16 Days

Tibetan plateau covering 1.23 million sq km is linked to the south by the 2500km long Himalayas and to the west by the Karakoram. With an average height of 4,000 meters above sea level, Tibet encompasses some of the world’s highest mountains. Mt. Everest (8848m), the world’s highest peak rises abruptly on the Tibet – Nepal border. Four mountains exceed altitudes of 8,000 meters and thirty eight mountains exceed altitudes of 7,000 meters.
Renowned as “Roof of the World’ with a 3482 km international border with Nepal, India, Bhutan, Nepal and Myanmar, Tibet has remained a hidden sanctuary to the western world for many years. Soon after Tibet opened up doors for tourism in the mid 1980s, Travel in Tibet became one of the prime tourism interests across the world. With this, Tibet tours gained more popularity amongst avid travellers. Despite modernization over the past few years Tibet has retained the beauties of its past, such as the fascinating Gompas, ancient markets, ever-smiling and fun-loving Tibetans, amazing turquoise lakes etc which reward every tourist with an indelible life long memory.

Itinerary Highlights
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu:
Day 02: Sightseeing of Kathmandu Valley:
Day 03: Fly to Lhasa (3660m) & drive to Tsedang (3550m)- 183 km
Day 04: In Tsedang –Yarlung Valley and Samye Monastery
Day 05: Tsedang-Lhasa via Mindroling
Day 06: Lhasa Sightseeing
Day 07: Lhasa Sightseeing
Day 08: Day excursion to Namtso Lake
Day 09: Day tour to Ganden and Tsurpu
Day 10: Gyantse (3950m) 261 km
Day 11 Drive Gyantse – Shigatse (3900m) 90 km
Day 12: Drive Shigatse to Lhasa (280km)
Day 13: Day excursion to Drak Yerpa caves
Day 14: Depart Lhasa
Day 15: Rest day in Kathmandu:
Day 16: Departure


Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu:

A representative and driver from our office will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. The representative will help you check into your designated hotel. At the hotel, you will be briefed about your daily activities.
Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 2: Sightseeing of Kathmandu Valley:

Kathmandu is the historical and cultural heart of Nepal and has been a popular destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its doors to visitors. The city presents a wonderful mix of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western influence. Patan and Bhaktapur, its two major neighboring cities bear immense historical, cultural and religious significances. There will be a guided tour to the famous and biggest Hindu shrine of Pashupatinath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal Boudhanath, and Swoyambhunath. Bhaktapur is popular for its medieval temples and Durbar Square. As you visit Lion Gate, Golden Gate, Art Gallery, Statue of King Bhupatindra, Nyatapola Temple, the 15th century Malla Palace of 55 windows and other historical monuments, you gain invaluable insight into Nepalese culture. You also visit Patan, which is 5km away from Kathmandu . Patan Durbar Square, Mahaboudha Temple, Kumbeshwor temple, Krishna Temple and Golden Temple are the major attractions of Patan.
Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 3: Fly to Lhasa (3660m) & drive to Tsedang (3550m)- 183 km

Transfer to the International airport in Kathmandu to connect the flight to Lhasa. You will be met at Gongkar Airport by your Tibetan guide. After immigration formalities take a 1.5-hour drive along 93 km road leading to Lhasa lying at an altitude of 3650 meters. A 2-hour drive from Lhasa passing through barley and wheat fields brings you to the third largest city in Tibet, Tsedang. En route Tsedang you stop at Nyethang , a temple built in 10th century by Atisa, an Indian Buddhist. The temple contains interesting artifacts and hold significant importance in Tibetan Buddhism
Overnight at the hotel in Tsedang.

Day 4: In Tsedang –Yarlung Valley and Samye Monastery

Today you visit Yarlung Valley .According to ancient Tibetan history, Tibetan civilization originated from Yarlung valley. Over there you can spot massive burial mounds of Tibetan Kings. Today’s sights also include Tandruk monastery, a 7th century monastery, which holds a fantastic carved wooden altar, interesting relics and murals. Yambulakang, the castle perched dramatically on a pinnacle above the valley, is the oldest known dwelling in Tibet, reputedly the home of the Yarlung Kings. The view from the castle is awesome. The tour continues to the west of Tsedang, along the Tsangpo river on a boat to Samye Monastery. Samye Monastery, founded in 779 AD, is in a green valley among barren mountains surrounded by a village. Samye Monastery is one of the most imposing sights of Tibet. Built between 763 and 75 AD and modeled on the University of Otantapuri in India, it was planned as a representation of the universe.
Overnight at the hotel in Tsedang.

Day 5: Tsedang-Lhasa via Mindroling

Traveling from Tsedang to Lhasa you stop at Mindroling, a 10th century monastery, rebuilt in 1676 and highly reputed for its contribution towards astronomy, astrology, medicine and calligraphy. The murals on the wall have special significance and show the typical Tantric arts. Another distinctive feature of Mindroling monastery is the fact that the monks who reside there can have wives and children.
Overnight at the hotel in Lhasa.

