Seven Days Lhasa to Kathmandu Tour

From the ancient time to the present, Himalaya always keeps a mysterious impression to the world. Isolated by the high grand mountains and boundless forests, it is more like a paradise on Earth. Every year, countless travelers from home and abroad head to this mysterious region for the purpose of exploring the attractive natural scenery and ancient traditions. As the two most popular Himalayan kingdoms, Tibet and Nepal are the best places for travelers to start your adventure. There are a great number of Nepal and Tibet tour packages which are popular among travelers. Here I’d like to introduce a classic tour package which departure from Lhasa to Kathmandu by overland. It takes travelers seven days to finish this tour. And along the way, you can visit a lot of famous attractions in Tibet and Nepal. Please check the details in the following itinerary.

Day One: Lhasa Arrival

No matter you take a train to Lhasa – the capital city of Tibet or take the direct flight to Lhasa, your tour guide will wait for you at the train station or airport. Then, your tour guide will take you to the local hotels in Tibet. I suggest you have a good rest in your hotel in order to adapt to the high altitude sickness.

Day Two: Lhasa Tour

In the morning, your tour guide will take you to visit the landmark of Lhasa city – Potala Palace. In the past, it was used as the winter palace for Dalai Lama. At present, it has become a modern museum in Tibet where you can have a better understanding of Tibetan cultures and traditions by visiting the antiques, paintings, and so on. In the afternoon, your tour guide will take you to visit the holiest temple in Tibet, Jokhang Temple. It was built in the seventh century by Songtsen Gampo to house the statue of Buddha Sakyamuni at the age of twelve. Most pilgrims from remote Tibetan areas or other nations such as India, Nepal, etc head to Jokhang Temple for the purpose of doing kora and seeking blessings. Outside the Jokhang Temple, the busy Barkhor street crows with numerous sellers and buyers. You can buy a lot of souvenirs on the street. Enjoying a cup of sweet tea in a local tea house is the best way to get close to the locals.

Day Three: Lhasa Tour

Today, your tour guide will take you to visit two famous monasteries in Tibet, including Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery.

As one of the “Three Great Gelug monasteries in Tibet, Drepung monastery was built in 1416. The highlight of the Drepung Monastery is the biggest monastery kitchen. After lunch, you will visit Sera Monastery. The highlight in Sera Monastery is the hot Buddhism debate.

Day Four: From Lhasa to Shigatse

Today, you will be driven from Lhasa to Shigatse. The scenery along the way is stunning and attractive, you will have a chance to visit the grand mountains and crystal-like lakes such as Gampala pass, Yamdrok-Tso Lake, Mount Nyenchen Khangsar, Korola Glacier, Simila Mountain Pass, Pelkor Monastery, and Gyangtse Fortress.

Day Five: From Shigatse to EBC

In the morning, your tour guide will take you to visit the holy Tashilunpo Monastery. then, you will be driven from Shigatse to Lhatse. After lunch, you will head to EBC. Along the way, you can enjoy the scenery in Mt. Everest National Nature Reserve and Everest Base Camp.

Day Six: From EBC to Gyirong Port

After visiting the stunning views of Mt Everest and the sacred Rongbuk Monastery, you will head to Gyirong port from EBC.

Day Seven: Kathmandu Arrival

Your Nepalese tour guide will wait for you at the Nepal side. Then you will head to Kathmandu and start your Nepal tour.

Facts of Lhasa City

As the capital city of Tibet, Lhasa is a hot tourist destination for travelers who plan a tour in Tibet, China. Every year, numerous tourists and pious pilgrims head to this holy city for the purpose of exploring the beauty of it. Regarded as the center of religion, politics, culture, and economy, Lhasa city is surrounded by a great number of attractions such as Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Sera Monastery and so on. Owing to the vital position in Tibet, having a tour in Lhasa is the primary mission to most of the tourists. In order to help you have a wonderful experience in Lhasa, we have collected a lot of documents and materials about fast of Lhasa city. Here are some details.

What is the Altitude of Lhasa City?

The average altitude of Tibet is about four thousand meters. There are seven regions in Tibet in total, including Lhasa, Shigatse, Shannan, Nagqu, Ngari, Nyingchi, and Chamdo. The high altitude of Lhasa city is about 3658 meters, Shigatse is about 3836 meters, Shannan is about 3600 meters, Nagqu is about 4507 meters, Ngari is about 4500 meters, Nyingchi is about 3000 meters, and Chamdo is about 3241 meters.

Normally, the high altitude of Lhasa city is lower and it is the best landing place for travelers to adapt to the high altitude. Besides that, Lhasa is always taken as a starting point for a real Tibet tour.

How About the Weather in Lhasa?

Because of the height and thin air, Lhasa belongs to the semi-arid monsoon climate with more than three thousand hours of sunlight in a whole year. Compared with Chengdu and Shanghai in China, the hours of the sunlight have outnumbered greatly. That’s why Lhasa is also known as “City of Sunshine”.

