Tibet, the ancient ‘Roof of the World’ and the mystical Buddhist ‘Kingdom of the Snows’, has for centuries evoked images of a lost Shangri La. To this day, its stunning Himalayan views, high plateau, beautiful Buddhist monasteries and extraordinary people remain one of the world’s great travel experiences.
Little is known of the beginnings of the Tibetan people. They originated from the nomadic, warlike tribes known as the Qiang. Chinese records of these tribes date back as far as the 2nd century BC. However, the people of Tibet were not to emerge as a politically united force until the 7th century AD.
The Main Attractions
TSEDANG, YUMBULAKHANG, THANDRUK MONASTERY, SAMYE MONASTERY, LHASA(POTALA PALACE, JOKHANG TEMPLE & BARKHOR BAZAAR, DREPUNG MONASTERY, SERRA MONASTERY & NORBULINKA, TIBETAN NUNNERY, TIBETAN MEDICINE CENTRE), TSURPU MONASTERY, GANDEN MONASTERY, YAMADROKE LAKE (Turquoise Lake), SHALU MONASTERY, PANCHEN LAMA’S TASHILHUMPU MONASTERY & many more………..
Ideally this tour has been design to fullfill those who wish to experince people & culture, monks & monasteries, land & palace of TIBET.
Day to Day Itinerary for Explore Tibet
Day 01KATMANDU:Upon your arrival in KATMANDU(1000m/3280ft) Himalayan Glacier will officially greet and meet you at Airport & transfer to you Hotel Shanker or similar category hotel.
Day 02KATMANDU:Half day guided city tours (tour includes Katmandu Durbar Square, Syambunath Stupa, Pashupati Nath Temple – Hindu Temple & Buddha Nath – The biggest Buddha Stupa in ancent Katmandu). Afternoon pre-trip discussion of next day trek.O/N KATMANDU.
Day 03KATHMANDU (1300M): TSEDANG (3650M) Fly (1hr.) to LHASA over crossing the highest Himalayan ranges of the world. Transfer to TSEDANG with a scenic drive along the Brahmaputra river (95 KM) (2 hrs) and check-in to HTL TSEDANG. Full rest for acclimatisatio
Day 04IN TSEDANG AM: Visit YUMBULAKHANG with a mild walk uphill to the temple & THANDRUK MONASTERY on your back. PM: Visit Tibetan bazaar. HTL TSEDANG
Day 05TSEDANG – SAMYE – LHASA: 250 KM Drive to SAMYE & explore the oldest monastery in Tibet: SAMYE MONASTERY with a mild walk in and around the monastery – Continue drive to LHASA (3650M) (5-6 HRS) – HTL LHASA MW
Day 06IN LHASA AM: Visit POTALA PALACE. PM: Visit JOKHANG TEMPLE & BARKHOR BAZAAR – HTL LHASA
Day 07IN LHASA AM: Visit DREPUNG MONASTERY. PM: Visit SERRA MONASTERY. HTL LHASA
Day 08IN LHASA AM: Visit NORBULINKA. PM: Visit TIBETAN NUNNERY. – HTL LHASA Luxurious
Day 09IN LHASA AM: Visit TIBETAN MEDICINE CENTRE. PM: FREE for independent activities – HTL LHASA
Day 10LHASA – TSURPU – LHASA: 70 KM Full day excursion to TSURPU and visit TSURPU MONASTERY: seat of KARMAPA – Drive back to LHASA – HTL LHASA
Day 11LHASA – GANDEN – LHASA: 60 KM Full day excursion to GANDEN and visit GANDEN MONASTERY – Drive back to LHASA – HTL HASA
Day 12LHASA – GYANTSE (3,950M): 261 KM Scenic drive to GYANTSE via YAMADROKE LAKE (Turquoise Lake) over crossing two high passes KAROLA (5,010M) & KAMBALA (4,794M) – HTL LHASA
Day 13IN GYANTSE AM: Visit to the KUMBUM STUPA & PHALKOR MONASTERY. PM: Visit GYANTSE DZONG – HTL LHASA
Day 14GYANTSE – XIGATSE (3,900M): 90 KM Scenic drive to XIGATSE with a visit to SHALU MONASTERY through the typical Tibetan villages on the way – HTL LHASA
Day 15IN XIGATSE AM: Visit the PANCHEN LAMA’S TASHILHUMPU MONASTERY. PM: Visit Tibetan bazaar – HTL XIGATSE
Day 16XIGATSE – XEGAR (4350M): 244 KM Picturesque drive to XEGAR by over crossing the high pass GYTSO LA (5220M) – HTL XEGAR
Day 17XEGAR – ZHANGMU (2300M): 244 KM Scenic drive via NYALAMU PASS (4800M) with an opportunity to see MT SHISHAPAGMA, MT CHO OYU, MT EVEREST from the NYALAM PASS ( weather permitting) and continue downhill drive to ZHANGMU – HTL ZHANGMU.
Day 18ZHAMGU – KATHMANDU (1300M): 130 KM After necessary border formalities, continue drive to KATHMANDU through the scenic Nepalese countryside – Transfer to your hotel.
Important Note and Optional Activities
Your safety is of paramount concern whilst traveling with Oknepal Mountain Trekking. Please note that your trek leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Our every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary, however as this is adventure travel in a remote mountain region, we cannot guarantee it! Weather conditions, the health of member can all contribute to changes the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if necessary.
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