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Tibet to Nepal Discovery Tour

Tour Duration: 12 nights / 13 days
Destinations Covered: Lhasa - Tsetang - Gyangtse - Shigatse - Dingri - Everest Base Camp - Dingri - Zhangmu - Katmandu

Day 1Arrival in Lhasa
Our guide will meet you outside the baggage claim area at Lhasa Airport where the altitude is 3,650 meters above sea level. Dinner will be at your hotel.

Tibet is a strict religious region. To protect the precious historical heritages there, there are some taboos and special regulations needed to know while visiting. For example, the Tibet Travel Permit is essential to enter Tibet; there is only one hour limited to visit the Potala Palace; you also need to accept the security check before enter the palace; taking photos is not allowed in the Potala Palace, while in some other temples, it can be done, but with paying much money; In Tibet, it is considered to be rude to drive or yell at the dogs in the streets or in the temples. Any attempt to embrace or touch the head of the monk is also thought to be disrespectful.

Day 2: Lhasa
Visit the Tibet Museum and the Carpet Factory. After having a western-style lunch, go head to visit the Sera Monastery and the Norbulingka Park.An a la carte dinner will be arranged for you at a local restaurant featuring excellect Sichuan cuisine.

Tibet Museum - The Tibet Museum is an integrated cultural relics department combining exhibition, collection, protection and research. It is an important window to introduce the glorious culture of Tibetan people and the achievements Tibet has made since it implemented the reform and opening up policy.
 
Sera Monastery - The Sera Monastery, a notable monastery in Lhasa, was built along the mountain contours. It is like a religious city, famous for the stone inscriptions and the debates on Buddhist doctrines. The stone inscriptions are distributed over the cliffs behind the monastery. The Buddhist sculpture is the main subject. The activities of debating on Buddhist doctrines are held every afternoon. It is a way for Tibetan Buddhists to learn Buddhist doctrines. The hot atmosphere is infectious, attracting many visitors to come and watch.
 
Norbulingka Park - Situated in the western suburb of Lhasa, the Norbulingka Park is one of the national cultural relic protection units of China. Being the biggest and the most beautiful artificial garden in Tibet, the park was built in the 1740s during the ruling of the Seventh Dalai Lama. It occupies an area of about 89 acres, through over 200 years' extension. Mainly, it consists of three parts, the section of palaces, the section in front of the palaces and the woods. .

Day 3: Lhasa
Visit the magnificent Potala Palace. Then enjoy a western-style lunch, afterwards we will visit the Jokhang Temple, the thriving bazaar on Barkhor Street and the Tibetan Traditional Medicine Hospital.  Dinner will be at your hotel.

Potala Palace - It is said that the Potala Palace was built in the seventh century. At that time, the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo built a nine-story palace on Mount. Hongshan and named it “Potala Palace”, in order to marry the Princess Wencheng from Tang Dynasty. Later, most part of the palace was destroyed in war fire after the collapse of Tubo Dynasty built by Songtsen Gampo. In seventeenth century, the Fifth Dalai Lama began to rebuild Potala Palace when he was formally crowned the leader of religion and politics in Tibet by Qing Government. In the following years, every Dalai Lama successively enlarged it till made it to today's size.
 
Jokhang Temple - It is said that the Jokhang Temple was built after the Princess Wencheng of the Tang Dynasty and the Princess Bhrikuti of Nepal married with King of Tibet, Songtsem Gampo. Currently, the temple houses a statue of Sakyamuni, which was brought to Tibet by the Princess Bhrikuti.
 
Barkhor Street - If you like to go shopping, you would be dazzled at the hundreds of handicraft stores and stalls along the Barkhor Street in Lhasa. Most of them sell the prayer wheels, Tibetan traditional clothes, Tibetan knives, Thangka and some other Tibetan specialties and religious articles.

Day 4: Lhasa - Tsetang
Transfer to Tsetang. En route, take the ferry across Yarlung Tsangpo River to visit the Samye Monastery, the Yumbu Lakang and the Trandruk Monastery. Dinner will be at your hotel.

Yumbu Lakang - in Tibetan, Yumbu means female deer, Lakang means holy palace, so Yumbu Lakang means the palace on the back legs of the doe in Tibetan. It is regarded as the first palace established in Tibet. Sitting on the crest of a hill, the palace has three sections: the chapels, the monks' quarters and the tower.

Day 5: Tsetang - Gyangtse
Transfer to Gyangtse and visit the Yamdrok Yumtso Lake and Karola Glacier on the way. Upon arrival in Gyangtse, check in at your hotel and visit the Palkhor Monastery and Gyangtse Old Street. Return to your hotel for dinner.

Palkhor Monastery - As a notable Tibetan monastery, it is different from others in structural style. It is the one that blends three sects of Tibetan Buddhism: the Sakyapa Sect, the Kadampa Sect and the Gelugpa Sect. It is reputed as the best of the stupas in Tibet on the grounds that it is in the complete preservation since its establishment.

Day 6: Gyangtse - Shigatse
Transfer to Shigatse and check in at your hotel. Visit the Tashilhunpo Monastery and the New Palace of Panchen. Dinner will be at your hotel.

Day 7: Shigatse - Dingri 
Transfer to Dingri and check in at your hotel. Visit the Lhatse city and the Sakya Monastery on the way. Dinner will be at your hotel.

Sakya Monastery - as the first Sakyapa monastery of Tibetan Buddhism is reputed to be the second Dunhuang, because there are extensive collections of priceless treasures including hand-written sutras and murals.

Day 8: Dingri - Everest Base Camp - Dingri
Drive to visit the Everest Base Camp and the Rongbuk Monastery. Return to Dingri. Dinner will be at your hotel.

Rongbuk Monastery - famous for its high altitude. The spectacular Mt. Everest can be seen from here. It serves as a venue for special pilgrimages during the annual "ceremony of masked dancers" Hugh crowds pious worshippers assemble here and sit on the many-tiered flat roofs to watch the masked dancers.

Day 9: Dingri - Zhangmu
Transfer to Zhangmu and check in at the local hostel. Dinner will be served there.

The roads here can be bumpy and muddy. The food may not be as good as you expected due to the limited local conditions. It is advisable to take some fast food, snacks or chocolates to enjoy along the way.

Day 10: Zhangmu - Katmandu
Drive to the Kodari (Friendship Bridge) on the border. Our guide will pick you up at the Kodari on the Nepal side. Transfer to the hotel in Katmandu.

Day 11: Katmandu
Visit Pashupatinath Temple, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square and the Golden Temple, one of the most famous Vihar in Katmandu valley.

Patan Durbar Square - situated 7 kilometers away from Katmandu, Patan is the oldest city in Nepal and the former residence of Patan royal family. In the center of Patan is Patan Durbar Square. The characteristic Nepalese architecture is the most distinctive mark of the city.

Day 12: Katmandu
Visit Katmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Pagoda, Buddhanikantha Temple and the Bouddhanath Stupa.

Kathmandu Durbar Square - featuring with ancient temples, palaces, courtyards and streets, it was where royal Nepalese families lived until the 19th century. Most of the important events and ceremonies are held here, such as the coronation of the Nepalese monarch.

Day 13: Departure from Katmandu
Today we will transfer you to the airport for the return flight. Have a pleasant trip home!

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