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7-Day Overland Group Tour from Lhasa to Kathmandu

7-Day Overland Group Tour from Lhasa to Kathmandu

Tour Type: Group Tour: Fixed Travel Date & Maximum 12 People in one group
Guide & Driver: Chinese-English-speaking guide & air-conditioned

Highlights

  • Marvel at two incredible UNESCO World Heritage Sites including Potala Place and Jokhang Temple
  • See one of the three sacred lakes of Tibet - Yamdrok Lake
  • Face the challenging vist to Mount Everest Base Camp
Itinerary
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Day1  Arrival in Lhasa Sincere greetings & airport-hotel transfer.

Welcome to Lhasa, the capital city of the Tibetan Autonomous Region of China and referred to as "The Roof of the World." Lhasa lies in a valley deep in the Himalayan Mountains and has an altitude of 3,650 meters (11, 975 feet). Lhasa is one of the lowest regions in Tibet.

People in Lhasa enjoy bright sunshine more than 125 days a year. That might be the reason why they are so efficient in building amazing palaces and monasteries! Today is not for sightseeing; your tour guide and driver will pick you up and help you get acclimated to Lhasa’s altitude.

Tips for Acclimatization:

Generally speaking, the best way to acclimate to high-altitude areas is by having periods of rest and relaxation, staying hydrated by drinking a lot of water; and do not drink any alcohol. Please do not move around too fast, although you might be excited to be standing on “The Roof of the World,” slow down, you will have plenty of time to see and experience all the sights.

Accommodation:Four Points by Sheraton Lhasa or Himalaya Lhasa Hotel

tibet tour

tibet tour

Day2  Lhasa Sightseeing Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street (B)

Today, you will visit the sacred Potala Palace, which was built during the Chinese Tang Dynasty in the 7th century AD and listed as a World Cultural Heritage by the UNESCO Organization in 1994. The buildings, artworks, and statues of Tibetan Buddhism are all highlights of this ancient architectural complex. Standing on the mountain where the Potala Palace is located, you will have a bird’s eye view of the city of Lhasa. Of added interest, check out the back of a Chinese Currency 50 Yuan note, and you will see a picture of the Potala Palace printed there!

Continuing on your trip to the Jokhang Temple, also known as the Qoikang Monastery, you will find the life-size statue of the 12-year-old Shakyamuni (Buddha). Jokhang Temple is believed to be the sacred heart of Tibet, because the Shakyamuni Buddha is located in the there. That historical fact makes the Jokhang Temple even more scared than the Potala Palace. It is said the city of Lhasa was built based on the Jokhang Temple. After leaving the Temple, we will take a stroll along Barkhor Street. This ancient street is the route for pilgrimages around the Jokhang Temple and a perfect place to buy local Tibetan style handcrafts including shoes, hats, tea, bowls and quilts. If you are hungry, stop at one of the many small food stands and buy a mouth-watering Tibetan Style dessert, such as "Tu", a sort of pastry made with yak butter, brown sugar and water. If you want something more substantial, try a tasty bowl of "Thenthuk", a hand-tossed Tibetan noodle soup, a local favorite.

Did you know Shakyamuni lived around 500 BC and was the founder of Buddhism?

Accommodation:Four Points by Sheraton Lhasa or Himalaya Lhasa Hotel

potala palace

jokhang temple

Day3  Lhasa Tour - Drepung and Sera Monastery

Two other Tibetan monasteries are today’s destinations. The first one is the Drepung Monastery, which means "store rice" in the Tibetan language. Built on a mountain, just outside Lhasa, the Drepung Monastery looks like a huge pile of rice. The Buddha statues collection, in the 6 assembly halls of the monastery, can teach you more about Tibetan religions.

The Sera Monastery, located at the foot of Tatipu Hill, is today’s last stop. Over 10,000 statues of Buddha’s Warrior Attendants are the major exhibitions in the monastery. The most intriguing experience here is listening to and watching monks’ debate about Buddhist scriptures. The monks will jump, wave their hands and talk loudly during the debate. Although it looks like they are about to get into a fist fight, it is absolutely healthy for them. They are just learning about the spirit of Buddhism via debate!

Did you know?

The monks’ debate is usually a 1-versus-1 challenge. When one monk is asking questions, the other monk can only answer "yes, no or not sure;" when the monk who is asking questions can’t ask any more questions, the other monk starts asking questions. When one monk has to answer "yes" to successive questions, he loses the debate. Normally there is no winner or loser in a debate. That is the spirit of Buddhism.

