This trip is one of the most popular adventure tours in the world as its visitors cross the mighty Himalayas and view the panorama of the world’s highest peaks. Upon your arrival to the holy city of Lhasa, you will be greeted by the lovely blue sky and impressive glimpses of many monasteries.
We will spend a couple of days in Lhasa, appreciating its prominent historical and religious sites like the breathtaking Potala Palace, divine Jokhang Temple, as well as the expansive Drepung and Sera monasteries. This first couple of days also tends to help many of our visitors recover from jet-lag. Before we embark on our journey into the Himalayan region, we will view the holy Yamdrok lake, beautiful Karo la glaciers, mystical Gyantse Khubum stupa, and the Tashi Lhunpo monastery en route.
These sites will repeatedly stir you with astonishment and appreciation and will keep the trip memorable throughout our eight-day excursion. After seeing the gorgeous golden face of the sun as it reflects off of Mount Everest, we will drive to Nepal by descending steeply into the valley of Mustang Tsangpo.
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A short flight into Tibet give you a panorama of the snowy Himalayan ranges or the days of train ride over the high plateau by crossing mighty Thangu la ranges get you to Lhasa with beautiful sceneries along the route. Your arrival at the Lhasa Gonggar airport or Lhasa Train Station will be greeted by our Tibetan guide and driver and transfer to your hotel in Lhasa city.
From the airport to Lhasa City it is about 60km and it takes less than an hour through the recently built highway, from the train station it is only 25km and it takes about half an hour, check in the hotel and maybe meet with other fellow travelers.
Then take it easy for the rest of the day to acclimatize and alleviate the jet lag. Overnight in Lhasa. If you have any health problems after arriving in Lhasa City, you must inform your tour guide about your well being.
(Note: If you shares the pick-up transportation with other travelers in the group then sometimes you may have to wait at the airport in case their flights delayed).
Here are some of the important gears you should take during Tibet Tour.
Today is your first day on the high plateau and some of you may have a little headache which is very common for travelers by the high altitude, so drinking enough water and mild activity on the first few days is recommendable. In the morning our guide will meet you at the hotel and take an easy visit to Jokhang Temple in the center of the Old Lhasa city.
Jokhang temple is one of the most sacred temples in all over Tibet and it is always bustling with earnest local pilgrims since from early days. After that, you have time to walk around the Barkhor street which is the one of the most devotional circuit as well as crowded central market of Lhasa, during the old days it is the most famous local market but now it is changed to tourist gift shopping center.
In the afternoon we will visit the famous Potala Palace, the cardinal landmark of Tibet and the masterpiece of Tibetan architecture, it was first built by 33rd King Songtsen Gangpo in the 7th century and later in 17th century rebuilt by 5th Dalai Lama, since then it was home to the Dalai Lama and his government. Walking through the long steps are quite challenging it is worthwhile to leave your footsteps in the spiritual palace of God of compassion which listed in the world heritage in 1994. Continues acclimatize and alleviate jet lag rest of the day. Overnight in Lhasa.
Today we will visit Drepung Monastery in the morning, once the world’s largest monastery that housed for more than 10,000 monks, it was resident of the Dalai Lama prior to Potala Palace, but several destructions were taken place in different time but still you have lots of things to see by walking through numbers of narrow and twisted lane through the monks apartments is thrilling.
The amazing day will be ended with a visit to the Sera Monastery, it is built in the fifteenth century by the Jamchen Choji Sakya Yeshi who is disciple of Tsongka pa, few different monastic colleges in Sera is home to several hundred monks from different part of Tibet, the famous Buddhist philosophical debates among the monks are happening every day in the afternoon except Sunday. Continues acclimatize and alleviate jet lag rest of the day. Overnight in Lhasa.
We start drive toward southwest, through the zigzag road climb up the Kampa la pass (4700m), from there you will be amazed by the breathtaking glimpse of the holy Yamdrok lake with its turquoise color and snow-capped Mt.Nyenchen Khangsar in the distance, then continues drive along the lake for few kilometers get us to the lunch stop at Nagar Tse.
