Tibetan Plateau & Potala Palace
From Kathmandu, we fly across the Himalaya to Gongkar, on the high Tibetan plateau. We visit Yumbulagang Palace, the oldest dwelling place of Tibetan kings, and take a ferry across the Brahmaputra to the monastery of Samye. Arriving in Lhasa we have two days of extensive sightseeing in the Dalai Lama's medieval capital. The Potala Palace walls seem to grow directly out of the rocks, soaring and glistening in the crisp, dry air. We visit the sacred Jokhang Temple and listen to eerie, sonorous chanting of the monks.
Over the Karo La Pass
Leaving Lhasa, we drive over the 5010m Karo La Pass to beautiful Gyantse. Here we admire the extraordinary paintings and sculptures of the Kumbum stupa and Palkhor Choide monastery (15th century). We expect to encounter nomadic herdsmen as our journey continues over high passes on our way to Shekar.
Sunrise on Mount Everest
Detouring off the 'Friendhip Highway' , we continue past immense vistas of snow-capped peaks and tiny settlements where hardy yak herders tend their stock to the dizzy heights of Everest Base Camp (5150m). After watching the sunrise colour the northern flanks of the mighty Himalaya we begin our descent from the Tibetan Plateau (5000m). A series of steep switch-backs bring us back to the terraced landscapes of Nepal.
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