Overland Across the Roof of the World via Kailash, Everest, and Lhasa

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What the Trip is Like

The trip is rated Level 3, Moderate. While the trip is not expected to be physically strenuous, the long travel days, high altitudes, and transportation conditions may be demanding. Accommodations range from good city hotels to basic guesthouses, and overland travel is in minivans, small buses, and Jeeps, depending upon the size of the group. Road conditions can be very basic, and trip members should be prepared for several long drives. We will be at altitudes of at least 13,000-14,000 feet during the portion of our trip within Tibet. The highest altitude we reach is about 17,644 feet, by vehicle. Individuals vary widely in both their physical response to high altitude. It is not uncommon to experience mild headaches or sleeplessness for a day or two when you first arrive at high altitude. Most people gradually adjust within a few days. We believe that the most important requirements are a spirit of adventure and the understanding that you are visiting a remote and fascinating region. While not a hiking trip, there are two or three optional two-hour hikes on the trip, including the optional hike from Rongphu (Rongbuk) to Everest Base Camp.
The beauty of Tibet’s landscape, the warmth of the Tibetan people, and the fascination of its profound Buddhist culture make a trip in Tibet an experience of a lifetime. Please note, however, that travel in Tibet is truly an adventure. Tibet lies at a very high altitude in a very remote location. The air is dry and dusty, and the roads can be bumpy and rugged—even the paved ones! We use the best-available vehicles for the trip, but please be aware they will not compare favorably with vehicles in the US. Meals on the trip are nourishing but don’t offer much variety, as resources in Tibet are limited. Restricted diets can be very difficult to accommodate. Hotels in Lhasa are great, but for the rest of the trip, we stay in “best available” hotels and lodges, where you might have to put up with the occasional cold-water shower and other inconveniences. We do everything possible to operate the trip as planned, but the uncertainty of Tibet’s political situation means that there may be last-minute changes in the itinerary that are beyond our control. In general, participants should be fit, healthy, have no mobility restrictions, and arrive ready to accept the conditions described above as part of the adventure of travel in Tibet.

Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.


We are proud to have an exceptionally high rate of repeat travelers. For more information, we would be happy to put you in touch with a client who has traveled with us.

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