Travel from Lhasa to Kathmandu, Nepal 2014
Tibet Lhasa based travel agency-Tibet Ctrip Travel Service inhanced Tibet land adventures for 2013 from previous travel organization experiences. Welcome to the roof top of the world and extend the easy adventure from Lhasa to Kathmandu with Mt. Everest which is one of the BIG highlight attractions in Tibet.
Lhasa to Nepal overland tour itinerary outline.
Day01 get to airport/train station, hotel transfer and rest for altitude in Lhasa[with altitude of 3650m]
Day02 Guided sightseeing tour in Lhasa:Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Bazaar
Day03 Guided sightseeing tour in Lhasa: Drepung & Sera Monastery
Day04 free day on your own in Lhasa
Day05 Lhasa-Lake of Yamdrok-Tso-Gyantse [3950m] 260 km
Day06 drive Gyantse [3950m]-Shigatse city [3900m] 90km
Day07 Shigatse [3900m]-Shegar [New Tingri] [4050m]-Rongphu Monastery (or Tashizhong),350 km,6-7 hrs safe drive
Day08 Shegar (or Tashizhong-Rongphu [5140m]-Everest Base Camp (8 km trek or by carriage)-Rongphuk, EBC excursions
Day09 Rongphu [5000m]-Old Tingri [4390m]-Zhangmu, 280 km (5-6 hrs)
Day10 Zhangmu [2300m]-Kodari-Kathmandu,Nepal [1400m] 123km
Day11 Departure (or we extend our tour in Nepal as per your further requests)
Travel from Lhasa to Kathmandu, Nepal day to day arrangements
Day 01 Fly or take train to Lhasa [3650m]
Once landed at Lhasa Gonggar Airport or reach to Lhasa Newwu Train Station, your private Tibetan tour guide and your Tibetan driver will pick you up with your name sign,they will transfer safely to your hotel in Lhasa, rest well for high altitude (behave wise to avoide heavy mountain sickness).
Day 02 Guided sightseeing tour in Lhasa
Today what we will visit in Lhasa is the vital Potala Palace and the Jokhang Temple with her vicinities. Potala palace is Lhasa's most important landmark and she is a wonder of Eastern architecture. Your first site of this massive structure will be a magical moment which will be remembered for your rest life time. It has been a palace since the fifth or sixth century and was once the home to the Dalai Lama. Well another visit we will take is to Jokhang Temple which locoates at Barkhor Bazaar. This temple is the most revered shrine in Tibet and is constantly bustling with devout worshippers. We will also be given the opportunity to do some easy shopping on your own in Barkor Bazaar, the crowded central market in ancient section of Lhasa where is the residence of many local people.
Day 03 Guided sightseeing tour in Lhasa
After breakfasts in hotel, we will drive to west Lhasa city section (about 11km) and give a visit to the Drepung Monastery, which was 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 hundred of years.
In the afternoon, the site 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 3-4pm quite regularly every working day, we will not give it a miss.
Day 04 final day on your own arrangements in Lhasa
Toay is for your own arrangements. If your Tibet holiday is scheduled a little bit tight, we may remove this day off.
Day 05 Lhasa -Lake Yamdrok Tso-Gyantse [3950m] 260 km
Today we leave Lhasa and begin our overland adventure onward to Kathmandu,Nepal. One of the first sites we are to see while traveling along the Awful Friendship Highway is the mountain Pass-Khamba La. The breathtaking view at Khamba La allows us to shoot pictures of the summit of Nonjin Khang Sang. Truly an amazing view to the mountain peaks, snake-like lake-Yamdrok Tso (more info as below)! While continuing southwest 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 beautifule and Unique Tibetan villages we pass through. The day will end in the town of Gyantse. o/n in hotel.
Info re Lake Yamdrok-tso: it is one of the three largest lakes in Tibet, lies about a hundred kilometers' distance to the southwest of Lhasa. it is within Langkamu county, with an area of 638 square kilometers and a coastal line of 250 kilometers. The deepest point is 60 metres. To the interior of the lake ten or so hilly islands stand independently one from the other which give homes to flocks of wild ducks. A lot of colorful ducks and geese are swimming on the surface of the lake. There is also plenty of natural fodder for the fish in the lake. The lake has a fish reserve of about 300 million kilograms. That is why it is called "the Fish Store of Tibet". The coast of the lake is an ideal pasture. All these make it an intoxicating quite picture.
Day 06 Gyantse [3950m] - Shigatse [3900m] 90km
First site after breakfast at hotel we will visit is Gyantse Dzong-the historical administration office. This fort dates back to the fourteenth century and offers some of the most amazing views of Gyantse and the vicinities. Before leaving for Shigatse city, we will also visit the famous Gyantse Kumbum and Pelkhor Choede Monastery. This magnificent tiered structure is the largest stupa in 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 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 Shigatse Mansarovar Hotel or Taixing Hotel or Shigatse Gangjian Hotel or similar one if late booking or due to hotel tight resource in high season.
Day 07 We drive Shigatse [3900m] for Shegar [New Tingri] [4050m] (or continue to Rongphu Monastery) 350 km
After early breakfasts (around 7:30am), we leave the second largest city-Shigatse for Shegar or Rongphu Monastery.The sightseeing provide us with wondrous entertainment as we travel along the China-Nepal Friendship Highway. This extension is some of the most spectacular landscape in Tibet. After crossing the small town of Lhatse we will pass through Gyatso La Mountain pass, the highest pass on our journey. After after Gyatso La moutain pass, the land quickly descends to wide plains. While traveling through the plains we will have chances to see many Tibetan nomadic herders, peacful and quiet countryside, and secluded monasteries. If we want to get closer to Everest, after lunch in Shegar, we can continue to drive to Rongphu Monastery; take sun set pictures of Mt Everest from a far. Overnight stop in local guesthouse best available (we also suggest staying in Tashi Dzong, a lower altitude village).
Day 08 Shegar (or Rongphu [5140m])-Everest Base Camp (8 km trek or by carriage)-Rongphuk
Today we have one day in base camp to enjoy the great Mt. Everest. Take many photos of this great sight before we leave. o.n in Guesthouse
Day 09 Rongphu [5000m] - Old Tingri [4390m]-Zhangmu, 280 km
Today, we will say goodbye to Mt. Everest, and drive about 5-6 hours to Zhangmu border.The landscape along the way is amazing.The sharp descending road from Nyalam to Zhangmu is Awful but it is really needed experience of adventure, however, our land cruiser and our experienced driver will transfer you safely to the Town of Zhangmu. o/n at hotel
Day 10 Zhangmu [2300m] - Kodari - Kathmandu [1400m] 123km
We will leave the small Town of Zhangmu around 11:30 or 12 oclock (Beijing time) and head to the Nepalese border-Kodari. Your tour in Tibet section ends after we say goodbye to our Tibetan guide and driver at this point. Our Nepalese representative will meet you at the immigration Control in Kodari and help with all the reentry formalities. Kathmandu, the Capital city of Nepal, lies only five hours with distance of 123km to the south. o/n at hotel
Day 11Departure (or we extend our tour in Nepal as per your further request)
Drive to Airport for your Final Departure.