10 Days Central Tibet in-depth travel then overland from Tibet to Nepal
(LKT012 ) Lhasa, Tsedang, Gyantse,Shigatse, Sakya,Everest Base Camp
Escorted by private guide and vehicle; leave 365 days a year!
Easy - suitable for all level of fitness, family with kids and senior groups.
Trip Level Guide:
- Easy - suitable for all level of fitness, family with kids and senior groups.
- Moderate - suitable for ones with average level fitness, family with kids bigger than 12 yrs.
- Moderate to Strenous - suitable for ones physically fit; have experiences of high altitude trek.
- Strenuous: suitable for adventures and individual with physically fit and healthy.
As all the people believe in Tibetan Buddhism, Qinghai-Tibet Plateau is the source of Tibetan Buddhist monastery. Lhasa, Tsedang, Gyantse, Shigatse and Sakya are important tourist destinations in Tibet, which has the most well-known palaces and monasteries in Tibet, including World Cultural Heritages- Potala Palace and Jokhang temple; Tashilhunpo monastery - the seat of Panchen Lama, who is the second largest Buddha in Tibet; the first monastery in Tibet - Samye monastery, which is located at Yarlung Zangbo River Valley; and Sakya Monastery with numerous gorgeous Buddhist murals. After touring the central area of Tibet, then we drive westwards along Friendship Highway, which is parallel to Himalayas and enjoy the spectacular views of Himalayas and make a day trip to visit Everest Base Camp. You can overlook four high peaks at 8000 meters above sea level of Himalayas in Jiawu La Pass, and take a closer look at Himalayas and Mt. shisha pangma (another high peak at 8000 meters above sea level in China) in Tongla pass. Then, traverse alpine valleys at the border of China and Nepal, you will finally arrive in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. This tour lasts for 10 days, which is a perfect in-depth travel of Tibet to Nepal.
At a GlanceDay 1
Arrive in Lhasa (3650m)Day 2
Lhasa tour- Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor StreetDay 3
Lhasa tour - Drepung Monastery, Sera MonasteryDay 4
Lhasa –Tsedang: Samye MonasteryDay 5
Tsedang Tour:Yungbulakang PalaceDay 6
Tsedang-Gyantse:Yamdrok-tso,Nyenchen KhangsarDay 7
Gyantse (3950m)to Sakya(4300m)(B) Tashilhunpo Monastery, Sakya MonasteryDay 8
Sakya (4300m)to Everest base camp(5200m)Day 9
Everest Base Camp(5200m) to Gyirong via Rongphu MonasteryDay 10
Gyirong - Rasuwagadhi - Kathmandu
Day by Day Itinerary
Day 1: Arrive in Lhasa (3650m)
When you arrive in Lhasa, our Tibetan guide will be waiting for you at the airport/train station exit, and take you to hotel in Lhasa downtown with private car. A route to view the Yarlung Tsangpo River/ Bhamaputra river (the Longest and largest river in Tibet) and Lhasa river. After arrive in Lhasa, you are suggested to take rest and acclimatize.
Stay overnight in Lhasa
Day 2: Lhasa tour- Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street
Today's tour will first bring you to the Potala Palace, the winter palace of the Dalai Lama. It has been used since the 7th Century by the 33rd great king of Tibet. The most valuable collection are the gilded burial stupas of past Dalai Lamas and meditation Cave of the 33rd great king of Tibet.
After you take lunch and then head to Jokhang temple which was founded by the 33rd great king of Tibet in the 7th century, in order to promote the Buddhist religion. Inside you can see the statue of Buddha Sakyamuni at the age of twelve, perhaps the single most venerated object in Tibet Buddhism.
Around the temple is Barkhor street, where you can do kora (circling the Barkhor street) with pilgrims and locals and buy the souvenirs.
Stay overnight in Lhasa
Day 3: Lhasa tour - Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery
In the morning, you are going to visit Drepung monastery which was one of the “three greet” Gelug monasteries of Tibet and was founded in 1416 by Jamyang choge, one of the Tsongkhapa’s main disciples. Ganden palace is used as Dalai lama’s palace in the Drepung before moving to the Potala palace.
Afternoon, Sera Monastery---It was one of the “three great” Gelug monasteries of Tibet and was founded in 1419 by Jamchen chojey, one of the Tsongkhapa’s main disciples. The Most attraction is the Monks debate at around 3pm – 5pm(except Sunday).
Stay overnight in Lhasa
Day 4: Lhasa –Tsedang: Samye Monastery
Today, you will have a 290 km driving along the Yarlung Tsang (Brahmaputra river), the Sand Mountain, the high mountain meadow, the wide rivers accompany you heading the way to Samye Monastery. The Samye Monastery is the Tibet first Buddhist monastery, built in 8 century built in Tibet and the first complete with the three Buddhist jewels of Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. Then drive to Tsedang, the capital of Shannan Prefecture, located in Yarlung Valley.
