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Explore the beauty of Tibet and marvel at the world’s highest mountain. Start your journey in the capital Lhasa. Visit the famous Potala Palace, the Jokhang monastery and walk around the Barkhor Street. Drive to Shigatse and on your way stop at the Yamdrok Tso one of the three amazing holy lakes of Tibet surrounded by snowy mountain peaks. Drive to Shegar through a breathtaking scenery and arrive at the Mount Everest. The highlight of you journey takes place here. Marvel at the beauty of the mountain and the world’s highest temple and trek uphill to the Base Camp of Mount Everest. Drive back to Tsetang and experience one more time the Tibetan believes before departure.

Destinations: Lhasa – Gyantse – Shigatse – Shegar – Mount Everest (Base Camp) – Tsetang

Brief itinerary
Day 1 Lhasa arrival (3650) (no meals incl.)
Day 2 Lhasa city exploration (Breakfast)
Day 3 Lhasa city exploration (Breakfast)
Day 4 Drive to Gyantse (4040 m), and further to Shigatse (3900 m) (Breakfast)
Day 5 Drive to Shegar (4050 m), and then further to the Mount Everest (5100 m) (Breakfast)
Day 6 Excursion to Mt. Everest (Base Camp) (5200 m), drive to Shigatse (Breakfast)
Day 7 Drive to Tsetang (3600) (Breakfast)
Day 8 Tsetang exploration (Breakfast)
Day 9 Drive to Lhasa airport and departure (Breakfast)

Duration: 9 days
Activities level: Difficult
Transport: Private air-conditioned van
Meals: 8 hotel breakfasts
Price: Can be sent upon request
Size of group: min. 4 persons

Tour details
Day 1 Arrive in Lhasa (3650 m) (no meals incl.)
Lhasa arrival, meet your local guide at Lhasa Gongga Airport and transfer to hotel in Lhasa city (60 km. 1 hour). Take a rest in the afternoon in order to become acclimatized to the thin air. Lhasa is 3,700 meters above the sea level. It is the capital of Tibet Autonomous Region.

Overnight in Lhasa

Day 2 Lhasa city exploration (Breakfast)
You will visit the Potala Palace in the morning. Perched upon Marpo Ri hill, 130 meters above the Lhasa valley, the Potala Palace rises a further 170 meters and is the greatest monumental structure in all of Tibet. Early legends concerning the rocky hill tell of a sacred cave, considered to be the dwelling place of the Bodhisattva Chenresi (Avilokiteshvara) that was used as a meditation retreat by the Emperor Songtsen Gampo in the seventh century AD.

Then you will visit the Jokhang monastery and walk round the Barkhor Street. Included on UNESCO’s World Heritage list in 2000 as part of the Potala Palace, the Jokhang monastery is located in central Lhasa. It is the ultimate pilgrimage destination for Tibetan Pilgrims. The Barkhor Street is a very ancient round street surrounding the Jokhang Temple and the Tibetan people are always proud of it. It’s said that in AD 647, the first Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo (AD 617 – 650) built the Jokhang Temple.

Overnight in Lhasa

Potala Palace

Day 3 Lhasa city exploration (Breakfast)
You will visit Mentsekhang, the most famous Tibetan Traditional Hospital to get known of how the Tibetan traditional doctor makes a diagnosis, treats the patient.

Afterwards you will visit Tibet Autonomous Region Tibetan medicine factory by way of visiting factory facilities, the medicine exhibition hall and the working shop. It is the only traditional Tibetan medicine production enterprises with more than 300 years of pharmaceutical history. It also enjoys the reputation of the “living history book” in the history of Tibetan medicine profession and “Medicine Cloud City” in the world, and has the most advanced Tibetan medicine processing technology- “ZUOTAI” alchemy technology patent.

After lunch, you will visit the notable Sera Monastery for experiencing lamas’ debate on Buddhist scriptures. The Sera Monastery in Tibet and its counterpart in Mysore, India are the best locations to witness the “Monk Debates” on the teachings of the Buddha and the philosophy of the Buddhism. The Sera Monastery developed over the centuries as a renowned place of scholarly learning, training hundreds of scholars, many of whom have attained fame in the Buddhist nations.

You will also visit a Tibetan family to experience the daily life of local people.

Overnight in Lhasa

Day 4 Drive to Gyantse (4040 m), and further to Shigatse (3900 m) (Breakfast)
In the morning drive to Gyantse along the Kyichu River. On the Kamba La (4.796 m) have a fantastic view of the holy lake of Yamdrok Yumtso (4441 m), one of the three holy lakes in Tibet and the largest habitat of waterfowls in south Tibet. On one of the peninsulas of the spear-shaped lake lies the holy Mt. Donang Sangwari (5,340m), and the snow peaks of Nojin Gangzang (7,191m) and Jangzang Lhomo rise in the distance. The lake and the Yarlungtsangpo River (3570) are separated by a mountain and the shortest distance between them is only 6 kilometers. The 800m-high difference contributes a rich water resource to this region. Many Tibetans believe that the life of Tibet will no longer continue when the lake dries up.

