A sacred land of myths and mysteries inhabited by the ever smiling people, has not only exerted a magnetic pull upon travelers for centuries but also spies, missionaries, scholars, geographers, mystics, soldiers and cranks. Yet, only a few intrepid, serious and determined have been able to make it.
Tibet was opened to tourism in 1985. Since Tibet was governed by the spiritual leaders, monasteries and religious institutions were the backbone of power so the importance and prestige were shown by the size and magnificent architecture of these buildings. Tibetan Buddhism contains many elements of their older religion,” Bon Po” which worshipped the sky, moon, sun, fire, soil and even evil spirits and this is why a monastery such as Tashilhunpo contains thousands of unique statues, paintings (thangka), religious and historical books. The Monasteries are crowded by pilgrims who often travel long distances to fulfill their vows and wishes and their emotions show that religion still holds a very important place in their daily lives. The Tibetan landscape changes from lush green to rugged and barren and harsh and cold, yet, magnificent and awe inspiring at the same time. The many serene and sacred lakes you come across makes you truly understand why they say it’s the “water tank of central Asia”.
Day 01: Drive from Siliguri to Kathmandu (550kms/ 14hrs/1300m)
Start from Siliguri early in the morning and drive towards the Nepal border of Kakkarvitta. After doing the paperwork at the border, head onwards towards Bardibas which is the mid point of Kathmandu and Kakkarvitta. From Bardibas head right and start climbing the BP Koirela/ Japanese highway. Reach Kathmandu by late evening.
Day 02: Free Day in Kathmandu:
After breakfast board an awaiting vehicle and visit Bhaktapur for sightseeing. After half day’s of sightseeing. Free for the day till dinner.
Day 03: Drive Kathmandu to Gatte Khola (1900m/167kms/10hrs)
Wake up early in the morning and start drive out of the Kathmandu valley and head towards the border. The route is a bumpy one and will take the whole day. Breakfast will be packed lunch will be at Battar.
Day 04: Drive Gatte Khola to Kyirong Town (2700m/44kms/3hrs)
After breakfast drive approx. 20 Km to Raswagadhi Nepal / Tibet border, complete Nepali Immigration formalities and cross the friendship bridge. Complete Chinese Immigration and proceed for China Custom clearance for the vehicles and after completion, drive for another 24 kilometer to Kyirong town upon arrival check in to the Hotel. Rest of the day is free to relax or explore around the town to acclimatize.
Day 05: Drive from Kyirong Town to Tingri (approx. 286 Km)
From Kyirong we drive on the highest plateau of the world with typical view of the Tibetan landscape offering sheer feeling of standing on the roof of the world. Ascend to the Lalung La (5050 m) and a little further to Thong La at 5128 m from where, weather permitting, one can a breathtaking panorama of beautiful Himalayan ranges including Mt. Everest (8,848m) Then ascend to Tingri via Pelkut Tso (lake) .
Day 06: Drive from Tingri to Rongbuk (100 kms) – EBC – Shegar (78 kms)
From Tingri, set out for Rongbuk + Excursion to Dza Rongphu EBC area. (Note : Tourists are not permitted to go beyond this point) we ascend to the 26km marker via graveled path. The rest of the afternoon is free to explore this tented city area. After the visit, return to Rongbuk and head towards Shegar.
Day 07: Drive from Shegar to Gyantse:
The town is strategically located in the Nyang Chu valley on the ancient trade routes from the Chumbi Valley, Yatung and Sikkim, which met here. The fortress (constructed in 1390) guarded the southern approaches to the Yarlung Tsangpo Valley and Lhasa. The town was surrounded by a wall 3 km long.
Day 08: Drive from Gyantse (3977m)& to Lhasa via Lake Yamdrok (3656m)
After breakfast, set out for Lhasa from Gyantse, Kumbum & Pelkhor Chode Monastery. Later drive to Nagartse (100 kms) near Lake Yamdrok and drive to Lhasa.
Day 09: Lhasa:
Sightseeing tour of Potala Palace + Jokhang Temple
EVE: After sightseeing tour of board the waiting vehicle and drive towards the hotel. Rest of the evening is free to relax.
Day 10: Drive from Lhasa to Shigatse ( 375 Kms/ 5300 m/ 8 hrs)
Drive from Lhasa back to Shigatse via Yangbachen & Shogu. In the evening visit Tashi Lumpo Monastery.
Day 11: Drive from Shigatse To Saga (3950m/415 kms)
Start the scenic ride from Shigatase to Saga crossing over 5 passes. Upon arrival check into the Hotel.
Day 12: Saga to Darchen:
Drive through the Tibetan Plains from Saga to Darchen in the vast openness.
Day 13: Darchen:
Take a local tourist bus to Tarboche for sight seeing. Later in the evening visit Lake Mansoravar
Day 14: Darchen to Saga:
After Breakfast drive back to Saga from Darchen. Spend the night at Saga
Day 14: Ride from Saga to Kyirong Town (2700m/170kms/)
After breakfast, ride through the beautiful Tibetan landscape and enter valleys and the climb passes one after another and each one more scenic than the previous. Finally after about 6 ½ hours, we get a glimpse of the mighty Brahmaputra river or locally known as “Tsang Po” and ride along its banks for a while and take the bridge to arrive back to Kyirong town. Upon arrival check in the guest house.
Day 16: Ride Kyirong Town to Kathmandu (Approx. 161 Km)
After breakfast ride down 24 kilometers to the border and the Nepal Tibet Friendship Bridge. Bid farewell to our Guides from Tibet. Complete Chinese Immigration and then cross the friendship bridge. Complete Nepal Customs and Immigration and drive 167 Km to Kathmandu for Farewell dinner.
Day 17: Drive from Siliguri to Kathmandu (550kms/ 14hrs/1300m)
Start from Kathmandu early in the morning and drive back towards Siliguri. Expected time to reach Siliguri is around 9pm