Day 1: Arrive in Lhasa by air, get the first impression of Tibetan daily life
Day 2: Sightseeing in Lhasa [B]
Day 3: Sightseeing in Lhasa [B]
Day 4: Drive to Tsedang from Lhasa [B]
Day 5: Drive to Gyantse from Tsedang [B]
Day 6: Gyantse/Shigatse [B]
Day 7: Shigatse-Shegar [B]
Day 8: Shegar /Rongbuk Monastery / Mt. Everest Base Camp/Nyelan[B]
Day 9: Nyalan/Kathmandu [B]
Highlights:spectacular scenery and typical Tibetan villages along the way
Welcome to Tibet! Upon your arrival at the airport, you will be greeted with a Tibetan scarf Hada in a traditional way which will bring you good luck in the following days. Then transfer to your hotel. Just lie on bed for adapting to the high altitude. It is helpful to take things easy for the first few days, and try to drink more water. Look forward to the second day’s sightseeing in Lhasa.
Highlights: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street,
First day of sightseeing from Lhasa’s cardinal mark—Potala Palace. You first sight of the Potala will still be an awe-inspiring moment. Drop a visit of Jokhang Temple in the afternoon, which is the spiritual center of Tibet and one of the oldest buiding. Everyday, pilgrims from every corner of Tibet trek a long distance to the temple which is the product of Han, Tibetan and Nepalese architectural techniques. Then you will visit Barkhor Bazaar nearby the temple, the oldest street in a very traditional city in Tibet also there is a big free market with its prolific stalls for selling local specialties.
Highlights: Drepung Monastery, catch the famous debate sessions of the monks in Sera monastery.
Today visit once world’s largest monastery housing with about 10,000 monks--Drepung Monastery, aobut 8km west of center Lhasa. At the plat roof of hillside, you can have very good views of the whole Lhasa city and the distant mountains. Then drive to Sera Monastery to catch the “Buddhism Scriptures Debating Session” in Sera which is very famous.
Highlights: Yumbulakang and Trundruk monastery
Today we will drive to Tsedang, located by YarlungValley, is the capital of ShannanPrefecture. It's reputed as "the cradle of Tibetan Civilization", mainly for two reasons: First, the mild weather and fertile land in Shannan gestated the great Tibet dynasty. Second, it's the birthplace of the first Tibetans who were Said to be the offspring of a monkey and a demoness. So Tsedang literally means "monkey's playground".
Highlights: Samye Monastery, fabulous scenery of turquoise Lake and Karola glacier, a close touch with locals
Samye Monastery is at the foot of Mt. Haibusi, on the north bank of the Yaluzangbu River in Jialang county. Being the 1st monastery, belongs to the Nyingmapa and Sakyapa Sects., was built in 761. The 5th Tobu King Chisong DuoSan sent envoys to Kashmir and India to invite famous lamars to teach Buddhism in Tibet. It is Said that the monastery was destroyed by fire and was rebuilt three hundred years as the residence of the 6th Dalai Lamar. Finally it was completed by Rating Rimpoche. The monastery had been combined the Chinese, Tibetan and Indian styles, in the centre of the monastery is a big square 3-storey hall with a floor space of over 8,900 square metres. The first floor is of Tibetan style, the 2nd Chinese and the 3rd Indian. To the direction of the 4 comers of the hall, 4 towers were built respectively in red, white,green and black colors.
On the Kamba La (4.796 m) have a fantastic view of the holy lake Yamdrok (4441 m), one of the three holy lakes in Tibet and the largest habitat of waterfowls in south Tibet.
Then continue to Gyantse, if you are interested in, you could have a closed touch with Tibetan locals, visit their house, have a chat with them, see how they turn the yak dung into a good fuel, or how they gather in the harvest, different season different activities. You can enjoy NingjinkangSang Snow Mountain and Karola Glacier from a distance on the way as well. Yamdrok Lake is one of the three holy lakes in Tibet. The other two are Namtso Lake and Basontso Lake.
Overnight in Gyantse.
Highlights: Pelkor Monastery and Kumbum Stupa, the seat of Panchen Lama,
Have a tour to Pelkor Monastery and Kumbum Stupa and then head to Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet and also the seat of Panchen Lama. It is a good place to hang out, explore the nearby monasteries and enjoy a beer or tea in the Tenzin Hotel while gazing across at the ruins of the Shigatse Dzong fort. Tashilumpo is also a highlight of Tibet and is Shigatse’s foremost attraction. There is also a very famous free market in Shigatse.
Highlights: Sakya monastery
Today we drive to Shegar and overnight here. En route visit Sakya monastery, which is divided into the south and north two parts. It is of typical Yuan Dynasty style of resembling castles. There are a lot of historical articles in the monastery, among them are found a lot of the imperial certificates, gold signets, crowns, costumes bestowed by the Yuan Dynasty emperors. It has over 10,000 volumes of Tibetan books on astronomy, medicine, calligraphy, and history. So the Sakya monastery enjoys the title ‘the second Dun Huang Cave.’
Highlights: Rongbuk Monastery, Mt. Everest Base Camp
Although it's just 100km from Shegar to Everest Base Camp (5200m), it takes about 4 hours since the cracked winding roads demand much caution. But the views are stupendous on a clear day, and feature a huge sweep of the Himalaya range including peaks over 8000, Makalu, Lhotse, Everest, Gyachung and Cho Oyu. En route you will visit Rongbuk Monastery. Have a short stop there then drive to EBC (Everest Base Camp). When you finally get to Base Camp, the first sight of the mighty Everest simply leaves you speechless. All the hardship you bear along the way makes sense at this while.
If the weather is nice, you can see the true face of Mt. Everest. Marvelous! And then drive to Nyalam. Fascinating!
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