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 - Namtso - Lhasa
Schedule today: In the morning, we will head to Namtso which is the highest saline lake in the world. Namtso as one of the four holy lakes of Tibet, in there you will see snow - capped Nyenchen Thanglha Mountain Ranges and lots of nomads and their tent with grazing yak and sheep densely - populated on the flourishing grassland ( in summer) .
|Namtso Lake||Yak by the Namtso lake|
Day 5: Lhasa - Gyantse
Highlights: Yamdrok Lake, Pelchor Monastery, Karo Glacier
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 6: Gyantse - Shigatse –Sakya
Highlights: Tashilhunpo 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.
|Tashilhunpo Monastery||Sakya Monastery|
Day 7: 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 Sunrise||Mt. Everest Base Camp|
Day 8: EBC - Gyirong County - Gyirong Town (330 km, 8 - 9 hours on wheel)
Highlights: EBC (sunrise), Pelkutso Lake
Schedule today: In the morning, get up early (voluntarily, depends also on weather) to watch the most exciting and holy moment when the first sunshine reaches the world at the peak of the Everest. Afterwards, you can see EBC very closely by hiking or taking green bus (self - paid, RMB 25) starting from campsite to the viewing platform of EBC. Then, we will continue our trip further west from EBC area to Gyirong Valley. On the way, we will pass the very beautiful lake of Pelkutso which is inside of Mt. Everest Nature Reserve, by the lake stands Mt.Shixiapangma, which is the only over - 8000 meters high mountain that completely within Tibet territory. After finishing the 5236 meters high Kongtanglamu Pass, we will reach Gyirong County and have our lunch here. Gyirong Valley stretches north - south from Gyirong County to Gyirong Town with altitude descends gradually; meanwhile, the landscapes change from barren rocky mountains to green deep valleys and primitive forests. It will be around 7 PM to reach Gyirong Town at an altitude of only 2700 meters.
|Sunrise over Mt. Everest||Pelkutso Lake|
Day 9: Gyirong Town - Gyirong Port (24 km, 1 hour on wheel)
Highlights: sunrise in Gyirong Town, China - Nepal border crossing
Schedule today: If you would like to see more sunrise views, you can wake up early this morning, because Gyirong Town is surrounded by several very high snowy mountains too, you can simply watch it from the window or roof of your hotel. There are 24 km from the town to the Gyirong Port, and the port opens at 10 AM. We leave hotel in the town at about 9AM to ensure we can cross the border ASAP because the road in Nepal side is not that good and takes long time to reach Kathmandu. Our guide will help you go through Chinese border formalities and you will cross the border and check in Nepal side by yourself; Nepal visa is available upon arrival at 25USD P/P, please prepare one photo of passport size to get Nepal visa. Next, you need to find a vehicle towards Kathmandu, 20ms ahead of Resuo Bridge are dozens of 4WD vehicles for travelers with each holds 7 passengers at a price around USD 25 P/P. It’s an around 9 hours’ trip from 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 the border. Welcome to Tibet next time.
|Gyirong port border||Gyirong town|
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