Day 01: Fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa (3650m.).
Day 02: Sightseeing in Lhasa.
Day 03: Sightseeing in Lhasa.
Day 04: Free day in Lhasa for acclimatization.
Day 05: Drive to Gyantse (3950m).
Day 06: Sightseeing & drive to Shigatse (3900m).
Day 07: Sightseeing & drive to Old Tingri
Day 08: Trek to Lung Thang (4510m).
Day 09: Trek to Lamna La (5150 m).
Day 10: Trek to Zommug.
Day 11: Trek to Rongbuk (5000m).
Day 12: Drive from Rongbuk monastery to Kyirung (420km).
Day 13: Kyirungthil—Rasuwa border (1800m)–Kathmandu
If the weather is clear there is a wonderful view of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Makalu, Kanchenjunga and other peaks en route. On arrival at Gonggar airport, you will meet your Tibetan guide and drive 60kms to Lhasa (3650m.). Stay overnight in hotel.
Foremost, your tour begins with a visit to SERA MONASTERY. An experienced tour guide also working as an interpreter escorts you 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. Visit to BARKHOR MARKETS can be quite a change from other visits as you roam around the city savoring every tiny detail from stall hawkers coaxing their clients to purchase their goods to exhibition of Tibetan culture, custom and tradition. Eventually, the tour for the day concludes as you return to the comforts of your hotel. Stay overnight in hotel.
Like the previous day, you experience invaluable insights during your visits to POTALA PALACE and DREPUNG MONASTERY. This 17th century POTALA PALACE offers an awesome view of 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 14th century used to shelter around 10,000 monks but as now there has been quite a declination resulting in only few hundreds. Tibetans’ respect and belief are immensely knotted with this monastery. Stay overnight in hotel.
You get an entire day free for acclimatization. After proper rest, you can either indulge in sightseeing, shop or do whatever you fancy. You also get an option of undertaking an additional tour to places such as the Tibetan Medical Centre, Ganden Monastery and Tsurphu Monastery. But this will incur extra costs. Stay overnight in hotel.
Following Friendship Highway, you drive past Khamba La at 4794 meter with a brief halt to savor majestic views of Yamdrok-tso Lake and Nazin Kang Sa standing proud at 7252m. On turning westwards, you come across another Karo La pass at 5045m. If you glance at the road, you can see huge glaciers tumbling down into the road. After hours of driving for 261 km, beautifully landscaped Tibetan villages become visible as you enter the town of Gyantse. Stay overnight in hotel.
Gyantse prides on GYANTSE DZONG and KUMBUM. GyantseDzong is a historical fort built in the 14th century and overlooks a mesmerizing view of entire Gyantse and surrounding Nyang Chu Valley. Kumbum has large gold-domed stupa and houses several chapels and Tibetan Buddhist murals. After you enjoy exploring Gyantse, you will take a 90 km drive to Shigatse. Having driven to an altitude of 3900 meter, you find yourself at Shigatse second largest city of Tibet. TASHILHUNPO MONASTERY being one of the largest functioning monasteries in Tibet is a major attraction of Shigatse. Stay overnight in hotel.
Today you will transverse along the Friendship Highway amidst picturesque landscape driving past small town of Lhatse and Gyamtso La pass at 5220m. As the route opens into plains, many monasteries and camps of nomadic herders become visible en route to Old Tingri.
The trail heads away from Tingri plain towards Cho Oyu. As you near the village of Chholung, a small Gompa comes into sight. Further on, barren plains open up. Amazingly, even in these barren fields local villagers yield good harvest of barley. Mostly, you will find herders in this territory. You can select a superb campsite at Lung Thang to spend the night.Stay overnight in camp.
As you ascend to Lamna La pass at 5,150m, you may find the trail quite strenuous. But as soon as your eyes bask in the splendor of majestic vistas of surrounding mountain peaks, you will realize that this trek has indeed been very self-rewarding and worthwhile. Camping atop this pass dwarfs other materialistic pleasures.Stay overnight in camp.
Further away from Langma la pass, you have to take steep descents through verdant vegetation. En route, you encounter yak herders. The trail continues towards the whitewashed walls and barren fields of Zommug village. Amazing vistas of Mount Everest and Gyachung Kang visually rejuvenates you as you enter Zommug. Since lands being infertile are unable to yield agricultural crops, local villages are largely dependent on animal husbandry for livelihood. At a superb location, you will camp for the night.
In the morning you march towards Rongbuk. Within few hours along Rongbuk Glacier, North Face of Everest becomes visible flaunting its unparalled beauty. Rongbuk Monastery lies ahead 2 kilometers below Everest Base Camp at an elevation of 4,980 m, at the foot of the Rongbuk Glacier. This monastery was reconstructed into present pristine form in 1960 Cultural Revolution. In a way, Rongbuk is regarded as a gateway to Mount Everest. Stay overnight in hotel.
After breakfast, you will drive alongside the Peikutso Lake and enjoy View of the Mount Shishapangma (8012m). You will continue driving and cross the KongtangLhamo pass of 5236 meters and stop at Kyirungthil (2900m). On the way, visit beautiful waterfall forest and settlements. Stay overnight in hotel.
After breakfast, you will drive to Rasuwa border and cross the border completing border formalities. You will then continue driving to Kathmandu.