For this 12-day tour, you will travel from Chengdu to Lhasa, then take an overland trip to Kathmandu. Apart from the major attractions in Lhasa city, you will visit the places of interests along the way from Lhasa to Kathmandu such as Yamdroktso Lake, Tashilhunpo Monastery and Everest Base Camp. After getting to Kathmandu, you will also visit the must-see sites in Kathmandu.
|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 sightseeing||Swyambhunath Stupa, Boudhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple|
|9||Kathmandu - Nagarkot||Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Nagarkot Village|
|10||Nagarkot - Kathmandu||Patan Durbar Square, Patan Museum|
|11||Kathmandu sightseeing||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.
In the morning our guide will meet you at the hotel and first take you to visit the famous Potala Palace, the cardinal landmark of Tibet and the masterpiece of Tibetan architecture, it was first built by 33rd King Songtsen Gangpo in the 7th century and rebuilt later in the 17th century by 5th Dalai Lama, now it is a museum and world heritage site.
In the afternoon, we will go to visit Jokhang Temple in the center of the old Lhasa city. Jokhang Temple is one of the most sacred temples in all over Tibet and it is always bustling with earnest local pilgrims since from early days. After that you will take a walk around the Barkhor street which is the one of the most devotional circuit as well as a crowded central market of Lhasa, Barkhor Street is located in the old area of Lhasa City Tibet, it is a very ancient round street surrounding the Jokhang Temple and the locals are always proud of it. As a symbol of Lhasa, it is also a must-see place for visitors.
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 summer time (usually May~Oct), we will stay overnight at Everest Tent Camp; 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 about 50m long. Your Nepali driver will greet you at the other side of the bridge and transfer you to Kathmandu.
- Bunjy place
- Dhulikhel mountain
Today you will start to explore Kathmandu with our experienced Nepali guide.
Firstly, you will go to Swyambhunath Temple to see the stupa there. Swyambhunath was built 2000 years ago, even older than Kathmandu city! It’s one of the World Cultural Heritages in Nepal. And it’s also called “Monkey Temple” as there are hundreds of wild monkeys live around it. The Swyambhunath Stupa is the second largest stupa in Nepal. The Buddha's eyes were painted on the four sides of the stupa, means Buddha is watching you. The paint makes it so sacred that many pilgrims come to worship.
Then you will go to see the largest stupa in Nepal, as well as in the world. Boudhanath Stupa is located in the eastern of Kathmandu. 90% of Nepalese are Hindu devotees. you can see Lord Shiva everywhere. But here, Boudhanath is a holy place of Tibetan Buddhism as it’s located in the main trading pass between Nepal and Tibet. So, every morning, there are many Tibetan Buddhist doing kora here, which is really an impressive scene.
In the end, we are heading to Pashupatinath Temple, the largest Hindu temple in Nepal. The god of destruction—Shiva is enshrined in it. “Pashu” means “all living creatures”, “Patinath” means “the lord”. This temple is also known as “corpse cremation temple” because it’s the place where Hindu devotees cremate the dead bodies in public.
Stay overnight 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.
- Patan Durbar Square
- Patan Museum
Today we will go to visit the last Durbar Square--- the one in Kathmandu.
It seems you witness the history of Nepal when you are in Kathmandu Durbar Square as you can see many ancient buildings, artistic carvings, and mysterious temples. Meanwhile, the whiz of motorcycles, the street vendors, the walking people, the football-playing children, the flying pigeons, and the cows, sheep, dogs, cats, all of these make Kathmandu Durbar Square a big busy market in modern times. You can wander around and enjoy the leisure time with locals. Oh, don’t forget to try the special Nepalese food---Momos, one kind of cheap food with great taste.
Have a good night today as we will leave Kathmandu to Lhasa tomorrow.
Stay overnight in Kathmandu
- Kathmandu Durbar Square
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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