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Overview 

 

This 13-day cultures tour offers you a good way to explore three countries - Tibet, Nepal, and Bhutan. You will immerse yourself in the rich geography, ethnic customs, and Buddhist culture. Your journey starts from Lhasa, the capital of Tibet. Here, you will visit culture and historical temples including the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Sera Monastery and Drepung Monastery. Then, you will go through Gyantse and Shigatse to see the holy Yamdroktso Lake. After seeing the golden sunrise of Mount Everest, you will go across the Tibetan Platea and delve deeply into Nepal. In Kathmandu, you will enjoy the wonderful Buddhist culture tour through visiting Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Pagoda, Pashupatinath Temple, and Boudhanath Stupa. After that, you will fly to Paro from Kathmandu to do a trek in Tiger’s Nest monastery, the birthplace of Bhutanese Buddhism.

 

Brief Itinerary:

 

Day

Daily Outline

Attractions

Day 1

Arrival in Lhasa (3680m)

Pick up and transfer to the hotel.

Day 2

Lhasa sightseeing

Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street

Day 3

Lhasa sightseeing

Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery

Day 4

Lhasa- Gyantse(4040m)- Shigatse(3840m), 360km, Approx. 6hrs.

Yamdroktso Lake, Karola Glacier, Pelkor Chöde Monastery

 

Day 5

Shigatse -Tingri -Rongbuk- EBC (5100m), 360km, Approx. 6hrs.

Rongbuk Monastery, the sunset of golden of Everest peak

Day 6

EBC – Gyirong Border, 370km, Approx. 8hrs

Sunrise of Everest Peak, Pekutso Lake, Far view of Mt. Shishapangma

Day 7

Gyirong to Kathmandu

Send you off to the Nepal Border and transfer you to Kathmandu City   

Day 8

Kathmandu Sightseeing 

Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Pagoda, Patan City

Day 9

Kathmandu Sightseeing

 

Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa

 

Day 10

Fly to Paro from Kathmandu, Transfer to Thimphu (2300m) (2 hrs.’ drive)

Kyichu Lhakhang, Paro Rinpung Dzong

Day 11

Trek to Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest Monastery) and Drive back to Paro

Trek to Tiger’s Nest

Day 12

Fly to Kathmandu from Paro

 

Pick up and transfer to your hotel, have a free day

Day 13

Kathmandu Departure  

Send off to Kathmandu airport

 

 

Detailed Itinerary:

 

Day 1 Arrival in Lhasa (3680m)

 

Welcome to the roof of the world! Your Tibet tour guide and driver will greet you at Lhasa airport or train station and transfer you to the hotel. On the way, you can enjoy the magnificent highland view along Lhasa River and the Yarlung Tsangpo River, which is the longest and largest river in Tibet.

 

After arriving at your hotel, you can have a good rest to get acclimatized to the high altitude. If you want, you can go to the Potala Square, where you will enjoy the beautiful night scene of the Potala.

 

Good to know 

 

1) For the newcomers to get acclimatized to the high altitude in Tibet, it’s better for you to have a good rest in your hotel on the first day.

 

2) If you prefer to stay in a hotel with oxygen supply, it is recommended that you stay at the Shangri-La Hotel, Lhasa (with a luxury oxygen spa) or Shambhala hotel (oxygen is supplied).

 

Stay overnight in Lhasa

 

 

 

Day 2 Lhasa Sightseeing

 

Attractions: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street

 

Start today’s Lhasa exploration with an exciting visit to the Potala Palace, which is the famous world heritage. It’s located on the Red Mountain. You will climb the palace along the zigzag stone paths with white-and-red walls. On top of the palace, you will not only enjoy the exotic Tibetan architecture but also enjoy the magnificent view of downtown Lhasa. Then, you will go into the interior of the Potala Palace to visit the gilded burial stupas of former Dalai Lamas and meditation Cave of the 33rd great king of Tibet. Besides, it is worth mentioning that in September every year, many devout Tibetans will paint the outer walls of the Potala Palace with milk and honey. So, the Potala Palace is considered as the sweetest palace in the world.

 

After lunch, continuing your exploration, you will visit the Jokhang Temple, which is considered as the spiritual center of Tibetan Buddhism. It’s famous for a golden life-sized statue of 12-year-old Sakyamuni, which was taken there by Princess Wencheng in the Tang Dynasty. Every day, you will see many devout Tibetans do a Kora (pilgrimage) in front of Jokhang Temple. After that, you will wander around the famous Barkhor Street, which is a circular and wide street encircling the Jokhang Temple. You can drink sweet tea, buy some local souvenirs and chat with local Tibet people here.

