In the Private central Tibet overland tour, you will traveling over the vast Tibetan plateau which gives you chance to meet people and you will understanding the Tibetan life living. You will also get to travel through the stunning landscape, old Tibetan architecture and the spiritual people of Tibet. In older days this is the only way to travel to Kathmandu.
This tour takes you through the spectacular Passes and revealing views of the majestic Himalayas which normally takes five-days. In this tour we will be visiting some enchanting Buddhist monastery and some remote villages which remain uninfluenced modern civilization. In Lhasa you will be visiting Potala, Norbulingka, Jhokang temple and some monastery located near Lhasa.
|Day1||Journey to Kathmandu to Nyalam,|
|Day2||Nyalam to Lhatse [4,350m/14,270ft]-220Kms.?Drive (Approx. 6 hours)|
|Day3||Lhatse to Shigatse [3,900m/12,790ft]-244Kms.?Drive (Approx. 6 hrs)|
|Day4||Shigatse to Gyantse [3,950m/12,955]-90kms|
|Day5||Gyantse to Lhasa [3,650m/11,970]-259kms.|
|Day6||Lhasa Sightseeing -Sera monastery-Norbulingka-Jokhang Temple-Bharkor Barzar|
|Day7||Lhasa Sightseeing -Potala palace-Drepung monastery|
|Day8||Final departure from Lhasa or extend your tour|
This is the first day of your Tibet tour. We will be traveling from Kathmandu to Nylam (Approx. 5 hours). Our first stop will be at the Sino-Nepal border town of Zhangmu. After completing immigration and custom formalities. Our team member will receive you at the check post, we will have lunch at the town and continue our journey to Nylam. On the way you will see fantastic view of deep valley with some overflowing waterfalls. For the night we will be staying in Nylam and proceed furthur.
Today we will travel from Nyalam to Lhatse. On our way to Shelkar we will cross two spectacular passes. Nyalam pass (3,800m/12,464ft) and Lalung La pass (5,082m/16,670ft). This drive offers fantastic view of the high mountains including, Mount Everest (8,848m/29,021ft) Jugal Himal, Mt. Makalu (8464m) etc. We will stay overnight in Lhatse.
Today we will travel to Shigatse, the place of famous Tashilunpo Monastery and seat of Panchen Lamas with its huge Thangka wall which is clearly visible from the north side of the road . Overnight in Shigatse.
Tashilhunpo Monastery literary means Heap of glory, founded in 1447 by Gedun Drup the First Dalai lama is a historic and culturally important monastery next to Shigatse, the second-largest city in Tibet. The monastery is the traditional seat of successive Panchen Lmas, the second highest ranking Tulku (reincarnation) lineage in the Gelungpa tradition. Panchen Lama had temporal power over three small districts, though not over the town of Shigatse itself, which was administered by a dzongpön (prefect) appointed from Lhasa.
In the morning we will visit the Tashilunpo Monastery and the free bazaar of Shigaste. After lunch embark on a pleasant 2 hours drive to Gyantse. where we will visit the Khumbum Stupa and Phalkot Monastery. We will stay overnight in Gyantse.
Gyantse is a small agricultural town is at 13, 050 ft above sea level and is famous for its wool carpets and palkhor choide chorten. The Palkhor Monastery built in 1427, is notable for its superb Kumbum (10,000 images)stupa, which has nice tiers and, according to the Buddhist tradition, 108 chapels. The lower tiers contain excellent murals.
A Kumbum (“One hundred thousand holy images”, is a multi-storied aggregate of Buddhist chapels in Tibet . It forms part of Palcho monastery. The first Kumbum was founded in the fire-sheep year 1427 by a Gyantse prince. It has nine lhakangs or levels, is 35 metres (115 ft) high surmounted by a golden dome, and contains 77 chapels which line its walls. Many of the statues were damaged during the Cultural revolution but have since been replaced with clay images, though they lack the artistic merit of the originals. The 14th century murals showing Newari and Chinese influences, survived much better.
today we will travel to Lhasa the journey takes 7 hours crossing 2 passes, The Karo la (5010 meters ) and Kamba La (4794m) and we will also stop at the Yamdrok Lake, which is the most holiest lake in Tibet. Its beautiful scenic of lake surrounded by many snow capped mountains makes it worthy of stop and taking picture. We will have view of Potala palace in the horizon as we make entry into the Lhasa city.
this is our first day in Lhasa for sightseeing. We will be visiting the Jokhang temple located in the heart of old city, Norbulingkha The summer palace for successive Dalai Lamas and and Sera Monastery. We will start with Jhokang Temple in the morning, after Jhokhang we will quickly go to the Norbulingkha palace and we will have lunch near the palace. after lunch we would go to Sera monastery and where we will observe monks debating on Buddhist philosophy and Buddha drama(religion). After Sera monastery we would encourage our guest to explore the Bhakhor street by there own self but our guide will assit you if you require help.
Jokhang Temple was built in 647 by King Songtsen Gampo, 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
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) the founder of Gelug order, the much venerated and highly learned Guru in Buddhist sacred scriptures. It was under his divine tutelage that his disciple Jetsun kunchen lodroe Richen Senge established the Sera monastery complex in early 15th century AD.
Today we will be visiting the Potala palace and Drepung monastery. In the morning we will be visting the Potala palace and we will visit Drepung monastery in the after noon. If you would like explore more we could ask our guide to take us to the Tibet museums where antiques from the beginning of the human civilization to now is house in one place.
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 liberation in year 1959. Its built 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.
Drepung monastery is one of the three great Gelugpa monasteries of Tibet. Drepung is the largest of all Tibetan Monasteries. Freddie Spencer Chapman reported after his 1936 -37 trip to Tibet,that Drepung was at that time the largest monastery in the world and housed 7,700 monks , but sometimes as many as 10,000 monks . It was founded in 1416 by Jamyang Choeje Tashi Palden (1397-1449) of Lama Tsongkhapa main disciple.
Today marks the end of your tour to Tibet. Our guide will escort you to the point of departure to bit you farewell to the enitre team, if you would like to extend your tour then we can arrange the new things to do in your itinerary. But you will have to inform us before we make your Tibet travel permit.