The weather is Lhasa city is fine and comfortable. You won’t feel the swelter in summer, nor the chilly in winter. Thanks to the grand Himalayan mountains on Tibetan plateau, Lhasa is sheltered away from the cold in the north. Tibet summer is also comfortable as a result of the high altitude. In summer, the average temperature in the daytime is about twenty degrees, and the average temperature at night is about ten degrees. In winter, Lhasa city is warmer than other remote places in Tibet. The average temperature in the daytime is about ten degrees, and the average temperature at night is about zero degrees. Thus, Lhasa city can be visited all year round.

From July to August is the rainy season for Lhasa city. But you don’t have to worry about the precipitation because it always rains at night. You can enjoy the stunning sunrise in the morning the next day.

What Is the Top Things to Do in Lhasa City?

As the center of Tibetan Buddhism, Lhasa city is full of attractions and scenic spots. There are some famous places which are worthy of being recommended to you, such as the landmark of Lhasa – Potala Palace, the spiritual heart of Lhasa – Jokhang Temple, the shopping center – Barkhor Street, the Buddhism debate site – Sera Monastery, etc.

4-day Lhasa City Essential Group Tour

As one of the leading travel agencies in Tibet, we offer competitive Tibet group tour packages for solo or budget travelers. If you are the first time to visit Tibet, Lhasa should be the beginning stop of your dreaming Tibet tour. Not only because it’s the capital city of Tibet Autonomous Region, but also because it has rich tourism resources both in nature and culture. Thus, we hand-picked the 4-day itinerary for foreigners to explore Lhasa deeply, of course, with an affordable price compared with Tibet private tour.

 

Tour Type: Budget Group Tour

Tour Route: Lhasa Sightseeing

Tour Season: All year round

Tour Price: USD450 +

 

Jokhang Temple

 

Day 1. First arrival day in Lhasa

No matter you get to Lhasa by air or by train, our experienced Tibetan guide will pick you up from the Gongga Airport or the train station. It takes about one and a half hour to arrive at the hotel from the airport while only 20 minutes from the train station. Normally, the iconic blue sky of Tibet will greet you after you step onto the earth of Lhasa. The hotel we arrange is near the famous Barkhor street, which is the busiest and oldest market in Lhasa. Although we suggest you have a rest in the hotel to acclimatize to the high-altitude change, you can wander around if you could not help going out.

 

Stay overnight in Lhasa, 3*/4*

 

Day 2. Lhasa Sightseeing Tour

Today you will start to discover the secrets of this old city. After having breakfast in the hotel, you will go to visit Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery.

Both of them are famous Gelupa Tibetan Buddist monasteries. Drepung is the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Tibet. Sera Monastery is very beautiful as the monks planted many wild roses in the monastery. Besides, the most interesting part is the monk’s debate in the afternoon every day except for Sunday.

We will provide a welcome dinner tonight. You can taste the traditional Tibetan food and beverage while enjoying a cozy time with your fellow travelers.

Monks’ debate in Sera Monastery

Stay overnight in Lhasa, 3*/4*

 

Day 3. Lhasa Sightseeing Tour

Here come the big highlights of a Lhasa tour today! Firstly, you will pay a visit to the world-famous Potala Palace, which is the landmark construction of Tibet, as well as the winter palace of Dalai Lama.

Then you will go to Jokhang Temple, which has the same age as Lhasa city – over 1300 years. You can see how the devout Buddhists do a religious kora around Jokhang Temple.

In the evening, it’s time for shopping at Barkhor Street, where there are many distinctive shops sells Tibetan handicrafts. You can buy some souvenirs for your family and friends.

 

Stay overnight in Lhasa, 3*/4*

A devout Buddhist

Day 4. Departure from Lhasa

Your Lhasa tour ends today. But the beauty of Lhasa will never end. It welcomes all the guests from all over the world. If your flight or train is in the afternoon, you still have time to appreciate Lhasa city in the morning. Our staff will send you off to the airport or the train station for departure. Hope to see you in Tibet next time!

8-day Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Mt. Everest Group Tour 2

In my last post, I have written the first four days of the most classic Tibet group tour package – 8-day Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Mt. Everest Group Tour. Today I am going to introduce the itinerary of the next four days.

 

Grand Mt. Everest

Day 5 Shigatse – Tingri – Everest Base Camp (B)

Today you will go to Everest Base Camp (5200m) from Shigatse via Tingri, which is the nearest town to Mt. Everest.

Tourist attraction: Rongbuk Monastery, Sunset of Golden Everest Peak

Rongbuk Monastery – As a monastery with the highest elevation (5100m) in the world, Rongbuk Monastery is the perfect viewing deck of Mt. Everest. From here, you can appreciate a wonderful panorama of Everest, the highest mountain on earth. Rongbuk Monastery is also the main monstery of Nyingma Buddhism, which is one of the five sets of Tibetan Buddhism. Different from other temples or monasteries in Tibet, the stylites in Rongbuk are not only monks but also nuns.

Mt. Everest – With an official record 8844.43 meters in China, Everest is known as the highest peak in the world. But not too many people know that it is also the fifth peak which is nearest to the core of our planet. The sunset and sunrise are gorgeous! You will only know when you see it in person. Of course, it depends on a good weather. Generally, the best season to visit Everest is from late April to June and September to October. Because the monsoon of Everest is from July to August, and from November to February is too cold for some travelers.

