Duration: 8 Days

Favorable season:Spring, summer, autumn, winter

 

Overview

This package is very popular, as it contains main attractions in Tibet, like Jokhang Temple, The Potala Palace, Sera Monastery, Barkhor Street, etc.. Moreover, tourists can get close to the highest peak of the world—Mt. Everest, and spend one night for Everest Base Camp tours. There are Karola Glacier and holly Lake Yamdroktso on the way to Mt. Everest; you will enjoy the stunning view of them.

 

At a Glance

Day 1: Arrival in Lhasa (3680m)

Day 2: Lhasa sightseeing— the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street

Day 3: Lhasa sightseeing— Drak Yerpa, Sera monastery

Day 4: Lhasa- Gyantse (4040 m)-Shigatse(3840m), 96km, approx 7hrs

Yamdroktso Lake, Karola Glacier, Pelkor Chöde Monastery with Gyantse  Kumbum, Far view of Gyantse Fortress

Day 5: Shigatse -Tingri -Rongbuk –EBC(5200m), 350km, approx. 7hrs

Tashilhunpo Monastery, sunset of golden Everest peak

Day 6: EBC-Shigatse, 350km, approx. 7hrs

Sunrise of Everest Peak, Everest Base Camp, Rongbuk Monastery

Day 7: Shigatse – Lhasa, 280km, approx. 6-7hrs

Yungdrungling Monastery

Day 8: Lhasa departure

 

Daily Itinerary

 

Day 1: Arrival in Lhasa by Flight/Train

Your guide will wait for you at the airport or railway station and transfer you to the hotel. You will be greeted by Tibetan pure blue sky with white cloud when driving along the road. It takes about one and a half hours to downtown Lhasa from the airport, and 20 minutes from railway station. Your Tibet tour starts officially from now on. You must be very excited and can’t help going out of the hotel. But we suggest you have a rest first; it’s really good for you before wandering around the city. And please drink more water, make your pack as light as possible, these will be helpful to get acclimatized to the high altitude.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

 

Day 2: Lhasa City – the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street

Lhasa is the capital city of Tibet Autonomous Region; it’s also famous as an international tourism city with plateau and national characteristics. Today you will start to learn the charm of this old city which is already over 1300 years.

You are going to visit the world-known Potala Palace in the morning. It’s the highest architecture in the world and largest in Tibet that integrated with palaces, castles, and temples. It was built by Srongtsen Gampo in the 7th. Century and used to be the winter palace of the Dalai Lama. Except for the exquisite art of buildings, you can also see the gilded burial stupas of former Dalai Lamas and meditation Cave of Srongtsen Gampo.

After lunch, you will visit another symbolic scenic spot of Tibet—Jokhang Temple.

It was also founded by Srongtsen Gampo in 7th. Century. In the legends, Buddha Sakyamuni passed here and wanted to stay, so the engraver made his sculpture and enshrined it in Jokhang Temple. That makes the temple more consecrate, and pilgrims come here for worship.

Finishing with the attractions, the welcome dinner will be arranged tonight. Hope tourists can enjoy the relaxing night with your guide and driver.

You can have a walk after dinner, to explore the old market of Barkhor Street. There are many shops selling distinctive Tibetan stuff. You can have so much fun with your friends on this busy walking street. And you can also join the Kora with pilgrims and locals.

 

Optional:

You can pay USD60 to watch the Tibetan Culture Show in the evening.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

 

Day 3: Lhasa Suburb – Drak Yerpa, Sera monastery

Today you will stay in Lhasa as well, for another two attractions—Drak Yerpa and Sera Monastery.

Drak Yerpa is a valley that located in the East of Lhasa. It consists of a monastery and numbers of ancient meditation caves. According to the locals, the legendary hero Gesar of Ling had left some holes in the cliffs by his arrows.

Sera Monastery, a monastery that built on a field that covered with multiflora roses.

That’s why the view in it is very good. Monks debate from 3-5p.m. on Monday to Saturday. It’s very attractive even if you don’t understand.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

 

Day 4: Lhasa- Gyantse (4040 m), 262km, approx. 5hrs

-Shigatse(3840m), 96km, approx. 2hrs

You’ll start to drive to Shigatse via Gyantse today.

When driving along the road, you can see Yamdroktso Lake and Karola Glacier from the distance. There are three holy lakes in Tibet, Manasarovar, Namtso, and Yamdroktso. They are different but with one in common, the gorgeous landscape. Yamdroktso is “swan lake” in the Tibetan language, and it’s a salt lake.

Karola Glacier is a famous place that attracts many films to be shooting there.

You will arrive at Gyantse after passing Simila Mountain Pass. Gyantse is the third largest city in Tibet. And you will pay a visit to Pelkor Monastery with Gyantse Kum-bum and then see the Gyantse Fortress from a distance.

Then you will go to Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet and spend one night there.

Stay overnight in Shigatse

 

Day 5: Shigatse -Tingri -Rongbuk –EBC (5200m), 350km, approx. 7hrs

In the morning, you are head to Tashilunpo Monastery. It’s famous as the home of Panchen Lama and the largest Buddhism school in Shigatse.

After lunch, you will enter the National Nature Reserve of Mt. Everest.

And then you can choose trekking or take an economic bus to Everest Base Camp (5200m). With the weather permits, you can see the stunning sunset of golden Ever-est peak at the lodging area.

Stay overnight at EBC in summer (May- Oct.)

Stay overnight at Rongbuk monastery guesthouse in winter (Nov. – Apr.)

 

Day 6: EBC-Shigatse, 350km, approx. 7hrs

Please get up early to enjoy the sunrise. You will know the difference of the sunrise that seen from high mountains compared with the normal places.

After soaking up the sun, you will go ahead to the highest monastery in the world—Rongbuk Monastery. You can enjoy the great view from there. And it’s also a monastery that Monks and Nuns live together, which is so different from other monasteries that only accept monks.

In the end, you will return to Shigatse.

Stay overnight in Shigatse

 

Day 7: Shigatse – Lhasa, 280km, approx. 6-7hrs

There is the last tourist attraction today— Yungdrungling Monastery, it’s a well-known Bonism monastery.

And then, you will start to go back to Lhasa. It’s only 280km from Shigatse to Lhasa, but with the speed-limit regulation, it usually takes 6-7 hours on the way. So please get your camera ready, there are good sights worth shooting.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

 

Day 8: Departure from Lhasa

Your Tibet tour drops the curtain today. Before we send you to the airport or railway station, you can still wander around this old city; make sure all the things you will keep in your memory.

 

Tips:

  1. Drinking more water, having a good rest, getting yourself as light as you can, can help you to acclimatize to the high altitude.
  2. Lhasa has a name of “city of sunshine”, it tells people you are under the fierce sunshine in a long time. So, you must use sunglasses, cap, and sunscreen to arm yourself.
  3. It is cold in EBC, please bring some more clothes.