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Itinerary Name: 8 Days Adventure Tour in Tibet – Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse, Base Camp to Mt. Everest
Day 1
Arrival in Lhasa by Train or Flight in the Late Afternoon or Night
Meal:Not included in the quotation
Hotel:In Lhasa

Your private guide, car and driver will meet you at Lhasa Railway Station or Lhasa Gongga Airport and take you directly to your hotel in downtown Lhasa. Relax and enjoy the fantastic scenery along the Lhasa River on the way.   

 

You are advised to take a good rest, eat simply, and drink some water on the arrival day to acclimatize.

 

Day 2
Sightseeing In Lhasa
Meal:Not included in the quotation
Hotel:In Lhasa

Heavenly Palace Tour

The first day of sightseeing in Lhasa starts from Lhasa’s cardinal landmark – Potala Palace, a structure of massive portions. Its towering image already appearing on various occasions, but your first sight of the Potala will still be an awe-inspiring moment.

 

Your guide knows the best spots for taking photos of the Potala.

  

Some 2 km to the east of the Potala is the most revered religious structure in Tibet – Jokhang Temple - the most sacred temple in Tibet, which attracts pilgrims from all parts of Tibet to prostrate themselves in front of the temple. Bustling with worshippers and redolent with mystery, the Jokhang is an unrivalled experience. 

 

The views of the Potala Palace from the rooftop of Jokhang Temple is breathtaking. Your guide will definitely take you there for great photos. 

  

The quadrangle of streets surrounding the Jokhang is the Barkhor – Lhasa ’s  most interesting pilgrimage circuit. This area of the Old Town is both the spiritual heart of Lhasa and the main commercial district for Tibetans. 

  

More about Potala palace at Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Potala_Palace 

More about Jokhang Temple at Wikipeida: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jokhang_Temple 

More about Barkhor at Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barkhor

Day 3
Sightseeing In Lhasa
Meal:Not included in the quotation
Hotel:In Lhasa

Buddhist Wonderland Tour 

Today you will visit Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery and Tibet Museum.

 

The Drepung Monastery was established in 1416 by Tsong Khapa (the founder of Gelugpa Sect, the most important sect of Buddhism in Tibet)s disciple Jamyang Qoigyi, who was versed in both Esoteric and Exotoric Buddhism and became the first Kampo (head lama) there. With the support of plutocrats, it developed as the richest monastery of Gelugpa and became the mother temple of Dalai Lamas. In 1546, the third Dalai was welcomed as the first Living Buddha into the monastery. At the invitation of Mongolias king, he went to Qinghai Province to preach. He was dignified with the title the third Dalai Lama the first and second Dalai were entitled, too. It is the very place that the second, third, and the fourth Dalai Lama held the Sitting-in-Bed Ceremony, as well as the residence of the fifth Dalai before his nomination by the government of the Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911). Supported by the Army of the first Emperor of Qing Dynasty in Beijing, 5th Dala Lama became the king for both monks and common people in whole Tibet and moved to Potala Palace from Drepung Monastery.

More about Drepung Monastery at Wikipeida: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drepung_Monastery 

  

Sera Monastery lies at the foot of a mountain in the northern outskirts of Lhasa. It was founded in 1419 by Jamchen Choje, one of the eight disciples of Tsong Khapa, the founder of Gelugpa Sect, the most important sect of Buddhism in Tibet, covering an area of 114,964 square metres. The structure is imposing, picturesque, and splendid in green and gold. Sera Monastery, together with Ganden Monastery and Drepung Monastery in Lhasa, are reputed as the Three Great Monasteries of Tibet. It is very famous for The “Buddhism Scriptures Debating” in the Buddhist Collage in the Monastery. 

More about Sera Monastery at Wikipeida: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sera_Monastery 

  

Located in the west of Lhasa city, the Tibet Museum covers an area of 23,508 square meters (5.8 acres) including the exhibition area of 10,451 square meters (2.6 acres). The museum is equipped with modern facilities to ensure quality service for visitors and safety and efficient administration of the museum itself. Here exhibits are introduced in Japanese, English, Tibetan, and Chinese, in order to accommodate visitors from all over the world.

More about Tibet Museum at Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tibet_Museum_(Lhasa)

 

Day 4
Lhasa - Yamdrok Lake - Gyantse – Shigatse
Meal:Not included in the quotation
Hotel:In Shigatse

Today’s drive is around 360 km / 6.5 hrs.

