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Day 1: Kathmandu to Nyalam (3750m, 165km, 7 hours)
Early morning drive from Kathmandu to Nepal-Tibet border (Kodari) by private vehicle. After finishing immigration formalities both Nepal & China side, you will continue drive up the steep switch back road to Nyalam
Day 2: Nyalam to Tingri (4350 m, 215 km, 5 hours)
After breakfast, you will commence your journey to Tingri. You will visit Milarepa cave -10 km further drive from Nyalam on the way. This cave-monastery is the famous meditation refuge of Milarepa, the celebrated Tibetan philosopher and poet. From this point, your journey continues across the Tibetan plateau with Spectacular Mountain views from Lalung-La pass (5050m). Tingri is an old town from which you can see Mt. Everest and Mt. Cho-Oyu.
Day 3: Tingri to Rongbuk village (4920 m, 106 km, 3 hours)
We drive to Mt. Everest Base Camp today. Rongbuk is the home of the highest Monastery in the world, which is located 8 km from Everest Base Camp. There are magnificent views up the valley of Mount Everest and Cho-Oyu which can be seen from the guest house.
Day 4: Rongbuk to Lhatse (3900 m) via Sakya Monasteries (437 km, 8 hours)
We will take a morning excursion to the Mt. Everest Base Camp. After breakfast, we set off for Shigatse, one of the most historically significant villages in Tibet. On the way, we visit Sakya Monastery. Sakya Monastery is one of the largest monasteries in Tibet, and is home to the Sakyapa sect of Buddhism. In Shigatse we visit the Tashilungpu Monastery, the official residence of the Panchen Lama’s, which was built in 1447.
Day 5: Lhatse to Shigatse (3900 m) via Sakya and Natang Monastery (145 km, 4 hrs)
After breakfast, we set off for Shigatse. On the way, we visit Sakya and Natang Monastery, Sakya is one of the largest monasteries in Tibet, and is home to the Sakya sect of Buddhism. Sakya situated 21 km off the Friendship Highway. Natang is also one of the popular monasteries on this route. Shigatse is the second largest city of Tibet. The famous Tashilhunpo Monastery is situated in Shigatse, which is home to the official throne of Panchen Lama.
Day 6: Shigatse to Gyantse (3950 m) via Shalu Monastery (93 km, 2 hrs)
After visiting the Tashilhunpo Monastery in Shigatse, it is a short drive to Gyantse, which boasts a variety of important cultural and historical sites – Khumbum, Palkhor Chode Monastery and Gyantse Dzong. On the way to Gyantse, we visit Shalu Monastery.
Day 7: Gyantse to Lhasa (3650 m) via Yamdruk Lake (304 km, 6 hrs)
The highlight of this day is the turquoise lake (Yamdruk Tso), which has become a famous symbol of Tibet’s untamed, yet breathtaking, wilderness. After crossing the Kamba- La, Karo La and the Yarlung River (Brahmaputra), the journey ends in Lhasa.
Day 8: Lhasa Sightseeing Tour
Guided cultural excursion in Lhasa – you will visit Jokhang temple, Barkhor Bazaar, Potala Palace and Norbulinkha Palace -the summer Palace of Dalai Lama.
Day 9: Lhasa Sightseeing Tour
Guide sightseeing tour of Lhasa – you will visit Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery and Tibetan Museum.
Day 10: Lhasa-Yangpachen-Lhasa.
You will start the excursion to Namtso Lake on this day. Drive through the Qiangtang Plain, look over Nyaiqen Tanglha mountain range, occasionally you will encounter herds of yaks and bharals, finally reach the Sky Lake. Later on the way back to Lhasa, you will visit the world-famous Yangpachen Geothermal Zone, and pay to take a hot spring bath. Overnight in Lhasa.
Day 11: Free day in Lhasa.
Spend free day on your own to explore Lhasa and it surrounding.
Day 12: Lhasa to Tsedang (3,550m, 183km)
We take a 2-hour drive along Yarlung Tsangpo River through barley and wheat fields to the third largest city in Tibet. En route Tsedang you stop at Nyethang (Nyethang Dromala Lakhang), a temple built in 10th century by Atisa, an Indian Buddhist. The temple contains interesting artifacts and hold significant importance in Tibetan Buddhism. Another stop before you reach Tsedang is Mindroling, a 10th century monastery, rebuilt in 1676 and highly reputed for its contribution towards astronomy, astrology, medicine and calligraphy. The murals on the wall have very special significance and show the typical Tantric arts.
Day 13: Yarlung Valley tour -visit Samye monasteries.
Today will be spent exploring the Yarlung valley which is also known as the Valley of Tombs. Ancient Tibetan history boasts that Tibetan civilization was originated from Yarlung valley. You can spot massive burial mounds of Tibetan Kings.
Today’s sights include Tandruk Monastery, a 7th century monastery, which holds fantastic wood carved altar, interesting relics and murals. Yambulakang, the castle perched dramatically on a pinnacle above the valley is the oldest known dwelling in Tibet, reputedly the home of the Yarlung Kings. The view from the castle is awesome. The tour continues to the west of Tsedang, crossing the Tsangpo River on a boat to Samye Monastery, founded in 779 AD, is in a green valley among barren mountains surrounded by a village. Samya Monastery is one of the most imposing sights of Tibet. Built between 763 and 75 AD modeled on the University of Otantapuri in India and planned as a representation of the universe it has a collection of pagodas and temples.
Day 14: Tsedang to Lhasa Airport to Kathmandu.
You will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Kathmandu