Old Tingri to Everest Base Camp Trek 11-Day(HK01)
|D1||Arrival in Lhasa||Transfer from Lhasa Railway/Airport|
|D2||Lhasa||Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street, Sera Monastery|
|D3||Lhasa > Gyantse > Shigatse (360km/7hrs)||Yamdrok Lake, Karola Glacier, Pelkor Chöde Monastery with Gyantse Kumbum|
|D4||Shigatse > Tingri > Old Tingri (310km/6hrs)||Prepare for trek, hiring Yaks/Horses/Truck|
|D5||Trek Old Tingri > Lungchang (12km/5hrs/150m ascent)|
|D6||Trek Lungchang > Lamna La (21km/8hrs/200m ascent)|
|D7||Trek Lamna La > Rongbuk (21km/8hrs/level)||Rongbuk Monastery|
|D8||Trek Rongbuk > EBC (3hrs/10km/level)
Drive EBC > Tingri (110km/2.5hrs)
|Everest Base Camp|
|D9||Tingri > Sakya > Shigatse (290km/6hrs)||Sakya Monastery|
|D10||Shigatse > Lhasa (280km/5hrs)||Tashihunpo Monastery|
|D11||Departure from Lhasa||Transfer to Lhasa Railway/Airport|
Day 01: Arrival in Lhasa
Your Tibetan guide will wait you at Lhasa Airport/Railway holding your name board. Present you a white Hada(Tibetan scarf) based on Tibetan tradition to welcome a distinguished guest. Then transfer you to hotel in downtown Lhasa, which is abt 1.5hrs drive from Lhasa Airport, 0.5hrs from Lhasa Railway. And help you check in before leave. You ll have the rest of day to yourself. A good rest is highly suggested, as the first day’s well-rest is crucial for you to acclimatize the high altitude of Tibet.
Day 02: Lhasa
Highlights: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street, Sera Monastery
Potala Palace: it is the landmark of Lhasa, and one of the great wonders of world architecture. Potala Palace, winter palace of the Dalai Lama since the 7th century, symbolizes Tibetan Buddhism and its central role in the traditional administration of Tibet. The complex, comprising the White and Red Palaces with their ancillary buildings, is built on Red Mountain in the centre of Lhasa Valley, at an altitude of 3,700m.
Jokang Temple: included on UNESCO's World Heritage list in 2000 as part of the Potala Palace , the Jokhang Temple is located in central Lhasa. With an area of 25,100 square meters (about six acres), it is the ultimate pilgrimage destination for Tibetan Pilgrims. In front of the entrance to Jokhang is a forecourt that is perpetually crowded with pilgrims polishing the flagstones with their prostrations.
Barkhor Street: located in the old town of Lhasa, Barkhor Street is a very ancient round street surrounding Jokhang Temple. It's said that in 647, the first Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo (617-650) built Jokhang Temple. Due to its magnificence, it quickly attracted thousands of Buddhist pilgrims. As a result, a trodden path appeared. It was paved by hand-polished stone boards. Though it is not broad, it accommodates thousands of pilgrims and tourists every day. Varied shops stand on its both sides and thousands of floating stands are on every corner.
Sera Monastery: located at the foot of Tatipu Hill in the northern suburb of Lhasa, Sera Monastery is dedicated to the Gelugpa or Yellow Hat Sect, a branch of Tibetan Buddhism, and built it in 1419 during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). Sera literarily means wild rose in the Tibetan. When the monastery was built, the hill behind it was covered with wild roses in bloom, the name was thus decided. Between 3pm~5pm from Monday to Friday, debating is held in the monastery’s debating courtyard, which is a sight so extraordinary and enchanting even you don’t understand a word they’re saying.
Day 03: Lhasa > Gyantse > Shigatse (360km)
Activities: Yamdrok Lake, Karola Glacier, Pelkor Chöde Monastery with Gyantse Kumbum
Yamdrotso Lake: dazzling Yamdro-tso (elev 4441m) is normally first seen from the summit of the Kamba-la(4700m). The lake lies several hundred meters below the road, and in clear weather is fabulous shade of deep turquoise. Far in the distance is the huge massif of Mt. Nojin Kangtsang (7191m). Yamdrotso Lake is 130km long from east to west and 70km wide from north to south with a total perimeter of 250km and the surface area of 638 sq km, average depth of 20-40 meters. It is the largest lake at the north foot of the Himalayas.
Karola Glacier: Mt Nojin Kangsang stands tall with an elevation of 7,191 m (23,592 ft) between Gyantze County and Nagarzê County, with several snow-capped mountains over 6,000 m (19,685 ft) surrounding it. Mount Nojin Kangsang is the most accessible glacier site on the Tibetan Plateau. The famous Kharola Glacier (elevation 5,560 m or 18,241 ft) is below the south ridge of Nojin Kangsang.
