Tibet Overland Tour

Tibet Overland Tour

13 Days / 12 Nights

Trip Overview

Explore Tibet offers a short tour of Tibet which includes the Lhasa’s most famous cultural and historical sites. Here, you will explore the Potala Palace (former winter residence of Dalai Lama), the Jokhang Temple (the most revered Tibetan Buddhist religion structure), Bakhor, Sera Monastery and the Drepung Monastery.

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Outline Itinerary

Day 1 Kathmandu (4265 ft / 1300m)

Day 2 Kathmandu

Day 3 In Lhasa, Visit to Potala Palace.

Day 5 In Lhasa

Day 6 Lhasa-Gyantse (3950m)

Day 7 Gyantse-Shigatse (3900m)

Day 8 Shigatse-Shegar

Day 9 Shegar-Rongbuk

Day 10 Explore Everest Base Camp & drive to Tingri

Day 11 Drive to Zangmu & on to Kathmandu

Day 12 Visit the Buddhist Stupa of Swayambunath

Day 13 International departure

Full Itinerary

Day 1: Kathmandu (4265 ft / 1300m)

Upon arrival you will be met and assisted by a Ker & Downey representative and transferred to the Gokarna Forest Resort. Gokarna Forest Resort which is located inside the serene temperate Gokarna Forest used to be the former Royal hunting grounds of the Kings of Nepal. A winding road climbs through the forest, up to the main complex, consisting of a number of Rana period lodges, and sanctuaries harmoniously blending with nature. A quiet peaceful haven set between ancient towering trees with glimpses of the second fairway in the valley below make the perfect getaway for golf, enchanting forest walks, relaxation and rejuvenation at the Spa, as well as time close to nature.
Overnight at the Gokarna Forest Resort (B).

Day 2: Kathmandu

After enjoying a leisurely breakfast at the hotel, we'll be met by our guide for our day trip to a few of the Kathmandu valley's most spectacular and important sights and some vibrant, colorful markets.

With a blend of three ancient capitals and their associated palaces, temples and markets of Kathmandu has a lot to offer culturally and historically. However, we're mindful not to overload you so we will ensure the day has a good balance between sightseeing, exploring and relaxation time.
The exact itinerary may change depending on the local conditions but we shall most likely visit:
Pashupatinath, one of the most important temples in South Asia of the Hindu God, Lord Shiva;
One of the three Durbar (Palace) Squares , a complex of palaces and temples which was formally the social, religious and administrative focal point of the ancient city.

Boudhanath Stupa, a wonderful Buddhist site centered on a huge Stupa topped with the all-seeing eyes. If possible we'll come here in the early evening to soak up the atmosphere of hundreds of Tibetan and Sherpa peoples walking their devotional kora.
Overnight at the Gokarna Forest Resort (B).

Day 3 : In Lhasa, Visit to Potala Palace.

Potala Palace: The Potala, one of the most famous architectural works of the world, sits on top of the Red Hill in Lhasa. In the 7th century, after the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo's married Princess Wencheng of the Tang Court, the Palace was built to provide the Tibetan court with a place of worship and meditation. In the mid-17th century, it was re-built by the 5th Dalai Lama to its present size, and became the Winter Palace of the Dalai Lamas.

PM: Visit to Jokhang and Barkhor Monastery.

Jokhang Temple: Jokhang Temple, situated in the center of the old section of Lhasa called Barkhor, was built in the mid-7th century A. D. It was later extended by successive rulers, and has now become a gigantic architecture complex. Located in the east, and facing the west, Jokhang is a four storied Temple with splendid golden roofs. Its architecture features art from the Tang Dynasty but also assimilated many features from both Nepalese and Indian Buddhist Temples. The murals in the temple depict the life stories of historic and religious characters. The temple houses many historical relics, including statues of King Songtsen Gompo, Princess Wencheng, Princess Bhrikuti Devi (Nepalese). "Princess Willow" (a tree), and "The Uncle-Nephew Alliance Tablet." Jokhang is Tibet' s spiritual center, and the holiest destination for Tibetan Buddhist pilgrims. It houses a sitting of statue of Sakyamuni when he was 12 years old. The circular Barkhor Street has innumerable shops, and wayside peddlers intermingle with devotees walking clockwise around the Jokhang. An evening walk (Kora) around the Jokhang Temple together with the Tibetan pilgrims is a lifetime experience.

Barkhor Market: Walk along the Barkhor street that circles the Jolkhang and you are in the heart of the old Lhasa with its narrow streets white- washed stone homes, window framed in black and brightly painted woodwork and almost everyone has got something to sell over there. Tsurphu (Tuling Churba Gompa), lies northwest of Lhasa, just off the main Lhasa.
Overnight at Hotel Himalaya or similar (B).

