Nyalam is a small Tibetan town near the Nepal border. It is the county seat of Nyalam County in Shigatse Prefecture (part of the historical Tsang Province of the old Tibet). It is 35 km from Zhangmu town in the same county, which is the point of entry to Nepal. Nyalam is situated at 3,750 metres (12,300 ft) above sea level.
Once a town of stone buildings and tin roofs, it was nicknamed 'The Gate of Hell' by the Nepalese traders because the old trail between Nyalam and the Nepalese border was so treacherous to negotiate. Today, Nyalam is fast growing little town made of concrete buildings located on the Friendship Highway between Lhasa and the Nepal border. South of Nyalam the road drops abruptly through the gorge of the Matsang Tsangpo or Sun Kosi as it is known in Nepal. The town is about 40 km from the Nepalese border and 150 km from Kathmandu.
Day 01 Kathmandu – Lhasa
Transfer to the Airport for flight to Lhasa. Lhasa Arrival, transfer to the hotel. Full day rest for acclimatization. Overnight in the hotel with bed and breakfast.
Day 02: Lhasa
Visit Potala palace - built in 7th century by Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo and later renovated by the 5th Dalai Lama in the 17th century.
Afternoon visit Sera monastery 5 kilometers north of Lhasa City, it was built in 1419 by Jamchen Choejie. Sera is one of three major monasteries in Tibet. Overnight in the hotel with bed and breakfast.
Day 03: Lhasa
Sightseeing tour of Jokhang Temple - the holiest shrine in Tibet with a golden statue of the Shakyamuni Buddha, this was brought to Tibet by Chinese princess Wenchen. Drepung monastery and Barkhor Bazaar, which is the largest monastery in Lhasa, it was built in 1416 by Jamyang Choejie. Visit Norbulingkha - the summer palace of the Dalai Lama which was built in 18th century.
Overnight in the hotel with bed and breakfast.
Day 04: Lhasa (3660 m) - Gyantse (3900 m / 260 km Drive)
You begin your overland adventure with a full day drive to Gyantse. Along the way you cross the Kamba la (4794m) and the Karo la pass (5010m), both grant spectacular views.
After the Kamba la you come to Yamdrok, also known as the Turquoise Lake.
Day 05: Gyantse - Shigatse (3800 m / 90 km Drive)
This will be a busy day. In the morning visit Gyantse Stupa and monastery followed by a two hour drive to Shigatse. Here see the giant Buddha in the famous Tashilumpo monastery. The seat of the Panchen Lama.
Day 06: Shigatse - Shegar (New Tingri)
Once more we will drive along the Friendship Highway and immerse ourselves in the wondrous views of the Tibetan plateau. Along the way we will cross our highest pass of the journey, Gyamtso La, as well as numerous nomadic herders. The night will be spent in the comfortable Hotel Quomolongma.
Day 07: New Tingri - Rongbuk (4880 m / 70 km Drive)
As we leave Shigatse, we turn off the Friendship Highway and head south over the Pang La (5150m) towards the main Himalayan range that give magnificent views of high Himalayas. At Rongbuk, there is a beautiful, large, round chorten, a reliquary with religious significance embedded in its terraced structure and crown of emblems of the sun and moon, symbolizing the light of Buddha's teaching.
Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 08: Rongbuk - Everest Base Camp (5200 m / 10 km Trek)
Rongbuk is the power place through which all seeking the highest peak via the North Face must pass. It is the sacred threshold to Mount Everest, with the most dramatic views in the world. Often shrouded in clouds and mist and it looms large over the Rongbuk glacier, shining white at its feet. The Rongbuk monastery situated half-way up the mile-wide, 20-mile long valley. Rongbuk Monastery was founded in 1902 in an area of meditation huts that had been in use by nuns and hermits for over 400 years. Now, we have the opportunity hiking and exploring the Everest Base Camp 5200 m. The base camp itself is dry and barren, but the views of Everest more than compensate for this. It is a truly awe-inspiring place with the sheer north face of the highest mountain in the world towering above us. No vehicles tour, apart from expeditions, below the pass, as we turn to the corner the Valley, we can watch the charming view of Everest and Makalu to Shishapangma than ever are allowed beyond 9 kms.
Day excursion at Everest Base Camp.
Day 09: Everest Base Camp – Tingri (4390 m / 65 km)
After receiving the blessing of the lama, your mind becomes more focused, perhaps channeled by the gods who dwell in the Abode of Snows. The land has become progressively more sterile, more elemental: rock, sky, ice, wind. Everest looms above a sacred space with its own draw, its own inexorable pull on the human spirit. Hiking back to Rongbuk, drive to Tingri. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 10: Tingri – Nyalam
On our second to last day we will rejoin the Friendship Highway and experience another amazing drive through Tibet. Once again we will cross two high passes with magnificent Himalayan view. Towards the end of the day we will descend from the Tibetan plateau and arrive in Nyalam. It is a huge relief for many to arrive back in this lush town with showers and beds.
Day 11: Nyalam - Kathmandu
From Nyalam, we head back to the border town of Zhangmu. It's a short drive to the Friendship Bridge which spans the Bhote Koshi River and marks the Tibet - Nepal border. We say goodbye to our Tibetan guide and driver and walk to Nepalese Immigration Control we meet Nepalese staffs, continue drive to Kathmandu.
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