Overland Journey to Tibet Detailed Itinerary
Day 1: Welcome to Kathmandu (1300 m/4264 ft):
In accordance with your flight schedule, we will be at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu to extend a warm welcome to you in our beautiful trip. After exchanging warm welcome greetings at the arrival section, we will lead you to our vehicle to transfer you to our trip hotel. It’s a day at complete leisure on your own to relax the jetlag. But we definitely help you with the information to go around in case you’d like to do so.
Day 2: Preparation and Sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley:
We spend a full day in Kathmandu today which will be a necessary acclimatization day as well. Early in the morning after breakfast, we will meet for a trip briefing where we will talk about this amazing trip in details and will answer your questions if you have any. After the brief meeting is over, we are taking you for an amazing cultural sightseeing tour of heritage sites in Kathmandu valley. The sites we take you for the sightseeing will include Swoyambhunath - the oldest monument in Kathmandu valley, Kathmandu Durbar Square – to see the temple of Living Goddess and other medieval architectural wonders, Pashupatinath – to immerse into Hindu death rites on the bank of a holy river, and Boudhanath – a massive Buddhist shrine considered as the biggest in the world.
Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Nyalam:
Early morning, we will take a scenic drive to the Nepal-Tibet border (Kodari) through the stunning Nepalese hometown side. After 5 hours of drive, you will reach Kodari. After necessary border formalities at Nepalese immigration and Chinese immigration, another half an hour will take you to Zangmu. Then you will move straight on towards Nyalam, going after Bhote Koshi. Overnight at Guest House, Nyalam.
Day 4: Drive to Nyalam-Tingri/ Lhatse:
Today you will take a drive all over Nyalam Pass (3,800m), along with perceiving Jugal Himal. The trip will carry on through Lalungla Pass (5,050m). Here, you will have marvelous sight of Xicapangma, the highest in Tibet with an elevation of 8,013 meters, Mt Lhotse (8,516m), Mt Makalu (8,464m) Mt Everest (8,848m) and many more. Stay overnight at the guesthouse.
Day 5: Drive to Xigatse:
We continue scenic drive through Gyatchu La (5220m), the highest pass in the way of Tingri/ Lhasa. From here you will set down to Xigatse with an altitude of 3,900m. Xigatse is the vastly infamous place where you will get to put on show the monastery called Tashilumpo and the place where Panchen Lama sits. Stay overnight in the hotel.
Day 6: Exploring Xigatse and Drive to Gyantse:
Spending a day exploring the attractions of Xigatse at present you will keep on in Gyantse captivating 2 hours of drive. Gyantse is not a great city so far it has its grasp on vertical history. Gyantse is to be found at 3,950 meters, southwest of Lhasa on the northern bank of Nyang Chu River. Stay overnight in the hotel.
Day 7: Drive to Lhasa:
Today we will drive to Lhasa, found at an elevation of 3,650 meters. This trip will lead you along with Lhasa’s several monasteries. By passing over Karola (5010 m), Kambala (4794m), Yamdrok Lake and Tibetan lifeline river the Yarlung Tsangpo. You will arrive in Lhasa after 4-5 hours. Overnight stay at the guesthouse.
Day 8: Sightseeing around Lhasa:
First, we will visit the Potala Palace. This palace is Lhasa's important landmark. Here, the first site of this colossal structure will be an unforgettable moment evoked for years to come. It has been a palace since the fifth or sixth century and was once home to the Dalai Lama. This amazing day will be ended soon as we head ahead with a visit to the Drepung Monastery. Moving ahead you will reach Tibet Museum to know about the historical, religious and political facts. Drepung monastery the largest monastery of Gelugpa group through Jokhang temple and Barkhor market is another target. Stay overnight at the guesthouse.
Day 9: Fly Back to Kathmandu:
Early morning, we will drive to Gongger Airport then we take a scenic flight to Kathmandu. Arriving in Kathmandu you will be received by the representative staff from Himalayan Scenery treks and transfer to hotel. After a complete rest, if time remains you can visit the tourist market (Thamel) either for taking gifts for your homies or for exploring the typical lifestyle of local people. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 10: Final departure:
We drive you to the airport as per your flight schedule back to home or onward destination. If you have extra time then Himalayan Scenery Treks can probably arrange for you another program.
We definitely hope that you enjoyed the overland journey to Tibet and hope to see you again for another venture soon.