Tibet Overland Tour
Duration : 22 day(s)
Day 01: Prior to landing in the Tribhuvan International Airport, you could have some excelllent views of snow-capped mountains, meet with our tour coordinator and transfer to hotel.
Day 02: Explore kathmandu such as visit Pasupatinanth, a famous temple of Hindus devotees, Boudhananth, the Bhuddhist stupa, Swyambhunanth temple, tradtional and historical Kathmandu Durbar-squar.
Day 03: Fly over over panoramic Himalayas ranges from Kathmandu to the holy city of Lhasa by China airlines. The flight takes about 55 minutes to reach the Gongar airport . Upon arraival at Gongar airport and transfer to Lhasa. Check into hotel.
Day 04-06: Explore Lhasa - The Land of Gods (11850 ft.)
Lhasa, the capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region is located between 29o 36'N and 19o 06' E at the north bank of Kyichu river, a tributary of the Yarlung Tsangpo River, at an altitude of 3650 meteres above sea level. Lhasa has a history of more than 1300 years and has been the center of politics, economy, culture and religi pung Monastery was founded in 1416 by Jamyang Choje, a disciple of Tsongkapa, the founder of Gelugpa Sect. The monastery, occupying an area of 250,000 square meters with a fixed number of 7,700 monks, is the largest monastery in Tibet. The monastery keeps many historical relics, Buddhist scriptures, arts, and crafts.
Visit Sera Monastery
Sera means "hailstone" in Tibetan. Set at the foot of the Wudu Hill to the north of Lhasa City, Sera is comprised of a great sutra chanting hall and a college. Situated at three kilometers distance to a northern suburb of Lhasa, Sera Monastery was founded in 1419 by Jamchen Choje, a disciple of Tsongkapa, the founder of Gelugpa Sect. The monastery was erected on a mountain slope. Sera Monastery together with Ganden Monastery and Drepung Monastery in Lhasa are known as the Three Great Monasteries of Tibet.
Visit 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 storeyed 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.
Visit 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 Plalace 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. The construction took fifty years from beginning to completion.
The Potala is divided into two sections, namely, the Red Palace and White Palace. The total height of the Potala is 117 meters spanning thirteen storeys. The length of the Palace from east to west is 400 meters and the breadth from south to north is 350 meters. The building was constre.
Visit Norbulingkha Palace, the Jewel Park
It was built in the 18th century and served as the Summer Palace of the 13th and the 14th Dalia Lama. the Palace is an interesting mixture of religious and modern elements and as we walk through to see the main throne hall, an audience hall. The Dalai Lama's Bed Room and prayer room and the room for this mother. This colorful garden landscape was the site of picnic and public gatherings. The Palaces are richly decorated, creating abd atmosphere of peaceful repose.
Visit Bharkhor Market:
This is very interesting market and situated in the heart of the old Lhasa city with its narrow streets, white washed stone homes, windows framed in black and brightly painted wood-work and almost everyone has got something's to sell over there.
Visit Drepung Monastery:
It lies 8km west of Lhasa on the main road, then 3km north and steep unpaired road. Its name Drepung means" Rice Heap" was the biggest and the richest of all monasteries in Tibet. This Monastery is said to be the largest Monastery in the world, housing over 10000 monks and Governed 7700 subsidiary monasteries and was divided into four colleges, each with its chanting hall, dormitories, kitchens and offices. It was founded in 1416 by the disciple of Je Tsonkhapa, founder of the Yellow Hat Gelukpa Sect of Tibetan Buddhism. The second third and fourth Dalai Lamas lived and were entombed here. the entire monastic communities assemble only for special ceremonies and festivals. Today, about 400 monks live there. Approaching Drepung, you will see the Nechung Temple, the home of the State Oracl. The present oracle lives in India.
Day 07: After breakfast drive to Gyantse (13050 ft.) Check into hotel. This is 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 Buddhahood. There are 108 halls inside, each with frescoes and Buddha Shrines.
Enroute visit Yamadroke Lake - The Sacred Lake (14300 ft.)
Yamadroke Lake is one of the biggest and beautiful lakes in Tibet. We pass by this lake with about 2 hours drive along its bank. Yamadroke means torquise in Tibetan language. In fact, the lake looks exactly as beautiful as torquise blue during the good weather days. This freshwater lake, unlike other Tibetan lakes, is sweet and non-saline, extending for 624 sq. km., in the shape of two pincers of a large scorpion. You can have a short stop on its bank and enjoy photography here.
