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Lhasa to Kathmandu overland tour allows deep exploration into exotic Tibet. The tour includes all the important places of attractions in central and southern Tibet has to offer. Lhasa to Kathmandu overland tour covers a vast area that crosses spectacular passes, through unforgettable landscapes and spiritual heart of the country. Inspiring landscapes and mountain views combined with its rich Buddhist history and culture and contrasting with the recent development make this trip unforgettable experience.
Tour starts from the great historical area, Tsedang, the capital of Shannan (Lokha) which is regarded as the cradle of Tibetan civilization in that Gongpori caves above the town are said to be the place from where Tibetan race originated. After then visiting historically rich Yambulakhang Palace and Samye Monastery down to the spiritually and culturally rich city Lhasa where we visit most holy Jokhang Temple, renowned eight wonder Potala Palace, Norbulingka, Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery and more. After then passing through medieval villages, visiting renowned monasteries, beautiful and holy lakes, crossing through several passes, rivers and beautiful landscapes, finally reach the world’s highest monastery – the Rongbuk Monastery and the main attraction of the trip the base of the highest mountain, Everest base Camp. All the attractions throughout the trip make you feel admirable, but encounter with the sheer grandeur of Everest's north face sweeps away all the complexity and makes you feel in the paradise.
Arrive at Lhasa from Kathmandu, Nepal. While flying from Kathmandu, enjoy the amazing views of the Himalaya, including Everest, Makalu, Kanchenjunga and the Tibetan valleys. Upon arrival at Gonggar Airport or train station, meet our Tibetan guide who will escort to Tsedang (2 hrs). Check into the hotel. Take it easy today to acclimatize to the high altitude.
Today encounter with Tibet will begin with a visit to the palace of Yambulakhang which was built in the second century BC by the first Tibetan king Nyatri Tsenpo who is believed to have descended from heaven. Next visit Chedruk Temple to round off our visit to Tsedang. Afternoon drive to Samye Monastery which is the first temple to be built in Tibet and the first complete with the three Buddhist jewels of Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. Overnight in Samye.
After breakfast easy and short drive to Lhasa, en-route visit the famous Mindrolin Monastery which covers a large area of over 100,000 square meters (approx. 119,599 square yards). It is one of the six most famous Tibetan Buddhism monasteries of the Nyingmapa Sect. The monastery was originally built in the late 10th century and has been renovated several times. Overnight in Lhasa.
After breakfast, have an easy visit to Sera Monastery- the second largest Gelugpa university monasteries in Tibet, is well-preserved monastery of white-washed walls and golden roofs. After then visit Norbulingka- the summer palace of the Dalai Lama. Finally, visit Jokhang Monastery and Barkhor Market- Jokhang Monastery is the most revered and sacred shrine in all of Tibet and is constantly bustling with devotees. Barkhor Market is a very ancient round street surrounding the Jokhang Monastery and is a good place to purchase souvenirs.
Today tour begins with a visit to Potala Palace- highest palace in the world and is Lhasa’s cardinal landmark which offers an awesome view of the entire city. It is the ideal example of architectural work and is mostly renowned as residence of the Dalai Lama lineages. Later visit Drepung Monastery- the largest monastery among the great three Gelugpa university monasteries which was used to be the residence of the Dalai Lamas until the Great Fifth Dalai Lama constructed the Potala Palace.
After breakfast drive to Mozugongar County via Drayerpa Cave to visit local Lama in caves. There are more than 30 caves for silence thinker lama for religious. It takes 1.5 hours to visit some of them. After reaching Mozugongar County visit the Gandan Monastery- one of the great three Gelugpa university monasteries and oldest monastery among the six Gelug Sect’s monasteries. After having lunch drive to Drigung Tel Monastery, is a small monastery famous for performing sky burials. Continue the drive to Terdrom hot-spring (75 Kms, off road) for overnight stay in Basic guesthouse.
After breakfast drive towards Damxung County via Reting Monastery. It is the special temple for high Lamas like as Dalai lama`s teacher. After visiting the monastery continue the drive towards Dangxung County, southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, where can see the north Tibet Grass view. Overnight in Guesthouse.
After breakfast drive to Namtso Lake. Namtso Lake is the highest altitude saltwater lake in the world and the largest lake in the Tibet. It is situated 4,718 meters above sea level covering an area of 1,920 square kilometers. Some 60 kilometers to the northwest of Damxung County seat, it is one of the three holy lakes in Tibet and receives high respects among the local people. In the Tibetan year of sheep, pilgrims from a faraway come here to walk around the lake. It takes more than 10 days to circle the lake once. Afternoon, walk around Lakeside area and this is one of the highest & more beautiful Lake in Tibet. Overnight in Guesthouse.
