Day 1: Arrival upon Lhasa，drive to Tsedang
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 Tsedang for acclimatization; you can have a good rest to get used to the altitude, or enjoy your free time hanging out around to get the first impression of Tibet
|Warm Tibetan Style Pickup Service||Warm Tibetan Style Pickup Service|
Day 2: Tsetang
Highlights: Yumbu lhakhang, Samye monastery
Schedule today: In the morning,we will pay a visit to Yumbu lhakhang, which is known as Tibet's first palace. It has a very long history of over 2,000 years, and boasts many rare sculptures and paintings from ancient times. Then we will drive to Samye monastery, the Tibet first Buddhist monastery, built in 8 century and the first monastery completed with the three Buddhist jewels of Buddha, Dharma and Sangha.
|Yumbu lhakhang Palace||Samye Monastery|
Day 3: Tsetang- Gyantse
Highlights: Yamdrok Lake, Pelchor Monastery, Karo Glacier, Gyantse Pelkor
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.
|Yamdrok Lake||Pelchor Monastery|
Day 4: Gyantse -Shigatse –Sakya
Highlights: Tashi Lhunpo Monastery,Sakya Monastery
Schedule today: In the morning after breakfast,we will drive to Shigatse,our guide will go to tourism bureau in Shigatse to apply for PSB permit for Mt. Everest, which will take about 1.5 hour. In Shigatse 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 obtaining the permit, we will drive to Sakya County and pay a visit to the famous Sakya monastery which was founded in 1073 and it was the principal monastery of the Sakya sect of Tibetan Buddhism.
|Tashi Lhunpo Monastery||Sakya Monastery|
Day5: Sakya-Lhatse-Shegar- EBC
Highlights: Green Bus to EBC, Everest Base Camp
Schedule today: in the morning 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.
|Mt. Everest Sunset||Mt. Everest Base Camp|
Day 6: Everest Base Camp- Shigatse
Highlights: Rongbuk Monastery
Schedule today: In the morning, you can view the very fantastic sunrise over the peak of Mt. Everest. After breakfast, you will have opportunity to hike at the EBC to discover the charm of the highest place you may reach through your life, if you think hiking is too tough, you can just take the green bus to the EBC. Before leaving EBC, you will visit the highest monastery in the world - Rongbuk Monastery, which is also a good position to watch the Everest, the sunrise view (video) is fantastic when weather is good. And then we will drive back to Shigatse .
|Rongbuk Monastery||Mt. Everest Sunrise|
Day 7: Shigatse-Lhasa
Highlights: the Bhamaputra River
Schedule today: In the morning, we will head to Lhasa through the friendship Highway. It is about 280km and it takes 6 hours along the Yarlung Tsangpo River / Bhamaputra River (the Longest and largest river in Tibet).Enjoy the view on the road.
|Tashilumpo Monastery||Brahmaputra River|
Day 8: 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 9: 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 10: Depart from Lhasa
Schedule today: Tour ends, our guide and driver will drop you off at airport in Lhasa. Welcome to Tibet next time.
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