Day 6: Lhasa Sightseeing

Today you will be taken for a sightseeing tour to Lhasa. On your awe-inspiring visit to Sera monastery, you are introduced to the important aspects of Buddhism. After lunch, you pay a visit to Norbulinka, the summer palace of the Dalai Lama. Jokhang temple provides yet another exciting and educative tour. Wandering around Barkhor market is another major highlight of the day.
Overnight at the hotel in Lhasa.

Day 7: Lhasa Sightseeing

In the morning, after breakfast, you will set off to view the majestic Potala Palace, which towers above the city of Lhasa. You get to see an overwhelming array of intricate Tibetan murals, temples, stupas, and the tombs of the eight Dalai Lamas. After lunch, you will be taken on a visit to beautifully landscaped Drepung monastery. At the monastery you can observe nuns and monks chanting and performing religious discourses.
Overnight at the hotel in Lhasa.

Day 8: Day excursion to Namtso Lake

Today you will be taken on an excursion to one of the most beautiful places in Tibet, the Namtso Lake. In Tibetan, Namtso means ‘Heavenly Lake.’ It is one among the three holy lakes in Tibet. Namtso lake is at an altitude of 4720 m. It covers a vast area of about 757 square miles. The crystal-clear water of this lake and the scenic beauty of its surrounding are sure to leave you spellbound.
Overnight at the hotel in Lhasa.

Day 9: Day tour to Ganden and Tsurpu

Today you will be taken to two very famous monasteries, Ganden and Tsurpu. Ganden monastery was founded in 1409 by Je Tsongkapa, the founder of the Gelupka (Yellow Hat) sect. This monastery is the first Gelug monastery in Tibet. It lays 57 km east of Lhasa .
Besides its typical Tibetan style, it is three times as large as Potala Palace. The Tsurpu monastery situated at an altitude of 4300m has a history of 800 years. Located high in the tributary of the Tolung Valley, the huge temples and chanting halls of Tsurphu monastery has been rebuilt from the rubble of the Cultural Revolution.
Overnight at the hotel in Lhasa.

Day 10: Gyantse (3950m) 261 km

After passing through beautiful valleys and colorful Tibetan villages you arrive in the town of Gyantse. In Gyantse you will visit the Gyantse Dzong and Gyantse Kumbum. The Dzong is a fort dating from the 14th century. From there you can enjoy the spectacular views of Gyantse and the surrounding Nyang Chu Valley.
The Kumbum is a large gold-domed Stupa and its many small chapels house an impressive array of Tibetan Buddhist murals. En route you will be escorted to visit Shalu Monastery founded in 11th century and noted for its 14th century murals which fuse Chinese, Mongol and Nepalese style.
Overnight at the hotel in Gyantse.

Day 11 Drive Gyantse - Shigatse (3900m) 90 km

After exploring Gyantse, you will take a 90 km drive to Shigatse. Having driven to an average altitude of 3900 m, you find yourself at Shigatse, second largest city of Tibet. Tashilhunpo monastery being one of the largest functioning monasteries in Tibet is a major attraction of Shigatse.
Overnight at the hotel in Shigatse.

Day 12: Drive Shigatse to Lhasa (280km)

After hearty breakfast at hotel you will be guided to explore the local market and the Tashilhunpo Monastery. This monastery is one of the largest functioning monasteries in Tibet and there is much to explore within its high surrounding walls. After detailed visit of Shigatse you will drive via shorter road to Lhasa.
Overnight at the hotel in Lhasa.

Day 13: Day excursion to Drak Yerpa caves

The Drak Yerpa caves are about an hour’s drive to the northeast of Lhasa. Songtsen Gampo meditated here, as did Padma Sambhava and several of his disciples. The site is strongly associated with Jowo Atisha and the early Kadampa masters.
Overnight at the hotel in Lhasa.

Day 14 Depart Lhasa

You will be transferred to the airport in time to catch your flight to Kathmandu. Receive from Kathmandu airport and transfer to the hotel. Remaining time will be at leisure.
Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 15: Rest day in Kathmandu:

Free day to get rest or you could utilize this day for last moment’s shopping.
Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 16: Departure:

Free till departure and later, transfer to the International airport to connect the flight to onward destination.
  • 4 nights twin sharing accommodation at the hotel in Kathmandu on bed & breakfast basis.
  • Hotel Lhasa or similar category hotel in Lhasa & best available en route hotels on twin
    sharing with breakfast.
  • All the sight seeing tours in Tibet as per the itinerary with English speaking Tibetan guide.
  • All the sight seeing tours in Kathmandu as per the itinerary with English speaking local guide
    in kathmandu.
  • All the surface transfers in Tibet by 4WD Land Cruiser (Toyota 4500, the best available in
  • Kerung (Nepal – Tibet border) to Kathmandu drive by 4WD SUVs.
  • Tibet Permit fee.
  • Airport transfers.
  • Any International airfares, visa fees to Tibet & Nepal, airport taxes etc.
  • Expenses of personal nature such as alcoholic, non alcoholic beverages, laundry bills,  telephone bills, camera fees etc.
  • Any sort of insurances, any extra cost arises during the entire trip due the natural
    calamities, political disorder and due to any reason which is beyond the reach of Adventure G.Nepal.
  • Any other services which is not mentioned in cost includes section above.

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