Day 01 :
Drive from Kathmandu to Nyalam (3,750m.) which is 123 Kilometers. You stay overnight at hotel. The vehicle leaves Kathmandu early morning for Kodari Highway that leads to the Tibetan Border offers beautiful view of the village and small towns. The views of Langtang, Gauri Shanker, Melungtse and Khumbu Himal in a clear weather will be additional attraction of this drive. After completing the custom and immigration formalities the night is to be spent in a Hotel there.
Day 02 :
Drive from Nyalam to Xegar (4,350 m.) which is 214 Kilometers. You stay overnight at hotel. From Nyalam the road follows the deep valley of Bhote Koshi River decorated with Waterfalls. After two and half hours drive Nyalam Pass (3,800m.) offers enchanting view of Jugal Himal. The starting point for the trek to Mt. Xixapangma can be seen. The drive continues via Lalung La (5,082m.) offering views of Langtang (7,245m.), Xixapangma (8,516m.), Dorje Lakpa (6,980m.), Makalu (8,463m.), Everest (8,848m.), Lhotse (8,201 m.), Cho-Oyu (8,201m.) and Gauri Shanker (7,134m.). Relaxing overnight stay at Xegar will give a chance to share the ecstasy and get prepared for the next day’s drive.
Day 03 :
Drive from Xegar to shigatse (3,900m.) which is 244 Kilometers. You stay overnight at hotel. shigatse is 03 hours away from Xegar and on the way the road reaches an altitude of 5220 m. at Jia Tsuo La (Lhakpa La). At shigatse there is facility for having tea/snacks. Depending upon the condition of the road, Sakya Monastery, which is 26 Kms. Off the main road can be visited. Sakya Monastery is the oldest and most important Bon Po Monastery in Tibet. Reach shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet, is another political, economic and religious center other than Lhasa. shigatse has been the seat of the Panchen Lama, who is traditionally based in Tashilhunpo Monastery. Enjoy the sight of huge Thanka Wall that is clearly visible on the northern side of the road.
Day 04 :
Drive from shigatse to Gyantse (3,950m.) which is 90 Kilometers. You stay overnight at hotel. Tashilhunpo is one of Tibet's highlights and is Shigatse's foremost attraction. After visiting Tashi Lumpo Monastery and the local market place at Shigatse in the morning drive to Gyantse. This drive lasts for about 02 hours. Gyantse is a small bustling town situated on the northern bank of Nyang Chu River and it is 264 Kilometers southwest of Lhasa, the final destination. In the 15th century it served as the capital of a small kingdom. A visit of Kumbum Chorten built around 1400 AD is a worth experience. During the British rule in India Gyantse became the main centre of trade with India.
Day 05 :
Drive from Gyantse to Lhasa (3650m.) which is 264 Kilometers. You stay overnight at hotel. On the way to Lhasa the road crosses two high passes, Karo La (5,010m.) and Kamba La (4,794m.) and it is a drive for about 08 hours. Karo La climbs between two lofty mountains Khang Sa (7,223m.) and Ralung (6236m.). The drive following the bank of Yamdrok Tso (Turquoise Lake) takes about 01 hour. After crossing Kamba La, Lhasa Valley is seen to the north. On the way to Lhasa the road crosses the famous Brahmaputra River. After reaching Lhasa check-in at a hotel.
Sightseeing in and around Lhasa. These two days you will visit Potala Palace, Norbulinka Palace, Jorkhang and surrounding Barkhor market, Drepung and Sera Monasteries. One of the highlights is the visit to the symbol of Tibet; the Potala Palace set high on Red Hill, the winter home of the Dalai Lama until 1959. The most sacred temple in Lhasa is the Lokhang, where people come from all over Tibet to visit and pray in this spiritual heart of the country. It was used as a military kitchen during the Cultural Revolution but has now been beautifully restored, with many priceless thangkas and statues adorning the chapels, and magnificent gilded roofs. Another great treasure is the Norbulingka – the old summer palace of the Dalai Lama. Now you visit Jorkhang temple, the center of the Tibetan Buddhism and the sacred land of Buddhist followers where innumerable pilgrims come for worship everyday. The temple, built in 647, is the earliest wood-and-masonry structure still existing in Tibet. Surrounding the Jorkhang Temple is the bustling Barkhor Market place which is the religious and social focus of Lhasa. Around the Barkhor there are numerous stalls selling all sorts of handicrafts: brightly coloured boots and fur-lined hats, silver and turquoise jewellery, rosaries, prayer flags and charms, as well as beautiful Tibetan carpets and all manner of ordinary household ware. Next you visit Sera monastery, which was created in 1419, has always been an important Buddhist seminary. As rose are planted everywhere in the monastery, it is also called “the court of wild rose”. Today still 200 lamas live in there. On the other hand, Drepung Monastery, is the world’s largest monastery with about 10,000 monks
Day 08 :
Fly from Lhasa to Kathmandu. After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport and the drive takes 02 hours. The flight from Lhasa to Kathmandu takes 01 hour and during your flight you can see Yarlung Tsangpo River, Yamdrok Tso Lake, Mount Kanchanjungha (8,586m.), Mount Makalu (8,463m.) and Mount Everest (8,848m.). But the visibility depends on the weather condition. Your Tibet Tour ends on your arrival at Kathmandu Airpor