The rest of the day will be spent enjoying the many magnificent valleys and exquisite Tibetan villages that pass through; en route, we will stop at Karo La (5150m) to see the holy mount Nyenchen Kangsar glacier. Arrival at Gyantse, we visit Kumbum stupa and Palkhor Choede monastery, this magnificent multi-door structure is the largest stupa in Tibet. It is not only well known for its architecture but also its old sculptures and paintings all around its inner walls, late afternoon drive to Shigatse which is only 90km. Overnight in Shigatse.
Today we will drive on the Friendship Highway to Shegar via Lhatse, en route we will visit the mysterious monastery called Sakya monastery by crossing the Tso La pass which is 4500m above sea level. Sakya is unique for its color and one of the important sects in Tibetan Buddhism.
Sakya literally means “Grey Soil” and the name was derived from the Bon Bon Hill (Grey clay hill). Sakya monastery has two parts divided by the Zongchu river, the Northern side of the monastery is not active nowadays and left as ruin that is built by Kon Konchok Gyalpo where most of the rituals and praying to happen on the Southern part of the monastery built by Dromgon Choegyal Phakpa. Afternoon we will drive to Shegar. Overnight at Shegar.
Note: before leaving Shigatse, your guide need some time to obtain the ATP from the local PSB, ATP is also known as Alien’s Travel Permit and it is a permit that should be issued for the border check at Shegar.
Today we will drive straight to EBC, crossing several passes along the way. Prepare yourself for your first view of the Himalayans at Gyatso La Pass (5400 m). You can actually see Mt. Everest in the distance from the viewing point at the pass. Few kilometers after the border checkpoint, we’ll turn off the Friendship Highway and zig-zag our way up to Gawu La Pass (5250 m), a great spot for a view of all the Himalayan Range’s mountains above 8000 meters. From left to right you will see Mt. Makalu (8463 m), Mt. Lhotse (8516 m), Mt. Everest (8844 m), Mt. Cho Oyu (8201 m) and Mt. Shishapama (8020 m).
After arriving at Everest Base Camp, we’ll settle into the tent guesthouse. The Rongbuk monastery houses both monks and nuns and is the highest monastery in the world.
In the afternoon you have the option to do a short trek from the tent guesthouses community to the actual Everest Base Camp. It will take you about 2 hours or more depending on your physical condition (6 km), or you can take the dedicated minibus instead.
We’ll stay overnight in these tents unless you’re there between November and March when the tent guesthouses close and only Rongbuk Monastery guesthouse is available.
Note: Before leaving Shigatse, your guide will need some time to obtain the Alien Travel Permit from the local PSB. Everyone in the tour group will need this to get permit to pass the border check at Shegar.
As we awake the next morning, a striking view of luminous peaks is highlighted by the sun and it is bittersweet to say goodbye to this landscape that we have gotten to know so well. Next, we will drive south to Nepal and traverse the Thongla pass. Then drive along the Peikutso lake with a great view of the Mt Shishapama, gradually descend into Kyirong valley with a series of switchback bends, the dry climate changes into a warm, moist environment and it is clear that we drawing into the Indian subcontinent.
Our destination is Tibet border town Kyirong which is just opened the border for travelers, because the previously Zhangmu border was closed after the deadly Nepal earthquake in April 2015. Overnight in Kyirong.
Today we drive down to the friendship bridge and our guide will help you to clear the China Customs, from there our Tibetan staffs are not allow stepping further and time to say your farewells. Before your departure, we will appreciate if you can spend a short time to evaluate our services either by filling the feedback form or simply send us an email.
When you crossed the bridge you will get into Nepal and Nepal visa can be obtained at the arrival by paying USD25 for 15 days tourist visa. Then you can easily find jeeps and buses from the Nepalese border town to Kathmandu city, it is 130km from the border to Kathmandu city and you will pass through the Langtang national park.
When you crossed the bridge you will get into Nepal and Nepal visa can be obtained at the arrival by paying USD25 for 15 days tourist visa. Then you can easily find jeeps and buses from the Nepalese border town to Kathmandu city, it is 130km from the border to Kathmandu city and you will pass through the Langtang national park