8 Days Kathmandu-Lhasa Overland Tour

Tour Route: Lhasa

FTD-03
Daily
Group Tour
Day 1 Kathmandu-Kodari-Zhangmu

Pick up from your hotel in Kathmandu. Drive from Kathmandu to Kodari, Nepal-China border on Nepal side, enjoy the marvelous scenery along the way. After immigration formalities in Zhangmu(Sino-Nepal border on China side), enter Tibet Autonomous region of China. Overnight in Zhangmu.

Meals: No meals
Day 2 Zhangmu-Tingri (B)

Drive from Zhangmu to Tingri, visit magnificent Milarepa's Cave en route.
Milarepa's Cave or Namkading Cave is a cave where the great Tibetan Buddhist philosopher, and Vajrayana Mahasiddha, Milarepa (c. 1052—c. 1135 CE), spent many years of his life in the eleventh century, 11 km north of the town of Nyalam, below the roadside and above the Matsang river in Nyalam County, Tibet. Overnight in Tingri.

Meals: Breakfast
Day 3 Tingri - EBC – Tingri (B)

Drive to Mt. Everest Base Camp [5200m],touch the roof of the world, then drive back to Tingri. Overnight in Tingri.

Meals: Breakfast
Day 4 Tingri- Shigatse (B)

Tashilumpo Monastery was founded in 1447, which is recorded hightest Lama in the Gelukpa tradition, and the seat of sucessive Panchen Lamas in the Xigaze Prefecture. It is located on a hill in the center of the city, the full name in Tibetan of the monastery means "all fortune and happiness gathered here" or "heap of glory". Overnight in Shigatse.

Meals: Breakfast
Day 5 Shigatse-Gyantse-Lhasa (B)

Palkhor Monastery lies about 230 kilometers south of Lhasa and 100 kilometers east of the Shigatse Prefecture, at the foot of Dzong Hill. It is well-known for its Kumbum, which has 108 chapels in its four floors. The multi-storied Kumbum Stupa was crowned with a golden dome and umbrella, surrounded with more chapels filled with unique religious statues and murals.

The highlight of this day is the beautiful turquoise lake, Yamdruk-Tso, located abt 100km to the south-west of Lhasa. In Tibetan language,the word Yamdrok means upper pasture & Tso means lake,thusliterally Yamdro Tso means Upper Pasture Lake. This beautiful turquoise lake is situated as an altitude of 4,441m above sea level. It is the largest freshwater lake at the south foot of the Himalayas abt 678 square kilometers. The lake has a length of 130km and width of 70kms.It is quite a deep lake with the average depth abt 20-40 meters,  and it’s deepest is abt 60m below the surface. 
Karo-la Glacier  is famed as "Ice Queen"on the roof of the world. It is abt 5,600m north of the main peak of Karo-la Mountain. You'll have a long-distance view of this masterpiece of nature. Overnight in Lhasa.

Meals: Breakfast
Day 6 Lhasa City (B)

Morning, visit Potala Palace, worldwidly known cardinal landmark of Tibet, which was built in the 7th century by the famous Tibetan king, Songtzen Gampo. It is the highest palace of the world, more than 3,700 meters above sea level. The massive structure itself contains a small world within it. Mostly it is knowned as the residence of the Dalai Lama lineages. The top of the palace called Golden Roofs. it’s the best spot to bird-view the whole city.
Afternoon, visit Jokhang Temple, situated in the old section of Lhasa. King Songtzen Gampo built this temple in the mid-7th century A.D. Now it is one of the most sacred place for pilgrims all over the world.
The circuit around it called Barkhor Street, a famous local handmade crafts market, which is a good place to purchase souvenirs.
Overnight in Lhasa.

Meals: Breakfast
Day 7 Lhasa Suburb (B)

AM-- Subject to change! one of these three: Drepung Monastery,Drak Yerpa, Ganden Monastery

PM-- Sera Monastery

AM: Drepung Monastery was built in 1416 and is the largest monastery of the Gelug Sect. It covers an area of 250,000 square meters.

   Drak Yerpa is a place that has deep meanings in the Tibetan spiritual culture. There is a saying goes like this: "Lhasa is the shrine of Tibet, Drak Yerpa is the shrine of Lhasa. Not seeing Drak Yerpa in Lhasa is just like making a dress without the collar." The entrance to the Yerpa Valley is about 16 km northeast of Lhasa on the northern bank of the Kyichu River. From there, it is another 10 km to the famous ancient meditation caves.

