This is an exciting combined trip to visit Tibet from Nepal. After visiting some old temples and palace complaxes in Kathmandu valley, you will take the trans-Himalayan panoramic flight to Lhasa and exploring the Lhasa valley and old Monasteries en route, another highlight will be the Everest Base Camp excursions from Tibet side, on the overland tour to Nepal. Rongbuk is the highest placed Buddhist Monastery. The whole guided trip includes Kathmandu, Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse, Tingri, and Rongbuk, Everest Base Camp and Zhangmu-Kodari Friendship border and back to Kathmandu. You will have a free day for rest and shopping in Kathmandu before you fly back to your home or next destination.
DAY 01 – ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU
Meet at airport and greet transfer to hotel. Upon check in the hotel, we will brief you about your trip and give you related information.
Day 02 – KATHMANDU
Guided sightseeing tour of Swoyambhunath stupa, one of the glorious Buddhist shrines in Nepal also known as Monkey Temple, and Patan Durbar Squares…
DAY 03 – FLY KATHMANDU – LHASA
The panoramic Himalayan flight goes by the side of the Mt. Everest (view on clear weather). Our guide and staffs will meet you at Lhasa airport and transfer to Lhasa city (3600m). Evening rest for acclimatization and overnight at a medium hotel.
DAY 04 – LHASA TOUR
Visit Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Market - morning visit Potala- one of the most famous architectural works of Tibet is erected on top of Red Hill in Lhasa. In the 7th Century after the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo's marriage with Princess Wencheng of the Tang court, the Palace was build for meditation. In the mid 17th century it was rebuilt by the 5th Dalai Lama to its present size and ever since it became the winter palace of Dalai Lamas. The construction took fifty years from its beginning to completion.
The tour continues to Jokhang Temple-situated in the center of the old section of Lhasa. It was built in the mid 7th century A. D. and later extended by successive rulers; it has now become a gigantic architectural complex. Located in the east, facing to west, it is a four-storied temple with splendid golden temple. Late afternoon explore around the famous Barkhor market (shopping street).
DAY 05 – LHASA TOUR
Visit Drepung Monastery, Sera Monasteryand Norbulingka -morning visit Drepung - Situated 5 km distance to the western suburb of Lhasa at foot of Mt Ganpoi Ute. Drepung monastery was founded in 146 by Jamyang Choje a disciple of Tsongkapa the founder of Gelukpa Sect. The monastery occupying an area of 250000 square meters with a fixed number of 7700 monks is the largest monastery in Tibet. The monastery keeps plentiful historical relics, Buddhist scriptures arts and crafts.
The tour continues to sera monastery-situated 3 km distance to the northern suburb of Lhasa. Sera monastery was founded in 1419 by Jamchen Choje a disciple of Tsongkapa, the Gelugpa sect. The monastery is erected grandly at a mountain slope with a colorful architecture. Sera monastery together with Ganden and Dprerung monastery in Lhasa are known as the three great monasteries in Tibet. Also visit Norbulingka, the summer Palace of Dalai Lama.
DAY 06 – DRIVE LHASA – GYANTSE
The most important attraction for today is Yamdro-tso Lake and Kubum monastery in Gyantse. From the top of the pass Kangpa-la at 4700m high in clear weather, you can see the fabulous shade of deep turquoise, Yamdro-tso Lake is shaped like coiling scorpion with deep blue in colour. Kubum monastery, means 100,000 images in Tibetan, is the town's foremost attraction, The 35m-high chorten (stupa) with its white layers trimmed with decorative stripes and its crown-like golden dome, is awe-inspiring. You can visit every chamber in the monastery.
DAY 07 – DRIVE GYANTSE – XIGATSE
Shigatse(12,600 ft.) is most famous for its Tashilhumpo monastery - the seat of Panchen lama, who is regarded as reincarnation of the Buddha of endless enlightenment. Items of interest inside this monastery built in 1447 by the first Dalai Lama are the relics of Sakyamuni, the hall of Maitreya, and a mind-boggling collection of thankas, frescoes and statues. While Tashilhunpo’s magnificent outside leaves you gasp in admiration, the inside of this monastery introduces you more religious tranquility and sincerity. There is a bustling `free' market at the foot of the ruins of Xigaze fortress where one can buy local handicrafts embedded with coral and turquoise, Tibetan daggers, Chinese porcelain and yak butter.
