A 4WD overland trip across Nepal & Tibet. From the moist, green oxygen-rich jungles of Nepal to the wild and wholly Tibetan countryside, then finally reach to Lhasa(the Place of the Gods). En route, visit Everest Base Camp, see Mt Everest’s north face framed in the prayer flags of Rongbuk Monastery.
|Day||Route||Attractions & Activities|
|1||Kathmandu to Gyirong, 160km, Approx.10hrs||Pick up from hotel and drive|
|2||Gyirong-Tingri||Milarepa’s Meditation Cave|
|3||Tingri - Rongbuk - EBC - Tingri||Rongbuk Monastery, Everest Base Camp|
|4||Tingri - Shigatse||Tashilhunpo Monastery|
|5||Shigatse - Gyantse - Lhasa||Pelkor Chode Monastery, Karola Glacier, Yamdroktso Lake|
|6||Lhasa City||Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street|
|7||Lhasa Suburb||Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery|
|8||Departure from Lhasa||Send off to airport/railway station|
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After breakfast, your driver will pick you from your hotel(altitude: 1300m) and drive to Gyirong port(altitude: 2000m). Although the distance is only 160km, it takes about 10 hours to Gyirong border due to the muddy road condition. Alternatively, you can choose to take a helicopter to Gyriong from Kathmandu, which only takes 25 mins but the price would be much higher.
After arriving at Gyirong port and getting through the custom, you will meet your Tibetan guide and driver. They will take you to Gyirong town（altitude: 2000m) for acclimatization.
Abt 3km from the Friendship Hwy, you get to the village of Chay. From Chay, it’s a winding drive up to Pang-la (5050m). The view here are stupendous on a clear day, and feature of a huge sweep of the Himalay a range, including Makalu, Lhotse, Everest, Gyachung and Cho Oyu. The road then descends past a couple of photogenic villages and runs done in to the fertile Dzaka Valley and Tashi Dzom village. The dirt road then runs up the wide valley, to Pagsum village. The next main village is Cho Dzom and from here the road turns south towards Rongphu. The first view of Everest appear half an hour before you arrive Rongphu. After sightseeing Rongphu and Everest, return back to Tingri for the night.
Drive from Tingri to Shigatse today, which takes abt 7hrs. Please feel free to ask your driver to stop at any time if you want to take a photo of the fatastic view along the way.
Drive Shigatse to Lhasa via Gyantse by Southern Friendship Hwy. You will pass by the fertile Nyangchu Valley, a wide agricultural plain where colourfully decorated yaks and horses are used by Tibetan farmers to till the land, and Khamba-la Pass (4794m).
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 the 33rd King - Songtsen Gangpo in the 7th century and rebuilt later by the 5th Dalai Lama in the 17th century. Now it's a museum and world heritage site.
In the afternoon, we will go to visit Jokhang Temple in the center of the Lhasa old town. Jokhang Temple is one of the most sacred temples all over Tibet and it is always bustling with earnest local pilgrims since the early days. After that, you will take a walk around the Barkhor Street - one of the most devotional circuit as well as a crowded central market of Lhasa. Barkhor Street is a very ancient round street surrounding the Jokhang Temple and the locals are always proud of it. As a symbol of Lhasa, it‘s also a must-see place for visitors.
Stay overnight in Lhasa
In the morning, we will go to visit Norbulingka. Norbulingka park is considered the premier park of all such horticultural parks in similar ethnic settings in Tibet. During the summer and autumn months, the parks in Tibet including the Norbulingka, become hubs of entertainment with dancing, singing, music, and festivities. The park is where the annual Sho Dun or 'Yoghurt Festival' is held.
In the afternoon, you are heading to Drepung Monastery, which means Monastery of Rice Heap in the Tibetan language. The entire monastery is large in scale and the white buildings cluster and covers the hillsides. They look like huge rice heaps in the distance, so it is called Drepung. Drepung monastery is the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery, also the highest-ranking monastery in the Gelug Sect.
Stay overnight in Lhasa
Your tour ends today. Our guide and driver will collect you from your hotel to transfer to Lhasa Airport/Railway Station for your next destination.
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