Day 1 Fly to Lhasa. Arrive Lhasa, transfer to Hotel Upon arrival in Lhasa, your local guide and driver will meet you at Gonggar airport, drive about 65km to Lhasa city, check in the hotel. Please go slow and have a good rest today in order to acclimatize the high altitude. It is helpful to drink more water. Free day.
Day 2 Sightseeing tour in Lhasa: Visit - Drepung monastery, Jokang temple and Barkhor Bazaar - In Lhasa
Visit the Drepung monastery. This is the largest monastery in the world and once housed 10,000 monks and nuns. It was built in 1419 and the second, thrid and fourth Dalai Lamas lived and were entombed here. A visit to the kitchen of this monastery is a must. Look out for the washing machine in which the monks mix their butter tea. Next stop will the Jokhang Temple. This is the holiest shrine in Tibet and houses a golden statue of the Buddha. You then visit to the Barkhor Bazaar outside the Jokhang monastery. This is the bustling flea market where you can buy vouvenirs and meet other tourists.
Day 3 Sightseeing tour in Lhasa: Visit - Potala, Norbulingka summer palace and Sera monastery - In Lhasa
Visit to the Potala Palace is awesome. The Palace of the Dalai Lama, a treasure of Tibetan culture was, till 1965, the seat of both religion and politics in Tibet. It was built in the 7th century by Tsongtsen Gampo as a fort and later renovated by the 5th Dalai lama in the 17th century to its present specifications. Visit to the Narbulingka, the winter Palace of the Dalai lama built in the 18th century would be the next attraction in your sightseeing tour. Next you will visit to Sera Monastery, a preserved monastery of white-washed walls and golden roofs.
Day 4 Depart via Yamdrok Lake to Gyangtse, Visit Gyangtse Kubum Stupa & Pelkhor Chode Monastery. In Gyangtse.
After breakfast drive up to Kambala pass which is over 5000m, from there you will have a glimpse of Yamdrok-tso there, which is one of the three holy lakes in Tibet. Then keep driving to Gyantse, visit the famous Kumpum stupa (Pelhkhor Choede Temple) in Gyantse, the most stunning architectural wonder in Tibet.
Day 5 Drive Gyangtse to Shigatse
Drive Gyangtse to Shigatse, En route visit Shalu Monastery, visit Tashilhunpo Monastery and Shigatse Market. In the morning visit Tashilunpo Monastery, then we drive to Shigatse for overnight there.
Day 6 Drive Shigatse to Shegar
Drive Shigatse to Shegar, En route visit Sakya Monastery.
It is one of the typical Yuan Dynasty style of resembling castles. There are a lot of historical articles in the monastery, among them are found a lot of the imperial certificates, gold signets, crowns, costumes bestowed by the Yuan Dynasty emperors. It has over 10,000 volumes of Tibetan books on astronomy, medicine, calligraphy, and history. So the Sakya monastery enjoys the title ‘the second Dun Huang Cave.
Day 7 Drive to Zhangmu, En route visit Milerapa Cave, Zhangmu Hotel
Drive to Zhangmu. Zhangmu town is located in the border with Nepal is a very different place from the other ones you see on the way. All year round it is green with rains most of the time. You will think it is out of Tibet, as there are Sherpa people and Nepalese speaking a different language here.
Day 8 Walk across friend ship Bridge and drive back to Kathmandu.
Drive to the Friendship Bridge of the border and go through the China customs. Our guide will see you off at the Kodari of the Tibetan side. Transport would be waiting for you to pick up and transer to Kathmandu which is 114km, about 4 hours drive.
Note: The above itinerary and schedule is guideline only. It is subject to change due to logistic, local, technical, weather and other condition beyond our control.
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.