This trip begins with a flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa, you get to experience the best, the world has to offer. We explore the area in and around Tibet and head back to Kathmandu with fun and happiness. This trip is full of natural beauty, and the culture ensuring the memory of a life time.
Reception and welcome with garlands at Kathmandu airport followed by transfer to your hotel.
After breakfast, Full day sightseeing of Kathmandu. The Swayambhunath area possesses the stupa with many temples, shrines, Tibetan monasteries, and statues of different gods. There is a small forest nearby the stupa which is home to the red macaque monkey. Kathmandu Durbar Square is in front of the old Royal Palace of the Kathmandu Kingdom. It is surrounded by spectacular architecture and vividly showcases the skills of the Nepali artist’s. Boudhanath Stupa is one of the biggest holiest Buddhist sites in Kathmandu, Nepal. Pashupatinath is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located on the banks of Bagmati River. It is also Nepal’s most renowned Hindu Cremation site.
Day 03: Flight to Lhasa
The flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa will last about an hour and is undoubtedly one of the most scenic flights in the world. The flight takes us right to the east of the massif of Everest, with unbeatable views of the beautiful Khangshung wall. Upon arrival in Lhasa at the airport you will be met by our Tibetan guide. You will be given a warm "Tashidelek", (meaning welcome with blessing) and you will be given a white khada (a traditional Tibetan ceremony where you will receive a white scarf). We will move to the hotel in Lhasa. To rest well at your arrival (Lhasa is located at 3,650 meters above sea level) is essential to alleviate altitude sickness: so resist the temptation to go out and take the day to acclimatize.
Dedicated to the discovery of Lhasa and its historical and cultural beauties: Potala Palace: unmissable destination of Lhasa, the Potala Palace is one of the great architectural wonders of the world. As hundreds of pilgrims before you, the first sight of a fortress structure will be a magical moment, you'll remember for a long time. Enter the building means to take two steep ramps, which will leave you breathless in this air with little oxygen. Travel light and do not care to load with water, there are bottles for sale on all the way up to the top of the Potala. Sera Monastery: about 5 kilometers north of Lhasa, Sera Monastery was one of the two great Gelugpa monasteries of Lhasa, second only to that of Drepung. Between three and five in the afternoon, Monday through Friday, in the courtyard of the monastery they are held debates: a sight so extraordinary to be enchanted though not understand a word of what is being said. Palazzo Norbulingka: The Norbulingka was the old summer palace of the Dalai Lama, in which the Dalai Lama remained until he was forced to flee Tibet in 1959.
Today we visit the Tashilhunpo Monastery and Lake Namtso. Lake Namtso: Namtso (4,730 meters) is the second largest saltwater lake in China, and one of the most spectacular natural wonders in Tibet. And 'long about 70 kilometers, it reaches a width of 30 kilometers and a depth of 35 kilometers at its deepest part. When the ice melts in late April, the lake assumes a wonderful turquoise shade and there are priceless views of the nearby mountains. The open spaces, dotted with local nomadic tents, are intoxicating.
From Lhasa, we will drive to Gyantse and Shigatse then, and this is what we will visit during the day :
Yamdrotso Lake: the luminous Yamdrotso lake (at an altitude of 4,441 meters) you usually see for the first time from the top of Kumba La pass (4,700 meters). The lake lies several meters below the road, and when the weather is nice you can admire its beautiful turquoise tinge. Far you can see the huge massif of Monte Nojin Kangtsang (7,191 meters). Karola Glacier: the Nojin Kangtsang mountain rises up to 7,191 meters between the county of Gyantse and county Nagarze, with several snow-capped mountains over 6,000 meters that surrounding. Near the top, there are the most accessible glaciers on the Tibetan plateau. The famous Glacier Kharola (5,560 meters) is located under the southern crest of Nojin Kangtsang. Pelkor Chode Monastery and Gyantse Kumbum mean an area that sprawls to the north is home to the Pelkor Chode Monastery and the monumental Gyantse Kumbum, a chorten full of beautiful paintings and statues. Both are deservedly top the list of things that travelers should see. Palkhor lies at the foot of Dzong Hill. And 'well-it is known for its Kumbum, which has 108 chapels in its four floors. This Stupa was crowned with a golden dome, surrounded by more chapels, filled with unique statues and religious murals.
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning tour of the hermitages and the ruins of the fortified castle of which you can still see the old building that overlooks the town. The fortress is connected to the monastic center Palkhor Choid by a rampart reminiscent of the Great Wall of China. Attached to the monastery is the Kum Bum, the largest "chorten" existing in Tibet built according to a design depicting a "mandala": has 73 rooms frescoed by 27,000 Buddhist iconography figures. Afternoon drive to Shigatse (90 km - about 2 hours), the second city of Tibet and fiefdom of the Panchen Lama, considered the second living Buddha and head of Tashilumpo monastery.
Altitude: Shigatse- 3836m, Xegar-4300m. Today we visit the Tashilhunpo Monastery and then we will move to Xegar.Tashilhunpo Monastery: It is a pleasure to explore the hectic and cobblestone streets that branch out around the ancient buildings. Covering 70,000 square meters, Tashilhunpo is essentially a walled city. From the entrance of the monastery, visitors have a beautiful view. Over the white monastic quarters, there are many other buildings with golden peaks - the tombs of past Panchen Lama. To the right, even higher, there is the festival Thangka Wall, a wall hung with huge, colorful thangkas during festivals.Continuing our journey through Tibet, we cross two mountain passes to enter the Everest National Park, the first is the Tsuo La (4,500 meters) from where we will enjoy the typical highland landscape, a large horizon of small valleys and a blue sky as in few other places. The second step of the day will be the high point of our trip, the Lhakpa La pass (5,220 meters): here we enter officially in the Chomolungma National Park (as it is called Mount Everest in Tibetan). Coming down from the pass, if there is visibility we can already see the Everest. We come then to Xegar (New Tingri) where we spend the night.
Get out from the hotel before dawn to arrive on time at Everest base camp, on a path not paved until Rongbuk, last inhabited place in the vicinity of Everest, where the monastery of Rongbuk, the highest in the world. It 'a flat area with semi-nomadic tents that replace hotels and restaurants. At the beginning of November, this camp is closed due to winter stiffness. From here by bus (the only one that has the circular allowed) we get closer to the viewpoint of the base camp, a journey of about three kilometers. From this point full of prayer flags we will enjoy a spectacular view of the Himalayas, dominated from Everest. Here we can see the north face of Everest, the sacred Sagarmatha, the highest mountain in the world. We will take our time to look at peace this show. There are also great views of the Mt.Cho Oyu (8,848 meters). After spending a few hours here, we return Sakya.
Sakya to Lhasa 430 Km (7 Hrs. by drive) Altitude: Sakya: 4350m, Lhasa- 3656 m. You will start your tour at around from your hotel and drive along a landscape of sandy hills, villages, and Rulak Yungdrung ling at the other side of the river.
Fly back from Lhasa to Kathmandu (1 hrs. by flight) Altitude: Kathmandu- 1,400 m. Today fly back to Kathmandu.
Overnight stay: Hotel Manang
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