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1. Posted by WeeJoe (Respected Member 336 posts) 9y

Anyone ever travelled the triangle between Kathmandu, Lhasa and Darjeeling.....i'm thinking of trying it for 6 weeks or so. Any top tips or warnings?

Is it even viable?

2. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru 1696 posts) 9y

Hi Joe!

I have no idea but I just thought I'd say hello and welcome back to Travellerspoint. Hope you get the answers you need.

Happy travels!
Clara

(used to be known as LilLiz)

[ Edit: Edited on Dec 19, 2006, at 8:40 AM by Clarabell ]

3. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 9y

Quoting WeeJoe

Anyone ever travelled the triangle between Kathmandu, Lhasa and Darjeeling.....i'm thinking of trying it for 6 weeks or so. Any top tips or warnings?

Is it even viable?

I don't no if it is still the case. But you can only visit Tibet by organized grouptravel. As I understand it is with 100 US$ a day quite expensive. When you have visited Tibet (Lhasa) you travel back with the entire group to the starting point in Nepal. You should check for confirmation of this info. Travelling from Kathmandu to Darjeeling is easily done by bus and jeep (from the border). I did it myself the other way round. Goodluck;)

4. Posted by kevstump (Full Member 123 posts) 9y

Hey,
I hope that you dont have to go as part of an organised tour group! i am going to chengdu in march and hope to pick up a tibet permit and a train ticket from there (48hrs) to lhasa. I believe you need to get a seperate travel permit (aliens permit) if you want to venture further than lhasa or shigatse though. I was planning to pick this up and go to kathmandu from gyantse, then overland to either dharamsala or varanasi.
If you are interested on doing this with me i will be on my own.
Stumpy

5. Posted by WeeJoe (Respected Member 336 posts) 9y

Thanks guys.

Kev, i won't be going until at least October next year....but i'm gonna look into the places that you mentioned. See if i can pull something together.

Wouterr, I'll have a look at that too, online it seems to be just expensive jeep trips etc, 8 or 9 day organised tours. I was hoping that it would be easier (and cheaper) on the ground and someone on here might have gone this way before. Thanks though.

And Clara.....how could i ever forget.x

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7. Posted by WeeJoe (Respected Member 336 posts) 9y

Thanks very much.

I think it looks likely that I may abandon the idea of doing the triangle and perhaps even leave Lhasa out of any plans. Obviously thats not to say that anyone reading this should too! Its just that my plans are at that embryonic stage where i'm thinking, "while im there, i could go there too..." I should grow out of it at some stage.....

Looks like Kathmandu to Darjeeling should be easy enough. I remember reading somewhere though that you can do a rafting trip that takes you from near Kathmandu which when finished leaves you close to the Indian border en route to Darjeeling, anyone know what i'm blabbering on about? Can't remember where i read it.

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9. Posted by weaversgal (Full Member 107 posts) 9y

hey
what u want to do is pretty easy... i went from chengdu to lhasa and then hired a 4wd and driver with 4 other people for 5 days to take us to the nepal boarder... this cost about 130 pound each i think, i might be wrong on that, there are also buses that go which take two days and are a lot cheaper but the 4wd is a great way to see some parts of tibet... we even spent a night at everest base camp! theres always lots of people going who are looking for others to join them so you shouldnt have a problem getting that sorted...

anyways once at the nepal boarder, walk down the valley for 5 mins and u shud find a bus thats going to kathmandu, its costs just 260 nepalese ruppes (i think) which is about 2 pound and takes about 8hrs... that takes u straight to kathmandu and from there you can take a 18hr bus trip to siliguri for darjeeling or a 18hr trip towards dharamasala and or a 12hr bus to gorakaphur and get a connection to varanasi...

hope this helps!

10. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 9y

Joe,

from what i picked up during my travels in Darjeeling/Kathmandu, i think the way to see all 3 places is go to Darjeeling first, taking in Sikkim as well. Then head overland to Kathmandu crossing the India/Nepal border at kakkavitta (easy/hassle free overland crossing). From Kakkavitta you can fly to Kathmandu ($120 i paid 1 way, and there were 2 or 3 flights in the morning), or take a bus to Kathamndu (but check on the maoist situation). From there, as mentioned, you probably have to take an organised tour to Lhasa.

The info i don't know is if your organised tour to Tibet would take you back to Kathmandu. Obviously you can do it the other way too - Kathmandu - Lhasa - Kathmandu - Darjeeling/Sikkim.

If you need any more specific info then send me a pm as i'm not sure my post makes too much sense!!!!!

As for a port of entry then from wherever you fly in from, i would look at Kolkatta or Kathmandu.

One more thing on my list of endless rambling, i know you can't go overland from Sikkim to Lhasa because i have travelled up the road from Gangtok and it ends about 3 km from the Sikkim/Tibet border (i have the photo in my gallery if you don't believe me).