China has closed the Base Camp on its side of Mount Everest to visitors who don’t have climbing permits. Authorities have resorted to the unusual move to deal with the mounting waste problem at the site. We hope the beautiful site will be opened up in the near future, with an improved trash system and a new respect for the majestic mountain from visitors.  However, you can still come very close to the Base Camp, from the Rongbuk Monastery (5,150 meters above sea level) to have magnificent views of Mount Everest! – we can help you embark on such adventure!

Tour Highlights | Lhasa & Mount Everest Adventure

-World Heritage Sites-Potala Palace, Jokhang monastery, Norbulingka Palace
-Enjoy the mind-blowing Himalayas
-Mount Everest, the world’s summit
-Explore mysterious Tibetan Buddhism
-Discover the highest monastery in the world Rongbuk Monastery
-Appreciate the beauty of holy Tibetan lakes
-Witness exotic Tibetan culture
-Taste Tibetan, Nepali, Indian cuisine
-A paradise of photography

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

Brief Itinerary | Lhasa & Mount Everest Adventure

Day 1 Lhasa arrival (3650 m) (no meals incl.)
Day 2 Lhasa city exploration (Breakfast)
Day 3 Lhasa city exploration (Breakfast)
Day 4 Drive to Gyantse (4040 m), further to Shigatse (3900 m) (Breakfast)
Day 5 Drive to Shegar (4050 m), further to the Mount Everest (5100 m) (Breakfast)
Day 6 Mt. Everest/Rongbuk Monastery (5150 m), drive to Shigatse (Breakfast)
Day 7 Drive to Tsetang (3600 m) (Breakfast)
Day 8 Tsetang exploration (Breakfast)
Day 9 Drive to Lhasa airport and departure (Breakfast)

Tour Details | Lhasa & Mount Everest Adventure
Day 1 Lhasa arrial (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 3,650 meters above the sea level. It is the capital of Tibet Autonomous Region.
Stay 3 nights at Dhood Gu Hotel Hotel or similar

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.

Day 3 Lhasa city exploration (Breakfast)

You will visit the summer resort of Dalai Lama – the Norbulingka Palace. Part of the “Historic Ensemble of the Potala Palace “, the Norbulingka Palace is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and was added as an extension of this Historic Ensemble in 2001. It was built by the Dalai Lama VII and served both as administrative centre and religious centre. It is a unique representation of Tibetan palace architecture. Tibet Museum located in the southeast corner of Norbulingka, Lhasa city, Tibet Museum covers an area of 23,508 square meters (5.8 acres) including the exhibition area of 10,451 square meters (2.6 acres). It is equipped with modern facilities to ensure quality service for visitors and safety and efficient administration of the museum itself.
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.

Day 4 Drive to Gyantse (4040 m), further to Shigatse (3900 m) (Breakfast)

Drive to Gyantse, amaze at the Karuola Iceberg on the way.

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.
Stay 1 night at Manarsarovar Hotel or similar

Day 5 Drive to Shegar (4050 m), 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.
Stay 1 night at Rongbuk Monastery Guesthouse

Day 6 Mt. Everest/Rongruk Monastery (5150 m), drive to Shigatse (Breakfast)

In the morning visit the Rongbuk Monastery. With an altitude of 5,150 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.
Stay 1 night at Manarsarovar hotel or similar

Day 7 Drive to Tsetang (3600 m) (Breakfast)

Drive about 320 km to Tsetang.Visit Yamdrok Tso Lake, 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.
And also visit the magnificent Samye Monastery, it is 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.
Stay 2 nights at Jinglong Business Hotel or similar

Day 8 Tsetang exploration (Breakfast)

Morning visit Yongbulakhang Palace, Yongbulakang, meaning “mother-son palace” in Tibetan, is the first palace and one of the most ancient establishments in Tibet. Dwarfing on the Zhaxiciri Hill, this fortress-like temple has a history of more than 2,100 years. The magnificent palace demonstrated typical Tibetan style.
During the 7th century, it was the summer palace of Songtsen Gampo and his wife, Princess Wencheng. Later the fifth Dalai Lama expanded it and rebuilt the palace into a temple, which is kept intact now.
Afternoon free.

