Duration: 7 Days

Favorable season:Spring, summer, autumn, winter

 

Overview

En route, Tourists will start from the capital city of Tibet— Lhasa to Everest Base Camp, and then Sakya county, in the end back to Lhasa. Except for the world-known Mt. Everest, which is also the biggest interest in this itinerary, you can see some other famous attractions, such as the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Rongbuk Monastery, Sakya Monastery, and so on. Besides, you can explore the old market of Barkhor street and visit Tibetan family, to get close contact with Tibetan culture and lifestyle.

 

At a Glance

Day 1: Arrival in Lhasa (3680m)

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

Day 3: Lhasa-Shigatse(3840m)- Lhatse(4050m), 276km, approx. 7hrs

Tashilhunpo Monastery

Day 4: Lhatse-Tingri -Rongbuk –EBC(5200m), 190km, approx. 5hrs

EBC, sunset of golden Everest peak, Rongbuk Monastery

Day 5: EBC-Sakya(4316m)-Shigatse, 350km, approx. 7hrs

Sunrise of Everest Peak, Sakya Monastery

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

Tibetan family visit

Day 7: 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 wondering 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 in 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-Shigatse(3840m)- Lhatse(4050m), 276km, approx. 7hrs

Today you will go to Lhatse county via Shigatse.

After 6-8 hours of driving, you will arrive at Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet. And then you are going to see the Tashilunpo Monastery. It’s famous as the home of Panchen Lama and the largest Buddhism school in Shigatse.

It takes about 3 hours to get to Lhatse county, and you will spend the night there.

Stay overnight in Lhatse

 

Day 4: Lhatse-Tingri -Rongbuk –EBC(5200m), 190km, approx. 5hrs

The biggest highlight of this excursion comes today. After breakfast, you are ahead to Everest Base Camp via Tingri and Rongbuk.

First of all, you will see the highest monastery in the world—Rongbuk Monastery(5154m). Please enjoy the great view of Mt. Everest 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.

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

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 guest house in winter (Nov. – Apr.)

 

Day 5: EBC-Sakya(4316m)-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, your will return to Shigatse via Sakya county.

Sakya Monastery is the last attraction in this itinerary. It’s the main monastery of Tibetan Buddhism Sakyapa. “Sakya” means “grey and white soil” in the Tibetan language. People used red, white and cyan pigment to paint the wall, that’s why they also call Sakyapa as “Colors of Buddhism”.

Stay overnight in Shigatse

 

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

Today 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.

When you arrive at Lhasa, you can visit some local Tibetan family, to eat Tibetan food and drink famous buttered tea. Even you can sleep in their home, to be a real Tibetan resident and enjoy the authentic Tibetan life.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

 

Day 7: 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.