Excursion to the Sera and Drepung monasteries which were amidst the largest monastic institutions in the world. The Chorten tombs of three Dalai Lamas are sited at Drepung. Sera is one of the best-preserved monasteries in Tibet. Drive past the beautiful Turquoise lake on the way to the historic town of Gyantse with its unique multi-storied Kumbum Stupa. At Shigatse walk through the massive Tashilungpo monastery and visit the memorial 'Chorten' of the late Panchen Lama.
At the high plains of Old Tingri meet up with the trek crew and start trekking to North Everest Base Camp. The trek will take you up the historic expedition route from Old Tingri to Rongbuk Monastery crossing the Langma La pass (16,900 ft). Later hike up to the North Everest Base Camp and explore the Rongbuk glacier set directly below the massive north-face of Mount Everest. After gazing at the world’s highest mountain scenery from Rongbuk drive by way of the amazing.
|Itinerary in Detail|
Day 01 : FLY KATHMANDU [1310m] LHASA [3660m]
In the morning we will meet & transfer to the Kathmandu airport for the spectacular hour long flight to Lhasa. A China Southwest Airlines Boeing will fly us over much of the magnificent Himalayan range providing us with mountain views the entire way. Once landed at Gongar airport our Tibetan guide will meet you. We must travel two to 2 & half hours (90 km) by Land cruisers to reach the actual city of Lhasa. O/N at Hotel New Mandala (3*) or similar
Day 02 : IN LHASA
On this second day a guide will lead you through several of Lhasa’s many monasteries. The first one we will visit is Sera Monastery, a fifteenth century sprawl of golden roofs and whitewashed walls. This well preserved monastery is located just a few miles North of Lhasa and is home to several hundred monks. In the afternoon we will visit the summer palace of the Dalai Lama, Norbulingka, as well as the Jokhang Temple. This temple is the most revered shrine in all of Tibet and is constantly bustling with devout worshippers. We will also be given the opportunity to shop in Barkor, the crowded central market of Lhasa.
Day 03 : IN LHASA
A trip to Tibet would not be complete without experiencing the vital Potala Palace. This palace is Lhasa's cardinal landmark and is a wonder of Eastern architecture. Your first sight of this massive structure will be a magical moment remembered for years to come. It has been a palace since the fifth or sixth century and was once home to the Dalai Lama. This truly amazing day will ended with a visit to the Drepung Monastery. Once the world’s largest monastery, housing 10,000 monks, Drepung monastery lies hidden in rocky ridges just beyond the city. Surprisingly much of the building was left untouched throughout the Cultural Revolution.
Day 04 : DRIVE LHASA - GYANTSE [3950m] 261 km
The breathtaking view at Khamba La allows one to see all the way to the summit of Nazin Kang Sa. Truly an amazing view! While continuing westward we will travel over the Karo La, a high pass surrounded by stupendous glaciers. The rest of the day will be spent enjoying the many magnificent valleys and exquisite Tibetan villages we pass through. The day will end in the town of Gyantse. We will spend the night in a hotel in this historical city. O/N Holy Lake hotel (**) or Gyantse Hotel (**) or similar.
Day 05 : DRIVE GYANTSE [3950m] - SHIGATSE [3900m] 90km
First thing in the morning we will visit Gyantse Dzong. This fort dates back to the fourteenth century and offers some of the most amazing views of Gyantse and the surrounding valley. Before leaving we will also visit the famed Gyantse Kumbum. This magnificent tiered structure is the largest stupa in all of Tibet. If the exquisite gold dome is not enough, this stupa is packed with Tibetan sculptures and paintings.
The drive today, only 90 km, takes us to the second largest city in Tibet. Shigatse is a laid back city that provides excellent opportunity for both relaxation and exploration. As a group we will explore the local market and the Tahilhumpo Monastery. Tahilhumpo Monastery is one of the largest functioning monasteries in Tibet and was able to last through the Cultural Revolution nearly unscathed. It is a great pleasure to spend some time exploring the busy cobbled lanes twisting around these ancient buildings. O/N Shenkang Hotel (***) or Manasarover Hotel (***) or similar.
Day 06 : DRIVE SHIGATSE [3900m] - SHEGAR [4050m] 244km
The views of this desert plateau provide for wondrous entertainment as we travel along the Friendship Highway. This stretch is some of the most spectacular landscape in Tibet. After passing through the small town of Lhatse we will cross Gyatmso La, the highest pass on our journey. The land quickly descends to plains after Gyatmso La. While traveling through the plains we will see many nomadic herders, quiet countryside, and secluded monasteries. O/N at Everest Hotel (***) or similar
Day 07 : DRIVE SHEGAR [4050m] - RONGBUK [4920m] 96km. Everest Base Camp Excursion (5090m.)
After leaving Shegar we will travel only a short while before turning off the Friendship Highway. Our four wheel drive vehicles will takes us south towards the main Himalayan range while passing over Pang La. The view from the top of Pang La is truly stunning. One is able to see all the way from Makalu to Shishapangma. In the afternoon we will descend into the Rongbuck valley and Everest will jump quickly into view. This is your first chance to catch a glimpse of this awe-inspiring mountain.
Everest Base Camp Excursion (5090m) A 2 hr. trek from The Rongbuk Monastery will lead you to the base of the highest peak on earth - The North Face Of Mount Everest (8848m.) Or Mount Quomolangma in Tibetan. Explore the Base Camp and catch sight of the Rongbuk glacier. O/N at Everest View Hotel (**).
Day 08 : Drive to Zhangmu
Drive back from Tingri, leave Tingri and cross Lalung La and Shung La, two more incredible passes. The views from thee passes are breathtaking once again. While standing on these passes one is surrounded by grandiose mountains such as Shishpangma, Cho Oyu, Gauri Shankar, and more. In the afternoon, drive downhill to Nyalam. Begin descending from the arid Tibetan plateau to the small town of Zhangmu. O/N at Zhangmu Hotel (**).
Day 09 : Zhangmu to Kathmandu(1310m) 123kms
Drive downhill from Zhangmu to The Friendship Bridge where transportation awaits for the group and head to the Nepalese border. The Friendship Bridge lies at the Border of China and Nepal and is only a few kilometers from Zhangmu. It spans the impressive Bhote Koshi River. Sadly we must say goodbye to our Tibetan guide and driver at this point. Our Nepalese staff will meet you at the immigration Control in Kodari and help with all the reentry formalities. The city of Kathmandu, lies only five hours to the south. O/N at the Hotel in Kathmandu.
Above tour cost
(including Tibet permit & Chinese visa & also Everest base camp permit) USD :999
Flight kathmandu-Lhasa USD :425
Total cost USD: 1424 (price for group size at least 4)
Private transportation by Jeep/car/van , Monastery Entrance fee, accommodation in twin sharing room on BB basis, English speaking Tibetan guide through out the tour, Tibet Permit, Chinese visa, Sight seeing as per itinerary and all necessary transfers, flights, airport pick up/drop.
Lunch & Dinner, Charges for photography in the monastery, Insurance of any kind, expenses of personal nature such as drinks, tips and extra cost during Landslide for porter etc.