Visit Monasteries of Tibet, Medieval city Kathmandu, Journey to Everest Base Camp Tibet – the exhilarating Tibet tour with Lhasa Everest base camp tour we offer.
Amazing views of the Himalayas and the Tibetan landscapes, greet you on the overland drive from Kathmandu to Lhasa. The lonely planet says it is one of the most beautiful picturesque highways in the world to drive.
En route to Tibet from Kathmandu visit Everest Base camp – Rongbuk monastery, Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet, site of the Tashihunpo monastery. The seat of Panchen Lamas, Tashihunpo is a vast complex with the golden rooftops and impressive chapels. Although having suffered the ravages of man and time, Gyantse, our next stop, with its unique Palkor Choden temple and Kumbum Chorten, offers a glimpse of an irretrievably lost era in some of the most extraordinary works of art found in all of Tibet.
Take an exhilarating drive to Rombuk – 5000 meters (Rungbuk monastery) and a mere 7 kilometers, below Everest Base Camp. The view from here is utterly spectacular!
Rombuk is certainly the highest monastery in the world and its guesthouse offers very basic accommodations, but the views that surround you, will more than compensate for it, where you could lie in bed and watch the moonlight illuminate the mountains.
The monastery here was first built in 1902 by Nyingma Lama and originally housed more than 500 monks. Today, only about 50 monks and nuns remain, sharing the same prayer hall but with separate residences. The nuns here are great fun and will be delighted to have you join their evening prayers.
In the mystical capital of Lhasa, there is ample time to explore the former home of the Dalai Lama, Potala Palace, Tibet’s, world famous resplendent landmark with over 1,000 rooms and 10,000 shrines. There is also Jokhang, Tibet’s holiest temple with its priceless statues and frescoes and the Norbulinka or Summer Place from which the present Dalai Lama fled in 1959.
Shoppers mustn’t miss Barkhor, the bustling bazaar of old Lhasa which is right on the pilgrim’s circumambulating route around Jokhang. Laden with souvenirs and memories of Tibet, you fly back to Kathmandu from Lhasa in a mountain flight that treats you, to close-up views of the mighty Himalayas.
This Kathmandu to Lhasa overland adventure begins and ends with two days in Kathmandu, with plenty of time for discovering the city’s many attractions.
Today, you’ll arrive in Kathmandu, and our representative will pick you at the International Airport, and transfer you to the Hotel where you’ll rest.
Today the entire day will be spent on a tour of the Kathmandu valley. You will visit the significant UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Pashupatinath, Swoyambhunath, and Bouddhanath. You can pick up the visa for Tibet on Monday, Wednesday or Friday.
Today we’ll drive to Zangmu. It lies on the border to Tibet, and from there transfer to Tibet(Naylam).
Today, we’ll drive along the BhoteKoshi river through the Nyalam Pass. The pass provides a picturesque view of the snowy mountains. Overnight at the hotel.
The Rongphu monastery is the main Buddhist attraction in the valley, and history dictates that it was built in the 8th century. This monastery is claimed to be the highest in the world. The large cohorts along with the superb Mount Everest at the background, make a perfect photograph. Here, you’ll see the statue of the Guru Rinpoche.
Today, you’ll head towards the Everest Base Camp. It takes about 2 hours to cover, and the distance is 8 km from Rongphu to EBC. The route is slightly difficult, and you’ll have to navigate through its ups and down carefully. Hike to the base of the highest mountain in the world, ‘Mount Everest.’ This towering peak is surrounded by numerous ice giants like Nuptse, Pumori, and Lhotse.
The city of Shigatse is about 354 km from the Everest Base Camp. The transportation is not that convenient, and you have the option of going through car or by public bus.
The TashiLhunpo is an ancient monastery and was founded by the disciple of the famous Buddhist philosopher, who was later named the First Dalai Lama. At the monastery, you can see numerous monks, busy in their regular commute. Pray to the Lord, and from there, head towards the city of Gyantse. The drive lasts for about two hours. Overnight in Gyantse.
Your trip takes you towards Lhasa. The tour lasts for approximately 5 hours and takes you through the Karo La Pass and Kamba La Pass. The scenic drive through these passes is home to one of the best biking routes in the world. The road cuts through the landscape and provides mesmerizing views of the barren landscape, and fog covered snowy peaks and the gleaming Yamdrok Tso Lake. You cross the mighty Brahmaputra river and enter the city of Lhasa. Overnight at the hotel.
Lhasa has so many tourist sites that a single day is not sufficient to visit each one. The famous landmark of Tibet is the mighty Potala Palace which was built in 637 AD, and it contains over 1000 rooms and 10,000 shrines. Visit the immaculate Norbulingka or Summer Palace which is often referred to as the ‘Park of Treasure\' and was abode to the Dalai Lama. Depending on the time we will take you to different monasteries around Lhasa. Some of which are the Sera and Derphung monasteries. After touring, we will head towards the bustling bazaar of Barkhor which provides ample opportunity to shop for souvenirs.
Today is the final day of the trek, and you have the option to fly to Kathmandu or Chengdu or take a train to Beijing or Xian from China.
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