- Fly over Mt. Everest from Kathmandu to Lhasa in Tibet..
- Explore the cultural highlights of the cities of Lhasa, Gyantse
- Drive overland across the Himalayas from Tibet to Kathmandu,
Start your journey to Tibet with a spectacular
flight over the snow capped Himalayan mountains past Mt. Everest,
Malaku and Kanchanjunga. In Lhasa visit the famous Potala and
Norbulinkha palaces, the great Drepung Monastery, Jokhang Temple,
and walk amongst the crowded Tibetan market - the bustling Barkor
Bazaar.Drive past the beautiful Turquoise lake on the way to the
historic town of Gyantse with its unique multi-storied Kumbum
Our itinerary also includes the famous but rarely
visited Shalu and Sakya Monasteries. After visiting the Tashilungpo
at Shigatse we start our drive over the Himalayas by way of the
incredible Arniko Highway that connects Kathmandu with Lhasa.
Enjoy fabulous Himalayan mountain scenery again - this time from
ground level !! Once over the high passes flanked by a range of
Himalayan giants we enter a land of lush subtropical jungles and
rushing streams as we descend steeply into the Bhote Koshi Gorge
towards Nepal. At the town of Zangmu on the Tibet-Nepal border
we bid farewell to our Tibet friends and drive through the terraced
countryside of Nepal to end our journey in Kathmandu. An unforgettable
encounter with forbidden Tibet.
Day 1: Saturday:
ARRIVE LHASA (3650m)
Fly from Kathmandu, Beijing or Chengdu to Gongar Airport, Lhasa
Upon arrival you will be met by your Tibet Guide and transferred
(90 Kms) to Lhasa. Hotel.
Day 2: (Sunday):
LHASA SIGHTSEEING (3650m)
Guided sightseeing tour of Potala, the winter palace of the Dalai
Lama; Drepung, the biggest monastic university of Tibet &
Nechung Monastery, temple of the State oracle of Tibet. Hotel.
Day 3: (Monday):
LHASA SIGHTSEEING (3650m)
Guided sightseeing tour of Jokhang, the central cathedral of Tibet,
Barkhor, the bustling Lhasa market encircling the Jokhang Temple,
Tibetan Medical Center & Norbulinka Palace. Hotel.
Day 4: (Tuesday):
LHASA-GYANGTSE (3990m, 350 Kms).
Drive via Yamdrok Tso, the Turquoise Lake, to Gyangtse across
Kampa-la (5050 m) & Karo-la (5045 m) passes. Visit Kubum Stupa
& Pelkor Chode Monastery. Hotel.
Day 5: (Wednesday):
GYANGTSE-SHALU-SHIGATSE (3860m, 90 Kms).
Drive to Shigatse. En route visit Shalu Monastery. Visit Tashilhunpo
Monastery, the seat of Panchen Lama who is the 2nd in the Tibetan
Buddhist religious hierarchy & Shigatse Market. Hotel.
Day 6: (Thursday):
SHIGATSE-SAKYA-SHEGAR (4350m, 232 kms)
Drive to Shegar across Tsou-la pass (4500 m) & Gyatso-la pass
(5220 m). En route visit Sakya Monastery. Hotel.
Day 7: (Friday):
SHEGAR-ZHANGMU (2300 m, 160 Kms)
Drive over Lalung-la pass to Zhangmu. En route visit Milarepa
Day 8: (Saturday):
KATHMANDU (125 kms)
Walk across Friendship Bridge to Nepal & transfer to Kathmandu.