 

Tips of Today: As there are 1,080 steps up to the top of Potala Palace, so it’s better not to walk in a rush. You can do abdominal respiration as much as possible when you are walking or climbing.

 

Stay overnight in Lhasa

 

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Day 3 Lhasa Sightseeing

 

Attractions: Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery

 

In the morning, you will visit Drepung Monastery, located at the foot of Mount Gephel. It’s well-known as one of the “Great Three” Gelugpa monasteries in Tibet. The other two monasteries are Ganden Monastery and Sera Monastery. In its heyday, there are more than 10,000 monks lived and studied in this monastery. Many famous Tibetan leaders have studied here, especially the Dalai Lama. Therefore, Drepung Monastery is also famous for “Mother School of Dalai Lamas”.

 

In the afternoon, you will visit Sera Monastery. You can see three sand Mandalas and colorful Rock Painting of Buddha in the monastery. Besides, Sera Monastery is well-known as the "Buddhism Debating", which opens from 3 pm to 5 pm every day except for Sunday. You can participate in the daily debate of 80 monks in the enclosed courtyard. This is more like a question and an answer session. The standing monks ask questions to the sitting monks. Standing monks would clap their hands loudly, stomp on the ground heavily to knock and open the door to hell. The standing monks would wear prayer beads on the shoulder and when beads fall, they pick it up back to the shoulder symbolizing rescuing the suffering souls in hell from the 3 demons of anger, desire, and ignorance and hatred. After enjoying a wonderful Buddhist Debating in Sera Monastery, we will drive back to Lhasa city.

 

Stay overnight in Lhasa

 

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Day 4 Lhasa- Gyantse (4040m) – Shigatse (3840m), 360km, Approx 6hrs

 

Attractions: Yamdroktso Lake, Karola Glacier, Pelkor Chöde Monastery

 

Today, you will leave Lhasa and drive about 8 hours to reach Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet. This may be a long journey, but there are many beautiful landscapes along the way. The first attraction you will visit is turquoise colored Yamdroktso Lake (4400m), which is one of the three sacred lakes in Tibet. It is the largest freshwater lake in the northern Himalayas, stretching 675 square meters from south to north, like an earlobe lying in the arms of giant snow-capped mountains. From a distance, you also can see yaks and sheep on the fertile pasture. Continue to drive, you will see the spectacular Korola Glacier (5045 meters) on the right side of the road.

 

Then, you will reach the historic city of Gyantse. After lunch, you will visit the mysterious Pelkor Monastery and Gyantse Kumbum (4040m). The most interesting collection in this monastery is the “One Hundred Thousand Buddhas Pagoda”. It has nine floors, 77 rooms, and 108 doors. The door frames in each room are very low and people have to bow to enter.

 

Stay overnight in Shigatse

 

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Day 5 Shigatse - Tingri – Rongbuk - EBC (5100m), 360km, Approx 6hrs

 

Attractions: Rongbuk Monastery, the sunset of golden of Everest peak

 

Today is the most exciting moment of your Tibet trip. From Shigatse, we will take you to the Everest Base Camp at 5,100 meters above the sea level. We will pass the Tsola Pass(4600M), and Gyatsola Pass(5248M), then enter the Everest National Nature Reserve. At the Gawla Pass (5198 m), You will enjoy a panoramic view of the Himalaya ranges including some famous mountains such as Mt. Makalu (8463 m), Mt. Lhotse (8516m), Mt. Everest (8844m), Mt. Cho Oyu (8201m) and Mt. Shishapama(8020m). Then follow the new road, you will reach Everest Base Camp (5100m). If the weather permits, you can get a clear view of the sunset of the golden Mount Everest. Besides, you can wander around the Rongbuk Monastery (5,150m), the highest monastery in the world.

 

Stay overnight at Everest

 

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Day 6 EBC – Gyirong Border 370km, Approx. 8hrs

 

Please get up early to enjoy the sunrise. You will know the difference of the sunrise that seen from high mountains compared with the normal places. There is no breakfast in our itinerary because the guesthouse at Everest doesn’t offer breakfasts for free. But you could order some hot food, like noodles, Tibetan traditional food Zanba, and so on. If you don’t get used to Chinese food, we advise you to buy some bread, milk, and snacks in Lhasa in advance. After breakfast, we will drive to Gyirong, the most closed town to Nepal in China. Since the earthquake, there is only Gyirong Border opened to the public. You will arrive in Gyriong in the late afternoon.

 

Stay overnight Gyirong

 

 

 

Day 7 Gyirong to Kathmandu

 

Your Tibet tour will finish today. In the morning, your tour guide will send you off to the Nepal Border and help you get across the border. After that, you will be transferred to the hotel in Kathmandu by our Nepali driver.

