Tibet: A Journey


China invaded Tibet in 1950. Its occupation has resulted in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Tibetans and the imprisonment and torture of thousands more.

After a failed uprising against Chinese rule in 1959, Tibet’s political and spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, fled into exile in India followed by tens of thousands of Tibetans. Bordering the world’s top 10 tallest peaks Tibet is truly the roof of the world. Famous rivers including the Yangtze, Yellow, Mekong, and Indus all flow from Tibet. Tibetan Buddhist  prayer flags hang everywhere and mysterious beautiful monasteries sit on snow mountains, beneath blue skies,  beside crystal lakes. Visit Tibet’s iconic landmarks, 1300-year old Lhasa and the Potala Palace. Go for adventure with a bike ride on the Sino-Nepal highway, or a visit to Mt. Everest base camp.
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TOUR ITINERARY


Day 01 :: Kathmandu/Lhasa (Flight)
Morning you will fly for about an hour over the panoramic Himalayan Ranges to the capital of Tibet. "Lhasa" . Lhasa at an altitude of 3,650 mt, is situated on the north bank of Kyichu River. Lhasa in Tibetan means "Place of the Gods", the residence of the Dalai Lama., On arrival you will be received by our officer and transferred to the hotel. Full rest in the afternoon to acclimatize.
Overnight stay at the hotel.


Day 02 :: Lhasa Tour
After breakfast start your full day sightseeing of Potala Palace, Ramoche Monastery and & Norbulinka. Potala Palace, this legendary palace built atop a single hill is synonymous with Tibet by the first foremost king Songtsen Gompa.Norbulingka meaning 'Treasure Park' covers an area of around 360000 sq. m. and is considered to be the biggest man made garden in Tibet.
Overnight stay at the hotel.

 

Day 03 :: Lhasa Tour
After breakfast full day sightseeing of Sera Monastery, Jokhang Monastery, Barkhor Market. Sera Monastery, 5 Kms north of Lhasa, Sera setting is one of Lhasa's prettiest monasteries. Once a community of more than 5,000 monks resided here and was virtually extinguished by the Chinese. Jokhang Temple, situated in the heart of Old Lhasa, it houses Tibet's most precious religious relic, a golden Shakyamuni Buddha which was brought as a gift by the Chinese Princess Wen Cheng on the occasion of her wedding to the Tibetan King, Songtsen Gompo. Barkhor Market place, which is the religious and social focus of Lhasa
Overnight stay at the hotel.

 

Day 04 :: Lhasa/Kathmandu (Flight)
After breakfast you will be dropped at the airport for onward journey


Tour Ends

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Day 01 :: Kathmandu / Kodari / Zhangmu (Drive & Trek)
Early morning we depart Kathmandu by surface on a scenic drive to Kodari (Nepal-Tibet border), through the beautiful Nepalese countryside.  We leave our vehicles here and start a short walk of about one hour 30 minutes uphill with porters to Shangmu Immigrations - known to Nepalese as Khasa, hangs on  a cliff face, its boom town architecture having a temporary look; even the monastery roofs are sheathed in corrugated iron sheets and is situated at a height of 2,500 m.
Overnight stay at the Hotel.


Day 02 :: Zhangmu / Xegar
Today we drive uphill to the highest plateau of the world with the typical view of Tibetan landscape, crossing over Nyalam Pass (3,800 m) and Lalung-La (Pass) at 5,050m, with views of beautiful Himalayan Ranges panorama including the Mt. Everest (8,848 m) to Zhangmu (244 Kms). Also called "new tingri", is surrounded by mountains, Zhangmu is another town that lies in the shadow of a great fortress.  Even in ruins it is majestic.  Seeming to grow out of the craggy brown rock, its sinous wall bristles with watchtowers like stegosaurus spines.  Isolated in 1855 by Nepalese in search of booty, the Gurkhas cut off the Dzong's water supply and settled in for a long siege.
Overnight stay at the Hotel.

 

Day 03 :: Xegar / Xigatse (Drive
We continue on our drive to Lhatse (T-cross to Mt. Everest), and crossing over the Gyatsola Pass at 5,220 m, which is the highest enroute to Xigatse (240 Kms). Xigatse is the second largest town in Tibet and the capital of Tsang, lying 354 Kms. west of Lhasa at an altitude of 3,810 m.
Overnight stay at the Hotel.

 

Day 04 :: Xigatse / Gyantse (Drive)
Gyantse Dzong Castle, TibetThis morning we will visit the Panchen Lama's Tashilhumpu Moanastery, and continue on our drive to gyantse (90 Kms)  -  is a pastoral town between Lhasa and xigatse.  It is 264 Kms. southwest of Lhasa, and still retains the charm of a traditional Tibetan town untouched by modern expansion.  As  a crossroad on the principle trade route to India, it used to be renowned for the excellence of its carpets.  The compound, encircled by on impressive wall, once contained 19 monasteries, presided over by the still intact fortress perched atop a nearby mountain. Later in the day visit the Kumbum Stupa and Phalkor Monastery. Overnight stay at the Hotel.

 

Day 05 :: Gyantse / Lhasa (Drive)
We continue on a full day picturesque drive crossing over Karola Pass at 5,010m, Kambala Pass at 4,794 m. and a colourful Yamdrok Lake, sometimes along the Tibetan lifeline river Brahmaputra also known as yarlung Tsangpo, to the capital town Lhasa (264 Kms).
Overnight stay at the hotel.

 

Day 06 :: Lhasa Tour
Today we will visit the Jokhang Temple, situated in the heart of Old Lhasa, it houses Tibet's most precious religious relic, a golden Shakyamuni Buddha which was brought as a gift bythe Chinese Princess Wen Cheng on the occasion of her wedding to the Tibetan King, Songtsen Gompo.  Surrounding the Jokhang Temple is the bustling Barkhor Market place which is the religious and social focus of Lhasa. Later in the day visit the Potala Palace, this legendary palace built atop a single hill is synonymous with Tibet by the first foremost king Songtsen Gompa.  It was expanded to its present structure during the 17th century by the 5th Dalai Lama.  This 13 story 1000 room citadel served as the headquarters of the former "church-state" of Tibet and was home to successive Dalai Lamas, who from the latter half of the 18th century used it as their Winter palace.
Overnight stay at the Hotel.


Day 07 :: Lhasa
Breakfast at the hotel. Rest of the day free at your leisure.
Overnight stay at the hotel.

 

Day 08 :: Lhasa / Kathmandu / Departure (Flight)
Early morning you will be transferred to the airport for onward journey to Kathmandu.


Tour Ends

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