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TIBETAN JOURNEY OVERLAND

Trip code
Package name TIBETAN JOURNEY OVERLAND
Duration 12
Max. elevation 5200m m
Level MODERATE
Transportation private vehicle \pulic bus
Accomodation Hotel\Lodge\Guest house
Starts at KATHMANDU
Ends at Lhasa Tibet
Trip route
Cost USD 0 per person

Overview

TIBETAN JOURNEY OVERLAND OVERVIEWS:


Tibetan Journey by Overland, a great wonderful adventure that covers most of the southern region of scenic areas of Tibet. Where drive leads you across the vast country within the world's highest and largest plateau, along with spectacular scenery of high snow mountains. Truly a journey of a lifetime to experience visiting the most spectacular cities adorned with magnificent monasteries of great cultural interest.

Tibetan Journey Overland, with Vertex Holiday, allows visitors to witness the in-depth Tibetan way of life. Drive takes you around picturesque landscapes, rural farm villages, towns to big cities in the harmony of the colorful culture of ancient heritage.  Overland adventure to Tibet is another great way of observing Tibetan rural farm life and dramatic country landscapes. Where most visitors do not have the prospect like on Tibetan Journey Overland from Nepal. Tibetan Journey Overland, begins from Nepalese capital city Kathmandu, heading towards the nearest border of two countries Nepal / Tibet-China. Where drive leads to the high hills of Langtang and Ganesh Himal range at Dhunche town and Syabrubesi village. Which is also a popular trekking route to Langtang valley and Gosiankund lake, as our journey continues heading due north. Then cross over the frontier of Nepal towards Tibetan soil at Kyirong county town, where our real adventure starts. After meeting our Tibetan guide and drivers to show and guide you around the wonders of Tibet during a week-long visit. Journey heads towards vast Tibetan landscapes with awesome views of Langtang, Ganesh with 14th world highest Mt. Shisapangma at close distance. Drive continues reaching on the old Friendship Highway of Kathmandu and Lhasa, then on a good road past many farm villages and towns. Facing grand views of Mt. Everest and Cho-Oyu as our route lead on top Gyatsho-La Pass.  

The highest spot of our journey at 5,220 m, the top festooned with prayer flags and offerings. In Tibetan Buddhism religion all high ridges and mountains are the abode of holy spirits, where drive continues down to Large towns. Then reaching the first 2nd largest city of Tibet at Shigatse, where the tour takes you to the beautiful Tashilumpo Monastery. The seat of the holy Panchen Lama, the second head of state after Dalai Lama, is an interesting religious complex of a golden roofed pagoda. From Shigatse city, after an enjoyable time head towards Gyantse city with a famous pagoda stupa a Buddhist monument. As the ride carries on crossing a few high passes of Simi-la and Karo-la, the closest views of Nzongkhangsa peak its ice-falls with glaciers.

The journey then leads towards a beautiful turquoise lake of Yamdrok Tsho and then climbs to the last Khamba-La Pass. Offers a breathtaking panorama of Tibetan beautiful landscapes with snow-clad peaks, and then downhill to reach the suburb of Lhasa city. Entering our final last highlights in Lhasa, a city blend of modern and old buildings, retaining its age-old past glories. Where you will spend 3 overnights, in the best Tibetan hotels in older parts of Lhasa near the colorful Barkhor Square. In Lhasa two full days for an exciting tour of its old historical sites and religious monuments steeped with beautiful monasteries. Visit of Drefung, Shera large and important monasteries with ancient Jhorkang Temple including the majestic Potala Palace.

The pride and highlights of Tibet as well an architectural wonder, located on a hill in the hub of Lhasa city. Enjoy a wonderful time around Lhasa visiting places of great cultural interest and then a short sweeping flight brings you to Kathmandu. During air-borne enjoy a great panorama of the Himalayan range of peaks with Mt. Everest, as flight lands at Kathmandu international airport. Where our magnificent and mesmerizing Tibetan Journey Overland concludes.

TIBETAN JOURNEY OVERLAND OUTLINE ITINERARY:


Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu via respective airlines and transfer to hotel.

Day 02: At Kathmandu preparation for Tibet Journey and sightseeing tour.

