Overview: The overland route from Nepal to Tibet isn’t really ideal due to the rapid altitude gain in a short distance. This itinerary is designed especially in a slow relaxing pace to allow elder travellers enough time to acclimatize the high altitude in Tibetan plateau. Tibet is huge almost as big as the whole Eastern Europe put together so is each of our attraction. A monastery here in Tibet usually sits on a hill top which includes lots of walking & climbing. For elder’s sake, we have limited the daily sites to allow you enough time at each site instead of running one from the next in a rush. Tibet4Fun is very experienced in arranging Tibet tour for elders. With a little precaution Tibet is as much a suitable place to travel for elders as with the young. Tibet is the kinda of place on this planet that you should visit at least once in your lifetime. Not all of us are fortunate to have both time and money to travel in youth. Don’t let age stop you now. Pls feel free to contact Tibet4Fun abt your Tibet tour.
|Arrival in Kathmandu||Our Nepali staff will come to your hotel to pick up your original passport + 1 headshot, also to have you
fill in China Group Visa application form
|China Group Visa Application (Mon~Fri only, and holidays aside)|
|China Group Visa Application (Mon~Fri only, and holidays aside)|
|China Group Visa Application (Mon~Fri only, and holidays aside)||Deliver passport back with China Group Visa done|
|D1||Kathmandu【1400m】> Rasuwagadi【1983m】> Kerung【2700m】||145Km/7hrs||Early morning pick up from hotel in Kathmandu, then transfer to Rasuwagadi. Say goodbye to Nepali driver.
Clear customs to arrive at Tibet part of the border, Kerung. Tibetan guide & driver will be there waiting
with your Tibet Permit for authority to check. Afterwards transfer to hotel
|D2||Kerung【2700m】||——||Free day in Kerung|
|D3||Kerung【2700m】> Tingri【4300m】||255km/6hrs||Peikutso Lake|
|D4||Tingri【4300m】> Sakya【4316m】||137km/3hrs||Sakya Monastery|
|D5||Sakya【4316m】> Shigatse【3850m】||152km/3hrs||Tashilhunpo Monastery|
|D6||Shigatse【3850m】> Gyantse【4040m】||95km/2hrs||Pelkor Chöde Monastery with Gyantse Kumbum|
|D7||Gyantse【4040m】> Lhasa【3650m】||260km/6hrs||Kharola Glacier, Yamdrotso Lake|
|D8||Lhasa【3650m】||50km/1.5hrs||Norbulingka Park, Sera Monastery|
|D9||Lhasa【3650m】||50km/1.5hrs||Potala Palace, Zang Gyab Lukhang Park, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Plaza|
|D10||Departure from Lhasa to Nepal/China||50km/1.5hrs||Transfer to Lhasa Airport/Railway|
Days in Kathmandu: China Group Visa application in Kathmandu takes 3-full-working-day, which available from Mon~Fri only, and holiday aside. China Group Visa covers not only your days in Tibet, after Tibet you can also travel to mainland China with it, but your travel plan needs to be told prior so we can have China Group Visa done accordingly.
Day 01: Kathmandu > Rasuwagadi > Kerung
Early in the morning, Nepali driver will collect you from your hotel in Kathmandu then drive via the scenic countryside of Nepal to Rasuwagadi, Nepal-Tibet border of Nepal side. Say goodbye to Nepali driver, cross the border to arrive at Kerung (also called Grirong), Nepal-Tibet border of Tibet side. Your Tibetan guide & driver will be there waiting with your original Tibet Permit for authority to check. After this immigration formalities, transfer to hotel in Kerung town to stay for the night.
Day 02: Kerung
This reversed route from Nepal to Tibet isn’t really ideal for acclimatize the rapid altitude change. That’s why we arrange this free day for rest at Kerung for elders today. You are free to take light stroll around Kerung to experience the untouristic local Tibetan life. Kerung Town is situated in the southern part of Kerung County in Tibet, located 70km south of the county seat Zongga on the bank of Kerung Zangbo River, a tributary of the Trishuli River. The town has an elevation about 2700m, with a subtropical mountain monsoon climate, meaning reasonable precipitation and warm weather. In Kerung Town, there is a village of ethnic Nepali referred to as Daman people. They are descendants of Nepalese Gurkha army centuries ago. Previously stateless, they were granted Chinese citizenship in 2003.
Day 03: Kerung > Tingri
Overnight: Tingri, Guesthouse
Sights: Peikutso Lake
Drive Kerung to Tingri today. En route, you will see Peikutso Lake【4580m】, 18km south of Yarlung Tsangpo (Brahmaputra) River, near Mt. Shishapangma, the 14th highest mountain in the world. Peikutso Lake is 27km long and 6km wide at its narrowest, of a fabulous turquoise color all year round, and surrounded by Himalaya Mountains reaching 5700 to 6000 meters. There is also usually a lot of wildlife in this area including wild horses, wolves, foxes, deer, gazelle, black-necked cranes as well as yaks and sheep.
Afterwards drive to Tingri for the night. Tingri (aka. New Tingri, Shegar), is a small county town located 7km northwest of Baber. Here you will have far view of Shegar Dzong.
Day 04: Tingri > Sakya
Sights: Sakya Monastery
A detour to visit the small town of Sakya is pretty much de rigueur of any trip along the Friendship Hwy. Shakya town is abt 25km off the Southern Friendship Hwy, accessed via a good dirt road through a pretty farming valley. Shakya Monastery, which ranks as one of the most atmospheric, impressive and unique monasteries in Tibet is here.
