Khata Valley trek is an absolute classic and quite special with only a few people trekking this region in a year. A real Tibetan journey passing through some of the most spectacular landscapes, several other verdant tiny valleys along the way which are dotted with beautiful lakes on a journey to the Khangshung face, the Eastern face of the Mt. Everest…Khata Valley trek is a quite isolated region borders Mt. Everest in the Western side, to the southern side lays the jagged Himalayan range of Mt. Makalu, north and east lays the dry Tibetan Plateau. Kharta Valley trekking region is famous for its pristine wilderness, amazing, incredible views of Mt. Makalu 8480m, beautiful lakes and breathtaking view of Mt. Karma Changri 6295m along with the massive Khangsung glacier. This is a real journey into Tibet, the ‘Abode of the Snows’ and land of Lamas, where nomads in yak-hair tents roam the plateaus with their yaks, a land of spectacular, snow-topped peaks and the wonderful, spirited Tibetan people themselves.
|Day2-4||Potala palace, Jokhang temple, Norbulingka, Ganden Monastery, Tsurphu Monastery, Barkhor market|
|Day5||Lhasa-Yamdrok lake- Gyantse|
|Day6||Morning visit Gyangtse Monastery|
|Day7||Drive to Shigatse|
|Day8||Trek to valley of lakes|
|Day9||Trek from valley of lake to Shao La (15, 300 feet)|
|Day10||Continue trek from Shao La|
|Day11||First Everest view|
|Day12||Trek to Sakyetang|
|Day13||Trek to pethang Ringmo|
|Day14||Trek to pethang Ringmo|
|Day15||Trek to Mountains encircled point|
|Day16||Trek to Sakyetang|
|Day17||back to heart of heart|
|Day18||Descend to Khata Valley|
|Day19||Drive from Khata to Rongbuk Base Camp|
|Day20||Rongbuk to Everest Base Camp|
|Day21||Descending to Zhangmu|
|Day22||Free Day for relaxing and shopping in Kathmandu|
For the next three days you will stay in Lhasa and enjoy the sightseeing spot Lhasa has to offer. We have the following spot in our list and we can make the plan in Lhasa as per your requirement. In Lhasa we will explore the authentic Tibetan way of life. you will enjoy the Tibetan traditional food, culture show and others. there is other optional tours to other near by place like Gaden and Tsurphu Monastery with extra cost.
Potala palace was built by Tibetan king Songtsan Gampo and later rebuilt by fifth Dalai Lama. It was the winter residence of the Dalai Lamas until peaceful libiration in year 1959. Its builted on a rocky hill overlooking the city of Lhasa, the Potala Palace has a sturdy fortress-like appearance. It contains more than a thousand rooms spreading over an area of 1,300 feet by 1,000 feet. The stone walls are 16 feet thick at the base, but more finely constructed (without the use of nails) in the upper stories. The Potala Palace is made of two main parts, easily distinguished by their color: the Red Palace and White Palace. The two are joined by a smaller, yellow-painted structure that houses the sacred banners hung on the exterior for the New Year festivals. The rooms inside the palace are identified by numbers as well as names.
Jokhang Temple was builted in 647 by King Songtsen Gampo (r.617-49), and his two foreign wives who are credited with bringing Buddhism to Tibet. The king’s first wife, Princess Bhrikuti (married in the 630s), was the sister of the Nepalese king, while his second wife, Princess Wencheng (married 641), was the niece or daughter of the Chinese emperor. The temple house a sacred image of the Buddha, the Jowo Rinpoche, which Queen Wencheng brought with her from China as a dowry. This statue is still enshrined within the temple and is the holiest object in Tibet.
