Duration: 12 Days

Favorable season:Spring, summer, autumn

 

Overview

This is a rich package that including the most popular attractions in Tibet, like the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Drepung Monastery, Sakya Monastery, etc.. And the focus of the tour is the four days Everest Base Camp Trek Tour from Tingri. This may be a dream of a lifetime to many people. The total distance is 70km with the altitude from 4400m-5200m. So, it’s really a challenge. But you will never regret if you complete it. It’s not only about the body, but also a spiritual sublimation. When you are back to Lhasa, you can 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 sightseeing— Drepung Monastery, Sera monastery

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

Yamdroktso Lake, Karola Glacier, Pelkor Chöde Monastery with Gyantse Kum bum, Gyantse Dzong

Day 5: Shigatse -Tingri(4300m), 237km, approx. 5hrs— Tashilhunpo Monastery

Day 6: Tingri-EBC(5200m) Trek-①Tingri-Lungchang(4510m), 12km, approx. 5hrs

Tingri plain, Ra-chu Valley

Day 7: ②Lungchang- Nam-La(5150m), 21km, approx. 8hrs— Nam-La Valley

Day 8: ③Nam-La- Zommug (4790m), 22km, approx. 8hrs

Day 9: ④Zommug- Rongbuk (5100m) and EBC (5200m), 15km, approx. 6hrs

Rongbuk Monastery, EBC

Day 10: EBC- Shegar(4200m)- Lhtase(4050m)- Sakya(4346m), 327km, approx. 8hrs

Sakya Monastery

Day 11: Sakya- Nyemo(3800m)- Lhasa, 417km, approx. 9hrs

Tibetan Incense Workshop in Nyemo, Tibetan family visit in Lhasa

Day 12: 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 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

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

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 “lake of swan” 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.

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.

Stay overnight in Shigatse

 

Day 5: Shigatse -Tingri(4300m), 237km, approx. 5hrs

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

And then, the driver will take you to the old Tingri county, from where you can have a good rest night for the next 4 days trekking.

Stay overnight in old Tingri

 

Day 6: Tingri-EBC(5200m) Trek-Tingri-Lungchang(4510m), 12km, approx. 5hrs

The biggest highlight of this excursion comes today. After breakfast, you are hiking towards to Everest Base Camp. We divide this 70km into 4 parts. Today we will have 12km first. We will pass the Tingri plain and Ra-chu Valley, and camp in Lungchang.

Camping in Lungchang

 

Day 7: Lungchang- Nam-La(5150m), 21km, approx. 8hrs

You may get used to it after trekking of the first day. So, we will gain a little more mission on the second day. 21km, from Lungchang to Nam-La pass, perhaps you will feel it’s much longer than 21km as it’s all uphill road.

Camping at Nam-la valley

 

Day 8: Nam-La- Zommug (4790m), 22km, approx. 8hrs

Keep going! 22km today, from Nam-La valley to Zommug, a small valley on half way up the mountain. It’s a barren land, but you can see the good sunset from there. Oh, and you can meet lovely yaks.

Camping at Zommug

 

Day 9: Zommug- Rongbuk (5100m) and EBC (5200m), 15km, approx. 6hrs

Cheer up! You will see the great Mt. Everest Base Camp today! After trekking 11km, you will get to Rongbuk Monastery(5154m), the highest monastery in the world. 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 a little rest, you will start the last 4km to EBC. With the weather permits, you can see the stunning sunset of golden Everest peak at the lodging area.

Stay at Tent guesthouse

 

Day 10: EBC- Shegar(4200m)- Lhtase(4050m)- Sakya(4346m), 327km, approx. 8hrs

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 go to Sakya county via Shegar (new Tingri) and Lhtase.

Sakya Monastery is the last scenic spot 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 Sakya

 

Day 11: Sakya- Nyemo(3800m)- Lhasa, 417km, approx. 9hrs

Today you will start to go back to Lhasa.

When we pass Nyemo county, you may visit Tibetan Incense Workshop. Nyemo is a small county, but the Tibetan Language is originated from there. Tibetan incense is one on of the treasures of Nyemo.

It takes around 3 hours to drive to Lhasa from Nyemo. In the evening, 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 12: 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.
  4. For trekking, a pair of hiking shoes is necessary.