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This is the most demanding popular tour to Tibet where we start one of the most spectacular overland journey on the 920 km stretch of road, known as the Friendship highway between Kathmandu to Lhasa and fly back from there.
The trip allows a number of detours to the highlights of the Tsang Province and the Lhasa City. The trip offers a spectacular insight into the life and culture of the friendly Tibetan people, from the ancient monasteries with chanting monks, to the tranquil shores of the Turquoise Lake Yamdrok Tso,
to the Kumbum the most stunning architectural wonder of Tibet and to the city of wonders, Lhasa. This trip concludes with the breathtaking Trans-Himalayan flight from Lhasa back to Kathmandu.
This tour is designed for those who enjoy exploring the cultures of people following the pilgrim circuit around huge monasteries and glowing shrines.
Day 1 Arrival KATHMANDU (1300m/4265ft)
Arrive at Kathmandu International Airport where you will be warmly welcomed by our representative and check in to the hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore this historic and vibrant city.Meals: Welcome Dinner
Day 2 Drive to ZHANGMU (2250m/7382ft)
Early in the morning we begin driving overland north from Kathmandu to Tibet through the breathtaking vistas that capture the eye as Nepali people work their steep terraces against the backdrop of snow-capped peaks. Approaching Nepal’s northern border, we begin our ascent to the high altitude Tibetan plateau to Kodari on the Nepal Tibet border. After stopping short, we continue uphill on foot for one and half-hours (with porters) to reach the border town of Zhangmu. Here we formally clear Chinese immigration, and then spend the night in a Chinese hotel at Zhangmu. Meals: Breakfast
Day 3 Drive to SHEGAR (4250m/13944ft)
Today’s drive takes us from the lush, green lower hills into the dry, arid landscape of the Tibetan plateau. On the way we cross the Nyalamu Pass (3800m) and the Lalung La (5050m), both of which (if weather permits) offers breathtaking panoramas of the Himalayan range including Mt. Everest, a fitting backdrop to the vastness of the Tibetan plateau. Meals: Breakfast
Day 4 Drive to Mt. EVEREST BASE CAMP (5150m/16897ft)
Early in the morning we drive from Shegar to EBC. During this route we can have a glimpse of 4 mountains which is 8000m high or more, such as Mt. Lhotse (8516m), Mt. Everest (8848m), Mt. Cho Oyo (8201m) and Mt. Makalu (8463m). Then arrive at Rombuk Monastery (visit by optional) which is the highest monastery in the world. Meals: Breakfast
Day 5 Drive to SHIGATSE (3840m/12599ft) via Lhatse
We wake up early in the morning to see the stunning sunrise at the world’s highest peak, Mt. Everest and walk a little bit in front of it and take some picture of its true face. Then drive to Shigatse and be wrapped again in the endless vistas of the Tibetan plateau. On the way we visit Sakya Monastery. Meals: Breakfast
Day 6 Drive to LHASA (3650m/11976ft) via Gyantse and Yamdrotso Lake
In the morning time we visit Tashilumpo Monastery which was built in 1447, spectacular tombs of Panchen Lamas; after this drive to Gyangtse we visit Palkor Monastery and Palchoi Pagoda, far view Tzong fortress. On the way, stop off and visit Maracaju la glacier. Sightseeing to Yamdrotso Lake which is one of the three holy lakes in Tibet (another are Namtso Lake and Manasarovar). After crossing Gangbala Pass which is over 4850m, then drive to Lhasa City along Lhasa River. Meals: Breakfast
Day 7 Sightseeing in LHASA
Like the previous day, we experience invaluable insights during our visits to POTALA PALACE, DREPUNG MONASTERY and GANDEN MONASTERY. This 17th century POTALA PALACE offers an awesome view of entire city and also has private quarters of the Dalai Lama, numerous grand state rooms and chapels. Ancient history has it that Drepung Monastery which was built in 14th century used to shelter around 10,000 monks but as now there has been quite a declination resulting in only few hundreds. Tibetans’ respect and belief are immensely knotted with this monastery. We drive to GANDEN MONASTERY that has extremely delicate and fine murals and sculptures. It also keeps an armor decorated with gems, which was worn by Emperor Qianlong and was bestowed to the monastery as an offering to Tsong Khapa. Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
Day 8 Fly back KATHMANDU; Fly back HOME
We take a last memorable look at the Potala Palace before being transported to airport for the flight back to Kathmandu and drop to the hotel. This day can be utilized buying gifts and souvenirs for friends and family. In the evening you will be invited to join FAREWELL reviewing great photos and share experiences of the trip. Meals: Breakfast