This itinerary is so designed as to ensure your whole stay in Tibet having a private guestroom with bathroom and heating available every night, especially suitable for winter season and those of you who cant bare a day without shower. From Lhasa to Gyantse to Shigatse to EBC then to Namtso Lake, is a very regular route in Tibet, but most of the time involves 1 or 2 nights at guesthouse where only dorm bed available, and no shower nor heating. This itinerary is especially designed to avoid that, allowing you to see the major sights in Tibet without the hardship.
|D1||Arrival in Lhasa||Transfer from Lhasa Railway/Airport|
|D2||Lhasa||Norbulingka Park, Tibet Museum, Sera Monastery|
|D3||Lhasa||Potala Palace, Zang Gyab Lukhang Park with Lukhang Temple, Chakpori Hill, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street|
|D4||Lhasa > Gyantse > Shigatse (360km/7hrs)||Yamdrok Lake, Karola Glacier, Pelkor Chöde Monastery with Gyantse Kumbum|
|D5||Shigatse > Tingri (240km/4hrs)||Tashihunpo Monastery|
|D6||Tingri > EBC > Rongbuk > Tingri (220km/5hrs)||Everest Base Camp, Rongbuk Monastery|
|D7||Tingri > Sakya > Shigatse (220km/5hrs)||Sakya Monastery|
|D8||Shigatse > Lhasa (280km/5hrs)||Summer Palace of Pachen Lamas, Local Tibetan Family Visit|
|D9||Lhasa > Namtso > Yampachen > Lhasa (500km/8hrs)||Namtso Lake, Yampachen Hot Springs|
|D10||Departure from Lhasa||Transfer to Lhasa Railway/Airport|
Day 01: Arrival in Lhasa
Upon your arrival in Lhasa Railway/Airport, our Tibetan guide will be there waiting for you holding your name board with our company logo on it. Based on Tibetan tradition, a white Hada(aka. scarf) will be presented to you as a warm welcome to Tibet. Then transfer to hotel in downtown Lhasa, which is abt 20mins from Lhasa Railway, and 1.5hrs from Lhasa Airport. Guide will help you to check in and set up a pick-up time for the next day before leave. You are free for the rest of the day. But 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
Activities: Norbulingka Park, Tibet Museum, Sera Monastery
Norbulingka Park: also called Summer Palace, literarily means Treasure Park in Tibetan, Norbulingka Park is situated in the western suburb of Lhasa, at the bank of the Kyichu River, about 1km southwest of Potala Palace. Norbulingka Park covers an area of 360,000 sq meters, with 374 rooms inside. It is the biggest man-made garden in Tibet.
Tibet Museum: right cross street of Norbulingka Park is where Tibet Museum situated, of which is the official museum of Tibet. Inaugurated on 05 October, 1999, Tibet Museum is the first large, modern museum in Tibet. It has a permanent collection related to the cultural history of Tibet. Tibet Museum has a collection of around 1000 artifacts of Tibetan art, architectural design, etc.
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
Activities: Potala Palace, Zang Gyab Lukhang Park with Lukhang Temple, Chakpori Hill, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street
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.
Zang Gyab Lukhang Park with Lukhang Temple: situated right behind Potala Palace, Zang Gyab Lukhang Park is a lovely place where locals and tourist hang out, with a lovely lake built during the construction of Potala Palace. And there is a small and little-visited temple in a small island in the lake, called Lukhang Temple.
Chakpori Hill: also called Yaowang Shan in Mandarin, situated right beside Potala Palace with an altitude of 3725m, is an excellent spot to bird-view the full picture of Potala Palace and Lhasa Old Town. There is a cliff here at Chakpori Hill which is covered with different figures of Buddha in different poses. And there is an extremely well preserved grotto with a history of more than a thousand years on the southeast hillside. The grotto is 27 sq m and in the shape of unequal rectangle. There are 69 stone statues engraved on the rock, vivid and lifelike, which represent the soul of Tibetan stone inscription art. At the north foot of the mountain is a spring. The fountain, pure and sweet, was named "Holy Water". It is said that the fountain was the favourite of the Dalai Lama half a century ago.
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.
Day 04: Lhasa > Gyantse > Shigatse (360km/7hrs)
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 05: Shigatse > Tingri (240km/4hrs)
Activities: Tashihunpo 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 06: Tingri > EBC > Rongbuk > Tingri (220km/5hrs)
Activities: Everest Base Camp, Rongbuk Monastery
Everest Base Camp: Mt Everest, aka. Mt Qomolangma(elev 8844m), is the highest peak in the world. In Tibetan Qomolangma means the third Goddess of mountain. If you have no plan to actually climb Mt Everest, Everest Base Camp(elev 5150m) is as far as you can reach. Endowed with springs, Everest Base Camp has a couple of permanent structures and a small army base. It’s not possible to go all the way to Everest Base Camp by travel vehicle. All vehicles must stop at the nomad tent camp, abt 4km away from the sightseeing point. From here you can take the environment-friendly shuttle bus, or trek to the final sightseeing point. The way up is gentle and the altitude gain is less than 200m: most people can cover the distance in less than an hour by foot. Along the way you pass scree slopes, jagged ridges, and broad glacier valleys flowing with muddy water. Clamber up the small hill festooned with prayer flags of the final sightseeing point for great views of the star attraction, Mt. Everest.
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.
Overnight: dorm bed at Nomad tent of EBC
Day 07: Tingri > Sakya > Shigatse (290km/6hrs)
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 08: Shigatse > Lhasa (280km/5hrs)
Activities: Summer Palace of Pachen Lamas, Local Tibetan Family Visit
Summer Palace of Pachen Lamas: though it ranks far below Tashilunpo, but Summer Palace of Pachen Lamas still worth a drop-by. This walled palace complex built in 1844 by the 7th Pachen Lama on the south end of Shigatse is a strange blend of Buddhist temple and Victorian-era mansion with marvelous wall murals covering every surface of the rooms in vibrant colours and fantastic images.
Local Tibetan Family Visit: the hospitality of Tibetan people is legendary. Local Tibetans need little excuse to have a party, and having guests over is always a call for celebration. Their houses are extremely colourful, full of Tibetan flavored design. You’ll be entertained with local snacks and yak butter tea, and often barley wine. It is a matter of honor for Tibetans to make their guests enjoy themselves at their household. What a better way to experience Tibet than this?!!
Day 09: Lhasa > Namtso > Yampachen > Lhasa (500km/8hrs)
Activities: Namtso Lake, Yampachen Hot Springs
Namtso Lake: located in Nagqu Prefecture, abt 260km from Lhasa and 60km from Damxung County. Namtso Lake literarily means the holy lake in the Tibetan. Covering a total area of more than 1,900 sq km, Namtso Lake is the 2nd largest salt lake in China. At an elevation of 4,718m, Namtso Lake is also the highest altitude salt lake in the world with 35km at its deepest point. The Nyenchen Tanglha range, with peaks of more than 7000m, towers over to the south, Namtso Lake is the most beautiful natural sights in Tibet.
Yangpachen Hot Springs: Yangpachen is a small town lies just south of Nyainqêntanglha Mountains, 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 bath (Bathing fee excluded, abt CNY 50~100/person for different pools).
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.
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