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Lower Dolpo Trekking

Lhasa to Kathmandu via Everest Base Camp

Four wheel tour in Tibet/Nepal

The high road from Lhasa to Kathmandu combines the discovery of Tibetan culture and pastoral life of the Tibetan plateau in the shadow of giants Everest, Cho Oyu, Shishapangma to reach the tropical heat of the Kathmandu Valley with its rice fields and villages.

In Lhasa, Samye or Gyantse, visit the monasteries that the greatness of Buddhism in the Tibetan and enjoy the priceless masterpieces that have survived the Cultural Revolution and shape. In Lhasa, we accompany the lively crowd moving around the Jokhang Temple, the largest temple in the Tibetan capital, but we also go to remote places where others do not go as Ralung monastery of the Kagyu School located in unique scenery in the heart of the plateau.

The  route to Nepal we will follow the great Himalayan barrier dominated by the 8000 m Mount Everest, Mount Cho-Oyu and Mount Shishapangma we can contemplate the village of Tingri. Then abandoning the high passes and the aridity of the plateau we explore into the gorges of Bhote Kosi to reach the rice paddies and the blossoming vegetation of Nepal.


Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Lhasa
Day 02: Lhasa Sightseeing
Day 03: Lhasa Sightseeing
Day 04: Lhasa-Gyantse-Shigatse
Day 05: Shigatse - Shegar
Day 06: Shegar - Rongbuk – Everest Base Camp
Day 07: Shegar - Zhangmu
Day 08: Zhangmu - Kathmandu
Day 09: Kathmandu
Day 10: Departure from Kathmandu

Day 01: Arrive Lhasa
Transfer Gongga Airport located an hour and a half of Lhasa (3650 m) to the hotel. Rest at the hotel, we recommend that you drink water regularly to acclimate to the altitude. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 02: Lhasa Sightseeing
In the morning visit Potala, residence of the Dalai Lamas built in 637 by Songtsen Gampo, the first king of the united Tibet, overlooking the city from its 178m. The afternoon visit Jokhang monastery and Buddhist pilgrimage center for centuries. Built in 647, the Jokhang is the oldest building in wood and stone still existing in Tibet. Walk along the Barkhor, circumambulation place for pilgrims but also a place of lively promenade where many shops offer local products. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 03: Lhasa Sightseeing
Morning visit the Drepung Monastery, at the foot of Mount Gephel, which is one of the three great monastic university centers of the Gelugpa sect (also known as the Yellow Hat) of Tibet. Then visit the Norbulingka, or summer palace of the Dalai Lama. In the afternoon, visit the Sera Monastery, the seat of one of the three great Gelugpa monastic universities. Mecca philosophical verbal jousts are held daily, the monastery remains an important study center. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 04:  Lhasa-Gyantse-Shigatse
In the morning drive to Gyantse, a town in the valley of the Nyang River. Passage of the Kamba-la (4796 m) where you can admire the lake Yamdrok (4441 m), one of the three holy lakes in Tibet and ornithological paradise lakes. In Gyantse, visit the monastery and its Palcho Kumbum Tibetan chorten large housing thousands of statues of Buddhist deities. Built in the 15th century, there have been 14 tons of copper to erect the statue 8m high Sakyamuni Buddha located in the main hall of the temple. Continue by road, about 90 km, up to Shigatse (3880m), Tibet's second largest city with 40,000 inhabitants and former capital of the province of Ü-Tsang. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 05:   Shigatse - Shegar

In the morning, visit the Tashilhunpo Monastery of the Gelugpa sect, school yellow caps and traditional seat of the Panchen Lamas. Built in the 15th century, it is one of the six great monasteries of Tibet. It contains the giant statue of Maitreya Buddha and the tomb of the 4th Panchen Lama. In the afternoon, drive to Shegar. Overnight in a Hotel.

Day 06:  Shegar - Rongbuk – Everest Base Camp
Morning departure to Rongbuk monastery of the highest in the world at the foot of Everest at 5030 meters, which was built in the time of the 5th Dalai Lama. You can admire the highest peak in the world, Mount Everest, peaking at 8,848 meters (29,021 feet) above sea level, this peak always feeds the fantasies of many climbers who attempt to climb the each year. The afternoon hike 7 km to reach the Everest base camp. Then back to Rongbuk walking or on horseback. Overnight in a Hotel.

Day 07:    Shegar - Zhangmu
In the morning excursion around the Rongbuk Monastery. Then start and crossing the pass Lalung it (5 050m) and the Thong (5 120m) before reaching the town of Zhangmu (2 350m) on the border between Tibet and Nepal. Overnight at hotel.

Day 08:    Zhangmu - Kathmandu
Crossing the border between Tibet and Nepal and drive to Kathmandu, capital of Nepal. The city is 1 350m above sea level in the foothills of the Himalayas. Overnight at hotel.

Day 09:     Kathmandu
Morning visit to Durbar Square, in the historic heart of the city. In the afternoon, visit the Hindu Pashupatinath Temple on the banks of the Bagmati River. Then visit Boddhanath and its stupa, a place of Tibetan Buddhism in the Kathmandu Valley. Overnight in a Hotel.

Day 10: Departure from Kathmandu


Free time and transfer to the Kathmandu airport for your return flight

Extra Days in Kathmandu
There are several activities in and around Kathmandu. we can offer plenty of suggestions: mountain biking in Kathmandu city or rafting in the Trisuli river or to Bhotekoshi river,an Everest Encounter flight, sightseeing trips to Bhaktapur or Patan (Kathmandu Valley's other historic capital cities), a night at Hotel in Nagarkot for a bit of luxury and expansive sunrise/sunset mountain panoramas, visits to interesting temple villages such as Changu Narayan, Bungmatia, few days at in Pokhara or a relaxing excursion to Chitwan National Park or Bardia National Park. All Nepal Hiking will help you by arranging your extra excursion!