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Unique Experiences:

•  Travel with a group for an affordable price
•  Travelling from Nepal to Lhasa via newly opened Kyirong border on road
•  Tibet, blessed with abundance of natural and culture treasure

Participants:

Shared Group Experience – normally has more people in a group and expect to share your experience with up to 40 others.
Minimum 2 participants
Please note that this tour might have fixed departure days. We recommend you to check and book in advance to secure your preferred departure day.

Trip Length: 8 Day(s) 7 Night(s)
Tour Departure Dates: Fixed departure days as below : For 2018, departure is possible on the following dates:02 Jun // 09 Jun // 16 Jun // 23 Jun // 30 Jun // 07 Jul //14 Jul // 21 Jul // 28 Jul // 04 Aug // 11 Aug // 18 Aug // 25 Aug // 01 Sep // 08 Sep // 15 Sep // 22 Sep //29 Sep // 06 Oct // 13 Oct // 20 Oct // 27 Oct // 03 Nov // 10 Nov // 17 Nov // 24 Nov // 01 Dec // 08 Dec // 15 Dec // 22 Dec // 29 Dec 2018
Travel Season:

The best travel season is from April to October.

Type of Transportation: Good conditioned van/coach with professional driver throughout the tour, departure transfer in Lhasa from hotel to airport/train station on Day 8
Type of Accommodation: Local guesthouse/hostel on twin sharing room basis
Physical Rate: 3/5
Child Policy:

Children age: 2-12 years, no children price, same as adult
This tour is not recommended for: Children below 2 years old

Included in Price:

Meals: 7 x Breakfasts
Accommodation:
1 x night in Kyirong town at local guesthouse
1 x night in Lhatse town at local guesthouse
1 x night in Shigatse at Everest Friendship Hotel, or similar
1 x night in Gyangtse at Yuthok Hotel, or similar
3 x nights in Lhasa at Flora Hotel, or similar
Entrance Fee(s): All the sightseeing mentioned in the itinerary. All necessary Tibet entry and road permits. Yamdrok lake conservation fee, Karola glacier conservation fee
Transport:
Good conditioned van/coach with professional driver throughout the tour, departure transfer in Lhasa from hotel to airport/train station on Day 8
Others/Activities: Local Tibetan English speaking guide throughout the trip from Kathmandu to Lhasa, free oxygen in the vehicle in case needed

Excluded from Price:

•  Personal Travel Insurance (Compulsory), Medical & Emergency evacuation
•  China visa fee
•  Nepal visa fee
•  Lunch and dinner for entire tour
•  Any service in Kathmandu
•  Any transportation ticket from Lhasa to next destination
•  Tips to local tour guide and driver (Tip suggestion: Guide: 40CNY per guest per day, Driver: 30CNY per guest per day)
•   All other expenses not stated as included in the above

Map

Locations Visited:
Kathmandu, Kyirong town, Old Dingri, Lhatse town, Shigatse, Tashi Lhunpo Monastery, Gyangtse, Palchoe Monastery, Kubum Pagoda Stupa, Yamdrok lake, Karola glacier, Lhasa, Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Bharkor Street, Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery
Start City:
Kathmandu
End City:
Lhasa

Itinerary

Day 1: Kathmandu-Kyirong Border-Kyirong Town(2800 mts/ 150 km)

Our English speaking representative will pick you up from your hotel in Kathmandu in the morning and then we will drive through small mountain road to the border at Nepalese side, on the way you can enjoy the waterfall, river, gorges, forest. Finally, we will arrive Nepal Tibet newly opened Kyirong border. Our Tibetan guide and driver will pick you up at the border and make the necessary immigration paper work and then continue driving to Kyirong town at the distance of 20 km.
Accommodation: Overnight at local guesthouse in Kyirong Town

Day 2: Kyirong-Pekutso-Dingri-Lhatse. (4050 mts/347 km)

After breakfast around 9 am, you will start your journey to Lhatse. You will pass by the most sacred cave of Milarepa Yogi which dates back to the 11th century and also the birth place of Milarepa. Continue driving through Kyirong pass at the elevation of over 4900 m and then drive along Pekutso lake and continue to Old Dingri at the distance of around 180 km from Kyirong county. The scenery is extremely beautiful with Shisha Bangma snow mountain on the right and Pekutso on the left . If the weather is nice, you will see Mount Everest from old Dingri. You will continue driving on the friendship highway and reach Lhatse after crossing the highest pass called Gyatsola at the elevation of 5200 mt.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Overnight at local guesthouse in Lhatse town


Day 3: Lhatse-Shigatse (3900 mts/150 km)  

