|Package name||Classic Tibet Tour|
|Max. elevation||3950 Meter|
|Transportation||private touristic vehicle and flight ticket|
|Accomodation||Three-star hotel in Kathmandu; Tourist Standard Hotels in Lhasa Tibet trip|
|Trip route||Kathmandu-Tibet Gongar International airport Lhasa Lhasa-Drepung-Shera Monasteries-Jhorkang Temple-Potala Palace-Norbulingka summer palace-Shigatse-Gyantse-Phalkor-Kumbum Stupa-Gyantse-Morning tour-Tashilumpo Monastery-Lhasa-Gongor-Kathmandu.|
|Cost||USD 0 per person|
On arrival in Kathmandu and Nepal International Airport via various international airlines, received by our guide and staff for short transfer in the heart of Kathmandu city. Where your hotel is located, after checking into your rooms, and then meet other members of the trip at the hotel lobby for briefing. The briefing. includes important information regarding Classic Tibet Tour, to make your holiday in Tibet and Nepal more enjoyable. The evening group welcomes dinner in a lovely Nepalese Restaurant with an introduction to the culture of Nepal with folk dance and music.
A free day in Kathmandu preparation for the trek includes a sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley at places of great historical and religious interest. The city is steeped with ancient world heritage sites, where the tour takes you around renowned landmarks, like the old Durbar/Palace Square with old Swayambhunath of more than 2,500 years old Stupa, a Buddhist religious monument. Includes holy Hindu temple of Pashupatinath and large dome stupa of Bouddhanath of great cultural and religious interest.
Morning is a time for the exciting flight to Lhasa in Tibet, transfer to Kathmandu International airport, as Air China flight takes off facing a breathtaking panorama of Himalayan peaks with the world highest Mt. Everest. The plane then heads over the mountains to reach within Tibetan sky and then lands at Gongor Tibet International Airport, where our Tibetan guide and drivers receive you for a short drive into the city of Lhasa with a glimpse of the magnificent Potala Palace the dominates the city. On reaching Lhasa transfer into a nice hotel with warm Tibetan hospitality, the hotel is located close to Barkhor Square the main hub of the city, and an interesting place to be.
The morning after breakfast, our Tibetan guide meets you at the hotel, for an enjoyable day around Lhasa around places of great historical, religious and cultural interest. Drive west of the city and then uphill to the huge white monastery of Drepung, the seats and residence of many Dalai Lama, before Potala was built. Tour takes you to visit monastery interior enriched with impressive arts and statues placed on the main prayer hall and enjoy observing the monastery activities. From here head towards Jhorkang Temple amidst busy Barkhor Square and markets. The oldest shrine of Tibet enjoys views of the city from the terraces of Jhorkang temple with views of Potala Palace. Afternoon short drive north of Lhasa to visit another important Shera monastery, and watch young monks debating regarding social and religious subjects, one of the highlights of this monastery. After a great day, the rest of the afternoon free for a stroll around the streets of Lhasa and witness local people of great cultural interest.
After breakfast, at the usual time for the tour to the famous landmark of Tibet, the Potala Palace is situated on a red hill, within the center of Lhasa. A winter palace and resident from 5th to present 14th Dalai Lama, head of state where visitors are allowed to enter few main halls and prayer rooms from its 100 rooms. The Palace, built in early 640 A.D. during the time of the 5th Dalai Lama. After an interesting visit with a free afternoon for individual activities and shopping souvenirs. Afternoon tour continues with short drive southwest to Norbulingka, a summer palace of semi-modern with lovely large garden and tall trees, our guide will take around summer palace important sites, and then end the day tour with rest of the day free at leisure.
An early morning start after breakfast, for a long scenic drive beyond Lhasa city and the valley heading past farm villages. As the drive continues uphill to the high pass of Khamba-La pass 4,800 m high. From the top enjoy a grand panorama of vast Tibetan scenic landscapes includes views of distant snow peaks. After a wonderful stop downhill towards the beautiful turquoise Lake of Yamdrok Tsho, then arrive at Nagarktse town for lunch in a nice Tibetan restaurant. Afternoon ride crosses Kara-La pass at 5,050 m high, facing views of Nzongkhangsa peak and its ice-fall and glaciers located close to the main road. Drive then heads past nomads camps, and witness yak grazing on a vast field then reaching Gyantse town. As time permits tour of famous Gyantse Dzong (fort) Pelkor Chode Monastery and Kumbum Stupa, after a short break and tour of Gyantse famous sites, a drive of few hours to reach Tibet 2nd largest Shigatse city for an overnight stop.
After breakfast, a short drive to another famous monastery of Tibet the Tashilumpo, a huge religious complex with a golden rooftop. Enter the main monastery interior of prayer rooms within a big hall, the seat of his holiness Panchen Lama, the second head of state after Dalai Lama. Enjoying an interesting tour with a tall bronze statue of Maitreya, the future Buddha which is 21 meters tall. From here take a lunch in a nearby restaurant with tourist standard food served including typical Tibetan cuisine. Afternoon visits the market the main shopping and bartering area of the locals, an interesting place to observe the Tibetan way of life and culture. After an exciting day back to the hotel, with time to relax and for a short stroll around the streets of Shigatse city.
Morning an interesting drive on the shorter route to reach Lhasa for last overnight in Tibet, as drive follows Brahmaputra River / Yarlung Tsangpo flows from Mt. Kailash southwest of Tibet. After a scenic journey of four hours reaching Lhasa, with time for individual activities and shopping Tibetan souvenirs.
Having last breakfast in Tibet, a short drive of an hour to Gongor International Airport, the bid farewell to Tibetan guide and drivers, and then check in with custom and visa formalities. After going through securities into the plane for the scenic flight back to Kathmandu and to your hotel, with the rest of the day free for individual activities on the last day in Nepal.
Last day in Nepal, enjoying a memorable adventure and experience on Classic Tibet Tour, as a time for your international flight our staff transfer you to the airport for homeward bound.
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