Day 03: Drive to Syabrubesi village 1,420 m - 06 hours. 
Day 04: Drive to Kyirong in Tibet near Nepal border 2,890 m - 03 hours.
Day 05: Drive to Shegar or New Tingri 4, 350 m-06 hrs.
Day 06: Drive to Shigatse / Xhigatse 3, 900 m - 05 hrs.
Day 07: Drive to Gyantse 3,950 m - 03 hrs.
Day 08: Drive to Lhasa 3, 650 m - 261 km - 06 hrs.
Day 09-10:   In Lhasa with a tour of Lhasa interesting places and Potala Palace.
Day 11: Drive to Gongar airport for the flight back to Kathmandu.
Day 12: International departure for homeward.

Highlights

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu via respective airlines and transfer to hotel

On arrival at Kathmandu-Nepal International Airport via various airlines, our guide and staff receive you for a short transfer in the heart of Kathmandu city.Where your hotel is located, after checking into your rooms and then meet other members of the trek at the hotel lobby for briefing. Information of Tibetan Journey Overland, briefing includes useful details to make your holiday in Tibet more enjoyable. Evening group welcomes dinner in a lovely Nepalese Restaurant with an introduction to Nepalese culture of various parts of Nepal with folk dance and music. 


Day 2 : At Kathmandu preparation for Tibet Journey and sightseeing tour.

The morning after good breakfast, enjoy a tour of Kathmandu places of great interest where our city guide leads you with a short drive and walks to visit famous historical and religious monuments with old palaces. Most of the ancient temples, Stupas, and monasteries including royal courtyards are listed in world heritage sites in the chapter of fascinating wonders. After an enjoyable back to the hotel, for the final meeting and preparations for the most wonderful adventure to Tibetan Journey by Overland.

 

Day 3 : Drive to Syabrubesi village 1,420 m - 06 hours

Start early morning after a good breakfast, for an interesting drive beyond Kathmandu valley to reach high cooler Himalayan hills at Dhunche, headquarter town of Rasuwa district and entrance to Langtang National Park. From here a long descend on the zig-zag turn to reach Syabrubesi village for an overnight stop in the best available local lodge. Herewith time to browse around the village and witness the local culture of Tamang the hill tribe of Langtang Himal range practice Buddhism and Bon sect of pre-Buddhist. 


Day 4 : Drive to Kyirong in Tibet near Nepal border 2,890 m - 03 hours.

From Syabrubesi morning drive on a newly built road that links Nepal and Tibet border near Rasuwagadhi (1, 800 m / 15 km / few hour drive from Syabrubesi). Where our Tibetan guide and driver from our counterpart agent of Tibet.On completing immigration and custom formalities on both sides of the border, then enter into Tibet past Rasuwagadhi, taking a short drive to Kyirong county for first overnight in Tibet, accommodation at local guest-house.


Day 5 : Drive to Shegar or New Tingri 4, 350 m-06 hrs.

After a pleasant first overnight in Tibet at Kyirong, having a good breakfast enter the vast high plateau of Tibet, as a morning overland journey with friendly Tibetan guide and driver leads towards several Tibetan farm villages. Then reach close to Lalung-la Pass 5,050 m with views of Mt. Shisapangma 8, 013 m the world's last 14th highest peaks. From this scenic high spot near Lalung-la pass, drive through dry terrain to reach Old Tingri, enjoy the first glimpse of Mt. Everest and Cho-Oyo peaks, here few hour drives take you to Shegar also called New Tingri with a moderate and basic lodge for an overnight stop.


Day 6 : Drive to Shigatse / Xigatse 3, 900 m - 05 hrs.

At Shegar, some might catch slight headache from high altitude but soon gives away, as you rest on drive taking plenty of water to drink the best way to fight against high altitude symptoms. Having breakfast scenic drive continues with a climb to the highest pass of the trip to cross over Gyatsho-la Pass at 5, 220 m. From the pass, the drive descends to Larze town located on the midway of Mt. Kailash and towards Shigatse. After refreshing stop drive for few hours to reach Shigatse; the second-largest city in Tibet, a place with the famous Tashilumpo Monastery; the holy seat of Panchen Lama. Here the hotels are much better than the other few nights. At Shigatse with time to browse around the streets and to observe local Tibetans and their custom.


Day 7 : Drive to Gyantse 3,950 m - 03 hrs.

Morning visit of famous Tashilumpo Monastery and the colorful local market, with many shops and vendors, and interesting to watch Tibetans of all walks of life. After an interesting tour few hours’ drive to Gyantse; a small bustling city with ancient history, which was the main center for trade with British India through the North East of India border to Tibet. After checking in a nice hotel visit Kumbum Chorten built around 1400 AD. Rest of the day free to relax and for short walks around the city streets.


Day 8 : Drive to Lhasa 3, 650 m - 261 km - 05 hrs.