Pass by the 5.010 m high Karo La and the Simi La to Gyantse (approx. 3.900 m). In the afternoon visit Pelkor Chode Monastery as well as the splendid Kumbum Stupa (100-Thousand-Buddha Pagoda) nearby, both of them built in the15th century and situated in the northwestern edge of Gyantse.

In the afternoon drive about 90 kilometers to Shigatse, (3880m), the second largest city with 40,000 inhabitants in Tibet and the traditional capital of the Tsang.

After arriving in Shigatse, visit Tashilunpo monastery of Gelug Sect, the seat of the Panchen Lama built in 1447 and one of the six grand monasteries in Tibet. The monastery houses a giant statue of the Maitreya Buddha, the biggest gilded statue of Maitreya (Buddha of the future) in China, and a tomb of the 4th Panchen Lama containing masses of jewels and gold. In Tibet Buddhism, Panchen Lama is just the reincarnation of Maitreya Buddha. Today 600 monks live in the monastery.

Overnight in Shigatse

Day 5 Drive to Shegar (4050 m), and then further to the Mount Everest (5100 m) (Breakfast)
In the morning drive to Shegar and enjoy the breathtaking scenery. Mount Everest, which stands 8,848 meters (29,021 ft) above sea level, is often referred to as ‘the third pole on earth’. Being the world’s highest peak, its legendary status holds a fascination for many trekkers and mountaineers.

Overnight in tent guest house in Mount Everest

Day 6 Excursion to the Mount Everest (Base Camp), drive to Shigatse (Breakfast)
In the morning visit the Rongbu Monastery. With an altitude of 5,030 meters, it is the highest temple in the world. It was said the Rongbuk Monastery had been built as early as the time of Dalai Lama V. Walk or take a carriage to visit the Base Camp. In the afternoon drive back to Shigatse.

Overnight in Shigatse

Day 7 Drive to Tsetang (3600)(Breakfast)
Drive about 320 km to Tsetang

Overnight in Tsetang

Day 8 Tsetang exploration (Breakfast)
In the morning, drive along the Yarlung Tsangpo River to visit the magnificent Samye Monastery built in the late 8th century. It is the first monastery in Tibet that possessed the three essences of Buddhist monastery: Buddha, Scripture and Monk. The original building is no longer intact due to destruction caused by wars and natural disasters, but the monastery has been rebuilt each time and still remains the symbol of Tibet’s national identity. The grand building complex was structured in the model of the boundless universe regulated by the Buddhist scripture. Its main building is a three-story tower with an interior influenced by Tibetan, Han and Indian styles.

And then drive 8 km to visit the Qingpu Meditation Place, which is the most famous meditation place in Tibet, not only it’s numerous meditation caves and meditates but also long history.

Overnight in Tsetang

Day 9 Drive to Lhasa Airport and departure (Breakfast)
Drive back to Lhasa airport for departure

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What’s Included
– All transfer incl. airport hotel round transfers
– Hotel accommodation standard single twin or triple room
– 8 hotel breakfast
– Sightseeing tours, entrance fee & environment protection fee
– English speaking Tibetan local guide during the whole trip
– Driver & guide’s allowance when traveling outside Lhasa
Tibet Entrance Permit

Hotels & resorts
City: Lhasa
Hotel name: Dhood Gu Hotel Hotel
Information: grants guests easy access to the Jokhang Temple. On offer are Tibetan style rooms, which come with international direct dial telephones, satellite televisions, broadband Internet access and safes. Chinese and Western foods
Location: It’s about a block out from the main square and close to many good restaurants. Also close to the Jokhang temple, the markets, busy main street and walking distance to the Potala. 65km from Lhasa Gongga Airport

 

City: Shigatse
Hotel name: Manarsarovar Hotel
Information: The hotel has 78 rooms including a few suites decorated in Tibetan style; all rooms are well equipped and air-conditioned moisture oxygen generating system, and IDD/DDD services too. Hotel serves Chinese Dishes, Tibetan Dishes, sea food, western food, bar and balcony.
Location: The hotel has the convenient location to the ancient local Tibetan Villages with its traditional market and Tashilhunpo Monastery, 5 hours drive from Lhasa.

 

Everest
Hotel Name: Tent guest Center
Information:
All of the tent guest houses near Everest Base Camp are actually large, single room tents made of yak hair. These yak hair tenements are surprisingly robust and comfortable, as the yak hair can withstand both downpours and strong sunshine. In the tent, you will share accommodations with other guests.
Location:Tent Guest House near Everest Base Camp 8 KM to Everest Base Camp

 

City: Tsetang
Hotel Name: Yulong Hotel
Information:
The hotel covers a total of 1,000 square meters and there are 90 rooms in total, with choices of standard rooms, single rooms, suites, or luxury suites to meet your needs.
Location: located right in the city center, with many restaurants nearby and convenient transportation , The hotel is located about 97 km. from Lhasa airport or 160 km from Lhasa city.

 

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