Trip Itinerary & Travel Details
Day 1 Arrive in Lhasa
Our guide will meet you at the arrival hall of Ghongkhar Airport or Lhasa train station and transfer you to your hotel in Lhasa. Free the rest of the day for you to rest and relax and adjust to the high altitude.
Day 2 Visit Jokhang Temple, Barkor Market Street and Potola Palace (B)
After breakfast, our Lhasa day tour starts with the visit of the world's highest of the ancient palace architecture - the Potala Palace, the "pearl of the plateau," which was founded in the seventh century AD. The Potala Palace was named after Mount Potala. The Potala Palace was the castle of the Tibetan Buddhist leader Dalai Lama until the 14th Dalai Lama fled to Dharamsala, India in 1959. The Potala Palace is listed as a UNESCO's World Heritage site.
The Potala Palace is the symbol of Tibet. It is one of Chinese national key protected cultural relics, is the most important castle in Tibet. It is a museum for materials and articles of Tibetan history, religion, culture and arts. The Potala Palace is well-known for its precious sculptures, murals, scripture, Buddha figures, murals, antiques, and buddhist jewelry collections, they are all the most valuable carrier of Tibetan culturel and art.
You will visit the Jokhang Temple in the afternoon. It is also a UNESCO's World Heritage site. Jokhang Temple is also called Dazhaosi. It was first builded by King Songsten Gampo in about 642, Tubo Dynasty. Jokhang Temple is the holiest site in Tibet and is the ultimate pilgrimage destination for Tibetan Buddhists.
After that you will stroll on the Barkhor street. It is the oldest street in Lhasa. The Barkhor Street is located in the center of Lhasa. It circles the Jokhang Temple. It is one of the must-see places in Tibet. There are a lot of shops along the street were filled with all sorts of unique items. The Barkhor Street, usually regarded as the "Window of Tibet" is famous for its shopping.
After the day tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel in Lhasa.
Day 3 Visit Sera monastery, Drepung Monastery (B)
In the morning, you will start your explorations by visiting Sera monastery: Sera Monastery, built in 1419 during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) , is one of the 'great three' university monasteries of Lhasa. The Sera Monastery is a special branch of Tibetan Buddhism Monastery
of the Gelugpa or Yellow Hat Sect. The monastery is made up of a Great Hall, three colleges (Sear Je college, Sera Negger college and Sera Me) and thirty residential compounds with chapels reserved for monks. There are hundred monks in residence here. Sera Monastery Monastery is famous for its tantric teachings.
After lunch, you will visit Drepung Monastery. 'Drepung Monastery' means Monastery of Collecting-Rice in the Tibetan language. Drepung Monastery is the most important and the biggest monastery of Gelugpa in Tibetan Buddhism. It is located at the foot of Mount Gephel, in the western suburb of Lhasa. It is another one of the "great three" Gelukpa university monasteries of Tibet. Drepung Monastery has great historical importance and significant political influence as well. Drepung is well known as the site of the annual Shoton Festival, with its dramatic giant thangka painting on the hillside.
After the day tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel in Lhasa in the afternoon or early evening.
Day 4 Lhasa/Yamdrotso lake/Gyangtse/Shigatse(B)
Today, you will leave Lhasa for Shigatse. The journey will pass through the green farmland of Nyangchu Valley. You will move westwards and pass by the famous Yamdro-tso lakes, karo-la glacier roadside at 4960m on the way to the second biggest city Shigatse, the Area spiritually hosted by Pamchan Lama.
The most important attraction for today is Yamdro-tso Lake and Kubum monastery in Gyantse. From the top of the pass kangpa-la at 4700m high in clear weather, you can see the fabulous shade of deep turquoise, Yamdro-tso Lake is shaped like coiling scorpion with deep blue in colour. Kubum monastery, means 100,000 images in Tibetan, is the town's foremost attraction, The 35m-high chorten (stupa) with its white layers trimmed with decorative stripes and its crown-like golden dome, is awe-inspiring. You can visit every chambers in the monastery
Day 5: Shigatse/ Lhatse/ Tingri (Shegar)/Tingri/ Rongphu Monastery(B)
Drive westwards the Friendship way to Tingri. On the way you will pass the checking point with your TTB permit, travel permit and passport, and purchase the entrance of Everest Base Camp.
There is about 90km bumpy road from Tingri to Rongpuk, road is under construction. From Tingri to E.B.C with the very rough road, pass the wild grassland, cross the rapids river and high mountains. If it is in clear whether, you can have a glimpse of 4 mountains which is 8000m high or more, such as: Mt. Lhotse(8516m),Mt. Everes(8848m), Mt. Qowowuyag(8201m),Mt Mayalu(8463m).Overnight at Rongphu Monastery Tent
Day 6:Rongphu Monastery/Evrest Base Camp/Zhangmu(B)
Early in the morning to see the sunrise from Rongpuk then to view Mt. Everest. It is fabulous and splendid. After walking arrive the place get on the animal carriage then use half of an hour arrive at Everest Base camp ( Or you also can trekking to Base Camp around 1.5-2 hours one way. It's interesting and much warmer, but hard to breathe). Hiking up to the top of the photo point to take pictures of the splendid- Mt. Everest. Then late in the afternoon around 13:00 go down from E.B.C back to Shegar.then you will go west to Zhangmu with our tour guide.
Overnight in Zhangmu
Day 7: See you off at Nepalese Border.(B)
Our Guide will drop you off at next morning at the border bridge, You are kindly required to hike on your own to cross the border bridge which is 50ms long, then check in Nepal side, you can get the Nepal visa upon arrival with 30USD, please prepare one photo at passport size to get Nepal Visa. Next step, you need to find a car or bus towards Kathmandu, 50ms ahead from border bridge,dezens of car or bus are parking here to pick up travelers;3000 Nepali Rupee for a taxi rental to Kathmandu(50USD) , 50 Nepali Rupee(Appro.1USD) for a bus seat. usually, travlers tend to take taxi, because compared with bus, taxi only takes 3-4 hours, 120km to Kathmandu, it is cleaner and faster than bus which takes 7-8 hours making a detour to country side and stoped many times enroute; End tour at Nepalese Border.