4 Nights/ 5 Days Lhasa Tour
This four night five day tour is a wondeful introduction to 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 where the country is opened and closed for tourists on the whim of it’s rulers as if it were a zoo. Tibet remains a place for the traveler to cast away any preconceptions he or she may have and join in the journey of discovery along the way… at least for a while.
Day 01: KATHMANDU-ZHANGMU / NYALAM (3700M)-156 KM,
Departure from Kathmandu early morning at 05:30. We drive through the scenic Nepalese countryside for about 5 hrs. After completing the necessary border formalities at Kodari on the Nepal side / change our vehicle uphill drive to Zhangmu (Chinese immigration) for official entry in Tibet/China. If time permits continue to Nyalam (30 km). Overnight at guesthouse.
Day 02 : LHATSE-XIGATSE (3900M)-244 KMS,
Drive to Xigatse, the place of the famous Tashilumpo monastery, the second largest monastery in Tibet and where the seat of Panchen Lama is situated. Overnight at hotel.
Day 03 : XIGATSE-Lhasa
Visit Tashi Lumpo monastery and Xigatse Bazaar in the morning. 2 hrs drive to Gyantse, which lies 261km southwest of Lhasa . In the 15th century it served as the capital of a small kingdom. Visit Kumbum stupa, which was built around 1400 AD. It later became the main center for trade with British India . Overnight in Hotel.
Day 04 : LHASA SIGHTSEEING,
Sightseeing and excursions of the Potala Palace , Jokhang Temple , Barkhor Market, Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery. Lhasa has now become a modern city. There are many things to see and do around Lhasa, which helps tell the story of Tibet’s unique past and the intertwining of religion with history. Most of the holy temples retain magic and mysticism and demonstrate the absolute faith in Tibetan Buddhism so integral to the character of the Tibetan people.
Day 05 : LHASA-KATHMANDU,
Early morning after breakfast, drive 2 hrs to airport. Around 10:00 am (Chinese standard time) fly to Kathmandu (arriving 09:00am local time). Air China ’s 1hr flight provides great views of Himalayan peaks including Mt. Kanchenjunga (8586m), Mt. Makalu (8463m), and Mt. Everest (8848m). Upon arrival in Kathmandu / pick up and transfer to Hotel.