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Forbidden Lhasa & Everest Base Camp Tour

8 Days Trip Code NSTR269

The breathtaking Trans-Himalayan flight from Kathmandu or via Mainland China to Lhasa & the overland route from Lhasa to Nepal border offers truly spectacular views of the Himalayas, high mountain passes, ancient monasteries, fortresses & a people & culture from a bygone era. The highlight of this trip is a visit to the Dza Rongbuk Monastery & the Everest Base Camp.

Itinerary

Option 1 - Ex- Kathmandu /Chengdu /Beijing
DEPARTURE: EVERY THURSDAY
(Private tours available for Min 2 pax on request)

 

  • Day 01: Kathmandu/Lhasa
    Fly Kathmandu/Lhasa CA408 1025/1345
    Upon arrival meet & transfer to your hotel. At 3500m, it is advisable to take your day easy. Optional walking tour of Barkhor, the bustling market place of Lhasa.
  • Day 02: Lhasa
    This morning, we tour Potala, the winter palace of the Dalai Lama & listed as a world heritage site and Drepung Monastery, the biggest monastic university of Tibet.
  • Day 03: Lhasa
    In the morning, we visit Norbu Linka, the summer palace for the Dalai Lama. In the afternoon, we cover Jokhang – the “central cathedral”, Barkhor – the bustling market in the heart of old Lhasa with its narrow streets whitewashed stone homes, window and the Tibetan Medical Centre.
  • Day 04: Lhasa / Gyantse
    Driving out of Lhasa, this long journey (8 hrs) takes you through the vastness of the Tibetan Plateau, past the turquoise lake Yamdrok and over Kampala(4794m) and Karola (5010m) Passes. After 261km, we arrive at Gyantse at 3950m, a pastoral town which is still left pretty untouched by modern expansion. Visit Kumbum Stupa (an oversized chorten of over 100,000 images) & the adjoining Palkor Choede Monastery. & continue a short 90 km drive to Shigatse at 3900m. En route visit Shalu Monastery. Check into hotel.
  • Day 05: Gyangtse / Shigatse
    Drive to Shigatse at 3900m a short 90 kms. Visit the Tashi Lhunpo Monastery, one of the biggest Gelukpa monastery & the seat of Panchen Lama. Tashi Lhunpo has one of the world’s largest 9 storey bronze statue of Maitriya, the future Buddha.
  • Day 06: Shiigatse / Sakya /Rongbuk
    We head off the main overland route and the road rise steeply up the foothills of the Himalayas via Pangla Pass to arrive at Rongbuk Monastery, the world’s highest monastery situated at 5200m, just below the Rongbuk glacier. En route visit Sakya, the seat of the Sakyapa School of Tibetan Buddhism. Overnight at Rongbuk.
  • Day 07: Rongbuk / Nylam
    After another magical sunrise over Everest & an excursion to Everest Base Camp, we drive on to Nylam. From the barren landscape of the Tibetan Plateau, you cross the mighty Himalayas and are greeted with the greenery of the foothills. Overnight at Nylam.
  • Day 08: Nylam / Kathmandu

 

Option 2


  • Day 01: Kathmandu/Lhasa
    Fly Kathmandu/Lhasa CA408 1025/1345
    Upon arrival meet & transfer to your hotel. At 3500m, it is advisable to take your day easy. Optional walking tour of Barkhor, the bustling market place of Lhasa.
  • Day 02: Lhasa
    This morning, we tour Potala, the winter palace of the Dalai Lama & listed as a world heritage site and Drepung Monastery, the biggest monastic university of Tibet.
  • Day 03: Lhasa
    In the morning, we visit Norbu Linka, the summer palace for the Dalai Lama. In the afternoon, we cover Jokhang – the “central cathedral”, Barkhor – the bustling market in the heart of old Lhasa with its narrow streets whitewashed stone homes, window and the Tibetan Medical Centre.
  • Day 04: Lhasa / Gyantse
    Driving out of Lhasa, this long journey (8 hrs) takes you through the vastness of the Tibetan Plateau, past the turquoise lake Yamdrok and over Kampala(4794m) and Karola (5010m) Passes. After 261km, we arrive at Gyantse at 3950m, a pastoral town which is still left pretty untouched by modern expansion. Visit Kumbum Stupa (an oversized chorten of over 100,000 images) & the adjoining Palkor Choede Monastery. & continue a short 90 km drive to Shigatse at 3900m. En route visit Shalu Monastery. Check into hotel.
  • Day 05: Gyangtse / Shigatse
    Drive to Shigatse at 3900m a short 90 kms. Visit the Tashi Lhunpo Monastery, one of the biggest Gelukpa monastery & the seat of Panchen Lama. Tashi Lhunpo has one of the world’s largest 9 storey bronze statue of Maitriya, the future Buddha.
  • Day 06: Shiigatse / Sakya /Rongbuk
    We head off the main overland route and the road rise steeply up the foothills of the Himalayas via Pangla Pass to arrive at Rongbuk Monastery, the world’s highest monastery situated at 5200m, just below the Rongbuk glacier. En route visit Sakya, the seat of the Sakyapa School of Tibetan Buddhism. Overnight at Rongbuk.
  • Day 07: Rongbuk / Nylam
    After another magical sunrise over Everest & an excursion to Everest Base Camp, we drive on to Nylam. From the barren landscape of the Tibetan Plateau, you cross the mighty Himalayas and are greeted with the greenery of the foothills. Overnight at Nylam.
  • Day 08: Nylam / Kathmandu
    We drive the last stretch of the Nepal-Tibet Highway to Zhangmu. Cross the Friendship bridge and you are back in Nepal – Kodari. Drive back to Kathmandu and check into your hotel.

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