A. Itinerary in Detail (10 Days)
Day 01, April 07: FLIGHT KATHMANDU – LHASA
Drive to Airport for the flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa on Air China . This one hour thirty minutes Trans Himalayan Flight will give you an opportunity to have an aerial view of the Mt. Everest and other Himalayan Peaks . Arrival at Gonggar airport around 14.00 hrs. Local time. After clearing immigration and customs it will be a two hour drive to cover the 93 km. to Lhasa which is situated at an altitude of 3670 meters. Upon arrival we check in at the hotel, right in the heart of the old city.
Day 02-04, April 08-010: SIGHTSEEING
During these three days in Lhasa we visit the Potala palace, Sera and Drepung monasteries, the Norbulinka palace and Jokhang temple including the surrounding Barkhor.
Day 05, April 11: LHASA – GYANTSE
You begin your overland adventure with a full day drive to Gyantse. Along the way you cross the Kamba la (4794m) and the Karo la pass (5010m), both grant spectacular views. After the Kamba la you come to Yamdrok tso, also known as the Turquoise Lake . Altitude 3900m.
Day 06, April 12: GYANTSE – SHIGATSE
In the morning visit Gyantse stupa and monastery followed by a two hour drive to Shigatse. Here see the enormous Buddha in the famous Tashilumpo monastery. The seat of the Panchen Lama. Altitude 3800m.
Day 07, April 13: SHIGATSE – LHATSE
The journey today brings you over two high passes with fine views. For lunch we stop in the small town of Lhatse . Depending on how much time we spend during the morning in Shigatse we might stay overnight in Lhatse. Altitude 4350 m.
Day 08, April 14: LHATSE – ROMBUK
Begins with the Tsho La (4500m) and ends with the spectacular view of Mt. Everest from Rombuk monastery. Relax tonight and stroll around the monastery. Altitude 5050m.
Day 09, April 15: ROMBUK – LAO TINGRI
Get up early in the morning and start the two and half hour leisurely walk (one way) to the base-camp (5200m) itself. You should return early afternoon to head to Lao Tingri. Lao Tingri is a small Tibetan town that offers the best view even from a toilet that you’re unable to experience from anywhere in the world. Altitude 4200 m.
Day 10, April 16: LAO TINGRI – ZHANG MU – KATHMANDU
Make sure you have some photos left for the panoramic view of the Himalayan range as you cross the Lalung la pass (5050m). From Nepal-Tibet boarder, drive back to Kathmandu..