Fly to Lhasa, transfer to Hotel. You are advised to take rest and take it easy. Drink plenty of fluids and let your body get used to Lhasa’s high altitude. Free day at leisure.
Day 02: In Lhasa - sightseeing tour in Lhasa
After breakfast visit to Sera Monastery, Norbulingka and the Barkhor Square. At the famous Sera Monastery, you will get an insight into the important aspects of Tibetan Buddhism. You pay a visit to Norbulingka, the summer retreat of the Dalai Lama. Completed in 1956, the handsome building is ornately decorated with Tibetan carvings and paintings.
Jokhang temple is another glimpse of the rich Tibetan cultural heritage. You will also get the chance to stroll around the busy Barkhor Square.
Day 03: In Lhasa - Sightseeing in Lhasa
After breakfast visit Potala Palace. The imposing structure of the palace dominates the landscape of Lhasa. As you are guided through the ancient chambers of the palace, you get to see Tibetan art at its best. The Potala Palace has a vast array of intricate Tibetan murals and beautiful statues.
You will also get to view the tombs of the eight Dalai Lamas. Later in the day you will visit the beautifully landscaped Drepung Monastery where you can observe nuns and monks chanting and performing religious discourses.
Day 04: In Lhasa
Free day at Lhasa to explore own. you can revisit a favorite monastery, go for souvenir hunting in the bazaar, or simply sit in a café and watch pilgrims as they circumambulate the Jokhang.
Additional tour can be organized upon request at extra cost. The recommend places can be either Tibetan Medical Centre, Ganden Monastery and Tsurphu Monastery.
Day 05: Drive to Gyantse (3950m)- 261 km
Drive past Khamba La, at 4794 meter, with a brief halt to savor majestic views of Yamdrok-tso Lake and Nazin Kang Sa, standing at 7252m. On turning westwards, you come across another pass, Karo La at 5045m. If you look at the road, you can see huge glaciers tumbling down. After driving 261 km, beautifully landscaped Tibetan villages become visible as you enter the town of Gyantse.
Day 06: Sightseeing in Gyantse & drive to Shigatse (3900m)- 90km
Gyantse Dzong, a 14th century historical fort, overlooks the entire Gyantse and the surrounding Nyang Chu Valley. Kumbum has a large gold-domed stupa and houses several chapels and Tibetan Buddhist murals. After you enjoy exploring Gyantse, taking a 90 km drive, you will arrive at Shigatse, the second largest city of Tibet that lies at an altitude of 3900 meter. Tashilhunpo Monastery, being one of the largest functioning monasteries in Tibet is the major attraction of Shigatse.
Day 07: Sightseeing & drive to Shegar (4050m)- 244km.
Today you will traverse along the Friendship Highway amidst picturesque landscape driving past small town of Lhatse and Gyamtso La pass at 5220m. As the route opens into plains, many monasteries and camps of nomadic herders become visible en route to Shegar.
Day 08: Drive to Rongbuk (5000m)- 68km
Away from Shegar, you will drive to the south crossing Pang La pass at 5150m. Along the drive you can bask in the splendor of majestic views of snow-capped peaks from Makalu to Shishapangma. After driving for 68 km, you eventually reach Rongbuk at 5000m. You can then view spectacular sight of Mount Everest. A guest house is available for overnight accommodation.
Day 09: Everest base camp & drive to Tingri (4390m)- 65km
This morning you have the opportunity to explore Everest Base Camp (5150m.) The base camp itself is dry and barren, but the views of Everest more than compensates for it. It truly is an awe-inspiring place with the sheer north face of the highest mountain in the world towering above you.
Day 10: Drive to Zhangmu (2300m)- 181km
Drive past Tingri crossing Lalung La pass at 5124m and Shug La pass at 5200m. Savoring the enchanting views of the surrounding peaks of Shishapangma, Cho Oyu, Menlungtse and Gauri Shankar, you descend from the arid Tibetan Plateau to verdant Zhangmu on the Nepalese border. After driving for 181 km, you find yourself amidst the lush and verdant vegetation of Zhangmu at 2300 meter.
Day 11: Drive to Kathmandu (1400m)- 123km
After immigration formalities, a you will depart with your Tibetan guide and drive to Kathmandu with Nepali staffs. It is a beautiful drive to Kathmandu.
We offer tours base on 3 different category hotels in Lhasa. The cost outlined here is based on using standard hotel in Lhasa like New Mandala or similar. According to customoer choice we offer deluxe hotel like Lhasa Mansarover or Hotel Xingding or budget hotel like Hotel Flora or Yak or similar. Please write to us your priority.
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