The Kathmandu Lhasa Group Tour is one of the most affordable trips as well that begins in Kathmandu and ends in Lhasa driving along the Friendship Highway through some of the most stunning landscapes on the Planet. Your journey will pass small Tibetan settlements, nomadic herdsmen wandering across the wide arid plains and awe-inspiring mountain peaks. Similarly, it is a fascinating of the wealth of cultural interest and you will have plenty of opportunity to discover this side of Tibet, both in Lhasa and the other towns including Shigantse where you pass through on your journey from Kathmandu.
Kathmandu Lhasa group tour spends four nights en route in different cities or small towns with three night comfortable stay in Lhasa. Stunning landscapes and mountain views combined with its rich Buddhist history and culture, make visiting Tibet a truly unforgettable experience.
The trip commences from Thamel around 6 AM, driving along the Arniko Highway enjoying the beautiful Nepalese countryside to Kodari on the Nepal Tibet border. After completing the necessary border formalities at the both the Nepalese and Tibetan sides you will change your vehicle and start the two hours adventurous uphill drive to Nyalam. Overnight at guest house
After breakfast at guesthouse the exciting day starts with an adventure drive through lush, green lower hills into the dry, arid landscape of the Tibetan Plateau. The drive crosses several high passes including the Lalung La 5050m from where you can have a breathtaking panorama of the Himalayan range including Mt Everest – a fitting backdrop to the vastness of the Tibetan Plateau. Overnight at guest house
After breakfast you will continue your adventure drive passing by lonely monasteries and the camps of Nomadic herders. The drive crosses the highest pass of your journey, the Gyamtso La 5220m before descending once more to the barren splendor of the plains. Overnight at hotel in Shigatse – the second largest city of Tibet
Today will have a great chance to visit stunning Tashilungpo Monastery, one of the largest functioning monasteries in Tibet, just before short and scenic drive to Gyantse – another historical city in Tibet. In Gyantse, you will visit the Pelkor Chode Monastery and the Gyantse Kumbum. Kumbum is a large gold-domed stupa. It is famous for its many chapels house an impressive array of Tibetan Buddhist murals. Overnight at hotel
After breakfast, start a long drive crossing the Karo La pass 5045m, from where your are treated to the awesome sight of a huge glacier tumbling down to within a few hundred meters of the road. The road follows the bank of a beautiful turquoise lake; the Yamdrok-tso, for about 20 Km. The trip crosses the Khamba La 4794m, and continues on to Lhasa the capital of Tibet. Overnight at hotel
After breakfast in the morning, you will have an easy visit to Jokhang temple. This temple is the most revered shrine in all of Tibet and is constantly bustling with devout worshippers. After lunch in the afternoon, you will visit Sera Monastery, a fifteenth century sprawl of golden roofs and whitewashed walls. The well preserved monastery is located just a few miles North of Lhasa and is home to several hundred monks. Overnight at hotel.
After breakfast, group will be led by Tibetan guide to visit the vital Potala Palace. The palace is Lhasa’s cardinal landmark and is a wonder of Eastern architecture. Your first site of this massive structure will be a magical moment remembered for years to come. It has been a palace since the fifth or sixth century and was once home to the Dalai Lama. In the afternoon you will visit to the Drepung Monastery. Once the world’s largest monastery, home to 10,000 monks, Drepung monastery situated hidden in rocky ridges just beyond the city. Overnight at hotel in Lhasa
Leave Lhasa early in the morning for the 2 hour drive to Gonggar Airport and flight back to Kathmandu or onward destination. End the trip.
Note: The above-mentioned program itinerary is a sample. The period and cost of tour, trekking, volunteering or internship can be changed or extended as per travellers or volunteers' availability of duration.