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Kathmandu to Lhasa Overland Tour – 12 days

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12 Days

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16 people

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Overview

HIGH ROAD TO LHASA –

An overland journey from Kathmandu to roof of the world Tibet
Kathmandu to Lhasa highway drive, offers amazing views of the Himalayas and the picturesque Tibetan countryside greet you on this overland journey. En route, visit Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet and the Tashihunpo monastery.

The seat of the Panchen Lama, Tashihunpo is a vast complex with golden rooftops and impressive chapels. Although having suffered the ravages of man and time, Gyantse, our next stop, with its unique Palkor Chode 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.

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 the Summer Palace, 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 and Laden.

Eventually, you will fly back to Kathmandu from Lhasa in a mountain flight that treats you to close-up views of the mighty Himalayas including Everest. This adventure begins and ends with two days in Kathmandu, with plenty of time for discovering the city’s many attractions.

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Arrive in Kathmandu.

Arrival day ( This must be morning of monday, wednesday or friday before 9:30 am), we come to receive you at the airport, check into Hotel rest day, and briefing of the program.

Sightseeing in Kathmandu - Nagarkot.

Sight-seeing of Kathmandu: Leave for full day sightseeing in Kathmandu valley includes The Hindu temple complex at Pashupatinath (a UNESCO world heritage site) & the biggest Buddhist Stupa at Boudhanath. Also visit Monkey Temple the Shyambhunath ( 2000 years old temple) and visit Patan city, later drive to Nagarkot ( at 7200ft), a beautiful hill station from here we can see the magnificent Himalayan view in a clear day.

Nagarkot - Bhaktapur - Kathmandu

After sunrise and mountain view from Nagarkot hike down to Benepa for 4 hours and drive back to Kathmandu via Bhaktapur ( a historical town) , overnight in Kathmandu, B

Drive to Tibet border to start Tibet overland tour

Early morning drive to boarder (Kerung) complete immigration and custom formalities in both border Nepal and Tibet. This is a group join tour, there will be at least 7 or more people in the trip. Please remember the guest house in Tibet is quite simple, specially until Xegar

On Tibet overland tour.

There are couples of attractions such as ruins of dzongs, on the way we can see beautiful mountains including mount Everest. We have to go through a high pass about 5200 ( Nayalu -La) , please drink at least 3 liter of water each day while you are in Tibet. The road is bit rough, the views are great. O / N in Xegar / Lhatse

Xegar / Lhatse to -Xigatse

Xigatse city the house of the Famous Tashi Lhunpo Monastery with its golden roof, the seat of the Panchen Lama until his death in 1989. O / N in Shigatse

Xigatse-Gyantse

Morning sight seeing to the Tashilhumpu Monastery (seat of Panchen Lama), It has three big Temples with golden Pagoda. One of them have statue of forthcoming Buddha 13th wide and 26th ft. in height. An ample example of the Tibetan rich architectural and cultural heritage with hundreds of monks walking around chanting Om Mane Padme Hum for the world peace. Drive to Gyantse and visit to the Kumbum Stupa ( the temple which have 3 style architecture , Nepali, Chinese and Tibetan) with 108 rooms decorating 108 different deities statue. The Gyntse Dzong have Ate British war museum decorated with many old weapons, statute with their great stories.

Gyantse - Lhasa

A scenic drive through the Karo La Pass and Kamba La Pass with a very good view of the Yamdrok Tso Lake. Then you cross the mighty Brahmmaputra River to arrive in Lhasa

Two full days sight seeing tour in Lhasa

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. That has over 3500KG gold with its golden roof. 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. Jokhag is the oldest temple that has the statue of 11 years old Buddha which was given to Tsrongchang Gompo on the 7th century by the family of her Chinese queen. We will take you to Sera and Derphung monasteries around Lhasa. Shoppers mustn\'t miss the 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

Fly Back to Kathmadnu

You fly back to Kathmandu or free on your own or Optional sightseeing, free day , Evening Join Nepali cultural show and Dinner

Departure

Airport drive for flights to home

Included/Excluded

  • All airport pickups and drops, services in Kathmandu.
  • 3 star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu. (Depending on the package you choose)
  • Kathmandu valley sightseeing with guides and entrance permits.
  • Tibet Visa and permit.
  • Hotel in Tibet from day 03 - 11 on twin share basis and tented camp or simple hotels.
  • All entrance fees in Tibet along with sightseeing.
  • Transportation by Bus / Van or Jeep
  • Meals in Kathmandu and in Tibet (Lhasa, Gyantse, Xigatse or if you travel further)
  • Bar bills (soda pop, beer, water etc) and other personal expenses.
  • Nepal re-entry visa [For NRIs, European and Americans]
  • Emergency rescue charges if necessary.
  • Tips and gratitude’s to staffs.
  • Photography charges, where applicable in Tibet.
  • Riding yaks and porters during Kailash Kora ( Parikrama)

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04/22/2020

Kathmandu -Lhasa Tibet Overland

My friends and I recently did Overland Tour to Tibet from Kathmandu - Lhasa incl Everest Base Camp for 12 days. Earthbound made all arrangements for our group, from the Tibet group Permit to our flight back to Ktm from Lhasa. Prior to the trip, I have been corresponding with Rajan and I would say that he has never failed to reply promptly. Rajan and his team are very helpful and professional. Our Tibetan guide, Tashi and our Tibetan driver, named Tashi too, both of them are very patient and have much assisted us in every way throughout our trip. The accommodations that we were placed in were quite comfortable and clean. Most of the accommodations have free wireless access at the lobby area and hot shower. Overall , our group is very happy with this trip arranged by Earthbound.
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