Day to day itinerary
This trip is one of the most popular adventure tours in the world as its visitors cross the mighty Himalayas and view the panorama of the world’s highest peaks. Upon your arrival to the holy city of Lhasa, you will be greeted by the lovely blue sky and impressive glimpses of many monasteries. We will spend a couple of days in Lhasa, appreciating its prominent historical and religious sites like the breathtaking Potala Palace, divine Jokhang Temple, as well as the expansive Drepung and Sera monasteries. These first couple of days also tend to help many of our visitors recover from jet-lag. Before we embark on our journey into the Himalayan region, we will view the holy Yamdrok lake, beautiful Karo la glaciers, mystical Gyantse Khubum stupa and the Tashi Lhunpo monastery. These sites will repeatedly stir you with astonishment and appreciation and will keep the trip memorable throughout our eight- day excursion. After seeing the gorgeous golden face of the sun as it reflects off the Mount Everest, we will drive to back to Lhasa.
DAY 01. ARRIVAL IN LHASA EITHER BY AIR OR TRAIN AND MEET WITH YOUR FELLOW TRAVELERS
A short flight into Tibet give you a panorama of the snowy Himalayan ranges or the days of train ride over the high plateau by crossing mighty Thangu la ranges get you to Lhasa with beautiful sceneries along the route, your arrival at the Gonggar airport or Lhasa Train Station will be greeted by our Tibetan guide and driver and transfer to your hotel in Lhasa city, from the airport to Lhasa it is about 60km and it takes less than an hour through the recently built, from the train station it is only 25km and it takes about half hour, check in the hotel and may be meet with other fellow travelers, then take it easy for the rest of the day to acclimatize and alleviate the jet lag. Overnight in Lhasa.
(Note: If you shares the pick-up transportation with other travelers in the group then sometimes you may have to wait at the airport in case their flights delayed)
DAY 02. LHASA ESCORTED TOUR.
Attractions; Potala palace, Jokhang temple and bustling Bakhor street.
Today is the your first day on the high plateau and some of you may have little head ach which is very common for travelers by the high altitude, so drinking enough water and mild activity on the first few days is recommendable. In the morning our guide will meet you at the hotel and take an easy visit to Jokhang Temple in the centre of the Old Lhasa city. Jokhang temple is one of the most scared temple in all over Tibet and it is always bustling with earnest local pilgrims since from early days. After that you have time to walk around the Bakhor street which is the one of the most devotional circuit as well as crowded central market of Lhasa, during the old days it is the most famous local market but now it is changed to tourist gift shopping centre. In the afternoon we will visit the famous Potala Palace, the cardinal landmark of Tibet and the masterpiece of Tibetan architecture, it was first built by 33rd King Songtsen Gangpo in 7th century and later in 17th century rebuilt by 5th Dalai Lama, since then it was home to the Dalai Lama and his government. Walking though the long steps are quite challenging but it is worthwhile to leave your foot steps in the spiritual palace of God of compassion which listed in the world heritage in 1994. Continues acclimatize and alleviate jet lag rest of the day. Overnight in Lhasa.
DAY 03. LHASA ESCORTED TOUR
Attractions; Drepung monastery and Sera monastery.
Today we will visit Drepung Monastery in the morning, once the world’s largest monastery that housed for more than 10,000 monks, it was resident of the Dalai Lama prior to Potala Palace, but several destructions were taken place in different time but still you have lots of things to see by walking through numbers of narrow and twisted lane through the monks apartments is thrilling. The amazing day will ended with a visit to the Sera Monastery, it is built in the fifteenth century by the Jamchen choji Sakya Yeshi who is disciple of Tsongka pa, few different monastic colleges in Sera is home to several hundred monks from different part of Tibet, the famous Buddhist philosophical debates among the monks are happening everyday in the afternoon except Sunday. Continues acclimatize and alleviate jet lag rest of the day. Overnight in Lhasa.
DAY 04 LHASA(3600m) – GYANTSE (3900m) – SHIGATSE(3900m), 350 km, 7hrs.
Attractions; Yamdrok lake, Mt.Nyechen Kangsar glacier, Gyantse Kubum stupa and Pelkhor Choede monastery.
