Lhasa - Mt. Kailash - Guge Kingdom Trek
Kharta Valley Trek Itinerary
Day 01 :
Arrive in Lhasa Gonggar Airport and transfer to Tsetang and check in You cross the main Himalayan range before hovering over the massive Tibetan plateau savoring the breathtaking view of the majestic mountain range.
Day 02 : Tsetang: Yambulakhang Palace, a medieval-European-castle-like structure, reputed as Tibet's oldest building and Trandduk temple. In the afternoon visit the Ancient Tibetan King’s Tombs in Chongye valley, overnight in Hotel in Tsetang
Day 03 : Tsetang – Lhasa: Drive to Lhasa and visit Samye Monastery en route, the first one built in Tibet by Padmasambhava in 8th century. To reach Samye, will take ferry to cross the Yarlung Tsangpo river and overnight at hotel in Lhasa
Lhasa City Sightseeing: Visit in Lhasa: Potala Palace, Jorkhang Temple & Barkor street, Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery and Rimoche Temple, Tibetan Medicine Institute & overnight at Hotel
Day 06: Full excursion to Ganden Monastery and same day drive back to Lhasa and overnight in Hotel
Day 07: Lhasa – Namtso: Drive Lhasa to Damshung, and forwards to Namtso Lake, literally heavenly lake, which is the biggest lake in Tibet and the second biggest salt lake in China as well as the highest lake in the world (4748m). It’s one of the three holy lakes in Tibet, playing an important role among Tibetans, excursion around the lake and Tashi Hermitage, overnight lodge at lake side
Day 08: Namtso – Sigatse: Drive from Namtso lake, the journey continues towards Shigatse through Yangpachen hot spring to Shigatse via Da Zhu Ka ferry, visit the Tashilhunpo monastery, previously the home of Panchen Lamas & O/N Hotel
Day 09: Sigatse – Sakya Monatery: AM visit Tashilunbo Monastery, drive to Sakya Monastery & O/N in Sakya guest house
Day 10 : AM visit Sakya Manastery, drive to Xegar, visit Xegar Dzong, continually drive to Rongbuk Monastery O/N in Rongbuk guest house
Day 11 : Excursion from Rongbuk to Everst Base Camp (8km). You can take carriage for one way, and return by walk. O/N at Rongbuk Guest House
Day 12 : Drive about 96kms Rongbuk to Old Tingri & O/N at Guest House
Day 13 : Drive Old Tingri to Zhangmu (2500m), Drive (277kms) via Nyalam crossing two spectacular passes- The Lalunga la (5050m.) & Nyalamu-la (3800m.), visit Melaripa’s Cave en route, forwards to Zhangmu.
Day 14 :
Zangmu – Kathmandu
After China Custom formalities in Zangmu, drive 123kms down to Friendship bridge. From here, you will enter the lush green Sunkoshi valley, which leads you to Kathmandu.