Trip Profile: 11 Days Trip
07 Nights / 08 Days Overland Trip
03 Nights in Kathmandu
It culminates on an arid plateau - a veritable
treasure trove of architectural masterpieces - the Buddhist monasteries
of Drepung, once the largest in the country The Jhokhang - a spiritual
center, and the awesome palaces of the Dalai Lama - Norbulinga
(the summer palace) and the Potala (the traditional seat). To
travel for days on this remote plateau with the chance encounters
of nomads herding their sheep or yaks is to be transformed into
another way of life. We begin the tour by traveling to Kathmandu
and departing by road to the Nepal/Tibet border town of Zhangmu
where we collect our Transport. The day to day program is outlined
DAY 01-02: ARRIVE IN KATHMANDU
When you arrive in Kathmandu, you'll be taken to your hotel. While
in Kathmandu you will have time fascinating Buddhist and Hindu
temples and shrines reflecting ancient local traditions are highlighted
on our guided tour. There's time to explore the city's many charms
on your own too. In the evening delicious traditional Nepali well
come dinner await for you. O/N in Kathmandu.
DAY 03: KATHMANDU - NYALAM (3600M) -
Departure at 5:30 hr. from Kathmandu after an approx. 6 hours
drive we reach KODARI (China / Nepal Border). Further half hr.
drive by truck will bring us to Zhangmu, where after completion
of Immigration formalities all check drive to Nyalam. Overnight
DAY 04: NYALAM - LHATSE (3950m) -370kms
From Zhangmu or Nyalam, the road follows the BHOTE KOSHI river
in the deep valley with plenty of Waterfalls. After 1.5 hrs drive
bring us to NYLAM PASS (3800m) with the JUGAL HIMALA in view.
A continued drive via LALUNGLA (5050m) will bring us in view of
MT. LANGTANG (7245m), MT. XIXAPANGMA (8013m), & MT. DORJE
LAKPA (6980m), MT. MAKALU ( 8464m), MT. EVEREST (8848m), MT. LHOTSE
(8516m) & MT. CHOOYU (8201m). Overnight in hotel.
DAY 05: LHATSE - XIGATSE (3900m) - (150+60)
Lhatze is 3 hrs qwqy over a 5220m pass near the petrol station,
there is a small restaurant where tea / snakes are available.
Depending upon the road conditions, SAKYA MONASTERY which is 26km.
Off from the main road will be visited. SAKYA is one of the oldest
and most important monastery. Reach XIGATSE, the place of the
famous TASHILUMPO MONASTERY the seat of Panchen Lama until his
death in 1989 with its huge Thanka Wall cleary visible on north
side of the road. Overnight hotel.
DAY 06: XIGATSE - GYANTSE (3950m) - 90km
After visiting TASHILUNPO MONASTERY in the morning including the
Bazaar of XIGATSE, drive to GYANTSE which is 2 hrs. Gyantse is
small bustling town steeped in history. It lies 264 km Southwest
of Lhasa on the northern bank of NYANG CHU river. In the 15 Th.
Century is served as the Capital of a small Kingdom. Visit KUMBUM
CHORTEN & PHKLKOR MONASTERY which was built around 1400 AD
It later became the main center for trade with British / India.
DAY 07: GYANTSE - LHASA (3650M) - 260km
8 hrs drive takes you to Lhasa crossing the KAROLAPASS (5010m)
and KAMBALA PASS (4794m). The KAROLA climbs between two lofty
mountains, NOZING KHANGSA (7223m) and RALUNG (6236m) While driving
you will ssee the YAMDROK TSO (Truquoise Lake) which takes approx.
1hr to cross around. After passing KAMBALA, Lhasa Valley is seen
to the north. You will also cross the Brahmaputra Rover. Reaching
Lhasa and check in hotel. The accompanied guide will reconfirm
your onward airline ticket. Overnight in hotel.
DAY 08-09: LHASA
These days you will be engrossed with sightseeing and excursions
of THE POTALA PALACE, THE JOKHANG TEMPLE surrounding BARKHOR market
DREPUNG MONASTERY and SERAMONASTERY. Overnight hotel.
DAY 10: LHASA - KATHMANDU
Transfer to airport 2 hrs drive - Representative will assist you.
Departure of flight for KATHMANDU would be approx 10:00 hr. CHINA
STANDARD TIME and arriving KATHMANDU AT 9: AM NEPAL STANDARD TIME.
Flight Lhasa / Kathmandu takes 1 hour ten minutes. During the
flight you will see the following: YARLUNG TSANGPO RIVER, LAKE
YAMDROK, MT. KANCHANJUNGA (8586m), MT. MAKALU (8463m) and MT.
EVEREST (8848m). (If weather permitting).
DAY 11: DEPARTURE
After breakfast free for you until time to leave the international
airport for your final destination.