Day 05: Sakya > Shigatse
Sights: Tashilhunpo Monastery
Continue the scenic drive today from to Shigatse, the 2nd largest town in Tibet. Tashilhunpo Monastery, founded in 1447 by the 1st Dalai Lama, is a historic and culturally important monastery in Shigatse. Tashilhunpo Monastery is the traditional seat of successive Panchen Lamas, the second highest ranking tulku lineage in the Gelug tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. The “Tashi” or Panchen Lama had temporal power over three small districts, though not over the town of Shigatse itself, which was administered by a prefect appointed from Lhasa. Located on a hill in the center of Shigatse, the full name in Tibetan of Tashilhunpo Monastery means “all fortune and happiness gathered here” or “heap of glory”.
Day 06: Shigatse > Gyantse
Sights: Pelkor Chöde Monastery with Gyantse Kumbum
Drive via Southern Friendship Hwy, from Shigatse to Lhasa via Gyantse. Visit Pelkor Chöde Monastery with Gyantse Kumbum at Gyantse. The sprawling compound in the far north of Gyantse 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 07: Gyantse > Lhasa
Sights: Kharola Glacier, Yamdrotso Lake
Kharola Glacier is a beautiful glacier perched between Nangartse County and Gyantse County. Within only 300 meters from the Southern Friendship Hwy which connects Gyantse and Lhasa, Kharola Glacier can be seen easily reached. Mt Noijin Kangsang is one of the four greatest snow-capped mountains in Tibet. In its ravines, there are over 100 glaciers which cover a total area of 118.82 square kilometers. Among these glaciers, Kharola Glacier is the biggest one occupying 9.4 square kilometers and reaching to 5560m high. Contrasted with the blue sky, soft clouds and colorful prayer flags, the scenery of Kharola Glacier is really amazing. Many films have been shot there, including Red River Valley, Yun Shui Yao, and Battle of Gyantse, etc.
The holy Yamdrotso Lake lies at the south of Yarlong Tsangpo River in Tibet and in clear weather is fabulous shade of deep turquoise. Yamdrotso Lake is one of the three holy lakes in Tibet (the other two are Namtso Lake & Manosarovar Lake). It is the largest freshwater lake at the south foot of the Himalayas with an area of about 638 square kilometers. Yamdrotso Lake is in a length of 130km and a width of 70km. It is quite a deep lake as the average depth is about 20~40m and the deepest point is almost 60m below the surface. Far in the distance is the huge massif of Mt. Nojin Kangtsang【7191m】.
Day 08: Lhasa
Sights: Norbulingka Park, Sera Monastery
Norbulingka Park, literally “The Jewelled Park” in Tibetan, is a palace and surrounding park in Lhasa. It served as the traditional summer residence of the successive Dalai Lamas from the 1780s. Part of the “Historic Ensemble of the Potala Palace”, Norbulingka is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and was added as an extension of this Historic Ensemble in 2001. It was built by the 7th Dalai Lama and served both as administrative centre and religious centre. It is a unique representation of Tibetan palace 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.
Sera Monastery, literally ” Wild Roses Monastery” in Tibetan, is one of the “great three” Gelug university monasteries of Tibet, located 2km north of Lhasa and about 5km north of Jokhang Temple. The origin of its name is attributed to a fact that the site where Sera Monastery was built was surrounded by wild roses in bloom. Sera Monastery, as a complex of structures with the Great Assembly Hall and three colleges, was founded in 1419 by Jamchen Chojey of Sakya Yeshe of Zel Gungtang (1355–1435), a disciple of Je Tsongkhapa. Between 3pm~5pm from Monday to Friday, monk debating is usually held in Sera Monastery’s debating courtyard.
Day 09: Lhasa
Sights: Potala Palace, Zang Gyab Lukhang Park, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Plaza
Lhasa’s cardinal landmark, Potala Palace is one of the great wonders of world architecture. Potala Palace is a structure of massive proportions, with over 1000 rooms, and an awe-inspiring place to visit. The complex of Potala Palace, comprising the White and Red Palaces with their ancillary buildings, is built on Red Mountain in the centre of Lhasa Valley, at an altitude of 3,700m.
Zang Gyab Lukhang Park, situated right behind Potala Palace, Zang Gyab Lukhang Park is a lovely place where locals and tourist hang out, with a lovely lake built during the construction of Potala Palace.
Jokhang Temple is the most revered religious structure in Tibet, thick with the smell of yak butter, the murmur of mantras and the shuffling of pilgrims. In front of the entrance to Jokhang is a forecourt that is perpetually crowded with pilgrims polishing the flagstones with pilgrim prostrations all year long.
Barkhor Plaza, a quadrangle of streets that surrounds Jokhang Temple at Lhasa Old Town. Barkhor Plaza is an area unrivalled in Tibet for its fascinating combination of sacred significance and push-and-shove market economics. Barkhor Plaza is both the spiritual heart of the Holy City Lhasa and the main shopping district for Tibetans.
Day 10: Departure from Lhasa to Nepal/China
The last day of your 10-Day tour. You can further your trip to mainland China or return to Nepal. Guide & driver will collect you from hotel then transfer to Lhasa Airport/Railway according to your travel plan.