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Trans Himalayas Lhasa to KathmanduTour Name:         Trans Himalayas Lhasa to Kathmandu
Tour Code:          M98D246
Duration:            10 Days & 9 Nights
Destination:        Lhasa, Tsetang, Gyantse, Shigatse, Shegar, Zhangmu/Dram, Kathmandu
Features:            Trans Himalayas from Lhasa to Kathmandu is one popular route that suites all ages from young to old, and from culture visitors to naturalist etc. The journey takes you through Tibet's must-see attractions in major towns to the exotic Kathmandu, Nepal, the lovely mountain kingdom. You can expect a wide range of culture, religion and natural scenery diversities.
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Trip Summary

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Day01

 Lhasa

Arrive in Lhasa, be met and transferred to hotel. Free at own leisure for altitude acclimation. N/A  Lhasa Kyichu Hotel

Day02

 Lhasa

Visit Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and walk on the holy Barkhor Circuit. B, L  Lhasa Kyichu Hotel

 Day03

Lhasa

Visit Drepung Monastery, Norbulingka Park and see monk debating at Sera Monastery. B, L  Lhasa Kyichu Hotel

 Day04

 Lhasa - Tsetang

Leave Lhasa for Tsetang. Visit Dorje Drak Monastery and Samye Monastery including its famous Chimpu Hermitage. Then make excursion to the Yumbulakhang Castle in the Yarlung Valley. B, L Tsetang Hotel

 Day05

 Tsetang - Shigatse

Drive along holy lake Yamdrok Tso, visit Pelkor Chode Monastery and Kumbum Chorten in Gyantse. Reach Shigatse in the evening. B, L Shigatse Manasarovar Hotel
    Day06

 Shigatse - Shegar

Morning trip to the Tashilunpo Monastery, leave for Shegar and visit Sakya Monastery on the way. B, L Mt.Everest Hotel
    Day07

 Shegar - Zhangmu

Drive to Zhangmu over high mountain passes. B, L Local Hotel
    Day08

 Zhangmu - Kathmandu

Drive to the border pass and get into Nepal at Kodari, driven to Kathmandu. B, L Local Hotel
    Day09

 Kathmandu

One day city tour in Kathmandu for the Durbar Square or Hanuman Dhoka Palace, Swoyambhunath Stupa and Patan Durbar Square.  B, L Local Hotel
    Day10

 Kathmandu

Transferred to airport for onwards flight, trip ends.  B  N/A




Day01 Arrival Lhasa
You will be greeted and received by your Tibetan guide and driver with Hadda (snow white silk ribbon for Tibetan to greet distingue guests). Transferred to your hotel in the city and free at own leisure to acclimatize to the altitude.


Day02 Lhasa (B, L)Potala Palace
Today you will have a full day guided tour in Lhasa. You will first of all visit Potala Palace, which was originally constructed in 637 by Songtsen Gampo, the first king of the united Tibet, and later expanded and served as the winter residence of the Dalai Lamas as well as the religious-political nexus of traditional Tibet. Then you will admire Jokhang Temple, the center of the Tibetan Buddhism and the sacred land of Buddhist followers where thousands of pilgrims come for worship everyday. Walk on the holy Barkhor Circuit and do some shopping if desired. 
 


Day03 Lhasa (B, L)Drepung Monastery,Lhasa
Visit Drepung Monastery the sacred land of Gelug Sect, which was established in 1416AD and the second, third and fourth Dalai Lama once resided in. After that you will be transferred to Norbulingka Park, the former Summer Palace of the Dalai Lamas. Additionally you will be transferred to visit Sera Monastery, which was created in AD1419 and has always been an important Buddhist seminary. Here in Sera, you have chance to see the grand occasion of the Buddhist monk debating at one big courtyard. Lunch served at a good local restaurant and dinner will be arranged at your hotel.


Day04 Lhasa - Tsetang (B, L)Samye Monastery,Tibet
Check out in the morning and leave for Tsetang. You will first of all drive to visit Dorje Drak Monastery, an important Nyingma Sect monastery sitting in the north bank of the Yarlung Tsangpo River. After the visit you will drive to visit Samye Monastery including its famous Chimpu Hermitage that is noted for the meditation caves. Samye Monastery is at the foot of Mt. Haibusi, on the north bank of the Yarlung Tsangpo River in Jialang County. Being the 1st monastery, belongs to the Nyingmapa and Sakyapa Sects, Samye Monastery was built in 761. The monastery had been combined the Chinese, Tibetan and Indian styles, in the centre of the monastery is a big square 3-storey hall with a floor space of over 8,900 square meters. Then you will drive across the bridge and get to Tsetang where you will take a trip to the Yumbulakhang, the castle perched dramatically on a pinnacle above the valley is the oldest known dwelling in Tibet, reputedly the home of the Yarlung Kings. The view from the castle is just spectacular.

