Tibet is a beautiful land, located on the highest plateau on Earth at an average altitude over 4000 meter. Within its borders there are more than fifteen peaks above 7000 m. among which eleven are over 8000m. It borders with Sichuan, Yunnan, Qinghai and Xinjiang; in the North, Nepal, India, Sikkim, Bhutan, Burma and Kashmir form its Southern borders. The Tibet Autonomous Region with a population of over two million covers an area of 1.2 million sq. km.
Tibet has a long and complex history, written records have survived from the 7th Century A.D. however it is known that nomadic tribes populated Tibet as early as the 2nd Century B.C. and discoveries suggest a much longer history of human kind...More recent times have seen the invasion of China in 1959 and the inevitable dilution of Tibetan culture. Tibet however has proved over the years since, that its way of life has been able to withstand this influence.
The journey to unlock the complexities posed by this arid mass of discovery (almost the size of Europe) begins with probably the most dramatic flight in the world. From Kathmandu, your journey start by following the huge backbone of the High Himalayas to land deep in the heart of the Tibetan plateau. A further two hours drive by road through barren wilderness Lhasa, the capital and home to the famous Potala Palace unfolds. Lhasa remains the major focus of Buddhist worship anywhere in the world, a place for the traveler to cast away any preconceptions he or she may have and join in Tibet's journey of discovery along the way... at least for a while.
Kathmandu – Kodari – Zhangmu – NyalamWithin these three days, the essential documentation and visa work will be completed for Tibet visit. You check out of the hotel early in the morning and leave straight for Kodari which is the Nepal China Border. After clearing all the immigration formalities, you will cross the friendship bridge into the city of Zhangmu. Our representative will meet you at the Tibet side from where you will be driven further to Zhangamu and transferred to the hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel
Nyalam – Tengri After breakfast, we head straight for Xeger. En route we will cross Nyalam Pass and Lulung Pass. The journey is bit lengthy and takes around 8 hrs continuous driving to reach there but this 250 km stretch will not at all be boring or tiring. The stretch is one of the most scenic in entire Tibet. Get the best views of Himalayas and even Mt. Everest that will leave you spell bound. Upon arrival, check in at the hotel.
Tengri – Shigatse This day too is set for long drive, you will be taken in a coach to Shigatse which is around 244 km away. It will take around 8 hrs to cover the entire distance. On arrival, check into the hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel
Shigatse – Gyantse Early Morning, after breakfast, visit the famous Tashilhunpo Monastery and the free market at Shigatse. After that drive towards Gyantse which is around 90 km away. Estimated time for the journey is around 2 hrs. You will reach Gyantse by afternoon and directly check in at the hotel. There explore the Palkhor Monastery and Kumbum Stupa. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Gyantse – Lhasa Wake up to the rising sun and get ready for another day of sight full journey to the Capital City of Lhasa. Passing through Karo Pass, Kamba Pass and Yamdruk Lake, we reach Lhasa after a journey of 8 hrs and covering an area of 260 km. Transfer to the hotel for the overnight stay.
Lhasa Sightseeing Tour -After the best Tibetan cuisine breakfast, brace yourself up for witnessing few of the most beautiful architectural wonders in entire Tibet. Visit the famous Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and the busy Barkhor street. Back to the hotel for a refreshing night sleep.
Lhasa Sightseeing Tour-The day is again set aside for sightseeing in the wonderful Lhasa City. Explore the fascinating sites of Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery and Norbulingka. If time remains, you can always go out looking for unique Tibetan items like Thangka Paintings and famous Tibetan knife. Return back to hotel for the overnight stay.
Lhasa – Gonggar - Kathmandu - Drive from Lhasa to Kathmandu via Gonggar look around Gonger Then Drive continues to Kathmandu.