Pelkor Chöde Monastery with Gyantse Kumbum: 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.
Day 04: Shigatse > Tingri > Old Tingri (310km/6hrs)
After breakfast in hotel, we will first go and have Alien's Travel Permit(PSB) done in Shigatse with your original passport & the already-done Tibet Tourism Bureau Permit (TTB), which takes abt 30mins. Then head to Old Tingri via Tingri. Old Tingri, also called Gangkar, not to be confused with Tingri(= New Tingri = Shegar). Old Tingri (= Gangkar): the village of Gangkar, comprises a gritty kilometer-long strip of restaurants, guesthouses and truck-repair workshops lining the Friendship Hwy. It overlooks a sweeping plain bordered by towering Himalayan peaks and is a usual overnight stop for tours heading to or from Ngari. On clear days there are stunning views of Cho Oyu from Gangkar. After arrival in Old Tingri, guide will go and hire Yaks/Horses/Truck, whichever is available at the time for the trek ahead.
Overnight: Old Tingri
Day 05: Trek Old Tingri > Lungchang (12km/5hrs/150m ascent)
Your Everest hiking begins today. Hike along Ra-chu Valley which is green during the warmer half of the year; extensive meadows support flocks of goats and sheep. Tonight you will camp at Lungchang.
Overnight: Camping at Lungchang
Day 06: Trek Lungchang > Lamna La (8hrs/21km/200m ascent)
Today’s hike will be much serious and challenging as you go up into the mountains. Much uphill hiking is expected as you climb towards the top of Lamna La pass. En route,30mins or so pass Lungchang, you will reach the knobs and the disintegrating walls of the long-abandoned fort known as Ngang Tsang Drag Dog Dzong. After pass Lamna-La, the blue and purple Tsebu Mountains and the glittering white Cho Oyu massif can be seen from afar.
Overnight: Camping at Lamna-La pass
Day 07: Trek Lamna La > Rongbuk (8hrs//21km/level)
Activities: Rongphu Monastery
Proceed to Pang-la(5350m) is a very broad summit simply delineating the parting of drainage basins over a vast plain. There are small cairns on top of the pass, seen only when you are already upon them.
Rongphu Monastery: Rongphu(elev 4900m) is the main Buddhist centre in Everest region and once coordinated the activities of around a dozen smaller religious institutions, all of which are now ruined. It was established in 1902 by a Nyingmapa lama. While not of great antiquity, Rongbu can at least lay claim to being the highest monastery in Tibet and thus the world. Some of the interior murals of Rongphu are superb. Rongphu and its large chörten makes a great photograph with Everest thrusting its head skyward in the background.
Day 08: Trek Rongbuk > EBC (3hrs/10km/level)
Drive EBC > Tingri (110km)
Activities: Everest Base Camp
Continue hike to Everest Base Camp which is abt 4hrs away. At the tent camp the last glorious 4km is gentle way up and the altitude gain is less than 200m.Most people can cover the distance within one hour. Along the way you pass scree slopes, jagged ridges, and broad glacier valleys flowing with muddy water. About 1km uphill from the tent camp, on the left, is a Guru Rinpoche meditation cave.
Everest Base Camp: endowed with springs, Everest Base Camp(elev 5150m) has a couple of permanent structures and a small army base.
Clamber up the small hill festooned with prayer flags for great views of the star attraction, Mt. Everest, then have your photo taken at the
base camp marker, reads ‘Mt. Qomolangma Base Camp’.
Day 09: Tingri > Sakya > Shigatse (290km)
Activities: Sakya Monastery
Sakya Monastery: the immense, grey, thick-walled Sakya is one of Tibet’s most impressive constructed sights, and one of the largest monasteries. Sakya was established in 1268 and is designed defensively, with watchtowers on each of the corners of its high walls. Sakya Monastery is famed as the 'Second Dunhuang' due to its colossal collection of numerous Tibetan Buddhist scriptures, murals and Thangkas. There are about 40,000 volumes of scriptures are housed there. Sakya Monastery has many murals and Thangkas. Most of the murals are from the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368). Among them, the most outstanding and precious are the murals which depict portraits of the former Sakya ancestors, Phakpa's meeting with Kublai Khan (the founder of the Yuan Dynasty) and mandalas. There are over 3,000 Thangkas, from Song, Yuan and Ming Dynasties.
Day 10: Shigatse > Lhasa (280km)
Activities: Tashilhunpo Monastery
Tashilhunpo Monastery: it is a real pleasure to explore the busy cobble lanes twisting around the aged buildings. Covering 70,000 sq meters, Tashilunpo is essentially a walled town in its own right. from the entrance to the monastery, visitors get a grand view. Above the white monastic quarters is a crowed of ochre buildings topped with gold—the tombs of the past Panchen Lamas. To the right, and higher still, is the festival Thangka Wall that is hung with massive, colourful thangkas during festivals.
Day 11: 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.
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