Lhasa Everest Kathmandu Overland Tour - 10 days
Lhasa Everest Kathmandu Overland Tour will take you on a journey of Tibetan plateau including its capital Lhasa and Everest Base Camp. This 12 day tour starts and ends in Kathmandu. So, you will also get the opportunity to explore the cultural and historical wonders of Kathmandu. Once you are in Lhasa, the mystical wonders of Tibet starts unfolding in front of you. Either its the sightseeing day in Lhasa walking through Jokhang Temple, Barkhor market and Potala Palace, or your Everest day in Rongbuk, you will encounter an entirely different world with its own splendor and uniqueness. While simply traversing through the Tibetan plateau also, you will encounter the nomads, yak herders, monasteries and pilgrims that will remind you of the untouched civilization of the past. This tour will offer you some of the rarest Himalayan experiences that perfectly blends nature, culture and history of trans-Himalayan region.
Day 01: Arrival to Kathmandu
Day 02-03: Visa preparation day in Kathmandu
Day 04: Fly to Lhasa
Day 05: Explore Lhasa
Day 06: Explore Lhasa
Day 07: Drive to Gyantse
Day 08: Sightseeing in Gyantse and drive to Shigatse
Day 09: Sightseeing in Shigatse and drive to Shegar
Day 10: Drive to Rongbuk and Explore Everest Base Camp
Day 11: Drive to Zhangmu Day 12: Drive to Kathmandu
Day 01: Arrival to Kathmandu (1400m)
On a bright sunny day as the wide range of shiny Himalayas is visible from the window pane of your plane, you will know that you are flying above Nepal. Nepal opens up in air before your real arrival to Nepali soil. After few minutes of hide and seek with Himalayas you will land at Kathmandu. You will be cordially welcomed as per Nepali culture with garlands at the airport terminal by a company representative and a driver. A private vehicle will escort you through the boisterous streets of Kathmandu to your designated hotel. Our representative will help you in your check-in procedure and will thoroughly brief you about the tour beginning the next day.
Day 02-03: Visa preparation day in Kathmandu
While the visa process is going on, you will have the sightseeing tour of the cultural and historical wonders of Kathmandu valley. After your breakfast, there will be a full day guided sightseeing tour to the World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu Valley, namely Bouddhanath Stupa, the largest and the oldest Buddhist stupa in Nepal; and Pashupatinath, a mega Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva which is particularly famous for Hindu funeral rite; and Swoyambhunath, an ancient Buddhist temple at a hilltop overlooking the valley. You can also visit Kathmandu Durbar Square which is a magnificent repertoire of ancient craftsmanship. Because of its artistic grandeur, it is rightly called as the most impressive landmark of Kathmandu.
Patan or Lalitpur (City of Artisans) is 5km away from Kathmandu. You will walk through Patan Durbar Square, and delight in the architectural wonders of Malla era. Mahaboudha Temple, Kumbeshwor Temple, Krishna Temple and Golden Temple are the major attractions of the square. Bhaktapur, “City of Devotees”, 12 km south-east of Kathmandu is the smallest of the three valley cities. However, it is incomparable for its impressive art and architecture. Bhaktapur Durbar Square, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site is an open museum of the Golden Age of Nepali art and architecture. The Nyatapol & Dattaraya Temples, Golden Gate, Palace of 55 windows etc are the finest examples of sculpture, woodcarving and pagodas.
Day 04: Fly to Lhasa (3656 m). Overnight at Hotel.
You will take a flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa. After a spectacular flight of about 1.5 hour over the Himalayas, you will land in Lhasa. Your Tibetan guide and driver will receive you warmly and will help you in your check-in procedure. Your guide will thoroughly brief you about the tour.
Day 05: Visit Potala Palace, Norbulinka and Barkhor Street. Overnight at Hotel
Lhasa will give you the feel of a spiritual journey. The streets full of devotees, the aroma of juniper incense and lulling hymns will fill all your senses. Today you will visit the two eminent landmarks of Lhasa; The Potala Palace and Norbulinka Barkhor. The Potala Palace, a World Heritage Site, was the main residence of Dalai Lama till the 14th Dalai Lama took refuge in India during Tibet uprising in 1959. The imposing thirteen stories imposing building is raised on the top of “Red Hill”. Norbulinka, which means “Treasure Park” in the local language, is a palace. It was the summer palace of Dalai Lama till 14th Dalai Lama’s exile. The palace consists of several complexes, and gardens; and is considered the biggest one of its kind in Tibet. Barkhor Street, is a street around Jokhang Temple. It is about a kilometer and the devotees make circumambulation of the temple through this street. As a busy public square, the street gives you a closer look at the day to day life of Tibetans.
