Tibet Overland Tour

kathmandu - lhasa Overland Tour - Tibet 14 days ***

Mt. Kailash Tour Tibet Overland Tour drives overland from Kathmandu to Lhasa across the Himalayas by way of the incredible Arniko Highway that connects Nepal with Tibet. Enjoy fabulous mountain scenery enrooted, visit mystical Buddhist monasteries of Tashilungpo at Shigatse, the Kumbum Stupa at Gyantse, and drive past the beautiful Turquoise lake. In Lhasa visit the famous Potala and Norbulinkha palaces, the great Drepung Monastery and walk through the bustling Barkor Bazaar before flying back to Kathmandu (or onward to China). A choice of hotels is available in Lhasa and in other places. An unforgettable encounter with forbidden' Tibet.

Destination: Kathmandu- Patan-Bhaktapur-Nagarkot-Kerung-Xegar-Shigatse-Gyantse and Lhasa.

Trip Details

  • Trip Itinerary

Day 01: Kathmandu: Arrive Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. Welcome and assistance on arrival at Airport. Transfer to Hotel. Hotel check in. Overnight stay at Hotel Manang or Similar.

Day 02: Sightseeing Tour in Kathmandu - (B): After Breakfast at Hotel. Full day sightseeing including Visit 2000 years old Buddhist shrine Swyambhunath, situated on the top of the hill west of the city the most popular and instantly recognizable symbols of Nepal. The temple is colloquially known as the "Monkey Temple". There are many small buildings and shrines down the hillside behind Swayambhunath. Explore the colorful Kathmandu Durbar Square - The Old Royal Palace of Kathmandu, Temple of living goddess Kumari, the Jagannath temple, 17th century temple known for colorfully painted erotic carvings, Kasthmandap temple a three story temple built from a single tree in 12th century. Afternoon Sightseeing tour around Patan is often referred to as Lalitpur, which means "city of beauty". Patan has a long Buddhist History and the four corners of the city are marked by Stupas erected by the great Buddhist emperor Ashoka around 250 BC.

Visit Patan City second largest city of valley including Royal Palace, Bhimsen temple, Manga Hiti, King Yogaendra Malla's Statue, Krishna temple, Taleju temple 15th century Golden Temple and Mahaboudha Temple known as temple of 10,000 Buddha, Kumbeshwar Temple. Bishwakarma Temple, Uma Maheshwar Temple. Overnight stay at Hotel Manang or Similar.

Day 03: Kathmandu - Nagarkot - (B): After Breakfast at Hotel we Visit Pashupatinath temple one of the most sacred Hindu shrine in the World. The holy river Bagmati and the burning ghats and also visit one of the oldest and biggest stupa of Boudhanath. Afternoon Sightseeing tour around

After lunch transfer to Nagarkot that lies 35 km east of the Kathmandu city located at the elevation of 7,200 ft., which offers 200 miles panorama of the Himalayas of Mt. Everest in the east to Dhaulagiri in the west, Arrive Nagarkot, Hotel Check in. Watch the Sunset and Himalayan views. Overnight stay at Hotel View point or Similar.

Day 04: Nagarkot - Kathmandu - (B): Morning wake up call for sunrise and Himalayan views in Nagarkot. After Breakfast transfer to Kathmandu on the way back to Kathmandu visit Bhaktapur also known as city of Devotees and center of medieval art and architecture founded by King Anand Dev in 889 AD visit Nyatapola temple, the most beautiful temple of Nepal, the 15th century palace of 55 windows, Golden gate and other place of Interest. Overnight stay at Hotel Manang or Similar.

Day 05: Kathmandu (1330m.)-Kerung (2800m.) (185 Km) - (B): Early in the Morning scenic drive to Kerung Border Nepal Tibet Border through the beautiful Nepalese countryside and after necessary border formalities at Nepali immigration and cross the bridge process for all necessary formalities in Chinese immigration continue drive to Kerung Town. Stay Overnight at Guest House.

Day 06: Xegar (4350m) (380 km) - (B): Day drive to uphill to highest plateau of the world with the typical view of Tibetan landscape offering sheer feeling of standing on the roof of the world crossing over Nyalamu pass (3800m.) and Lalung La (5050m.) weather permitting breathing panorma of the beautiful Himalayan ranges including Mt Everest (8848m.) but dwarfed by the vastness of the Tibetan plateau. Over night at Hotel Qomolongma Hotel.

Day 07 Xegar-Xigatse (3900m) (244 km) - (B): Continue scenic drive crossing over Gyatchu La (5220m.) the highest pass en route to Lhasa via Lhatse from where a road to Mt. Kailash bifurcates to the west. On the way visit Shakya Monastery. Over night at Manasarover Hotel.

