Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu. In Kathmandu (BB) Our representative meet you at the airport upon arrival and provide transfer to your hotel.
Day 2: Kathmandu (BB)
Full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu and Patan: In the morning we visit Kathmandu Durbar square. You walk through Asan to Hanuman Dhoka. The narrow lane is crowded with pedestrian. It gives you chance to meet Nepalese in most traditional manner. Asan is one of the oldest market place for shopping; it used to be the center of business in those days. Walking tour of Kathmandu Durbar square: Includes Asan tol, Durbar square, Hanuman Dhoka, temple of living Goddess, and Kastha Mandap. You go through medieval wonders that have given Kathmandu much of its mystery and atmosphere. The city itself is a labyrinth of streets and markets, crowded with exotic products and a bewildering mix of people. One can see Tibetan women in their stripped aprons, traders from India and Sadhus - Hindu holy men, who are perhaps on pilgrimage to one of the countless shrines and temples spread in the valley. As you wander, your tour guide will explain the intricacies of Nepal’s distinct blend of Hinduism and Buddhism.
After lunch visit Swayambhunath and Patan: Swambhunath is well known 2000 years old Buddhist stupa (Chaitya), used to be known as monkey temple, is located on the summit of a hill overlooking Kathmandu valley. Beside Boudhanath this is one of the popular Buddhist pilgrimage site. The legend has it that once upon a time Kathmandu valley was a lake and the Goddess Manjushri found a shrine here after she drained the water from the lake. Swambhunath is one of the most important temples and pilgrimage sites for both Hindus and Buddhist alike. Its vantage point provides panoramic view over the surrounding city and countryside. With its tremendous white stupa shrines, it has truly memorable sights. Travel onward to Patan: This is another city adjacent to Kathmandu; it is located across Bagmati river. Sightseeing places includes Durbar Square, Hiranya Varna Mahavira, Mahaboudha are very close to the old palace which is believed to have been built in 299AD. There are many beautifully carved windows, doors and balconies for which it is famous. Mahaboudha is made of Terracotta bricks and pagoda style structure of Mahavira dedicated to Lord Buddha built in 13th century.
Day 3: Kathmandu to Zangmu (2500m) - 116 km. In Zangmu (BB).
Depart Kathmandu at 6am. Drive to Kodari border-Friendship bridge. Normally it is 5 hours drive. Drive to the Immigration check in post. The hike to the post takes about 2 hour (11km).
Day 4: Zangmu to Xegar (4350m) - 244 km. In Xegar (BB)
Leave hotel around 8 am. The road slowly winds up to the plateau. En route cross Nyalamu (3800m) and Lalung la (pass). After crossing the pass at 5050m you have great view of the entire Himalayan range. Travel further to Xegar.
Day 5: Xegar to Xigaze (3900m) - 244 km. In Xugaxe (BB)
Continue the drive, cross a pass (5220m) and arrive at Xigaze. Stay overnight at Xigaze. First part of the drive across the plain provides panoramic view of Mt. Everst, Cho-Oyu, Makalu and other lofty peaks jutting out of the skyline toward the blue sky. This is a day for photography.
At Xigaze visit Tashilhunpo monastery. This is the most important monastery outside Lhasa. It was founded by first Dalai Lama in 1447 in honor of his teacher Kadrub. Gendun Zhuba was the first abbot of the monastery, and in 1600 at the invitation of the monastery the 4th Panchen Lama became its 16th abbot making the monastery the official abode of the Panchen Lama. He is second in rank to Dalai Lama. Visit the monastery can be done next day before heading to Gyantse.
Day 6: Xigaze to Gyantse (3950m) - 90 km. In Gyantse (BB)
Drive to Gyantse. The golden Pagoda or Palgor Chorten at Gyantse is one of the most famous monuments in Tibet. It was built in 15th century for worship only. No monks live in it. The top of the Pagoda is made of copper heavily gilded with gold. It is a short day.
Day 7: Gyantse to Lhasa (3650m) - 261 km. In Lhasa (BB)
It is long and interesting drive. You visit Yamdrok lake. It is situated west of Lhasa over the 479 meter Kamba-la (pass). It is known to Tibetan as the Turquoise Lake. The road to the pass skirts the edge of the lake and gradually winds up to the pass and descend to Lhasa. The colour of the lake is bluish green; the colour certainly make this big lake an interesting site. You will be passing through several valley and high pass on this day.
Day 8: In Lhasa (BB) – Full day sightseeing tour with tour guide.
We visit Potala Palace (seat of Dalai Lama), Jhokang temple and Barkhuo bazaar around it and Norbulinka park. The park covered 360,000 square meter. It is used to be summer place of all Dalai Lama after the 7th Dalai Lama. The park was extended by the 13th Dalai Lama Tudeng Jiacuao (1876-1933). The new palace was built in 1954 by the 14th Dalai Lama, Denzengf Jiacuo. Potala Palace is a magnificent white, black, red and gold palace; it dominates the skyline of Lhasa. It used to be winter home of the Dalai Lama. It has jewel, encrusted gold and silver stupas of previous Dalai Lamas. There are numerous grand state rooms and many important chapels. There has been a palace on this site since the 5th century but the present palace was constructed in the 17th century. The next interesting sight is Jokhang temple – This is the holiest temple in Tibet and shelters the sacred Jowo Sakyamuni statue. The pilgrims, smell of butter lamps in the air, statues of Gods in hidden annexes, and the procession of devout Tibetans through the complex are normal sight around Jokhang. First walk around the holy inner circle and then make a complete circuit of the Barkor – the market that surround Jokhang. It is the best place to shop everything that are Tibetan. Norbulingka is the summer palace of the Dalai Lama, set in a quiet and relaxing garden which used to house the Dalai Lama’s pets. One particularly interesting mural inside depicts the history of Tibet and all the Dalai Lamas.
Day 9: In Lhasa (BB) – Full day sightseeing tour with tour guide
Next day we visit Drepung and Sera Monastery. Sera is one of the best preserved monasteries in Tibet, renown for its lively debating sessions in the courtyard each afternoon. Within its whitewashed walls and golden roofs, several hundred monks live and study. Drepung was founded in the 14th century and was once the largest gompa in the world, with a population of around 10,000 monks. These days the figure has been reduced to several hundred, but there is still much of interest to see here, as the structure escaped relatively unscathed during the Cultural Revolution.
Day 10: Fly to Kathmandu. In Kathmandu (BB)
Transfer to Gonggar airport. The schedule departure time is 10 am (Beijing time). We arrive at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International airport at 9am local time. Upon arrival transfer to your hotel.
Free day in Kathmandu.
Day 11: Depart Kathmandu
Transfer to airport. Fly home.
Caution: In monsoon season part of the road from Lamasangu to Kodari can be disrupted due to landslide. In such situation it is often necessary to walk for several hours. In winter snow can disrupt the road that goes through narrow pass from Zangmu to Nyalam.
We can customize the tour to suit your requirements. We do our best to make the adventure tour smooth and hassle-free.
Note: The above itinerary and schedule are guidelines only and may change due to logistic trial and other condition beyond our control; We may reorganize the itinerary.