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Detail Itinerary: Day 01- Arrival in Lhasa by Air or Train Once you arrive at Gonggar airport or Lhasa Train Station, an easy one-hour or half-hour drive will take you to your final destination of the . .
Country: Tibet
City: Lhasa
Duration: 8 Day(s) - 7 Night(s)
Tour Category: Adventure Tours
Departure Date: Thu 01 Jan '99
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Detail Itinerary:

Day 01- Arrival in Lhasa by Air or Train

Once you arrive at Gonggar airport or Lhasa Train Station, an easy one-hour or half-hour drive will take you to your final destination of the traditional Mandala hotel, Yak Hotel or Shangbala Hotel, etc. The remainder of the day can be spent relaxing and exploring some of the many sights in Lhasa.

Day 02- Visit Lhasa

On this second day morning, we will take an easy visit to Jokhang Temple. This temple is the most revered shrine in all of Tibet and is constantly bustling with devout worshippers. We will also be given the opportunity to shop in Barkor, the crowded central market of Lhasa. In the afternoon we will visit is Sera Monastery, a fifteenth-century sprawl of golden roofs and whitewashed walls.

This well-preserved monastery is located just a few miles north of Lhasa and is home to several hundred monks. Its famous debating activities are happening 3-4 pm quite regularly, so remind our guide not to miss it.

Day 03- In Lhasa

A trip to Tibet would not be complete without experiencing the vital Potala Palace. This palace is Lhasa's cardinal landmark and is a wonder of eastern architecture. Your first sight of this massive structure will be a magical moment remembered for years to come. It has been a palace since the fifth or sixth century and was once home to the Dalai Lama.

This truly amazing day will be ended with a visit to the Drepung Monastery. Once the world's largest monastery, housing 10,000 monks, Drepung Monastery lies hidden in rocky ridges just beyond the city. Surprisingly much of the building was left untouched throughout so many hundreds of years.

Day 04-Drive Lhasa - Gyantse [3950m] 261 km

Today we finally begin our overland journey culminating in Kathmandu, Nepal. one of the first sites we will see while traveling along the majestic friendship highway is the Khamba La Pass. the breathtaking view at Khamba La allows one to see all the way to the summit of Nazin Kang Sa, turquoise-colored Yamdrok Lake. Truly an amazing view! While continuing westward we will travel over the Karo La, a high pass surrounded by stupendous glaciers.

The rest of the day will be spent enjoying the many magnificent valleys and exquisite Tibetan villages we pass through. The day will end in the town of Gyantse. We will spend the night in a hotel in this historic city.

Day 05- Drive Gyantse [3950m] - Shigatse [3900m] 90km

First thing in the morning we will visit Gyantse Dzong. This fort dates back to the fourteenth century and offers some of the most amazing views of Gyantse and the surrounding valley. Before leaving we will also visit the famed Gyantse Kumbum. This magnificent tiered structure is the largest stupa in all of Tibet. If the exquisite gold dome is not enough, this stupa is packed with Tibetan sculptures and paintings.

The drive today, only 90 km, takes us to the second-largest city in Tibet. Shigatse is a laid-back city that provides an excellent opportunity for both relaxation and exploration. We will explore the local market and the Tahilhumpo Monastery. Tahilhumpo Monastery is one of the largest functioning monasteries in Tibet and was able to last through the cultural revolution nearly unscathed. It is a great pleasure to spend some time exploring the busy cobbled lanes twisting around these ancient buildings. At night we will relax and rest in a local hotel.

Day 06- Drive Shigatse [3900m] - Rongbuk [5000m] - EBC [5100m] 334km

The views of this desert plateau provide wondrous entertainment as we travel along the Friendship Highway. This stretch is some of the most spectacular landscapes in Tibet. After passing through the small town of Lhatse we will cross Gyatmso La, the highest pass on our journey.

The land quickly descends to plains after Gyatmso La. While traveling through the plains we will see many nomadic herders, quiet countryside, having lunch in Shegar then leaving Shegar we will travel only a short while before turning off the friendship highway. Our four-wheel-drive vehicles will take us south towards the main Himalayan range while passing over Pang La.

The view from the top of Pang La is truly stunning. One is able to see all the way from Makalu to Shishapangma. In the afternoon we will descend into the Rongbuk Valley and Everest will jump quickly into view. This is your first chance to catch a glimpse of this awe-inspiring mountain. the highlight of the trip heading to Everest Base Camp, we will take a local bus to cover this 8 km distance to reach Everest Base Camp.

The views of Everest from so close make the mountain seem even more impressive than before. It is a truly breathtaking experience to stare up at the sheer north face of this highest mountain in the world. Mount Everest towers above you in a looming yet magical way. o/n fixed tent at EBC or guesthouse at Rongbuk

Day07- Visit Everest Base Camp, drive to Kyilong(B)

Hike to EBC. Taking 2 hours, the travelers are about to complete a 4kms hike on the mountain road to the highest point in the world. The Panorama of Himalaya(Tongla Pass 5120m). Tongla Pass(5120m) is the last high mountain pass before getting down to the Sino-Nepal border, at Tongla Pass you will have another a closer view of the panorama of 7 mountains of the Himalayas which are all above 7000 meters, and esp. Mt. Shishapangma(8012 meters).

Gorges and Forest. When heading for the border, the elevation is reduced to close to 2000 meters, and the terrain of the Himalayan border becomes deep valleys and waterfalls. The forest gradually appears the glaciers and snow-capped mountains are high above in the sky the valley.

Kyirong Border, the border town between Tibet and Nepal, has rich resources of natural scenery, the most amazing view is the snow-capped mountains standing behind the forest, which makes scenery take varied forms. Stay overnight in Kyirong.

Day08- Transfer to Border then leaving to KTM of Nepal

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