Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Mt Everest Namtso Tour 10-Day(ME01)
Overview: This tour is designed rather intensely, aiming to see as much as possible during your stay in Tibet, its daily activities are fully planned. Also this tour includes 2 nights overnight at rather high altitude places without private bathroom - Everest Base Camp【5200m】& Namtso Lake【4730m】. This 10-day tour included all major sites in central Tibet, touring along the Nepal-Tibet highway from Lhasa to Gyantse to Shigatse then Mt Everest, and on the way back to Lhasa detour to the beautiful Lake Namtso for an overnight at the lakeside, watching the sunset, starry night, and the next day morning the sunrise, which is a breathtaking sight.
|D1||Arrival in Lhasa||50km/1.5hrs||Transfer from Lhasa Railway/Airport|
|D2||Lhasa【3650m】||50km/1.5hrs||Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery|
|D3||Lhasa【3650m】||50km/1.5hrs||Potala Palace, Chakpori Hill, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street|
|D4||Lhasa【3650m】> Gyantse【4040m】||260km/6hrs||Yamdroktso Lake, Karola Glacier|
|D5||Gyantse【4040m】> Shigatse【3850m】||95km/2hrs||Pelkor Chöde Monastery with Gyantse Kumbum, Shalu Monastery|
|D6||Shigatse【3850m】> Tingri【4300m】> Rongbuk【5150m】> EBC【5200m】||360km/7hrs||Rongbuk Monastery|
|D7||EBC【5200m】> Tingri【4300m】> Shigatse【3850m】||360km/7hrs||Everest Base Camp|
|D8||Shigatse【3850m】> Namtso【4730m】||400km/8hrs||Tashihunpo Monastery, Namtso Lake|
|D9||Namtso【4730m】> Yampachen【4300m】> Tsurphu【4480m】> Lhasa【3650m】||320km/6hrs||Yampachen Hot Springs, Tsurphu Monastery|
|D10||Departure from Lhasa||50km/1.5hrs||Transfer to Lhasa Railway/Airport|
Upon your landing in Lhasa Airport/Railway, your Tibetan guide & driver will be there waiting for you holding your name board. According to Tibetan tradition, a white Hada presentation will be performed to welcome you in Tibet. Afterwards transfer to hotel in downtown Lhasa. En route, you will have your first glimpse of Tibet – the bluest of sky, the cleanest of air and endless huge mountains in the background. After help you check in, guide & driver will set up a pick-up time for tomorrow before leave and you will have the rest of the day to yourself to wander around Lhasa city.
Day 02: Lhasa
Sights: Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery
Abt 8km west of central Lhasa, Drepung Monastery was once one of the world’s largest monasteries. The word Drepung literally translates as ‘rice heap’, a reference to the huge numbers of white monastic buildings that once piled up on the hillside of Mt Gephel. Drepung is considered one of the three great monasteries in Tibet. Drepung was first built in 1416, and held 7700 monks in its heyday.
Sera Monastery is the last of the three principal Yellow Sect monasteries built in Lhasa. The setting itself is very beautiful with cobbled alleyways, temples and colleges. The highlight of visiting Sera Monastery will be watching monks debating inside the shady courtyard behind the main temple. Every afternoon from Mon~Fri, hundreds of red-robed monks assemble in small groups and practice their debating skills.
Day 03: Lhasa
Sights: Potala Palace, Chakpori Hill, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street
Originally built by King Songtsen Gampo in the 7th century, Potala Palace is located on the Red Hill of Lhasa. The awe-inspiring Potala Palace, perched high above much of Lhasa, is the landmark of the city. The 13th Dalai Lama extended Potala Palace to the present size - 117 meters in height and 360 meters in width, covering an area of more than 130,000 square meters. Mainly comprised by the White Palace, the administrative building, and the Red Palace, religious building, Potala Palace is famous for its grand buildings, complicated constructions, devotional atmosphere and splendid artworks.
Chakpori Hill【3725m】is a sacred hill located at the right side of Potala Palace. In Tibetan language, Chakpori means ‘the horn of mountain’, which refers to the ‘horn’ of the Red Mountain. In the late 17th Century, for developing Tibetan medicine, Sangjie Gyatso built medical school on Chakpori Hill. In the medical school, there is a sapphire figure of Tibetan Medicine King. So, Han people also called it Yao Wang Shan, which means Medicine King Mountain. This medical school had existed until 1959. There is a Thousand-Buddha Cliff at Chakpori Hill with thousands of Buddha figures on a huge cliff.
Jokhang Temple is the spiritual center of Tibet, located at Lhasa Old Town. Built in 647 by Songtsen Gampo, Johkang has a history of more than 1300 years, a fine product of Han, Tibetan and Nepalese architecture techniques and houses various exotic and sacred sculptures, and many invaluable cultural relics. Jokhang Temple has remained a key center of Buddhist pilgrimage for centuries. In its courtyard, there are devoted Tibetan pilgrims performing body-length prostration here all year long.
Barkhor Street, a circular street outside of Jokhang Temple, is a place where tradition, culture, economy, religion and arts assemble. Barkhor is where Tibetan pilgrims walk or prostrate clockwise. Barkhor is also a famous commercial center in Lhasa, consisting of more than 120 handicrafts shops and more than 200 stalls. You can buy anything Tibet-related, from Tibetan incense, yak butter, Tibetan medicine, Thangka to Tibetan outfits. etc.
