This loop takes in the most important sites of central Tibet - historic, religious and cultural - as well as some of the most spectacular scenery that the Tibetan Plateau has to offer. You will fly into and out of Lhasa, this trans Himalayan flight is one of the most scenic flights on offer as you cross the Himalayan range. This tour takes you off the beaten track and into the central Tibetan wilderness giving you an unforgettable trip in the Tibetan wilds.
Trip Length: 9Nights/10Days
• Explore the beauty of Central tibet
• Unique culture of Tibet
• Fascinating lifestyle of Tibetan People
• Inspiring Landscape
Days 1-2: Flying into Kathmandu is an unforgettable experience with the Himalaya spread out before you. You will be met at the airport on arrival and transferred to your hotel. In the morning of day 2 a half-day city tour will introduce you to some of the highlights of Kathmandu.
Day 3: The flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa is spectacular. From Gongkar airport it is about 1½ hours' drive to Lhasa, first along the Yarlung Tsangpo then into the Kyi Chu Valley.
Days 4-6: With a relaxed pace to allow for the effects of altitude, explore this fantastic city on the roof of the world. The spiritual heart of Tibet is the Jokhang Temple and every morning is full of life as pilgrims bring offerings of butter and barley flour. The Potala Palace rises above the city and, more than any other sight, symbolizes the history and culture of Tibet. Nearby are the huge monastic universities of Drepung and Sera – still active institutions.
Day 7: A long, yet scenic day's drive across the Khamba La (4750) and Kora La (passes), along the shores of Lake Yamdrok Tso to Gyantse. Once an important trading town, Gyantse retains a feel of ‘old' Tibet.
Day 8: In the morning visit Gyantse's monastery – Pelkor Choede – and the justifiably famous Kumbum, within the same complex. After lunch it is a short (2-3 hours) drive along the valley to Shigatse.
Day 9: Tashilhunpo is the seat of the Panchen Lama, second only in importance to the Dalai Lama. Its numerous halls contain a 21.6-meter wooden statue of Maitreya, the future Buddha and elaborate, jewel encrusted reliquary chorten. In the afternoon drive back along the Yarlung Tsangpo for a final night in Lhasa.
Day 10: It is an early start for the drive back to Gongkar airport for the return flight to Kathmandu.