|7 Days||2-12 Pax||Click view Departure|
|Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse - Everest Base Camp - Gyirong Port|
|Potala Palace, Johkang Temple, Barkhor Street, Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery, Yamdrok Lake, Karo Glacier, Pelchor Monastery, Tashilumpo Monastery, Everest Base Camp, Peikusto Lake|
The first three days acclimatizing visit in Lhasa allows you to see the iconic Potala Palace, Johkang Temple and other famous places at this holy city. Departing Lhasa, turquoise Lake Yamdrok is the first impressive place to see; while visiting the Pelchor Monastery in ancient town of Gyantse, you feel like arriving in the past with its walls and Dzong Castle in the surrounding hills. After being overwhelmed by all the awe-inspiring sights during the day you will spent the night at Shigatse and get one more day to acclimatize.
After a brief visit to the Tashilumpo Monastery on day 5, we head for the EBC. One of the most beautiful sights on the way is at the Gyalpo-la Pass where you can see Mount Everest and three other mountains over 8000 meters at one glance. At base camp, you can enjoy your highest hiking, golden sunset and starry night.
After one night at the base camp, you wake up and maybe the stunning sunrise view of Mount Everest awaits you. Then start driving toward Gyirong County by passing the beautiful turquoise Peikutso Lake. The Langtang range bordering Nepal to the south with the snowcapped Mt. Shiishapangma (8012m) on the landscape around the lake offer you stunning views to remember. Then, descend to Gyirong Town in beautiful Gyirong valley that known as the Back Yard of the Everest. The tour ends after the guide has helped you with the Chinese border formalities, before entering Nepal.
Day 1: Arrival upon Lhasa
Highlights: Arrival & Pick-up & Acclimatization
Schedule today: Arrival at Lhasa at airport or train station, our guide and driver will pick you up and transfer you to hotel for acclimatization; you can have your free time hanging out at this holy city to get the first impression of Tibet
|Warm Tibetan Style Pickup Service||Warm Tibetan Style Pickup Service|
Day 2: Lhasa city tour
Highlights: Potala Palace, Johkang Temple，Barkhor Street
Schedule today: In the morning, visit the symbol or landmark of Lhasa - Potala Palace (video), the successive Dalai Lama’s winter residence since the 7th Century by the 33rd great king of Tibet. In the afternoon, visit the center of Tibetan Buddhism - Johkang Temple (video), where you will come across lots of devoted pilgrimages coming from every corner of Tibet. Both sites are under the list of the world cultural heritages by the UNESCO. Afterwards, free time for you to wander through the Barkhor Street, the busiest street in old Lhasa quarter.
|Potala Palace||Johkang Temple|
Day 3: Lhasa city tour
Highlights: Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery
Schedule today: In the morning, we will visit Drepung Monastery which is the biggest Tibetan Buddhism College with the biggest number of monks in Tibet. The monastery used to be the winter residence of the Dalai Lama before the 5th Dalai Lama moved his residency to the Potala Palace. And in the afternoon, we will visit another influential Gelugpa Monastery - Sera Monastery (video), where you can see the largest scale of sutra debating (video) among monks is famous all across Tibet.
|Drepung Monastery||Sera Monastery|
Day 4: Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse
Highlights: Yamdrok Lake, Karo Glacier, Pelchor Monastery
Schedule today: In the morning, drive to the historic town of Gyantse via Yamdrok Lake (video), according to local mythology, Yamdrok Lake is the transformation of a goddess, on the Gangbala Pass, you will have a clear picture of this Tibetan holy lake in turquoise, in distance you can also see the snowcapped Summit of Ninjingkangsang. In Gyantse (video) , you will find the largest stupa in Tibet - Kumpa Stupa (Ten-thousand stupa), just next to the Stupa is the Pelchor Monastery (video). Another important site in Gyantse is Dzong Castle which once was a battle field where Tibetan fought against British invasion. Stay overnight in Shigatse City.
|Yamdrok Lake||Pelchor Monastery|
Day 5: Shigatse - Rongbuk Monastery
Highlights: Tashilumpo Monastery
Schedule today: In Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet, we can visit Tashilumpo Monastery (video) which is the seat of Panchen Lama, the equally important religious figure in Tibet as Dalai Lama. The monastery was built by the first Dalai Lama in 1447, and inside the Monastery placed the highest statue of Buddha in Tibet which is 26.8 meters high. After lunch, we will head to Everest Base camp. If the weather is good, on the top of the Gyalpo-la pass you can see 4 of the highest mountains over 8000 meters (Mt. Everest; Mt. Makalu; Mt. Lotse; Mt. Cho Oyu) in the world at the same time, what a great picture. Before reaching EBC, we will firstly see the Rongbuk Monastery that is the highest monastery in the world. Then, drive to the tents area for the tourists, stay overnight there or just stay at Rongbuk Guesthouse depends on weather.
|Tashilhunpo Monastery||Rongbuk Monastery|
Day 6: Rongbuk Monastery - EBC - Gyirong Town
Highlights: Everest Base Camp, Peikusto Lake
Schedule today: In the morning if weather is good, you can choose to wake up early to see the stunning sunrise view of Mt. Everest. After breakfast, going to visit the Everest Base Camp. Then we will head to Gyirong County. On the road you will pass Peikutso Lake, the beautiful turquoise Peikutso(4590m) is one of Tibet’s magical spots with stunning views of the snowcapped Shiishapangma(8012m) and the Langtang range bordering Nepal to the south.
|Mt. Everest Base Camp||Peikutso Lake|
Day 7: Gyirong Town - Gyirong Port
Highlights: sunrise in Gyirong Town, China-Nepal border crossing
Schedule today: The port opens at 10 AM and there are 24 km from the town to the Gyirong Port. So we will depart hotel from the town before 9AM to ensure we can cross the border ASAP (the road in Nepal side is not that good and takes long time to reach Kathmandu.) Our guide will help you with Chinese border formalities and you will cross the border and check in Nepal side by yourself. It’s takes around 9 hours’ driving from the border to Kathmandu. Note, all our service ends at Chinese border side, you are on your own once cross the border. Tour ends, our guide and driver will drop you off at border. Welcome to Tibet next time.
|Gyirong Valley||Gyirong Valley|
|Nov-Mar||April - June||July - Aug||Sep||Oct|
|Group Pick-up Time at airport||09:30 - 10:30||12:30 - 13:30||15:30 - 16:30|
|Group Drop-off Time leaving hotel||06:30 from hotel||08:30 from hotel||12:30 from hotel|
|A. The drive length is about one hour between airport and downtown
B. It’s free to have pickup and drop-off between train station and downtown
|Lhasa (Day1,2,3)||Yak Hotel or New Mandala Hotel||3*|
|Shigatse (Day4)||Zangba Hotel or Manasarovar Hotel||3*|
|EBC (Day5)||Guesthouse or Yak hair tent||Basic|
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