Lhasa, the heart and soul of Tibet, is a city of wonders. The visits to different sites in Lhasa would be an overwhelming experience. Potala Palace has been the focus of the travelers for centuries. It is the cardinal landmark and a structure of massive proportion. Similarly, Norbulingka is the summer palace of His he necessary resources for locals as well as souvenirs for tourists. At the end of this trip we visit the Samye Monastery, a place without which no journey to Tibet is complete.
|Day 1||Arrive in Lhasa||12000 ft||Hotel|
|Day 2||In Lhasa||Hotel|
|Day 3||In Lhasa||Hotel|
|Day 4||Drive to Shigatse||12,795 ft||Hotel|
|Day 5||Drive to Shegar||13285 ft||Hotel|
|Day 6||Visit EBC and back In Lhasa||17,062 ft||EBC Hotel|
|Day 7||Visit Cho Oyu Base Camp and to In Lhasa||Hotel|
|Day 8||Drive back to Shigatse||Hotel|
|Day 9||Drive back to Lhasa||Hotel|
|Day 10||Final departure|
Today fly to Lhasa. Upon arrival at the Gonggar Airport, you will be transferred to the hotel as booked. Rest of the day is free to relax and acclimatize.
You can stroll around the Barkhor market in the late afternoon.
Lhasa, which means ‘the land of the gods’ is the heart and soul of , the capital of the Tibet autonomous region of China. The city contains many culturally significant Tibetan Buddhist religious sites and lies in a valley next to the Lhasa River. For centuries this holy city has attracted travelers from all over the world, drawn by beautiful scenery, cultural heritage and its mysticism leaves the travelers captivated.
After breakfast we will start our sightseeing. Today’s sightseeing includes Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery.
Drepung Monastery: About 8km to the west of central Lhasa, Drepungis one of the great three Gelukpa university monasteries of Tibet. The other two are Ganden and Sera. Seen from afar, Drepung’s grand, white construction gives the monastery the appearance of a heap of rice. Hence, Drepung literally means ‘Heaps of Rice’. The fertility of its fields supported a monastic community before 1959, ranked as Tibet’s largest monastery with 7,770 monks. Since the 1950s, Drepung Monastery, along with its peers Ganden and Sera have lost much of their independence and Monastery. The origin of the name 'Sera' is not certain, but it may have come from the wild roses (se ra in Tibetan) surrounding the original site.
In its heyday, Sera hosted a huge monastic population and five colleges. Like Drepung, the colleges in Sera specialised in: Sera Me in fundamental precepts of Buddhism, Sera Je in instruction of itinerant monks and Sera Ngagpa in Tantric studies.
Drive Time: 5.5 hour approx.
Distance: 360 km/ 223.6 miles
Altitude: 3,900 m
Today we will drive to Shigatse which is the second largest city in Tibet and the capital of the traditional Tibetan province of Tsang.
En route visit Yamdrok Lake, Kumbum Monastery and Phelkhor Monastery.
Yamdrok Lake is one of the three largest sacred lakes in Tibet. It is over 72 km (45 miles) long. The lake is surrounded by many snow-capped mountains and is fed by numerous small streams. The lake does have an outlet stream at its far western end. Around 90 km to the west of the lake lies the Tibetan town of Gyantse and Lhasa is a hundred km to the northeast. According to local mythology, Yamdok Yumtso Lake is the transformation of a goddess. Yamdrok Lake, has a power station that was completed and dedicated in 1996 near the small village of Pai-Ti at the lake western end. This power station is the largest in Tibet.
The lake with an area of 621 square kilometers and the unknown depth is fan-shaped, spreading to the South but narrowing up to the North. The mountainous lake has a dozen of islands, the largest of which is about 3,000 square kilometer. The lake freezes up in winter. Since mountains and lakes are considered sacred by the Tibetan people, the principle being that they are the dwelling places of protective deities and therefore invested with special spiritual powers.
Then continue your drive to Gyantse. En-route visit the unique Palkhor Monastery located about 100 km east of Shigatse, also named Palcho Monastery, is very different from other monasteries. It is reputed as the lord of Tibetan stupas and is famous for its architecture, sculpture, and mural painting art. Palkhor Monastery enjoys a high status in Tibetan Buddhism history because it houses three sects, Sakyapa, Kadampa and Gelugpa together. It was built in collaboration with the Newari architects and Tibetan artists.
The spectacular Bodhi stupa, or Kumbum in Tibetan was built in 1412 and completed 10 years later. Deemed as the symbol of the monastery, the spectacular "stupa" consists of hundreds of chapels in layers, housing about a hundred thousand images of various icons. The elegant structure is worth visiting. The famous Kumbum pagoda, built in collaboration with Newari artists from Nepal and Tibetan artists, also stands in the same courtyard with nine stories, 108 doors and 77 chapels containing clay sculptures and various murals. The Stupa raises over four symmetrical floors and is surmounted by a gold dome. The dome rises like a crown over four sets of eyes that gaze serenely out in the cardinal directions of the compass.
Upon arrival in Shigatse, transfer to the hotel as booked.
After breakfast, drive to Rongbuk to visit EBC.
It's just over a two-hour walk each way from Rongbuk Monastery to the Everest Base Camp. Vehicles do the trip in about 15 minutes. Above Rongbuk the valley expands into a large glacial outwash plain. There is a short cut from behind the big Chorten at the Monastery, which cuts through a meadow and then past a superbly photogenic complex of ruins called Rong Chung. Until the communist takeover this was a thriving meditation retreat. The road climbs up through a jumble of boulders and glacial debris favoring the left side of the valley. Passing the recently buk.
After breakfast, visit Cho oyu base camp. The drive between Rongbuk and Cho oyu Base camp offers some excellent views of the upper sections of the north side of Everest in addition to. After spending some time there, continue you drive to Shegar which takes approx. 16-17 hrs
After breakfast at the Hotel, start your drive back to Shigatse which takes approx. 5-6Remaining time is at leisure.
Drive Time:10 hours approx.
Distance: 280 kms / 173.9 miles
After breakfast visit Tashilhunpo Monastery.
Tashilunpo Monastery is a historic and culturally important monastery in Tibet. It is located on a hill in the center of Shigatse, the second largest handful of Tashi Lhunpo Monastery monks along with many thousands of Tibetans escaped to India.
Since the early 1980s parts of the Tashilunpo monastery have been open to the public and it is an important tourist attraction in Tibet today.
Today you will be transferred to Lhasa Airport for your final departure.
The above cost includes:
• Necessary arrival/ departure transfers.
• 6nights’ accommodation at - Lhasa using Single Room on Bed & Breakfast basis.
• 2 nights’ accommodation at - Shigtse using Single Room on full board basis.
• 2 nights’ accommodation at - Shegar using Single Room basis on full board basis.
• 1 nights’ accommodation at – Rongb using Single Room basis on full board basis.
• All the sightseeing tour and transfers as per the itinerary with local English speaking local guide by private vehicle.
• Refreshments, bottled drinks.• Tipping.
Insurance and rescue of any form
The above cost that does not include:
• Cost arising out of flight cancellation/road blockades/landslides/riots and events beyond our control.
• Expenses of personal nature and any other expenses not mentioned in the above cost.
• Photography charges and monuments.
• Any items, services and meals which are not included in the above cost inclusion or mentioned in the above itinerary
• 5nights’ accommodation at - Lhasa using Single Room on Bed & Breakfast basis.