Tour Code: TAG-SA 02
Title: Nepal & Tibet Trans-Himalayan Tour-2
Type of Tour: Fly in / Drive out
Duration: 7 Nights/8 Days
DAY 01: KATHMANDU
On arrival at Kathmandu International airport our representative welcome you and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
DAY 02: KATHMANDU/ LHASA
Transfer to airport for you flight to Lasha, the capital city of the Tibet Autonomous Region. Your guide will meet & assist you at the airport and transfer to your hotel. On the way to Lhasa, you will have to pass an altitude of 3,650 meters to visit the Nietang Buddha. Overnight at hotel.
DAY 03: LHASA
Lhasa full day sight seeing tour covering the Magnificent Potala, the winter palace of the Dalai Lama; the place where the former great Dalai Lama's stupas are being kept; once the seat of the Tibetan government. It has a history of over 1,300 years. The Potala Palace is the treasure of Tibetan religion and culture, where many figures of the Buddha, murals, sutras etc have been preserved. After visiting Potala Palace, you will visit one of the three largest monasteries of Gelugpa, the Sera Monastery, Dalai Lama's summer palace and the treasure Park of Tibet, the Norbulingka. After the day's sightseeing tour, you will also be offered an insight tour into the daily life of the Tibetan people, their living style and traditions, you will be served tea in their home. Overnight at hotel.
DAY 04: LHASA
In the morning, you will visit the No. 1 Monastery of Gelugpa, Drepung Monastery, which is the richest monastery ever in Tibet and is still active. Then you will be guided to visit the spiritual center of Tibet, the Jokhang Temple, where you may meet many monks, who may be prostrating with full length to the threshold of the monastery. You will alsd visit the sacred pilgrim path, the oldest street in Lhasa, the Barkhor Street, where Tibetan culture, economy, religion and arts assembled.
In the afternoon, you can pay a visit to the Tibetan Traditional Hospital, where you will see how the Tibetan doctors treat patients in their traditional ways, and its library. In the library you will find massive medical sutras and medical Thankas. The Lhasa Carpet Factory is also a site you should not miss. The carpets are hand-made in traditional style. Overnight at hotel.
DAY 05: LHASA / GYANGTSE
In the morning, drive to Gyangtse, a town lying to the south of Lhasa city with your guide. On the way, you will visit one of the holiest lakes in Tibet, the Yamdrok Yumtso Lake, which is compared as 'the fairyland in heaven' by Tibetans. You will also have a view of the Karola snow mountain. Stay overnight in the best hotel in Gyangtse. Overnight at hotel.
DAY 06: GYANGTSE / SHIGATSE
Today, you will visit a special Monastery, the Palkhor Monastery, the only monastery where monks from different orders (Gelugpa, Sakyapa and Kahdampa) live in harmony. Palkhor also features its Bodhi stupa, or Kumbum, which consists hundreds of chapels in layers, housing about a hundred thousand images of Buddha. It is therefore called Myriad Buddha's Stupa as well. Leaving this spectacular stupa, you will drive by jeep to the second largest city of Tibet, Shigatse. Overnight at hotel.
DAY 07: SHIGATSE / TINGRI
In Shigatse, you will visit the holly seat of Panchen Lama, the Tashilunpo Monastery. Every year, the gigantic Thankas are displayed on its Thanka Wall. Beside the trove of Thankas, murals and other religious and artistic treasures also impress you. You will also visit the New Palace of Panchen Lama. Continue drive to the south. On the way, visit 'Second Dunhuang', the Sakya Monastery, which holds plenty of murals and statues of Yuan Dynasty and has the largest collection of Buddhist sutras in China. Arrive in Tingri and stay in the best hotel.
DAY 08: TINGRI / ZHANGMU
The last day in Tibet; drive to Zhangmu after breakfast. Your guide and driver will accompany you from Tingri to Zhangmu and help you to check in at the best hotel in Zangbu.
DAY 09: ZHANGMU/KATHMANDU
After your breakfast your tour of the mysterious Tibet and its optimistic people, ends when your guide transfers you to the Friendship Bridge- Nepal/China border. After custom formalities further drive to Kathmandu. Arrive Kathmandu and check into hotel.
DAY 10: KATHMANDU
After breakfast leave for half- day Kathmandu sightseeing tour covering Pashupatinath temple, Boudhanah stupa and Swoyambhunath stupa. Return to hotel, rest of the day free to explore Kathmandu and shopping
Free time until your departure transfer to airport for your onward journey.