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8 Days Lhasa to Kathmandu Overland Tour via EBC

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Take this memorable adventure accross the roof of the word. From the spiritual and economic center Lhasa, you will travel to the plains of Gyantse and Shigatse, then traverse the world's highest mountain range to the highest peak in the world - Mount Everest. Explore deep into the heart ot Tibetan Buddhism, people, culture and spectacular scenery.

Highlights of this tour

  • Discover the dazzling holy city Lhasa - majestic Potala Palace, grand Norbulingka Palace, sacred Drepung Monastery...;
  • Experience the enchanting atmosphere of the pilgrimage culture in holiest monasteries in Tibet - Jokhang, Palcho, Tashilhunpo...;
  • An overnight stay at the world's tallest peaks - Mount Everest.

Important Notice: Good News - Gyirong Port on Tibet-Nepal border, about 89km from Kathmandu and 360km from Mount Everest in Tibet side, is now open for foreign travelers. It is available to travel from Kathmandu to Lhasa, or from Lhasa to Kathmandu by land now. Hurry up to enjoy the Himalaya adventures!

Basic Trip Information

Travel Route:
Lhasa / Gyangtse / Shigatse / Everest / Gyirong / Kathmandu
Travel Length:
8 Days and 7 Nights
Tour Code:
CD-TKT-08
Group Size:
You, your family, friends or group
Experience:
ArchitectureCultureMountaineeringPhotographReligious
Departure:
Any day you want

Full Itinerary Day by day

Day 1 Lhasa Arrival

Welcome to Tibet, the holy land of Tibetan Buddhism! Your tour guide will pick you up at the airport arrival hall and escort you to your downtown hotel in Lhasa while you enjoy the stunning views along the Yarlong Tsangpo River.

After check in, the rest of the day is for you to acclimate to the high altitude and weather of Lhasa. Avoid strenuous physical activities during this first day since that may cause high altitude sickness.

Orientation Tips: 1) avoid vigorous activities but do take some leisurely walks in the city to acclimatize to the air and high altitude of Lhasa city (altitude of 3600m); 2) do not drink liquor in the arrival day, instead plenty of water and fruits are recommended.

Lhasa Gonggar Airport

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Day 2 Lhasa ( B )

After breakfast, start an incredible day of exploration in Lhasa city. The grandiose Potala Palace will be the first site to discover. After more than 1300 years of historical changes, this colossal palace still dominates the skyline of Lhasa city. The Palace is the political and religious center of Tibet and has served as the governance and preaching site for the Dalai Lama. Climbing up the sacred steps to the Red Palace and White Palace you will explore their marvelous interiors full of exquisite Thangkas, numerous Buddha statues, vivid wall paintings, and other works of Buddhist art.

In the afternoon, first visit the holiest Buddhist temple in Tibet, Jokhang Temple, where the 12-year-old-like Shakyamuni statue is consecrated. With a history stretching over 1,300 years, this temple combines the architectural styles of Tibet, China, Nepal and India. As a spiritual center of Tibet, Jokhang Temple attracts hundreds of devoted pilgrims to worship there every day. Outside the door of Jokhang Temple is the famous pilgrimage circle, Barkhor Street, where you can join faithful Tibetans in colorful attires walking the circle around Jokhang Temple.

Tips for today: 1) wear suitable headgear and glasses to protect you from strong sunlight, but do not wear any hat while visiting inside the Tibetan monasteries; 2) photography is not allowed inside the chapels of monasteries; 3) have your passport with you all of the time.

Golden-roof of Jokhang TemplePotala Palace

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Day 3 Lhasa ( B )

After breakfast, we start our day with a visit to the summer palace of the Dalai Lamas and also the largest Tibetan garden – Norbulingka Park. The luxuriant trees and flowers, cool ponds and comfortable palaces make Norbulingka the best place for a summer retreat. Then drive about 5km westward to Drepung Monastery. This monastery has played a crucial role in Tibet Buddhism as the school of the Dalai Lamas. As you walk along, immense temples and chapels leap to your eyes one after another. In its heyday, more than 10,000 monks lived and studied in the monastery. Various Buddhist rituals are performed in the monastery during festivals, most famous being the ceremony of Buddha Display in the annual Shoton Festival.

We will then visit the featured six hundred year-old Sera Monastery, famous for its grand ceremony of Buddhist debating and its beautiful temples with sensational icons, murals and history.

Tips for today: 1) please follow the Buddhist manners - talk in a low voice, always be respectful of others, reflect on the Buddha’s teachings in these holy sites, and remain quiet and respectful when visiting temples 2) be sure to carry some water with you.

Sera Monastery DebatingNorbulingka

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Day 4 Lhasa – Gyantse ( B )

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Today you will be transferred from Lhasa to Gyantse (5.5-hour drive). 

After about 1.5 hours driving from Lhasa, you will get to the famous holy Yamdrok Lake. With an altitude of 4,441 meters, Yamdrok Lake is known as one of the "Three Holiest Lakes", also one of the most beautiful lakes in Tibet. The turquoise pure lake overlies among snow-capped mountains. Surrounding the lakeshores are some peaceful Tibetan villages situating in the flat valleys. Looking to instance, you can still see clearly dotted yaks and sheep grazing on the grassland. Then another stop takes you to a Tibetan family where you can chat with common Tibetans and try some their self-made food.  Keep driving to next destination – Gyantse, and enjoy the views of the grandiose and vast Karola Glacier.

