The Everest Base Camp, top of the bucket list, is the ultimate aim of the 8-day tour. The holy monasteries reveal history back to thousands of years before, the holy plateau lakes present the beauty of nature, while the holy snow mountains evoke awe for Mother Nature. Take this journey to pursue your passion and desire to get to know the holy land of Tibet.
Day 01: Arrive in Lhasa (one hour from airport to downtown)
Welcome to Tibet! Tashi delek! On arrival at Lhasa airport, your Tibetan guide will greet you and together you will be taken by private vehicle to your hotel in Lhasa. Have a good rest at the hotel to better get used to the high altitude.
Day 02:Potala Palace, Johkang Temple, Barkhor Street (B,L)
A trip to Lhasa without Potala Palace would not be complete. You will spend the whole morning in Potala Palace to visit all the halls available in both the white and the red palaces. Pious Tibetans can be seen in the Palace offering sacrifices and ghee to the Buddha. After lunch, continue to visit Johkang Temple which witnessed the happy marriage of the Tibetan King Sontzen Gampo and the Tang Princess Wencheng. According to records, Johkang Temple was built before Lhasa city, and it was builtas a memorial tothe marriage of Sontzen Gampo and Princess Bhrikuti Devi. It attracts pious Tibetan people who come to roll the prayer wheels everyday. As there are numerous believers walking while rolling the wheels clockwise around Johkang Temple, the path becomes a road and now the road is known as Barkhor Street. There are many shops and stands where you can buy small souvenirs of many kinds.
Day 03:Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery, Norbulingka (B,L)
The full day tour starts from Drepung Monastery, the largest monastery in the world. It is also the most prestigious monastery of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism. The monks are nice and friendly to talk with if you feel the desire to do so. After lunch, continue to Sera Monastery to admire the ancient murals painted on the halls. The famous debate on Buddhist doctrines takes place at 14:30 daily except Sunday on the north debating field where you can witness intense debates among monks. Before you are escorted to the hotel, you will stop at Norbulingka, the summer palace for Dalai Lamas for years. It is a great combination of the Tibetan and inland private gardens styles.
Day 04:Yamdrok Lake (B,L) (3 hours oneway), drive to Shigatse (5 hours)
A long day tour starts right after breakfast. You will be taken by private vehicle on the hilly roads towards Yamdrok Lake for great photos of the blue lake water with a backdrop of snow-capped mountains. A simple picnic lunchbox will be prepared and served by the lake. A ride of 5 hours to Shigatse will ensure that you feast your eyes on unique plateau mountain landscapes.
Day 05:Tashilhunpo Monastery, drive towards Dingri (B,L) (4 hours)
Explore Tashilhunpo Monastery in the morning. The Monastery has served as the residency for Panchen Lamas since the 4th Panchen. The highlights include the giant copper statue of Qamba Buddha and the stupa holding the 10th Panchen’s remains since 1989. After a simple lunch, hit the road towards Dingri, the closest town to the Everest Base Camp. Sleep tight for the big day on the following day.
Day 06:Rongbu Monastery, Everest Base Camp (B, L) (4 hours), drive back to Shigatse (4 hours)
Another long day awaits you. Say goodbye to Dingri and drive on bumpy roads towards the Everest Base Camp. Pay homage in Rongbu Monastery, the highest monastery in the world. In summer, the Everest post office is open for tourists to send out postcards with the Everest stamp. You will have to walk from Rongbu Monastery towards the EBC which can be windy and chilly even in summer. When the clouds are scattered away, there is Mount Qomolangma, the highest mountain in the world. Take as many photos as possible for the long journey here. Snacks and bottled water could be your simple lunch, or you could bring something special from Lhasa for the special moment to celebrate it your way. Later you will head back to Shigatse to relax at the hotel.
Day 07:Drive back to Lhasa (5 hours)
You can sleep the morning away or wander around in Shigatse before being escorted back to Lhasa. Feel free to ask for photo stops on the way. Upon checking in to the hotel in Lhasa, make full use of the time to do some last minute shopping or start packing suitcases.
Day 08:Lhasa departure
Your guide and driver will meet you at hotel lobby and escort you to the airport for your flight to your next destination, safe and on time! Bon voyage!
|Lhasa||Dhood Gu Hotel Lhasa||Lhasa Hotel||St Regis Lhasa Resort|
|Shigatse||Shigatse Hotel||VanRay International Resort||Qiao Mu Lang Zong Hotel||Dingri||ingri Zhufeng Hotel||Dingri Zhufeng Hotel||Dingri Zhufeng Hotel|