Accommodation:Four Points by Sheraton Lhasa or Himalaya Lhasa Hotel

sera monastery

drepung monastery

Day4  Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse (360KM,7.5Hours) Yamdrok Lake, Karola Glacier, Kumbum Monastery(B)

Today, we will leave Lhasa for Shigatse, the home of 5 mountains whose heights are over 8,000 meters (26,246 feet). On the way, we will see the charming Lake Yamdrok first. With an altitude of 4,441 meters (1,446 feet), the Lake Yamdrok is the highest fresh-water lake in the world. The color of the lake is sky blue due to the reflection of the blue sky. Sometimes it turns to deep blue when the angle of sunshine changes. The water of the lake comes from the snow on the Nyenchen Tanglha Mountain, so local people believe the water can purify their souls.

We will head towards the Karola Glacier after visiting the lake. The altitude will go up to 5,560 meters (18,241 feet) on the way to the glacier, which is only 300 meters (1,082 feet) away from the highway. The glacier looks like a huge Tangka (Tibetan Scroll Painting) under the sunshine. It was used in scenes in many Chinese movies, such as the Red River Valley and The Knot.

Visit the Kumbum Monastery before you spend the night in Shigatse. The 9-story One Hundred Thousand Buddhist Pagoda is a must-visit attraction in the monastery. Over 100,000 sculptures of Buddhas and 1,000 frescos collected in the monastery make it a paradise for art.

Did You Know the Yamdrok, Namtso and Manasarovar are three sacred lakes in Tibet?

Accommodation:Shigatse Gesar Hotel or similar

gyantse karuola glacier

yamdrok

Day5  Shigatse - Tingri - EBC (350KM, 7hours) Tashilunpo Monastery, Rongphu Monastery, EBC(B)

We will drive to unlock the mighty Mount Everest today. You will reach the Rongphu Monastery to get the best view of the Mount Everest first. And Next, you will move to the Everest Base Camp (EBC) to admire the world’s highest mountain from an even closer distance. You will spend the night in the guesthouse of Rongphu Monastery or a tent at the EBC. Please take a good rest and be ready for the fantastic sunrise over Mount Everest the following morning.

Accommodation:EBC Tent or Rongphu Guest House (Dorm Bed with humble facility)

mt everest

mt everest

Day6  Sunrise on Mount Everest and Head to the Gyirong port

The most important activity today is wishing a beautiful sunrise. During a clear day, the Mount Everest looks like a goddess wearing a golden veil. You can try your best to see her face, but you can never see every part of her face clearly. This is one or the many reason why she is sacred!

Saying farewell to the Mount Everest we will drive to Gyirong port, a small town on the border between China and Nepal, after. Beautiful mountain view is still available on your way to the Gyirong port.

Accommodation:Gyirong Hotel or similar (Twin Sharing with simple facility)

mt everest

mt everest

Day7  Depart from Gyirong Port Drive to Gyirong Port, See you off(B)

Our guide will accompany you to the Nepal border.

We hope you are satisfied with our service and wish you a wonderful Nepal trip. Feel free to tell us should you have any suggestions about our service.

See you next time!

Accommodation:None

lhasa airport

lhasa airport

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Price Includes

    • All necessary Tibet Travel Permit. (Including Tibet Entry Permit, Alien Travel Permit, border Pass
    • Private professional English-Speaking tour guide
    • All Entrance tickets to the sightseeing places
    • Licensed Vehicle with experienced driver
    • Airport (or train)pick up and drop off
    • Accommodation listed in the itinerary
    • Breakfast provided by the hotel
    • Tourists Accident/Casualty Insurance
    • A container of Oxygen for emergency use
    • All taxes, fees and handling charges
    • Lodging and meal allowance to the guide & driver
    • Reservation fee for visiting Potala Palace
    • 2 bottles of drinking water per person per day
    • One Welcome dinner in Lhasa

Price Excludes

    • Meals not specified in the itinerary (All lunches & dinners)
    • Places not listed in the itinerary
    • Flight/Train tickets in and out of Tibet
    • Personal expenses such as laundry, drink, fax, telephone call, optional tour activities, etc.
    • Any losses incurred from the force majeure factor like government control, natural disaster etc.
    • Tips to the guide & driver ( Tips is not required but expected)
    • Single room supplement

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