Tibet is one of the richest historical, cultural and traditional regions one can ever visit in the world. Tibet accommodates almost exclusively the Buddhist population. The main reasons behind visiting Tibet are its plateau, high location where human beings dwell, rich culture, flora and fauna. Tibet Overland Tour, one of the most popular tours in Tibet, takes you up to 5,200m across the high and cold Gobi desert where you can view some of the most picturesque scenes of breathtaking mountains. Tibet Overland Tour offers you the most relaxing and adventurous journey within very short span of time. You can travel to Tibet only via a guided tour and can enter only from Nepal or from the mainland of China. You can explore the centuries-old monasteries and caves along with the visiting the historical towns including Lhasa.
The Tour starts right from your arrival in Kathmandu. We need at least 2 working days to apply for the visa and collect from the Embassy of People’s Republic of China in Kathmandu. During this, Satori Adventures will provide you with a rare opportunity to explore a number of World Heritage sites like the Pashupatinath, the most sacred Hindu temple, Kathmandu Durbar Square, the Swayambunath, the Bouddhanath, the two seminal Buddhist Stupas. During the trip we will guide and brief you about the Tibet Overland Tour as well so that you will have some basic knowledge about what you will have to do during your stay in Tibet.This is one of the best ways to enjoy Nepal and Tibet in a short time.
The 830 kilometer route linking Lhasa with the Nepal border at the Sino-Nepal Friendship Bridge remains the most popular overland route in Tibet. The Friendship Highway follows the western portion of Chinese National Highway 318.
Early in the morning on the first day of your journey to Tibet, you will take a 4 to 5 hour-drive along the green forest across the Trishuli river along the Pasang Lhamu Highway. The drive takes you to the Kerung Border, the Nepal-Tibet border, known for it mesmerizing views on the central Himalayas. A hike in its vicinity concludes our mountain adventure. Near Tsetang (3400m), you will visit a castle from the first kings of Tibet and have a good view across the fertile Yarlung valley. On the way to Lhasa we will visit Samye, the oldest monastery of Tibet. We have two days sightseeing in Lhasa (3600m), the spiritual and secular center of Tibet. You will see the Potala palace, high above the city, the Jokhang temple, the holiest temple in Tibet, and the Gelugpa monastery of Drepung. Across the vast Tibetan plateau, we drive from Nepal to Tibet and get a breathtaking glimpse of the Himalayas and the Trans-Himalaya. During the trip you will pass the turquoise-colored Lake Yamdrok and Tibetan houses with their flat roofs. In Shigatse and Gyantse, you will visit important monasteries such as Tashilumpho and the Kumbum, rich in sculptures and murals. Among numerous sites, main focus of visit will be Potala Palace, Norbulinka Palace, Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery, Ganden Monastery, Gyantse, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor market, Shigatse and Tsedang.
Highest access: (5200m/17060ft)
Duration: 11 Days
Group Size: 01-10 persons per Group.
Co-ordinates: 31.7056° N, 86.9403° E
Location: Tibet, China
Airport: KTM (TIA)/Gongkar Airport
Departure From: Kathmandu
Accommodation: Three star to five star as request
Meals: Bed and Breakfast Basis.
Transportation: Car, Jeep and FLight
Best season: From April to November
Major Activity: Tibet Tour
Include Activity: Sights trips of Kathmandu
Culture: buddhist cultures
Mode of Travel: Hotel/Guesthouse
Himalayan sights: Everest, Lhasa City, Shishapangma
Day 01: Kathmandu to Syprubeshi (1460m/4790ft)
Early in the morning, after breakfast, drives to the Syprubeshi (1460m/4790ft) which takes approximately six to seven hours Drive. Overnight at Tea house accommodation.
Day 02: Syprubeshi to Kerung Height(3200m/10499ft)
After breakfast you will procedure for the immigration formalities then you will drive to Kerung Height (3200m/10499ft) Overnight at Hotel.
Day 03: Kerung height to Tingri (4,348m/14,268 ft):
After breakfast you will drive from Kerung height to Tingri (4348m/14,268ft) hotel accommodation.
Day 04: Tingri to Shigatse (3,950m/12959ft.)
A four hour drive brings us to Tibet's second largest city, Shigatse. Here we visit Tashilumpho Monastery, the seat of the Panchen Lama, hence one of the most important monasteries in Tibet.
Day 05: Shigatse to Gyantse (3,977m/13046ft.)
After breakfast you will drive from Shigatse to Gyantse which is 93 km takes 2 hours. Sight seeing in Gyantse Visit Khumbum Stupa Pelkhor Monastery at Gyantse.
Day 06: Gyantse to Lhasa (3,650M/11975ft.)
Drive to Lhasa while crossing over Karo-La (5,010 mt.), Kamba-La (4,794 mt.), the colorful Yamdrok Lake and the Brahmaputra River (Yarlung Tsangpo). Overnight at hotel. The 260 kms from Gyantse to Lhasa should approximately take five to six hours of driving to traverse.
