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The classic route across the roof of the world.
The lure of Lhasa, the capital on the roof of the world, cannot be underestimated and it is truly a fascinating city, fully justifying its reputation. Dominated by the awe-inspiring grandeur of the Potala Palace and bustling with pilgrims circling the sacred Jokhang Temple it is a feast for the senses.
From the tiny monastery at Rhongphu the view of Qomolangma (Mt Everest) is absolutely magnificent as it stands alone at the head of the valley – a walk or drives to Base Camp brings you even closer.
Cross the spectacular Khamba-La (pass) with the turquoise waters of the sacred lake, Yamdrok-Tso spread below. Prayer flags, glaciers, snow-covered mountain ranges – the scenery is incredible!
Gyantse stands at the junction of trade routes from India and retains the feel of a Tibetan town. The forts and well-protected monasteries of Gyantse, Shigatse and Sakya reveal a not always peaceful history – the riches within, a testament to past glory.
Day 1: Arrival Gongar (3600m) from Chengdu or Kathmandu/ Drive Lhasa (100 kms – 2 hrs drive)
Day 2/3: Mystical City (Lhasa)
Day 4: Lhasa – Gyangtse [3950m] [distance 261 Km – 7-8 Hrs Drive]
Day 5: Touring Gyangtse – Shigatse [3900m] [distance 95 kms- 2 hrs drive)
Day 6: Shigatse – Shegar[3600m] [distance 280 kms – 5 hrs drive]
Day 7: Shegar – Everest Base Camp – Rombuk [distance 80 kms]
Day 8: Rombuk – Kerung [distance 250 kms – 7 hrs drive]
Day 9: Kerung – Kathmandu (6 hrs drive)