symbolizes the popular and enigmatic power of politics and religion in the region. The ancient Mega fortress, which was constructed during the mid-seventeenth century, stands 300m tall on Marpo Ri “Red Hill”.
A cattle herder on the highway.
The tranquility at the spiritual Sera, Norbulingka and Drepung Monasteries no doubt reflects the peace loving nature of the noble Tibetans. The typical Barkhor Square links this ancient city to the modern world with easy availability of modern amenities.
The two days sightseeing tour at Lasha also provided the visitors with opportunity to acclimatize the high altitude just before hitting the road along the Friendship Highway to Nepal. On 11 April the highland journey on a 4-wheeler began.
Monks at their leisure time.
The perfect itinerary on the Overland Tour had enough time to explore, acclimatize and retreat in the secluded highway of the Himalaya joining two nations.
Via Gyantse, Shigaste, Shegar, Rongbuk and famous Everest Base Camp the Danish team arrived to Kathmandu on April 16 2012.
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Trekking in Mustang from Jomsom to Lo Manthang and back was exceptional. We stayed at Fishtail Lodge in Pokhara .It was very good. We can only recommend a stay there. Likewise for Soaltee in Kathmandu.