Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu,
meet our representative and transfer to Hotel
Day 2: Full Day sightseeing
around the Kathmandu Valley. Join the welcome dinner with Live Nepalese
Day 3: Kathmandu Zhangmu.
Early morning starts with a drive to
Tatopani a border town in Nepal , which is 141 km. The drive is scenic and part
of the road is in good condition. We got through border control and trans border
formalities. Your Tibetan host will be at the border and then drive to the town
on the other side is 8 km uphill. All formalities will be completed and your
hotel will be assigned.
Day 4: Zhangmu Shegar.
From Zhangmu, it is a 251 km drive to
Shegar. The drive gains elevation as it crosses slide tracks to Nyalam. Visit
the Millarepa's cave where he is supposed to have attained enlightenment.
Overnight at Shegar.
Day 5: Shegar Shigatse.
This morning, we take a short hike to
view the distant Mt. Everest known as Qomolangma in Chinese. We then drive to
Shigatse via Sakya Monastery. The Monastery is 143 km south of Shigatse and was
built in the thirteenth century by Konchok Gyalpo and houses some 30,000 volumes
of ancient Buddhist scriptures or Sutras. The total distance between Shigatse
and Shegar is 245 km. Overnight Hotel at Shigatse.
Day 6: Shigatse Gyantse.
Shigatse is the second largest city in
Tibet and the capital of the province of Tsang . The rulers of this province had
dominion over all of Tibet prior to 1642 AD. At Shigatse you will visit
Tashilunpo Monastery which is the seat of the Panchen Lama who is second in
spiritual importance only to the Dalai Lama. The monastery was built in 1447 by
Gendun Drup and once housed upward of 3400 monks. Of particular interest at
Tashilunpo is a nine story gilded statue of Maitreya - the "Future Buddha". A
short drive of 95 km will take you to Gyantse.
Day 7: Gyantse - Lhasa
An early morning start to Lhasa and a 259
km drive will get you via Yamdrok Tso or the " Turquoise Lake ". Overnight hotel
at Lhasa .
Day 8: Lhasa
Today will be spent visiting several of
Lhasa 's many monasteries in the company of a guide and interpreter. One of
these is the Sera Monastery, one of the best-preserved monasteries in Tibet .
Within its whitewashed walls and golden roofs, several hundred monks live and
study. After lunch we'll visit the Norbulingka, the summer palace of the Dalai
Day 9: Lhasa
This morning we will visit the Potala
Palace , which dominates the city of Lhasa . This spectacular building contains
the private quarters of the Dalai Lama as well as numerous grand state rooms and
many important chapels. There has been a palace on this site since the 5th or
6th century, but the present palace was constructed in the 17th century. A visit
to the Drepung Monastery this afternoon will complete a truly awe-inspiring day.
Founded in the 14th century, this monastery was once the largest in the
world,with a population of around 10,000 monks. These days that figure is down
to several hundred, but there is still much here of interest as it was left
relatively unscathed during the Cultural Revolution.
Day 10: Lhasa Kathmandu.
Early, morning drive to the airport. The
flight back to Kathmandu is probably one of the most spectacular flights in the
world. A representative will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your
Day 11 Depart Kathmandu
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