Day 08 Xigatse-Gyantse (3950m) (90 km) - (B): Morning sightseeing to the Panchen Lama's Tashilhumpu Monastery and Market in Xigatse. Drive to Gyantse and visit to the Kumbum Stupa & Phalkor Monastery. Over night at Hotel Yeti or similar.

Day 09 Gyantse-Lhasa (3650m) (261 km) - (B): Full day picturesque drive crossing over Karo La (5010m.), Kamba La (4794m.), colorful Yamdrok Lake and Tibetan lifeline river Brahma Putra (Yarlung Tsangpo). Over night at Yak Hotel Yak or Similar

Day 10: Lhasa sightseeing - (B): Visit Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple & Barkhor Market. Over night at Hotel Yak or Similar.

Day 11: Lhasa sightseeing - (B): Visit Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery. Over night at Hotel Yak or Similar.

Day 12: Lhasa-Kathmandu - (B): Early morning drive to Gongaar airport for departure flight to Kathmandu. Over night at Hotel Manang or Similar.

Day 13: Free day in Kathmandu - (B): Hotel Manang or Similar.

Day 14: Departure - (B): Trip ends ! fly back home, taking with you the memory of a life time.

 

Cost Per person US$ 2,775.(Minimum 02 pax needed).


Cost Inclusive:

* All private transport..
* All Sight seeing in Nepal and Tibet with entrance fee.
* All Hotels in Nepal and Tibet with Breakfast.
* An English Speaking Guide.
* Tibet Visa / Permit fee. (If American and Canadian Passport Holder extra US$ 90.00 Per person).
* Lhasa Kathmandu Flight ticket.

Cost Exclusive.

* Your Travel Insurance
* International Airport Tax (If any).
* International Airfare (Country to Nepal).
* Items of a personal nature like postage and laundry
* Tips.
* Meals except breakfast.
* All expenses of personal nature,
* Nepal visa fee, Charge for photography.
* Air ticket reconfirmation fee, Insurance, Emergency evacuation.
* Other fees due to nature.

Note: If you are visiting Main Land China after Nepal Tibet please do let us know.

Kathmandu: 218 square miles of land, situated above 4,400 ft above sea level with three historic, artistic and cultural towns namely Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur together form what is known as the `Kathmandu Valley'. Kathmandu is the hub of Nepal's traditional culture and arts. This is the place for rest, relaxation and easy-day sightseeing of historic and artistic temples and monuments, and mountain views. Being the capital city of Nepal, it offers much services including international airlines, hotels and other facilities. One also enjoys Kathmandu for night life, shopping and of course for the mountain views.

Zhangmu: Zhangmu is known by its Tibetan name Khasa. This town lies in the southern region of Himalayas about 776 km. away from the capital of Tibet Lhasa. Bordering Nepal to the south, it has been one of the key routes of trans-Himalayan trade between China and Nepal since time immemorial. The work of Sino-Nepal Road, has made this town a most welcome sight both for tourists and traders alike. It is popular among the tourists and adventurers due to its location near the Mt. Everest, the highest peak in the world. Travelers come mainly for climbing up the skyward mountain, admiring the delightful sights, or pilgrimage at its holiness. Since it is closest to Nepal as well, Zhangmu has become an important place for trading between Nepal and Tibet. This beckons huge number of business travelers as well. As a trading port, Zhangmu Town is also much modernized with many grand buildings. One can find customhouse, business bureau, factories, shops, banks, post offices, schools, hotels, restaurants and resident buildings in this town that are orderly arranged beside the street.

Zhangmu town is the other face of Tibetan beauty, completely different from what you have seen till now. Covered with green carpet of trees and grasslands, full of captivating flowers, Zhangmu offers something special to its guest. There is no competitor to this town when compared for scenic beauty. That gives it an edge over rest of the cities of Tibet. Zhangmu is pleasantly warm and overwhelmingly colorful, and the best part is that this exclusive beauty remains in the lap of this town for the entire period of twelve month. The hills around Zhangmu are heavily wooded with innumerable waterfalls in the summer and frozen 'icicles' during the winter. Situated at the altitude of about 2300 m, Zhangmu is mild and humid place and provide extravagant hope in the common dry and cold Tibetan area. Zhangmu is wonderful destination of Tibet with marvelous mountains, flexural rivers, lush pines and flourishing flowers almost all the year round. God must have been in his most generous mood bestowing it with the treasures of nature. Meandering rivers, valleys saturated with brightest flowers, mighty mountains with snow covered peaks, and milky waterfalls make this town a must visit for any traveler.

