Tibet to Nepal Discovery

506: 13 Days Lhasa - Tsetang - Gyangtse - Shigatse - Dingri - Everest Base Camp - Dingri - Zhangmu - Kathmandu
Attenion: Due to the deadly earthquake in Nepal on April 25, 2015, the road from Zhangmu (China's border) to Kathmandu (Nepal's capital city) has been blocked by the quake debris. So travel from Lhasa to Kathmandu overland is suspended. The reopening time is still unknown. However, sightseeing in Tibet including the Everest Base Camp continues as usual.
  • Itinerary
Day 1 Arrival in Lhasa
Our clients at the Norbulingka Park
Our guide will be expecting you outside the Arrival Hall at Gongar Airport and transfer you to the hotel. Lhasa is one of the highest cities in the world with an average altitude of 3,650 meters (11,975 feet) above sea level. Some clients may feel a little bit uncomfortable when arriving in this land, so we suggest you make full use of the remainder of the day to have a good rest and acclimatize yourself to the high altitude.

Meals: No meals, advice freely available
Day 2 Lhasa
In the morning, you will visit Tibet Museum. As the first modernized museum in this area, it is an important window to introduce the glorious local culture. After having a palatable lunch, continue to visit the Sera Monastery, which is famous for the large collection of Buddhist statues, sutra and murals. Besides, the special activity of debating on Buddhist doctrines held in the monastery is quite interesting. Then visit the Norbulingka Park, a large and beautiful artificial garden.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 3 Lhasa
Pilgrims in front of Jokhang Temple
Today's private visit starts from the magnificent Potala Palace which is a complex palace of castle style, consisting of two parts - the Red Palace as the center and the White Palace as the wings. Since 17th century, it has become the religious and political center of this land and now a must visit landmark. After lunch, continue to visit the Jokhang Temple at the center of old city. Decorated with Tibetan murals and carvings, this temple has adopted the architectural styles of ancient Tang Dynasty, Nepal and India. You will then walk along the bustling Barkhor Street and pay a visit to a Nunnery.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 4 Lhasa - Tsetang
local girl making carpets
We will transfer you to Tsetang today. En route, you will visit the Samye Monastery. Built in 8th century, the Samye Monastery is the first temple that has tonsured monks in this region. When getting to Tsetang, you will visit the Yumbu Lakang and the Trandruk Monastery. Yumbu Lakang refers to the palace on the hind leg of a doe in Tibetan, because the small hill beneath the palace resembles a hind leg of a doe. It was said to be the first palace in the local history and famous for the storage of precious statue of Sakyamuni, murals and sutras. Trandruk Monastery is well-known for the precious Pearl Tangka (scroll painting) which was made of 29,026 pearls, many diamonds and gold. Tonight, you will stay at the best local hotel in Tsetang.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 5 Tsetang - Gyangtse
Palkhor Monastery, Gyangtse
Leaving from Tsetang, you are going to visit the Yamdrok Yumtso Lake on the way to Gyangtse. Known as the 'Swan Lake', the Yamdrok Yumtso Lake is one of the three holy lakes in Tibet, boasting marvelous scenery of crystal lake, endless meadow and distant snow mountains. Not far from the lake, there is the Karola Glacier which will impress you by the huge glacier and various shapes of ices. When getting to Gyangtse, you will check in the best local hotel and then visit the Palkhor Monastery, The monastery plays a special role in Tibetan Buddhism because the Buddhist three major sects coexist harmoniously in the temple. Finally, you could take a walk along Gyangtse Old Street.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 6 Gyangtse - Shigatse
After about one-hour's drive, you will get to Shigatse and check in the best local hotel. Visit the Tashilhunpo Monastery, which is the largest monastery in Shigatse and the residence of the Panchens. Standing on the Buddha Basking Platform, you can overlook the entire monastery and has a nice view of Shigatse city. Then proceed to the New Palace of Panchen. Built in 1954 as a summer palace for Panchen, the new palace is reputed as an ideal summer resort and boasts large collection of historical items and artistic works.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 7 Shigatse - Dingri
After breakfast, you will head to Dingri with private transfer. Stop over at Lhatse County for an exploration and then proceed to visit the Sakya Monastery in Sakya County along the way. As the first Sakyapa monastery of Tibetan Buddhism, the Sakya Monastery houses extensive collections of priceless treasures including murals and handwritten sutras. When getting to Dingri, you will check in the best local hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 8 Dingri - Everest Base Camp - Dingri
Mt. Everest Base Camp
Photo by our client Mr. Max Garrick
Traveling to the Everest Base Camp is a big challenge both physically and mentally. In July and August, sweaters are sufficient, but coats and warm clothing are indispensable for the rest of the year. Please pay attention to the weather and follow the suggestions from your guide. Then continue to visit the Rongbuk Monastery which is the highest monastery in the world and one of the best spots to have a full view of the Mt. Everest. Before night, you will return to the hotel in Dingri.

