|Trip Destination||Lhasa, Tibet|
|Trip Start & End Point||Kathmandu or Lhasa|
|Duration of Trip||08 Days|
|Group Size||2 Person or Above|
|Accommodation||Hotel in City & Guesthouse in Mountain Region|
|Mode of Tour||Teahouse / Lodge|
|Maximum Altitude||5200 m|
|Transportation & Drive Hours||Private Vehicle (approx. 5-6 hrs)|
|Best Season||April through November|
Day xx: Arrival Kathmandu
Upon arrival at International Airport in Kathmandu our officer will receive you and then transfer you to a hotel where our manager will brief you on the tour program. Overnight at Hotel
Day xx: Free Day for the preparation
We have leisure day today. It can be utilized for preparation of the trip buying or hiring anything necessary from shops in Thamel or other markets. Meanwhile we will manage Tibet group visa from Chinese Embassy. Overnight at Hotel
Day 01: Kathmandu - Zhangmu - Nyalamu (3750 m); 147 km / 6 hours
Today, we start early morning, take pack breakfast from hotel then prepare to move towards the border. We begin our journey by a jeep ride towards Kodari border covering distance of about 115 km enjoying wonderful views of Himalayan ranges from Dhulikhel, passing through different local villages with scenic views of greenery hilly region and extreme flow of white water in Bhotekoshi river. We take a small stop for tea in zero kilo small town (40 km) and drive further straight to Kodari. Once we reach border we go through immigration formalities in Nepal side then walk through the friendship bridge for Chinese Immigration and finally take another one & half hours switch-back drive uphill to Nyalam (3750 m.). Overnight at Hotel
Day 02: Drive, Nyalam to Lhatse (4100 m); 310 km / 5 hours
We start our journey today after breakfast through the main checkpost to enter further up at Nyalam and will be visiting Milarepa's cave en-route which lies at 10 km drive from Nyalam. The cave belongs to the famous Tibetan saint Milareppa, who is also known as a famous Tibetan tantric and poet. Further continuing a couple of hours drive we reach Lablung-La (5100 m) from where you can see the magnificent view of the Himalayan range including Mt. Shisapangma, the highest mountain in Tibet.
We pass through Tingri which offers the great views of the Himalayas in the South including Mt. Everest & Choyu on clear weather days. We will also cross a 5220 meters high pass called "Gyatso La" while passing through new town – New Tingri (Xegar) and continue riding down to the fertile valley of Lhatze for overnight stay. Overnight at Hotel
Day 03: Lhatze - Xigatse (3900 m) via Sakya Monastery; 210 km / 4 hours
Today we ride between the villages to Shigatse, the second largest city of Tibet. We across Yulung La (4950 meters) and get to visit Sakya Monastery situated 21 km off the friendship highway which is one of the largest Monastery in Tibet for Sakya sect of Buddhism, where you can see the largest book in the world in the great library written entirely in gold. Later we also visit Natang Monastery which lies close to Shigatse town (12 km ahead).
After reaching Shigatse, we will transfer you in a better hotel and relax. If interested, you can visit the "Tashilunpo Monastery", the residence or official throne of Panchen Lama built in 1447. This is a vast monastery with its own streets, housing sectors, plazas, back alleys and complex of temples and halls. Overnight at Hotel
Day 04: Shigatse - Gyantse (3950 m); 95 km / 2 hours
Today after visiting Tashilunpo, we continue our drive of 95 km to Gyantse through intensely agricultural, cultivated areas. Much of the gravel road is lined with poplar trees, which are distinctly Tibetan feature. Enroute we also visit Shalu Monastery.
Gyantse is a stunning example of a traditional Tibetan village filled with beautiful stone farmhouses. It consists of amazing sites like Khumbum, Palkor Chode Monastery and Gyantse Dzong. Gyantse Dzong and the Khumbum are the jewels of Gyantse. Gyantse Dzong is a historical fort built in the 14th century while the Kumbum rises 35km above the town, and is crowned by a golden dome. Overnight at Hotel
Day 05: Gyantse - Lhasa (305 km / 6 hrs) via the Yamdrok Tso
Today we head towards the turquoise Lake "Yamdruk Tso" crossing the high pass of "Karo La" at 5050m,the Kamba- La (4794 m) and the Yarlung River (Brahmaputra) finally ending the journey in Lhasa. The majestic views of Yamdrok-Tso Lake; a deep blue body of water renowned for its unique beauty is highlight of the day. We will also see Nazin Kang Sang glacier standing proud at 7252m.
Upon arrival at Lhasa we feel as though we have left Tibet and entered China due to the Chinese influence - signs, people on the street, and the development. Lhasa is a sprawling, modern Chinese city where we will stay for two full days to acclimatize and explore the city. Overnight at Hotel
Day 06: Sightseeing in Lhasa (3650 m)
Today we begin our journey by visiting to Potala palace – a UNESCO World Heritage celebrated for its priceless treasury of Buddhist artifacts and bejeweled tombs of past Dalai Lamas. The Potala was also the tallest building in the world for 200 years following its construction in 1645. Equally breathtaking are the gardens and sacred spaces of the Norbulingka, the Dalai Lama’s summer residence. We will also visit the Jokhang Temple followed by Barkhor Markets – a bustling road lined with vendors where you can sample the smells and sounds of Tibet, or browse through the Thankas, masks, prayer beads and countless other treasures inherent to Tibetan custom and tradition. Overnight in Lhasa.
Day 07: Sightseeing in Lhasa (3650 m)
Today is another trip in Lhasa .We will initially visit the Sera Monastery along with our experienced tour guide (who is also a translator). Sera is an exceptional place with white-washed walls and golden roofs that speak of Tibetan Buddhism’s ancient wisdom and tranquility. We will then visit Drepung Monastery built in 14th century and home to over 10,000 monks. Drepung was also the educational center for the lineage of Dalai Lamas, and is famed for attracting tens of thousands of pilgrims for its Thanka festival. Drepung has a poignant presence in the spiritual life of Tibetans, and is the most cherished of all Tibet’s monasteries. Finally we will visit Tibet Museum to explore more knowledge on history, culture, arts & architecture of Tibet. Overnight in Lhasa.
Day 08: Departure
According to the flight schedule, we will transfer you to the airport for the flight back to Kathmandu / Mainland China OR to the train station for your onward journey to Mainland China.