Day 01: Kathmandu – Drive to Kyirong Border
Day 02: Kyirong - Tingri
Day 03: Tingri - Xigatse
Day 04: Xigatse - Gyantse
Day 05: Gyantse - Lhasa
Day 06: Lhasa – Sightseeing of Potala Palace / Barkhor Bazaar / Jokhang Temple
Day 07: Lhasa – Sightseeing of Drepung and Sera Monasteries
Day 08: Departure from Lhasa.
Day 01: Kathmandu (1300) -Kyirung Border (145 Km) 06-07 hours’ drive
- Early in the morning scenic drive to Kerung Border (Nepal-Tibet Border) through the beautiful Nepalese countryside and after necessary border formalities at Nepalese immigration, an hour adventurous uphill drive by Bus & Van (normally) or 2 hour walks uphill (in case of landslide to Chinese immigration, check-in to hotel or Continue drive to Kerung. Stay overnight at Guest House.
Day 02: Kyirung - Tingri (4300m): 225 Km/244 Km
- Day drive uphill to the highest plateau of the world with the typical view of Tibetan landscape offering sheer feeling of standing on the roof of the world. from where, weather permitting, breathtaking panorama of beautiful Himalayan ranges including Mt Cho Oyu (8201 M) & Mt Xishapagma (8012M) but dwarfed by the Vastness of the Tibetan plateau. From TINGRI, one can enjoy the magnificence of Mt. Everest (8,848 M). Stay overnight at Guest House
Day 03: Tingri - Xigatse (3,900 M): 244 Km
- Continue scenic drive crossing Over Gyatchu La (5,220M), the highest pass en route to Lhasa via Lhatse from where a road to Mt Kailash bifurcates to the west. Stay overnight at hotel.
Day 04: Xigatse - Gyantse (3,950m): 90 Km
- Morning sightseeing to the Panchen Lama's Tashilhunpo Monastery. Drive to Gyantse and visit to the Kumbum Stupa & Phalkor Monastery. Stay overnight the Hotel.
Day 05 Gyantse - Lhasa (3,650m): 261 Km
- Full day picturesque drive crossing over Karola (5,010m), Kambala (4,749m), Colorful Yamdrok-Tso Lake and the Tibetan lifeline river Brahma Putra (Yarlung Tsangpo). Overnight at the hotel.
Day 06: Sightseeing of Potala Palace, Barkhor Bazaar and Jokhang Temple
- Breakfast in the hotel. Potala Palace is the cardinal landmark and a structure of massive proportion. This symbol of Tibet, an architectural gem built in the colossal monastic style of Central Tibet by Gyelwa Ngapa, the fifth Dalai Lama, in the 17th century, stands 300m above the valley atop the hill called Marpo Ri. The thousand rooms in Potala date from 1645 when the fifth Dalai Lama began erecting a palace that would serve as a sacred and administrative center. It served many succeeding Dalai Lamas and as one of Tibet‚s most impressive and enduring monuments.
- Jokhang Temple is in the heart of old Lhasa, most sacred temples in Tibet established in 7th century by King Songtsen Gempo, the King who brought Buddhism to Tibet.
- Barkhor Bazaar is the market place where everything is available, also good for people watching. Tibetans spin prayer wheels and shop as they circumambulate. Good for shopping everything from trinkets to tantric ritual objects. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 07: Sightseeing of Drepung and Sera Monasteries
- Breakfast in the hotel. Drepung, one of the world's largest monasteries was built in 1416 by Jamyang Choje a pupil of Tsongkhapa, the founder of the Gelugpa Sect. Drepung literally means “Rice Mountain,” after the famous and very large Danayakataka Stupa in South India where Buddha originally taught the Kalachakra Tantra. Prior to 1959 Drepung ranked as Tibet's largest monastery, sometimes with a population exceeding 10,000 monks. It also served as the residence of the early Dalai Lamas, until the Potala Palace was constructed in 1645. The second and third and the fourth Dalai Lama lived and were entombed here. Suffering only minor damage during the Cultural Revolution Drepung has plenty of historical relics, Buddhist scriptures and arts. We will walk down to Nechung Monastery and drive to Lhasa for lunch.
- In the afternoon, drive to Sera monastery, the 15th century sprawl of golden roofs and whitewashed walls is situated on a mountain slope, few miles north of Lhasa city. This monastery belongs to the Gelugpa sect and is one of the three great monasteries of Tibet, the other two being Drepung & Ganden. Sera Monastery was hard hit during the Cultural Revolution owing to its resident's active participation in the 1959 uprising. The highlight of the visit to Sera would be to witness the monks debating out in the courtyard.
- Overnight at the hotel.
Day 08: Departure
- Early morning drive to Gonggar airport for your departure flight to Kathmandu