Tibet- the roof top of the world is situated at the highest elevation in Earth. Beautiful panoramic mountains, dwelling of the gods, source of life, center of the universe; words are simply not enough to describe Tibet. Heavily influenced by its unique version of Tibetan Buddhism, this nation has places of great spiritual and cultural interest.
Starting Point: Kathmandu OR any city of mainland China
Ending Point: Kathmandu
Service type: Private Tour
Mode of transport in Tibet: Hiace van or 4WD Land Cruiser (TOYOTA) in Tibet & private transport in Nepal
Accommodation type: Middle class (standard)
Maximum altitude reached: 5320 m. (Everest Base camp)
Day 01: Arrival in Lhasa (3,650 m/11,972ft)
We arrive in Lhasa, at Gonggar Airport either from a direct flight from Nepal or via mainland China. If we decide to fly from Nepal then we get to enjoy around an hour-long trans-Himalayan flight, considered to be one of the most beautiful air routes in the world that takes us over Everest (8,848m), Kanchenjunga (8,536m) and other Himalayan peaks and glaciers. If we choose to go to Lhasa via mainland China, we may fly from any of the major Chinese cities or take the world's highest train route to Lhasa. Upon our arrival in Lhasa, a representative from Alfresco Adventure will pick us up either from the airport or the train station for about an hour’s drive to our designated hotel in Lhasa. We are advised to take plenty of rest for the remainder of the day in order to minimize altitude sickness. Overnight in Lhasa.
Day 2:Lhasa Sightseeing
Sera Monastery located 6 km (3.7 mile) from Potala Palace is the second largest monastery which is famous for monk’s debate at the debating courtyard. Founded in 1419 by Sakya Yeshe a disciple of Tsongkhapa, Buddhism is still being taught its colleges. Although it is still functioning number of disciples has dropped drastically. You can visit the colleges, debating courtyards and the residence of monks. You can hear the debates as you marvel the intricate art work of this monastery.
Norbulingka literally meaning Jewel Park is the biggest garden in Tibet which houses summer palaces of Dalai Lama’s. It is from here the present Dalai Lama escaped to exile disguised as a soldier. Palace of the eighth Dalai Lama’s hall is opened for the visitors it has beautiful Thankas and artistically painted wood.
Jokhang Temple is Another famous attraction of Lhasa is the Jokhang temple which was ordered to be constructed by the King Songtsen Gampo. The magnificent temple complex with gilded roof top has a beautiful courtyard. It is said that King Songtsen Gampo’s wives Bhrikuti of Nepal and Wencheng of China brought statues from their respective countries which were kept in the temple. It has the iconic statues of two deers holding the dharma wheel. The Temple is located in the Barkhor Square.
Barkhor Square located in the old section of Lhasa surrounding Jokhang temple. You can enjoy the beautiful market area with vendors selling trinkets, Thankas and souvenirs of Tibet. In the hustling market you can also enjoy the exotic Tibetan food. Since this market is located in the old part of Lhasa you can also walk down the old streets to observe historical buildings that have survived the onslaught of Cultural Revolution and modernization.
After a long day of sightseeing in the city you will retire for the day at your hotel.
Day 3: Lhasa Sightseeing
After breakfast you will head toward the most popular site of Tibet- Potala Palace. Even at the time of King Songtsen Gampo, who unified Tibet and built Potala palace, Lhasa was the capital.
Potala Palace listed in the world heritage sites Potala Palace is the face of Tibet as its photographs usually make appearance on the postcards. Standing tall on top of the red hill like a gigantic fortress the beautiful red and white buildings contain history, culture and art within its walls. Potala palace has been used as the residence of Dalai Lamas since the 5th incarnation. It is built over a palace erected by Songtsen Gampo and took 45 years to complete.
