A. Itinerary in Detail (8 Days)
Day 01, July 03: KATHMANDU-ZHANGMU / NYALAM (3700M)-156 KM
Departure Kathmandu, early morning at 05:30. We drive through the scenic beautiful Nepalese countryside for about 5hrs. After completing the necessary border formalities at Kodari in Nepal side, we change our vehicle and start an hour adventurous uphill drive to Zhangmu (Chinese immigration) for official entry in Tibet/China. If time permits the driving continue to Nyalam (30 km). Overnight at guesthouse.
Day 02, July 04: NYLAM- TINGRI / LHATSE (4350M)-244 KMS,
While driving uphill to the highest plateau of the world around Lalung La pass(5,050 m), one can have the breathtaking panoramic view of beautiful Himalayan ranges including Mt. Cho Oyu (8201m) & Mt. Xixapangma (8012m).From Tingri, view of Mt. Everest (8,848m). Overnight at guesthouse.
Day 03, July 05: LHATSE-XIGATSE (3900M)-244 KMS,
Drive to Xigatse, the place of the famous Tashilumpo monastery, the second largest monastery in Tibet and the seat of Panchen Lama. Overnight at hotel Samdrupse or similar standard.
Day 04, July 06: XIGATSE-GYANTSE (3950M)-90KMS,
Visit Tashi Lumpo monastery and Xigatse Bazaar in the morning. 2hr drive to Gyantse, which lies 261km southwest of Lhasa. In the 15th century it served as the capital of a small kingdom. Visit Kumbum stupa, which was built around 1400 AD. It later became the main center for trade with British India. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 05, July 07: GYANTSE-LHASA (3650M)-261 KMS,
8hr drive takes you to Lhasa crossing the Karo La Pass (5010m) and Kamba la pass (4794m). The Karo La climbs between two lofty mountains, Nozing Khang SA (7223m) and Ralung (6236m). While driving you will see the Yamdrok Tso (Turquoise Lake), which takes approx. 1 hour to drive around. After passing Kamba La, Lhasa valley is seen to the north. Overnight at hotel in Lhasa.
Day 06-07, July 08-09: IN LHASA,
These days you will be engrossed with sightseeing and excursions of the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Market, Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery. Lhasa is now a fascinating modern city. There are many wonderful things to see and do around Lhasa, which helps tells the story of Tibet’s unique past and the intertwining of religion with history. Most of the holy temples retain magic and mysticism and demonstrate the absolute faith in Tibetan Buddhism so integral to the character of the Tibetan people.
Day 08, July 10: LHASA-KATHMANDU,
In the very early morning after breakfast, drive 2hrs to airport. Around 10:00 am (Chinese standard time) fly to Kathmandu (arriving 09:00am local time). Air China’s 1hr flight provides great views of Himalayan peaks including Mt. Kanchenjunga (8586m), Mt. Makalu (8463m), and Mt. Everest (8848m).