Self-driving tour from XinJiang to Kathmand, on the Plateaus, of Tibet, is a famous route in Tibet. Tibetan travel agency is expert for your self-drive tours through Himalayas, If you are planning self drive through Tibet China.
with your own vehicles: such as 4WD, car, truck, old timer / classic car, and we will help you to complete the formalities for fixed departures, Please note: it’ll take us about 2 months to apply all the permits for China Tibet self drive tour, so please book your China Tibet self drive tour as early as possible and send us all necessary documents on time.
Firstly,you need to travel from Kathmandu to Chinese dorder yourself, about 120km and 5 hours driving passing through the deep and big gorges. You need to cross the friendship bridge and will be greeted by our Tibetan guide and driver on Tibetan side. From the border to Gyirong Port, you will go through a steep winding road which passes through a mossy gully with cascading waterfall.
Stay overnight in local guesthouse
After breakfast, drive along the Sino-Nepal Highway on the way. We visit Milarepa cave (10 km further drive from Nyalam) on the way. This cave-monastery is the site of the celebrated philosopher’s meditation. The trip continues to pass over two spectacular passes: Thong La pass (5050m) and Lalung La pass (5082m). Along with the two passes, we also get to enjoy fabulous views of the high mountains including ShishaPangma (8,013m).Then from old Tingri you can have a glimpse of 4 highest mountains which are 8000 m high or even higher including Mt. Everest (8848m).
Stay overnight in Lhatse
Today you will drive about 150km to Shigatse. On the way, tourists visit Sakya Monastery founded in 1073 by Khon Kunchok Gyalpo. It is the principal monastery of the Sakya sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Sakya monastery consists of two parts, northern and southern monastery. The Northern monastery, it is only visible as a ruin and Southern monastery built like a fortress, surrounded by a moat. After that, we drive to Shigatse .Shigatse is the second largest city of Tibet. The famous Tashilhunpo Monastery is situated in Shigatse, which is home to the official throne of Panchen Lama.
Stay overnight in Shigatse
In the morning, you will visit the famous TashiLhunpo Monastery where you can see the well preserved largest statue of Jampa(future Buddha) in the world. This monastery is the seat of Tibet’s second highest incarnation, the Panchen Lama. After visiting the Tashilhunpo Monastery, there is a short drive just 90km to Gyantse, which boasts a variety of important cultural and historical sites – Khumbum, Palkhor Chode Monastery and Gyantse Dzong. After a hours stay in Gyantse, we drive 280km to Lhasa, pass over the Karo la Pass (5010m) and Yamdrotso Lake, which is one of the three greatest holy lakes in Tibet. The Lake is surrounded by many snow-capped mountains with spectacular views of Holy Mount Nyenchen Khangsar, the highest mountain near Lhasa. After crossing Kambala Pass (4794m) tourists can see Lhasa Valley to the north. You will also cross the Brahmaputra Rover and finally reach Lhasa.
Today’s tour will first bring you to the Potala Palace, the winter palace of the Dalai Lama. It has been used since the 7th Century by the 33rd great king of Tibet. The most valuable collections are the gilded burial stupas of past Dalai Lamas and meditation Cave of the 33rd great king of Tibet.
After you take lunch and then head to Jokhang temple which was founded by the 33rd great king of Tibet in the 7th century, in order to promote the Buddhist religion. Inside you can see the statue of Buddha Sakyamuni at the age of twelve, perhaps the single most venerated object in Tibet Buddhism.
Around the temple is Barkhor street where you can do kora (circling the Barkhor street) with pilgrims and locals and buy the souvenirs.
Stay overnight in Lhasa
In the morning, you are going to visit Drepung monastery which was one of the “three greet” Gelug monasteries of Tibet and was founded in 1416 by Jamyang choge, one of the Tsongkhapa’s main disciples. Ganden palace is used as Dalai lama’s palace in the Drepung before moving to the Potala palace.
Afternoon, Sera Monastery—It was one of the “three great” Gelug monasteries of Tibet and was founded in 1419 by Jamchen chojey, one of the Tsongkhapa’s main disciples. The highlight is the Monks debate at around 3 – 5 in the afternoon.
You will be accompanied with tour guide to airport/train station by private car, see good-bye and end the trip.