This is an adventure trip for travelers with limited time and budget. Your trip starts from Lhasa and to reach Lhasa, you need to take a flight from either major cities of China like Chendgu/Beijing/ Shanghai or from Kathmandu. Visitors usually take the flight from Kathmandu as it also offers the opportunity of getting the spectacular views of the mountains and the high Himalayas. So, the choice is yours and we will manage your trip as per your choice.
We have prepared a special itinerary for you which include visiting the famous Potala and Norbulinkha palaces, the great Drepung Monastery, Kokhang Temple and walk amongst the crowded Tibetan market. We also take you to the well-known but rarely visited Shalu and Sakya Monasteries.
Upon arrival at the Goggar airport in Lhasa, you will be greeted by your guide who will take you to the hotel. Rest of the day is set free for acclimatization at the high altitude. O/N at hotel.
Drepung Monastery is the largest monasteryin the world and houses 10000 monks and nuns. It was construced in 1419 AD where the second, third and foutth Dalai Lamas lived and were entombed. We then visit Jokhang Temple which is the holiest shrine in Tibet which houses a golden statue of Lord Buddha. Our journey then continues to Barkhor Bazzar outside the Jokhang Monastery where you can buy souvenirs. O/N at hotel.
Our third day’s journey starts with a visit to the distinguished Potala Palace which was built in the 7th century by Tsongtsen Gampo as a fort. The palace was later renovated by the 5th Dalai Lama in the 17th century. We then take you to Narbulingka, the winter palace of Dalai Lama which was constructed in 18th century. Our next destination is Sera Monastery which is a preserved monastery of white-washed walls and golden roof.
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After breakfast, we drive up to Kambala pass which is over 5000m, from there you will have a glimpse of Yamdrok-tso , which is one of the three holy lakes in Tibet. Then, we keep driving to Gyantse, visit the famous Kumpum stupa (Pelhkhor Choede Temple) in Gyantse, the most stunning architectural wonders in Tibet. O/n at Hotel.
In the morning, visit Tashilunpo Monastery, then we drive to Shigatse for overnight stay. O/n at Hotel
Sakya Monastery is of typical Yuan Dynasty style of resembling castles. There are a lot of historical articles in the monastery, among them are found a lot of the imperial certificates, gold signets, crowns, costumes bestowed by the Yuan Dynasty emperors. It has over 10,000 volumes of Tibetan books on astronomy, medicine, calligraphy, and history. So, the Sakya monastery enjoys the title ‘The Second Dun Huang Cave. O/n at Hotel
Drive to Zhangmu town which is located in the border with Nepal. This place is different than other places we have travelled. This place is green all year round and seems be like it is not the part of Tibet which is inhabited by Sherpa people and Nepalese speaking other languages. O/N at hotel .
On the final day, we drive to Zhangmu, crossing over Lalung-laPass at (5,050m) and NyalamPass (3,800m), taking in beautiful panoramas of the Himalayan Range including the Mt.Everest (8,848m). The drive will take approximately 8 hours from Everest Base Camp to Zhangmu (Chinese border)/ Kodari (Nepalese border). Here, you will cross the Friendship Bridge on foot and our Nepal agency will transport to Kathmandu (approximately 4 hours, 150km).