Kathmandu-Tibet Tours

Tibet lies at an average elevation of 4000m. above the sea level and is known as the roof of the world. Tibet is a setting of lofty mountains, exotic monasteries and great landscape. The pasture lands in Tibet are surrounded by animal herd of yak and sheep.

Lhasa is the administrative capital of Tibet Autonomous Region. Lhasa literally means ‘Place of the Gods’.

The economy of this place is dominated by subsistence agriculture. The major crops grown here are barley, wheat, potatoes, buckwheat, rye and assorted fruits. Raising livestock such as yaks, horses, sheep, goats and dzo is the primary occupation of people here.

Many culturally significant sites can be found in Tibet. The Potala Palace, Norbulingka and Jokhang are some of them. These places also play role as attractions in the tourism industry. The Potala Palace, Norbulingka and Jokhang are also listed as UNESCO world heritage sites.

The Potala Palace was built in the seventh century by King Songtsen Gampo. Located in the Red Hill of Lhasa, this palace constitutes of the White Palace and Red Palace. The complicated construction and splendid artwork add on to the devotional atmosphere of the place.

Derpung is located five kilometers away from the western suburbs of Lhasa. In the Tibetan language, Derpung monastery literally means ‘the monastery of Rice Heap’. The appearance of the monastery reflects an image of a heap of rice. The monastery was constructed by Jamyang Qoigyi, one of the followers of Tsong Khapa. Derpung Monastery is considered as one of the ‘Three Great Monasteries’ that covers an area of 250,000m. Apart from Derpung, Sera and Ganden are the other two among the three.

The Sera Monastery was built in 1419 by Jamchen Chojey. Sera monastery is located in the northen suburbs of Lhasa City. In Tibetan language, ‘Sera’ means ‘wild rose’. The monastery has a complex structure where the main buildings are Coqen Hall, Zhacang and Kamcun.

Located in the west side of Lhasa, the Norbulingka is one of the Unesco World heritage sites. In Tibetan language, Norbulingka literally means ‘Treasure Garden’. The annual Sho Dun festival is celebrated in Norbulingka. It is also one of the largest man-made gardens in Tibet.

Jokhang, located in the central part of Tibet, is another World Heritage site as listed by UNESCO. Jokhang is situated in the Barkhar Square in Tibet. It was founded in the 7th century and is still one of the most scared Tibetan monasteries. 

Day 01 – Kathmandu by flight Lhasa

Fly by China Airlines 55 minutes flight to Lhasa from Kathmandu. Arrive Lhasa and check in at hotel.

Lhasa (11,850 ft.) was and still is the religious, cultural and economic centre of Tibet. Places of interest include the Potala, the 13 storey, 1000 rooms palace of the Dalai Lama; the legendary monasteries of Drepung and Sera, the summer palace of the Dalai Lama, Norbulingka; and the Jokhang, the holiest shrine of Tibet. The circular Barkhor street with innumerable shops and wayside peddlers intermingled with the devotees walking clockwise around the Jokhang enfuses the magic and experience of Tibet. Overnight at Yak hotel.

Day 02 - Lhasa

Morning sightseeing tours of sera monastery. Sera means hail stone in Tibetan. Set on the foot of the Wudu hill to the north of Lhasa city, sera comprises of a great sutra chanting hall a college and 32 sections. Afternoon tour of Jokhang temple and Barkhor bazzar. Jokhang temple built in 647 A.D is the spiritual centre of Tibet and the holiest destination of the Tibetan Buddhist pilgrims. It houses the sitting statue of Sakyamuni when he was 12 years old. Barkhor bazzar is the earliest street of old Lhasa city circling the Jokhang temple. Overnight at Yak hotel.

Day 03 - Lhasa

Morning sightseeing tour of Potala palace. Potala palace located on the red hill was built in 640 during the reign of Songtsan Gampo. The original Potala was destroyed on 09th century but was rebuilt in 17th century during the reign of 5th Dalai Lama.  Afternoon tour of the Drepung monastery & Norbulingka palace. Drepung monastery situated to the west of Lhasa city was founded in 1416 by one of the disciples of Tsong Khapa. It was the largest and richest of the three major yellow sect monasteries in Lhasa. Overnight at Yak hotel.

Day 04 – Tsedang.

It is about 191kms from Lhasa and visit Drolma Lhakang and Kings Tomb ( Yambu Lhakang ) and Samye Monastery is the first temple to be built in Tibet and the first complete with the three Buddhist jewels of Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. With these unique features, this splendid temple has become an attraction for visitors from near and far. Overnight in Tsedang which is about 38kms from Samye Monastery.O/N Post hotel.

Day 05 – Tsedang to Gyantse.
After breakfast we drive 350/km  to Gyantse via Yamdrok Lake crossing the Khamba La Pass 4794 mt. From the pass we can have nice landscape and view of Lake. We drive down hill to the lake and taking a lunch than we drive continue to onward and crossing the Karola Pass 5010/mt. We check in hotel and after that exploring of Khumbu monestry and Phakor Choeden. O/N hotel.

Day 06 – Gyantse to Shigatse.
Today you will travel 90KM to Shigatse which is the second largest city in Tibet. It is also the home town of the Panchen Lama. In the afternoon you will visit "Tashilumpo Monastery" which sprawls on the slopes of Mount Niser, southwest of Shigatse. The monastery grounds cover an area of approximately 300,000 square meters. There are many priceless and rare historical articles in the monastery. Also we visit the Local market at Shigatse. O/N hotel

Day 07 Shigatse to Rongbuk.

We drive 180/km to Lhaze crossing the Gyatso La pass 5252/mt. and continue drive to Xigar  ( New Tingri ). We make the permit for Everest Base camp and proceed for Rongbuk. Top of the mountain we can see the Panoroma view of Mt. Everest , Makalu and Cho-you. This day we need to drive 104/km to Rongbuk. Here we can visit Rongbuk monestry than onward 8/km to Everest Base camp and explore of Mt. Everest than return to Rongbuk. O/N Guest house.

Day 08 Rongbuk to Zhangmu.

Arrive breakfast we drive to Old Tingri via Doya La pass 5252/mt. and taking the lunch than continue drive to Zhangmu via Lalungla  and Nyalam. Having nice panorama view of Himalyas  O/N Pema hotel.

Day 09 – Rongbuk to Zhangmu and Kathmandu.

After taking the breakfast drive from  Zhangmu to Friendship bridge and completing the Chinese Immigration process than cross the bridge by walking. Again we completing the Nepali immigration process and drive 115/km to Kathmandu. End of Service.

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