Norbu Lingka (means “The Jeweled Park”) is a palace and surrounding park in Lhasa, built from 1755. It served as the traditional summer residence of the successive Dalai lamas, Norbulingka is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a unique representation of Tibetan architecture. Norbulingka Palace is situated in the west side of Lhasa, a short distance to the southwest of Potala Palace. Norbulingka covers an area of around 36 hectares (89 acres) and considered to be the largest man made garden in Tibet. Norbulingka Park is considered the premier park of all such horticultural parks in similar ethnic settings in Tibet. During the summer and autumn months, the parks in Tibet, including the Norbulingka, become hubs of entertainment with dancing, singing, music and festivities. The park is where the annual Shun ton or ‘Yoghurt Festival’ is held. Norbulingka consists of several palace complexes, such as the Kelsang Potrang, Tsokyil Potrang, Golden Linka and Takten Migyur Potrang built for different Dalai lamas. Each palace complex is divided into three sections – the palace section, the section in front of the palaces and the woods. Norbulingka both reflects the ethnical, religious features of the Tibetan people and embodies the architecture style. It is of great cultural value and was listed by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage Site in 2001 as an extension of Potala Palace.
Drepung monastery was founded in 1416; on the outskirts of Lhasa was once Tibet’s largest and most influential monastery, with over 10,000 monks. Today, Drepung houses about 700 monks and attracts pilgrims and visitors from around the world. Drepung is especially known as the site of the annual Shoton Festival, with its dramatic unfurling of a giant Thangka painting on the hillside. It was the home of the Dalai Lamas before the Potala palace was built in the 17th century. Resembling a heap of white rice from a distance, it was dubbed “Monastery of the Collecting-Rice” in Tibetan. The first floor of the Assembly Hall holds a striking statue of Dalai Lama XIII, magnificently lit by filtered sunshine and pungent yak butter lamps. Readings of the scriptures are often held here at midday, during which novices race one another to fetch tea from the kitchen for their elders. To the left (west) of the Assembly Hall is the kitchen, where butter tea is prepared and donations are accepted. The most revered image at Drepung is a 15m (49-ft.) tall statue of the 8-year old Maitreya Buddha (the future Buddha), designed by Tsongkhapa and housed on the third floor of the main building. Visitors are offered holy water; to receive it, cup your right hand above your left, take a sip, and splash the rest on your head. Several courtyards in the forest around the monastery are used by the monks for debating the sutras (Buddhist scriptures). The winners of the debates can take a test to earn the senior degree of Geshi.
Sera monastery is one of the great Gelugpa school of learning centre and famous debate session of monks on Buddhist sciences of philosophy, metaphysics, psychology and epistemology .The history of Sera monastery is strongly connected to master lama Tsongkhapa (1357-1419).
Ganden monastery the main monastery of Gelukpa the Yellow hat sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Ganden means “joyful” and it is the Tibetan name for Tushita, the realm of Bodhisattva Maitreya (the future Buddha). The monastery was founded by Jhe Tsongkhapa in 1409 and traditionally it is considered to be the seat of Gelugpa adminstrative. Ganden Tripa or throne-holder of Ganden is the head of the Gelugpa School.
Ganden means “joyful” and is the Tibetan name for Tushita. The heaven where the bodhisattva Maitreya is said to reside. It was the original monastery of the Gelugpa order, founded by Je Tsongkhapa himself in 1409, and traditionally considered to be the seat of Gelugpa. It was the original monastery of the Gelugpa order, founded by Je Tsongkhapa himself in 1409, and traditionally considered to be the seat of Gelugpa administrative. The Ganden Tripa or ‘throne-holder of Ganden’ is the head of the Gelugpa School. Gaden has the history of housing more then 3500 monks and at this time it house about 300 monks.
Tsurphu Monastery: Tsurphu monastery is the traditional seat of Karmapa, It is located in Tolung county of Lhasa prefecture. Tsurpu monastery is the main monastery for the Kamtsang Kagyu Tradition. It is highly recommend for all the visitor to go for Tsurphu kora but it would be hard if are not properly acclimatize. If you choose to go for Kora, you will see the beautiful view of past springs, shrines, retreats and the Monastery itself.