Tibet Adventure tour visit incredible monuments and palaces, exploring the bustle of Lhasa, Tibet and experiencing monk debates in Sera Monastery, visiting Everest Base Camp.
Take part in rituals and haggle for a bargain in the markets. From Lhasa, travel back in time across scenic countryside to Tibet on this well-packed overland adventure. Witness the splendor of the Potala Palace and the majesty of remote monasteries and then celebrate the journey to Kathmandu. Wake up to views of Everest and enjoy a window into the heart of this remote land. A local guide will show you the region’s hidden gems and make sure your trip burns brightly in your memory long after you have climbed down from the roof of the world.
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Day 1: Arrive in Lhasa
Upon arrival at Lhasa airport, you will be received by your tour guide and drive to hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore Lhasa on your own.
Day 2/3: Lhasa Tour
Lhasa tour begin with a tour of the Jokhang and make a kora of the Barkhor, the holiest devotional circuit, which surrounds the Jokhang and houses a market bazaar where people bargain for Buddha images, yak skulls with ruby eyes, woodcarvings, carpets, prayer wheels and the odd goat is head.
Visit the Potala Palace and either the Sera or Drepung Monastery leaving plenty of time for your own explorations of this wonderful city.
Day 4: Lhasa to Gyantse (8 hour, 267km)
The drive to Gyantse is a spectacular one, crossing three passes over 5000 meters and skirting the shores of the beautiful turquoise lake, Yamdrok Tso. Once of major importance as a wool trading centre on the routes between India, Sikkim, Bhutan, Tibet and China, Gyantse retain the feel of old Tibet. The imposing hill fortress, Gyantse Dzong, dominates views of the town and is a great place for sunset views over the town.
Visit Pelkor Chode Monastery, founded in 1418, and the unique Gyantse Kumbum (meaning 100,000 images) which forms a 3-dimensional mandala containing a seemingly endless series of tiny chapels full of Buddhist images – Buddhas, demons, protectors and saints.
Day 5: Gyantse to Shigatse (2 hour, 94km)
Take a short drive to Shigatse, Tibet second-largest town, and the seat of the Panchen Lama who ranks second in importance to the Dalai Lama. The huge complex of Tashilunmpo is visited daily by hundreds of devotees, armed with yak butter to feed the lamps, who prostrate themselves around the stupas or walk up to the chapel that houses the 26m-high, gold-plated statue of the future Buddha.
Day 6: Shigatse to Sakya (172km, 4/5 hours)
Today we drive to Sakya, the base of the once politically powerful Sakya sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Its huge fortified walls are testament to the turbulent past of the region. There is time in the late afternoon to explore the monastery (optional) and the ruins of north Sakya across the river
Day 12: Drive to Rongbuk & Everest Base Camp (9 Hour, 296km)
Take an exhilarating drive to Rongbuk (5200m) and a mere 7km below Everest Base Camp. The view from here is utterly spectacular! Rongbuk is certainly the highest monastery in the world and the views that surround us are breathtaking. The monastery here was first built in 1902 by the Nyingma Lama and originally housed more than 500 monks. Today, only about 50 monks and nuns remain, sharing the same prayer hall but with separate residences.
The next morning we take a short hike into Base Camp/Everest National Park (there is an optional bus ride for those not adjusted to the altitude). Enjoy the stunning views, make a phone call home and maybe see some mountaineers getting ready to summit!
Day 13: Rongbuk to Zhangmu (9 hour, 290km)
The road down to the highway (approx 4 hours) is a rough one – but spectacular views adequately compensate – both Qomolangma (Mt Everest) and Cho Oyo is visible for much of the way. Another 5 hours to Zhangmu crosses one of the most spectacular of passes – topped with prayer flags and wind-driven prayer wheels you truly feel on top of the world.
Day 14: Zhangmu to Kathmandu (5 hour, 208km)
A very short drive this morning brings us to the border. After completing Chinese immigration we drive down to the bridge where we say goodbye to our Tibetan guide and drivers. Completing Nepal immigration it is only 132kms to Kathmandu, but it can be a slow trip – the first section of the road is narrow and winding as it continues down the ravine and occasionally blocked by landslides. Arrive, hopefully, in Kathmandu in the early afternoon with time for shopping and sightseeing before a final dinner together.
Day 15: Kathmandu Airport
Transfer to Kathmandu airport to get fly back to home. It needs to be at Kathmandu at least 3 hours before your schedule flight.