Under the boundless sky, on vast plains, cows and sheep’s can be seen when the wind blows and grass lowers.
This trip will take you to unfold the key Tibetan hinterland culture, will enjoy the meet of blue sky and white clouds.
You may feel the spiritual distillation created by Potala palace, Jokhang temple, Drepung monastery, Sera monastery, Pekyu monastery and Tashi Lunpo monastery. And also you could enjoy the visual feast brought by holy lake Yamdro Yang Tso, Karula glacier, Gyangtse the heroic city and the world’s number one peak-Mount Everest.
Day 01: Kathmandu arrival
Day 02: Kathmandu sightseeing.
Day 03: Kathmandu to Lhasa. (3650 meters elevation/48 kilometers)
Day 04: Trip to Lhasa – Potala Palace, Jokhang temple, Parkhor Street.
Day 05: Trip to Lhasa – Drepung monastery, Sera monastery.
Day 06: Lhasa – Gyangtse – Shigatse. (3850 meters elevation/370 kilometers)
Day 07: Shigatse – Everest Base Camp. (5225 meters elevation/310 kilometers)
Day 08: Everest Base Camp – Kerung. (2700 meters elevation/320 kilometers)
Day 09: Drive back to Kathmandu.
Day 10: Final Departure
Today upon your arrival to Kathmandu, our company representative will receive you from airport and drop you to the hotel .Overnight stay at hotel in Kathmandu
Today after breakfast we will start our sightseeing tour to Kathmandu city. We will be visiting Pashupatinath temple (the sacred temple) , Swambhunath Stupa (monkey temple) and Budhanilkantha (sleeping Vishnu). Overnight stay at hotel in Kathmandu
Today we will have a flight to Lhasa from Kathmandu. After arriving Lhasa, the tour guide and vehicle from our company will be there before your arrival time, and ready to pick you up .Gong Ga airport is located in the south of Lhasa, the distance is about 48kilometers from Lhasa city, it will take probably one hour for you to reach the hotel. The airport is the highest altitude international airport in the world. When you arrive at the hotel, we recommend you to take day off to adjust the high plateau climate. To perfectly adjust the high plateau climate, we recommend you to have a nice sleep at the hotel. Overnight stay at hotel in Lhasa.
After breakfast, we will depart from the hotel, and driving toward Potala Place. When you get off the car, you must prepare to accept the challenge of climbing up over one hundred steps of Potala Palace. Potala Palace initially was built by Tubo King Singzan Ganpo in seven century A.D., but the current scale was enlarged by fifth Dalai Lama during 17th century. It has thirteen floors in height, over one thousand rooms, it was divided into red and white palace. Right after lunch, you will visit Jokhang temple. It is the oldest temple in Tibet, was built by King Songzan Ganpo in seven century A.D. It mainly worships the twelve years Shakyamuni Buddha statue brought by princess Wencheng from capital city Chang An in Tang dynasty. When you are walking around the Parkhor street, the breeze sweeping over your face, as if it was chanting the love poetry of sixth Dalai Lama Tsangyang Gyaltso, “When I live in the Potala Palace I am the biggest king of Tibet, but when I am wandering around the streets of Lhasa, I am the most famous poet in the world.
After breakfast, we will visit Drepung monastery, it is one of the six grand monasteries of Gelukpa Buddhist sect. It is located inside a south slope on the Gambo Utse Mountain, about ten kilometers of the western suburb of Lhasa city. It was established in 1416 by Jamyang Chuje Tashi Paden, the disciple of the Great Master Tsongkapa, founder of the Gelukpa sect. It is the largest monastery among all the monasteries in Tibet. The monastery owns 141 manors and 540 ranches. Sera monastery, the full name is “Sera Mahayana Monastery”, it is one of the six grand monasteries of Gelukpa Buddhist sect. Along with Drepung and Gandan monastery, they are known as “three grand monasteries in Lhasa”. Sera was the latestly built among the three monasteries. We will visit Sera monastery after having lunch, it is located on the Sera Utse Mountain, three kilometers in the northern suburb of Lhasa city. The monastery is surrounded by willows, it was the preaching site of the highly realized abbots since the ancient time, and there are many smaller monasteries in the surrounding area. There are Pubu Jue monastery, Michung Renunnery, Gongba Sa monastery, Papung Kha monastery, Tashi Chue Ling monastery, Chu sang monastery, Ga Li nunnery in eastern and southern side. Behind the monastery there are Drup Khang retreat cave, Sera Chu Ding monastery and so on. Sera monastery was built by Jamchen Chuje, the other disciple of Tsongkhapa, the scale of the monastery is slightly smaller than Drepung monastery .Overnight stay at hotel in Lhasa
According to local legend, a maiden fairy left the Heaven and became the lake Yamdro Yongtso on earth. In Tibetan it means “Jasper Lake”, it is one of the three holy lakes in Tibet, the shape of the lake looked like a coral branch, therefore, in Tibetan language, it is also named “the coral lake from heaven”. The surface waves of the lake looks like a green jade mirror, there has been plenty of water and lush grass at the lakeside. It is indeed a fertile high plateau ranch. The local Tibetan people praised the lake by folk song lyrics as follow: “the paradise above the sky, the Yamdro Lake on earth, the clusters of stars above the sky, the cattle and sheep at the lakeside”. When you depart from Yamdro Lake and stride over Simila mountain pass which is 4330 meters in altitude, you then arrive under the glacier of Karola glacier.
At the front of the glacier, the altitude is 5560 meters above sea level, in the northern side of the mountain pass you should visit the Karola glacier comfortability. Overnight stay at hotel in Lhasa
The Mount Everest, 8844.4 meters in height, it is the highest peak in the world. The top of the mountains is located in the boarder of Nepal and China, the southern slope is located in Sakya Marta special district of Nepal. The northern slope is located in Tingri country, TAR, P.R.China. It is one the ten most beautiful and shocking famous mountains in China.
According to the myth, Mount Everest is residential palace of five longevity goddess. Sakya Marta, in Nepalese language, means “the goddess of the heaven”.
Shisha Pangma peak is located in the middle part of Himalaya Mountain, Nyalam country of Shigatse city. The elevation is 8012 meters above the sea level. It ranks 14th in the list of fourteen 8000 meters category high peaks worldwide. It is a completely inside Chinese territory of Grirong country, Shigatse city, Tibet autonomous region. It is under the peak Shisha Pangma, beside the lake Peku. It means comfortable village or happy village in Tibetan language. In A.D. 789, Gyirong was the vital trade communication line between Tibet and Nepal. The Nepalese princess Trizun had entered from Gyirong to get married with Tibetan king Songzan Gangpo. The Xuan Ce Wang, an imperial envoy of Tang dynasty, had been sent on several diplomatic missions to some south Asian countries passing through Gyirong valley. Gyirong is the extension of Tang-Bo ancient road, also to be called the official road back then.
Today early morning we will start our drive to Kathmandu via syabrubesi. Overnight stay at hotel in Kathmandu
Leaf holidays representative will take you to the Tribhuvan International Airport for your final departure. We wish you all a safe journey home!