11 Days Central Tibet with Lake Nam Tso & Nepal
Kathmandu – Lhasa – Gyantse – Shigatse – Tingri
The touching beauty of the 'Heavenly Lake' Namtso should not be missed by any traveler who visits Tibet. In clear weather the water is a miraculous shade of turquoise and there are magnificent views of the nearby mountains. By the lake, you can view the peak of Nyianchentangula. The wide open spaces, dotted with the tents of local nomads are intoxicating.
Apart from the highlight of Lake Namtso, we bring you on classic tour covering the cultural centers of Tibet namely Lhasa, Shigatse and Gyantse. The highlights of this tour include ancient monasteries, unique overland landscapes, snow-covered mountains and dramatic high passes. Gain insight to the Tibetan Buddhist culture and experience exotic culture of the Tibetan locals.
1) Itinerary is NOT available from November to March annually.
2) All Tibet tours are conducted by Tibet Tourism Bureau for private groups only.
3) The hotels in the LUXURY category applies only to Kathmandu & Lhasa hotels. Standard hotels apply for other areas.
Day 1 | D | Hotel
Upon arrival meet and transfer to hotel. Briefing and welcome drink. Late afternoon walking tour around Thamel, a popular tourist district in Kathmandu Valley and a bustling bazaar which offers a glimpse of Nepal’s vibrant ethnic culture.
Divine staff will collect your passport to process your Tibet permit at the China Embassy. You permit will be ready in the evening.
Day 2 | B | Hotel
Kathmandu – Lhasa
After breakfast transfer to airport to connect flight to Lhasa. Upon arrival at Gongar airport and drive to Lhasa. Drive will takes about 2 hrs. Upon reaching check in hotel. Rest for the more acclimatization. Late afternoon sightseeing tour to visit Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Bazaar.
Jokhang Temple (“House of the Lord”) in Lhasa is the holiest site in Tibetan Buddhism, attracting crowds of prostrating Tibetan pilgrims and curious foreign tourists every year. It hosts the annual Great Prayer Festival, as well as all ceremonies of initiation for the Dalai Lama and Panchen Llamas.
Barkhor Bazaar is the oldest street in Lhasa, as well as the most representative. It is a place full of religious atmosphere and a world of exotic articles. Traditional Tibetan houses and narrow lanes in and around the street whisper the stories of old Lhasa. Barkhor Street is also a marketplace in which visitors can buy many beautiful souvenirs. Varied shops stand on both sides of the street and thousands of floating stands are on every corner. Most of them offer the prayer wheels, long-sleeve ‘chuba’ (the Tibetan people’s traditional clothes), Tibetan knives and some religious articles for sale.
Day 3 | B | Hotel
After breakfast full day city tour in Lhasa.
Situated on the Red Hill of central Lhasa, Potala Palace is the highest ancient palace in the world, reaching 3,767.19m (12,359.55ft) at the topmost point. Potala named after a holy hill in South India is a Sanskrit word meaning “Abode of the Avalokitesvara (Buddha of Mercy).” Legend has it that in the 7th century, to greet his bride Princess Wen Cheng of the Tang Dynasty (618B.C. – 907B.C.) of China, the then Tibet King Songtsen Gampo built a 9-storey palace with a thousand rooms up on the Red Hill and named it Potala. Later, with the collapse of the Songtsen Gampo Dynasty, the ancient palace was almost destroyed in wars. What we see at present is the architecture of the Qing Dynasty (1644B.C. – 1911B.C.) and the continuous expanding work outcome since the 17th century.
The monastery was established in 1416 by Tsong Khapa’s disciple Jamyang Qoigyi,Situated at the foot of the Mountain Gambo Utse, 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) from the western suburb of Lhasa, the Drepung Monastery is known as the most important monastery of Gelugpa in Tibetan Buddhism.
Located at the foot of Tatipu Hill in the northern suburb of Lhasa City, Sera Monastery is one of three famous monasteries in the city along with the Drepung Monastery and the Ganden Monastery. It is dedicated to the Gelugpa or Yellow Hat Sect, a branch of Tibetan Buddhism, founded by Tsong Khapa. Jamchen Chojey, one of Tsong Khapa’s disciples built it in 1419 during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). 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 it was built.
Day 4 | B | Hotel
Lhasa – Lake Namtso – Lhasa
After breakfast drive to Lake Namtso. Drive will takes about 2 to 3 hours. At Lake Namtso we explore around the lake and enjoy the heavenly landscape. There will be lots of photo opportunities with beautiful yaks and the locals. We then drive back to Lhasa. Overnight in Lhasa.
Day 5 | B | Hotel
Lhasa – Gyantse
After breakfast drive to Gayantse. Today we cross 2 passes namely Karo La (5010m) and Kamba La (4794m). You will also pass by the most fascinating natural lake Yamdroke Ts. After that visit Khumbun Stupa , Palkor Monastery and Salu Monastery. Overnight at Gyantse.
The Palkhor Monastery
The Palkhor Monastery also called Palcho Monastery it is quite different from other monasteries of Tibet. Structured as a typical Tibetan Buddhism monastery it was built in 1418 and has remarkably remained intact and unscathed to this day. The most remarkable feature of this monastery is that it is the only monastery that houses monks from different orders. The monks from the Gelugpa, Sakyapa and Kahdampa orders stay in this monastery with noticeable harmony. The Main Assembly Hall of Palkhor Monastery, Tshomchen, was built between the end of the 14th century and the beginning of the 15th century.