Besides its calm and solitary nature you will also find that the Zhangmu town has very colorful bazaar that remains busy and crowded with tourists and businessmen. Zhangmu is the only place in Tibet where you can shop for Tibetan material as well as items from Nepal as Zhangmu borders Nepal. Here, you will see the women shopping for household items. Walking here is also a unique experience.)

Kerung:

Xegar: Xegar, also known as Tingri or Shekar Dzong is a new Chinese commune built at the foot of the ruins of Xegar Dzong. It is renowned for being the starting point for many climbing expeditions. It is base for expedition to Mt. Everest and many other important peaks. It is located at 14,891 feet above sea level and only 7 kms from the main road. With population of 3000, it is the centre of a large and remote country and also the base for the expeditions to Mt. Everest and other peaks. It provides spectacular views of Mount Everest, Mount Lhotse and Mount Makalu which lie around in highest mountain group in the world. This town used to be an important trading post where Sherpas from Nepal exchanged rice, grain and iron for Tibetan wool and salt.

Sigatse: Shigatse is a county-level city and the second largest city in Tibet Autonomous Region, People's Republic of China, with a population of 80,000, about 250 km (160 mi) southwest of Lhasa and 90 km (56 mi) northwest of Gyantse. It is the administrative centre of modern Xigaz- County in the Xigaz- Prefecture, a region of Tibet.

The city is located at an altitude of 3,840 metres (12,600 ft) at the confluence of the Yarlung Zangbo (aka Brahmaputra) and Nianchuhe (Nyang Chu) rivers in west Tibet and was the ancient capital of --Tsang province. It is also the name of the surrounding county.

Gyantse: Gyantse also spelled Gyangtse, Gyangdz-: is a town located in Gyangz- County, Shigatse Prefecture. It was previously considered the third largest town in Tibet, (after Lhasa, and Shigatse, but there are now at least ten larger cities.

At the time of the Chinese occupation in 1952, Gyantse had a population of perhaps 8,000 people, about the same as today. It is 3,977 metres (13,050 ft) above sea level, and is located 254 km southwest of Lhasa in the fertile plain of the Nyang Chu valley and on the Friendship Highway, which connects Kathmandu, Nepal to Lhasa, Tibet.

The town is strategically located in the Nyang River Valley on the ancient trade routes from the Chumbi Valley, Yatung and Sikkim, which met here. From Gyantse, routes led to Shigatse downstream and also over the Karo La (Pass) to Central Tibet.

The fortress (constructed in 1390) guarded the southern approaches to the Tsangpo Valley and Lhasa. The town was surrounded by a wall 3 km long.

Gyantse was the third largest city in Tibet before being overtaken by Chamdo. It is often referred to as the "Hero City" because during the British Younghusband expedition of 1904, the brave Tibetan forces kept the British at bay for about two months in spite of having only primiteve weapons.

Gyantse is notable for its restored Gyantse Dzong or fort, and its magnificent tiered Kumbum (literally, '100,000 images') of the Palcho Monastery, the largest ch-rten in Tibet. The Kumbum was commissioned by a Gyantse prince in 1427 and was an important centre of the Sakya school of Tibetan Buddhism. This religious structure contains 77 chapels in its six floors, and is illustrated with over 10,000 murals, many showing a strong Nepali influence which have survived pretty well intact. They are the last of this type in Tibet. Many of the restored clay statues are of less artistry than the destroyed originals - but they are still spectacular.

Gyantse with the Dzong fortress in the background. 1995. Main street Gyantse, with Kumbum on left and fort above. 1993 Gyantse Fortress The town was nearly destroyed by flooding in 1954. After rioting in 1959, local industries were dismantled and artisans fled while others were placed in workcamps. Some 400 monks and laypeople were imprisoned in the monastery. During the Cultural Revolution the fort, the monastery and Kumbum were ransacked. Precious objects were destroyed or sent back to China. Fortunately, the chorten was spared.

The main building of the Pelkor Chode or Palcho Monastery and the Kumbum have been largely restored but the dzong or fort is still largely in ruins but there is an "Anti-British Imperialism Museum" there which gives the Chinese version of the 1904 British invasion.

Lhasa: Lhasa is rightly one of the most featured and dreamt-about cities in the world. This is not only because of its remoteness, its high altitude at 3,650 meters (11,975 feet) means limited accessibility, but also because of its impressive heritage of over a thousand years of cultural and spiritual history that has helped to create the romantic and mysterious Tibetan religion.

Differing from the inland cities and other places in Tibet, Lhasa is unique with an allure all of its own. In the Tibetan language, Lhasa means the Holy Land or the Buddha Land. It is the center of Tibet's politics, economy and culture. The city has also been appointed as one of the 24 historical and cultural cities of China. The splendor and grandeur of the Potala Palace in Lhasa remains a world-famous symbol of the enigmatic power of politics and religion in this region.

 

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