The 10-day Lhasa to Kathmandu tour offers a rare escape from the hustle and bustle of ordinary city tour. Following the footsteps of our Tibetan travel gurus, you get to know more of the deeply-religious Tibetans and freely explore ancient Tibetan streets and gold-gilt Tibetan monasteries. Afterwards, we will venture into the heart of Great Himalayas., notably, Everest Base Camp. By passing Gyirong Border, we finally end up in picturesque Kathmandu Valley, for a real bite of diverse Nepali culture and mystical Hindu charm.
Itinerary Day by Day
Day 1: Arrive in Lhasa
Upon your arrival in Lhasa by flight or train, our Tibetan guide will be expecting you at the Lhasa Gonggar airport or Lhasa Railway Station and greet you with white Hada, auspicious ceremonial scarf for guests from afar. Then, you will be transferred to hotel. On the way you can enjoy the great vista of awe-inspiring Potala Palace and enchanting Lhasa River.
Stay overnight in Lhasa
For newly-arrived tourists, your body needs time (normally a couple of days) to acclimatize to high altitude and thin air on Tibetan Plateau. It’s highly recommended not to exert yourself to visit any attractions right away. You’d better have a good sleep in your hotels to avoid physical discomfort due to altitude ascent.
Day 2: Lhasa Sightseeing: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, and Barkhor Street (B&D)
Today, you’ll pay a visit to the famous Potala Palace, inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1994. You can explore its audience halls, the jeweled and Golden burial chortens (stupa Tombs) of past Dalai Lamas, and tremendous number of Buddhist frescoes, Thangkas, combinations of mandala, etc.
Then you will head to the holiest temple in Tibet, the Jokhang Temple, built during Songtsen Ganpo's reign by princess Wencheng of Tang dynasty, 647 A.D. Here you can observe devout pilgrims making prostration in front of Jokhang Temple. While entering inside the temple, you can see the holiest statue of Buddha. Around the monastery is the famous Barkhor Street, where you can do the kora with pilgrims and locals. And then you’ll go to explore the old market and you may have chance to see the traditional jewelry trading between people from different part of Tibet.
Finally, you’ll taste Tibetan tea with locals in tea house and enjoy a welcome dinner at night.
Stay overnight in Lhasa
After finishing the sightseeing, if time allows, you may go with tour guide to visit Tibetan handicraft art or Tibetan Traditional Medicine center. Besides, you can also choose to upgrade your tour to enjoy Tibetan Culture Show in the evening (fr. 60USD).
Day 3: Lhasa Sightseeing: Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery (B)
Today, you will visit two of the three prestigious Gelugpa monasteries in Lhasa, the Drepung and the Sera. Founded by Jamyang Choeje in 1416, Drepung Monastery is the largest monastery in Tibet. Situated at the foot of Gambo Utse Mountain, Drepung was once home to more than 10000 monks. Here you can see the biggest monastery kitchen inside and then pay a visit to the Buddhist Sculpture Carving near Drepung.
After having lunch, you’ll continue to visit the Sera Monastery, which was founded in 1419 by Tsongkapa's disciple Jamchen Choeje. The highlight is the monk debate held in the courtyard at around 3-5 in the afternoon. Besides, you can also see the colorful Rock Painting of Buddha and the three sand Mandalas and then visit the Tibetan scripture printing house.
Stay overnight in Lhasa
Day 4: Lhasa to Shigatse (360km) (B)
Today, we will travel from Lhasa to Shigatse via Gyantse. On the way, drive over the Gangbala Pass(4790m) to view turquoise Yamdrok Lake and Mt. Naiqinkangsang. Besides, you can also appreciate Korola Glacier on the roadside. At Manak Dam Lake, you can hang pray flag at Simila Mountain Pass.
Then you’ll go to the historic town Gyantse and explore its old street, and magnificent Kumbum Stupa inside Perklor Monastery. On the top of Kumbum Stupa, you can enjoy the great vista of Gyantse Fortress, one of the iconic buildings in Gyantse.
Later, you’ll arrive at Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet. And you can visit traditional Barley Mill and view the landscape of Barley Field (in summer).
Stay overnight in Shigatse
Day 5: Shigatse (3900m) - EBC (5200m)(B)
In the morning, you will visit the home of Panchan Lama - Tashilunpo Monastery. It is largest monastery of the Gelug Sect in Tsang,Tibet, and the main stage where generations of Panchen Lamas carried out religious and political activities. After getting your Alien’s travel permit, you will leave Shigatse and then drive to Lhatse for lunch.
After that driving over Tsola Pass(4600M), and Gyatsola Pass(5248M). At renowned Gawu La Pass(5198m), you can view top 5 highest peaks of Great Himalayas. Then driving along the new zigzag road to Everest Base Camp and get closer to Mt. Everest peak. You are lucky enough to catch the sunset of golden Everest peak if time and weather permits at the lodging area.
