The first days in Tibet spend sightseeing, acquainting with the people and their culture and taking time for your acclimatization. Near Tsetang (3400 m) you will visit a castle from the first kings of Tibet and have a good view across the fertile Yarlung valley. On the way to Lhasa we will visit the oldest monastery of Tibet, Samye.
We have two days sightseeing in Lhasa (3600 m), the spiritual and secular center of Tibet. You will see the Potala palace, perched high above the city, the holiest temple Tibet's, the Jokhang, and the Gelugpa monastery of Drepung.
Across the vast Tibetan plateau we drive back to Nepal and get a good glimpse of the Himalayas and the Trans Himalaya. The drive leads across passes of more than 5000 m with dazzling views of the snow-covered peaks and fluttering prayer flags, we pass the turquoise-colored Lake Yamdrok and Tibetan houses with their flat roofs. In Shigatse and Gyantse e visit such important monasteries as Tashilunpo and the Kumbum, rich in sculptures and murals. The last leg of the trip along the Arniko Highway brings us to Dhulikhel, known for it good views on the central Himalayas. A hike in its vicinity concludes our mountain adventure. With lots of impressions gathered on this relatively short trip we fly home.
Day 1: Arrival Kathmandu. Transfer to the hotel.
Day 2: Free day in Kathmandu. Overnight: hotel.
Day 3: Fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa and transfer to Tsedang. Overnight: hotel.
Day 4: Sightseeing in Tsedang Valley. Overnight: hotel.
Day 5: Drive to Lhasa via Samye. Overnight: hotel.
Days 6 & 7: Sightseeing in Lhasa and back to Hotel Himalaya.
Day 8: Drive to Gyantse via Yamdrok, on the way samding. Hotel Gyantse.
Day 9: Sightseeing Gyantse. Drive to Shigatse one the way Shalu. Hotel Shigatse.
Day 10: Whole days sightseeing in Shigatse. Hotel Shigatse.
Day 11: Drive to Xegar. Hotel Xegar.
Day 12: Drive to Zhangmu if possible to Kodari resort.
Day 13: Free days in Kathmandu. Overnight: hotel.
Day 14: Final departure and transfer to the airport.
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