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Shoton Festival plus Mt. Everest

Shoton Festival plus Mt. Everest
9 Days
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Lhasa - Gyatse - Shigatse - EBC - Lhasa
Potala Palace, Jorhkang Temple, Ganden Monastery, Great Buddha Exhibition, Yamdrok Lake, Rongbuk Monastery, Mt. Everest, Tashilumo Monastery

Trip Day By Day

Day 1-2 Lhasa city tour
Day 3 Great Buddha Exhibition
Day 4 Lhasa - Ganden Monastery - Norbulingka Park
Day 5 Lhasa - Gyatse - Shigatse
Day 6 Shigatse - Rongbuk Monastery
Day 7 Rongbuk Monastery - Shigatse
Day 8 Shigatse - Lhasa
Day 9 Tour End.

Detailed Itinerary of the Shoton Festival plus Mt. Everest

Day 1: (28th, Aug)

Activity today: Arrival in Lhasa, Pick-up service from Lhasa train station or airport and then transfer you to the hotel reserved for you. Have a good rest in the hotel to better acclimatize yourself.

Pick-up at Lhasa train station Pick-up at Lhasa train station
Pick-up at Lhasa train station Pick-up at Lhasa train station

Day 2: (29th, Aug)

Activity today: In the morning, visit the symbol or landmark of Lhasa - Potala Palace, the successive Dalai Lama's winter residence. In the afternoon, visit the center of Tibetan Buddhism - Johkang Temple, 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 UNISCO.

Potala Palace Johkang Temple
Potala Palace Johkang Temple

Day 3: (30th, Aug)

Wake up early, if you like, to experience the most zealous enthusiasm of Tibetan people's faith towards Buddhism, because today is the first day of Shoton Festival, and people will wake up very early to rush to Drepung Monastery in order to get a good position to view Great Buddha exhibition show. In the afternoon, drive you to see Sera monastery, the very exciting Buddhism scripture debating among lamas will go on there in the afternoon.

Great Buddha Exhibition Lamas Debating
Great Buddha Exhibition Lamas Debating

Day 4: (1st, Sept.)

Activity today: Today, in the moring we will firstly drive to Ganden Monastery that is 65km away from Lhasa city. The monastery is the ancestry monastery for the Gelug sect of the Tibet Buddhism. Now Gelug sect is the most influential sect of Tibet Buddhism. The valley where the monastery located is very beautiful , we will do a short trekking ( 2 hours) there and in the afternoon, we drive to Norbulingka Park to watch the interesting Tibetan Opera Show.

Ganden Monastery Tibetan Opera
Ganden Monastery Tibetan Opera

Day 5: (2nd, Sept.)

Route: Lhasa - Gyatse - Shigatse (360km)

Activity today: Drive to the historic town of Gyantse via the turquoise Holy Lake of Yamdrok, according to local mythology, Yamdrok Lake is the transformation of a goddess; in distance you can also see the snow capped Summit of Ninjingkangsang. In Gyantse, you will find the largest stupa in Tibet - Kumpa Stupa (Ten-thousand stupa), just next to the Stupa is the Pelchor Monastery (Optional). Another important site in Gyantse is Dzong Castle which once was a battle field where Tibetan fought against British invasion.

Yamdrok Lake Kumpa Stupa
Yamdrok Lake Kumpa Stupa

Day 6: (3rd, Sept.)

Route: Shigatse - Rongbuk Monastery (340km)

Activity today: In the morning after breakfast, our guide will go to tourism bureau in Shigatse to apply for PSB permit for Mt. Everest, which will take about 1 hour. After obtaining the permit, we will drive directly towards Mt. Everest. 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 arriving at the EBC, you will first visit the highest monastery in the world - Rongbuk Monastery, which is also a good position to watch the Everest, the sunset view is fantastic when weather is good.

Rongbuk Monastery Mt. Everest
Rongbuk Monastery Mt. Everest

Day 7: (4th, Sept.)

Route:  Rongbuk Monastery - Shigatse (340km)

Activity today: Wake up early in the morning to 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. And we will drive back to Shigatse this night.

EBC EBC
EBC EBC

Day 8: (5th, Sept.)

Route: Shigatse - Lhasa (270km)

Activity today: In the morning, visit Tashilumo Monastery 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. Afterwards, we will drive back to Lhasa; the free time is on your own.

Tashilumo Monastery Tashilumo Monastery
Tashilumo Monastery Tashilumo Monastery

Day 9: (6th, Sept.)

Route: Lhasa - Next destination

Activity today: Tour ends, our guide and driver will drop you off at airport in Lhasa. Welcome to Tibet next time.

 

5 star hotel 4 star hotel 3 star hotel Single Room Supplement
$ 1528 $ 1314 $ 1131 $630/$428/$238
What's included in this price?
1. All kinds of required Tibet permits, such as TTP and ATP.
2. Well maintained tourist vehicle with driver according to the group size.
3. English speaking local Tibetan guide throughout the tour.
4. Star ranked hotel depends on your budget.
5. All entrance tickets fee to all the scenic spots in the itinerary.
6. Breakfast provided by the hotel.
7. Pick-up and drop-off service at airport or train station in Lhasa.
8. Food and accommodation for guide and driver.
9. Guide and vehicle's entry fee to Mt. Everest Nature Reserve.
What's excluded in this price?
1. Train or air tickets to and leaving Lhasa.
2. Lunches and dinners.
3. Tips to guide

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Thanks very much for your inquiry. Travelling to Tibet from Nepal, you need to apply for Chinese Group Visa in Kathmandu. Firstly, we'll apply for visa invitation letter with copy of your passport. Next, we'll send visa invitation letter to you and our partner in Kathmandu. When you arrive in Kathmandu, you need to meet with our partner and give them your original passport, then they will go to Chinese embassy and apply for Chinese Group Visa for you. When you board plane from Kathmandu to Lhasa, they'll only check your passport and Chinese Group Visa. Apart from Chinese Group Visa, you also need Tibet Permit, we'lll apply for Tibet Permit for you in Lhasa, and our guide will pick you up at Lhasa airport with your permit. I will send detailed itinerary to your email, please check it. Thanks & Regards

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