|8 Days||4-12 Pax||Click view Departure|
|Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse -Sakya - Tingri - Everest Base Camp - Gyirong Port|
|Potala Palace, Johkang Temple, Barkhor Street, Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery, Yamdrok Lake, Karo Glacier, Pelchor Monastery, Tashilumpo Monastery, Sakya Monastery, Everest Base Camp, Peikusto Lake|
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, 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. Continue drive to Shigatse and stay overnight there.
|Yamdrok Lake||Pelchor Monastery|
Day 5: Shigatse - Sakya - Tingri
Highlights: Tashilumpo Monastery, Sakya 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. Note, in Shigatse, we have to obtain the Alien’s Travel Permit ( for Mt. Everest) from the government, our guide ought to do that for you, but she/he probably cannot guide you to visit the monastery in that case. After lunch, we will have a detour to visit very famous Sakya Monastery en route, Sakya is a very historic and important order in Tibetan Buddhism with distinctive architecture and doctrine. The murals inside the Sakya Monastery is said to be the best of all monasteries in Tibet, very delicate and characteristic, even earns the reputation of second Dunhuang Grottoes in China.Plus, Sakya Monastery also boasts the largest collection of Buddhism sutra on pattra-leaves. Afterwards, drive to Tingri (Shegar) for overnight. If we sleep one night here, the local altitude at 4300 meters will greatly help us to better acclimatize ourselves before heading Everest Base Camp (5200meters).
|Tashilumpo Monastery||Sakya Monastery|
Day 6: Tingri - Rongbuk Monastery & EBC
Highlights: Rongbuk Monastery, Everest Base Camp
Schedule today: In the morning, drive from Tingri to Mount Everest Base Camp, it only110km distance but takes 3 hours due to the zigzagging road condition. 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 glance, what a great picture. About 10 km before arriving our destination, according to the rules, we have to take local green-bus to reach Rongbuk Monastery which is just located besides the site of the guesthouse and tents for the tourists staying overnight at Everest Base Camp. Note that this Everest Base Camp is for normal tourists only, not for mountaineers who will go further 4km. Rongbuk Monastery is the highest monastery in the world with both monks and nuns, and it is also the best position to take a picture of soaring Mt. Everest peak. We could do some short hiking around the Rongbuk Monastery and explore more on this base camp since we have the whole afternoon free of time. Also, the sunset view over the peak of Mt. Everest is stunning breathtaking when weather is clear enough. Stay overnight here at local tent guesthouse or at Rongbuk Guesthouse depends on weather and availability.
|Rongbuk Monastery before Mt. Everest||Everest Base Camp for Tourists|
Day 7: Rongbuk Monastery & EBC - Gyirong Town
Schedule today: Unlike yesterday, today we will have a long drive to Gyirong Town that is only 23km from China-Nepal border. If weather is good, you can choose to wake up early to see the stunning sunrise view of Mt. Everest. After breakfast, 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. If we leave EBC around 9 AM, it will be around 6PM when we reach the Gyirong Town considering we could have some sightseeing stops on the way.
|Sunrise over Mt. Everest||Peikutso Lake & Mt. Shishpangma|
Day 8: Gyirong Town - Gyirong Port (Tour Ends)
Highlights: sunrise in Gyirong Town, China-Nepal border crossing
Schedule today: The Gyirong Port opens at 10 AM and there are 24 km from the Gyirong Town to the port. So we will depart hotel from the town before 9AM to ensure we can cross the Gyirong 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 takes around 8 hours to travel from Gyirong to Kathmandu by car. Note, all our service in Tibet ends at Chinese border of Gyirong, 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.
|Sunrise at Gyrong Town||Gyirong Port|
|April - June.25||June.26 - August||September - Oct.15||Oct.16 - Nov.15||Nov.16 - March|
|USD 1030 p/p||USD 1137 p/p||USD 1087 p/p||USD 1030 p/p||USD 950 p/p|
|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)||Tashi Noda Hotel or Yak Hotel||3*|
|Shigatse (Day4)||Gesar Hotel or Manasarovar Hotel||3*|
|Tingri(Day5)||Roof of the World Grand Hotel or Everest Hotel||2*|
|EBC(Day6)||Rongbuk Guesthouse or Yak hair tent||Basic|
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By any chance, is there a group starting a tour in Lhasa on 18th October (approx. 7-8 days tour - fly in drive out)? I travel alone and would like to join a group.
Also I'm a police officer, would it be a problem to get a group visa at the chinese embassy in Katmandu? Thanks!
Dear Ms. Sa***,
Thanks very much for your inquiry. We currently have one 7 days Lhasa to Kathmandu overland group tour starting on 16th October, joining this tour, you'll fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa and take local bus or jeep from Gyirong border back to Kathmandu, and welcome you to join this tour. If you hold private passport, which is no problem for you to get Chinese Group Visa in Kathmandu. I will send detailed itinerary to your email, please check it. Warm regards.
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