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9 Days Lhasa Kathmandu Overland Tour from Chengdu $1970

Travel from Flatlands Chengdu to the Highest Plateau Tibet

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Traveling Chengdu with Tibet is a pleasant way, because you can see multiple different culture and landscape, but also take the convenient transfer between Chengdu and Tibet. So you will visit first the famous sites in Chengdu, such as Giant Panda Base, Wuhou Temple, Jinli Ancient Street, etc. Then take flight to the holy Tibet land to see the friendly Tibetans, grandiose Buddhist palaces and monasteries, pure holy lakes, sacred snow mountains, etc. Lastly, leave Tibet for Nepal at Zhangmu border.

Highlights of this tour

  • Have an enjoyable stay at the hometown of the lovely Giant Panda - Chengdu;
  • Visit various Buddhist temples and monasteries and get a better understanding of Tibetan Buddhism;
  • Take the exciting expedition to the top of our planet - Mount Everest.

Basic Trip Information

Price:
from $1970
  1. 1. This price is for one person, based on a group of 2 adults sharing one double-bed room in 4-star hotel and traveling in low seasons;
  2. 2. This price is subject to change according your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate.
Travel Route:
Chengdu / Lhasa / Shigatse / Zhangmu / Kathmandu
Travel Length:
9 Days and 8 Nights
Tour Code:
CD-CL-09
Group Size:
You, your family, friends or group
Experience:
ArchitecturePhotographReligious
Departure:
Any day you want

Full Itinerary Day by day (Can Be Customized)

Day 1 Chengdu Arrival

Nihao, welcome to the Land of Abundance! Upon arriving in Chengdu, your personal guide will meet you at the airport or train station and escort you to your hotel in the downtown. This rest of today is free for you to explore this leisure and fun city on your own.

Sichuan Cuisine
Day 2 Chengdu ( B,L )

This morning you will make a stirring visit to Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding which is not only the most important panda scientific research center, but also dwelling home to more than 100 Giant Pandas. Walk at leisure through the bamboo framed paths, and closely observe giant pandas of different ages eating bamboos, playing with each other, tumbling, climbing trees, etc. Don't miss the chance to visit the most adorable panda cubs in the panda kindergartens. If you are lucky, you may be able to see the precious panda babies in the nursery rooms. There is also a very informative Panda Museum where you can learn more scientific facts about Giant Pandas.

Leaving the panda center, you will be taken to a hidden spiritual Buddhist temple in the bustling downtown of Chengdu - Wenshu Temple. Marvel at the exquisite Buddhist architecture, soak in the reverent atmosphere, and wander on the peaceful paths. Adjacent to the monastery is a small bazaar (Wenshufang) where you can enjoy a leisure stroll through to experience local market and living style.

Chengdu is famous for its relaxing and leisure pace throughout China, which will be proved after a stay in Renmin Park. Sit down, order a pot of Chinese tea, make a casual chat with your friends and watching locals indulging themselves in different kinds of folk entertainment - napping in a lively teahouse, playing mahjong, disco dancing, neck massage, ear cleaning... Next is an impressive trip to the famous Jinli Old Street. Time steals away from you quietly while walking on the lively streets which are full of delicious local snacks, delicate artifacts, interesting folk shows, etc.

At the end, your guide will escort you to your hotel.

Recommended Optional Evening Activities: 1) enjoy a delicious dinner of Sichuan cuisine (or hotpot) at a local restaurant; 2) watch a wonderful performance of Sichuan Opera which includes folk opera, face changing, fire spitting, rolling lights, and other delightful entertainment (usually performs during 20:00~21:30).

Experience Chengdu local living style in People's ParkLovely Pandas in Chengdu
Day 3 Flights to Lhasa from Chengdu (B)

Today you will take a flight to Lhasa Gongga Airport from Chengdu(about 2hrs). Welcome to Tibet - the holy land of Tibetan Buddhism! Your tour guide is ready to pick you up at the arrival hall, and escort you to your hotel in Lhasa downtown. Enjoy the stunning views along the Yarlong Tsangpo River.

After check in to your hotel, the rest of today is for you to acclimate to the high altitude and weather of Lhasa.

Orientation Tips: 1) avoid vigorous activities but can take some leisure walking in the city to acclimatize the air and high altitude of Lhasa city(3,600m); 2) do not drink liquor in the arrival day, water and fruits are recommended.