Day 9 Drive to Lhasa Airport and departure (Breakfast)

Drive back to Lhasa airport for departure (END)

Cost
CNY 7600 per person twin or triple sharing
CNY 9300 per person single room
based on a minimum of 6 pax

What’s Included
-All private transfers with air-conditioned vehicle as indicated in the itinerary
-Hotel accommodation standard single, twin or triple room
-8 hotel buffet breakfasts
-Sightseeing tours, entrance fee & environment protection fee
-English & Manderin speaking Tibetan local guide during the whole trip
-Driver & guide’s allowance when traveling outside Lhasa
-Tibet Entrance Permit

What’s Not Included
-In and out flight or train (pls ask our assistant)
-Travel Insurances (pls ask our assistant)
-Personal expense, beverages and meals, and highlights or sightseeings, which are not indicated in the itinerary
-Tips to guides, porterages & drivers if service is satisfied

Accommodation | Lhasa & Mount Everest Adventure

City: Lhasa
Hotel name: Dhood Gu 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: Rongbuk Monastery Guesthouse
Information:
The highest monastery in the world Rongbuk Monastery, offers simple accommodation. It has around 30 rooms with over a hundred beds on offer. Some rooms have views of the Mount Everest’s summit. An on-site restaurant is another basic facility, serving simple meals. There, you can dine noodles, fried eggs, rice and have a coffee. Prices for dining are higher than in Lhasa, the capital of Tibet. As for the hygiene, Rongbuk Monastery Guesthouse provides hot water. But it lacks bathing facilities (showers) and private toilets. Of modern amenities, phone signal is available, unlike internet access.
Location: Near Everest Base Camp 7 KM to Everest Base Camp

City: Tsetang
Hotel Name: Jinglong Business Hotel

What you need to know before travelling to Tibet

Unlike other regions of China, a permit of entry is required to visit Tibet. The permit can only be obtained through authorized travel agencies. The agency will need a scanned copy of your passport, and a copy of your China visa, at least 20-30 days prior to your departure. Change of travel plan is possible, but sudden changes can create complications.
We only offer private Tibet tours, your travel group are only allowed to consist of foreign passport holders.
During your Tibet trip, you are required to uphold the agreed itinerary incl. flights, trains, and routes accompanied by the local guide. You need to depart from Tibet at or the time specified on the permit.

Sample of the Tibet  Entry Permit

How to apply a Tibet Entry Permit? 

We are able to assist you!
If you hold an L tourist visa, please send us your scanned passport and China Visa.
If you hold an F or Z visa, please send us your scanned passport and China Visa and an appoval letter in Chinese chopped by your employer.
Note: Original Permit needed when boarding a train to Lhasa. But the copy of the permit is acceptable when boarding a plane to Lhasa.

Tibet Travel Tips 

Best time:
The best time to go to Tibet is in summer and autumn when temperatures are comfortable and oxygen content higher; thus you can travel to high altitudes with sun and enjoy stunning views of the mountains. Suntan oil (30+ degrees), lipstick, topee, and sunglass are of necessity for outdoor activities.

Food:
Normally, you will have Chinese-style meals in the hotels or local clean restaurant. But when you venture more isolated regions, the food can become limited. Luckily local Tibetan cuisine is delicious, and very much a mix between Nepali and Indian cuisine, with small influences of Chinese cuisine.

Health and prevent/reduce Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)
As you travel in Tibet “the Roof of the World”, you should pay much concern to its high altitude. Before you are determined to have a Tibet tour, you should go to the hospital or your doctor to have a complete physical examination to make sure that your main viscera such as heart, lung, brain, liver, and kidney work well. Besides, this tour is not suitable for those who are troubled with severe anemia and high blood pressure.

– Do exercises to keep you fit before coming to Tibet.
– Avoid catching a cold.
– Make sure you have a good sleep the night before you fly to Lhasa.
– You’d better not to take any activities for the first day in Tibet.
– After getting off your airplane at the airport, walk slowly and take some deep breath. Do not do anything severely.
– Ascend to higher altitude gradually. DO NOT ASCEND ANY HIGHER if you feel bad.
– Prepare some AMS pills according to your doctor’s suggestion.

Seasons and clothing:
In any season of Tibet, It is cold in the early morning and at night. During the daytime, the sufficient sunlight makes the temperature rise quickly, while it falls quickly if the wind blows. It is of importance in the highland that the clients wear clothing according to the change of the temperature.

Visiting Tibet might be a bit more complicated, but we can say it is worth it! Simply make sure you start planning in advance, to make the most out of your trip.

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