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Day 1: Arrive in Lhasa
A mid - morning flight from Chengdu will take you over the Himalaya to Lhasa, the exciting capital of Tibet. You will be met at Lhasa airport or train station by Tibetan guide in Lhasa and transferred to hotel, where rooms have been booked for you. Evening is free.
Day 2: Lhasa Tour
Today will be spent exploring palaces. First on your list will be the Potala Palace. The palace of the Dalai Lama a treasure of Tibetan culture was, till 1965, the seat of both religion and politics in Tibet and quite possibly, the singularly most important building in all Tibet. It was built in the seventh century by Tsongtsen Gampo as a fort and later renovated by the fifth Dalai Lama in the seventeenth century to its present specifications. Your next stop will be Norbulingkha the winter palace of the Dalai Lama which was built in the eighteenth century.
Day 3: Lhasa Tour
Today you will visit the Drepung monastery. This is the largest monastery in the world and once housed 10,000 monks and nuns. It was built in 1419 and the second, third and fourth Dalai Lamas lived and were entombed here. A visit to the kitchen of this monastery is a must. Look out for the washing machine in which the monks mix their butter tea! Your next stop will be the Jokhang Temple. This is the holiest shrine in Tibet and houses a golden statue of the Buddha which was brought to Tibet by the Chinese princess “Wen Chen”. You then stop off at Barkhor Bazaar outside the Jokhang monastery. This is a bustling flea market and is, generally, the place to buy souvenirs and meet other tourists.
Day 4: Lhasa to Gyantse to Shigatse
An early morning start from Lhasa and a 259 km drive will get you to Gyantse via Yamdrok Tso or the “Turquoise Lake”. Sightseeing tour of Gyangtse and a short drive of 95 km will see you at Xigatse at an elevation of 3810 m. Xigatse are the second largest city in Tibet and the capital of the province of Tsang. At Xigatse you will visit Tashilunpo Monastery which is the seat of the Panchen Lama who is second in spiritual importance only to the Dalai Lama. The monastery was built in 1447 by Gendhun Drup and once housed upward of 3400 monks. Of particular interest at Tashilunmpo is a nine story gilded statue of Maitreya - the “Future Buddha”.
Day 5: Shigatse to Rongbuk Monastery
From Xigatse you will drive to Xegar via Sakya monastery. The Monastery is 143 km south of Xigatse and was built in the thirteenth century by Konchok Gyalpo and houses some 30,000 volumes of ancient Buddhist scriptures or Sutras. Continue to Rogbuk Valley which is just below the spectacular North Face of Everest. Overnight at Rongbuk.
Day 6: Rongbuk to old Tingri
The views are great from Rongbuk, however, for even stunning views you will go further to Base Camp which is 2 hours walk from Rongbuk. Back to Rongbuk and drive to Old Tingri. Overnight.
Day 7: Old Tingri to Zhangmu to Bhaktapur.
Leave Old Tingri and drive through Lalung La Pass (3800m.) to Nyalam, enjoying the views of the Shisapangma Peak. Nyalam is an old trading village between Tibet and Nepal. Continue to Zhangmu which is a bustling trading town near the Nepalese border, go through Chinese immigration, and drive further down to Kodari, border between Tibet and Nepal. We will meet you at Kodari, on the Nepalese side of the border across the Friendship Bridge. Go to immigration and get your Nepal visa which is available on arrival. You will board the waiting vehicle and drive the 96 km to Bhaktpur, the city of devotee. Overnight at Bhaktapur.
Day 8: Bhaktapur to Kathmandu
Morning tour of Bhaktapur, also known as Bhadgaon. The tour visits: Durbar Square, the main palace square of the city containing many temples and other architectural showpieces, including the Golden Gate, described as the finest piece of art in the Kingdom. Nyatapola Temple, The five-storied pagoda style temple built in 1708 AD, the largest and the most famous example of Nepalese pagoda architecture. Dattatraya Temple, a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva built in 1427 AD. Nearby is the monastery with exquisitely carved windows, which now serves as the National Works Museum. Drive 18 KM further to Kathmandu. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 9: Kathmandu Tour
Today you have the full day sightseeing tour of various temples and monasteries which include Pashupatinath: Situated near the banks of sacred Bagmati River the temple of lord Siva-Pashupatinath with two tiered golden roof and silver doors is famous for its superb Newari architecture.
Baudhanath : This colossal and ancient Stupa, one of Nepal’s most unique monument and said to be the world biggest, attracts Nepalese pilgrimage of Tibetan stock from as far as Dolpo and Mugu as well as Tibet, Ladhak in India and Bhutan. Patan is also known as Lalitpur. “Lalitpur” literally the city of fine arts is perhaps a living museum as she still retains her medieval air of the ancient times and almost half the inner city residents are craftsmen in their own right. Patan was one of the major Buddhist cities in Asia by the 7th century as pilgrims, scholars and monks from India, Tibet and China visited the city. It is said that at one stage the entire population of Patan city was comprised of monks and craftsmen only. The city is full of Hindu Temples, Buddhist monuments and structures with bronze gateways, guardian deities and wonderful Metal and wood carvings.
Day 10: Kathmandu Airport.
Transfer to airport to get your flight back to home. It needs to be at Kathmandu airport at least 3 hours before your schedule flight time.