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From Lhasa to Katmandu

 
 

Tibet Tour of Lhasa / Gyantze / Shigatse / Tingri / Base Camp / Zhangmu / Katmandu

Tour code : TT-CTT05
Duration : 12 days
Seasonality :
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Schedule
Day 01 Lhasa (D)
Arrive in the holy city of Lhasa, capital of the mystical Buddhist Kingdom of Tibet. Locked away in its mountain fortress of the Himalayas, Tibet has had a unique hold on the imagination of the West. You are greeted by tour guide at the airport and transferred to the hotel.

Day 02 Lhasa (B, L)
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. After lunch, 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.

Day 03 Lhasa (B, L)
Full day sightseeing takes you to Drepung Monastery. "Drepung" in Tibetan means the hill of rice because this white Monastery looks like a big hill of rice. 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 Norbulingka Park. In 1752, the 7th Dalai Lama built the first palace here 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.

Day 04 Lhasa / Gyantze (B, L)
Drive to Gyantze, the once fortified city at the junction of two major caravan routes: one to India and the other to Nepal. Pass the giant Yamdrok Yamtso Lake, the holy lake of the Tibetan people. Visit the Palkhor Monastery upon arrival.

Day 05 Gyantze / Shigatse (B, L)
Tashilhunpo MonasteryTake a coach to Shigatse. After a rest from the drive, visit the Tashilhunpo Monastery, the traditional seat of the Panchen Lama who is the second holiest man in Tibet.

Day 06 Shigatse / Tingri (B, L)
Travel through the Western part of Tibet to get to Tingri. The scenery along the way is really fantastic. Check into Tingri Hotel.

Day 07 Tingri / Base Camp (B, L)
Although it's just 100km from Shegar to Base Camp (5200m), it takes about 4 hours since the cracked winding roads demand much caution. But the views are stupendous on a clear day, and feature a huge sweep of the Himalaya range including peaks over 8000, Makalu, Lhotse, Everest, Gyachung and Cho Oyu. When you finally get to Base Camp, the first sight of the mighty Everest simply leaves you speechless. All the hardship you bear along the way makes sense at this while. Overnight in Rongphu monastery guesthouse.

Day 08 Base Camp / Tingri / Zhangmu (B, L)
This day's experience is somewhat incredible. Leaving Base Camp to Tingri takes about 5 hours on the bumpy and dusty roads. While another 5 hours from Tingri to Zhangmu is more pleasant when approaching Himalaya's south side: driving through the valley, your eyes are greeted by various shades of green, your ears are filled with the singing of waterfalls, and the moisture in the air makes you fresh from head to toe. After early breakfast, depart Tingri for Zhang Mu, which is about 7-9 hours drive from Tingri. You will also be able to see a magnificent Panorama of the northern flanks of the Himalayans and other side of Mt. Everest on the way.

Day 09 Zhang Mu / Katmandu (B, L, D)
After breakfast you will take coach to Kodari (friendship bridge), cross the border. Our Katmandu guide will pick you up at the Nepal side and transfer to the hotel. In the evening, you will join a welcome dancing party with dinner.

Day 10 Katmandu (B)
After breakfast, proceed for half-day sightseeing tour of Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa and Swoyambhanath Stupa. Rest of the day is free for you to explore on you own.

Bhaktapur DurbarDay 11 Katmandu (B)
Morning visit to Patan, the "city of grace and fine arts;" see beautiful palaces of art and architecture; continue the tour to the Bhaktapur Durbar Squares. In the afternoon, free for personal activities.

Day 12 Katmandu (B)
Transfer to the airport and depart. Service ends.

 
     
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