Stay overnight at Rongbuk Guest House or camping site in EBC.
Day 6: EBC - Gyirong Border (370km)
Do get up early in the morning to capture the incredible sunrise over the summit of Everest( as long as there is a good weather.). The, we will trek from the lodging area to visit Rongbuk Monastery - the world’s highest monastery in the world, where nuns and monks living separately in the same religious compound. Next, you can keep trekking to monument of EBC(4kms). While gazing at the lofty mountain, never miss the chance to pose for a nice shot at the foot of Mount Everest.
Then, we will head to Gyirong Border from EBC. On the way, you can enjoy the great vista of Mt. Shishapangma and the Pekutso Lake. Shortly after we pass the Ghungtang Lhamo(5236M), you’ll arrive in Gyirong in late afternoon.
Stay overnight in the guest house in Gyirong
Day 7: Gyirong Border - Rasuwagadhi - Kathmandu
Our Tibetan guide will help you exit China and see you off at Gyirong Border. Then, you need to walk across the border bridge, which is 50m long. Then check in at Nepal side. You can get the Nepal visa upon arrival with 30USD, please prepare one photo at passport size to get Nepal Visa.
The next step, the Nepal tour guide will be expecting you on the other side of the Sino-Nepal border and greet you and transfer you to your hotel in Kathmandu.
Though pretty bumpy and dusty, the road to Kathmandu (around 160km) is filled with deep gorges, rivers all through the way. The drive takes a whole day.
Stay overnight in Kathmandu
Day 8: Kathmandu Sightseeing: Durbar Square - Swayambhunath - Patan City
After tasty breakfast in hotel, let’s enjoy the spiritual odyssey in a number of must-visit medieval heritage sites. As one of the iconic buildings of Nepal, Kathmandu’s Durbar Square would be our first stop. Durbar literally means palace, where the former kings ascend the throne and rule the country. You can stroll along the three main parts of Durbar Square and sit on the terraced platform to feel the vibe of Nepali city.
Then we will head to the renowned “Monkey Temple” - Swayambhunath. With lovely monkeys jumping around on the gilded spire of the temple, you can see the iconic Buddha’s eye on the stupa. The pious religious worshippers doing kora around the stupa and burning butter lamps and smell of incense draw you back to the similar experience in Tibet.
Afternoon we are about to visit Patan City, 15 minutes’ drive from Kathmandu. In fact, Durbar Square is not exclusive to Kathmandu. Ancient temples literally is packed in Pantan City. Pantan Durbar Square, Golden Temple and Taleju Temple, etc. are some of the best places to take photos. You will learn more of the legends of Nepali deities and kings.
Stay overnight in Kathmandu
Day 9: Kathmandu Sightseeing: Pashupatinath, Bodhnath, Bhaktapur City
The last day of the Nepal tour, we will cover some of the most important Hindu temples in Nepal. Though looked not that impressive that exterior, Pashupatinath serves as source of Hindu spiritual power. Shiva is worshipped here as Pashupati, the lord of the beasts. You can see the dead of Shiva, being cremated on the banks of the holy river. Don’t forget to take photos with sadhus with outlandish clothes and red tika on the forehead.
Then Bouddhanath is our visit. The gigantic stupa originally serves as the staging post for businessman travelling between Lhasa and Kathmandu. Now, the holy stupa is a hot destination, drawing numerous pilgrims, both Hindus and Tibetan Buddhists, to do the kora under the gaze of the Buddha. Monasteries and workshops selling incense, butter lamps, and Tibetan drums and other souvenirs can be found. The strong bond between Tibet and Nepal and historical significance are so palpable.
After lunch we will tour Bhaktapur City. Bhaktapur is three of the best preserved medieval cities in Nepal. Three major Durbar Squares here hold some of the finest religious sites in the country. The town is also known for its skillful artisans who lead a peaceful life and are experts for making pottery, wood craving, etc. The final tour highlights the ancient arts of Nepal.
Stay overnight in Kathmandu
Day 10: Departure from Kathmandu
You will be transferred to the International Airport to connect onward flight.
- Tibet Travel Permit and all other necessary permit to Tibet
- Domestic train/flight tickets as indicated in the itinerary
- All lodging listed in the itinerary
- Meals listed in itinerary
- Entrance fees of all tourist sites listed in the itinerary
- Local Tour Transfers according to group size
- Excellent local English-Speaking Tour Guide
- Government tax and travel agency service
- Nepal visa
- International flight to and out of Nepal
- Domestic flight/train not listed in the itinerary
- Meals not specified the itinerary
- Tips and gratitude to tour guide and drive
- Personal expenses, like laundry, phone call, snacks, soft drinks, optional tour activities, etc.
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