Tibet Overland Tour- 7days

The highest region on the earth- Tibet is truly roof of the world bordering the world’s top 10 tallest peaks beneath blue skies. Tibet with magnificent monasteries is uniquely spiritual place where Buddhist prayer flags are hanged everywhere and the chanting monks’ resonance with the aroma of juniper incenses and yak butter. The main highlight of Tibet is World highest ancient Potala Palace where the His Holiness the Dalai Lama used to live. The devotion and faith of monks in red robes mumbling mantras seems to belong to an earlier age. Tibet is a place that will likely change the way you see the world and remain with you for years to come.

Highlights of Tibet

  • Simple people with faithful belief
  • Unique culture of Tibetan Buddhism
  • Scenery of sacred mountains and holy lakes
  • The holy city of Lhasa
  • The world’s highest Mount Everest
  • Valuable religious monasteries
  • The divine Mount Kailash
  • Enchanting palace of Dalai lama – Potala palace
  • Busy bustling Barkhor  market
  • Beautiful turquoise lake

Suggested Outline Itinerary:

Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Nyalam

Day 02: Drive from Nyalam to Shigatse  

Day 03: Drive from Shigatse to Gyantse

Day 04: Drive to Lhasa via Yamdrok lake

Day 05: Visit Potala Palace, Jokhang temple & Barkhor Market

Day 06: Visit Drepung Monastery & Sera Monastery

Day 07: Drive to airport and Fly to Kathmandu

Detailed itinerary

Days 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Nyalam (3,750m)

We leave Kathmandu early morning, drive via Kodari Highway to Nyalam which leads to the Tibetan Border that offers a beautiful view of the village and small towns.  We can also view beautiful scenery of Langtang, Gauri Shanker, Melungtse and Khumbu mountain on a way. After reaching there and completing formalities,  you will be received by our representative and then transferred to your guest house.  Overnight at Guest house in Nyalam.

Day 02: Drive from Nyalam to Shigatse (4,350 m)

Today’s drive takes us from the lush, green lower hills into the dry, arid landscape of the Tibetan Plateau. We cross several high passes including the Lalung La (5050m) from which, there is a breathtaking panorama of the Himalayan range including Mt Everest – a fitting backdrop to the vastness of the Tibetan Plateau. Continuing along the Friendship Highway, we pass by lonely monasteries and the camps of nomadic herders. We then cross the highest pass of our journey, the Gyamtso La (5220m) before descending once more to the barren splendor of the plains. Overnight at hotel in Shigatse

Day 03: Drive from Shigatse to Gyantse (3,950m.)

Early morning,  we will visit the Tashilhunpo Monastery – one of Tibet’s highlights and is Shigatse’s foremost attraction, after visiting Tashi Lumpo Monastery and the local market place at Shigatse , we drive to Gyantse. Gyantse is a small bustling town situated on the northern bank of Nyang Chu River which lies in the southwest of Lhasa, the final destination Once in Gyantse, we can explore the Pelkor Chode Monastery and the Gyantse Kumbum. The Kumbum is a large gold-domed stupa and its many chapels house an impressive array of Tibetan Buddhist murals. Overnight at hotel in Gyantse.

Day 04: Drive to Lhasa via Yamdrok lake (3650m.)

We will cross two high passes the Karo La (5045m) where we are treated to the awesome sight of a huge glacier tumbling down to within a few hundred meters of the road. Beyond the small, developing town of Nagartse, the road follows the bank of a beautiful Yamdrok-tso (turquoise lake). We then cross the Khamba La (4794m) and continue to Lhasa passing through the famous Brahmaputra River.

Day 05: Visit Potala Palace, Jokhang temple & Barkhor Market

Today will be spent visiting several Lhasa’s monasteries, Potala Palace, Norbulinka Palace, Jorkhang and surrounding Barkhor market.

Interesting Fact-  Potala Palace is one of the most popular highlight that is  set high on Red Hill, summer palace of the Dalai Lama until 1959.  Another most sacred temple in Lhasa is the Lokhang, where people come from all over Tibet to pray in this spiritual heart of the country.

After lunch we will visit the Norbulingka, the summer palace of the Dalai Lama, as well as the Jokhang Temple – the center of the Tibetan Buddhism and the sacred land of Buddhist followers where innumerable pilgrims come for worship every day. Surrounding the Jokhang is the Barko the bustling Barkhor Market place which is the religious and social focus of Lhasa. Overnight at hotel in Lhasa.

Day 06: Visit Drepung Monastery & Sera Monastery

This day we will visit Sera monastery, which was created in 1419, is one of the most important Buddhist seminary. As rose are planted everywhere in the monastery, it is also called “the court of wild rose”. Today still 200 lamas live in there. After that, visit to the Drepung Monastery –  one of the largest monastery in the world will complete a truly awe- inspiring day. This monastery was founded in the 14th century . Overnight at hotel in Lhasa.

Day 07: Drive to airport (about 2 hrs) and Fly to Kathmandu

Today is your departure day.  You will be dropped by our representative to the airport 3 hours before schedule flight. It’s time to bid farewell to Tibet.

Cost Includes:

Tours mentioned as in the above itinerary
Twin sharing accommodation as per the itinerary on BB basis (Bed and Breakfast)
English speaking Tibetan Guide
Transportation as per the itinerary by necessary vehicle mention above
Entry fee of mention places
Tibet Travel permit
Border Transfer Kathmandu – Kodari

 

Cost Excludes:

Travel Insurance
Tibet Visa Fee (US$ 175 for US National & US$ 85 for Other National)
Airfare KATHMANDU – LHASA (Note: All fare are subject to change and subject to availability)
Lunch and Dinner during the trip
Nepal re-entry visa fee
Service of porter while crossing Friendship Bridge
Services of Porter and other vehicles in between in case of landslides and other natural calamities beyond our control and expenses incurred during rescue services
Excess baggage charges
All person expenses such as bar bills, hard and Soft Drinks, snacks etc
Other extra expenses of personal Nature like Phone calls, Laundry etc
Gratuity for staff
Other things which are not mentioned above

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