Day 1: Kathmandu – Lhasa – Tsedang
Transfer to airport to connect SZ 408 KTM – LXA flight. Upon arrival you will be met & transferred to Tsedang. Tsedang Hotel.
Day 2: Tsedang
Explore Yarlung Tsangpo Valley, the cradle of Tibetan civilization. Visit Samye Monastery, the first monastery built in Tibet by King Trisong Detsen under the guidance of Padmasambhava & Yumbulakhang, the first castle built for a Tibetan king.
Day 3: Tsedang – Lhasa (3650m/90km)
Drive to Lhasa. En route visit Mindroling Monastery, center of learning for Nyingmapa school of Tibetan Buddhism & also for Lhasa aristocrats. Check into Hotel.
Day 4: Lhasa
Guided sightseeing tour of Potala, the winter palace of the Dalai Lama; Drepung, the biggest monastic university of Tibet & Nechung Monastery, temple of the State oracle of Tibet.
Day 5: Lhasa
Guided sightseeing tour of Jokhang, the central cathedral of Tibet, Barkhor, the bustling Lhasa market encircling the Jokhang Temple, Tibetan Medical Center & Norbulinka Palace.
Day 6: Lhasa – Gyangtse (3990m/350km)
Drive via Yamdrok, the Turquoise Lake to Gyangtse across Kampa la pass 5050m & Karo la (5045m) passes. Visit Kubum stupa & Pelkor Chode Monastery.
Day 7: Gyangtse – Shalu – Shigatse (3860m/90km)
Drive to Shigatse. En route visit Shalu Monastery. Visit Tashilhunpo Monastery, the seat of Panchen Lama who is the 2nd in the Buddhist religious hierarchy & Shigatse Market.
Day 8: Shigatse – Sakya – Shegar/Dingri (4350m)
Drive to Shegar across Tsoula pass (4500m) & Gyatso la pass (5220m). En route visit Sakya Monastery.
Day 9: Shegar – Rongbuk (5050m)
Drive via Pangla pass (5200 M) to Rongbuk Monastery, world's highest monastery situated at 5200 M. O/N Rongbuk Guest House.
Day 10: Everest Base Camp
We have the option to hike or drive to Everest Base Camp. Rongbuk Guest House.
Day 11: Nylam
After watching sunrise over Everest, we drive on to Nylam. Nylam Guest House.
Day 12: Nylam – Zhangmu – Kathmandu
Drive to Zhangmu & on to Kathmandu. En route visit Milarepa Cave. We descend from the high arid Tibetan plateau into the lush greenery of Nepal.