This is 8 day overland adventure in Tibet with one way Trans Himalayan breathtaking flight. This is either a drive in fly out or fly in drive out tour package. This tour is for those who love to Himalayas and high altitude lands. Anyone who is seeking for adventure can take this tour package and fulfill their adventure fetish. This tour includes loads of driving in the high altitude lands and this tour can really answer the curious questions about the Tibet and its high Plateaus. The first day of tour begins a trans Himalayan flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa which offer a majestic views of the world’s highest mountains including Mt. Everest, Mt. Shisapangma, Mt. Cho Oyu. On arrival at Gongar Airport, the only international airport in Tibet, you will find tyourself in different world.
Lhasa deserves two full days of your attention and visit. Here you will visit Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street, Potala Palace, Drepung & Sera Monasteries. Don’t forget to buy something for your people back home in the Lhasa streets. On the fourth day, you will drive full day crossing over Karola, Kambala, and colorful Yamdrok Lake and the Tibetan lifeline river Bramha Putra to the Gyantse. You will visit Kumbum Stupa and Phalkor Chode Monastery in Gyantse. Next day, you will head towards another popular city of Tibet, known as Shigatse. You will have sightseeing tour of Panchen Lama’s Tashilhumpu monastery visit after which you will drive to stay overnight. On sixth day of the tour, you will drive from Xigatse to Tingri, which passes in a scenic drive crossing over Gyatchu La Mountain. On this road you will find a route to the Mt. Kaikash. Next day, the trail passes with excitement as you will drive downhill from the high Tibetan Plateaus to Zhangmu. On the departure day, you will have to walk down to the Kodari border (Nepal / China Border) and after immigration formalities, our representative will meet you and you will depart your journey of Tibet and drive to Kathmandu which is 123 km far taking 5 hours time.
Pick up from Gonggar airport, after finished immigration formalities it takes about 1 hour 30 minutes drive along 93 km road leading to Lhasa. It is advisable to rest in Hotel. Overnight at Hotel.
Full day sightseeing takes you to Drepung Monastery. "Drepung" means "the hill of rice', because this white Monastery looks like a big hill of rice in Tibetan. This monastery occupies an area of 150,000 square meters with 7700 lamas and becomes the largest monastery in Asia. After that, you will visit Jokhang Temple, situated in the old section of Lhasa. King Songtzen Gampo built this temple in the mid-7th century A.D. Now it is the most sacred place in Tibet. Pilgrims come here to pay homage from all over Tibet. Take a leisure walk at Barkhor Street, located in the heart of Lhasa circling the Jokhang Temple. It means a pilgrim's inner circuit, and is the earliest street of old Lhasa city.
Tour starts from the religious Potala Palace built in the 7th century by the famous Tibetan king-Songtzen Gampo. The present one was built by the 5th Dalai Lama in the 17th century. It became known as the "Winter Palace" by the 1750, when the 7th Dalai Lama built the Norbulingka Park as his summer residence. fter that, you will visit Norbulingka Park. In 1752, the 7th Dalai Lama built the first palace in this summer palace for successive Dalai Lamas to carry out their political and religious activities during the summer season. Today Norbulingka has become a public park for picnicking, relaxing and entertainment. Later, visit Sera Monastery which is dedicated to the Gelugpa or Yellow Hat Sect, a branch of Tibetan Buddhism, founded by Tsong Khapa. Jamchen Chojey, one of Tsong Khapa's disciples built the monastery in 1419 during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). The monastery was named Sera which mean wild rose in the Tibetan language, because the hill behind it was covered with wild roses in bloom when the monastery was built.
In the morning, your guide and driver will accompany you to Gyantse (250 km, 5 hours approx.), a town lying to the south of Lhasa City. On the way there, you will visit one of the holiest lakes in Tibet, a pilgrimage site, The Yamdrok Yumtso Lake, which is compared as “the fairyland in heaven” by Tibetans. You will also have view of the Karola Snow Mountain. Before check in to the hotel, you will visit a special monastery, The Phalkor Monastery, the only monastery that houses monks from different rders (Gelupa, Sakyapa and Kahdampa) in harmony. Phalkor also features its Bodhi Stupa or Kumbum Stupa, which consists of hundreds of chapels in layers, housing about a hundred thousand images of Buddha, so it is called Myriad Buddha’s Stupa as well. Then, we check in to the hotel.
The Gyantse Town is located 100km southeast of Shigatse. It takes about 2 hours to drive from Gyantse to Shigatse. Before checking in to the hotel, visit Tashilunpo Monastery. It is the seat of Panchen Lama. Each year, there is a display of a gigantic thangkas of Buddha will on its Thangka Wall. Beside the trove of thangkas, its murals and other religious and artistics treasures certainly will impose an indelible impression upon visitors. You will also pay a visit to the New Palace of Panchen.
Tingri is a town in southern Tibet which is situated 250 km far from Lhasa. About 5 hours long drive, you will reach to Tingri. It is in Tingri County, Shigatse Prefecture with a population of around 523. It is often used as a base by mountain climbers preparing to ascend Mount Everest or Cho Oyu.
Drive to Zhangmu for night, and make a visiting in Nyalam town on the way. Nyalam is a small Tibetan town near the Nepal border. It is 35 km from Zhangmu town in the same county, which is the point of entry of Nepal. Nyalam is situated at 3,750 m above sea level. A town of stone building and tin roofs, it is nickmaned "The Gate of Hell" by the Nepalese trader because the trail between Nyalam and the Nepalese border was so treacherous to negotiate.
After immigration formalities at the Nepal / China border, we drive to Kathmandu which is 144 km far and takes about 5 hours of drive. On reaching, end of our arrangements.
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- Henry David Thoreau
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