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Overland trip Kathmandu to Lhasa (Drive in Fly out) - 11 days

Many People love to combine the trip of Tibet with Nepal and drive overland from Kathmandu to Lhasa.  The Tibetan border is just 110 Km from the capital of Nepal and goes through the China built Araniko Highway. This overland drive trip of 10 days takes you to some of the well preserved heritages of Tibet including the Tasihi Lumpo monastery at Xjgatse, the historic town of Gyangtse, the old Bon Po monastery at Shakya, the wonderful lake of Yaindrok Tso, the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Drepung monastery, Barkhor market and many settlements which are the living museums to study Tibetan Buddhism and Lifestyle of the Tibetans. The Drive to Lhasa itself is a amazing adventure as it goes through unique topography and landscape through rivers, lakes, fields and hills.  The drive also offers view of the highest peaks Cho Oyo, Everest Shisapangma and many more. The return flight is more exciting as it ends in Kathmandu and come through the highest mountain range in the world.

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Brief Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu
Arrive at Kathmandu after a scenic flight over the mountains. Meet the representative of Adventure Mission Nepal Treks & Expedition (AMN) and transfer to Hotel.

Day 02: Explore the city and prepare for the trek.
You can spend this day exploring some of the World heritage sites in Kathmandu valley for some time and prepare for the trek in the afternoon.

Day 03: Drive to Nyalam (3600m)
We will pack our breakfast and start early towards Kodari (China/Nepal boarder).We will reach Kodari in 5 hours and further drive to Zhangmu, where we will complete the frontier formalities. After completing the frontier formalities we will reach Nyalam for overnight stay following the Bhote Koshi River. The total drive is 153 KM.

Day 04: Drive to Lhatse (4050m)
We will start the journey with the view of Jugal Mountain in the back drop, towards Nyalam Pass. The drive through the Lalungla Pass (5050m) offers outstanding view of Mt. Xixapangma (8013m highest in Tibet) Mt. Makalu (8464m), Mt. Lhotse (8516m), Mt. Cho Oyo (8201m) and Mt.Everest (8848m). The total drive is 285 KM.

Day 05: Drive to Xigatse (3900m)
The total drive is short compared to other days today (90 Km) Depending upon the road condition we visit Shakya Monastery which is 52 kms return we will further continue to Xigatse , the place of the famous Tashilumpo Monastery and the seat of Panchen Lama.

Day 06: Drive to Gyantse (3950m)
We will make a early morning visit to the Tashilumpo Monastery and the market of Bazaar .We will drive further to Gyantse, a couple of hours drive  In the 15th century it served as the capital of a small Kingdom. Kumbum Chorten a 14th century monument is a place worth visiting here.

Day 07: Drive to Lhasa (3650m)-261 kms.
08-hrs drive takes you to Lhasa crossing the Karo La Pass (5010m) and Kambala Pass (4794m). The Karo La climbs between two lofty mountains, Nozing Khang SA (7223m) and Ralung (6236). While driving you will see witness the Yamdrok Tso (Turquoise Lake) which takes approx. 1 hour to drive around. After passing Kamba La, Lhasa valley is seen to the north. You will also cross the Brahmaputra River. Reaching Lhasa and check into hotel. The accompanied guide will reconfirm your onward airline ticket.

Day 08: Full day Sightseeing of Lhasa including Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street.
After breakfast we will visit the Potala palace, the Palace of the Dalai Lama. This architectural masterpiece is the symbol of unity of the Tibetans. This palace was built by King Soongtsan Gampo, who was married to Princess Wen Cheng Tang in 641 A.D. It has got 999 houses built on Hongshan Hill with a red building on top. It is one of the grandest Palaces in the world till date.

After lunch we will drive towards the Jokhang Temple, the most scared temple for Tibetan Buddhists. After spending some time at the Jokhang temple we will walk through the Barkhor Street, a traditional old street in Lhasa.

Day 9: Full day Sightseeing of Lhasa covering Norbulingka, Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery
We will start the sightseeing today from Norbulingka - the summer palace of the Dalai Lama, located along the Kyichu River and two kilometers west of the Potala Palace. This Palace has a huge garden covering 360,000 square meters, making it the biggest manmade garden in Tibet. It has got 374 rooms. The second site is Drepung Monastery, made by Chojey Tashi Palden in the 14th Century. It had four departments, of which Loseling, or "The Hermitage of the Radiant Mind," was the largest, housing more than three quarters of Drepung's ten to fifteen thousand monks. Now it is one of Tibet’s premier monastic educational institutions

The last site for today is Sera Monastery, built in 1419; this grand Monastery was home to more than 5,000 monks and five monastic colleges. Although much less active now, with only several hundred monks currently in residence, one of the most interesting times to visit the monastery is in the afternoon when monks, after finishing their morning scripture classes, can be seen debating in the courtyard.

Day 10:  Fly from Gongar Airport to Kathmandu.
After a two and half hours flight we will arrive in Kathmandu Airport and Transfer to hotel.

Day 11: Depart Kathmandu to reach another destination or fly back home with memories of the trek.
You can depart from Kathmandu to your home country or extend the trip and head for another trip within or outside Nepal.

Cost Includes:

  • Permits and Visa Applications for Tibet.
  • Hotel with breakfast.
  • English speaking Tibetan guide per as the itinerary.
  • Entrance fees.
  • Guide Fees.
  • Land cruiser for transportation. 

Cost excludes:

  • Drinks, Tips, Insurance and any extra cost occurring from the Unfavorable Circumstances such as weather, road blockade, flight cancellation Etc
  • All personal nature expenses such as tips, donations, bar bills etc.
  • Meals.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Nepal visa fee.
  • Air fare to Lhasa and back.
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