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Lhasa to Kathmandu overland tour (8 days)

Day 1: Arrival & acclimatization (first impression of Tibet)

Schedule: Arrival in Lhasa, warm Tibetan style pick-up and transfer to hotel for acclimatization, or you can have your free time hanging out at this holy city to get the first impression of Tibet.

Day 2: Lhasa sightseeing

Highlights: Potala Palace, Johkang Temple, Backhor Street (Tour of the world heritages and Tibetan history)
Schedule: In the morning, visit the symbol or landmark of Lhasa - Potala Palace, the successive Dalai Lama's winter residence. In the afternoon, visit the center of Tibetan Buddhism - Jorhkang Temple, where you will come across lots of devoted pilgrimages coming from every corner of Tibet. Both sites are under the list of the world cultural heritages by the UNISCO.

Day 3: Lhasa Sightseeing

Highlights: Drepung Monastery, Tibet Museum (Tour of the most important monastery in Tibet)
Schedule: In the morning, we will visit Drepung Monastery which is the biggest Tibetan Buddhism College with the biggest number of monks in Tibet. The monastery used to be the winter residence of the Dalai Lama before the 5th Dalai Lama moved his residency to the Potala Palace. Afterwards, drive you to visit the Tibet Museum where you can have a comprehensive understanding about Tibet's past and present.

Day 4:Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse (360 km/ 6-7 hours on wheel)

Highlights: Yamdrok Lake, Kumpa Stupa, Pelchor Monastery (Optional)
Schedule: In the morning, drive to the historic town of Gyantse via Yamdrok Lake, according to local mythology, Yamdrok Lake is the transformation of a goddess, on the Gangbala Pass, you will have a clear picture of this Tibetan holy lake in turquoise, in distance you can also see the snow capped Summit of Ninjingkangsang. In Gyantse, you will find the largest stupa in Tibet - Kumpa Stupa (Ten-thousand stupa), just next to the Stupa is the Pelchor Monastery (Optional). Another important site in Gyantse is Dzong Castle which once was a battle field where Tibetan fought against British invasion.

Day 5: Shigatse - Syaka Monastery - Shegar(300 km/ 5-6 hours on wheel)

Highlights: Tashilumo Monastery, Syaka Monastery (Tour of Tibetan religion panorama)
Schedule: In the morning, visit Tashilumo Monastery which is the seat of Panchen Lama, the equally important religious figure in Tibet as Dalai Lama. The monastery was built by the first Dalai Lama in 1447, and inside the Monastery placed the highest statue of Buddha in Tibet which is 26.8 meters high. Afterward, drive to Syaka Monastery which was built during the Yuan Dynasty when Syaka School dominated Tibet Buddhism. Syaka Monastery is reputed as the Second Dunhuang Grotto in China, the murals said to be the most beautiful in Tibet, and also in Syaka Monastery you can find the largest book written in gold at its Buddhism library.

Day 6: Shegar - Rongbuk Monastery - EBC (120 km/ 5 hours on wheel)

Highlights: Rongbuk Monastery, Everest Base Camp (Tour of Tibetan wilderness)
Schedule: In the morning, drive to Mt. Everest Nature Reserve, if weather permits, on the top of the Gyalpo-la pass you can see 4 of the highest mountains over 8000 meters( Mt. Everest; Mt. Makalu; Mt. Lotse; Mt. Cho Oyu) in the world at the same time, what a great picture. Before arriving at the EBC, you will first visit the highest monastery in the world - Rongbuk Monastery, which is also a good position to watch the Everest, the sunset view is fantastic when weather is good. And then you will have a lot of time hiking at the EBC to discover the charm of the highest place you may reach through your life.

Day 7: EBC - Zhangmu (300 km/ about 7 hours on wheel)

Highlights: Sunrise over the Everest; (Tour of Tibetan glory) 
Schedule: Get up early in the morning to wait for the most exciting and holy moment when the first sunshine reaches the world at the peak of the Everest. The golden crown of the Everest will definitely be the killer of your camera. Next, after breakfast at the restaurant near the EBC, we will drive to Zhangmu, overnight there.

Day 8: Zhangmu - Friendship Bridge (30 km/ about 1 hours on wheel)

Highlights: Border transfer (Tour of Tibetan green charm)
Schedule: In the morning after breakfast at Zhangmu, your guide will help you go through border formality and you can You can cross the border bridge and check in Nepal side, Nepal visa  is available upon arrival with 30USD, please prepare one photo of passport size to get Nepal Visa. Next step, you need to find a car or bus towards Kathmandu, 50ms ahead from border bridge, dozens of car or bus are parking there to pick up travelers; about 3000 Nepali Rupee for a taxi rental or 50 Nepali Rupee(Appro.1USD) for a bus seat. Taxi will be a good choice for you Meals: Breakfast

 

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