Duration: 10 Days

Favorable season:Spring, summer, autumn

 

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 on exploring the Everest Base Camp tours. There is another surprise in this package, the holy Lake Namtso. It’s the highest salt lake in the world. You can see the amazing landscape from “heaven”. In the last, you can enjoy the bath in hot spring at Yampachen, which will wash out the exhaustion of your body and mind.

 

At a Glance

Day 1: Arrival in Lhasa (3680m)

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

Day 3: Lhasa sightseeing— Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery

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

Yamdroktso Lake, Karola Glacier, Pala Manor

Day 5: Gyantse-Shigatse(3840m), 96km, approx. 2hrs

Pelkor Chöde Monastery with Gyantse Kumbum, Gyantse Dzong, Shalu Monastery

Day 6: Shigatse -Tingri -Rongbuk –EBC(5200m), 350km, approx. 7hrs

Tashilhunpo Monastery, sunset of golden Everest peak

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

Sunrise of Everest Peak, Everest Base Camp, Rongbuk Monastery

Day 8: Shigatse-Namtso lake (4600m), 380km, approx. 7.5hrs

Namtso Lake

Day 9: Namtso – Yampachen(4300m) – Tsurphu(4300m) – Lhasa(3680m), 250km

Yampachen Hot Springs, Tsurphu Monastery

Day 10: 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.

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 – Drepung monastery, Sera monastery

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

Tibet is a mystic place not only because of the awe-inspiring landscape but also the strong religious atmosphere. So, you can see temples everywhere. Drepung monastery, in Tibetan language, it means “rice collecting” as its appearance is like a pile of rice from the distance. Drepung monastery is a Gelugpa monastery, which is the largest monastery in Tibet as well. There were more than 10 thousand monks lived in before Tibet liberation.

Sera Monastery was 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

You’ll start to drive to 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. “Red River Valley” is one of those films. And you still can see a huge hole in the glacier now caused by the explosion scenes.

Located about 4km southwest of Gyantse, there is an old manor which belonged to the rich Tibetan aristocratic family Paji Lacan. It’s called Pala Manor. There were three old Tibetan nobles in the past, but this manor is the only one well-preserved. Tourists can pay a visit and see how the noble lived in the old times.

You will arrive Gyantse after passing Simila Mountain Pass.

Stay overnight in Gyantse

 

Day 5: Gyantse-Shigatse(3840m), 96km, approx. 2hrs

Gyantse is the third largest city in Tibet.

In the morning, you will pay a visit to Pelkor Monastery with Gyantse Kum-bum and then see the Gyantse Fortress from a distance.

After that, you will have a close contact with the Tibetan history, because you are going to Gyantse Dzong, the hero city that witnessed the fierce resistance. Tibetan people defended their home against British aggression with crude weapons in 1904.

Then you will start to go to Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet.

Shalu Monastery is located in Southeast of Shigatse, 26km from downtown. It’s the main monastery of Tibetan Buddhism Xia Lupa.

Stay overnight in Shigatse

 

Day 6: 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.)

everest tour

 

Day 7: 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 8: Shigatse-Namtso lake (4600m), 380km, approx. 7.5hrs

Today you will go to Namtso, the highest lake in the world. Namtso is “heaven” in the Tibetan language, when you get there you will know why Tibetan people gave her this name. You will be intoxicated in the breathtaking scenery. You can spend one night there, it’s only the basic accommodation but will reconnect you to nature. And you won’t want to miss the wonderful sunrise the next day. The great feeling will bring you an inner peace.

Stay overnight in guestroom at the lakeside   

 

Day 9: Namtso – Yampachen(4300m) – Tsurphu(4300m) – Lhasa(3680m), 250km

After the eight days, I think you must be tired. But no worries, today you will go to Yampachen, the famous hot spring city. The hot spring water in Yampachen is very rare with therapeutic effects. Please image taking a bath under the blue sky, it will release your exhaustion definitely.

In the afternoon, there is the last attraction on this tour, Tsuphu Monastery. It’s the main monastery of Karma Kargyu, and the system of Tibetan Buddhism reincarnation was originated from here. Since the first living Buddha that admitted by China Government after the Cultural Revolution come from here, Tsuphu Monastery has a rapid development, there are already more than 400 monks until now.

You will return to Lhasa after all sightseeing.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

 

Day 10: Departure from Lhasa

Your Tibet tour drops the curtains 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 and Namtso, please bring some more clothes.
  4. The bath charge is at your side, while we include the entry fee of Yampachen. It’s from CNY 50-100 per person for different effects.