Visit Phalkor monastery:
Located in Gyantse and founded jointly by Kedup Je of the Gelugpa Sect and Rabten Kunsang of the Sakyapa Sect in 1418, the Phalkor Monastery has a special influence over Tibet's Buddhism owing to its unification of three different sects, the Gelugpa, the Sakyapa and Bhuton Sects, in a single monastery. The famous Kumbum pagoda, built in collaboration with Newari artists from Nepal & Tibetan artists, also stands in the same courtyard with nine story's, 108 doors and 77 chapels containing clay sculptures and various murals. The pagoda is said to have 100,000 images, either sculptured or painted, this is the reason for its name "100,000 Image Pagoda".
Day 08: After breakfast drive to Xigatse - The Estate that Fulfils One's Wishes (12600 ft.) Check into hotel.
It is situated between 29o 02'N and 88o 08'E in the southwest of the Tibet Autonomous Region where Nyangchu River joins the Yarlung Tsangpo River. Shigatse is the second biggest town in Tibet and it is the center of transportation and distribution of agriculture and husbandry products from the southeastern part of Tibet. "Shigatse" in Tibetan means the "Estate that fulfills one's Wishes."
Visit Shakya Monastery:
It lies 143km to the Southwest of Shigatse. Shakya Monastery, the center of the Sakya order of Tibetan Buddhism, was founded in 1073 by Konchok Gyalpo. During the rule of the Sakyapas the priest patron relationship between Tibet and China was established. Skyapa rulers reigned over Tibet for nearly a hundred years from 13th -14th century. Many of its priceless images frescos, statures, holy scriptures remaining today date back to the time of its founding.
Visit Tashilhunpo Monastery
Tashilhunpo Monastery is the biggest Gelugpa monastery in the Tsang region of Tibet. It is located in the town of Sigatse and was founded by Gedun Drup, a disciple of Tsongkapa, the founder of the Gelungpa Sect. Gedun Drup is recognized as the first Dalai Lama. It was first built in 1447 and continuously expanded by the successive Panchen Lamas. The Ngagpa College (Tantric College), one of its four monastic colleges, is the residence of the Panchen lamas. The most amazing image in this monastery is the statue of the giant Maitreya (Future Buddha) erected by the 9th Panchen Lama in 1914. It took four years to build this monumental statue which stands twenty six meters high and is composed of 275 Kg. of solid gold, and a great quantity of precious things such as pearls, turquoise, coral and amber. The 4th Panchen Lama's funeral stupa was built in 1662 and it stands eleven meters high and is covered in solid gold and silver.
Day 09: After breakfast drive to Xegar (13800 ft.) Cehck into hotel.
A new Chinese commune built at the foot of the ruins of Xegar Dzong, 7 kms. from the main road. With a population of 3000, it is the centre of this large and remote area and a base from which expeditions to Mt. Everest and other peaks are launched.
Day 10: DRIVE Xegar to [4050M] - RONGBUK [5000M] 68KM
Shortly after leaving Shegar, we turn off the Friendship Highway and head south over the Pang La [5150m] towards the main Himalayan range. The view from the top is incredible with uninterrupted views stretching from Makalu to Shishapangma. Below the pass, Everest initially is hidden from view, but as we turn the corner into the Rongbuk Valley it reappears, more impressive than ever. We stay overnight at the Gompa Guest House.
Day 11: RONGBUK EVEREST BC
We spend a night here in Base camp to acclimatise, this is a good place to read a book: just how often do you get a chance to sit and read at 5000m and with the stunning view of Everest's north face.
Day 12: RONGBUK EVEREST BC
We spend another in Base camp to acclimatise, it is very important that we take our time and gets very well acclimatised before we go to the ABC. Towe will explore the surroundings of the Rongbuk Everest base camp, just to get started working a little.
Day 13: TREK FROM EVEREST BASE CAMP TO CAMP 1 [5460M]
The Rongbuk Glacier is an impressive frozen ocean of ice waves; the views of the glacier and the Himalayan peaks are some of the most dramatic in Tibet.
Along the east side of the gslacier is the trail that expeditions use to begin their climbs of Everest and this is the trail we are taking. Camp 1 [5460m] is set in a barren world of moraine hills under beautifully sculpted yellow-orange granite cliffs. The next camp is too far to reach in a single day, so to help us acclimatise we spend the remainder of the afternoon exploring the gravely snout of the east Rongbuk Glacier.