Meals: Buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 9 Dingri - Zhangmu
Today you will experience a long drive from Dingri to Zhangmu. Due to the limited conditions, the road here can be bumpy and muddy; the hostels are not so well-equipped; and the food can not meet our serving standard, so it is advisable to take some snacks or chocolates to replenish the energy consuming. Stay over in Zhangmu tonight.

Meals: Buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 10 Zhangmu - Kathmandu
Your private Nepal adventure will start today after you go through the Kodari (Friendship Bridge) on China-Nepal border. Our Kathmandu guide will pick you up in Kodari on Nepal side and transfer you to the hotel.

Meals: Buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 11 Kathmandu
Your first destination is the Pashupatinath Temple which is one of the holy temples of Hinduism. Although only Hindus are allowed to enter the temple, you can clearly see the temple and the activities in the temple from the eastern bank of the river which flows in front of it. The next stop is the Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Standing on the square, you can see many ancient towers and pagodas. The most spectacular site is the ancient palace of the Malla Kingdom, which is considered to be the treasure of Nepalese art during the Middle Ages. Then continue to visit the Patan Durbar Square where traditional Nepalese architecture is the most distinctive mark. Today's last stop is the Golden Temple, one of the most famous viharas in Kathmandu Valley.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 12 Kathmandu
In the morning, you will first visit Kathmandu Durbar Square which is known as the site of ancient royal palace and presently a venue for many important ceremonies such as the coronation of the Nepalese monarch. Then proceed to the 2,000-year-old Swayambhunath Temple. Located on the hill, it is famous for the Swayambhunath Pagoda which has a white base and a golden upper part. Standing in the temple, you can enjoy the breath-taking view of Kathmandu City. The journey will be extended to the Buddhanikantha Temple where you can see the remarkable statue of Vishnu reclining on a bed of snakes. The last stop in Kathmandu is Bouddhanath Stupa, one of the largest stupas in the world.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 13 Departure from Kathmandu
Today our guide will transfer you to the airport for your return flight. Have a pleasant trip home!

Meals: Western buffet breakfast

For your information: This itinerary can also be arranged in the reverse order by starting from Kathmandu and ending in Lhasa. You can take the popular overland trip from Kathmandu to Tibet and enjoy the enchanting scenery that is incomparable. Alternatively, you can take flight from Kathmandu directly to Lhasa. The flight time is around 1.5 hours and the schedules are 3U8720 1110/1455 or CA408 1210/1555 (there is time difference). For details, please refer to Tibet Adventure from Kathmandu.
DestinationsLuxury HotelsStandard Hotels
LhasaXinding Hotel Xinding Hotel
TsetangTsetang Hotel Tsetang Hotel
GyangtseGyangtse Hotel Gyangtse Hotel
ShigatseGasar Hotel Gasar Hotel
DingriEverest Hotel Everest Hotel
ZhangmuZhangmu Hotel Zhangmu Hotel
KathmanduYak and Yeti or Annapurna or Radisson Manaslu Hotel or Manang
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