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Overview 

 

This 11-day private tour offers you a great chance to explore the central Tibet. Firstly, you will have a Lhasa essential sightseeing tour. During the two days, you could visit those must-see tourist spots in Lhasa, such as the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Drepung Monastery, Barkhor Street, etc. Then you will start to Tsetang, the cradle of Tibetan civilization. After visiting the oldest palace and monastery in Tibet, you will continue to Mt. Everest, 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 Lhasa (3680m)

Pick up and transfer to the hotel.

Day 2

Lhasa sightseeing

Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street

Day 3

Lhasa Sightseeing

Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery

Day 4

Lhasa (3650m) - Tsedang (3100m)

Samye Monastery

Day 5

Tsedang Tour (3100m)

Yombulakhang Palace, Trundruk Monastery

Day 6

Tsetang - Gyantse(4040m), 330km, Approx. 5 hours

Yamdroktso Lake, Karola Glacier, Pelkor Chöde Monastery

Day 7

Gyantse - Shigatse(3840m), 100km, Approx. 4 hrs.

Pala Manor, Shalu Monastery

 

Day 8

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

Rongbuk Monastery, the sunset of golden of Everest peak

Day 9

EBC- Sakya (4316m)- Shigatse, 350km, Approx. 7hrs

Rongbuk Monastery, the sunrise of Everest Peak, Sakya Monastery

Day 10

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

Tashilhunpo Monastery

Day 11

Lhasa Departure

Send off to airport/railway station

 

 

Detailed Itinerary:

 

Day 1 Arrival in Lhasa (3680m)

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 2 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 3 Lhasa Sightseeing

 

Attractions: Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery

 

In the morning, you will visit Drepung Monastery, located at the foot of Mount Gephel. It’s well-known as one of the “Great Three” Gelugpa monasteries in Tibet. The other two monasteries are Ganden Monastery and Sera Monastery. In its heyday, there are more than 10,000 monks lived and studied in this monastery. Many famous Tibetan leaders have studied here, especially the Dalai Lama. Therefore, Drepung Monastery is also famous for “Mother School of Dalai Lamas”.

 

In the afternoon, you will visit Sera Monastery. You can see three sand Mandalas and colorful Rock Painting of Buddha in the monastery. Besides, Sera Monastery is well-known as the "Buddhism Debating", which opens from 3 pm to 5 pm every day except for Sunday. You can participate in the daily debate of 80 monks in the enclosed courtyard. This is more like a question and an answer session. The standing monks ask questions to the sitting monks. Standing monks would clap their hands loudly, stomp on the ground heavily to knock and open the door to hell. The standing monks would wear prayer beads on the shoulder and when beads fall, they pick it up back to the shoulder symbolizing rescuing the suffering souls in hell from the 3 demons of anger, desire, and ignorance and hatred. After enjoying a wonderful Buddhist Debating in Sera Monastery, we will drive back to Lhasa city.

 

Stay overnight in Lhasa

 

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Day 4 Lhasa (3650m) to Tsetang (3100m)

 

Attractions: Samye Monastery

 

Today, you’ll drive to Samye Monastery first, which was the first temple in Tibet. Samye Monastery is famous for three Buddhist jewels of Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha. One of the highlights of Samye Monastery is the rich murals such as the 92-meter-long "Records of Tibetan History" and “The biography of Master Padmasambhava”. The unique feature of Samye Monastery lies in the layout of the temple's architecture according to the Buddhist cosmology, the central Buddhist Hall combines Tibetan, Han and Indian styles. From the top of Hepori hill, you’ll see the panorama of the "mandala". It’s the best place to photograph the unique shape of the Samye Monastery.

 

Then you will head to Tsedang. Located in Yarlung Valley, it’s the capital city of Shannan Prefecture, Tibet Autonomous Region.

 

Stay overnight in Tsetang 

 

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Day 5 Tsetang Tour (3100m)

 

Attractions: Yombulakhang Palace, Trundruk Monastery

 

Today you will have a Tsedang Tour. Tsedang is regarded as the “cradle of Tibetan Civilization” or the “origin of Tibetans”. Thus, it’s a place you could explore the authentic Tibetan culture.

After breakfast, you will pay a visit to Yumbulakhang, the first palace in Tibet for the first Tibetan King. It’s built on a rocky hill. (Note: Yumbulakhang Palace is under construction now. There are no official notifications that when it will reopen to the public.)

 

In the afternoon, we will drive you to the Trundruk Monastery. With a history of over 1,300 years, Trundruk is one of the oldest monasteries in Tibet. It’s kind of the same age as Lhasa city.

 

Stay overnight in Tsedang

 

 

Day 6 Tsetang - Gyantse(4040m), 330km, Approx. 5 hours

 

Attractions: Yamdroktso Lake, Karola Glacier, Pelkor Chöde Monastery

 

Today, you will leave Tsetang and drive about 5 hours to reach Gyantse. 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 Gyantse

 

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Day 7 Gyantse - Shigatse(3840m), 100km, Approx. 4 hrs.

 

Attractions: Pala Manor, Shalu Monastery

 

In the morning, you will visit Pala Manor, a well-preserved serf manor. The Pala Manor retains the noble layout of traditional Tibetan architecture, giving people an excellent understanding of the rich landowners.

 

Then, you will drive about 100 km to Shigatse. After arrival, you will have lunch at Shigatse city and have a good rest. Then, you will visit Shalu Monastery, which was founded in 1040 A.D. by Chetsun Sherab Jungne. It's worth a visit for its exquisite murals and pilgrim crowd.

 

Stay overnight in Shigatse

 

 

Day 8 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 9 EBC- Sakya (4316m)- Shigatse, 350km, Approx. 7hrs

 

Attractions: Rongbuk Monastery, the sunrise of Everest Peak, Sakya Monastery

 

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. On the way, you will visit Sakya Monastery, the principal monastery of the Sakyapa sect of Tibetan Buddhism.

 

Stay overnight in Shigatse

 

 

Day 10 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 11 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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