Scenery along Yarlong Tsangpo River
Day 4 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 the time.

Golden-roof of Jokhang TemplePotala Palace
Day 5 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 5 km 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
Day 6 Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse (B)

Today you will be taken to the second largest city in Tibet Shigatse, while viewing the highlights along the road. After about 1.5 hours of driving, you will arrive at the famous holy Yamdrok Lake. At an altitude of 4,441 meters, Yamdrok Lake is known as one of the "Three Holiest Lakes" in the world, and also one of the most beautiful lakes in Tibet. The turquoise pure waters of the lake are overlooked by incredible snow-capped mountains. Peaceful Tibetan villages surround the lake shore in the neighboring flat valleys. Looking in the distance, you can see clearly yaks and sheep grazing on the grassland. After this stop we will continue driving to the next destination - Gyantse and take a short break at Karola Glacier which is famous for its approachability, brightness and grotesque shape.

You will have lunch in Gyantse town and then make a visit to the key landmark of Gyantse Palcho Monastery. This is a traditional Tibetan monastery with a fusion of Han, Tibetan and Nepali architecture in its temples and stupa. Kumbum Stupa is the symbol of the monastery, famous for its 100,000 Buddhist figures, paintings, and statues in the chapels, wall niches and on the walls. After this visit, you will leave Gyantse and drive ahead to Shigatse for the night's accommodation.

Tips of today: 1) pack some food and drinks for today's long drive; 2) wear suitable clothes, headgear, and glasses to protect yourself from the strong sunlight, wind and possible cold.

Yamdrok Lake in GyantsePalkor Myriad Buddha Stupa
Day 7 Shigatse - Rongphu Monastery (B)

Today we will drive about 8 hours to the 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(5,100 m), 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, then go to visit this world's highest monastery. Since it is only about 20 km from the peak of Mount Everest, you can appreciate the giant pyramid of the mountain from south, and can see the charming banner clouds in sunny days. Apart from that, Rongbuk Monastery is the best place to see the sunrise and sunset for its high location close to the Everest. Also, you can take many great pictures at Marnyi Stones and the White tower outside the door. Just get your camera ready to capture the wonders.

Accommodation will be arranged at Rongbuk Guest House. (If you visit Mount Everest during May to October, you will accommodate at the Tibetan Tents Camp near Rongbuk Monastery). Please note that the accommodations at both places are very simple and basic. There are dorms with beds, duvets, heated blankets and hot water provided. You are suggested to bring your own sleeping bag if you have one. There is no running water, sinks or showers. The guest house only offers basic breakfast and dinner without menu. There is no private bathroom in the dorms. Only communal squat toilets are available. Remember to bring your own toilet paper.

Tips for today: 1) currently the real Everest Base Camp is not allowed to visit due to environment protection of Mount Everest but Rongbuk Monastery provides a great platform to view Everest; 2) private cars and tourist buses can only get to the Parking Lot which is about 20km (about 30 minutes' driving) away from Rongbuk Monastery, then you need to use the scenic park bus to transfer to Rongbuk Monastery; 3) travelers can enjoy the closer views of Mount Everest and take photos of the famous stone tablet of Mt. Qomolangma Elevation Measurement near Rongbuk Monastery; 4) prepare some food and drinks to take with you because there are only some basic foods offered at Mount Everest; 5) pack warm clothes to keep yourself warm all the time and get fully prepared for the high altitude (5100m).

Accommodate in local Tibetan TentsMount Everest - TibetanMount Everest - Rongbuk Monastery
Day 8 Rongphu Monastery - Gyirong

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. If you are lucky, you will have chance to see the famous "flag clouds" which is a famous wonder on Mount Everest. You will see milk white streamer floating above the peak, and flutters toward one side like a banner in the wind. Sometimes, you can see it change the shape, like the huge waves on the sea or the impetuous horses on the ancient battlefield, and so forth. Once in a while, it is lucky to see the plateau eagles flying above the banner cloud, which is especially a particular sightseeing. 

Last, return to Rongbuk area and drive to Gyirong TownThough 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 and beautiful Pekutso Lake. After arrival, check in your hotel.

Rongbuk Monastery and Mt. Everest
Day 9 Gyirong - Kathmandu

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 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.

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