Day 07: Sightseeing in and around Lhasa (3,650M/11975ft.)
Visit Sera Monastery, Norbulingka, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Market. The Sera Monastery, 5 km north of Lhasa, is one of Lhasa's prettiest monasteries and once upon a time sheltered a community of more than 5,000 monks. Norbulingka, the erstwhile summer palace of Dalai Lama meaning ‘Jewel Park', is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and covers an area of around 3,60,000 sq. mt. making it the largest man-made garden in Tibet. Jokhang Temple, situated in the heart of Old Lhasa, houses Tibet's most precious religious relic, a golden Sakyamuni Buddha which was brought as a gift by the Chinese Princess Wencheng on the occasion of her wedding to the Tibetan King, Songtsen Gampo. Overnight at hotel.
Day 08: Sightseeing in and around Lhasa(3,650M/11975ft.)
Visit Potala Palace and Drepung Monastery. The Potala Palace, the erstwhile home of the Dalai Lama, was built in 637 AD atop a single hill by the Tibetan king, Songtsen Gampo. The Drepung Monastery was once the world's largest monastery housing 10,000 monks. It lies hidden in rocky ridges just 5 km beyond the city of Lhasa. Overnight at hotel in Lhasa.
Day 09: Flight from Lhasa to onward journey
We have to get up very early for our transfer to Gonggor airport to catch the flight back to Kathmandu (1350m/4429ft.) or other destination.
Day 01: Sightseeing in and Around Lhasa
In the second day of Lhasa sightseeing, you will be taken to visit Sera Monastery, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Market. The Sera Monastery, 5 km north of Lhasa, is one of Lhasa's prettiest monasteries and once upon a time sheltered a community of more than 5,000 monks. Jokhang Temple, situated in the heart of Old Lhasa, houses, Tibet's most precious religious relic, a golden Sakyamuni Buddha which was brought as a gift by the Chinese Princess Wen Cheng on the occasion of her wedding to the Tibetan King, Songtsen Gampo. Your overnight accommodation with BB Plan will be at the same as previous day.
Day 02: Drive from Lhasa to Gyantse (3,950m/12957ft, 05-06hrs)
Today, after having breakfast your trip starts by drive from Lhasa to Gyantse (3950m) about 260km distance and it takes about seven hours to reach in the destination. While driving you will cross the passes named Kamba La (4794m) and Karo La (5010m) in between these two high passes your trail passing a long drive along the beach of the beautiful and emerge Lake called Yamdrok-Tso with the view of its panorama attaching with some snowcapped mountains in the south. Your overnight accommodation with BB Plan will be set at the hotel/lodge in Gyantse.
Day 03: Drive from Lhasa to Gyantse (3,950m/12957ft, 4hrs)
After having breakfast our guide will take you to visit Kumbum Stupa (Chorten) and Pelkor Monastery at Gyantse then drive to Shigatse (Xigatse) in an altitude of 3900m. After 90km drive in about two hours you will reach Shigatse and visit one of the oldest Panchen Lamas’ Tashilhunpo Monastery and accommodation with BB Plan in the Hotel at this town. Shigatse is second largest city in Tibet.
Day 04: Drive from Shigatse to Tingri Shegar (4,350m/14269ft, 05hrs)
From Shigatse you will be taken by drive to Tingri, Shegar to be prepared for drive to Rongbuk to explore Mt. Everest base camp the next day. About 200km drive and 4/5 hours of time will be lost to complete this journey. Your overnight accommodation with BB Plan will be set at the hotel/lodge in Shegar.
Day 05: Tingri Shegar to Rongbuk (4,980M/16339ft.)
Drive from Tingri to the Rongbuk Monastery via the Pang-La pass. It is situated below the giant north face of Mt. Everest. Overnight stay at guest house. The 90 kms from Tingri to Rongbuk should approximately take three hours of driving to traverse.
Day 06: Excursion to Everest Base Camp North (5,150M/16,896ft.)
A two-hour trek from the Rongbuk Monastery will bring you to the Everest Base Camp (North Face). Return to Rongbuk for overnight stay at guest house.
Day 07: Drive from Rongbuk to Tingri (3,700m/12137ft, 04hrs)
Today you will drive from Rongbuk to Tingri which takes 04 hrs where you will be accommodate with BB plan at the Hotel/Lodge in Tingri.High Lalung la pass from where we have a breathtaking view of the Himalayan range and Shisapangma, the highest 8000m peak in Tibet.
Day 08: Tingri to Kerung (2000m/6562ft.)
Drive from Tingri to Kerung (2000m/6562ft) takes around 05 hrs. Hotel accommodation.
Day 09: Kerung to Kathmandu (1400m/4593ft.)
After the immigration formalities from China side, we will collect Nepal Visa from and drive to Kathmandu, transfer to hotel.
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