Day 01: Arrive Lhasa (3660m). Transfer to Hotel.
Upon arrival you will be received by the Tibetan guide who will transfer you to your hotel in Lhasa. It is about 45 minutes to reach the old city. Check in at your hotel, free day for acclimatization. There is no set program arranged for today.
Day 02: In Lhasa. Sightseeing: Drepung monastery , Jokang temple and Barkhor Bazaar
Visit the Drepung monastery. This is the largest monastery in the world and once housed 10,000 monks and nuns. It was built in 1419 and the second, thrid and fourth Dalai Lamas lived and were entombed here. A visit to the kitchen of this monastery is a must see. Look out for the washing machine in which the monks mix their butter tea. Next stop is Jokhang Temple. This is the holiest shrine in Tibet and houses a golden statue of the Buddha. You then visit to the Barkhor Bazaar outside the Jokhang monastery. This is the bustling flea market where you can buy vouvenirs and meet other tourists
Day 03:In Lhasa. Potala, Norbulingka summer palace and Sera monastery
Visit to the Potala Palace is awesome. The Palace of the Dalai Lama, a treasure of Tibetan culture was, till 1965, the seat of both religion and politics in Tibet. It was built in the 7th century by Tsongtsen Gampo as a fort and later renovated by the 5th Dalai lama in the 17th century to its present specifications. Visit to the Narbulingka, the winter Palace of the Dalai lama built in the 18th century would be the next attraction in your sightseeing tour. Next you will visit to Sera Monastery, a preserved monastery of white-washed walls and golden roofs
Your sightseeing itineray may be slightly change if there are many visitors on that day as only a limited number of visitors are allowed inside the Potala palace every day.
Day 04: Drive to Gyantse (3950m)- 261 km
Drive through friendship highway, cross Khamba La(4794m), stop sometime for majestic views of Yamdrok-tso Lake and Nazin Kang Sa, On turning westwards, you come across another pass, Karo La at 5045m. After driving 261 km, beautifully landscaped Tibetan villages become visible as you enter the town of Gyantse.
Day 05: Sightseeing in Gyantse & drive to Shigatse(3900m)-90km
In the morning, we begin the scenic drive to Gyantse, crossing the Karo La Pass. The Karo La climbs between two lofty mountains, Nozin Khang Sa and Ralung. The descent leads us to the sacred moraine blue lake of Yamdrok Tso (Turquoise Lake). Our drive concludes in Gyantse, a small bustling town steeped in history, once a capital of a small Kingdom. In Gyantse we make a visit to the Gyantse Kumbum , which is comprised of 16 monasteries representing different sects and schools of Buddhism in Tibet. It is regarded as an outstanding example of tolerance between different Buddhist practices.
Day 06: Sightseeing & drive to Shegar (4050m)- 244km.
Today we drive to Shigatse, explore the fantastic Tashilhunpo Monastery, the official residence of the Panchen Lama and home to over 700 monks. Shigatse on the half-day drive to Chomalungma, passing through Lhatse en route. Lhatse is approximately forty miles south-west of Shigatse. Lhatse (13,284ft) is essentially a truck-stop with a number of good restaurants, shops and guest houses.
Day 07 Drive to Rongbuk (5000m)- 68km
Early this morning, depart Shegar on the drive to Everest Base Camp, and spend the morning enjoying the views of Mt. Everest. Afterwards, you have the option of either hiking (two hours) to Rongbuk, or taking the Environmental Protection Bus which will take about twenty minutes. The walk is very level, but the altitude could have you breathing hard within a few minutes of starting out. Above Rongbuk, the valley expands into a large glacial flood plain, with boulders and glacial debris favoring the left side of the valley. En route to ongbuk, you will come across the Sherab Choling Hermitage. If you like, you may spend some time there.
Day 08: Explore Everest base camp & drive to Tingri (4390m) 65km
This morning you have the opportunity to explore Everest Base Camp (5150m.) The base camp itself is dry and barren, but the views of Everest more than compensates for it. It truly is an awe-inspiring place with the sheer north face of the highest mountain in the world towering above you.(You might have to hire cart)
Day 09: Drive to Zhangmu (2300m)- 181km
This morning, depart Rongbuk on the full-day drive down to Zhangmu, passing through Tingri en route. The small village of Tingri is quite a delight, and fun to explore. Enjoy playing with the Tibetan children as they run around you with amazement. Witness the stunning views of Everest, Cho Oyu and others off in the distance. Be sure to wander off into the farming fields at sunset to see the spectacular alpine glow on these famous massive mountains. Today’s drive and scenery are truly amazing. The road cuts through the Himalayan mountain range. The changes in the vegetation and the landscapes in such a short distance are stunning.
Day 10: Drive to Kathmandu (1400m) - 123km
You will be assisted with clearing Immigrations on the Chinese side, from where you will drive down to the Friendship Bridge, the border of Nepal and China. Here, say goodbye to your Tibetan guide, cross the Friendship Bridge on foot, and arrive to Kodari, Nepal.
The above itinerary and schedule is guideline only. It is subject to change due to logistic, local, technical, weather and other condition beyond our control.
We can customize the tour to suit your requirements.For more comprehensive cultural tour add 2 night that includes Tsurphu Gompa and Ganden Gompa
Tsurphu Gompa is the seat of Karmapa branch of the Kagyupa order of Tibetan Buddhism, where we will start with a kora of the gompa and a tour of this ancient monastery, with its gilded rooftops and colorful prayer rooms and murals. The region we drive through to get back and forth from the gompa is very traditionally Tibetan, so we have a good introduction to rural life and the countryside of Tibet. We can stop to take photographs en route! We can also take a walk up the valley a ways from the gompa (this is the start of a trek from Tsurphu to Yangpachen, and the valley is stunning, with nomadic encampments en route).
And Ganden Gompa:
The drive to Ganden Gompa is wonderful. It used to be one of the largest and most important gompa (monastery) in the region of Lhasa, Mostly part of the monastery was destroyed during the Cultural Revolution. It has been rebuilt. It is a rollercoaster ride up and switchbacks to get to Ganden. It is an exciting journey. We pass through the country side that has small Tibetan villages and cultivated fields.
The inside of the gompa has many interesting things to see. Tibetan pilgrims go around the close by peak with constant prayer for good karma.
Tibetan Medicine and Astrology:
Beside the monasteries extension of the tour would allow you to visit Tibetan Institute of Medicine and Astrology to see painting on silk about the history of Tibetan medicine. There are local arts and crafts centers where carpets are made in traditional methods. Allow another day to add this visit.
Note:The above itinerary and schedule is guideline only. It is subject to change due to logistic, local, technical, weather and other condition beyond our control.