Drive in Fly out Lhasa Tour
Drive in Fly out Lhasa Tour Overview
One of the best ways to experience Tibet is to come overland from Kathmandu, pass through the High Himalayas and then on to the capital city of Lhasa. The entire trip is climbing as you pass from Kathmandu (elev. 1410 m/4,625 ft.) to Lhasa (3,650 m/11,750 ft.).
The trip takes you across the snowcapped peaks through beautiful mountain passes ?before arriving in Lhasa. Along the way, enjoy riding in first-class bus as you behold some of the most incredible scenery in the world.
There are temples to explore, monasteries to discover, colorful bazars as well as the famed Potala Palace of Lhasa. There is so much to see, do and experience in this exciting trip to Lhasa.
Day to Day Itinerary
DAY 1 – Kathmandu to Nyalam (elev. 3,700 m) – The first of the journey leaves Kathmandu and heads northeast to the Chinese (Tibetan) border. The journey takes you through the beautiful countryside of northern Nepal as your bus climbs to higher elevations along the Tibetan border. Cross the border and then travel to the city of Nyalam.
DAY 2 – Nyalam to Lhatse (elev. 4100 m) – Today is sightseeing in the High Himalayas as the journey takes you to see some of the most incredible views of Mt. Xisapangma (elev. 8,212 m) and Mt. Cho-oyo (8,201 m), some of the highest peaks in the world. These two peaks are two of the only 14 peaks that top the 8,000 mark, all of which are found in the Himalayas (Nepal contains 8 of the 14 highest peaks in the world). The bus travels to the city of Lhatse where you will spend the night.
DAY 3 – Lhatse to Shigatse (3900 m) – The journey through the Himalayas tops out at Gyanchula Pass (elev. 5,200 m/17,060 ft) before winding up in the picturesque city of Shigatse. Along the way, you will visit your first Tibetan monastery: Palten Lama's Tashilompu Monastery.
DAY 4 – Shigatse to Gyantse (3,950 m) – Today is a day when you will begin to really feel the culture of Tibet. There is a stop at Phalkhor Monastery as well as a stop at Khumbula Stupa.
DAY 5 – Gyamtse to Lhasa (3,650 m) – Today is the day when you reach the capital city of Lhasa. You pass via Yamdrok Lake and then into the city where you will spend the night.
DAY 6 & 7 – Lhasa (elev. 3,650 m) – It's two full days of sightseeing in the Tibetan capital. Travel to Potala Palace, the traditional seat of the Dalai Lama. The huge palace is built into the side of a mountain, and features 10,000 rooms. You won't tour all 10,000 rooms but you will see enough to make you appreciate the massive size of this ancient palace. Along the way, enjoy seeing Jokhang Temple, the monasteries of Sear and Drepung along with touring the ancient and colorful bazaar of Barkhor Street.
DAY 8 – Kathmandu – All journeys come to an end, and this day is no exception. The flight back to Kathmandu is just an hour (it will take an hour to reach the Lhasa Gonggar Airport. It's been an amazing trip. Of course, there is more to explore in Tibet, along with other options to go to Bhutan, India and other places in Nepal. Be sure to talk to your representative at GA Travels about additional trips into the Himalayas. There are many adventures available.