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Tibet, a region of mystery color and culture, has flourished in secrecy for centuries. A medieval magic of a land where people eat, sleep and breathe religion, following traditions laid down one hundred lifetimes ago. Tibet is steeped in the grit, toil and celebration of life and is a very special place with a long and complex history. Despite of the invasion of China in 1959 and the inevitable dilution of Tibetan culture, Tibet has proven over the years that its way of life has been able to withstand this influence, where power of thought and life itself do overcome the modern ravages of politics.
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. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Zhangmu and onto Nyalam
Early morning,after breakfast We begin our jeep ride towards Kodari border today covering distance about 115 km. The undulating drive from Kathmandu to border are splendid due to wonderful views of Himalayan ranges from Dhulikhel, driving through different local villages, picturesque views of greenery hilly region and extreme flow of white water in Bhotekoshi river. We will make tea break in zero kilo small town (40 km) and drive further straight to Kodari. Reach border and go through immigration formalities in Nepal side, walk through the friendship bridge for Chinese Immigration & take further one & half hours switch-back drive uphill to Nyalam (3750 m.). Overnight at a hotel.
Day 04: Drive from Nylam to Lhatse
After breakfast we will start easy ride up, there is the main checkpost to enter further up at Nyalam. We will be visiting Milarepa's cave enroute lies at 10 km drive from Nyalam, that is belongs to the famous Tibetan saint Milareppa, who was known as a famous Tibetan tantric and poet too. Further continuing a couple of hours drive will take us to Lablung-La (5100 m) from where you can see the magnificent view of the Himalayan range including Mt. Shisapangma, the highest mountain in Tibet. Overnight at a hotel.
Day 05: Drive to Xigatse via sakya monastery.
A typical day riding between the villages to Shigatse, the second largest city of Tibet. The ride today is across Yulung La (4950 meters). On the way, we will also visit Sakya Monastery which is one of the largest Monastery in Tibet for Sakya sect of Buddhism, where you can see the largest book in the world in the great library which is written entirely in gold. Sakya situated 21 km off the friendship highway. Also we visit to Natang Monastery after getting close to Shigatse town. After reaching Shigatse, we will transfer you in a better hotel and relax. If interested, you can visit the "Tashilunpo Monastery", the residence or official throne of Pancen Lama built in 1447. This is a vast monastery with its own streets, housing sectors, plazas, back alleys and complex of temples and halls. Overnight at a hotel.
Day 06: Drive to Gyantse (3,900m)- 95 km/2 hrs.
After visiting Tashilunpo, your drive on to Gyantse takes us through intensely agricultural, cultivated areas. Much of the gravel road is lined with poplar trees, which are a distinctly Tibetan feature. The drive on this day is just 95 km with enroute visiting Shalu Monastery. Gyantse is a stunning example of a traditional Tibetan village filled with beautiful stone farmhouses. Gyantse consist its amazing sites - Khumbum, Palkor Chode Monastery and Gyantse Dzong. Gyantse Dzong and the Khumbum are the jewels of Gyantse. Gyantse Dzong is a historical fort built in the 14th century, and overlooks Gyantse and the surrounding Nyang Chu Valley. The Kumbum rises 35km above the town, and is crowned by a golden dome. This excursion will also take you to an old castle, Kumbum and Palkhor Chode monastery. The hotel in Gyantse has good facilities, like the one in Shigatse. Overnight at a hotel.
Day 07: Drive to Lhasa via the yamdrok Tso
Enhance your journey with much interesting towards the turquoise Lake "Yamdruk Tso". You will be crossing the high pass of "Karo La" at 5050m & the Kamba- La (4794 m) and the Yarlung River (Brahmaputra), the journey ends in Lhasa. There will be the opportunity to appreciate majestic views of Yamdrok?Tso Lake, a deep blue body of water renowned for its unique beauty. The group will also see Nazin Kang Sang glacier standing proud at 7252m. On arriving in Lhasa you may feel as though we have left Tibet and entered China, for the Chinese influence - signs, people on the street, development - is ever more pervasive. And upon reaching Lhasa itself, you will see the picture of old Tibet by the new layers of Chinese infrastructure. Lhasa is a sprawling, modern Chinese city but we will stay there for two full days to acclimatize and take in the awe-inspiring Potala and other parts of this World heritage site Elevation - 3650 metres. Overnight at a hotel.
Day 08: Guided Tour in Lhasa
The journey begins with a visit to Potala palace – a UNESCO World Heritage celebrated for its priceless treasury of Buddhist artifacts and bejeweled tombs of past Dalai Lamas. Equally breathtaking are the gardens and sacred spaces of the Norbulingka, the Dalai Lama’s summer residence. We will also visit the Jokhang Temple followed by Barkhor Markets – a bustling road lined with vendors where you can sample the smells and sounds of Tibet, or browse through the Thankas, masks, prayer beads and countless other treasures inherent to Tibetan custom and tradition. Overnight at a hotel.
Day 09: Guided Tour in Lhasa
We continue our city tour with Sera Monastery, accompanied with our experienced tour guide. Sera is an exceptional space; its white-washed walls and golden roofs speak of Tibetan Buddhism’s ancient wisdom and tranquility. The group will then move to Drepung Monastery, which was built in 14th century and was home to over 10,000 monks. Drepung was also the educational center for the lineage of Dalai Lamas, and is famed for attracting tens of thousands of pilgrims for its Thanka festival. Drepung has a poignant presence in the spiritual life of Tibetans, and is the most cherished of all Tibet’s monasteries. Overnight in Lhasa. Overnight at a hotel.
Day 10: Flight from Lhasa to Kathmandu
Early morning drive to Gongar airport for departure flight to Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.
Day 11: Transfer to the airport for your final flight departure
our airport representative will drop you to Kathmandu’s Tribhuwan International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal.