Destination: Lhasa, Tibet
Duration: 08 days
Grade: Easy/ Moderate
Activity: Trekking and tour
Type: Cultural and sightseeing tour
Attraction: Scenic Mountain View, cultural villages, shiny cities
Accommodation: Tea house tour
Meals: All meals throughout the tour
Max altitude: 4050m
Best season: Spring and Autumn
Spectacular views of the Himalayas, High mountain passes, ancient monasteries, fortresses and culture of time immortal; enjoy the never ending blissful traveling with us! You will grab excellent and momentous opportunity to encounter with forbidden the high plateau of Tibet. A vist to culturally attractive city of Lhasa, Gyantse and Shigatse is another remarkable feature of this tour. Discover ancient Buddhist culture, overwhelming landscapes, exotic cities, hidden valleys, artistic monasteries, dominant inhabitant and the rest. This tour adds favor of adventure too!
Day 01: Drive Kathmandu to Zhangmu (altitude - 2300m/ 7,544ft)
Pick up from your hotel at 6 o'clock. It is about 5 hours scenic drive to Kodari (China / Nepal border) then onto Zhangmu. On the drive, you will see a variety of landscapes and mountains views as you pass through Nepal to Tibet. As well as the scenery, the Nepali and Tibetan market center of Khasa is of interest. Overnight stay at guesthouse or hotel.
Day 02: Zhangmu to Xegar (altitude - 4050m/ 13,284ft)
Drive from Zhangmu to Nylam through the Nylam passes at 3800 meters (12,464ft) and continue via Lalungla pass (5050m/ 16,564ft) to Xegar. Highlights of this drive are the views of the Bhotekosi River deep in the valley, waterfalls and the ever-present spectacular mountain scenery. Here you will see the Jugal mountain range, Mt. Xixapangma (at 8013m/ 26,282ft, the highest peak in Tibet), Mt. Makalu (8463m/ 27,766ft), Mt. Everest (8848m/ 29,028ft), Mt. Lhotse (8516m/ 27,940ft) and Mt. Cho-Oyu (8201m/ 26,899ft). Stay overnight in guesthouse or hotel.
Day 03: Xegar to Xigatse (altitude - 3900m/ 12,792ft):
This area is famous for the Tashilhunpo and Sakya monasteries.
The Tashilhunpo Monastery does justice to the term monastic city. It was founded in 1447 by Tsong Khapa's nephew and disciple, Gendundrub, who was the first Dalai Lama. Under the fourth Panchen Lama, it was substantially enlarged and became an important cultural and religious site. The main chapel contains a huge, 26 meter-high statute of the future Buddha. The monastery is grandly decorated with arts, ancient scriptures and scroll paintings.
The Sakya monastery originally consisted of two large complexes on either side of the Trum River. Both the north monastery, founded in the 11th century and Sakya south, founded in 1268 by Phagpa, have uniquely significant status with Tibetan pilgrims. The monastery offers you libraries of spiritual books as well as artwork and a chance to see the grand residence of the monks.
Day 04: Xigatse to Gyantse (altitude - 3950m/ 12,956ft)
Gyantse, lying 264 km southwest of Lhasa on the northern bank of the Nyang Chu River, is of historical significance. In the 15th century it served as the capital of a small kingdom. Today, Gyantse retains a deeply Tibetan character. The principle structures consist of a castle on a ridge overlooking the town and a walled monastic complex. The monastery includes the massive temple of Palkhor Chode and the great multi-chapel Kumbum Chorten. These religious monuments, part of Gyantse's ancient monastic town, contain some of the most extraordinary works of art in Tibet. Overnight in a guesthouse or hotel.
Day 05: Gyantse to Lhasa (altitude - 3650m/ 11,972ft)
Drive from Gyantse through Karo-la pass at 5010 meters (16,432ft) and onto the Khambala pass at 4794 meters (15,729ft). The former climbs two lofty mountains, the Nozing khang sa (7223m/ 23,691ft) and the Ralung (6236m/ 20,454ft). On this day, you will also see the wonderful Yamdrok Tso Lake (turquoise lake) and the Brahmaputra River as well as the ever-present views of the interesting and unusual landscape. Spend the night in a guesthouse or hotel in Lhasa.
Days 06/07: Lhasa Tours
These days you will be engrossed with sightseeing and excursions of the Potala Palace, the Jokhang Temple, the near-by Barkhor market, Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery and other fascinating places in Lhasa.
Day 08: 96 km drive from Lhasa city to Gongar airport, then flight to Kathmandu
The flight will give you an eyeful of mountains; Mt Kanchenjunga (8586m/ 28,169ft), Mt. Everest (8848m/ 29.028ft), Mt. Makalu (8463m/ 27,766ft) and others.
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