Day 14: TREK TO INTERMEDIATE CAMP [5760M]
The trail to the Interim Camp climbs and descents over the gravel hills, always staying above the west edge of the ice. Intermediate camp [5760m] is a good place to spend a night acclimatizing before advancing to Camp 2. Nearby, the first ice seracs [ice pinnacles] rise like white sails from the dark debris-laden surface of the glacier we will go and take a good look at these.
Day 15: REST IN INTERMEDIATE CAMP
We spend a day here for further acclimatisation. We will of course explore the surroundings on small excursions
Day 16: TREK TO CAMP 2 [5970M]
About two hours above the Interim camp the central ridgeline leads in to a confusion of ice at the confluence with the Changtse glacier. Camp 2 [5970m] is only ten minutes from here, it is set in a beautiful location; glaciers large and small spill into the valley from every direction and the appropriately named Sera Highway continues to extend its unusual gravel arm trough the centre of the of the ice formations.
Day 17: TREK TO ABC [6340M] AND RETURN TO CAMP 2
Depending on how the group feels, a decision must be made between moving tents up to camp 3 or visiting it as a hike and spending a second night at camp 2. Unless the group is particular interested in sleeping in Camp 3, we return to camp 2 today, this gives us a better chance to enjoy the walk back to base camp tomorrow. Camp 3, the advanced base camp for the North Col route up Mount Everest, is situated within a group of flattened gravel mounds beside the glacier. The pinnacles, the frightening group of rock palisades that kept the Northeast Ridge unclimbed for so long, are just another 11/2 km. Further up from camp 3. Most amazing of all is the ridge extending above the Pinnacles to the southwest: the striated rock summit of Everest. The top of this mountain appears phenomenally close; it is little more than 2400 meter higher than camp 3. This is the closest non-climbers can get the top of Everest. With a pair of binoculars, you are almost there…
Day 18: RETURN TO BASE CAMP
The return to Base Camp is a long down hill journey, but we complete it in one day, if we start out from Camp 2 it is much more enjoyable than from camp 3, we will have a chance to get our eyes off the end of our boots.
Day 19: DRIVE RONGBUK [5000M] - NYALAM 215KM
Today we rejoin the Friendship Highway and drive to Tingri. Upon leaving Tingri, we cross another two high passes, the Lalung La [5124m] and the Shung La [5200m]. Once more we are rewarded with magnificent views of the surrounding peaks of Shishapangma, Cho Oyu, Menlungtse and Gauri Shankar. Now we begin our descent from the Tibetan Plateau to Nyalam just 30 km before the Nepalese border. With dramatic suddenness, everything appears incredibly lush and green.
Day 20: After breakfast drive to Kodari border and crosses the Friendship Bridget. After clearance at Kodari Immigration and drive to Kathmandu. Check into hotel.
Day 21: Free at Kathmandu.
Day 22: Departs from hotel to Tribhuvan International airport.
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- All ground transfers by private vehicle as per our itinerary.
- 4* Star Hotel in Kathmandu on B/B basis.
- Welcome dinner with Live Nepalese Cultural Program hosted by Manakamana treks.
- Sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley .
- Kathmandu to Lasha flight.
- Tibet Travel Permit Fee, Tibet Visa fee and all other applicable fees.
- Guided sightseeing in Lhasa (includes all entrance fees).
- Shambala or similar Hotel in Lhasa on B/B basis.
- All hotels on the way on B/B basis.
- Daily wages, visa fee and insurance of staffs, guides and porters, Yak and Yak men.
- Three times meal a day while camping (prepared by our kitchen crew),
- All camping equipments such as Two men tent, Dinning Tent, Kitchen tent, tables, chairs, mattresses and etc.
- All other necessary equipments like Portable Altitude Chamber (PAC) (For the altitude problem) and etc.
- Trekking permit fees.
- Airport Taxes & excess baggage charge.
- All expenses of personal nature such as beverages, telephone bill, laundry bill, mineral water, tips and etc.
- Personal medical and travel insurance.
- Rescue & evacuation - if needed.
- Nepal re-entry visa
Departures for 2015:
- 14th April and 25th April 2015
- 09th May, 20th May and 28th May 2015
- 11th June and 24th June 2015
- 07th July, 23rd July and 29th July 2015
- 02 Aug, 13 th Aug and 29th Aug 2015
- 03rd Sep, 15th Sep, 24th Sep and 29th Sep 2015
- 05th Oct, 13th Oct and 20th Oct 2015