You will start your tour at around 9.30 am from your hotel and drive through one big mountain pass, Tsola 4500 mts and some beautiful villages. You will have your lunch at Shigatse and then head for the sightseeing of Tashi Lhunpo monastery.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Overnight at Shigatse Everest Friendship Hotel, or similar


Day 4: Shigatse-Gyangtse (3950 mts/90 km)

You will start your tour at around 9 am from your hotel and then drive to Gyangtse. Have lunch in Gyangtse and then Visit Palchoe monastery and Kubum Pagoda stupa. In the afternoon, explore the old town of Gyangtse.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Overnight at Gyangtse Yuthok hotel, or similar


Day 5: Gyangtse-Yamdrok lake-Lhasa (3650 mts/270 km)

You will start your tour at around 9 am from your hotel and then drive towards Lhasa via 3 big mountain passes, Simila, Karo La, Kampa La, respectively. Karola is the highest pass among them which is over 5000 mts with it's most beautiful glaciers, beautiful Yamdrok lake emerged as coral color from the top of Kampala pass. You will have your lunch at Nakartse country, which is just between the Yamdrok lake and Karola glaciers.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Overnight at Lhasa Flora Hotel, or similar


Day 6: Sightseeing tour in Lhasa, Potala Palace, Jokang temple, Bharkor Bazar.

You will depart from the hotel at 9 am after your breakfast and head to Potala Palace, the Potala is considered one of the great wonders of the world. It is held sacred by Tibetans as the former residence of successive
Dalai Lamas, and is one of Tibet's most holy pilgrimage sites. A palace was originally built in the 7 th century by King Songtsen Gampo, and was believed to have been nine stories high, but around the 9 th century it is believed to have been destroyed by a big fire.

The present Potala Palace was constructed by the great fifth Dalai Lama in the 17 th century after he became ruler of Tibet. The Potala Palace is divided into two sections, the White Palace (completed in 1653) and Red palace (completed 1694). It has more than one thousand rooms and is thirteen stories high. The White Palace was secular in nature and mainly used for government administration, whilst the Red palace was mainly used for religious functions and still has numerous chapels, including those containing reliquary stupas of the successive Dalai Lamas which are richly decorated in gold, silver and semi-precious stones.

Jokang Temple the Jokang is Tibet’s most sacred temple, the main point of pilgrims from the entire Tibetan plateau, the temple is located at the heart of the ancient town of Lhasa, it was built in the 7 th century by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo’s queen Bhrikuti on a site identified by Queen Wencheng according to her geomantic calculation. The temple is 3 stories high and it is constructed with enormous chapels including the most sacred statue of Budhha Shakyamuni, enshrined. It has around 70 monks nowadays.

Ancient Bharkor Street is the most sacred pilgrimage site in Lhasa and it is full of pilgrims from down till dusk. There are four huge prayer flags situated in Bhakor street which surrounds the Jokang, known respectively as Gadhen Dharchen in the northeast, Juyak Dharchen in the west, Kelsang Dharchen in the southwest and SharKyaring Dharchen in the southeast. The Bharkor street is the most active market in all Tibet and it is possible to purchase traditional Tibetan artifacts, religious implements, antiques, modern goods, books, music, clothing, spices, fresh meat and vegetable.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Overnight at Lhasa Flora Hotel, or similar


Day 7: Drepung and Sera monasteries.

At 9 am you will depart from the hotel to go visit the Drepung Monastery, it is the largest monastery in Tibet, built in the 15th century by Jamyang Choeje who is one of Tsongkapa’s foremost disciple. The monastery is beautifully located up in a hill at the distance of 7 km from the old section of the city and it is the biggest monastery in Tibetan Buddhism. The monastery has four main colleges with numerous small chapels and house chapels, known as Khangtsen in Tibetan. There are around six hundred monks nowadays.

Sera Monastery was founded in around 15th century by Jamchen Choeje who is another famous disciple of Tsongkapa and it is the second largest monastery of Tibet. There are three big colleges with numerous chapels and house chapels. The most attraction to visit this monastery is to see the monks debating which hold from 3-5 pm everyday apart from Sunday.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Overnight at Lhasa Flora Hotel, or similar


Day 8: Drive from Lhasa to Gongkar airport. (3600 mts/60 km)

Say good bye to the most famous Palace in the world, Potala and ancient city of Lhasa. Drive to Lhasa Airport along the Lhasa river, which is the biggest tributary of Bharmaputra emptied in to the bay of Bengal in India or to the train station.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: On your own arrangement
Note: The tour guide will arrange the pick-up for you, so please beware to inform the tour guide your departure detail at least 1 day in advance.

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