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Overview 

 

This 10-day private tour starts in Beijing. Firstly, you will have a Beijing deep tour to explore the capital city of China. During the three days, you will visit nearly all the must-see tourist attractions in Beijing, like the Forbidden City, Less-Crowded Mutianyu Section of the Great Wall, Summer Palace, Beijing Olympic Sites, Bird’s Nest, Water Cube, Temple of Heaven, and so on. Then you will fly to Lhasa for a Tibet private tour. After staying two nights in Lhasa, you will get acclimatized to the high altitude, and you will head to Mt. Everest, the highest mountain in the world to have an exciting Everest Base Camp Tour. At last, you will return to Lhasa for your departure.

 

Brief Itinerary:

 

Day

Daily Outline

Attractions

Day 1

Arrival in Beijing

Pick up and transfer to the hotel.

Day 2

Sightseeing tour in Beijing

Tian’an Men Square, Forbidden City, Less-Crowded Mutianyu Section of the Great Wall

Day 3

Sightseeing tour in Beijing

Summer Palace, Beijing Olympic Sites, Bird’s Nest, Water Cube, Temple of Heaven

Day 4

Flight: Beijing to Lhasa, arrive in Lhasa

Pick up and transfer to the hotel

Day 5

Lhasa sightseeing

Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street

Day 6

Lhasa- Gyantse(4040m)- Shigatse(3840m), 360km, Approx. 6hrs

Yamdroktso Lake, Karola Glacier, Pelkor Chöde Monastery

 

Day 7

Shigatse-Tingri -Rongbuk- EBC (5100m), 360km, Approx. 6hrs

Rongbuk Monastery, the sunset of golden of Everest peak

Day 8

EBC-Shigatse,350km, Approx. 7hrs

 

Rongbuk Monastery, the sunrise of Everest Peak

Day 9

Shigatse – Lhasa, 280km, approx. 6-7hrs

Tashilhunpo Monastery

Day 10

Lhasa Departure

Send off to airport/railway station

 

 

Detailed Itinerary:

 

Day 1 Arrival in Beijing

 

Welcome to Beijing, the political, economic and cultural center of China. Your private tour guide will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to the hotel. Along the way, you could feel this old city with its new look - a historical city with modern buildings. You could wander around the hotel in the evening by yourself. Then have a good rest and get ready for the next days of sightseeing tour in Beijing.

 

Stay overnight in Beijing

 

 

 

Day 2 Sightseeing tour in Beijing

 

Attractions: Tian’an Men Square, Forbidden City, Less-Crowded Mutianyu Section of the Great Wall

 

You will start your Beijing tour today, by visiting those most famous tourist attractions in Beijing one by one. Firstly, we will drive you to Tian’an Men Square, which is the south gate of the Forbidden City. Tian’an Men Square is like the heart of Beijing. In 1949, Chairman Mao had the world-known speeches there to announce the new China was founded. And now, there is the national flag-raising ceremony every morning. Many local tourists come and will feel so proud of China at that moment when the national anthem is played. We could say, Tian’an Men Square to China is just like Times Square to the USA.

 

After around 30 minutes, we are going to visit the Forbidden City. Meridian Gate, or Wu Gate in Chinese, is the southern gateway of the Forbidden City. It’s located in the middle of Tian’an Men Square. You should be familiar with the Forbidden City, which is so so so famous to the whole world. As the palace where 24 emperors lived during Ming and Qing Dynasties, you could see authentic Chinese ancient architectures everywhere in the Forbidden City. And you could get to know the lifestyle of Chinese emperors and royal families. Besides, the Forbidden City is considered as the largest palace in the world.

 

We will have a simple lunch today. Chinese style. Please have a rest and prepare yourself to hike on the Great Wall in the afternoon.

 

We have an old word that “who fails to reach the Great Wall could not be called as a hero”. Today you are going to experience being a hero. We will climb the Less-Crowded Mutianyu Section of the Great Wall, which was built in 1368 by Xu Da, a general loyal to founding Emperor of Ming Dynasty - Zhu Yuanzhang. With a total length of 5400 meters, Mutianyu Great Wall is the longest Great Wall in China, as well as the essence of Ming Great Wall. You could choose to climb it all by yourself. You could also choose to take the cable car or the toboggan, which costs around USD17. The cost is at your side.

 

When the tour finishes, we will drive you back to the hotel.

