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Trip Type:
Hotel / Lodge

Grade:
Moderate

Altitude:
3,950 m

Transportation:
Land , Flight

Group Size:
1+

Best Season:
Spring and Autumn
  • Overview
  • Detailed Itinerary

This short trip is ideal for those wanting to see the highlights of Tibet and Lhasa.Fly in Tibet You fly or drive across the Himalaya to Lhasa, where you have plenty of time to visit the main sights in and around the town including the Potala Palace, the Norbulingka (the Dalai Lama’s summer palace) and the Jorkhang Temple which contains Jowo Shakyamuni, the most holy statue to all Tibetan Buddhists. You also visit the major monasteries in the Lhasa Valley including Samye, Drepung and Sera. You then drive along the Friendship Highway to Nepal, one of the most spectacular road journeys in the world. You visit the towns and monasteries in both Gyantse and Shigatse and then have a spectacular drive across the Tibetan Plateau with great views of Everest from the north side and Shishapangma, the only 8,000m mountain situated totally in Tibet. Finally you drive through the Himalaya and down into a spectacular gorge back to Nepal and Kathmandu. You can also fly back from Lhasa to Kathmandu.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Zhangmu (2,300m.) is 123 kilometers.

Day 02: Drive from Zhangmu to Xegar (4,350m.) is 244 kilometers.

Day 03: Drive from Xegar to Shigatse (3,900m.) is 244 kilometers.

Day 04: Drive from Shigatse to Gyangtse (3,950m.) is 90 kilometers.

Day 05: Drive from Gyangtse to Lhasa (3650m.) is 264 kilometers.

Day 06-07: Sightseeing in and around Lhasa.

Day 08: Fly from Lhasa to Kathmandu.

Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Zhangmu (2,300m.) is 123 kilometers.

The vehicle leaves Kathmandu and paves its way through Kodari Highway leading to the Tibetan Border. It offers beautiful views of the villages and small towns. The views of Langtang, Gauri Shanker, Melungtse and Khumbu Himal in a clear weather will be additional attraction of this drive. After completing the custom and immigration formalities drive uphill to Zhangmu Immigration Post. You leave your vehicles here and start a short walk of about one hour 30 minutes uphill with porters to Zhangmu Immigrations - known to Nepalese as Khasa which hangs on a cliff face. The main features are its booming town of architecture having a temporary look and even the monastery roofs are sheathed in corrugated iron sheets. It is situated at a height of 2,500 m. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 02: Drive from Zhangmu to Xegar (4,350m.) is 244 kilometers.

Today you drive uphill to the highest plateau of the world with the typical view of Tibetan landscape, crossing over Nyalam Pass (3,800 m) and Lalung-La (Pass) at 5,050m, with views of beautiful Himalayan Ranges panorama including the Langtang (7,245 m.), Xixapangma (8,516 m.), Dorje Lakpa [6,980 m.], Makalu [8,463 m.], Everest 8,848 m.], Lhotse [8,201 m], Cho-Oyu [8,201 m.] and Gauri Shanker [7,134 m.]. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 03: Drive from Xegar to Shigatse (3,900m.) is 244 kilometers.

Shigatse is 03 hours away from Xegar and on the way the road reaches an altitude of 5220 m. at Jia Tsuo La [ Lhakpa La ]. At Shigatse there is facility for having tea/snacks. Depending upon the condition of the road, Sakya Monastery, which is 26 kilometers off the main road, can be visited. Sakya Monastery is the oldest and most important Bon Po Monastery. You reach Xigatse, the place of famous Tashi Lumpo Monastery and the seat of Panchen Lama until his death in 1989. You can enjoy the sight of huge Thanka Wall which is clearly visible on the northern side of the road. You stay overnight at hotel.

Day 04: Drive from Shigatse to Gyangtse (3,950m.) is 90 kilometers.

After visiting Tashi Lumpo Monastery and the local market place at Xigatse you drive to Gyangtse. This drive lasts for about 02 hours. Gyangtse is a small bustling town situated on the northern bank of Nyang Chu River and it is 264 kilometers southwest of Lhasa, the final destination. In the 15th century it served as the capital of a small kingdom. A visit of Kumbum Chorten built around 1400 AD is a worth experience. During the British rule in India Gyangtse became the main centre of trade with India. Stay overnight in hotel.

Day 05: Drive from Gyangtse to Lhasa (3650m.) is 264 kilometers.

On the way to Lhasa the road crosses two high passes, Karo La (5,010m.) and Kamba La (4,794m.) and it is a drive for about 08 hours. Karo La climbs between two lofty mountains Khang Sa (7,223m.) and Ralung (6236m.). The drive following the bank of Yamdrok Tso (Turquoise Lake) takes about 01 hour. After crossing Kamba La, Lhasa Valley is seen to the north. On the way to Lhasa the road crosses the famous Brahmaputra River. You stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day 06-07: Sightseeing in and around Lhasa.

These two days you will visit Potala Palace, Norbulinka Palace, Jorkhang and Barkhor market, Drepung and Sera Monasteries. One of the highlights is the visit to the symbol of Tibet, is the Potala Palace set high on Red Hill, the winter home of the Dalai Lama until 1959. The most sacred temple in Lhasa is the Lokhang.

Another great treasure is the Norbulingka – the old summer palace of the Dalai Lama.

Now, you visit Jorkhang temple, the center of the Tibetan Buddhism and the sacred land of Buddhist followers where innumerable pilgrims come for worship everyday. The temple, built in 647, is the earliest wood-and-masonry structure still existing in Tibet. Surrounding the Jorkhang Temple is the bustling Barkhor Market place which is the religious and social focus of Lhasa. Around the Barkhor there are numerous stalls selling all sorts of handicrafts: brightly coloured boots and fur-lined hats, silver and turquoise jewellery, rosaries, prayer flags and charms, as well as beautiful Tibetan carpets and all manner of ordinary household ware.

Next you visit Sera monastery, which was created in 1419, has always been an important Buddhist seminary. As rose are planted everywhere in the monastery, it is also called “the court of wild rose”. Today still 200 lamas live in there. On the other hand, Drepung monastery, is the world’s largest monastery with about 10,000 monks. Stay overnight in hotel.

Day 08: Fly from Lhasa to Kathmandu.

The flight from Lhasa to Kathmandu takes one hour and during your flight, you can see Yarlung Tsangpo river, Yamdrok Tso (Lake), Mount Kanchanjungha (8,586m.), Mount Makalu (8,463m.) and Mount Everest (8,848m.). But the visibility depends on the weather condition. Your Tibet Tour ends on your arrival at Kathmandu Airport.