Overview: Gyirong Port (aka. Kerung, Kyirong) is newly opened to foreigners on 29 Aug 2017. It had been a long wait since Nepal earthquake in April 2015, and finally you can travel overland between Tibet & Nepal via Gyirong Port. Come and join this brand new route of Lhasa → Gyantse → Shigatse → EBC → Gyirong, and save yourself at least USD 2000ish by join our 7 days Tibet Nepal Overland Group Tour from Gyirong. The full Tibetan experience awaits you here.
|D1||Arrival in Lhasa||50km/1.5hrs||Lhasa, 3★/4★||Group transfer from Lhasa Airport/Railway|
|D2||Lhasa【3650m】||50km/1.5hrs||Lhasa, 3★/4★||B+D||Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery|
|D3||Lhasa【3650m】||50km/1.5hrs||Lhasa, 3★/4★||B||Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street|
|D4||Lhasa【3650m】> Gyantse【4040m】> Shigatse【3850m】||360km/6hrs||Shigatse, 3★/4★||B||Yamdrok Lake, Karola Glacier, Pelkor Chöde Monastery with Gyantse Kumbum|
|D5||Shigatse【3850m】> Tingri【4300m】> Rongbuk【5150m】/EBC【5200m】||350km/7hrs||EBC, Nomad Tent/
Rongbuk, Guesthouse (dorm)
|B||Tashilump Monastery, Rongbuk Monastery|
|D6||Rongbuk【5150m】/EBC【5200m】】> Gyirong【2700m】||350km/7hrs||Gyirong, Guesthouse||—||Everest Base Camp|
|D7||Departure from Gyirong||10km/0.5hrs||—||Group transfer to Gyirong Port|
Day 01: Arrival in Lhasa
Overnight: Lhasa, 3★/4★
Our staff will greet you at Lhasa Airport/Railway to transfer you to hotel. From Lhasa Airport to downtown Lhasa, usually takes abt 1.5hrs; from Lhasa Railway Station, abt 20mins. After transferred to hotel, the rest of the day you will be free to wander around the city on your own but try not to overtax yourself. The first day’s well-rest is crucial to acclimatize high altitude. Remember to drink lots of water, eat light, and not to shower if you can help it.
Day 02: Lhasa (B+D)
Overnight: Lhasa, 3★/4★
Sights: Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery
Today you will visit totally 2 attractions in Lhasa suburb. In the morning, we will arrange you to see Drepung Monastery. In the afternoon, we will visit Sera Monastery. You will stay long hour on sightseeing today under the fierce sun of Tibet, do arm yourself with sunglasses/ hat/ sunscreen.
Also a welcome dinner will be held tonight to introduce you to the whole gang that you are going to travel with. We have customers from all over the world. Shall be fun to meet people from different countries, culture and background.
Located abt 8km west of central Lhasa, Drepung Monastery was once one of the world’s largest monasteries. The word Drepung literally translates as ‘rice heap’, a reference to the huge numbers of white monastic buildings that once piled up on the hill side.
Sera Monastery is located in the northern suburb of Lhasa City. The monastery was named Sera which means wild rose in the Tibetan language, because the hill behind it was covered with wild roses in bloom when the monastery was built. From of Mon ~ Fri, every afternoon, you ll be able to see monks debating at Sera Monastery.
Day 03: Lhasa (B)
Overnight: Lhasa, 3★/4★
Sights: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street
This morning, visit Potala Palace, which is more than 3700m above sea level and it is the highest palace in the world! At the top the palace called golden roofs, you can have a bird-eye view of the whole of Lhasa. In the distance there are undulating mountain ranges, the beautiful Lhasa River, tracts of fields, tree-shaded villages and the glistening Jokhang Temple.
Afternoon, visit Jokhang Temple, which is the first built during the period of Sontsan Gambo in the 7th century, features Buddhist prayer wheels, reclining deer, golden sutra streamers. You’ll find that many Pilgrims pray before the monastery.
