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The amazing Heart of Tibet trip will take you across the fabulous monasteries and breathtaking mountain views. Tibet at the rooftop of the world is best known for its culture and the fabulous scenic views. Often referred to “the rooftop of the world” or “the third pole of the globe”, Tibet is a marvel for pilgrims of Buddhist spirituality. The turquoise lakes, the majestic palace and its architecture and holy monasteries  are the major components of this Heart of Tibet tour. Explore the holy Tibet with the pristine Himalayan landscapes and the divine Buddhist culture.

Starting from the beautiful holy city of Lhasa, the trip will enhance further towards Gyantse, Shigaste, EBC and finally to the city of temple-Kathmandu. Enjoy the tradition, culture and sacred places of Tibet.

Itinerary

Day 1Kathmandu to Lhasa (1 hr 20mins flight)

  • Fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa over the mighty mountain ranges
  • Upon arrival at Gonggar airport, transfer to Lhasa and check in to hotel
  • Get acclimatized to the high altitude by taking rest at the hotel room
  • In evening you can visit the Potala square and enjoy the colorful fountains
  • Overnight stay at Lhasa

Day 2Lhasa Sightseeing tour

  • After breakfast in the morning, visit the epic Potala Palace – the winter palace of his holiness the Dalai Lama
  • After qualitative time in Potala Palace, have delicious Tibetan lunch
  • After lunch, head to the Jokhang temple where you can see statue of Sakyamuni Buddha
  • Do kora (a religious circle around the building or mountain) with local pilgrims and residents in the Barkhor street surrounding the temple
  • After Kora, go for Tibetan tea tasting and also Tibetan handicraft art or to the Tibetan Traditional medicinal center
  • In the evening you can go to enjoy the Tibetan Culture show (optional)
  • Overnight stay in Lhasa

Day 3Lhasa Sightseeing tour

  • In the morning visit the Drepung Monastery which is one of the great three Gelug monasteries of Tibet
  • Visit the biggest monastery Kitchen inside the monastery
  • Enjoy Buddhist Sculpture Carving workshop nearby the Drepung monastery
  • In the afternoon after meal, visit the Sera Monastery which is one of the great three Gelug monasteries
  • The major attraction here is the Monks debate usually held between 3 – 5 in the afternoon
  • Visit the Tibetan religious scripture printing house and observe the three sand Mandalas and colorful Rock painting of Lord Buddha inside the monastery
  • Overnight stay at Lhasa

Day 4Drive from Lhasa to Shigatse via Gyantse

  • After breakfast in the morning drive towards Shigaste
  • On the way drive over the Gampala pass and enjoy the scenic view of Yamdrok-tso lake and also observe the spectacular view of Mt. Nyenchen Khangsar at the distance
  • Drive further more and enjoy passing through the Korola Glacier on the roadside
  • At Manak Dam lake, hang prayer flag at Simila Mountain pass and drive further more to reach Gyantse
  • Visit the famous Palkor Monastery in Gyantse and also the Gyantse Kumbum
  • After one and a half hour more driving, arrive Shigaste
  • Visit the traditional Barley Mill and observe the landscape of Barley field
  • Overnight stay in Shigaste

Day 5Drive from Shigaste to EBC via Tingri

  • In the morning visit the Tashilunpo Monastery and spend good time there
  • After breakfast drive to Lhaste – a small town where you can have lunch
  • After Lunch, drive further passing Tsola Pass and Gyatsola pass to reach Mt. Everest National Nature Reserve
  • Enjoy the Panorama view of Himalayas
  • Drive along the zigzag road to reach Everest Base Camp at 5200m altitude
  • Observe the closer view of Mt. Everest also the sunset view over the Mt. Everest peak
  • Stay at Rongbuk Monastery guest house for overnight halt

Day 6Drive from EBC to Kyirong Border (370 Km)

  • Wake up early and observe the sunrise view over the Everest peak
  • Visit the EBC and take pictures at a closer distance to Mt. Everest
  • After that drive from EBC to Kyirong border
  • On the way you can enjoy view of Mt. Shishapangma and the Pekutso lake
  • Arrive Kyirong in late afternoon and check in to hotel for overnight stay

Day 7Kyirong border to Kathmandu

  • Today, exit the Tibet via Kyirong border
  • After finishing customs at the border, enter the Nepal and drive towards Kathmandu

Visa Details

  • For Tibet permit/Visa you need to apply for Group visa in Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu. Only group visa is permitted for now by the Embassy. And if you are solo traveler we can arrange you the group to join and apply for group visa.
  • Requirements:
  • Passport color scan copy with validation of 6 months prior to the end of the trip and at least two blank pages
  • Passport size photos
  • Things to consider:
  • Confirm your itinerary before 20 days of the trip and send the scan copy of the passport for processing Tibet permit
  • Arrive in Kathmandu prior to not less than 3 days to get the visa
  • The working days of the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu is from Monday to Friday. The visa application must be submitted before 11am at the Embassy, so that visa will be issued in the afternoon of the third day.

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