 

Yamdroktso Lake (4441m), one of Tibets three holy lakes, is located 110km outside of Lhasa. The road to it is mostly mountain road, winding and bumpy, even thrilling somewhat. After about 3.5 hours driving, climbing over the snow pass of Kambala (4730m) when you can view some major white peaks in the eastern regions of Himalaya to the south and the young Norjing Gang Sang Spiritual Snow Mountain Range to the west, the dazzling Yamdroktso Lake just lies several hundred meters below the road, and in clear weather is a fabulous shade of deep turquoise. Far in the distance is the huge massif of Mt. Nojin Kangtsang (7191m). 

  

Descending from the Lookout, down close to the lake and driving passing the local nomadic and farming villages as far as to the western edge of Yamdrok lake where you have your lunch break at Nagar Tse. After lunch continue your scenic driving to Karo La Pass (5050 metres ) where you have your first high altitude adventure experience of Norjing Gang Sang Glacier Peak.

Then you will arrive in Gyantse city (3850 m). You will visit the local historical and the cultural centers, The Palkhor Chode Monastery including the Kumbum Stupa (the only survival with such distinctive structure and the thousands of art works ). Then you will drive through Nying Chu Valley, passing local farming Tibetan villages. Arrive at Shigatse (3800 m high) in the evening. (It will take around 2 hours from Gyantse to Shigatse by car.)

More about Yamdrok Lake at Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yamdrok_Lake
More about Palkhor Chode Monastery at Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palcho_Monastery

  

Day 5
Shigatse - Shekar - Rombuk Monastery
Meal:Not included in the quotation
Hotel:In Rombuk Monastery

Today’s drive is 400km / 8 hrs.

 

Leaving Shigatse town and continue to drive westward on the friendship highway, pass the 5220 m high Gyatsola Pass to Dingri Shekar. Then continue your overland trip to Rongbuk Monastery.

   

Crossing Gyawu La Pass where you have panoramic view (if weather permits ) of the greatest part of the Himalayas.

 

After arriving at Rombuk in the late afternoon, you can visit the Base Camp to Everest which is not far from the Monastery.

  

Overnight at Rongbuk Monastery guest house (dorms without shower, no air-conditioning, no clean quilt and toilet, toilet outside, maybe many people stay in one room. If it is full, maybe you will have to stay in the monk’s bedroom – the condition is kind of poor. ). Because it is very high, we believe it is very hard to fall into asleep this night, maybe you will feel headache and hard breath all night. But stars are very bright. Maybe the Yaks just sleep outside of your window. It is not just the trip of a lifetime, but also the experience of a lifetime.  

 

More about Rongbuk Monastery at Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rongbuk_Monastery  

More about Base Camp at Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Everest_Base_Camp#North_Base_Camp_in_Tibet

Day 6
Rongbuk Monastery - Shigatse
Meal:Not included in the quotation
Hotel:In Shigatse

Today’s drive is 400km / 8 hrs.

 

You will have a beautiful morning in the Rongbuk Monastery. Enjoy the sun-rising over Mt. Everest and spend some more time there. Afterwards you will head back to Shigatse.

 

 

Day 7
Shigatse - Lhasa
Meal:Not included in the quotation
Hotel:In Lhasa

Today’s drive is around 280kms / 5hrs. 

 

In the morning, You will visit the second most important temple in Tibet, Tashilhunpo Temple. Afterwards drive back to Lhasa, taking the main-friendship high way by the side of the Yalung Tsangpo River and Enjoy the breathtaking scenery on the way. Overnight in Lhasa. 

 

Tashilhunpo Monastery, founded in 1447 by Gendun Drup, the First Dalai Lama, is a historic and culturally important monastery in Shigatse, the second-largest city in Tibet. The monastery is the traditional seat of successive Panchen Lamas, the second highest ranking tulku lineage in the Gelukpa tradition (the most important sect in Buddhism in Tibet). The "Tashi" or Panchen Lama had temporal power over three small districts, though not over the town of Shigatse itself, which was administered by a dzongpon (prefect) appointed from Lhasa. Located on a hill in the center of the city, the full name in Tibetan of the monastery means: "all fortune and happiness gathered here" or "heap of glory".

More about Tashilhunpo Monastery at Wikipeida: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tashilhunpo_Monastery

  

Day 8
Leave Lhasa
Meal:
Hotel:

Pack your baggage and say goodbye to Tibet. Transfer to the Konggar Airport in Lhasa along the beautiful Lhasa River for your return flight back to your sweet home.(If you plan to fly to Shanghai, your flight will be via Chengdu or Chongqing or Xi’an.)