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
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 5: 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|
Day 6: Sakya-Lhatse-Shegar- EBC
Highlights: 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 7: 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, 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 8: 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 9: 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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My friend and I are looking to do a bit of cycling in Tibet for a couple of days (we will provide our own bikes) around December-January on the road to Everest Base Camp. Is there a way you can work us into a private tour schedule in a way that allows us to do our cycling? Our cycling will be based in one spot: we will be doing short laps up and down the mountain.
Dear Mr. Mi***,
Greetings from Nancy at Budget Tibet Tour, thanks for visiting our website and sending your inquiry.
1) Would you please kindly let me know if you will cycle like the adventurous one? Because some people do the cycle in very dangerous mountain road.
2) I wonder whether you have cycled in high altitude place before? because if people who had serious altitude sickness, they cannot travel by car let alone doing cycle there. Tibet is different from any other places. Sometimes people had quite bad AMS there. What's more acute activities would make it worse.
3) If you do not mind would you please kindly let me know your age? So I can know how to arrange the cycling. And I can consider to arrange one near Lhasa city, not head to Everest. Of course you can travel to Everest when you are there, but not by bike. I am looking forward to hearing from you then I will provide you more details. Best regards.
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