Potala Palace, Johkang Temple, Backhor Street, Drepung Monastery, Sera monastery, Pelchor Monastery, Kumbum Stupa, Yamdrok Lake, Syaka Monastery, Tashilump Monastery, Drive to Tibet from Kathmandu
Tibet is rightly located at the center of Asia with a population of some 6 million people. This ancient trading center having an average altitude of 13,000 feet above sea level compasses an area of 2.5 million square kilometers. The earth's highest mountains, a vast arid plateau and great river valleys have associated Tibet to be the most sought tourist destination among the world. One who visited will be rewarding with its enriched culture and impressive natural beauty as a bonus. Wilderness Excursion operates Kathmandu Lhasa Overland Tour. For more information, please kindly write us and send your tour requirements with details such as group size, travel duration, arrival date etc.
Day 01 Join Kathmandu, our company representative will pick you from airport.
Day 02 Culture guided tour in UNESCO listed World Heritage Sites/Preparation.
Day 03 Kathmandu – Zhangmu – Nyelam (3700m) 160 km/ about 6 hours on wheel
Day 04 Nyelam—Old Tingri –Lhatse (4200m) 260 kmm about 6 hours on wheel
Day 05 Lhatse—Syaka—Shigatse (3700m) 230 km, about 5 hours drive
Day 06 Shigatse—Gyantse—Lhasa (3650m) 360 km, about 7 hours on wheel
Day 07 Lhasa sightseeing (Tour of the world heritages and Tibetan history)
Day 08 Lhasa Sightseeing (Tour of the most important monasteries in Tibet)
Day 09 Departure from Lhasa or next destination
Day 01: Join Kathmandu 1300m
Arrive in Kathmandu and you will be received by our company representative and transferred to the selected hotel. And a short brief about your trip. Stay overnight in hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 02: City sightseeing in Kathmandu
Full day Sightseeing in UNESCO listed historical sites such as Kathmandu Durbar Square, Boudhanath, Swayambhunath(monkey temple), and Pashupatinath in Kathmandu Valley with experience Tour Guide by private car/van, Stay overnight in Hotel.
Day 03: Kathmandu — Zhangmu—Nyelam (3700) 160 km drive, about 6 hours on wheel
Early morning, drive from Kathmandu to Nepal-Tibet border (Kodari). After finishing immigration formalities at Nepal side, our Tibetan guide at China side will pick you up at the border with the permit. And then, along the longest valley—Zhangmu valley in Tibet, you will continue drive up the steep switch back road to Nyelam town.
Day 04: Nyelam—Old Tingri –Lhatse (4200m) 260 km, about 6 hours on wheel
After Lablung-La pass (5050m), the journey continues across the Tibetan plateau with fabulous peak view of Mt. Shishapangma (Alt.8012m). Old Tingri is an old town from which you can see Mt. Everest and Mt. Cho-Oyu, Afterwards, continue drive to Shegar.
Day 05: Lhatse—Syaka—Shigatse (3700m) 230 km, about 5 hours on wheel
After breakfast, we set off for Shigatse, one of the most historically significant cities in Tibet. On the way, we visit Sakya Monastery which was built during the Yuan Dynasty when Syaka School dominated Tibet Buddhism. Syaka Monastery is reputed as the Second Dunhuang Grotto in China, the murals said to be the most beautiful in Tibet, and also in Syaka Monastery you can find the largest book written in gold at its Buddhism library. In the afternoon, visit Tashilumo Monastery which is the seat of Panchen Lama, the equally important religious figure in Tibet as Dalai Lama. The monastery was built by the first Dalai Lama in 1447.
Day 06: Shigatse—Gyantse—Lhasa (3650m) 360 km, about 7 hours on wheel
In the morning, drive to Gyantse, there you will visit the largest stupa in Tibet—Kumpa Stupa (Ten-thousand stupa), just next to the Stupa is the Pelchor Monastery (optional). Another important site in Gyantse is Dzong Castle which once was a battle field where Tibetan fought against British invasion. Afterwards, drive to the holy city Lhasa via Yamdrok Lake, according to local mythology, Yamdrok Lake is the transformation of a goddess, on the Gangbala Pass, you will have a clear picture of this Tibetan holy lake in turquoise, in distance you can also see the snow capped Summit of Ninjingkangsang.
Day 07: Lhasa Tour of the world heritages and Tibetan history
In the morning, visit the symbol or landmark of Lhasa—Potala Palace, the successive Dalai Lama's winter residence. In the afternoon, visit the center of Tibetan Buddhism—Jorhkang Temple, where you will come across lots of devoted pilgrimages coming from every corner of Tibet. Both sites are under the list of the world cultural heritages by the UNISCO.
Day 08: Lhasa Sightseeing (Tour of the most important monasteries in Tibet)
In the morning, we will visit Drepung Monastery which is the biggest Tibetan Buddhism College with the biggest number of monks in Tibet. The monastery used to be the winter residence of the Dalai Lama before the 5thDalai Lama moved his residency to the Potala Palace. And in the afternoon, we will visit another influential Gelugpa Monastery—Sera Monastery, where the largest scale of scripture debating among monks is famous all across Tibet. We will watch the debate session and you may join in too with the help your guide.
Day 09: Departure from Lhasa or next destination
Tour ends, our guide and driver will drop you off at airport in Lhasa. Welcome to Tibet next time. Departure from Lhasa or next destination
Tibet Entry Permit
Clothing: the Warmer the Better
Personal Tour Equipment
Tibet enjoys a dry climate and strong sunshine all year round. To protect yourself from sunburn and drying out, bring a pair of sunglasses, sunhat,lip balm, moisturizer, and sun block.
Medicine for altitude sickness: Before your trip, ask your doctor for suggestions, and bring some medicine in case of emergency situations, such as medicine for colds, headaches, stomach ache, and fever. Read more about and its treatment.
Medicine for injury: Band-Aids, gauze, bandages, etc.
Medicine for insect stings/bites.
Preparing Well Is Recommended
If you don't want to pack too many things or forget something, most items above like warm clothes, food, daily articles, medicine, are available in Kathmandu/Lhasa. Of course it's better to prepare well and save your precious time in Tibet for things other than shopping. See also our general Packing List for Nepal Trekking.
Kristel de Bruyne,
We had an amazing 12 day trek to Annapurna Base Camp in April 2017. Our communication upfront with Pradip went very easy and we got some good information. We met up in Kathmandu to make the payment and we left for Pokhara as we want to spend few relaxing days there before starting the trek to Annapurna Base Camp. We met our guide in Pokhara before we leave and began the trek. Our guide did his very best to make sure everything was arranged well! We had an amazing time in Annapurna Base Camp; we would ...
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