Tour of Tibet and its famed historical cities - 14 Days

An adventurous journey which covers most of the best parts of Tibet. Truly a fabulous journey which offers awesomely beautiful rock formation, cascades and canyons slightly hidden under the thin mists. With numerous high passes with stunning views of the picturesque landscape, rural villages, large meadows with nomad camps scattered all around the overland trip is one of the best in short duration.


Enriched by the ancient most lavishly decorated monasteries and temples with chanting saffron colored monks, ever smiling faces of people and their typical lifestyle all contributes to this trip a memory of your lifetime. 

This leisure, short trip to Lhasa offers you an experience to be in the world’s highest plateau and observe the day to day life as it was for past centuries.

Although at present, the city of Lhasa is a mixture of old and new, the new Lhasa is a modern town, having a network of streets, apartments, hotels and stores.
The old city of Lhasa dates back to 6-7th centaury is round the Jorkhang temple, from here one can still see Lhasa of the old days with  pilgrims, traders, people from all walks of life. In Lhasa,we will be visiting interesting places from the busy markets of Barkhor, monasteries, and the famed, magnificent Potala Palace which stands majestically over the Lhasa Valley.

A land so rich in culture, tradition and steeped in religion with its unique landscape cast an enchanted spell that holds you in thrill and excitement. A sweeping panoramic flight over the mighty Himalayas includes the breathtaking views of Everest and Makalu.


Day 1
Arrive Kathmandu.1,300m

On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport you will be received by our staff and escort you to the Hotel, where one of our staff will give you a brief orientation of the Hotel, Kathmandu, regarding the trips, do’s and don’t and other related information that you might require while in Nepal / Tibet.

Day 2
A day in Kathmandu with half day guided tour

After your first night in Kathmandu, you will be well informed on arrival about the time for your half day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu at places of interest.

Day 3
Fly from KATHMANDU to TIBET and drive to TSEDANG (3,550M)

Fly from Kathmandu to Gongar Airport near Lhasa, if the weather is clear enough you can have the spectacular view of World’s highest peaks including Mount Everest.

Early morning after breakfast you will be transferred from the Hotel to the International Airport a short drive of 20-30 minutes, after the necessary security formalities (keep your pen-knife-lighter-matches and other sharp cutting items including scissors in the bigger baggage not in hand bags) board in the large Boeing 757 China Airline for the sweeping panoramic flight to Tibet, on arrival you will be received at the Gongar Airport by our Tibetan counterpart. After a great panoramic flight few hours drive to the Hotel at Tsedang.

Tsedang, is 60 miles / 96 km east of the Gongar Airport, in a region of Southern Tibet known

as Lhoka. Due to the relatively low elevation of the Yarlung Valley, which is almost 400 feet

120 metre lower than the Lhasa Valley. This is why we chose Tsedang on the very first day

of this Tibet trip which is an ideal location to spend the day and to get acclimatize on this high altitude and getting in shape for the rest of the Tibet tour.

On reaching Tsedang transfer to Hotel Tsedang, afternoon tour of the ancient monastery and Yambu lagang, the palace of Tibet’s first king and the oldest building in Tibet. Many of the historical sites and monasteries near Tsedang are now mostly in ruins or have disappeared. Ancient Tibetan legend belief is that near Yarlung Valley, there is one of the four most sacred peaks in Tibet. Near its summit is the cave where the bodhisattava Chenriz, in the form of a monkey-king, mated with an ogress to create the first Tibetan people. The name Tsetang means ” Playground,” the place where offspring played.

Day 4
Drive to SAMYE Monastery and continue towards LHASA 3,650m

Our tour begins after early breakfast in the Hotel. Our Tibetan guide will pick you for a short drive to Samye Monastery after an hour drive to the bank of the great river Yarlung Tsangpo (Bhramaputra) here we cross the river on a ferry which takes about twenty minutes on reaching the other side of the shore, we take a truck or whatever vehicle is available for a short ride to the Samye Monastery area.

Samye Monastery, this was the first monastery established in Tibet, located on the north bank of Yarlung Tsangpo river, south east of Lhasa. It was constructed by Padmasambhava (Guru Ringboche) and Santarakshita between A.D. 763 and 775 in the reign of King Dristen Detsen. The Samye monastery was modelled on the university of Odantapuri in India and was made on a plan representing the mount Sumeru(Rirab) which is considered the axis of universe. The four pagodas in white, blue, green and red represents the four worlds in the north, south, east and west of the universe. Smaller temples represents the island between the worlds. The main temple is dedicated to Avalokiteshvara (Chenresi). Acccording to a legend, Padmasambhava magically compelled Tibetan demons to collect stones and wood each night for constuction by men during day. The Nagas (serpent deities) procured the funds.

