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…Mystical culture…serene monasteries & towering mountains…a magical journey to a once forbidden land…
Trans Himalayan Overland Tibet Tour is one of a kind & highly popular among those seeking the exotic orient. This Tibet Lhasa adventure package offers superb Himalayan views, the once-upon-a-time thriving Potala palace, true Tibetan cultural traditions, & quiet monasteries. Your adventure to Tibet begins with a scenic drive to the Tibetan border via Kodari, the Nepalese border; from the Tibetan border we drive on through Zhangmu & on to Nyalam. This is also a wonderful drive through a lush green highway as we get to view high mountains glittering in the sunlight from the windows of our vehicles. Three truly interesting days in Lhasa allow us to explore the wonders of soaring peaks, temples and monasteries that are treasured resources of both an ancient religion and exquisite art. More significantly however, is that they symbolize the grand cultural mix of a medieval period that is today’s Lhasa – a lively booming city seeped in culture & tragic history…this is a tour to remember for a real long time to come.
Day 1: KATHMANDU (1300m) – NYALAM (3750m) / 156Km, approx 8 hours drive
We enjoy an early morning drive through typical Nepalese rural landscapes (Approx. 5 hours) from Kathmandu to Kodari (1,873m/6,140ft). After completing immigration and custom formalities we cruise up hill to Zhangmu (2,300m/75,44ft). This is a Tibetan border town. The Tibetan Guide will meet the Group on arrival at the check post and we drive on further road climbs and climb up to Nyalam for an overnight. On the way you will have fantastic views of deep valleys with some lovely overflowing waterfalls. We spend a night in guest houses
Day 2: NYALAM –LHATSE (4350m) / 220Km, APPROX DRIVE 6-7 hours
This is a day drive to the highest plateau in the world with typical rural landscapes offering the utter feeling of being on the roof of the world as we cross over the 5,050 meters LALUNGA pass, from where you can view the breathtaking mountain range of Mt. Cho Oyu at (8,201m) Mt. Xishapangma (8,012m) dwarfed by the vastness of the Tibetan plateau (these views are only possible if weather permits). One can also get a magnificent view of Mt. Everest at (8,848m) from Tingri/ Lhatse. Overnight in Guest houses.
Day 3: LHATSE – SHIGATSE (3900m) / 244 Km, approx 6 -7 hours drive
To reach Xigatse, the point of the famous Tashilunpo Monastery and seat of Panchen Lama until his death in 1989, with its huge Thangka wall which is clearly visible from the north side of the road. Our scenic drive through the highest point of Gyatchu La pass at (5,220m) brings us en-route to Lhasa via Lhatse. Overnight at hotel in twin sharing rooms on BB basis.
Day 4: XIGATSE – GYANTSE (3,950m) / 90Km, approx 2 hours drive
After breakfast we enjoy morning sightseeing of the Panchen Lama’s Tashilunpo Monastery & the free bazaar of Xigatse. We then drive through Tibet’s biggest Agricultural fields to Gyantse and visit the Khumbum Stupa and Phalkot Monastery. Over night at a Hotel in twin sharing rooms on BB basis
Day 5: GYANTSE – LHASA (3650m) / 261 Km.
The drive to Lhasa takes around 08 hours, crossing 2 passes, the Karo La (5010m) and Khamba La (4794m) pass and Lake Yamdrok Tso (Turquoise Lake). You will cross the Yarlung Tsangpo (Brahmaputra) river and see far off views of the Potala Palace. Over night at a hotel in twin sharing rooms on BB basis
Day 6 -7: IN Lasha
After checking into our hotel & refreshing with some snacks, our foremost tour begins with a visit to Sera Monastery. An experienced tour guide also working as an interpreter escorts us to this preserved monastery of white-washed walls and golden roofs. An adventurous and exciting tempo builds up as we tour the Norbulingkha, summer palace of the Dalai Lama. Jokhang Temple is another important sacred site which unravels more deep seated mysteries of Tibetan Buddhism. Our visit to Barkhor Market can be quite a change from other visits as we roam around the city taking in every tiny detail from stall hawkers coaxing their clients to purchase their goods which is an exhibition of Tibetan culture, customs and traditions. Eventually, the tour for the day concludes as you return to the comforts of your hotel for a well earned rest. Over night at a Hotel in twin sharing rooms on BB basis
Day 8: LHASA – KATHMANDU.
Today you are free; you can do your own things or contact us to extend your trip. However, if you would like to fly out from Lhasa to Kathmandu or any other city of mainland China, we can manage the air or train tickets for you in advance.
We make an early morning drive to Gonggar airport for our departure flight to Katmandu or to your onward destination home sweet home.