Tibet to Kathmandu Tour - 6 Days will take you to the two big cities of Tibet, Lhasa, and Shigatse. Experience the amazing landscapes, majestic monasteries and unique culture of Tibet. The art, culture and old temples which age back to many centuries give you a chance to know the Buddhist culture in-depth. We begin the trip from Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet. Lhasa means the place of Gods and as the name suggests it is filled with many places of religious and cultural values. Sera Monastery, Jokhang temple, and Drepung monastery are some religious sites in Lhasa.
The main attraction of Lhasa is the Potala palace located on top of MarpoRi, the Red Hill. It is one of the World Heritage sites; it was built in the 17th century. Other places to visit in Lhasa include Norbulingka palace known as the summer home for Dalai Lamas until the 14th Dalai Lama's exile. Besides its historical places, Lhasa also offers the best view of the mountains like Mt. Shishapangma (8,013m/26,289 ft.), Mt. Cho Oyu (8,201m/26,906 ft.), and Mt. Everest (8,848m.
We then travel to Shigatse, the second-largest city in Tibet located southwest of Lhasa. The Tashilhunpo Monastery, built by 1st Dalai Lama is the main attraction of this city. Most avid travelers agree that the best way to get to Tibet is via Nepal and through a reliable Travel and Tours company, like Adventure Club Trek. The route is exceptionally scenic and Tibet Permit easier to get when you go through Nepal. Adventure Club Trek has many Tibet tour packages including Kathmandu to Lhasa Tour via Everest Base Camp -9 Days, Lhasa to Kathmandu Overland Tour (Fly in - Drive Out), and Lhasa and Everest Base Camp Tour- 8 Days.
With a Chinese visa and Tibet permit, you will leave for Lhasa via China Air and will reach Lhasa Gonggar Airport (LXA) after one and a half hour. The air route from Kathmandu to Lhasa is rated as one of the most scenic flights in the world. You catch views of the world's tallest mountain Everest (8848m/2922ft) and also of Kanchenjunga (8536m/27998ft) along with the other mountains in the Himalaya. Upon your arrival in Lhasa, Adventure Club Trek’s representative will receive you and take you to your accommodation. Overnight stay and acclimatization in Lhasa.
We start our day with a delicious breakfast. Our day ahead is all about exploring Lhasa’s attractions like Potala Palace. The palace served as a residence of the Dalai Lamas before the 1959 Tibetan uprising during which the 14th Dalai Lama fled to India. Located on the Red Hill the palace is divided into two parts; red and white/It is a World Heritage Site. Situated near the Potala Palace is the Tibet Traditional Hospital, our second destination. It is the biggest traditional Tibetan medicine production center in China. Next, we will visit the Norbulingka Palace (The Jewelled Park), a palace surrounded by a park and another World Heritage Site. It used to be the summer home for the Dalai Lamas and was built by the 7th Dalai Lama. It is listed as the largest garden built by man in Tibet. Overnight in Lhasa.
Today, we will explore two of three great Gelug university Gompas of Tibet, Sera Monastery and Drepung Monastery. Sera Monastery translates to Wild Roses Monastery; it got the name from the place where it stands now as wild roses surrounded the place in bloom. Our next destination Drepung Monastery is the largest monastery in Tibet, it once sheltered 10,000 plus monks, but now the number has decreased to a few hundred. Let the calmness and wisdom of Buddhism take over you in Jokhang Temple, the most important and sacred temple in Tibet. As we step out of the temple, we will stroll the Barkhor Bazaar, a famous tourist spot with open stalls and shops.Overnight in Lhasa.
Today, we leave Lhasa but with fond memories! After breakfast, we drive to Shigatse. The route follows the Tsangpo River passing the high pass, Kampa La (4,794m) below which you can see the holy Yamdrok Lake. Continuing west along the lake we come across Karo La (5,045m) pass and will catch a glimpse of the Kharola Glacier. We will make a stop at Gyantse where we will visit the Khumbum Stupa and Phakor Monastery. On our journey to Shigatse from Gyantse, we enjoy fabulous Tibetan landscapes with views of Himalayan splendors. Overnight in Shigatse
At Shigatse, we'll explore the Tashilhunpo Monastery built by the first Dalai Lama GendunDrup. Then, we make our way to Shegar through Sakya where we will stop to visit Sakya Monastery. After crossing the two high passes, TsoLa(4,500m/14,763ft) and Gyatso La(5,220m/17,125ft), we reach our destination for the night at Shegar.
We bid goodbye to Shegar and descend to Kathmandu passing through Lalung La (5,124m/16,068 ft), and Shing La (5,200m/17,056 ft.) passes. En route we catch glimpses of mountains like GauriShanker, Cho Oyu, Shisapangm, and Menlungtse. After crossing the Friendship Bridge joining Zhangmu and Kodari, we have to fill immigration forms at Kodari to cross the border. Through the dwindling mountain roads, we will reach Kathmandu in four hours. Our trip ends in Kathmandu.
Note: Your safety is of the utmost concern whilst you are travelling with Adventure Club Trek. We will make every effort possible to follow the original itinerary but we reserve the right to change that itinerary if a segment of it becomes a safety issue. Certain mountain regions are remote, natural disasters can happen, weather conditions can decline and there can be illness or an injury. To avoid dangerous situations we may occasionally have to make changes to the itinerary to ensure everyone’s safety. That having been said, Adventure Club Trek will strive to provide you with the best possible trekking experience and to keep your safety our number one priority. We thank you for your understanding.
Flying out to Tibet requires a Chinese visa and a Tibet Travel Permit which can both be acquired in Kathmandu with the help of a travel company (Tibet via Nepal). A valid visa for China isn't the same as a Tibet Travel Permit. Those with a Chinese traveler visa will at present need to apply for a Tibet travel permit. The permit is still required for remote foreign traveler traveling to Tibet from territory China. To obtain the permit you have to book a guide for your whole trip and pre-organize private transport for trips outside Lhasa. The trip outside Lhasa likewise requires extra permits which are arranged by the travel agent you are going with.
The weather in Tibet is similar to that of Mainland China, though with lower temperatures due to higher altitudes. Summers have warm days with strong sunshine and cool nights, but summer days can even be chilly at higher elevations. Winters are cold but there isn't all that much snow. Lhasa enjoys much sunshine even in winter. Most of Tibet experiences frost at least 6 months of the year. Some high lakes are frozen from October to March. The weather varies a lot from region to region. Lhasa is an ideal destination because it is in a valley area of lower elevation.