This famous monastery was the site of a major Buddhist council called “Council

of Samye’ held there in 792-794, Two learned teachers, one from India and the other from China participated in the debate. India was represented by Kamlasila and China by Hashang.

From Samye, after crossing this large river on a Ferry, Our tour continues with an overland scenic drive towards Lhasa.

Day 5

Guided tour in Lhasa IN LHASA, you will be engrossed with sightseeing and excursions of the POTALA PALACE, NORBULINGKHA PALACE, SERA or DREPUNG MONASTERY. Tour the fabled City of Lhasa. A completely forbidden City until very recent times, Lhasa was Holy Grail for many central Asian explorers of past generations. The City has of course been altered by the Chinese occupation and the impact of foreign visitors. However much of the original character remains and whilst jostling through the Potala with crowds of ethnic Tibetans, it is hard not to be captivated by this magnificent civilisation.

Day 6

Will visit the great monasteries of Sera and Drepung, both of which were extensively destroyed in the cultural revolution but are now being rebuilt. We will also visit the Jokhang and of course the Potala Palace. Lhasa is at 3,600m/12,000ft and provides an ideal acclimation for the first few days.

Day 7
Drive from LHASA to GYANTSE (3,950M) 5-6 HRS.

This is about five hours driving from Lhasa on the scenic route to Gyantse,

the drive passes over the high Khamba-la at 4,900m and by the beautiful Yamdrok Tsho (lake) and through small towns and rural villages before reaching Gyantse, the journey leads over the Karo-la pass at 5,050m with great close view of Nazong Kang Tsa Peak which is over 7,000m and its ice fall close to the road, drive continues for another two hours to Gyantse for the overnight stop. On arrival transfer to Hotel Gyantse, time permitting visit the Khumbum Stupa area or it can be done in the morning time before the drive to Shigatse.

Day 8
Drive to SHIGATSE (3,900M) 2 HRS.

Today’s drive leads to the Tibet’s second largest city at Shigatse, the drive is about

90 k.m. driving distance which takes less than two hours. On reaching at Tibet’s second largest city transfer to the best available Hotel. The hotel in Shigtase is quite large and comfortable. Afternoon free an optional walk to the old market area.

Day 9

In Shigatse, visit the very large complex of Tashilumpo monastery. This is the traditional residence of the Panchen Lama and contains a 27m high gold plated Buddha known as Matria (the future Buddha). Afternoon free for individual activities.

Day 10
Drive to LHASA (3,500m)

From Shigatse, today’s route will lead on the main Shigatse / Lhasa Highway which is much shorter than the previous route, the drive is more comfortable on the newly tarmac road, which takes only 3-4 hours to reach Lhasa.

The last night in Tibet, with time for independent activities like shopping.

Day 11

Early morning as per the flight time less than two hours drive reaches you at Gongor Airport, on reaching the airport and after the custom and immigration formalities board on the plane for the panoramic sweeping flight back to Kathmandu.

Reaching Kathmandu International airport our staff will receive you and transfer you back to the Hotel.

Day 12
In Kathmandu

First free day in Kathmandu, please inform our staff or the office if you would like to go on another short tour in and around Kathmandu Valley.

Day 13
In Kathmandu.

Second free day in Kathmandu, please inform our staff or the office if you would like to go on another short tour in and around Kathmandu Valley.

Day 14
Transfer to Airport for the International departure

Today as per your international flight time, keep your confirmed air ticket, and your passport handy. Our Staff will take you to the airport for your final departure from this amazing country, Nepal.

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Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu.1,300m.  

Day 02: A day in Kathmandu with half day guided tour.

Day 03: Fly from KATHMANDU to TIBET  and drive to TSEDANG (3,550M) 

Day 04: Drive to SAMYE Monastery and continue towards LHASA 3,650m . 

Day 05-06: In LHASA. For sightseeing at places of interest.

Day 07: Drive from LHASA to GYANTSE (3,950M) 5-6 HRS.

Day 08: Drive to SHIGATSE (3,900M) 2 HRS.

Day 09: At SHIGATSE. 

Day 10: Drive to LHASA (3,500m).

Day 11: Drive and FLY BACK TO KATHMANDU.

Day 12-13: In Kathmandu for independent activities.

Day 14: Transfer to Airport for the International departure.

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