Day 01: Kathmandu to Nyalam (3 750m).
Early in the morning, we drive (Approx. 5 hrs) from Kathmandu to Kodari (1,873m/6,140ft). After completing immigration and customs formalities, we drove uphill to Zhangmu (2,300m/75,44ft). This is Tibetan border town. Upon our arrival at the check post, we met with The Tibetan Guide who will further lead us to Nyalam for overnight. On the way, we made a journey through a fantastic view of a deep valley with some overflowing waterfalls.
Day 02: Nyalam to Sakya (4 300 m).
The day starts out with an uphill drive to the highest plateau in the world, Tibetan plateau, known also as the roof of the world. We cross over the Lalung-la pass (5,050m) and enjoy the view of the breathtaking mountains- Cho Oyu, Shishapangma and the Everest. We then drive to Sakya Monastery located in Sakya Country southwest of Shigatse which contains thousands of statues, paintings, murals, stupas, mandalas, and other holy objects, as well as libraries of scriptures in Tibetan, Chinese, Mongolian, and Sanskrit piled from floor to ceiling. Overnight at Sakya.
Day 03: Sakya to Shigatse (3 900 m).
We drive from Sakya to Shigatse and visit Tashilhunpo Monastery, a prominent landmark of the region, located on the southern slope of the Nyima Mountain to the west of the Shigatse city. It is one of the four monasteries of the Gelug Sect of Tibetan Buddhism. The main structures found here are the Maitreya Chapel, Panchen Lama’s Palace and Kelsang Temple. Tashilhunpo Monastery is indeed the seat of the Panchen Lama since the Fourth Panchen Lama took charge over the monastery and now houses nearly 800 Lamas. Overnight at Shigatse.
Day 04: Shigatse to Gyantse (3,950 m).
In the fresh air of morning at Shigatse, we will visit the free bazaar of Shigatse. After lunch we embark on a pleasant drive to Gyantse. Gyantse greets us with magnificent views of Khumbum Stupa and Phalkot Monastery. Overnight at Gyantse.
Day 05: Gyantse to Lhasa (3 650 m).
We come across 2 passes, The Karo La (5010m) and Kamba La (4794m) pass and Lake Yamdrok Tso (Turquoise Lake) while driving 7 hours drive from Gyantse to Lhasa. We further cross the Yarlung Tsangpo (Brahmaputra) river and see the distant views of the Potala Palace. Overnight at Lhasa.
Day 6: Lhasa Sightseeing Tour
Foremost, our tour begins with a visit to Sera Monastery in Lhasa. An experienced tour guide also working as an interpreter escorts us to this preserved monastery of white-washed walls and golden roofs. Equally adventurous and exciting tempo builds up while touring Norbulingka, the summer palace of the Dalai Lama. Jokhang Temple is another important sacred site which unravels more deep seated mysteries of Tibetan Buddhism. We further visit Barkhor Market and roam around the city savoring every tiny detail from stall hawkers coaxing their clients to purchase their goods to exhibitions of Tibetan culture, custom and tradition. Eventually, the tour for the day concludes as we return to the comforts of our hotel.
Day 07: Lhasa Sightseeing Tour
Like the previous day, we experience invaluable insights during our visits to Potala Palace and Drepung Monastery. This 17th century Potala Palace offers an awesome view of the 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 the 14th century used to shelter around 10,000 monks but as now there has been quite a decline resulting in only a few hundreds. Tibetans Respect and belief are immensely knotted with this monastery.
Day 08: Final departure from Lhasa or extension of our tour
That includes the price:
The price includes: - domestic flights (Nepal-Tibet-Nepal) - All accommodation - Entries (visits)- All meals - Visa fees for Tibet - speaking guide to Nepali, Tibetan francophone, anglophone and Tibet.
The price does not include: - Insurance, - Drinks, - Personal expenses.
Cultural tour from Kathmandu to Lhasa
Tibet has fascinated travelers for centuries. This Tibetan adventure that we offer you will take you through vast arid plateaus to meet this extraordinary people. You will see Tibet as it could have been before the Chinese occupation.
The journey from Kathmandu to Lhasa takes five days. The road called "Friendship Road" follows several passes with spectacular views of the majestic Himalayan range. You will discover remote villages with authentic Tibetan culture, beautiful monasteries in magnificent landscapes. As you approach Lhasa, the majestic Potala Palace looms on the horizon. A magnificent fortress, the historic seat of Tibetan power. There are the tombs of the ancient Dalai Lamas. Joklang Temple 2 km east of the palace has become the spiritual center of the country. This mystical place filled with fervor will be for you a beautiful discovery of Tibetan Buddhism. The medieval bazaar of Bakhor is a picturesque place: street artists, colorful displays with many handicrafts, prayer flags with yak skulls encrusted with jewelry…
You will visit Drepung Monastery, Norbulingka Palace (summer palace of the Dalai Lamas) and Sera Monastery. You will end with a two-day sightseeing tour around Lhasa. This trip can be done by a flight outward and the route back. When the flights on Lhasa do not work it is done by the round trip.