Morning, explore the Lakeside. After breakfast drive back to Lhasa visiting the famous Yabachen hot spring and can take a shower and relax. Across North Tibet Grass, Great Nianchentangula Snowing Mt, lunch at Yangbachen small town, afternoon back to Lhasa city. Overnight in Lhasa.
Today, start journey by jeep along the Friendship Highway crossing the Kampala pass [4794m], from where enjoy the fabulous view of Yamdrok Lake which is one of the three holy lakes in Tibet and one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. After then drive westwards over another high pass Karo la pass (5,045 m) from where have an amazing spectacle of Mt. Nyenchen Khangsar Glacier standing proudly at 7252m. The unforgettable view of fan-shaped turquoise water of the lake and Nyenchen Khangsar Glacier is wonder of the day. Passing through beautiful valleys and colorful Tibetan villages arrive in the town of Gyantse houses beautifully landscaped Tibetan Villages. Overnight in Gyantse.
After breakfast visit the Gyantse Dzong, Gyantse Kumbum and Palkhor Chod Monastery. Gyantse Dzong- one of the best preserved dzongs in Tibet, situated high above the town of Gyantse on a huge grey brown rock, Gyantse Kumbum- an extraordinary architectural masterpiece with a large gold-domed stupa and its nine levels rise in the manner of a step pyramid made it one of the most distinctive temples in the world. and Palkhor Chode Monastery which houses Sakyapa, Kadampa and Gelugpa sects together and has combined characters of Han, Tibetan and Nepali architecture. After sightseeing drive towards Shigatse the second largest city in Tibet. En-route visit Shalu Monastery which is architecturally distinctive with the perfect combination of Han and Tibet architectural styles. Finally, arrive in Shigatse and after exploring the local market visit to the Tashilhunpo Monastery one of the six big monasteries of the Gelug Sect of Tibetan Buddhism and the home of the Panchen Lama, which is located on the hillside overlooking Shigatse northwest of the town. The main structures found here are the Maitreya Chapel and Kelsang Temple. Overnight in Shigatse.
Morning drive from Shigatse to Sakya, noon time arrive in Shegar, after lunch, drive from Shegar to the south crossing Pang La pass (5,150m). Along the drive have the majestic views of snow-capped peaks from Makalu to Shishapangma. After a long drive finally reach Rongbuk the highest monastery in Tibet consist both monks and nuns which lie on the lap of Mt. Everest. Enjoy the marvelous, unique and face to face view of Mt. Everest with the famous Rongbuk Glacier (one of the largest glaciers) nearby, which would be definitely the great lifetime experience. From Rongbuk drive 16 km round trip by local bus to the Everest Base Camp. The dream of travel enthusiasts comes true while reached in a truly awe-inspiring place with the sheer north face of the highest mountain in the world towering to the sky. In the evening drive back to Rongbuk and overnight.
Morning enjoy the sunrise view over Mt. Everest. After breakfast drive towards Zhangmu via Old Tingri crossing Lalung La pass (5,124m) and Shung La pass (5200m). Savour the enchanting views of the surrounding peaks of Shishapangma, Cho Oyu, Menlungtse and Gauri Shankar. The journey descends from the dry Tibetan Plateau to green Zhangmu on the Nepalese border. Overnight in Zhangmu.
After breakfast clear the customs and cross the Friendship Bridge at the Nepal-China border across Bhote Koshi River. After some customs formalities, continue drive to Kathmandu. Enjoying the scenery of great white waters, beautiful landscapes and deep valleys along the way, finally reach the Kathmandu. Rest and overnight in Kathmandu.
- All transportations as per the itinerary
- All necessary Tibet Travel permit
- Chinese Visa
- Kathmandu to Lhasa flight fare
- Accommodation in Twin sharing basis
- All fees for sightseeing and monuments as per the itinerary
- English Speaking Guide throughout the trip
- Daily breakfast
- All government taxes and service charge
- Nepal Visa
- Meals other than breakfast
- Travel Insurance
- All the personal nature expenses
- Tips for guide and driver
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Annapurna round trek was well organized by Raj from BDEx. Gide Amrit Pandey is very skilled and intelligent. Weather on the trek was rather different so we were about ready to turn back from Pissang. Nevertheless next day was clean and we immediately decided to continue. Finally we did Thorang La 5416 m. On the way we saw many people coming back because of deep snow. I am happy that we were lucky to pass Thorang La on second day after it was opened. Many thanks for the trip to BDEx and my guide!!!