North of India, Nepal, and the great Himalayas lies an ancient land unparalleled in its beauty and majesty. This land of Tibet, often referred to as the roof of the world, is the largest and highest plateau on earth. Its unique Buddhist culture, magnificent wildlife, and grand peaks have been sealed from outsiders for years.
Drive to Kodari (Nepal-China border) also known as Khasa in Nepali. Cross friendship bridge over the Soon Kosi river. After compellation of immigration, meeting with our Tibetan guide and crews. Drive uphill to Zhamgu, several kilometers from the bridge. Overnight at Hotel Zhangmu.
Drive to Shegar (New Tingri), from the lush green hills to semi arid landscape of the great Tibetan plateau. Cross two scarcely noticeable high points Tong La (5120m) and Lalung La Pass (5124 m), with the steep valley. And over night at Shegar.
Drive to Shigatse along the friendship road, passing lonely monasteries and nomads camp. Cross Gyamtso La alias Jia Tsuo La (5252m) the highest pass en-route to Lhasa. We then visit the SAKYA monastery that governed the whole of Tibet in 13th Century, after the downfall of the Kings, which is 26 kilometers off the highway. After rejoining highway, cross another high pass Yulung La (4950 m). Overnight hotel Shigatse.
Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet. Visit the famous Tahilumpho monastery, the seat of Panchen Lama, who is considered even holier than the Dalai Lama by some Tibetans. Tashilumpho, meaning heap of Glory was founded in 1447 and is the largest functioning monastery in Tibet.
After lunch 2 hours drive to Gyantse. Once in Gyantse, explore Phaldor Chode Monastery founded in 1365 and the Khumbhu (meaning the place of ten thousand images) is the spectacular gold domed pagoda, which represent the finest example of 15th Century Newari art extent in the world and is the most stunning architectural wonder in Tibet. Overnight accommodation in Hotel Gyantse.
Drive to Lhasa, a fabulous drive that takes you over Karo La (5010 m) with stunning glimpse of Yamdrok-Tso and awesome roadside views of Nojin Kangtsang glacier flowing down, few hundred meters from us. Drive continues along the bank of Yamdrok Tso, the third largest lake and one of the four holy lakes of Tibet. After leaving Yamdrok Tso, cross Kamba-La (4794 m) with a dazzling scorpion’s finger shaped view of Yamdrok Tso on the south and a long, barren valley, glistens the Yarlong Tsangpo river ahead. Check in Hotel Lhasa.
Exploration of Sera Monastery, one of the well conserved monasteries in Tibet. Sera literally means ’Merciful Hail’, was one of the greatest Gelugpa monastery, second to Drepung Monastery and was founded in 1419. Its once used to huge several hundred monks within its wall and golden roof to study and was famous for its Trantric teachings.
After lunch, visit Norbulinka, the summer palace of His Holiness Dalai Lama Followed by a visit to Jokhang Temple, considered as the most scared monastery in Tibet which is surrounded by the central maker of Tibet-Barkor Bazaar. We will conclude our today’s trip by having tea and snacks in of the resturant of this market, discussing and recalling the each corner that we visited.
Visit of Potala Palace, the seat of Exile His Holiness Dalai Lama, comprising the private quarter of Dalai Lama and other state room and various other vital synagogues of Tibetan Buddhism. This tremendous Palace was constructed in 17th century, prior, the site was a palace of King Songtsen Gompa’s (7th Century), long before the fifth Dalai Lama decided to move the seat of his Gelugpa’s government from Drepung Monastery to this site.
A visit to Drepung Monastery after lunch involves truly awe-inspiring impression. Drepung monastery, the largest among the Gelugpa monasteries was founded in 1416. The Ganden Palace established within in 1530 by second Dalai Lama, was a home of His Holiness until the Fifth Dalai Lama moved to Potala. In this period the monastery used to shelter highest number of monks from 7000 to 10, 000, residential monk.
Transfer to Gongar airport, farewell greeting by crews. 1 hours 10 minutes flight to Kathmandu, one of the most beautiful flight journey in the world, that goes over Mt. Kanchenjung and Mt. Everest. View-unbelievable! Upon arrival in Kathmandu transfer to hotel.