Stay overnight in Tsedang
Day 5: Tsedang Tour:Yungbulakang Palace
Tsedang is reputed to be "the cradle of Tibetan Civilization"". In the morning, tourists can visit Yungbulakang Palace, the first imperial palace built on the rocky hill for the first Tibetan king and you could have a nice view of the whole valley from there. Then tourists head to visit Trandruk which has a history of 1,300 years, one of the oldest monasteries one couldn’t afford to miss.
Stay overnight in Tsedang
Day 6: Tsedang-Gyantse:Yamdrok-tso,Nyenchen Khangsar
Today, tourists can see lots of beautiful scenery on the way while we drive to Gyantse. Passing over the Gampala pass (4790 m),you have a glimpse of Yamdrok-tso (4400m) .The Lake is surrounded by many snow-capped mountains and in the distance you have spectacular views of holy Mount Nyenchen Khangsar, (7191m) the highest mountain near Lhasa . We head westward along the lake and appreciate Karo Glacier and later drive towards Gyantse. Gyantse was historically known as Tibet's third largest city (after Lhasa and Shigatse)
Stay overnight in Gyantse
Day 7: Gyantse (3950m)to Sakya(4300m)(B) Tashilhunpo Monastery, Sakya Monastery
In the morning we drive towards Shigatse. In Shigatse, travelers will visit the famous TashiLhunpo monastery where you can see the well-preserved largest statue of Jampa (future Buddha) in the world. This monastery is the seat of Tibet's second highest incarnation, the Panchen Lama. In the afternoon the group drives towards the Sakya county where tourists can visit the famous Sakya monastery which was founded in 1073 and was taken as the principal monastery of the Sakya sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Sakya monastery consists of two parts, northern and southern monastery. The Northern monastery was only visible as a ruin whereas Southern monastery was built like a fortress, surrounded by a moat.
Stay overnight in Sakya
Day 8: Sakya (4300m)to Everest base camp(5200m)
The distance between Sakya to Rongpuk is neither to long nor short, and the road is under construction. From Tingri to E.B.C, the team has to drive on the rough road, pass the wild grassland, and cross the torrent and lofty mountains. If the weather is fine, you can have a glimpse of 4 mountains which are 8000m high and even higher. Just Enjoy your final stay at Everest Base Camp.
Stay overnight in Ronguk Guest House or Tent
Day 9: Everest Base Camp(5200m) to Gyirong via Rongphu Monastery
In the morning, you can see the sunrise appearing on the top of Mt Everest, and have a full view the magnificent Mt. Everest standing like a snow-capped pyramid in front of you at Rongpuk, which is the vantage point for watching Mt. Everest. Then you may trek from tent to Base camp 4/km one way or go to EBC by local bus. After visiting base camp, tourists can tour Rongphu Monastery which is the highest monastery in the world (5000m) and then drive to Gyirong. Then we descend gradually from the dry Tibetan Plateau to amidst the verdant and fertile vegetation of Zhangmu at 2300 meter on the Nepalese border.
Stay overnight in Gyirong
Day 10: Gyirong - Rasuwagadhi - Kathmandu
From Gyirong County to Gyirong Port, where you will part with your Tibetan guide and driver, and walk across the river to meet Nepalese guide and drive to Kathmandu.
- Tibet travel permit and all other necessary permits to Tibet;
- All entrance ticket fees for all tourist sites listed in the itinerary;
- Personal knowledgeable English-speaking Tibetan local tour guide;
- Personal comfortable, clean and safe vehicle with reliable Tibetan local driver; vehicle ranging from 4WD land cruiser to minibus depending on your group size;
- All lodging listed in the itinerary; it’s your decision about the accommodation class: luxury 5-star international hotel, comfortable 4-star hotel, economic 3-star hotel or budget hostel, guesthouse or tent. Please tell us your accommodation preference when submitting the enquiry; we will arrange the best-value hotels for you.
- Domestic flight/train tickets listed in the itinerary;
- All meals listed in the above itinerary;
- Tourist accident/casualty insurance;
- First aid kit;
- International flight to and out of China;
- Chinese visa (Note: we could help you with the Chinese visa application, like providing the invitation letter, presenting the hotel or domestic flight reservation copies, etc that you may need. )
- Domestic flight/train not listed in the itinerary. (We can provide you the domestic flight/train ticket booking service at the BEST discount price; please contact us our travel experts for the details.)
- Meals not specified in the itinerary; usually it costs about USD3-15 per person for one meal in TAR (Tibet Autonomous Region).
- Tips and gratitude to tour guide and driver;
- Personal expenses, like laundry, phone call, snacks, soft drinks (please do the best to avoid the alcoholic beverages during your Tibet trip), optional tour activities, etc.
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