 

Stay overnight in Kathmandu

 

 

 

Day 8 Kathmandu Sightseeing

 

Attractions: Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Pagoda, Patan City

 

Kathmandu is a great city where you will find many famous pilgrimage sites of different religious values. After enjoying a delicious breakfast at the hotel, the tour guide will take you to visit Durbar Square, which is the Royal Palace square in this city. Hence, you can visit many ancient buildings from the early 16th Century. The magnificent architecture, exquisite decorations, and the intensity of historical items will let you have a better understanding of deep Nepalese culture.

 

After that, you will visit Swayambhunath Pagoda. On this golden spire of the 5th century Pagoda, is decorated with a colorful fluttering of prayer flags. It crowns a hill overlooking the Kathmandu Valley and offers you a stunning panoramic view of Kathmandu city. Swayambhunath is one of the most famous symbols of Nepal, most Hindus and Buddhists people have visited this place. Then, you will head to Patan city, the second largest city in Nepal. It has one of the oldest Buddhist temples in Nepal, so you can encounter beautiful ancient architectural masterpieces in the city and explore deep Nepalese Buddhist culture.

 

Stay overnight in Kathmandu

 

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Day 9 Kathmandu Sightseeing

 

Attractions: Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa

 

Today, the tour guide will take you to visit Pashupatinath Temple and Boudhanath Stupa, two of the seven UNESCO’s world heritage sites in Nepal.

 

Pashupatinath Temple - It is the largest temple of Lord Shiva in Nepal and the most sacred temple of Hindus. It was built by Prachanda Dev during Lichchhavi dynasty in the 5th century. In the holy temple, you will have a good chance to encounter different hermits practicing penance. Around the temple, there is a famous crematorium, where is a unique place for travelers. The holy men with all kinds of makeup and ashes all over the bodies are also worth going to see.

 

Boudhanath Stupa - It’s a good place for you to do meditation and have a part of the spiritual journey of Kathmandu. It’s a spiritual place where the two eyes of Buddha will convey to you the message of peace. Being sure to go through the Thanka painting galleries around the area, you will have a better understanding of the concept of Tibetan Buddhism.

 

Stay overnight in Kathmandu

 

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Day 10 Fly to Paro from Kathmandu, Transfer to Thimphu (2300m) (2 hrs.’ drive)

 

Attractions: Kyichu Lhakhang, Paro Rinpung Dzong

 

Today, you will take a morning flight to Paro from Kathmandu airport. Upon arrival, our Bhutan tour guide will greet you at Bhutan airport. After that, you will visit Kyichu Lhakhang and Paro Rinpung Dzong. Kyichu Lhakhang, also well known as Kyerchu Temple, is the oldest temple in Bhutan. The most valuable collections of Kyichu Lhakhang are the eight-year-old Buddha statue of Sakyamuni, historic relics, elaborate paintings, and numerous Buddhist scriptures. Paro Rinpung Dzong, which serves as the administrative center and school for monks.

 

In the late afternoon, you will drive 2 hours to Thimphu (65 Km), the capital of Bhutan.

 

Stay overnight in Thimphu

 

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Day 11 Trek to Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest Monastery) and Drive back to Paro

 

Attractions: Tiger’s Nest

 

Located on a huge granite cliff 800 meters from the Paro Valley, Tiger’s Nest Monastery (3120 meters) is the most sacred temple in Bhutan as well as the landmark of Paro. It’s the birthplace of Bhutanese Buddhism. According to legend, Master Padmasambhava had flown here on a tigress and meditated in the cave for three months. From here, you can have a panoramic view of the Paro Valley.

 

It’s a challenging trekking which takes about 2~3 hours. You will start trekking from the forest with a prayer flag, then go across the creek. On half of the monastery, there is a good tea house where you can see the Tiger Cave. You can have a coffee break here. Continue to climb to the viewpoint, where you can overlook the marvelous Tiger’s Nest Monastery.  

 

After that, you will drive back to Paro.

 

Stay overnight in Paro

 

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Day 12 Fly to Kathmandu from Bhutan

 

Today, you will take a morning flight back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival, you will have a free day in Kathmandu city.

 

Kindly Note: There are few international flights from Paro airport. So, you can fly back to Kathmandu, then transfer to your home country.

 

Stay overnight in Kathmandu

 

 

Day 13 Depart from Kathmandu  

Your tour ends today. After breakfasts, you will be free for the morning. Our staff will pick you up at your hotel and transfer to Kathmandu Airport.

 

 

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Since it’s a customized Tibet tour of which the price is different depends on the travel season, hotel class, and the number of travelers, etc. Please let us know your tour plan by filling in the following form. Your trip advisor will contact you within 24 hours for a private Tibet tour designed only for you.

 

 

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