    Ganden Monastery is one of the 'great three' Gelukpa university monasteries of Tibet, located at the top of Wangbur Mountain, Tagtse County, 36 kilometers ENE from the Potala Palace in Lhasa, at an altitude of 4,300m.

PM: Sera Monastery is located in the northern suburb of Lhasa City. The monastery was named Sera which means wild rose in the Tibetan language, because the hill behind it was covered with wild roses in bloom when the monastery was built. From of Mon ~ Fri, every afternoon, you ll be able to see monks debating at Sera Monastery.

Overnight in Lhasa.

Meals: Breakfast
Day 8 Lhasa-Airport/ Train Station (B)

Your tour ends today. We offer free Airport Drop-off Service. If it doesn’t fit with your schedule, or you departs by train, we also offer individual Airport & Railway Station Drop-off Service with extra charge.  End of tour!

Meals: Breakfast
It is flexible to change the duration, attractions, starting and ending cities according to your interests. Also the tour can be extended or shorten as your preference, just let your trip consultant know.
All of the tour packages exclude the international airfares. We suggest you can book it one your own. You can compare the price between OTAs (Expedia, Priceline, Sky scanner...) and the airlines. When you have a confirmed date, set alarm and compare it always.
As the China Visa, we cannot apply for you as we are an China inbound travel company. However, we can send you our invitation letter with our company's official seal to you after you booked the tour from us, which could assist you to get China Visa from China embassy easily. Usually, we suggest you to apply the visa about one month or one month and a half before your travel date.
For the breakfast, it is offered by the hotel you stay, usually Chinese and Western buffet breakfast. As for the lunch, we offer 80RMB per person for a standard Chinese meal at a nice tourist restaurant. If you want to order other kind of meals, such as vegetarian, Muslim meals, Indian Meals, please let your trip consultant know. Dinner usually will be left for you to choose the food you prefer. Our guide will help you to balance each meal such as your taboo, your preference and avoid repeated food. You have to pay for the extra cost if you want to take better or more. The meals on Yangtze Cruise are fixed Chinese and Western Buffet.
All the hotels can be replaced by your favorite ones or you can book your own hotels. And the hotel room we offered here usually is standard with twin beds. If you want to have king-size bed room or suite, please let your trip advisor know. Besides, all the accommodation are quoted on two persons sharing one room. The room supplement must be paid if you want to have a single room.
* Most hotels we offered in our tour package have WIFI in the lobby, and some of which have WIFI in hotel rooms. If you need the WIFI in your room, please make sure with your trip advisor.
We have non-shopping private tour and tour with carefully selected shops. For tour with shops, the price will be lower, and you will enter one or two shops in every tourist city. The shops could be jade, silk, pearl, Chinese tea etc., all of which have strong China's character and is worthy to buy. Each shop will take you around 45 minutes. We promise there is no compulsory consumption at all. You get the situation in your hands.
* Department stores, supermarkets, boutiques, hotel and restaurants in most cities of China do accept the credit card with the sigh of MasterCard, VISA and JCB. However, it does generate commission charge. Please check the regulations with your bank manager.
All domestic flight we offered is the economic class, which you can carry one hand-on luggage no more than 5 kg for free. The total of free registered luggage is no more than 20kg. Excess luggage will charge you some extra fees, be aware of that. The free registered luggage allowance in China domestic train is 20kg.
The insurance provided by us is called Travel Agencies' Liability Insurance, which covers accidents occurring during the activities arranged by travel agency. It does not cover mishaps or physical problems occurring outside the guided tour period or caused by clients themsevles, so we highly suggest you purchase the full coverage travel insurance from your country of origin.
For group of 1-4 passengers, recommend US$ 4-8 per tourist per day for guide, and US$ 2-5 per tourist per day for guide; for group of 5 and above, recommend US$ 2-5 per tourist per day for guide, and US$2-4 per tourist per day for driver. Besides, we highly recommend you to tip every day to encourage better service from them in the next coming days. However, if you have genuine reason not to tip, don't.
Usually, the deposit of tour package accounts for 30% of the total quotation, and the balance should be paid 30 days before your tour date. Payment methods we accept include Bank Transfer and PayPal, Credit Card and so on. More details you can check the Payment Guide page. Moreover, Children who are less than 12 y/o have their own discounts, please contact with your trip advisor.

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