Journey beyond cosmopolitan Kathmandu to holy Tibet - 'the roof of the world'. Uncover the world's most holy Hindu temple, the world's highest monastery and the tallest mountain, set amongst spectacular Himalayan vistas and enlightening Buddhist stupas.
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Kathmandu - Lhasa - Gyangze - Shigatse - Xegar - Xigaze - Rongbuk monastery - Everest Base Camp - Kyirong - Bhaktapur
Welcome to Nepal!Meet your tour guide holding Bravo Asia Tours greeting board at the Airport and transferred to your hotel. The afternoon is free for you to either just relax or do some shopping on your own.
Kathmandu is a fascinating blend of old and new, the largest and most cosmopolitan city in Nepal and yet in places, seemingly unchanged since the middle-ages with temples, shrines and living gods. Our sightseeing today starts at Bodhnath Stupa, while here you can visit the Thangka Art Gallery. Later we head to Patan CIty, a historic centre for Buddhist and Hindu cultures, where we visit several famous temples and sights, as well as witness Singing Bowls performed by a Buddhist monk. Leaving Patan City behind we travel onwards to the rural towns of Bungamati and Khokhana for a brief stop. This evening we enjoy a dinner and traditional dance performance back in the capital.
Kathmandu - Lhasa
Fly to Lhasa in Tibet this morning - the ‘Roof of the World’. Rising more than two miles above sea level the Tibetan plateau is a mystical realm of breathtaking mountain scenery, spectacular Buddhist architecture and fascinating culture. Upon arrival transfer to Lhasa, where the rest of the day is free to relax and acclimatise.
Over the next three days we explore the lofty city of Lhasa. Our first stop will be Potala Palace - an enduring symbol of Lhasa and the winter home of the Dalai Lama. We’ll also explore the fascinating Jokhang Temple, which is the holiest shrine in Tibet and houses a solid gold shrine of the enlightened Buddha, around which all Tibetans prostrate themselves at some point in their lifetime. Later we’ll browse the popular Barkhor Bazaar, where you can purchase handicrafts, carpets and paintings.
Today, the highlight for many visit the monastery of Drepung - once the largest monastery in the world, home to 10,000 monks, but tragically torn asunder during the Cultural Revolution and still rebuilding its walls and status today. Just north of Lhasa is our next stop - the Sera monastery, which after 600 years is still a working retreat, although these days only hundreds of monks rattle around in the massive buildings that were built for thousands.
Lhasa - Gyangze
Today we travel by road to the attractive city of Gyantse. The journey is incredibly scenic, crossing two mountain passes the Kambala pass (4794m) and Karola (5010m) pass via the beautiful lake Yamdrok Tso. Upon arrival we visit Pelkhor Chode Temple, home to the Khumbum Stupa - an architectural masterpiece and the most reverred in Tibet.
Gyangze - Shigatse
We get back on the road this morning for our drive to Shigatse, Tibet’s second largest city. Upon arrival we pay a visit to visit Tashilunpo Monastery, a huge monastic compound of golden roofed buildings and cobbled lanes, founded by the first Dalai Lama in 1447.Meet local people, experience efficient public transport and see the wonders that Shigatse has to offer!
Shigatse - Xegar
Our journey today takes us on the picturesque Friendship Highway as we make our way to Xegar. Enjoy free time upon arrival to explore the sights at your own pace.
Xigaze - Rongbuk monastery - Everest Base Camp - Xegar
This morning we drive the Chay-Pangla pass to Rongbuk. At 4930 metres above sea level, it is the world’s highest monastery and the spectacular views of Everest’s north face are well-worth the journey. The mighty Mount Everest has the world’s tallest peak and from Rongbuk we take an excursion in a local bus to its famous base camp, the starting point of many intrepid expeditions to reach its lofty summit. Spend a few hours exploring the area before our drive back to Xegar.
Xegar - Kyirong
Today we begin our journey back to Nepal. Driving up to the steep Lalung La Pass we’ll be treated to some amazing views of the Himalayas. Skirting Peku Tso Lake and across the Yangdo High Pass we’ll arrive at the Tibet-Nepal border town of Kyriong. The rest of the day is free.
Kyirong - Kathmandu
After breakfast today we’ll drive to the border and following immigration formailities we’ll start our journey back to Kathmandu through national parks and rural towns.
Kathmandu - Bhaktapur - Kathmandu
Today we enjoy a day trip to the ancient city of Bhaktapur. Our tour here will take in famous sights as well as allow us to witness a demonstration of pottery and yogurt making. In the afternoon we’ll visit the administrative centre of Dhulikhel and Panauti - a small historical city east of Kathmandu.
After breakfast, it is time to say goodbye. We hope to see you again in your next trip to Asia. Your beautiful memory of this trip and our best wishes will company you back home safely.