Scenic & Cultural Tours of Tibet’s 3 cities

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Annapurna Encounter offers a Scenic & Cultural Tours of Tibet’s 3 cities, an amazing trip on the roof of the world within highest and largest plateau on earth, this trip to Scenic & Cultural Tours of Tibet’s 3 cities, starts with a scenic flight from Kathmandu overlooking chain of world’s highest mountains including Mt. Everest, Mt. Makalu and Cho Oyu during an hour flight to Lhasa, Tibet.

In Lhasa, world’s highest capital at 3,660 meters tour of classic old areas visiting important monasteries and places of interest with incredible majestic Potala palace a dominant monuments of Lhasa, after an impressive times in Lhasa with tour of Potala Palace, Drefung, Sera monasteries and Jorkang Temple within the old part of Lhasa with colorful Barkhor market, the hub of the city where the Tibetans way of life with old cultures and traditions can be observed as it for centuries, after Lhasa on the scenic drive towards Kathmandu through picturesque Yamdrok Tsho lake passing high passes of Khamba-la to reach Gyantse and Shitase city both important cities in Tibet, with a tour around its marvelous monasteries and monuments of Khumbum Stupa and Tashilumpo golden roof monastery seat of Panchen Lama, then driving back to Lhasa via an alternative short local route for the flight back to Kathmandu after a most memorable Scenic & Cultural Tours of Tibet’s 3 cities with Annapurna Encounter.

Trip Facts

  • Trip Mode : Hotels & Guest House
  • Total Trip : 06/07 days
  • Higest Point : 5,030 meters at Karp-la
  • Trip Grade : Moderate & high passes
  • Season : April to November

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Day 02: Fly to Lhasa and drive into the city, transfer to respective hotels.
Day 03-04: In Lhasa with sightseeing tours at places of interest.
Day 05: Drive to Gyantse 3,990 m - 05 hrs.
Day 06: Drive to Shigatse (Xigatse) 3, 900 meters - 03 hrs.
Day 07: Drive back to Lhasa - 05 hrs.
Day 08: Fly to Kathmandu and transfer to respective hotels
Day 09: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour and at leisure.
Day 10: International departure for homeward bound.

In Kathmandu activities and extension to other interesting places:
Para Gliding- Rafting at – Bhote Kosi, Trisuli River - Jungle Safari in Chitwan National Park.


Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
On reaching Kathmandu international airport our AE staff will receive with a transfer to hotel in the hub of Kathmandu around Thamel area, an interesting place with shops, stores, international standard restaurants. Our staff will meet and inform you with details of the hotels and of Scenic & Cultural Tours of Tibet’s 3 cities.

Day 02: Fly to Lhasa and drive to respective hotels 1: 10 mins flight.
Morning transfer to Kathmandu International airport depending upon the flight time, normally around 10 a.m. but 2 hours earlier to check in at China Air, once boarding the plane, change of time into Beijing Standard Time of 2 hrs:15 mins ahead Nepal Standard Time, as soon the flight lifts up looking panorama of Himalayan mountains range with Mt. Everest. As the plane lands on Tibetan soil after an hour of scenic flight to Gongar, Tibet international airport, then going over immigration and custom formalities, our Tibetan guide will meet and receive and transfer with a drive of an hour to Lhasa city, although a modern city with tall buildings and wide road, but retaining its old Tibetan culture and traditions, where our hotel accommodation is located in the eastern part of Lhasa where you can observe Lhasa and Tibetan way of life as it was for centuries.
Afternoon relax `on this high altitude at 3,660 meters, taking a short walk will help to acclimatize and to get oriented in this new country, a leisure stroll around the Barkor market square is within reach.

