Please note that this tour can be customized to your wishes if you want to skip certain attractions or add other ones. Please let us know at our booking form so we are able to offer you your perfect trip. This tour is designed for people who do not have a lot of time at the destination but on the other hand do want to see as much as possible. Among others, included are the main attractions in Lhasa , Gyantse and Shigatse.
Day 01: KATHMANDU - LHASA
In the morning you will be transferred to the airport to depart on your 1hr and 10 min flight to Lhasa . Of course this tour can also be booked excluding the flight when you are arriving at Lhasa from a different destination. Please let us know at our booking form when this is the case. While you land at Lhasa Airport , a representative of Nature Trail Trekking will be waiting for you at the airport and he will clears/help you to check you in Tibet/Lhasa and he will transfer you to your hotel in Lhasa . Please note that the distance between Lhasa Airport and Lhasa is 93 km and takes about 2 hours, a very scenic drive and your first experiences with Tibet . Overnight stay your desired hotel.
When you land in Lhasa , you might feel a small headache and some of you could feel uncomfortable due to the altitude and it might take some time to adapt (depending on the person and their physical conditions). Note that Kathmandu is only 1300m while Lhasa is situated at 3600m above sea level.
This evening you will discuss your program with your tour guide and may be shown around before or after your meals if desired.
Day 02: SIGHTSEEING IN LHASA - POTALA PALACE / SERA / NORBULINKA
This day we will visit the Potala Palace in the morning one of the most famous architectural works of Tibet and after that we will visit Sera monastery and continue to Norbulingkha in the afternoon which means beautiful gardens in Tibetan. We will stay overnight at the hotel.
Day 03: SIGHTSEEING IN LHASA - DREPUNG / JOKHANG TEMPLE & BARKHOR
In the morning we will have a guided tour to the largest monastery in Tibet , Drepung monastery . In the afternoon we will arrive at the Jokhang Temple , Tibet's holiest temple which contains a jeweled image of the Buddha. After that we will experience the Barkhor Square , an old market square where you'll see wily Chinese and ancient Tibetans bargaining for goods. We will stay overnight in Lhasa .
DAY 4 Drives to Shigatse via Gyantse and Yamdrok Lake .
After your early breakfast, you will check out from you hotel and you will drive towards Gyantse . After passing the beautiful Lhasa valley and crossing the Brahmaputra River (The holy River), you will pass the Kamba la pass (4794 m) to the south. While driving you will see Yamdrok Tso and will go over the Karo la pass (5010 m), that climbs between two lofty mountains Nozing Khang Sa (7223 m) and Ralung (6236 m), and will reach Gyantse. From here it is approximately two more hours to Shigatse , where we will stay for the night.
Day 5 Morning visit Tasilunpo Monastery and drive to Gyantse.
Afternoon visit Palchor Choede Monastery and drive to Lhasa .
In the morning you will have a guided tour to the Tashilhunpo Monastery and the local market and at noon you will drive towards Gyantse. Here you will visit Palchor Choede Monastery including the Kumbum and then the scenic drive back to Lhasa begins. We will stay overnight in a hotel in Lhasa .
Day 06: Final departure
In the morning you will be transferred to Gonggar airport for your flight to Kathmandu or other onward destination.
Please note that this tour can be customized to your wishes if you want to skip certain attractions or add other ones. Please let us know at our booking form so we are able to offer you your perfect trip!