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Higher Limits Trek

Fly-in-Drive-Out – Exotic Tour - 8 Days

This exotic fast moving trip is ideal for those wanting to see the highlights of Tibet and Lhasa. In Tibet you fly or drive across the Himalaya to Lhasa, where you have plenty of time to visit the main sights in and around the town including the Potala Palace, the Norbulingka (the Dalai Lama’s summer palace) and the Jorkhang Temple which contains Jowo Shakyamuni, the most holy statue to all Tibetan Buddhists. You also visit the major monasteries in the Lhasa Valley including Samye, Drepung and Sera. You then drive along the Friendship Highway to Nepal, one of the most spectacular road journeys in the world. You visit the towns and monasteries in both Gyantse and Shigatse and then have a spectacular drive across the Tibetan Plateau with great views of Everest from the north side and Shishapangma, the only 8,000m mountain situated totally in Tibet. Finally you drive through the Himalaya and down into a spectacular gorge back to Nepal and Kathmandu. You can also fly back from Lhasa to Kathmandu.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Fly from Kathmandu to the Gonggar airport of Lhasa
Day 02 – 03: on these days you will visit Potala Palace.
Day 04: Drive from Lhasa to Gyantse (3,950m.).
Day 05: Drive from Gyantse to Shigatse (3,900m.).
Day 06: Drive from Shigatse to Xegar (4,350 m.)
Day 07: Drive from Xegar to Zhangmu.
Day 08: Drive from Zhangmu to Kathmandu.

Cost Include

  • Hotel accommodation in twin sharing room on bed & breakfast basis in the respective hotels in Lhasa & en route. However, for the 1st two night’s hotel accommodation in all tours for first, medium and budget hotels will be in guest houses with dormitory.
  • Transportation by normal comfortable mini-coach/coach/Jeep as per group size & in Nepal comfortable mini-coach/coach.
  • Sightseeing with a good English speaking Tibetan guide as per itinerary.
  • Entrance fees to monasteries & monuments.
  • Airport/Hotel/Airport transfers.
  • Fly ticket  Kathmandu- Lhasa

Cost Exclude

  • Any arrangements in Kathmandu.
  • Airport taxes.
  • Insurance, Medical Expenses, Emergency evacuation / rescue in any form.
  • Any expenses arising due to landslides, political disturbances, strikes or any other reasons beyond our reasonable control.
  • Any visa fees.
  • All expenses of personal nature such as drinks, laundry, tips and donation etc.
  • Any other expenses which are not mentioned on price include section.

NOTE: Depending on the road condition, we may have to use the Land Cruiser. If Land Cruiser is used while driving, the supplement cost clients have to pay this amount directly on the spot.

Day 01: Fly from Kathmandu to the Gonggar airport of Lhasa (90 kilometers from the main city).
This afternoon remains free for acclimatization. You stay overnight at hotel in Lhasa.

Day 2-3: on these days you will visit Potala Palace, Norbulinka Palace, Jorkhang, surrounding of Barkhor Street, Drepung and Sera Monasteries. You stay overnight at a hotel in Lhasa. One of the highlights is a visit to the symbol of Tibet, which is the Potala Palace set high on a Red Hill, the winter home of the Dalai Lama until 1959. The most sacred temple in Lhasa is the Lokhang.

Another great treasure is the Norbulingka – the old summer palace of the Dalai Lama.

Now you visit Jorkhang temple, the center of the Tibetan Buddhism and the sacred land of Buddhist followers where innumerable pilgrims come for worship everyday. The temple, built in 647, is the earliest wood-and-masonry structure still existing in Tibet. Surrounding the Jorkhang Temple is the bustling Barkhor Street which is the religious and social focus of Lhasa. Around the Barkhor there are numerous stalls selling all sorts of handicrafts: brightly colored boots and fur-lined hats, silver and turquoise jewelry, rosaries, prayer flags and charms, as well as beautiful Tibetan carpets and all manners of ordinary household ware.

Next you visit Sera monastery, which was created in 1419, has always been an important Buddhist seminary. As rose are planted everywhere in the monastery, it is also called “the court of wild rose”. Today still 200 Lamas live in there. On the other hand, Drepung monastery, is the world’s largest monastery with about 10,000 monks

Day 04: Drive from Lhasa to Gyantse (3,950m.).
You stay overnight at hotel in Gyantse. Today is a full day a picturesque drive crossing over a colorful Yamdrok Lake and Kambala Pass at 4,794m and Karola Pass at 5,010m. In Gyantse you spend time visiting the Pelke Chode Monastery and the 35m high famous Kumbum Stupa in Gyantse packed with exquisite Tibetan sculpture and paintings, a stunning architectural wonder in Tibet.

Day 05: Drive from Gyantse to Shigatse (3,900m.).
You stay overnight at a hotel in Shigatse. When Gyantse just fades away from your sight, Shigatse becomes clearer because it’s just one and half hours driving (98 kilometers).

Shigatse is situated near the junction of the Ngang and Yarlung Tsangpo (Brahmaputra) rivers, with many traditional low ceiling, flat roofed, mud brick Tibetan houses, but quite a lot of ugly modern Chinese buildings as well. It is home of the Tashilunpo Monastery, traditional seat of the Panchen Lama, and one of the great centers of Tibetan Buddhism. Shigatse has an interesting bazaar, where various traditional items can often be found at more or less reasonable prices. Shigatse has always been an important trade and administration center and also has political and religious significance, once being the seat of the Panchen Lama. The town is essentially divided into two parts: the old Tibetan style area in the city and the concrete, modern Chinese part of the town. The older streets and alleys here are very pleasant to wander and there are a few sights of interest to guarantee a stay of a day or two.

Here you go to Tashilunpo Monastery and the Tibetan market. Tashilhunpo (Heap of Glory) Monastery is the seat of the Panchen Lamas. Built in 1447, it is the head monastery of Yellow Hat sect (Gelukgonpa). It is today one of Tibet’s most active monasteries.

Day 06 Drive from Shigatse to Xegar (4,350 m.) takes approximately 8 hours.
You stay overnight at a hotel in Xegar.

Day 07: Drive from Xegar to Zhangmu.
You stay overnight at hotel in Zhangmu. You drive to Zhangmu crossing Lalung la Pass (5050m) and Nyalam Pass (3800m). This drive offers fantastic views of high mountains including Mt. Everest (8848m).

Day 08: Drive from Zhangmu to Kathmandu.
We drive downhill to Friendship Bridge where transportation awaits for your journey back to Kathmandu.

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A private departures on any day all around the year can be arranged for this trek/tour, for more details and dates E-mail info@higherlimitstrek.com

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Your Program Duration = 8 Days
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