DAY 08 – DRIVE SHIGATSE – SAKYA – XEGAR
Xegar town with a population of about 3000, its importance lies in the fact that it is the Center of this large and remote country and also because it is the Base from where expeditions to Mt. Everest and other peaks are Launched. Today’s route involves a high pass Gyatchu-la (5200m) and the famous Sakya before Xegar, also known as New Tingri. Refresh yourself and rest.
DAY 09 - XEGAR – RONGBUK(5000m)
Drive westwards the Friendship way to Tingri. On the way you will pass the checking point with your TTB permit, travel permit and passport; your guide will purchase the entrance of Everest Base Camp.
There is about 90km bumpy road from Tingri to Rongpuk, road is under construction. From Tingri to E.B.C with the very rough road, pass the wild grassland, cross the rapid rivers and high mountains. If it is in clear whether, you can have a glimpse of 4 mountains which is 8000m high or more, such as: Mt. Lhotse (8516m), Mt. Everest (8848m), Mt. Choyu (8201m), Mt Makalu (8463m).
Day 10 - RONGBUK- EVEREST BASE CAMP (5200m) – TINGRI
Early in the morning you can see the sun raising, the golden and soft sunshine covers the top of the Everest if the weather condition is good. You will have a day trek from Rongpuk to Everest Base Camp then back to Rongouk (6-7) hours trekking) while enjoying the extraordinary ecosystem around the Everest. Afternoon drive from Rongpuk to Tingri for overnight.
DAY 11 - TINGRI – ZHANGMU/KODARI (FRIENDSHIP BORDER) – DHULIKHEL
Today’s downhill drive with typical view of Tibetan landscape offering scenic view of the roof of the World (weather permitting) and crossing over Lalung-la pass (5050m). En route stop by Milarepa cave, the famous Buddhist mystic and composer of songs who lived in the late 11th and early 12th centuries. Zhangmu (7,000 ft) also known by its Tibetan name, Khasa, is small settlements clinging to a hillside 10-km inland from the friendship bridge. After the closure of China - India border from Gangtok, Zhangmu has become a major trading route between Tibet and Nepal. After Zhangmu visit, a short drive to Friendship Bridge or Kodari Border, from where your Tibetan guide will say GOOD BYE and your Nepali guide welcomes you to the Nepal side. In Nepal side apply your re-entry visas at the border immigration and then another 3-4 hours scenic drive to Dhulikhel, a scenic hill station. .
DAY 12 – DHULIKHEL – BHAKTAPUR – NAGARKOT
After breakfast and morning view from Dhulikhel, drive to Bhaktapur Durbar Squares for sightseeing and explore the well preserved World Heritage Site and one of the ancient Kingdoms of Kathmandu Valley. Afternoon, continue drive to the famous mountain Nagarkot.
DAY 13 – NAGARKOT – CHANGE NARAYAN – KATHMANDU
After breakfast and morning view from Nagarkot, we will drive back to a point called “Telkot” and do a scenic hiking to Changu Narayan Temple (one and half hour). Changu Narayan is one of the oldest Hindu Temples of Lord Bishnu in Nepal and it is also one of the World heritage Sites. After exploring this wonderful place, we will drive back you to Kathmandu.
Day 14 – KATHMANDU
Free day at leisure, self-walking to city/ old temples or shopping and self-activities.
DAY 15 – DEPARTURE FROM KATHMANDU
After breakfast and as per your flight time, we will transfer you to airport for your flight back home or next destination. Namaste! End of the trip.
***This trip itinerary can be changed or modified as per your time and interest.
Cost of This Trip: depend on your group size and your requirements. Please e-mail us for a special price quote.
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