For this 12 days, you will travel from Chengdu,Sichuan, China to Lhasa, then travel overland to Kathmandu. To travel in this route not only it’s easier to arrange all necessary Tibet Travel Permits, cheaper the price, but also better to acclimatize high altitude of Tibet plateau.
|Day||Route||Attractions & Activities|
|1||Arrival in Chengdu||Pick up from north Train Station in Chengdu and transfer to the hotel|
|3||Lhasa City||Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street, Norbulingka|
|4||Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse||Yamdroktso Lake, Karola Glacier, Pelkor Chöde Monastery|
|5||Shigatse - Tingri - Rongphu - EBC||Tashilhunpo Monastery, Rongbuk Monastery|
|6||EBC – Gyirong Border 370km, approx. 8hrs||Everest Base Camp|
|7||Gyirong - Kathmandu||Bunjy place, Dhulikhel mountain|
|8||Kathmandu||Swyambhunath Stupa, BoudhaNath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple|
|9||Kathmandu - Nagarkot||Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Nagarkot Village|
|10||Nagarkot - Kathmandu||Patan Durbar Square, Patan Museum|
|11||Kathmandu||Kathmandu Durbar Square|
|12||Departure from Kathmandu|
Guide and driver will wait you at Chengdu Airport/Railway holding your name sign. Transfer to hotel in downtown Chengdu.
Transfer to Chengdu Airport for the flight to Lhasa, abt 2.5hrs. Upon your arrival in Lhasa Airport, look for your Tibetan guide who will be holding your name sign waiting. Then transfer to hotel in downtown Lhasa.
From Lhasa to Gyantse is abt 264km, en route you will pass by Khamba-la Pass (4794m), and with the huge massif of Mt Nojin Kangtsang (7191m) at far distance in view. Then head to Shigatse via the fertile Nyangchu Valley, a wide agricultural plain where colorfully decorated yaks and horses are used by Tibetan farmers to till the land.
Tibet has a serious rule about speed-limit. Though from Shigatse to Everest region is only abt 350km or so, the no-more-than-40km/hr regulation, and the many road checks dotted on the way, really slow us down. So be prepared to spend around 10~12hrs on the road including meal time. The upside is the view along the way is superb. Get your camera ready. Also, prepare some snacks with you to bring along.
If it’s summertime (usually May~Oct), we will carry on the last few kilometers to Everest Tent Camp to stay the night; if winter time (usually Nov~Apr), we will stay at Rongbuk Monastery’s guesthouse. Both places have but dorm bed lodging available. Both places you can see the glorious Everest sunset if the weather is good.
Drive to Gyirong Port in early morning. You are required to walk on your own to cross the border bridge which is abt 50m long. See Nepali driver. Transfer to hotel in Kathmandu.
Nagarkot is 32km northeast of Kathmandu on the northern fringe of the Kathmandu Valley. Nagarkot is famous for its Himalayan views- the Himalayan peaks at sunrise are a magnificent sight to behold. Nagarkot is surrounded by thickly forested hills of pine trees which give you an idyllic scene.
- Bhaktapur Durbar Square
- Nagarkot Village
Drive back from Nagarkot to Kathmandu which takes abt 1.5hrs.
Kathmandu is the capital city of Nepal, the largest Himalayan state in Asia. Kathmandu stands at an elevation of approximately 1400m above sea level in the bowl-shaped Kathmandu Valley of central Nepal.
Guide and driver will pick you up at you hotel according to your flight schedule to transfer you to Kathmandu Airport for your flight home.
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