 

Stay overnight in Beijing

 

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Day 3 Sightseeing tour in Beijing

 

Attractions: Summer Palace, Beijing Olympic Sites, Bird’s Nest, Water Cube, Temple of Heaven

 

We will leave the hotel at around 7:30 in the morning. Today’s first stop is the Summer Palace.

As the birthday gift that Emperor Qianlong gave to his mother, the Summer Palace is actually a royal park. The scenery in it is stunning. You could see lakes and islands that are all man-made. So, it’s a witness of the wisdom of the Chinese craftsman. The Summer Palace is also the largest royal park existing in China.

 

Then, we are going to explore the modern side of Beijing city. Yes, you are correct! The Beijing Olympic Sites! You could take a photo of the Bird’s Nest and Water Cube that “wow” the world in 2008.

 

After having lunch in a Chinese restaurant. You are head to the last attraction arranged in your Beijing tour, the Temple of Heaven. It was the place where the emperors made sacrifices to immortal to ask for a blessing from them. To pray for a harvest or a prosperous development of the economy, people have a happy life.

 

Your Beijing tour will end tonight. Tomorrow you will start the trip to Tibet, the pearl of the plateau.

 

Stay overnight in Beijing

 

 

 

Day 4 Beijing to Lhasa, by air

Welcome to the roof of the world! Your Tibet tour guide and driver will greet you at Lhasa airport or train station and transfer you to the hotel. On the way, you can enjoy the magnificent highland view along Lhasa River and the Yarlung Tsangpo River, which is the longest and largest river in Tibet.

 

After arriving at your hotel, you can have a good rest to get acclimatized to the high altitude. If you want, you can go to the Potala Square, where you will enjoy the beautiful night scene of the Potala.

 

Good to know 

 

1) For the newcomers to get acclimatized to the high altitude in Tibet, it’s better for you to have a good rest in your hotel on the first day.

 

2) If you prefer to stay in a hotel with oxygen supply, it is recommended that you stay at the Shangri-La Hotel, Lhasa (with a luxury oxygen spa) or Shambhala hotel (oxygen is supplied).

 

Stay overnight in Lhasa

 

Day 5 Lhasa Sightseeing

 

Attractions: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street

 

Start today’s Lhasa exploration with an exciting visit to the Potala Palace, which is the famous world heritage. It’s located on the Red Mountain. You will climb the palace along the zigzag stone paths with white-and-red walls. On top of the palace, you will not only enjoy the exotic Tibetan architecture but also enjoy the magnificent view of downtown Lhasa. Then, you will go into the interior of the Potala Palace to visit the gilded burial stupas of former Dalai Lamas and meditation Cave of the 33rd great king of Tibet. Besides, it is worth mentioning that in September every year, many devout Tibetans will paint the outer walls of the Potala Palace with milk and honey. So, the Potala Palace is considered as the sweetest palace in the world.

 

After lunch, continuing your exploration, you will visit the Jokhang Temple, which is considered as the spiritual center of Tibetan Buddhism. It’s famous for a golden life-sized statue of 12-year-old Sakyamuni, which was taken there by Princess Wencheng in the Tang Dynasty. Every day, you will see many devout Tibetans do a Kora (pilgrimage) in front of Jokhang Temple. After that, you will wander around the famous Barkhor Street, which is a circular and wide street encircling the Jokhang Temple. You can drink sweet tea, buy some local souvenirs and chat with local Tibet people here.

 

Tips of Today: As there are 1,080 steps up to the top of Potala Palace, so it’s better not to walk in a rush. You can do abdominal respiration as much as possible when you are walking or climbing.

 

Stay overnight in Lhasa

 

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Day 6 Lhasa- Gyantse(4040m)- Shigatse(3840m), 360km, Approx. 6hrs

 

Attractions: Yamdroktso Lake, Karola Glacier, Pelkor Chöde Monastery

 

Today, you will leave Lhasa and drive about 8 hours to reach Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet. This may be a long journey, but the landscape along the way is quite beautiful. The first attraction you will visit is turquoise colored Yamdroktso Lake (4400m), which is one of the three sacred lakes in Tibet. It is the largest freshwater lake in the northern Himalayas, stretching 675 square meters from south to north, like an earlobe lying in the arms of giant snow-capped mountains. From a distance, you also can see yaks and sheep on the fertile pasture. Continue to drive, you will see the spectacular Karola Glacier (5045 meters) on the right side of the road.