Day 06: Visit Derapung monastery, Sera monastery and Jokhang temple. Overnight at Hotel.
Today you will spend the day visiting the famous monasteries of Lhasa. Drepung monastery, situated in the outskirts of Lhasa, is the biggest of all monasteries in Tibet. Founded in 1416, the monastery is especially known as the site of the annual Shoton Festival, during which a giant thangka painting will be unfurled on the hillside. Another highlight of the day is Sera Monastery, one of the biggest monasteries, located in the northern foothills of Lhasa. This magnificent monastery comprises of big halls, colleges and dormitories. One of the highlights of the monastery is the daily scholarly debate of the resident monk scholars (From 3 p.m., Monday to Friday). Jokhang Temple is also a World Heritage Site as an extension of Potala Palace. This four storey temple is the fusion of Nepali and Tibetan architectural style. The two days sightseeing in Lhasa is sure to give you premium historical and cultural insights of Tibet.
Day 07: Drive to Gyantse (3900m). Overnight at Guest House.
Gyantse is about 5-6 hours drive from Lhasa. One of the major en route attractions is Yamdrok Lake, one of most famous holy lakes in Tibet. For Tibetans, it is the home of the “wrathful deities”. The view of the turquoise fresh water lake surrounded by snow-capped mountains is simply enlightening. You will see the lake from Kamba La pass (4700m). As you move ahead, you will continue driving east towards the Karo La Pass (5000m). From the Karo La Pass, you will descend to Gyantse.
Day 08: Sightseeing in Gyantse & drive to Shigatse (3800m). Overnight at Hotel.
Gyantse (4025m) is one of the most fascinating towns in Tibet. Gyantse is the home of historically significant Gyantse Dzong, Kumbum and Palkhor monastery. Gyantse Dzong, a fort built in the 14th century sits on a hilltop and overlooks the entire town and Nyang Chu Valley. Palkhor Monastery is an important monastery of Shakya sect of Tibetan Buddhism. The monastery complex has Kumbum, the largest chorten in Tibet. It’s an iconic architectural wonder in itself. After sightseeing, you will drive through wheat and barley fields and reach Shigatse (3900m) within 2 hours.
Day 09: Sightseeing in Shigatse & drive to Shegar (4330m). Overnight at Guest House.
Shigatse, a fairly modern city, is the second biggest city of Tibet. Once you are in Sigatse, you can stroll round the city and visit the famous Tashilompo monastery, a historically and culturally important monastery in Tibet. Tashilompo is a major pilgrimage site throughout Tibet. Walking through the pilgrimage circuit (about 1.6 km) around the monastery is a wonderful thing to do as you can get the great views of the monastery and Shigatse city. Nearby the monastery, there is newly reconstructed Shigatse Dzong. In the afternoon, you will drive to Shegar, which is also called the gateway to Everest. After passing through Tropu La and Gyatso La, you will reach Shegar in about 5 hours.
Day 10: Drive to Rongbuk (4980m). Explore Everest Base Camp. Overnight at Guest House.
Today you will drive towards South crossing through Pang La pass (5150m). Throughout the journey, you can feast your eyes with the majestic views of Mt. Everest (8848m), and other peaks over 8000 meters including Makalu (8481m), Lhotse (8516 m) and Cho Oyu (8201m). Once you reach Everest Base Camp (5150m), you can see the north face of mighty Everest dominating the sky. After the exploration, you will drive back to Rongbuk, a town which is just 8 km away from the Base Camp. You will visit Rongbuk Monastery, the highest monastery in the world.
Day 11: Drive to Zhangmu (2300m). Overnight at Guest House.
You will retrace your journey to Zhangmu along Friendship Highway. On the way, you will pass Tingri and two highpasses Lablung La (5124m) and Tong La (5120m). Before reaching Zhangmu, you will have the last views of Mount Everest, Sishapangma and Cho Oyu.
Day 12: Drive Kathmandu
After crossing Friendship Bridge above Bhote Koshi river, you will come to the Immigration Control in Kodari. You will meet your Nepali guide who will escort you to your Kathmandu hotel. In about 5 hours, you will reach Kathmandu.