After arrival in Gyantse, you will take a visit to the landmark of Gyantse – Palcho Monastery. It is a traditional Tibetan monastery which is a fusion of Han, Tibetan and Nepali architecture, and has both temples and stupa. Palcho Monastery’s symbol is its Kumbum Stupa which is famous for having 100,000 figures of Buddhist statue in the chapels, niches and wall paintings of Kumbum. Lastly, go to climb up to the Dzong Fortress to enjoy the panoramic views of Gyantse city. 

Accommodate at Gyantse City.

Tips of today: 1) pack some food and drinks for long driving of today; 2) wear suitably to protect yourself from strong sunlight, wind and possible cold.

Palcho Monastery and MonksYamdrok Lake in Gyantse
Day 5 Gyantse - Shigatse ( B )

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This morning, you will be taken to visit a spectacular site where you will have a clear insight of old living condition a hundred years ago - Pala  Manor which was a private manor of Pala Family, a celebrated aristocrat during 17th ~19th century. The hosts lived in bright, large and luxury room, and enjoyed expensive furniture and imported luxuries, such as OMEGA Watch, LV Purse, Wine, etc. While serfs, as the private property of Pala family, did all the farming and raised livestock for hots, but lived in dark crude room and caves. All the houses and rooms of both aristocrats and serfs remains well. 

After visiting Pala Manor, you will drive about 2.5 hours to Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet. After arrival, go to explore the famous Tashilhunpo Monastery. It was built in 1447 of Ming Dynasty by the disciple of Buddhism master Tsongkhapa, then became the Buddhism center of Tsang region. It has been the traditional seat of successive Panchen Lamas who is one of two most powerful leaders of Buddhists in Tibet. Tashilhunpo Monastery is surrounded by 3000-meter-long wall. The whole monastery was constructed against the background of mountain, facing to the sun. There are 58 sutra chapels and about 3600 rooms. In Tashilhunpo Monastery, you can see many erected buildings with golden glazed tiles, interlaced red walls and white walls and Thangka Exhibit Platform. You can also meet these pilgrims from afar.

Accommodate at Shigatse City.

Pala ManorTashilumpo Monastery Path
Day 6 Shigatse - Mount Everest ( B )

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Get up early and have a hearty breakfast because today’s trip starts with a visit to one of the most important monasteries in Tibet – Tashilhunpo Monastery which was built in 1447 during the Ming Dynasty by a disciple of Buddhism, Master Tsongkhapa. The monastery became the Buddhism center of Tsang region and has been the traditional seat of successive Panchen Lamas, one of two most powerful leaders of Buddhists in Tibet. Tashilhunpo Monastery is surrounded by a 3000-meter-long wall and was constructed against the background of mountains facing to the sun. The Monastery has 58 sutra chapels and about 3600 rooms with many buildings made with golden glazed tiles and interlaced red and white walls.  There is also a Thangka Exhibit Platform. Be prepared to meet many pilgrims visiting this holy place from far places and countries!

Later in the day, we will drive about 8 hours to the day’s final destination - Mount Everest.  While it seems to be a tough driving day, the plateau landscape along the road is breathtaking and will keep you entranced. You will even have a chance to see four of the highest peaks in the world, all over 8,000 meters - Lhotse, Everest, Gyachung and Cho Oyu. After arrival at Rongbuk Monastery, you will find all the effort of the trip swept away by the sight of the majestic peak of Everest rising in front of you. You can then rest for a while before visiting this featured monastery of the Nyingma Buddhist sect.Accommodations are at Rongbuk Guest House or local tents.

Tips for today: 1) prepare some food and drinks to take with you because there are only some basic foods offered at Mount Everest; 2) pack warm and thick clothes for the cold; 3) get fully prepared for the high altitude (5100m).

Mount EverestTashilumpo Monastery
Day 7 Mount Everest - Gyirong ( B )

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Get up early to chase the most beautiful landscape of sunrise on the Everest. The morning sunlight shines on the highest peak, and appears a pleasant golden pyramid. In the clean days, you have chance to witness the God-given scenery of Flag Clouds.

After the sunrise, take the eco-bus to the Everest Base Camp which is about 8km from Rongbuk Monastery. The EBC is the most important base for mountaineers who want to climb further the Mount Everest. Take the closer views of Mount Everest from the Base. The high sightseeing platform with many colorful Buddhist prayer flags waving in the breeze is the best location to witness the clear face the giant Mount Everest.

Last, return to Rongbuk area and drive to Gyirong Town. Though it's a long driving about 360km, but it's necessary and worthy your efforts. You have chance to see the clear face of Mount Shishapangma Peak and beautiful Pekutso Lake. After arrival, check in your hotel.

Tibet Overland Tour
Day 8 Gyirong - Kathmandu ( B )

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After breakfast, drive to the border of Nepal and China - Gyirong Port. Check throgh the port and transfer to Kathmandu. Tour ends.

Tips: Our service will end at the border of Tibet and Nepal. If you want we can arrange transfer pickup from the border of Tibet to Kathmandu for you. Some customers choose to hire a private car on the border and share cost with other travelers. It is also possible to start the tour in Kathmandu and come to Lhasa, though the price is slightly higher.

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