Day 03-04: In Lhasa with full day guided tour at places of interest.
Here in Lhasa with another two full days for acclimatization and tour of Lhasa important places of interest which includes Drefung, Sera monasteries, Jhorkang Temple and the main highlight a tour inside magnificent Potala palace as this is beautiful palace is translated as ‘ The Heavenly Realm’ with thousand of rooms, but due to time restriction and by the law of local government only an hour is allowed for visit inside the Potala palace, our Tibetan guide will inform and brief on the history and stories regarding the palace and of other interesting monasteries Drefung, Sera and Jorkang Temple that you will be engrossed in this two days of sightseeing tour in Lhasa. Dinner and lunch either in hotel restaurant or outside places at present around Barkor area there are many interesting and excellent restaurants serving all kinds of meals from western, Tibetan, Nepali, Indian to Chinese most of the eating places has Nepali cooks and chefs.

Day 05: Drive to Gyantse 3,990 m via Kamba-la and Yamdrok Tsho – 05 hrs.
After a wonderful time in Lhasa and with taste and experience of Tibet, after leaving for Kathmandu by overland drive leading towards south crossing over the first pass of Khamb-la at 4,800 meters high with tremendous views of Tibetan plateau landscapes which includes wide valley, brown hills, snow peaks and the beautiful Yamdrok Tsho lake, drive continues with descend towards the emerald turquoise Yamdrok Tsho lake, then drive along the lake shore for few hours reaching another high pass of Karo-la 5,030 meters with awesome views of Nozungkhangsa peak at 6,245 meters, with its ice falls and glaciers close to the road side near the pass, after enjoying the beautiful view, drive continues over Simi-la pass at 4,650 meters to reach at Gyntse city for overnight stop. Afternoon tour of famous Gyantse Dzong (fort) Pelkor Chode Monastery and Kumbum Stupa- a special landmark of Gyantse.

Day 06: Drive to Shigatse (Xigatse) 3, 900 meters - 03 hrs.
From Gyantse, morning a short drive to Shigatse city which is about 3 hours journey, drive leads south west passing traditional Tibetna farm villages and vast farm land with barley, wheat as main crops which grows in this high country, after a nice drive reaching at Tibet’s 2nd largest city after Lhasa, here check into a nice hotel with time in the afternoon for a tour in and around the beautiful large Tashilumpo monastery with its golden roofs, this wonderful complex is also the seat of his holiness Panchen Lama, classed as second head of state after Dalai Lama, here visting many chambers and halls with tall bronze statue of future Buddha (Matriya) at 21 meters, time permitting visit the local market.

Day 07: Drive to Lhasa - 04 hrs.
From Shigatse city taking an alternative short route to Lhasa, where the local Tibetans travel, following the Yarlang Tsangpo or Brahmaputra River most of the way till outskirt of Lhasa valley, this is the way train from Beijing-Lhasa to Shigatse runs after a good scenic drive reaching Lhasa for the last overnight in Tibet.

Day 08: Fly to Kathmandu and transfer to respective hotels
Morning drive to Lhasa international airport at Gongor which is an hour journey, on reaching the airport terminal, farewell to Tibetan guide, driver and Tibet. The flight in China Air big plane, normally the flight takes off for Kathmandu around 11 a.m. Beijing Standard Time an hour flight with panoramic views of snow capped mountains including Mt. Everest. On reaching Kathmandu received by AE staff and transfer back to hustle bustle Kathmandu and to respective hotels, with afternoon free at leisure.

Day 09: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour at places of interest.
A day in Kathmandu with tour, as per the planned itinerary, morning guided sightseeing tour at places of interest. Kathmandu city and the surrounding valley steeped with history, culture. Kathmandu is full of World Heritage Sites with old Temples, Monasteries, Stupas, Royal Courtyard and Palaces, afternoon free at leisure for souvenirs shopping.

Day 10: International departure for home ward bound.
Last day in Nepal with memorable moment and awesome experience in Tibet, and good time with Annapurna Encounter services, as per the international flight time our AE staff will transfer you to airport for the flight back home or to respective countries.

a scenic flight to Lhasa world’s highest city with amazing scenery
visit of classic old monasteries and magnificent Potala palace
a modern city with touch of historical area retaining old culture
a scenic tour on the world’s largest and highest plateau.