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Our Lhasa to Katmandu tour is one of the shortest tours of Tibet. It covers popular landmarks in Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse, Sakya and Shegar. Although, we will not be staying overnight in Gyantse and Sakya, we will still be visiting popular landmarks there. On tour we visit Potala and Norbulingka Palaces, Tibet Museum, Barkhor Bazaar and Gyantse Dzong (Fortress) along with impressive monasteries like Sera, Drepung, Jokhang, Phalkot, Sakya and Tashilhunpo . During our tour we also cross a number of high passes and are in constant company of the beautiful Tibetan landscape.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu airport
Our airport representative will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International airport, Kathmandu and s/he will be displaying an Overland Adventure signboard outside the airport terminal. You will be then transffered to your respective hotel in our tourist vehicle. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 02: Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley.
After the meeting and breakfast, your sightseeing trip will start in the morning. We provide a vehicle and professional tour guide. We visit Boudhnath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world, where we observe Buddhist monks in prayer in the monasteries surrounding the stupa. After Boudhnath Stupa we visit Pashupatinath, the most famous Hindu temple in the country, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. We also visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square, which is a collection of pagoda and shikhara – style temples grouped around a fifty-five-window palace of brick and wood. The rest of our time in Kathmandu is free for further exploration and some last-minute shopping in Thamel area near by your hotel. Later we will collect Tibet Visa and Travelling Permit. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa
Early morning transfer to the international airport for the hour-long flight to Lhasa. This stunning flight, on a China Southwest Airlines Boeing 757, takes us right across the main Himalayan range and provides us with magnificent mountain views. After landing at Gongar Airport and meeting our Tibetan guide, it is a further 2-hour drive by Land cruiser to Lhasa. It's advisable to rest and take it easy for the remainder of the day due to Lhasa's altitude. Overnight at hotel.
Day 04: Guided sightseeing in Lhasa
We spend this day visiting several of Lhasa's many monasteries in the company of a guide and interpreter. One of these is the Sera Monastery, one of the best-preserved monasteries in Tibet, within its whitewashed walls and golden roofs, several hundred monks live and study. After lunch we'll visit the Norbulingka, the summer palace of the Dalai Lama, as well as the Jokhang Temple. This temple is possibly the most sacred shrine in Tibet and there is always a procession of devout Tibetans through the complex. Surrounding the Jokhang is the Barkor - a maze of narrow cobbled streets that is the central market of Lhasa. Overnight at a hotel.
Day 05: sightseeing in Lhasa
In the morning, we visit the Potala Palace which is the crown jewel of Lhasa. It is a spectacular ancient building, containing private quarters of the Dalai Lama as well as numerous grand state rooms and many important chapels. There has been a Palace on this site since the 5th or 6th century, but the present Palace was constructed in the 17th century. After lunch, we visit the Drepung Monastery, which was founded in the 14th century and was once the largest in the world, with a population of around 10,000 monks. These days that figure is down to several hundred, but there is still much here of interest as it was left relatively unscathed during the Cultural Revolution. Overnight at a hotel.
Day 06: Fly from Lhasa to Kathmandu
Transfer to Gongar Airport for your return flight to Kathmandu. You have the option to extend your trip to continue onto Chitwan jungle safari, rafting adventure,Mountain flight, mountain biking and other activities. In the evening we will have a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances. Your guide(s) and an office staff will accompany you. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 07: Transfer to the airport for your final flight departure
The trip concludes – our airport representative will drop you to Kathmandu’s Tribhuwan International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal.