Day 1: Lhasa. Arrival either by train or flight, pick up and transfer to a guest house near Barkhor Square. Acclimatize yourself to the high altitude (3700 m) at guest house or take an easy walk in the evening to see the heart of Lhasa. You can either eat in the guest house or at a local restaurant with the help of your guide.
Day 2: Lhasa. Tour starts from the religious Potala Palace built in the 7th century by the famous Tibetan king-Songtzen Gampo. The present one was built by the 5th Dalai Lama in the 17th century. It became known as the "Winter Palace" by the 1750, when the 7th Dalai Lama built the Norbulingka Park as his summer residence. After lunch, you will visit Jokhang Temple, situated in the old section of Lhasa. King Songtzen Gampo built this temple in the mid-7th century A.D. Now it is the most sacred place in Tibet. Pilgrims come here to pay homage from all over Tibet. Visit Barkhore Street in the evening.
Day 3: Lhasa. Full day sightseeing takes you to Drepung Monastery. "Drepung" in Tibetan means the hill of rice because this white Monastery looks like a big hill of rice. This monastery occupies an area of 150,000 square meters with 7700 lamas and becomes the largest monastery in Asia. After that, you will visit Norbulingka Park. In 1752, the 7th Dalai Lama built the first palace here for successive Dalai Lamas to carry out their political and religious activities during the summer season. Then, our guide will take you to visit a local Tibetan family and Tibetan carpet workshop for free.
Day 4: Lhasa-Namtso. Day tour to Namtso Lake via Yangpachen hot-spring. On the way you will see Nyenchen Thanglha snow mountain ranges, and also you will pass the Nagela Pass. Namtso Lake is the sky lake which is one of the three holy lakes, and also the highest salt lake. You can do a bit trekking at the lake side. On the way back, you will have a chance to have hot-spring at Yangbachen. Overnight in Lhasa.
Day 5: Lhasa-Shigatse. Drive to Gyantse after breakfast. On the way, dazzling Yamdrok-tso Lake can be seen from the summit of the Kamba-la pass (4794 m). Yamdrok is one of Three Holy Lake in Tibet. When you arrive at Gyantse, visit Pelkor Chode Monastery. The Monastery is founded in 1418, notable for its superb Kumbum Chode(10,000 Images Stupa). Transferred to Shigatse later.
Day 6: Shigatse–EBC. Early morning visit Tashilunpo Monastery and then drive to Rongphu via Lhatse and Shegar, cross over Gyatsola and Pangla Pass, where you will see the Himalaya mountain ranges in a clear day. Rongphu is the highest monastery in Tibet, still a good point to see Mt. Everest. Afternoon start trekking from Rongphu to E.B.C, it takes about 2 hours. Or you can take a local sightseeing bus. If you would like, you can appreciate the sundown at EBC and then drive back Rongbuk Monastery.
Day 7: EBC-Zhangmu. If you are lucky enough, you will see sunrise at E.B.C. Late morning start driving to Zhangmu.
Day 8: Zhangmu–Next destination. Leaving Tibet. Morning Friendship Bridge dropping off. End the trip.
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