 
Day05 Tsetang - Gyantse - Shigatse (B, L)Kumbum Stupa,Tibet
In the morning drive to Gyantse along the Kyichu River. On the Kamba La (4.796 m) have a fantastic view of the holy lake Yamdrok Yumtso (4441 m), one of the three holy lakes in Tibet and the largest habitat of waterfowls in south Tibet. The Yamdok Yumtso, one of the three largest lakes of Tibet, lies about a hundred kilometers' distance to the southwest of Lhasa, is within Langkamu county, with an area of 638 square kilometers and a coastal line of 250 kilometers. The deepest point is 60 meters. To the interior of the lake ten or so hilly islands stand independently one from the other which give homes to flocks of wild ducks. A lot of colorful ducks and geese are swimming on the surface of the lake. There is also plenty of natural fodder for the fish in the lake. The lake has a fish reserve of about 300 million kilograms. That is why it is called "the Fish Store of Tibet". The coast of the lake is an ideal pasture. All these make an intoxicating quite picture. Then drive over the 5, 010 m high Karo La and the Simi La to Gyantse (approx. 3.950 m). On arrival, you will xplore the Pelkor Chode Monastery and the splendid Kumbum Stupa (100-Thousand-Buddha Pagoda) nearby. Built in the15th century and situated in the northwestern edge of Gyantse, Pelkor Monastery is the only one large building complex in Tibet that old monastery and stupas are completely preserved and characterized as a monument. It is recorded 14,000 kilograms of copper was used to make the 8-meter-high sitting statue of Sakyamuni Buddha housed in the grand hall of the temple. The 8-storey stupa is 42m high and 62m in diameters contains a total of 76 chapels with wonderful murals revered by art scholars around the world. Kumbum Stupa opens 8 doors, which are decorated with relief sculptures of lively flying dragons, running lions and walking elephants. It is a master-piece of the joint efforts of the Nepalese, Tibetan and Chinese. Then you will drive to Shigatse.

 
Day06 Shigatse - Shegar (B, L)Tashilunpo Monastery,Tibet
This morning you will visit you will visit Tashilunpo Monastery of Gelug Sect, the seat of the Panchen Lama built in 1447. The monastery is the biggest Gelugpa monastery in the Tsang regions of Tibet, sprawls on the slope of Mt. Niser, south-west of Shigatse. Tashilhunpo is associated with the Gelugpa order and is one of the six great Gelugpa institutions along with Drepung, Sera and Ganden in Lhasa and Kumbum and Labrang in Amdo. It is probably the largest functioning monastic institution in contemporary Tibet and is an impressive place to explore. Drive out the city to Sakya County for a tour to the Sakya Monastery (4.280 m), the centre of the Sakyapa Sect (White Earth Order). The construction of the monastery was started in 1073 by Kung GungQuijiepuo with the order from basba. The southern founded in 1268 by a famous abbot of Sakya named Pagpa who once had ruled the whole of Tibet under the Yuan Dynasty's supervision. So it is of typical Yuan Dynasty style resembling powder or cinnabar. It has over 10,000 volumes of Tibetan books on astronomy, medicine, calligraphy, and history. Owing to its valuable and voluminous amount of Buddhist sutras and cultural remains, the Sakya Monastery is often considered as the "Dunhuang the Second". Later of the day you will reach Shegar (New Tingri) and check in hotel.

 
Day07 Shegar - Zhangmu (B, L)View from Friendship Highway
Leave in the morning for Zhangmu/Dram. You will have the first 2.5hrs on rugged road until getting on to the paved Sino-Nepalese Friendship Highway. Enjoy snowy mountain peaks when passing through passes and enjoy some free leisure time at Zhangmu/Dram.

 
Day08 Zhangmu - Katmandu (B, L)Zhangmu Town,Tibet
Drive to the border control and cross the border pass and enter into Nepal. From Kodari onwards you will have your private Nepalese English speaking guide and private driver who will receive you and escort you to your hotel in Kathmandu. The drive to Kathmandu takes up to 3hrs. Check in your hotel and free the rest of day at Kathmandu.

 
Day09 Katmandu (B, L)Kathmandu City,Nepal
This day you will take a guided tour to visit the highlights of Kathmandu that covers Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swoyambhunath Stupa and Patan Durbar Square. The tour is on private basis includes a local lunch.

 
Day10 Depart Kathmandu (B)
Free in the morning until check out and transferred to Tribhuvan Airport for your homewards flight. End of your holiday.



Tour costing varies upon group size, travel season and hotel accommodation levels etc. For price details please email us at info@splendidchinatours.com.



Price inclusions:
01). All accommodations based on two persons sharing one room (single occupancy is subject to supplement);
02). China internal flights with airport tax or train as stated in the program;
03). Round-trip transfers between airports or railway stations, hotels, and scenic spots in each city by private air-conditioned vehicles with experienced licensed drivers;
04). All admission fees and activity expenses as listed in the itinerary;
05). Daily meals as specified in the itinerary: B denotes breakfast, L denotes lunch, and D denotes dinner (SD signifies special dinner);
06). Services of a local English speaking guide in each city (other languages can be arranged upon request, supplement may apply);
07). Tibet local travel permits such as Tibet Entry Permit (TTB), Alien's Travel Permit (PSB) and Military Permit etc. when applicable;
08). Travel Agency Liability Insurance during the tour;
09). Governmental taxes and fees.

Price excluded:
01). International airfare to/from China;
02). Chinese Visa fees;
03). Expenses of personal natural such as laundry, telephone, drinks, mini bar etc;
04). Personal shopping, optional activities and excess baggage charges;
05). Gratuities for local tour guides, drivers and hotel bellboy etc;
06). International travel insurance;
07). Services and activities that are not mentioned in the itinerary.

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