This is the Classic tour itinerary to visit Lhasa and Everest Base camp. If you are not used to the high altitude, then this is one of the best itineraries that cover the all the Lhasa main tourist sites like Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor street, Drepung and sera monastery with Gyantse Kumbum and Shigatse Tashi Lhunpho monastery.
Tourists can see much natural scenery like beautiful sacred lake Yamdrok tso and karo glacier with beautiful views of Mt. Everest, the highest mountain in the world from Everest Base Camp.
Day to Day Itinerary:
Day 1: Arrival in Lhasa (3650 m). When you arrive in Lhasa either by train or flight, our guide will greet you and take you to your hotel. An route to view the Yarlung Tsangpo River/ Bhamaputra river (the Longest and largest river in tibet) and Lhasa river. After arriving in lhasa , you can take a rest and acclimatize to plateau environment. If you feel to go out, then you can go to the Potala square, where you will enjoy the fountain with different colour and get amazing photos of the Potala and around. Stay overnight in Lhasa.
Day 2: Lhasa Tour - Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Bakor Street. Today's tour will first bring you to the Potala Palace, the winter palace of the Dalai Lama. It has been used since the 7th Century by the 33rd great king of Tibet.The most valuable collection are the gilded burial stupas of past Dalai Lamas and meditation Cave of the 33rd great king of Tibet. After having lunch you will head to Jokhang temple which was founded by the 33rd great king of Tibet in the 7th century, in order to promote the Buddhist religion.Inside you can see the statue of Buddha Sakyamuni at the age of twelve, perhaps the single most venerated object in Tibet Buddhism. Around the temple Barkor street where you can kora (circling the Barkor street) with pilgrims and locals and buy the souvenirs.
Day 3: Lhasa Tour - Drepung monastery and Sera monastery. In the morning, you are going to visit Drepung monastery which was one of the “ three greet” Gelug monasteries of Tibet and was founded in 1416 by Jamyang choge, one of the Tsongkhapa’s main disciples. Ganden palace is used as Dalai lama’s palace in the Drepung before moving to the Potala palace. In the afternoon, visit Sera Monastery, which was one of the “three great” Gelug monasteries of Tibet and was founded in 1419 by Jamchen chojey, one of the Tsongkhapa’s main disciples. The highlight is the Monks debate at around 3 - 5 in the afternoon.
Day 4: Lhasa to Shigatse (3900 m) via Lake Yamdrok, Karo Glacier and Gyantse. Today, we have to drive from Lhasa to Gyantse. On the way, the group will pass over the Gampala pass (4790 m), and tourists will have a glimpse of Yamdrok-tso (4400 m) .The Lake is surrounded by many snow-capped mountain and in the distance you have spectacular views of Holy Mount Nyenchen Khangsar, (7191 m) the highest mountain near Lhasa .We head westward along the lake and drive towards Gyantse. Gyantse was historically Tibet's third largest city (after Lhasa and Shigatse). In Gyantse, we will visit the famous Pelkor Monastery and Gyantse Kumbum. After one and a half hour's driving, we will arrive in Shigatse, which is the second largest city in Tibet. In Shigatse, we’ll visit Tashilunpo Monastery, the seat of Tibet's second highest incarnation, the Panchen Lama.
Day 5: Shigatse to Everest Base Camp (5200) via Lhatse, Gyatso Pass. We’ll leave Shigatse after getting your Alien’s travel permit, and then drive to Lhatse. It is a small town where you can take lunch. After that, you will drive to Shegar and if the weather is clear enough then on the way down to shegar you will view the Mt, Everest in the distance . After 4 to 6 hours then you will arrive at Rongbuk monastery but on the way , you will pass one of the highest passes in Tibet (pang la pass height 5050 m) from that’s pass you will view the whole five highest peaks in the world. Stay overnight at tent or Rongbuk monastery guest house.
Day 6: Everest Base Camp Return to Shigatse (3900 m). In the morning, you can see the sunrise appearing on the top of Mt Everest, and have a full view the magnificent Mt. Everest standing like a snow-capped pyramid in front of you at Rongpuk, which is the vantage point for watching Mt. Everest. Then you may trek from tent to Base camp 4/km one way or go to EBC by local bus. After visiting base camp,tourists can tour Rongphu Monastery which is the highest monastery in the world (5000 m) and belongs to Nyingma sect. After that drive back to Shigatse. Stay overnight in Shigatse.
Day 7: Shigatse to Lhasa (3650 m). Today,we will drive back to Lhasa on the friendship Highway.The whole distance is almost 280 km and it takes 6 hours along the Yarlung Tsangpo River / Bhamaputra river (the Longest and largest river in Tibet). Stay overnight in Lhasa.
Day 8: Depart from Lhasa. The guide will transfer you to the airport or train station and help you get on board.
Supplemental Tour Information:
- Transport in the Tour
- Admission fee of All tourist sites listed in Itinerary
- Environment friendly local bus between Rongpuk and EBC
- Professional Tibetan English speaking tour guide
- Oxygen provided while travelling to EBC
- Hot water bottle provided in winter while travelling to EBC
- Travel Agency Service Charge
- Tourist Accident/Casualty Insurance
- Accommodation and Breakfast: Comfortable Class(3-star Lodging) in Lhasa and Shigatse with breakfasts; Tent or Guest House at Rongpuk with simple breakfast for both comfortable and budget class without breakfast
- Welcome Dinner in Lhasa in local Tibetan Restaurant.
- Lunches and Dinners
- Tips to driver and tour guide, Tip as you wish.
Airfare is not included in the tour price.
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