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Potala Palace of Lhasa Potala Palace of Lhasa

Trip Introduction


Important Note :
Your safety is of paramount concern while traveling with Himalayan Glacier. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.

Route Map

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Day to Day Itinerary

Day 01:  Kathmandu to Nyalam (3,750m/12,300ft) - 162kms

Early morning, we drive (Approx. 5 hrs) from Kathmandu to Kodari (1,873m/6,140ft). After completing immigration and custom formalities, we drive up hill to Zhangmu (2,300m/75,44ft). This is Tibetan border town. Upon our arrival at the check post, we meet with The Tibetan Guide who will further lead us to Nyalam for overnight. On the way, we make journey through fantastic view of deep valley with some overflowing waterfalls.

Day 02:  Nyalam to Sakya (4,300 m /14,107ft) - 330kms

The day starts out with an uphill drive to the highest plateau in the world, Tibetan plateau, known also as the roof of the world. We cross over the Lalung-la pass (5,050m) and enjoy the view of the breath taking mountains- Cho Oyu, Shishapgma and the Everest. We then drive to Sakya Monastery located in Sakya Country southwest of Shigatse which contains thousands of statues, paintings, murals, stupas, mandalas, and other holy objects, as well as libraries of scriptures in Tibetan, Chinese, Mongolian, and Sanskrit piled from floor to ceiling. Overnight at Sakya.

Day 03:  Sakya to Shigatse (3,900m/12,790ft) - 180kms

We drive from Sakya to Shigatse and visit Tashilunbu Monastery a prominent landmark of the region, located on the southern slope of the Nyima Mountain to the west of the Shigatse city. It is one of the four monasteries of the Gelug Sect of Tibetan Buddhism. The main structures found here are the Maitreya Chapel, Panchen Lama’s Palace and Kelsang Temple. Tashilunbu Monastery is indeed the seat of the Panchen Lama since the Fourth Panchen Lama took charge over the monastery and now houses nearly 800 Lamas. Overnight at Shigatse.

Day 04:  Shigatse to Gyantse (3,950m/12,955) - 90kms

In the fresh air of morning at Shigatse, we will visit the free bazaar of Shigatse. After lunch we embark on a pleasant drive to Gyantse. Gyantse greeets us with magnificient views of Khumbum Stupa and Phalkot Monastery. Overnight at Gyantsey.

Day 05:  Gyantse to Lhasa (3,650m/11,970) - 259kms

We come across 2 passes, The Karo La (5010m) and Kamba La (4794m) pass and Lake Yamdrok Tso (Turquoise Lake) while driving 7 hours drive from Gyantse to Lhasa. We further cross the Yarlung Tsangpo (Brahamaputra) river and see the distant views of the Potala Palace. Overnight at Lhasa.

Day 6:  Lhasa Sightseeing Tour

Foremost, our tour begins with a visit to Sera Monastery in Lhasa. An experienced tour guide also working as an interpreter escorts us to this preserved monastery of white-washed walls and golden roofs. Equally adventurous and exciting tempo builds up while touring Norbulingka, the summer palace of the Dalai Lama. Jokhang Temple is another important sacred site which unravels more deep seated mysteries of Tibetan Buddhism. We further visit to Barkhor Market and roam around the city savoring every tiny detail from stall hawkers coaxing their clients to purchase their goods to exhibition of Tibetan culture, custom and tradition. Eventually, the tour for the day concludes as we return to the comforts of our hotel.

Day 07:  Lhasa Sightseeing Tour

Like the previous day, we experience invaluable insights during our visits to Potala Palace and Drepung Monastery. This 17th century Potala Palace offers an awesome view of entire city and also has private quarters of the Dalai Lama, numerous grand state rooms and chapels. Ancient history has it that Drepung Monastery which was built in 14th century used to shelter around 10,000 monks but as now there has been quite a declination resulting in only few hundreds. Tibetans'respect and belief are immensely knotted with this monastery.

Day 08:  Final departure from Lhasa or extension of our tour

Today is our final day of our Lhasa tour. Hence, today onwards we are free and we can either prepare our own itinerary or we can contact at Himalayan Glacier to extend our trip. At this stage, we are responsible for making all the necessary arrangements and return journey to Nepal or towards to mainland China. However, if we would like to fly out from Lhasa to Kathmandu or any other city of mainland China, Himalayan Glacier can manage the air or Train ticket in advance.

Additional Information

Our website contains as much information as possible about this trip. However, if you wish to discuss any aspect of this trip or your suitability for it, please contact us by email. If you want to talk to us directly, feel free to call us at: 00977-98510-55684
Trip Facts

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$ 1460 USD

Trip Code

HGTTI-084
  • Activities: Cultural and Historical Tours
  • Trip Duration:8 Days
  • Altitude:5200m/17108ft
  • Accommodation: Standard hotels with bed and breakfast
  • Meals:Breakfasts only
  • Transportation: Private vehicles (van or Hiace or bus)
  • Group Size: Minimum of 2 people
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