From Gyantse, our final overland adventure leads towards our main destination to Lhasa, crossing over Karo- La Pass 5, 010 m with spectacular close views of Nzongkhangsa peak with massive ice-falls and glaciers. An interesting spot to observe local nomads and Yak herders camp.After a short photo stops, head towards beautiful Yamdrok Tsho Lake known as turquoise Lake. Drive continues to the top of Khamba-La pass facing gorgeous views of landscapes and snow-capped peaks, and then on the road to Lhasa. As drive leads towards the city suburb then enter the fabled Lhasa, at present a blend of modern and old city Lhasa. The old section is located in the east around colorful and busy Barkhor market square, where our hotels are located. An afternoon with time for a short walk and immerse within Tibetan pilgrims from all different parts of Tibet, as they make a once-in-a-lifetime journey visiting Lhasa on a holy pilgrimage.           


Day 9 : In Lhasa with tour of Lhasa interesting places and Potala Palace.

In Lhasa for two full days where you will be engrossed with an exciting tour of famous sites that Lhasa has to offer. Morning our Tibetan guide receives you at the hotel lobby, then taking a short drive on the west side of the city with a climb to Drepung Monastery, the largest and important monastery of Tibet, built as a university for Tibetan Buddhism scholar in earlier days, which was also a resident of many high priests to 5th Dalai Lama, till present Potala Palace was constructed.An interesting tour of Drepung Monastery interior and around religious and prayer rooms, from here tour of Jokhang Temple, situated in the heart of Lhasa around busy Barkhor market place. Visit the monastery as well as the first Buddhist temple of historic importance. The tour takes you inside the temple and on the scenic terraces, for beautiful photographs of colorful busy Barkhor Market and its exciting surroundings, facing views of Potala Palace. On the last day in Lhasa, a morning tour of magnificent Potala Palace, built in early 640 AD. Started by Songsten Gampo, from his private meditation cave, during the time of the 5th Dalai Lama Potala Palace was built to its present shape. This beautiful palace represents an important landmark and pride of Tibet that dominates the whole of Lhasa and Kyuchi valley. Afternoon tour of another interesting and important Shera monastery and watch young monks in debates one of the exciting places to visit. Rest of the day free for individual activities and shopping souvenirs. 


Day 10 : In Lhasa with tour of Lhasa interesting places and Potala Palace.

In Lhasa for two full days where you will be engrossed with an exciting tour of famous sites that Lhasa has to offer. Morning our Tibetan guide receives you at the hotel lobby, then taking a short drive on the west side of the city with a climb to Drepung Monastery, the largest and important monastery of Tibet, built as a university for Tibetan Buddhism scholar in earlier days, which was also a resident of many high priests to 5th Dalai Lama, till present Potala Palace was constructed.An interesting tour of Drepung Monastery interior and around religious and prayer rooms, from here tour of Jokhang Temple, situated in the heart of Lhasa around busy Barkhor market place. Visit the monastery as well as the first Buddhist temple of historic importance. The tour takes you inside the temple and on the scenic terraces, for beautiful photographs of colorful busy Barkhor Market and its exciting surroundings, facing views of Potala Palace. On the last day in Lhasa, a morning tour of magnificent Potala Palace, built in early 640 AD. Started by Songsten Gampo, from his private meditation cave, during the time of the 5th Dalai Lama Potala Palace was built to its present shape. This beautiful palace represents an important landmark and pride of Tibet that dominates the whole of Lhasa and Kyuchi valley. Afternoon tour of another interesting and important Shera monastery and watch young monks in debates one of the exciting places to visit. Rest of the day free for individual activities and shopping souvenirs. 


Day 11 : Drive to Gongor airport for the flight back to Kathmandu.

Morning, after breakfast, and as per flight time for Kathmandu depart from the hotel for a short less than a two-hour drive. At the Gongor airport bidding farewell to our Tibetan guide and driver and then head towards the air-terminal for check-in. Then board in a big Boeing Air China Airlines, for a scenic flight back to Kathmandu after a memorable experience in Lhasa and around Tibet, a short drive to your respective hotel. Afternoon free for individual activities and shopping souvenirs in Kathmandu. 


Day 12 : International departure for homeward or to respective countries

Last day in Nepal in the country of Himalayan wonders, as per your international flight time either morning, afternoon, or evening. Vertex Holiday guide and staff transfer you to the airport for a homeward journey or to the next port of call, after a wonderful time in Nepal and adventure on Tibetan Journey by Overland. 


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