Kumbum Stupa is one of the most distinctive temples in the world. It is an unusual architectural masterpiece with its nine levels rise in the manner of a step pyramid. Its construction started in 1418 and it was completed in 1427.
Shalu Monastery is a small monastery 22km south of Shigatse in Tibet. It was founded in 1040 by Chetsun Sherab Jungnay, one of Tibet’s greatest scholars and teacher about Buddhism scriptures.
Day 6 | B | Hotel
Gyantse – Shigatse
After breakfast drive to Shigatse. Upon reaching check in hotel. After lunch visit Tashilhunpo Monastery and the flea market of Shigatse. Overnight at hotel.
Tashilhunpo Monastery is one of the Six Big Monasteries of Gelugpa (or Yellow Hat Sect) in Tibet. Also called the Heap of Glory, the monastery 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. Tashilhunpo Monastery covers an area of nearly 300,000 square meters (3,229,279 sq. ft.). The main structures found in the Tashilhunpo Monastery are The Maitreya Chapel, The Panchen Lama’s Palace and The Kelsang Temple. Tashilhunpo is the seat of the Panchen Lama since the Fourth Panchen Lama took charge in the monastery, and there are now nearly 800 lamas.
Day 7 | B | Hotel
Shigatse – Xegar
After breakfast drive to Xegar. On the way visit Phuntolong, Jonang Kunbun and Shakya Monastery. Overnight at Xegar.
It was built in 1073 by Khon Khonchog Gyalpo. It is located in the city of Sakya, in the Tibetan region of Tsang, about one hundred miles north of the border between Tibet and Nepal. The region is unique for its gray (kya) earth (sa), hence the name Sakya. From 1073 until 1959, this monastery served as the seat of the Sakya Order and of the Sakya Trizins who are the spiritual leaders of the order.
Day 8 | B | Hotel
Xegar – Tingri
After breakfast drive to Tingri. Drive will takes about 3 hrs. Afternoon rest and relax around Tingri.
Tingri is a town in southern Tibet at about 4300m. It is often used as a base by mountain climbers preparing to ascend Mount Everest or Cho Oyu. It is known for its spectacular views of Mount Everest, Mount Lhotse, Mount Makalu, and Cho Oyu, which comprise four of the six highest mountains in the world.
Day 9 | B, D | Hotel
Tingri – Zhangmu – Kathmandu
After breakfast drive to Nyalamu. You will be crossing Nyalamu Pass (3800m) & Lalung La Pass (5050m).This drive offers fantastic view of the high mountains including Everest (8848m) on clear weather day. After that continue drive to Zhangmu and clear the immigration. After completing immigration and custom formalities drive down to Kodari (Friend ship bridge) . The Nepal Guide will meet you and clear Nepal side immigration and drive to Kathmandu. Drive pass along the BhoteKoshi River in a deep valley with some overflowing waterfalls. Total drive will takes about 7 hrs. Upon arrival check in hotel. Evening enjoy a sumptuous traditional Nepalese Cuisine with Cultural Performance.
Day 10 | B, L, D | Hotel
After breakfast visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and if you are lucky, you will get a glimpse of the famous Kumari, the world’s only living Goddess. This complex of palaces, courtyards and temples like Hanumandhoka Palace, Kumari Ghar (Abode of the Living Goddess), Taleju temple, built between the 12th and 18th centuries, used to be the seat of the ancient Malla Kings of Kathmandu.
After that, visit Bouddhanath Stupa, one of the world’s largest Stupa built in the fifth century AD.. It looms 36 meters high and presents one of the most fascinating specimens of stupa design with hundreds of prayer wheels and 108 small images of Buddha all around. All the Buddhist throng to this stupa to take part in the sacred rituals during the Buddhist festivals.
Afternoon explore Asan Tol. It is one of the most well-known historical locations in the city and is famed for its bazaar, festival calendar and strategic location. The bazaar attracts shoppers from all over Kathmandu because of the tremendous variety of merchandise sold here, ranging from foodstuffs, spices and textiles to electronics and bullion. Asan is also one of the popular tourist spots in the city because of its architectural sights and charming ambiance.
Evening enjoy a sumptuous traditional Nepalese Cuisine with Cultural Performance.
Day 11 | B | Hotel
Kathmandu – Departure
After breakfast transfer to airport for fly out according to your flight schedule.
• All the transportation including airport transfer as per above itinerary
• All accommodation on twin sharing basis as per itinerary
• All the meals as per above itinerary
• City tour with English speaking tour guide
• All the meals as per itinerary
• Kathmandu-Lhasa air ticket with all the taxes
• Regular non-A/C transportation thoughout the trip in Tibet
• Visa fee &Tibet Travel Permit
• Lake Nam Tso Lake permit and day trip tour
• Entrance fees for all the sightseeing tour, Monasteries entrance fee with
• English speaking Tibetan tour guide as per itinerary
• All necessary airport/hotel/airport transfers.
• Accommodation in Tibet twin-sharing basis with breakfast tourist class standard hotel.
• International airfare to Nepal
• Nepal Visa fee (apply on arrival)
• Meals no indicated in the itinerary (for Tibet)
• Travel insurance
• All alcoholic and other beverages
• All personal expenses
• Liabilities of loss, theft and damages