The ginormous palace has the power to take you to the other world in the cloud of spirituality with the incense filled air, intricate paintings on the doors, magnificent shrines, artistic gold statues and red and yellow clad monks. The white palace is the living quarter of Dalai Lama and monks. Whereas the red palace which consists of the shrines, paintings and other jewelry works is used for worship.
Drepung monastery located 5 km (3.1 mile) Northwest of Lhasa at Gambo Utse; it is the largest and the oldest monastery in Tibet. It houses a university, with 700 monks where, Buddhism is taught. You will drive back to Lhasa, spend your evening with a stroll in the market place.
End your day with a scrumptious Tibetan meal for dinner.
Day 4 Lhasa – Gyantse . 5.5 hrs
Today you will be transferred from Lhasa to Gyantse (5.5-hour drive).
in route, you’ll stop to see Yamdrok Lake, one of three most famous holy lakes in Tibet. For Tibetans, it is one of the four holy lakes of Tibet and the home of the “wrathful deities”. The scenery of turquoise blue water in the lake with the reflection of surrounding snow-capped mountains is awesome. After arrival in Gyantse, you will tour Palkor Monastery to admire fancy frescoes, statues and sculptures.Overnight in Gyantse.
Day 05: Gyantse to Shigatse (3,900m/12,795ft) via Shalu Monastery: 95km, 2 hours
After breakfast, we drive towards Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet. On the way, we visit Shalu Monastery. Founded in 1040, Shalu Monastery is known for its beautiful and ancient mural paintings. Next, we continue to Shigatse. While there we visit the popular Tashilhunpo Monastery which holds both historical and cultural importance for being founded by Gendun Drup, the First Dalai Lama in 1447. After sightseeing in Lhasa we will have the rest of the day free for resting, which will help us with acclimatization and the next day’s long drive. Overnight in Shigatse.
Day 06: Shigatse TO Shegar (NEW TINGRI) (4150m/13612ft). 280 km. 4 hrs.
The drive to Shegar is defined by the picturesque landscape – we will pass the small towns of Lhatse and Gyamtso La pass at 5220m. You will have the opportunity to see Natang Monastery (12 kms from Xigatse), then Sakya Monastery, where you can see the largest book in the world in the great library. The book is written entirely in gold. In the evening we reach in Shegar. As the landscape opens into vast plains, many monasteries and camps of nomadic herders become visible in the distance. Overnight in Shegar.
Day 7: Drive to Rongbuk - Explore Everest Base Camp
After breakfast you immediately leave for Rongbuk situated at the distance of 360 km (223 mile) which will be covered in the duration of 6 hours. On the way you will get splendid view of the Himalayan range. It will take you half an hour to reach Rongbuk from the point where you start getting the glimpse of Mt. Everest. Rongbuk is situated at the altitude of 5000 m; you will get an opportunity to climb a little higher to reach Everest Base Camp (5150m). Although the ambience is dry, arid and freezing the view of the North face of the tallest mountain in the world will mesmerize you. You will descend down to Rongbuk to retire for the day.
Day 8 Everest Base Camp - Zhangmu ( B )
Drive via Old Tingri and enjoy the panoramic views of snow-capped Himalayan Range on the way to Zhangmu. Zhangmu is quite close to Nepal and about 350km from Mt. Everest.
Tips: The drive will take most of the day, so be sure to bring plenty of snacks and tell the driver whenever you want to take a break to stretch your legs or take pictures.
Day 09: Zhangmu to Kathmandu (1,350m/4,428ft): 153km,4-5 hours
A few kilometers drive from Zhangmu to Friendship Bridge over the Bhote Koshi River brings us to Immigration Control in Kodari where we are expected to complete some custom formalities. We then depart with our Tibetan guide, walk across the river where a Alfresco Adventure representative will be waiting for us. After around 4 hours of driving through deep valleys, we reach Kathmandu. In the evening, we enjoy authentic Nepalese food on our farewell dinner hosted by Alfresco Adventure to celebrate the successful completion of our journey. Overnight in Kathmandu.
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