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12 Days of Lhasa-Everest-Kathmandu Tour

    

Itinerary
Day 1 Arrive Lhasa   
Morning flight to Lhasa, transfer to Lhasa in the afternoon. The guide will meet you at Konggar Airport, and transfer you to Lhasa city with about 1 1/2 hours’ driving (100km). On the way, you’ll get greeted by Nie Tang Budda – a Budda image engraved in the mountain face. After arrive in Lhasa, rest and acclimatize. Overnight in Lhasa.

Day 2  Lhasa(B/L/D) Buffet breakfast at hotel, sightseeing starts from Lhasa’s cardinal landmark – Potala Palace, then visit the Jokhang Temple and Barkhor which the quadrangle of streets surrounding the Jokhang,

Potala Palace: a structure of massive portions. Its towering image already appearing on various occasions, but your first sight of the Potala will still be an awe-inspiring moment. It takes at least a good 2-hour to visit those rooms, halls and chapels.
Jokhang Temple: Some 2km to the east of the Potala is the most revered religious structure in Tibet. Bustling with worshippers and redolent with mystery, the Jokhang is an unrivalled experience. Barkhor : The quadrangle of streets surrounding the Jokhang is the Barkhor: Lhasa’s most interesting pilgrimage circuit. This area of the Old Town is both the spiritual heart of Lhasa and the main commercial district for Tibetans.  

Day 3 Lhasa(B/L/D)
Buffet breakfast at hotel followed by full day visit the Drepung- world’s largest monastery with about 10,000 monks, then Sera-The “Buddhism Scriptures Debating” in Sera is very famous.  

Drepung
: About 8km west of central Lhasa. once world’s largest monastery with about 10,000 monks. This day’s sightseeing begins with these white monastic buildings piled up on the hillside. Walking up to the hill is a pleasant thing, an easy break from the solemn ambience inside the halls and chapels. At the plat roof of hillside, you can have very good views of the whole Lhasa city and the distant mountains.
Sera: Around 5km north of central Lhasa, Sera may not be as grandiose as Drepung, but is more serene surrounded by many small temples. The “Buddhism Scriptures Debating” in Sera is very famous.  

Day 4  Lhasa/Yamdroktso/Shigatse (B/L/D)
Buffet breakfast at hotel followed by full day trip to Yamdroktso. then, After about 3 1/2 hours’driving, climbing over the snow pass of Kambala(5030m), afterward, sightseeing the Old Town of Shigatse- Just close Tashilhunpo.

Yamdroktso(4441m): one of Tibet’s three holy lakes, is located 110km outside of Lhasa. In the fresh morning air, you’re on the way to this lake. It’s mostly mountain road, winding and bumpy, even thrilling somewhat.
Kambala(5030m): the dazzling Yamdroktso just lies several hundred meters below the road, and in clear weather is a fabulous shade of deep turquoise. Far in the distance is the huge massif of Mt. Nojin Kangtsang(7191m).
The Old Town of Shigatse: a great place to wander around: Nicely decorated Tibetan houses and interesting market and bazaar give you a vivid picture of local people’s life.

Day 5 Shigatse/Shegar (B/L/D) 
Buffet breakfast at hotel followed by full day sightseeing gold tops of Tashilhunpo shinning under the sun ,afternoon, spend more than 6 hours driving to Shegar, also known as New Tingri Tashilhunpo’s: Miles away from Shigaste, you can already see the gold tops of Tashilhunpo shinning under the sun. While Tashilhunpo’s Magnificent outside leaves you gasp in admiration, the inside of this monastery introduces you more religious tranquility and sincerity. Shegar: also known as New Tingri, is the last stop before Everest Base Camp. Refresh yourself here and don’t forget to wash your dusty face. 

Day 6 Shegar/Base Camp(B/L/D)
Buffet breakfast at hotel followed by full day from shegar to base camp, Although it’s just 10km from Shegar to Base Camp(5200m), it takes about 4 hours since the cracked winding roads demand much caution. But the views are stupendous on a clear day, and feature a huge sweep of the Himalaya range including peaks over 8000, Makalu, Lhotse, Everest, Gyachung and Cho Oyu. When you finally get to Base Camp, the first sight of the mighty Everest simply leaves you speechless. All the hardship you bear along the way makes sense at this while. The best moments to watch Mt. Everest’s are early morning and late evening when Everest is shining like a goddess in the sunglow.

Day 7  Base Camp/Tingri/Zhangmu(B/L/D) 
Buffet breakfast at hotel, then Leaving Base Camp to Tingri takes about 5 hours While another 5 hours from Tingri to Zhangmu is more pleasant when approaching Himalaya’s south side: driving through the valley, your eyes are greeted by various shades of green, your ears are filled with the singing of waterfalls, and the moisture in the air makes you fresh from head to toe. Zhangmu is a bustling border town, also a fascinating mix of population, buildings, stores etc. After the quiet even a bit solitary Everest region, this is a welcome change of tune.

Day8 Zhangmu/Kathmandu (B/L/D)
Buffet breakfast at hotel, transfer you to the Friendship Bridge at the border. cross the Bridge by yourself, and get to Nepalese side. Our Nepalese guide will pick you up there. Then drive about 6 hours to Kathmandu city, enjoy the scenery of great white waters along the way.

Day9  Kathmandu(B/L/D)
Buffet breakfast at hotel in the morning, go to Bhaktapur – the most medieval-look town in Kathmandu valley, and visit its Durbar Square. In the afternoon, free in Thamel, tourists’ favorite shopping area. Farewell dinner is typical Nepalese style with folk dance show. Transfer to the airport. 

Bhaktapur
: Bhaktapur is in many ways the most medieval of the three major cities in the Kathmandu valley. Much of its glorious architecture dates from the end of the 17th century. Bhaktapur is about 12km south east of Kathmandu's city centre and is easily reached by bus or minibus.
Thamel:Thamel is a popular tourist destination in Kathmandu, Nepal. Thamel has been the centre of the tourist industry in Kathmandu for over two decades,


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