Day 1-4: 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 5: Fly to Lhasa
On arrival, drive to Tsedang.We visit Yambu Lakhang, the oldest known dwelling in Tibet, dramatically situated above the valley. Next is a visit to 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 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: Yamdrok Lake-Gyantse
Drive to Kampa La Pass 4793m to view turquoise Yamdrok Tso, one of Tibet's sacred lakes.
Day 10: Shigatse
In Gyantse, visit Pelkor Choede Monastery which accommodates the three sects of Tibetan Buddhism and the renowned Kumbum, with its extraordinary multifaceted architecture. Depart to Shigatse, stopping en-route at Shalu, the only monastery in Tibet known to possess a significant collection of 14th century Newari style murals.
Day 11: Shigatse - Lhasa
Visit the great Tashilhunpo Monastery, the seat of the Panchen Lama, originally built in 1447. Return to Lhasa. This evening you can explore Barkhor Bazaar.
Day 12: Fly to Kathmandu
Tour Old Kathmandu and Boudanath Stupa.
Day 13: Depart