We start drive toward south west, through the zigzag road climb up the Kampa la pass (4700m), from there you will be amazed by the breathtaking glimpse of the holy Yamdrok lake with its turquoise color and snow capped Mt.Nyenchen Khangsar in the distance, then continues drive along the lake for few kilometers get us to the lunch stop at Nagar tse. The rest of the day will be spent enjoying the many magnificent valleys and exquisite Tibetan villages that pass through; en route we will stop at Karo la (5150m) to see the holy mount Nyenchen Kangsar glacier. Arrival at Gyantse, we visit Kumbum stupa and Palkhor Choede monastery, this magnificent multi-door structure is the largest stupa in Tibet, it is not only well known for its architecture but also its old sculptures and paintings all around its inner walls, late afternoon drive to Shigatse which is only 90km. Overnight in Shigatse.
DAY 05. SHIGATSE (3900m) – EBC(5200m), 350km, 7hrs.
Attractions; Rongbuk monastery and Mt. Everest base camp.
Today we will drive straight to EBC by crossing several passes along the way, you will have the first views of mighty Himalayans from the pass of Gyatso la(5400m) after Lhatse and distant view of Mt. Everest from its viewing point soon after climb down Gyatso la, shortly after the border check point at Shegar, turn off the Friendship Highway and drive toward south in the valley, cross over the Gawu la pass[5250m] through zigzags road, from the pass you will amaze the spectacular Himalayan Ranges and its mighty peaks beyond 8000m, Mt.Makalu(8463m), Mt.Lotse(8516m), Mt.Everest(8844m), Mt.Cho Oyu(8201m) and Mt.Shishapama(8020m) from Left to right, climbing down through numbers of switchback bends lead to the dry valley of Tashi Zom and then finally the day’s destination – Everest Base Camp located in the Rongbuk valley. Rongbuk is the highest monastery in the world and it consist both monks and nuns. Afternoon you have an option to do a short trekking from the tent guesthouses community to E.B.C, it will take you about 2 hours or more per your physical condition (6Km). Or you can take the dedicated minibus instead. We suggest you to bring your own sleeping bags for the night if available as the local tent guesthouses reuse the blankets for several weeks due to their poor facility. Overnight at local tent guesthouses except from Nov – Mar where the tent guesthouses close and only Rongbuk monastery guesthouse is available.
Note: before leaving Shigatse, your guide need some time to obtain the ATP from the local PSB, ATP is also known as Alien’s Travel Permit and it is a permit that should be issued for the border check at Shegar
DAY 06. RONGBUK (5000m) – SHEGAR – SHIGATSE, 350km, 7hrs.
Attractions; Rongbuk monastery-world highest monastery, Himalayan ranges.
As we awake the next morning, a striking view of luminous peaks is highlighted by the sun and it is bittersweet to say goodbye to this landscape that we have gotten to know so well. Then we drive all the way back to Shigatse and relax in Shigatse hotel, take a hot shower in the hotel and have a good rest. Overnight in Shigatse
DAY 07. SHIGATSE – LHASA, 280km, 4/5 hrs.
Attractions; Tashi Lhunpo monastery, Nimo home-made incense factory, Brahmaputra river.
Today we will visit the Tashu Lhunpo monastery in the morning, Tashi Lhunpo monastery was built by the 1st Dalai Lama-Gedun Drup in 1447 and later it became the seat of the Panchen Lama lineages, there you will see tombs of 7 passed Pachen Lamas lineages and it is a real pleasure to pass through the busy coobled lanes twisting around the aged buildings that used as monks apartments. And then we will drive back to Lhasa in the afternoon, along the northern friendship highway, the road cuts through numbers of villages and en route we will stop at Nyimo local home based incense factory, they use primitive water operated tools to process incense materials and each incense sticks are purely hand made, you may see locals making it on the spot, then we will arrive in Lhasa later in the afternoon and you have some time to explore around the Bakhor to shop gifts for your families and friends at home. Overnight in Lhasa.
DAY 08. LHASA AIRPOR/TRAIN STATION SENDS OFF.
Today our guide and driver will send you to the airport or train station and it is time to say your good bye and depart to your next destination. Before your departure, we will appreciate if you can spend a short time to evaluate our services either by filling the feedback form or simply send us an email. If you have extension trips then it will be arranged accordingly.