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Trip Code: NHT450
Trip Grade: Easy
Max Elevation: 5220 m
Total Duration: 10 days
Best Time: April - November
Group Size: Min. 2 People
Lhasa, the administrative capital of Tibet is a city of wonders! It’s cultural richness and absolute location is beyond any words of description. The views of the mountains like Xixapangma, Makalu, Cho-Oyu, Everest, Lhotse, Langtang, etc. from this place is spectacular. The Lhasa to Kathmandu Tour offers art, architecture and craftworks manifested in the monasteries of the city takes us back to time and lets us endeavour the peace that the Buddhist culture preaches for.
The literal meaning of Lhasa is place of Gods. The place is considered holy as it has many places of cultural significance namely Potala palace, Jokhang temple, Norbulingka palace, Sera monastery and Drepung monastery. Placed upon the Red Hill, Potala palace is an impressive palace that dominates the entire Lhasa city! This large palace is divided into two parts – red palace and white palace. White palace which was once the house of local Tibetan government is now a living quarter of Dalai Lama. It was constructed in the 17th century and features the Dalai Lama’s quarters and many vital chapels.
Jokhang temple is the oldest temple in Lhasa and is well decorated with the Tibetan features. The temple is surrounded by the Bakor Street. Visit to Jokhang temple helps you get the unique taste of Tibetan culture. Drepung monastery is the largest monastery in Tibet and Sera monastery has been able to preserve the Tibetan culture very well. Talking about, Norbulingka palace, it is a palace of the Dalai Lama that is grand and artistically phenomenon.
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Day 01 - Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu
Arrive in Kathmandu at any time. Our airport representative will welcome you and explain the program further. There are no planned activities for the day, so check into the hotel. Enjoy your overnight stay at the Hotel.
Day 02 - Obtain Chinese Visa and Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tours
Touring the World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu Valley that includes: Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa and Pasupatinath Temple. Overnight at Hotel, breakfast included.
Day 03 - Fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa
The flight from Nepal to Lhasa (3660m/12004Ft) in Tibet is considered one of the most beautiful air routes in the world, as it provides sweeping views of Everest (8848m/2922ft), Mt. Kanchenjunga (8536m/27998ft) and other Himalayan peaks. If traveling via mainland China, there are a wide variety of flights in addition to the world’s highest train route to reach Lhasa. Upon arrival, you will be received by our Tibetan guide at the airport/train station. After approximately 1.45 hours of driving, you will reach Lhasa. It’s advisable to rest and take it easy for the remainder of the day due to Lhasa’s altitude. Overnight at Hotel, Breakfast included.
Day 04 - Sightseeing Tour in Lhasa
We spend our day visiting several monasteries in Lhasa in the company of a guide and interpreter. One of these is the Sera Monastery, a best-preserved monastery in Tibet within its whitewashed walls and golden roofs. After lunch we visit Norbulingka, a summer palace of the Dalai Lama and the Jokhang Temple, a most sacred shrine in Tibet. Surrounding the Jokhang is the Barkor – a maze of narrow cobbled streets that is the central market of Lhasa. Overnight at Hotel, Breakfast included.
Day 05 - Second day sightseeing tour in Lhasa
We visit Potala Palace in the morning. It is a palace that dominates the city of Lhasa. It is a spectacular building containing private quarters of the Dalai Lama as well as numerous grand state rooms and many important chapels. There has been a Palace on this site since the 5th or 6th century, but the present Palace was constructed in the 17th century. After lunch, we visit the Drepung Monastery, which was founded in the 14th century. It used to be the largest monastery in the world, with a population of around 10,000 monks. These days the number has fallen down to hundred. Overnight at Hotel, Breakfast included.
Day 06 - Drive to Shigatse (3900m/12792ft) – 350 K.M. 7 hrs
Our drive follows the Tsangpo River. We ascend up to 15,700-foot Khampa La. We see Yamdrok Lake below and in the near distance rises a great snow peak of Ningdzingzonka. We then head westward along the lake and drive toward Gyantse. In Gyantse, we visit the famous Pelkor Monastery. The Pelkor Chode Monastery also includes Gyantse Kumbum. The Kumbum has nine floors and each tier has unique chapels. It is considered the largest of the three Kumbums in Tibet. After one and half hour drive, we arrive in Shigatse. Overnight at Hotel, Breakfast included.
Day 07 - Sightseeing & drive to Shegar (4050m) 244km
Today we traverse along the Friendship Highway amidst the picturesque landscape and drive through the small town of Lhatse and Gyamtso La pass (5220m). As the route opens into the plain, many monasteries and camps of nomadic herders become visible in the route to Shegar. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast included.
Day 08 - Drive to Zhangmu (2300m) - 245 K.M 5 hrs
We cross two high passes, Lalung La (5124m) and the Shung La (5200m). On our way, we are rewarded with the magnificent landscape of the surrounding peaks which include Shishapangma, Cho Oyu, Menlungtse and Gauri Shankar. Then our journey heads towards Tibetan Plateau to Zhangmu on the Nepalese border. Overnight at hotel, breakfast included.
Day 09 - Drive to Kathmandu (1337m) 123 K.M 5 hrs
We leave Zhangmu behind and join the Friendship Bridge. We pass the Bhote Koshi River and mark the Chinese – Nepalese border. After a short drive, we bid our Tibetan guide a goodbye. We then walk to Nepalese Immigration Control in Kodari. Our Nepalese staff will complete the re-entry formalities and we head towards Kathmandu.Overnight at hotel, breakfast included.
Day 10 - Farewell
Approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight, a representative from the Nepal Hiking Team will take you to the airport.
- All ground transportation by private vehicle including airport transfers
- Three nights’ accommodation with breakfast at a 3 star category hotel in Kathmandu
- All fees for sightseeing and visits to monasteries as per itinerary
- Accommodation with breakfast at a 3 star category hotel in Lhasa and Shigatse
- Best available guesthouses with breakfast at Shegar, and Zhangmu
- Tibet travel permits and Chinese Visa fees
- Kathmandu to Lhasa flights in economic class
- Tibet Tourism Bureau (TTB) approved Tibetan guide including his salary, foods, accommodation, insurance etc
- All applicable taxes and service charges
- Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the itinerary”
- Travel insurance
- Nepal entry or re entry visa
- Personal shopping and laundry
- Tips for guide and driver (Tipping is appreciated but it is not mandatory)
Cost & Dates
Group tours are unavailable for this trip, however, you can opt for the private trip. The private trips are available on any date of your choice at any time of the year. Let us know about your preferred travel dates and we shall organize it as per your convenience. Get in touch with your query now.
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