Day 1-5: Meet in Kathmandu
Tour the three ancient cities of Kathmandu Valley: Kathmandu City, Patan and Bhaktapur. We also visit small villages, ancient shrines and observe rural life.
Day 6-8: Lhasa
Visit Jokhang Temple, Potala Palace, Kangyur Stupa and Norbulingka, the former Summer Palace of the Dalai Lama. Browse the Barkhor square and market around Jokhang Temple, and interact with nomads and pilgrims. Excursion to Drepung and Sera Monasteries.
Day 9: Samye
Relish the site of the magnificent and unique 8th century Samye Monastery. The first floor is of Tibetan architectural style, the second Han style and the third Indian style.
Day 10: Yamdrok Lake-Gyantse
Drive to Kampa La Pass 4793m to view turquoise Yamdrok Tso, one of Tibet's sacred lakes.
Day 11: Gyantse - Shigatse
Visit Pelkor Choede Monastery which accommodates the three sects of Tibetan Buddhism and the renowned Kumbum, with its extraordinary multifaceted architecture. Also enjoy Shalu, the only monastery in Tibet known to possess a significant collection of 14th century Newari style murals.
Day 12: Shigatse - Lhasa
Visit the great Tashilhunpo Monastery, the seat of the Panchen Lama, originally built in 1447. En-route back to Lhasa, we stop to see the Tibetan carpet weavers.
Day 13: Fly to Kathmandu and Depart