Day 5: In Lhasa

AM: Visit to Sera Monastery

Sera Monastery is one of the 'great three' Gelukpa university monasteries of Tibet. The original monastery was in Lhasa, Tibet, about 5 km north of the Jokang. Sera was founded in 1419, by Jamchen Chojey (Sakya Yeshe), a disciple of Tsong Khapa. It is housed for more than 5,000 monks in 1959. Although badly damaged, it is still standing and has been largely repaired. It now houses a few hundred Buddhist monks. After the Chinese invasion of Tibet and the destruction of the majority of the monasteries in Tibet, Sera monastery was reformed in Bylakuppe, India, near Mysore. Because none of the monks of the Ngagpa Dratsang (Tantric College) survived the invasion, only the Sera Mey College and Sera Jey College were reformed

PM: Visit to Drepung Monastery.

Drepung Monastery: Situated at the foot of the Mountain Gambo Utse, 5 kilometers from the western suburb of Lhasa, the Drepung Monastery is known as the most important monastery of Gelugpa in Tibetan Buddhism. It is considered one of the 'Three Great Monasteries' (the other two are the Ganden Monastery and the Sera Monastery. Covering an area of 250,000 square meters, it held 7,700 monks in total and possessed 141 fazendas and 540 pastures in its heyday, and is the largest-scale monastery among the ones of the same kind. Seen from afar, its grand, white construction gives the monastery the appearance of a heap of rice. As such, it was given the name 'Drepung Monastery' which, in the Tibetan language, means Monastery of Collecting-Rice. Overnight at hotel Himalaya or similar
Overnight at Hotel Himalaya or similar (B).

Day 6: Lhasa-Gyantse (3950m)

Breakfast at Hotel.
Lhasa – Gyantse: Full day picturesque drive(261 k) crossing over Kampala Pass (4794 M) and the Brahma Putra river (as known as Yarlung Tsangpo) and along the turquoise lake Yamdrok.
Gyantse : A small agricultural town famous for its wool carpets and the Phalkor Choide Chorten, Gyantse lies between a monastery and fort. This unique structure, built in 1414, consists of five stories representing the five steps to enlightenment, and is topped by thirteen rings which symbolize the stages of advancement towards Buddha-hood. There are 108 halls inside, each with frescoes and Buddha Shrines.
Overnight at Gyantse Hotel (B).

Day 7 : Gyantse-Shigatse (3900m)

Drive to Shigatse 90 kms, drive takes 2 hrs.
Shigatse is most famous for its Tashilhunpo Monastery the seat of Panchen Lama, who is regarded as the re-incarnation of the Buddha of endless enlightenment. Items of interest inside the monastery built in 1447 by the first Dali Lama are the relics of Shakyamuni the hall of Maitreya and a mind boggling collection of Thankas, Frescoes and statues. Xigatse is the second largest town in Tibet and the capital of Tsang, Lying 254 kms west of Lhasa.
Overnight at Hotel Manasarovar (B).

Day 8: Shigatse-Shegar

Drive to Shegar 240 kms about 5 hours drive via Sakya Monastery. Sightseeing and drive to Shegar (4050m/12960ft) 244km.

Today you will traverse along the Friendship Highway amidst picturesque landscape driving past small town of Lhatse and Gyamtso La pass at 5220m/16704ft. As the route opens into plains, many monasteries and camps of nomadic herders become visible en route to Shegar.
Overnight at Hotel (B).

Day 9 : Shegar-Rongbuk

Away from Shegar, you will drive to the south crossing Pang La pass at 5150m/16480ft. Along the drive you can bask in the splendor of majestic views of snow-capped peaks from Makalu to Shishapangma. After driving for 68 km, you eventually reach Rongbuk at 5000m/16000ft. You can then view spectacular sight of Mount Everest. A guest house is available for overnight accommodation.
Overnight at Rongbuk Guest House (B).

Day 10 : Explore Everest Base Camp & drive to Tingri

This morning you have the opportunity to explore Everest Base Camp (5150m/16480ft) The base camp itself is dry and barren, but the views of Everest more than compensates for it. It truly is an awe-inspiring place with the sheer north face of the highest mountain in the world towering above you.
Overnight at Snowleopard Hotel (B).

Day 11 : Drive to Zangmu & on to Kathmandu

You will drive past Tingri crossing Lalung La pass at 5124m/16396ft and Shug La pass at 5200m/16640ft. Savoring the enchanting views of the surrounding peaks of Shishapangma, Cho Oyu, Menlungtse and Gauri Shankar, you descend from the arid Tibetan Plateau to verdant Zhangmu on the Nepalese border. After driving for 181 km, you find yourself amidst the lush and verdant vegetation of Zhangmu at 2300m/7360ft.

Continue drive to Friendship Bridge across Bhote Koshi River brings you to the Immigration Control in Kodari. Here, you will part with your Tibetan guide and driver, and walk across the river to meet your Nepalese escort who will drive you to Kathmandu (4-5hrs).
Overnight at the Gokarna Forest Resort (B).

Day 12: Visit the Buddhist Stupa of Swayambunath

begun over 2000 years ago and regarded as the mythical origin of Kathmandu.

Durbar Square. Kathmandu's Durbar Square was where the city's kings were once crowned and legitimized, and from where they ruled (durbar means 'palace'). As such, the square remains the traditional heart of the old town and Kathmandu's most spectacular legacy of traditional architecture.
Overnight at the Gokarna Forest Resort (B,L).

Day 13 : International departure

Transfer to the airport for your international departure.

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