Tibet, on the lofty Tibetan Plateau on the northern side of the Himalayas, is an autonomous region of China. It’s nicknamed the “Roof of the World” for its towering peaks. It shares Mt. Everest with Nepal. Its capital, Lhasa, is the site of the hilltop Potala Palace, once the Dalai Lama’s winter home, and Jokhang Temple, Tibet’s spiritual heart, revered for its golden statue of the young Buddha.
Tibet has some of the world’s tallest mountains, other than the Mount Everest. Several major rivers have their source in the Tibetan Plateau – the Yangtze, the Yellow River, Indus, Mekong, Ganges, Salween and Brahmaputra.
The Indus and Brahmaputra rivers originate from a lake in Western Tibet, near Mount Kailash, a holy pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Tibetans. The Hindus consider the mountain to be the abode of Lord Shiva.
At once mysterious, beautiful and inaccessible, it is the home of myth, tradition, legends and a simple, friendly people. Come, go Beyonder with us, while we trip on the unusual in this beautiful land…
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Arrival in Lhasa
Arrive in Lhasa and get transferred to the hotel. Rest and acclimatize to the high altitude – maybe a short stroll around. Overnight in Lhasa
Lhasa City tour (B,D)
Visit the Potala Palace (a UNESCO World Heritage site), the winter palace of Dalai Lama – 13-storey building with over 1,000 rooms, statues, stupas, murals and artifacts.
Then continue to Jokhang Temple (another UNESCO World Heritage site) which is a Buddhist spiritual center. Walk along the famous Bakhor Street next to the temple with its pilgrims and street vendors, selling traditional Tibetan items such as prayer wheels and jewelry. Overnight in Lhasa
Monasteries – Drepung & Sera (B)
Visit the 15th century Drepung monastery, was one of the “three great” Gelug monasteries of Tibet and the Ganden palace which was the Dalai Lama’s palace in the Drepung before moving to the Potala palace.
Then on to the Sera Monastery (anther one of the “three great” Gelug monasteries of Tibet) where we will try and catch the famous ‘Monks debate’. Overnight in Lhasa
Gyantse and Shigatse tour (B)
Drive from Lhasa to Gyantse – en route is the wild raw beauty of the mountains – Gampala pass and a view of Yamdrok-tso. In Gyantse, check out the famous Pelkor Monastery and Gyantse Kumbum. And then on to Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet. Overnight in Shigatse
The magnificence of the 5 highest peaks in the world (B)
Head to Lhatse and then on to Shegar and to Rongbuk monastery. Enjoy a view of all the 5 highest peaks in the World from the Pang La Pass en route. Overnight in Rongbuk
The Everest Base Camp
Get mesmerized by the magnificent sunrise on the top of Mt Everest, and have a full view of the magnificent Everest. You could now choose to trek from your tent to the base camp 4km one way, or go to EBC by local bus. Head down to the Kyirong border. Overnight in Kyirong
Drive back to Kathmandu (B)
Cross over the border and drive back to Kathmandu. Overnight in Kathmandu
Get transferred to the airport for your departure flight from Kathmandu.