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Fly from Kathmandu – Gonggar Airport drive to hotel in Tsedang (100 km 2h.20m) 3100 m

Fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa (1 hour 35 minute). The Trans-Himalayan flight will enchant you with the spectacular, breathtaking view if Himalayan ranges. You will see the most of the highest mountains on the earth including Mt. Everest. Upon our arrival in Gonggar airport after immigration formality our guide will meet and greet you offering Khada (Tibetan scarf) and transfer you directly to your hotel in Tsedang. The drive will take about 2 hour 20 minutes to Tsedang. After arriving at hotel guide will help you with hotel check in formality.

*Note: we advise you to take good rest in order to give you time to acclimatize and minimize the effect of altitude sickness. O/N Hotel (BB)
Visit Yambulakhang, Tandruk Monastery & Tomb of King 3100 m

After Breakfast visit Yambulakhang the first building in Tibet and the palace of the first Tibetan King. Yambulakhang stand on a hill on the eastern back of the Yurlung River in the Yurlung Valley. After that visit Tandruk Monastery which is believed to be a oldest monastery founded at the same time as the Jokhang and Ramoche Monastery in Lhasa. After lunch visit Yurlung valley and Tombs of Kings. O/N Hotel (BB)
Drive to Samye (50 km 1h 30m), visit Samye Monastery then drive to Lhasa (135 km 3 h 30 m) 3600 m

Early morning we take de tour to Samye Monastery. Samye Monastery is the first Buddhist Monastery of Nginma order to be built in Tibet, probably founded during Shantarakshita, the two Indian masters the king had invited to Tibet to help consolidate the Buddhist faith. Later taken over by the Sakya tradition and more recently came under the influence of the Gelukpa. After visiting monastery drive to Lhasa. The drive will take about 3 hour 30 minute to reach Lhasa city. O/N Hotel (BB)
Visit Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple & Barkhor Market and 3600 m

This morning we visit the Potala Palace, winter home of the Dalai Lamas and most famous landmark in the world. Although the palace cannot be freely explored, you will experience some if its chapels including audience hall, the golden burial Chorten (Tomb) of Past Dalai Lamas, tremendous number of painting done on wall, Statue, Thangka and Mandala etc.

After lunch we will visit Jokhang Temple, the spiritual heart of Tibetan Buddhism and important sacred site in Tibet. The Temple was founded during the reign of King Songtsen Gampo for his two brides Princess Wencheng of the Chinese Tang Dynasty and Princes Bhrikuti of Nepal, both are said to have brought important Buddhist image and statues from Nepal & China to Tibet as part of their dowries. After visiting Temple explore Barkhor surrounding, watch the pilgrims prostrating themselves near the front gate of Jokhang Temple. Take part in clockwise circuit walking round the temple, walk around narrow alley to explore old Lhasa city. O/N Hotel (BB)
Visit Drepung Monastery & Sera Monastery: 3600 m

This morning we will drive 8 km northwest of Lhasa to visit Drepung Monastery which is one of the “great three” Geluk Monasteries of Tibet, founded by Jamyang Choje in 1416. The Drepung is the largest of all Tibetan monasteries and once a home of as many as 10000 monks. This winter Palace was the resident of hundreds of monks from all the major Geluk monasteries for staffing individual Chapels.

In the afternoon drive 5km away from Lhasa to Sera Monastery founded in 1419, which is another one of the “ great three” Geluk monasteries of Tibet. Monastery is well known for the monks debate at around 3 – 5 in the afternoon. O/N Hotel (BB)
You will be driven to the airport in time to catch your flight back to Kathmandu

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