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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)
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)
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)
Morning drive 265 km 5 to 6 hour straight to Gyantse, we will drive over three spectacular high passes – the Khamba La at 5100m and Karo La at 5050m and Simi La at 5000 m and over and along the beautiful Lake called Yamdrok Lake or Turquoise Lake. The Lake is surrounded by many snow capped mountains and in the distance we can have spectacular views of Holy Nyenchen Khangsar Mountain. Once we arrive at Gyantse town we can enjoy the far view of Gyantse Fortress.

After arriving town we will visit Khumbum Stupa, the giant octagonal Stupa is one of the outstanding architectural achievements build and decorated by a Gyantse Prince. Rising 35 meters high, the Stupa is said to have 108 Cells in the 9 levels / floor surmounted by a golden dome, and contains 77 chapels which line its walls. Next to it is Pelkhor Chode Monastery. The monastery is located in the north of the town adjacent to the fort, containing 15 different chapels and halls belong to different orders of Tibetan Buddhism.
After visiting Gyantse Khumbum we drive 2 hours, 95 km straight to Shigaste the second largest town in Tibet. Shigatse was one of the first towns to be visited by westerners due to close distance with Indian border. O/N Hotel (BB)
Visit TashiLhunpo Monastery & Local Market then drive to Shegar/New Tingri (235 km, 4h.30m) 4300 m

Morning we visit the TashiLhunpo Monastery which holds both historical and cultural importance for being founded in 1447 at the time of 1st Dalia Lama Gendun Drupa who is a disciple of Tsongkapa. Hence the monastery is also one of the biggest functioning monasteries of Gelugpa. The monastery is the traditional seat of successive Panchen Lamas, the second highest ranking tulku lineage in the Gelug tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.
After visiting monastery we will visit the local markets for shopping and local sightseeing then we continue our journey to Shegar. Shegar/New Tingri is small town situated at the altitude of 4300 meters. The friendship high takes about 4 – 5 hour to reach Shegar/New Tingri crossing highest Gyatso La pass at 5248 meters above the sea level. On descend if weather permitted we can enjoy first view of Mt. Everest and Mt. Cho Oyu. O/N Hotel (BB)
Early morning we drive off route leaving the Friendship Highway and drive towards Base Camp driving over Pang La pass (5150m) from where we can see incredible view of Himalayan range stretching from Mt. Malaku to Mt. Shisapangma. Before arriving at the Qomolangma/Everest Base Camp we stop at the world highest Rongbuk Monastery at (4980 m) and after taking lunch break at Monastery Guest House we drive toward to Base Camp. Enjoy the closer view of Mount Everest and drive same way back to Shigatse. O/N Hotel (BB)
Drive to Lhasa via Northern route (285 km, 6h – 7 h) 3600 m

Morning we drive to Lhasa via northern route. This is the shortest road between Lhasa and Shigatse. Road offer spectacular view of Tibetan Plateau and drive along the famous river called “Yarlung Tsangpo”. Afternoon day at leisure, relax at hotel or explore the alleys of Barkhor surrounding. O/N Hotel (BB)
You will be driven to the airport in time to catch your flight back to Kathmandu

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