 

Then, you will reach the historic city of Gyantse. After lunch, you will visit the mysterious Pelkor Monastery and Gyantse Kumbum (4040m). The most interesting collection in this monastery is the “One Hundred Thousand Buddhas Pagoda”. It has nine floors, 77 rooms, and 108 doors. The door frames in each room are very low and people have to bow to enter.

 

Stay overnight in Shigatse

 

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Day 7 Shigatse -Tingri -Rongbuk- EBC (5100m), 360km, Approx. 6hrs

 

Attractions: Rongbuk Monastery, the sunset of golden of Everest peak

 

Today is the most exciting moment of your Tibet trip. From Shigatse, we will take you to the Everest Base Camp at 5,100 meters above the sea level. We will pass the Tsola Pass(4600M), and Gyatsola Pass(5248M), then enter the Everest National Nature Reserve. At the Gawla Pass (5198 m), You will enjoy a panoramic view of the Himalaya ranges including some famous mountains such as Mt. Makalu (8463 m), Mt. Lhotse (8516m), Mt. Everest (8844m), Mt. Cho Oyu (8201m) and Mt. Shishapama (8020m). Then follow the new road, you will reach Everest Base Camp (5100m). If the weather permits, you can get a clear view of the sunset of the golden Mount Everest. Besides, you can wander around the Rongbuk Monastery (5,150m), the highest monastery in the world.

 

Stay overnight at Everest

 

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Day 8 EBC-Shigatse, 350km, Approx. 7hrs

 

Attractions: Rongbuk Monastery, the sunrise of Everest Peak 

 

Please get up early to enjoy the sunrise of Everest Peak. You will know the difference of the sunrise that seen from high mountains compared with the normal places.

 

After soaking up the sun, you will go ahead to the highest monastery in the world---Rongbuk Monastery. You can enjoy the great view from there. And it’s also a monastery that Monks and Nuns live together, which is so different from other monasteries that only accept monks.

In the end, you will return to Shigatse.   

 

Stay overnight in Shigatse

 

 

Day 9  Shigatse – Lhasa, 280km, Approx. 6-7hrs

 

Attractions: Tashilhunpo Monastery

 

In the morning, you are heading to Tashilhunpo Monastery. It’s famous as the home of Panchen Lama and the largest Buddhism school in Shigatse.

And then, you will start to go back to Lhasa. It’s only 280km from Shigatse to Lhasa, but with the speed-limit regulation, it usually takes 6-7 hours on the way. So please get your camera ready, there are good sights worth shooting.

 

Stay overnight in Lhasa

 

 

Day 10 Depart from Lhasa

Your Tibet tour drops the curtain today. Before we send you to the airport or railway station, you can still wander around this old city; make sure all the things you will keep in your memory.

 

Cost and Inquiry

Since it’s a customized Tibet tour of which the price is different depends on the travel season, hotel class, and the number of travelers, etc. Please let us know your tour plan by filling in the following form. Your trip advisor will contact you within 24 hours for a private Tibet tour designed only for you.

 

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Note

* Tibet Tourism Bureau Permit (TTB) usually takes about 12-working-day to apply. If you couldn’t provide the required docs & info on time, an extra handling fee will be charged. Please consult your travel consultant for details;

* We reserve the right to change the itinerary order and attractions in Lhasa;

* If you prefer to book your own hotels over those included in our group tour, please meet the rest of the group at their daily hotel on time. We don’t include the transfers to your own hotels;

* We need to pick up and drop off all members of the group on first & last day from Lhasa Airport/Railway, thus there may not always have guide presence but driver;

* Due to the special nature of Tibet travel, any unforeseeable and unavoidable objective circumstances, including but not limited to natural disasters, war, terrorism, riot, civil commotion, strikes, public health emergencies, government action, major traffic jams, delay or cancellation of flight/train, attractions temporarily closed. etc., resulting in a change of itinerary, the increased cost will be paid by travellers; if any attraction visits have to be cancelled due to the same reasons above, GTT won't be held responsible for a refund except certain attraction entrance fee which will be solely decided by GTT.

* Single Supplement: our quote is based on twin rooms. For single travellers, single supplement is required at the time of booking. If later we manage to match you with another traveller to share the twin rooms, the single supplement will be refunded.

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