Lhasa; sometimes spelled Lasa) is the administrative capital and a prefecture-level city of the Tibet Autonomous Region, People's Republic of China. It is the second most populous city on the Tibetan Plateau, after Xining, and at an altitude of 3,490 metres (11,450 ft), Lhasa is one of the highest cities in the world. The city contains many culturally significant Tibetan Buddhist sites such as the Potala Palace, Jokhang temple and Norbulingka palaces, many of which are located in Chengguan District, the city seat.
Gyantse is a town located in Gyantse County, Shigatse Prefecture. It was historically considered the third largest and most prominent town in the Tibet region (after Lhasa, and Shigatse), but there are now at least ten larger Tibetan cities.
The town is strategically located in the Nyang Chu valley on the ancient trade routes from the Chumbi Valley, Yatung and Sikkim, which met here. From Gyantse, routes led to Shigatse downstream and also over the Karo La (Pass) to Central Tibet. The fortress guarded the southern approaches to the Yarlung Tsangpo Valley and Lhasa. The town was surrounded by a wall 3 km long.
DAY 1: Kathmandu – Lhasa (B/L/D)
Tranfer to airport and flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa by CA . Arrival in Lhasa airport. On your Arrival at Airport you will be picked up by our local partner and drive to Lhasa. Afternoon free. Overnight in Lhasa.
DAY 2: Lhasa (B/L/D)
Fullday excursion in Lhasa including the pottala palace, Jokhang and in the afternoon visit Barkhor Place. Overnight in Lhasa.
DAY 3: Lhasa (B/L/D)
A sightseeing tour in Lhasa.Today is the sightseeing tour in Lhasa to the monastry and the holy palaces. You will visit the monastry of Drepung outside of Lhasa in the morning. In the afternoon visit Sera Monastery. Overnight in Lhasa.
DAY 4: Lhasa - Gyantse – Shigatse (B/L/D)
Today you will travel on a spectacular route on the former caravan road across several high passes first to Gyantse. The highest point on your tour will be the passing ot the Karo La with 5.010 meters. On the way you will have a photo stop at Yamdrok Tso. On arrival in Gyantse you will visit the famous Palkhor Monastery and the Pagoda of Kumbum. Continue in the afternoon from Gyantse to Shigatse. Overnight in Shigatse.
DAY 5: Shigatse - Lhasa (B/L/D)
In the morning visit the Tashilunpo Monastery and make a sightseeing tour through Shitase. In the afternoon return back by car from Shigatse to Lhasa. Arrival in Lhasa will be in the evening. Overnight in Lhasa.
DAY 6: Lhasa – Kathmandu (B)
Transfer in the early morning from Lhasa to airport (90 km). Departure by flight CA to Kathmandu.