Stay overnight in the tent area of Everest camp (May to October)
Or the guesthouse in Rongbuk Monastery (November to April)

 

Rongbuk Monastery – the best viewing deck of Everest

Day 6 EBC – Shigatse

Get up early to enjoy the amazing sunrise of golden Everest peak. We don’t include the breakfast today as the accommodation at Everest area is very poor. But you can buy some sample food from the tent vendor or Rongbuk monastery, such as noodle, rice, etc. And then you can trek a little bit on Everest before we drive back to Shigatse. The distance is around 350 kilometers, which takes about 6 hours due to the strict speed limited regulation.

Stay overnight in Shigatse, 3 or 4-star hotel

Day 7 Shigatse – Lhasa (B)

Today we are going back to Lhasa from Shigatse after visiting famous Tashilhunpo Monastery. It takes about 5 hours to drive this 300km.

Tourist attraction: Tashilhunpo Monastery

There are top four Gelugpa Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in Tibet, Drepung, Sera, Ganden, and Tashilhunpo. The first three are all in Lhasa, only Tashilhunpo is in Shigatse prefecture. Although Tashilhunpo Monastery was founded by the first Dalai Lama in 1447, it becomes the home of Panchen Lama afterward. As the largest monastery in Shigatse, Tashilhunpo means “fortune gathering” in the Tibetan language. The highlight is the pagodas of the past Panchen Lamas.

Stay overnight in Lhasa, 3 or 4-star hotel

 

Tashilhunpo Monastery –
the largest monastery in Shigatse

Day 8 Send off to the airport or train station (B)

Your tour ends today. Our staff will send you off to the airport or train station for your next destination. You can wander in the city for the last time before leaving. Buy some souvenirs for your beloved ones. Put this old but charming city in your memory deeply. As your Tibet travel agency, we sincerely welcome your or your friends’ next visit.

8-day Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Mt. Everest Group Tour 1

Most of the big Tibet tour companies have two options for foreign travelers, group tours, and private tours. Today we are going to introduce the most classic Tibet tour package, the 8-day Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Mt. Everest Group Tour.

 

Amazing sunrise of Mt. Everest

Tour Type: Budget Group Tour
Tour route: Lhasa – Gyantse – Shigatse – EBC – Shigatse – Lhasa
Tour Season: All year round
Tour Price: USD850 +

Day 1. Pick up from Lhasa airport or train station

Today is your arrival day. Your tour guide will pick you up from the airport or train station. Lhasa is an old city with histories over 1300 years. You can feel its unique charming once you step on the land. I know you may feel excited tonight, but I suggest you have a good rest in the hotel to adapt to the high altitude. If you could not help hanging out, please try to pack light and don’t walk too long.

Stay overnight in Lhasa, 3 or 4-star hotel

Day 2. Lhasa sightseeing (B & D)

For acclimatizing to the altitude change, we usually arrange two days of Lhasa sightseeing tour at the beginning. Today is the first day.
Tourist attractions: Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery
Drepung Monastery – It is one of the top four Gelugpa Monastery in Tibet, as well as the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Tibet.
Sera Monastery – Another one of the top four Gelugpa Monastery in Tibet. The highlight is the Buddhist scriptures debating which is from 3-5p.m. every Monday to Friday.
You can have a welcome dinner tonight, which is a happy time for you and other group members.

Stay overnight in Lhasa, 3 or 4-star hotel

 

Potala Palace, Lhasa

Day 3. Lhasa sightseeing (B)

Tourist attractions: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street
Potala Palace – As the landmark of Tibet, it is also the highest architectural complex in the world which mixes with the palace, castle, and temple.
Jokhang Temple – Found by Srongtsen Gampo, it is the center of three famous kora routes in Lhasa.
Barkhor Street – The oldest and busiest market in Lhasa city.

Stay overnight in Lhasa, 3 or 4-star hotel

Day 4. Lhasa – Gyantse – Shigatse (B)

Today you will leave Lhasa and launch for the Everest Base Camp tour. It is more than 700 kilometers from Lhasa to Mt. Everest. So, we divide it into two days. The first part, go to Shigatse (3840m) from Lhasa via Gyantse (4040m), which takes around 6 hours to cover 360 kilometers.
Tourist attractions: Lake Yamdroktso, Karola Glacier, Simila Mountain Pass, Pelkor Chöde Monastery, Far view of Gyangtse Fortress

 

Jokhang Temple, Lhasa

Lake Yamdroktso – Looks like a turquoise earing from the bird’s eye view, Lake Yamdroktso is one of the top three holy lakes in Tibet.
Karola Glacier – A very famous and beautiful glacier which you can see in many movies.
Pelkor Chöde Monastery – A typical Tibetan Buddhist monastery, and the main monastery in Gyantse.
Gyantse Fortress – It witnessed the history of Tibetan people defending the invasion from British troops in 1904. That’s why people call Gyantse as the hero city.

Stay overnight in Shigatse, 3 or 4-star hotel

—to be continued