The circuit around it called Barkhor Street, a famous local handmade crafts market at Lhasa Old Town, which is a good place to purchase souvenirs.
Overnight in Lhasa, 3★/4★
Day 04: Lhasa > Gyantse > Shigatse (B)
Sights: Yamdrok Lake, Karola Glacier, Pelkor Chöde Monastery with Gyantse Kumbum
The dazzling Yamdrotso Lake is normally first seen from the summit of the Kamba-la Pass【4700m】. Yamdrotso Lake lies several hundred meters below the road, and in clear weather is fabulous shade of deep turquoise. Far in the distance is the huge massif of Mt. Nojin Kangtsang【7191m】.
Mt Nojin Kangsang stands tall with an elevation of 7191m between Gyantze County and Nagarzê County, with several snow-capped mountains over 6000m surrounding it. Mount Nojin Kangsang is the most accessible glacier site on the Tibetan Plateau. The famous Karola Glacier【5560m】is below the south ridge of Nojin Kangsang.
The sprawling compound in the far north of town houses Pelkor Chöde Monastery and the monumental Gyantse Kumbum, a chörten filled with fine paintings and statues. Both are deservedly top of the list on most travellers’ must-sees. Palkhor lies at the foot of Dzong Hill. It is well-known for its Kumbum, which has 108 chapels in its four floors. The multi-storied Kumbum Stupa was crowned with a golden dome and umbrella, surrounded with more chapels filled with unique religious statues and murals.
Day 05: Shigatse > Tingri > Rongbuk/EBC (B)
Overnight: Rongbuk, Guesthouse/ EBC, Nomad Tent (dorm)
Sights: Tashilump Monastery, Rongbuk Monastery
Tashilunpo Monastery is one of the Six Big Monasteries of Gelugpa (or Yellow Hat Sect) in Tibet. It is located at the foot of Drolmari (Tara’s Mountain), Shigatse. Founded by the First Dailai Lama in 1447, the monastery’s structure was expanded by the Fourth and successive Panchen Lamas. It covers an area of nearly 300,000 square meters. The main structures found in the monastery are Maitreya Chapel, Panchen Lama’s Palace and Kelsang Temple. Tashilhunpo is the seat of Panchen Lama since the Fourth Panchen Lama took charge in the monastery, and there are now nearly 800 lamas.
Rongbuk Monastery is located in the Shigatse Region, and to the north of the oblate Mt. Everest, the highest peak in the world. Seen from here, Mt. Everest appears like a lofty pyramid surrounded by mountains that touch the sky. On sunny days, a pile of thick clouds, just like a white flag floats lightly above the peak, which is known to be the miracle of ‘The Highest Flag Cloud in the World’. Nowadays, with the golden travel boom to Mt. Everest, Rongbuk Monastery is gradually becoming a highlight for the tourists in its own right.
NOTE: if it’s summer time (usually May~Oct), we will carry on the last few kilometers to Everest Tent Camp to stay the night; if winter time (usually Nov~Apr), we will stay at Rongbuk Monastery’s guesthouse. Both places have but dorm bed lodging available. Both places you can see the glorious Everest sunset if the weather is good.
Day 06: /Rongbuk/EBC > Gyirong
Overnight: Gyirong, Guesthouse
Sights: Everest Base Camp
The tent site of Everest Base Camp【5150m】is now the furthest you can reach (before you can take the local shuttle bus abt 4km closer to Mt Everest, but it’s no longer available since Aug 2017). From here you will view Mt Everest from afar. Mt Everest, called aslo Mt. Qomolangma, is earth’s highest mountain. It’s peak is 8848m above sea level. Afterwards head to the newly open Gyirong Port.
Day 07: Departure from Gyirong
Early morning, transfer from hotel to Gyirong Port. Our service ends here!
NOTE: you will go through the immigration check on your own (our guide cant go in with you). The Nepal visa-on-arrival costs about USD 25, and two passport sized headshots will be required. Afterwards, you will arrive at Nepal side of the border. There are buses & taxis to take you to Kathmandu at your own expenses, which takes about 8~9hrs.