Day 04: Lhasa > Gyantse
Sights: Yamdroktso Lake, Karola Glacier
Dazzling Yamdroktso Lake【4441m】is normally first seen from the summit of Kamba-la Pass【4700m】. Yamdroktso lies several hundred metres below the road, and in clear weather is a fabulous shade of deep turquoise. Far in the distance is the huge massif of Mt Nojin Kangtsang【7191m】. Yamdrotso is shaped like a coiling scorpion. For Tibetans it is one of the 4 holy lakes and home to wrathful deities.
Mt Nojin Kangsang stands tall with an elevation of 7191m between Gyantze County and Nagarzê County, with several snow-capped mountains over 6000m surrounding it. Mount Nojin Kangsang is the most accessible glacier site on the Tibetan Plateau. The famous Karola Glacier【5560m】is below the south ridge of Nojin Kangsang.
Day 05: Gyantse > Shigatse
Sights: Pelkor Chöde Monastery with Gyantse Kumbum, Shalu Monastery
The sprawling compound in the far north of town houses Pelkor Chöde Monastery and the monumental Gyantse Kumbum, a chörten filled with fine paintings and statues. Both are deservedly top of the list on most travellers’ must-sees. Palkhor lies at the foot of Dzong Hill. It is well-known for its Kumbum, which has 108 chapels in its four floors. The multi-storied Kumbum Stupa was crowned with a golden dome and umbrella, surrounded with more chapels filled with unique religious statues and murals.
Then head from Gyantse to Shigatse through the fertile Nyang-chu Valley, a wide agricultural plain where colourfully decorated yaks and horses are used by Tibetan farmers to till the land. En route, we will stopover at Shalu Monastery, which is abt 68km away from Gyantse. Shalu Monastery is one of the largest Buddhist temple in Tibet, as well as the ancestral temple of Tibetan Buddhism Shalu sect. In the abstract, the design of Shalu represents the paradise of Chenresig (Avalokiteshvara), a haven from all worldly suffering. In the concrete, Shalu is the only monastery in Tibet that combines Tibetan and Chinese styles in its design.
Day 06: Shigatse > Tingri > Rongbuk > EBC
Overnight: EBC, Nomad Tent (dorm bed)
Sights: Rongbuk Monastery
Before depart for EBC, we will first have your Alien's Travel Permit (PSB) done in Shigatse, which requires your original passport and takes abt 30mins or so. Then head towards to Lhatse【3950m】, a small town where you can have lunch. Continue the journey, passing Tsola Pass【4600m】and Gyatsola Pass【5248m】, enter Mt Everest National Nature Reserve. Enjoy Himalayan panorama at Gawula Pass【5198m】. Drive along the zigzag road to Rongbuk Monastery, then drive to Everest Base Camp【5200m】to stay at nomad tent for the night.
Rongbuk Monastery【5150m】is the highest temple in the world abv sea level. Situated in the north side of Mt. Everest, it is a perfect site to view Mt Everest which abt 8km away. Endowing the ideal location, Rongbuk Monastery itself is also worth visit. As one of the Nyingmapa Sect monastery built in 1899, it houses both monks and nuns here, which is quite special and different from other temples. Only several buildings remains, Rongbuk has a sense of untouched beauty not only for its quietness, but also the experienced history as a temple to witness the first person to conquer the Mt Everest.
Day 07: EBC > Tingri > Shigatse
Sights: Everest Base Camp
Everest Baes Camp in Tibet is located inside Mt Everest National Nature Reserve. Everest Baes Camp in Tibet is originally built as a protective zone to shield focal area of Mt. Everest Region from pollution. Now EBC has multiple purposes: scientific observation, Mt. Everest mountaineering headquarters, and Mt. Everest tourist attraction. To most of tourists, Everest Base Camps in Tibet is the closest, safest and most achievable place to view Mt Everest【8844m】at a short distance.
Day 08: Shigatse > Namtso
Sights: Tashihunpo Monastery, Namtso Lake
Visit Tashilhunpo Monastery in Shigatse, covering 70,000 sq meters, the largest functioning religious institution in Tibet with 57 halls and 3600 rooms and the seat of successive Panchen Lamas. Then head northeast towards Namtso Lake【4730m】, located in Nagqu Prefecture. Covering a total area of more than 1,900 sq km, Namtso is the 2nd largest salt lake in China, also the highest altitude salt lake in the world with 35km at its deepest point. The Nyenchen Tanglha range, with peaks of over 7000m, towers over to the south, Namtso Lake is one of the most beautiful natural sights in Tibet.
Day 09: Namtso > Yampachen > Tsurphu > Lhasa
Sights: Yampachen Hot Springs, Tsurphu Monastery
Yangpachen town lies just south of Mt Nyainqêntanglha, in an upland lush green valley surrounded by the tents of nomads with grazing yak and sheep populating the hillside. Yangpachen Hot Springs field is at an altitude of 4290–4500m which makes it the highest altitude set of hot springs in China, and possibly the world. The highest temperature inside the drilling hole is 125.5°C. Both indoor and outdoor swimming pools have been set up here, in which visitors can enjoy a hot spring bath (Bathing fee excluded, abt CNY 50~100/person for different pools).
Around 65km west of Lhasa, Trurphu Monastery is the seat of the Karmapa branch of the Kagyupa order of Tibetan Buddhism, also known as Black Hats. Tsurphu was founded in 1187 by Dusum Khyenpa, some 40 years after he established the Karmapa order in Kham, his birthplace. Truphu was the third Karmapa monastery to be built and, after the death of the first Karmapa, it became the head monastery for the order.
Day 10: Departure from Lhasa
The last day of your tour in Tibet. According to your train/flight time, our guide and driver will come over to your hotel to pick you up then transfer to Lhasa Railway/Airport. End of service