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Day 01 Arrival Lhasa
and transfer to Tsedang
In the morning, fly to Gonggar Airport from Chengdu / Kathmandu. Upon arrival, drive for 1.5 hours (120 km) to reacho Tsedang, the cradle of Tibet culture. Rest at the hotel for adapting to the high attitude
Day 02 Tsedang
In the morning, make a trip in the Yarlung valley to visit the Yumbulakhang, a medieval-European castle-like structure, reputed as Tibet’s oldest building. It doesn’t take that long to explore Yumblagang, perhaps the best part of the visit is the walk up along the ridge around the building. There’re fabulous views of the Yarlung valley. Then have a tour to Trundruk Monastery It was built in the seventh century and has been repaired in various historical periods since then. As per the legend, after Songtsan Bambo established its capital in Lhasa, he came and stayed here together with Princess Wen Cheng who planted the willow trees around the monastery. This monastery houses a precious Thangka picture of a Buddha inlaid with pearls and gems. nearby.
Tsedang literally means monkey’s playground. Tsedang is the thirds largest town in Tibet and is 195 km from Lhasa. Tsedang is the capital of Shannan Prefecture as well as a major tourist destination in Tibet with its rich natural resources and mild climate. Tsedang is a place of origin of Tibetan Culture and it is known as the Cradle of Tibetan Civilization.
Day 03 Tsedang/Samye/Lhasa
In the morning drive further to Lhasa, the capital of Tibet. Have a detour to Samye Monastery and Mindroling Monastery en route.
Day 04 Lhasa
Visit Potala Palace and Jokang Monastery today, then walk on the Barkhor street surrounding Jokhang, a big free market with its prolific stalls for selling local specialties.
Day 05 Lhasa
Visit Drepung Monastery for the whole morning, later after lunch, visit Sera monastery. We can do the Sera Kora walk of about 1 hr and then catch the famous debate session (if the debate session is in process) of the monks before returning back to Lhasa.
Go for a tour of Drak Yerpa which is in the northeast of Lhasa. Built on a hillside with more than 80 meditation caves, Drak Yerpa is described as the "life tree" or spiritual axis of Lhasa. The site had a powerful spiritual heritage, having been visited by Songsten Gampo, Padmasambhava, Yeshe Tsoygel, Padampa Sanggye, and Asisha Before the Cultural Revolution is was the home of several hundred hermits, monks, and nuns. After the visit, drive back to Lhasa.
Lhasa/Yamdrok Yumtso/Gyantse, 300km [B]
Drive to Gyantse, the famous historical city in Tibet, along the Kyichu River. On the Ganba La (4,796 m) have a fantastic view of the holy lake of Yamdrok Yumtso (4441 m). Gyantse, some 200km southwest of Lhasa, is one of the least Chinese-influenced towns in Tibet and is worth a visit for this reason alone. Gyantse is famous for its wool carpets and palkhor choide chorten. Visit Palkhor Monastery and Kumbum Stupa.
Gyantse/Shigatse, 90 km [B]
In the morning, take a short hike to Gyantse Dzong. There are amazing views of Gyantse, the monastery compound at the end of town and the surrounding Nyang-chu valley. Later, drive to Shigatse, which is the second largest city in Tibet and also the hometown of Panchen Lama. Enroute visit Shalu Monastry
Shalu Monastery: It is located in Salu Village near Shigatse. Shalu Monastery was built in the year 1000 by Jetsun Sherab Jungne. The architecture of the monastery has features of Chinese Yuan Dynasty's Temple, it is a rare and unique work of art, blend of Tibetan and Han architecture. The monastery enshrines various relics such as religious objects, Buddhist scriptures written on "pattra" leaves, and an important decree of Pagpa, the Sakya abbot.
Shigatse Sightseeing [B]
After breakfast, visit Tashilumpu Monastery, the main attraction of Shigatse City and its free market. Later, free time at your disposal.
After breakfast, drive to Lhatse, upon arrival, visit Xiqin Hot Springs (4010 m), one may enjoy some easy hiking in this area. It is said lots of illness can be cured by taking a bath in the hot spring. It is the perfect place for a relaxed solitary time. Don't forget to wash up your face and hands with the spring water as it contains medicinal values or you may have a dip there (self-paid).
Day 11 Lhatse/Shegar,
310 km [B]
After breakfast, drivr to Shegar via Gyatsola Mountain Pass (5220m). It will take minimum 6-7 hours to get there covering 310 km. The road is bumpy and dusty. Visit Sakya Monastery en route. Shegar is a base town of Mount Everest in the province of Xizang Zizhiqu. It is the starting point for expeditions to Mt. Everest via Tibet. Shegar is also known as Zhekar Dzong or Xegar or Tingri.
Day 12 Shegar/Zhangmu, 260 km [B]
Drive early morning to Zhangmu passing through the 5,000 m high Nyalmo Tong La, which is decorated with multicolored prayer flags fluttering in the wind. With clear view the Shisha Pangma high over 8,000 m (Mt. Everest) appears on one side and on the other side the enormous Gaurisankar ranges stretch forward in the distance. Drive over the Thang-La Pass (5214 m) to Nyalam. Afterwards visit the meditation cave of Milarepa. Milarepa, the yogi, has played an important role in the religious life of Tibet and his teachings still influence the people everywhere. Along the zigzag road we drive down Nyalam (3.600 m) gradually and leave the landscape of the high plateau behind us and see the Himalayas covered in the sea of clouds before vreaching Zhangmu. Zhangmu is one of the most busiest town in Tibet being a border town and a trade route between India / Nepal and Tibet.
Day 13 Zhangmu/Kathmandu
After completing the China Immigration and China Customs formalities, drive down to the other side of Friendship Bridge. Your Tibetan Vehicle will leave you on the Tibet Side of Friendship Bridge and then you’ll cross the bridge on foot before coming across the Nepal Immigration Post where our border handling agent will be waiting for you to guide you towards your vehicle for Kathmandu. From Friendship Bridge to Kathmandu, the distance is about 95 km but due to landslides in between, the distance could be longer so kindly be prepared for those unexpected extra hours. Our vehicle will drop you at your pre-booked hotel in Kathmandu or at the airport for your onward journey.
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