Day 1: Arrive in Lhasa (alt. 3600m)
Day 2: Tour of Lhasa [B]
Day 3: another day tour in Lhasa [B]
Day 4: Lhasa/Gyantse/Shigatse
Day 5: Shigatse/Old Tingri
Day 6: Trekking Old Tingri—Lungchang
Day 7: Trekking Lungchang—Drokpa
Day 8: Trekking Drokpa—Draka Chu
Day 9: Trekking Draka Chu—Rongbuk
Day 10: Rongbuk/ Shigatse
Day 11: Shigaste/ Lhasa
Day 12: Say goodbye to Lhasa
Drive to Gyantse, the famous historical city in Tibet, along the Kyichu River. On the Ganba La (4,796 m) have a fantastic view of the holy lake of Yamdrok Yumtso (4441 m). Upon arrival, have a tour to Gyantse Dzong, then the Pelkor Monastery and Kumbum Stupa. Then continue to drive to get to Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet.
In the morning drive to Old Tingri (4.350 m; approx. 300 km) over Tso-La (4500m) and Gyatso-La (5252m). On the way, if the time is permitting, make an excursion to visit the Sakya Monastery (4.280 m). Sakya, the master monastery of the Striped Sect, is well famed with its long history, large-scale construction complex and great influence in Tibet history. Its North Monastery was built in 1073 and named Sakya (meaning “gray” in Tibetan) as it was situated on a gray mountain. What we see today is the Sakya South Monastery built in 1269 by Phagpa. The outside walls of the monastery were painted with red, white and gray, symbolizing Avalokitesvara, Manjushri and Vajrapani. In the afternoon arrive in Old Tingri, meet trek guide and crew. Camping
O/N: Camp only [B+L+D] Trek up Drakaa Chhu River to Rongbuk Monastery (5030 m). With an altitude of 5,030 meters it is the highest temple in the world. It was said the Rongbuk Monastery had been built as early as the time of the Fifth Dalai Lama. Mount Everest, which stands 8,848 meters (29,021 ft) above sea level, is often referred to as 'the third pole on earth'. Being the world's highest peak, its legendary status holds a fascination to many trekkers and mountaineers.
After the morning view of the Mt. Everest, we may drive our way back to Shigaste. Today will be a comparative long driving en route.
Airport or train station transfer: The free airport pick-up is at 3:20 p.m. These are the most common times in and out of Lhasa, but if you would like to schedule a different time enter/leave Tibet we will be happy to arrange that. Please ask your travel consultant for the price.
Accommodation: stay in comfortable hotels in Tibet
Meals: mainly Breakfast. See detailed itinerary for complete listing.
English Speaking Guide: All of our guides are local Tibetans with infectious smiles and a passion for sharing their homeland. From them you'll receive extensive information about the history, geography, culture, religion, traditions, art and music.
Vehicle Rental & Driver: All of our vehicles are well maintained and safe. Our drivers are experienced in driving in the Tibetan landscape. Vehicle type will be arranged according to group size.
Travel Permits: All Tibet traveling permits.
Entrance Fees: All entrance fees listed in the itinerary, (except optional sites) including vehicle and personal entry permit for Qomolangma Nature Preserve
Transportation to and from Tibet.
Other services of non-Tibet parts
Private expense like laundry, IDD calls, drinks in the room, etc.
Extra expenses incurred due to unexpected natural events (delays, road washouts, etc.)
Meals not specified in the tour itinerary
Tips for the tour guide and driver