Potala Palace in Tibet
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Tour Overview

Widely known as the world’s “Third Pole”, Tibet seems to be a dreamland for most travelers. It is not only about snowy mountains, plateaus, holy lakes, and more natural scenery that will allure you at the first sight, but also the fascinating religious architecture, and devout faith of Buddhism.

This 8 Days Tibet Tour of Lhasa-Gyantse-Shigatse-Mt. Everest will take you to meet the best highlight attractions on the “roof of the world”. You will meet holy Potala Palace, majestic Sera Monastery, and breathtaking natural landscapes like Yamdroktso Lake, Karola Glacier and awesome Mt. Everest from afar.

Highlights of this tour:

*Uncover precious Buddhist artworks and stories of Dalai Lamas in Potala Palace.
*Stroll along Barkhor Street to look into Tibetan’s daily life and devout faith.
*Immerse yourself in the amazing scene of Yamdrok Lake and the neighboring Karola Glacier.
*Visit the highest-elevation monastery – Rongbuk Monastery which provides an ideal viewpoint of Mt. Everest.
*Unlock stories of Panchen Lamas in Tashilhunpo Monastery.  
*Explore the fabulous Mt. Everest Base Camp.

Day-by-day Itinerary

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  1. Thank you for joining our Tibet trip! Upon your arrival at Lhasa airport, your local English-speaking guide and driver will welcome you at the exit gate and accompany you to the downtown hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is free for you to acclimate to the high altitude and weather in Lhasa (altitude of 3,600m).
     Overnight in Lhasa
  2. Start today with a visit to Potala Palace (altitude of 3700m) - a Tibetan landmark and highlight of the Lhasa trip. Some zigzag stone paths will lead you to the top to appreciate the Tibetan-style architectures and amazing panoramic view of urban Lhasa area. Then walk into the White Palace and Red Palace to explore the resplendent chambers with exquisite Thangkas, wall paintings, Buddha statues, and more Buddhist artworks, and learn the history of the palace and stories of Dalai Lamas.

    Tibet Potala Palace
    Potala Palace

    Continue your exploration to the holy Jokhang Temple - the spiritual heart of Tibetan Buddhism where hundreds of pilgrims from different places come to worship Buddha everyday. Combining Tibetan, Chinese, Indian and Nepalese architecture styles, Jokhang Temple has stood the test of time for over 1300 years, and impress many visitors with a life-sized 12-year-old-like Shakyamuni statue interior.

    Tibet Jokhang Temple
    Jokhang Temple

    After coming out of the Jokhang Temple, you will make your way through crowds of pilgrims and visitors on the Barkhor Street which encircles the Jokhang Temple. Here a wide variety of restaurants, stores of handicrafts and Tibetan religious articles, and ancient Tibetan architectures will allow you a deeper glimpse into the life and faith of local Tibetans.

    Then, transfer back to your hotel.

    Overnight in Lhasa

  3. Today is the exploration of two significant monasteries in Tibet. The first one is Drepung Monastery - the largest monastery of Tibetan Buddhism. Housing immense temples and chapels, it is the place where Dalai Lamas and many important Tibetan leaders used to study.

    Tibet Drepung Monastery
    Drepung Monastery

    The second monastery for today is Sera Monastery. This is the second largest monastery in Tibet. It got its fame for the daily route of the monks when they gather in the courtyard and debate intensely about Buddhism with dance-like gestures.

    Tibet Sera Monastery debate about Buddhism
    Monks debate about Buddhism in Sera Monastery

    Transfer back to your hotel in the end.

    Overnight in Lhasa

  4. You will drive to Shigatse today, and many natural beauties are waiting for you along the way. The first site is Yamdrok Lake (altitude of 4,441 meters), one of the three holiest lakes in Tibet. The turquoise water in sunny days, surrounding snowy mountains, fertile pastures dotted with Tibetan villages, herds of yaks and sheep combined to make it the most breathtaking beauty in southern Tibet.

    Tibet Yamdroktso Lake 1
    Yamdroktso Lake

    Not far away from Yamdrok Lake is the imposing Karola Glacier (altitude of 5400 meters) where you will be greeted by spectacular white glacier stretching from the top of icy and perennially frozen peaks.

    Tibet karora glacier
    Karora Glacier

    Keep driving from Karola Glacier, you will see the Manla Reservoir. It is an artificial lake embedded between the awe-inspiring mountains which were decorated into a wonderland with the colorful fluttering prayer flags and turquoise water.

    Then, you will arrive at Gyantse, and visit the iconic Palcho Monastery. Architecturally, the monastery is a fusion of Han, Tibetan and Nepali architecture styles. Kumbum Stupa (aka the Ten Thousand Buddha Pagodas) is widely known as its symbol, highlighting 'tower upon tower' structure, and 76 small chapels with thousands of Buddha statues, images and murals.

    Overnight in Shigatse

  5. Continue your Tibet exploration after breakfast. You will drive around 150 km to Lhatse where you can enjoy lunch in a local restaurant.

    Then continue driving to Rongbuk Monastery. If the weather is good, you will see Mt. Everest from afar on the way.

    Before a 4-6 hours drive take you to Rongbuk Monastery, you will cross the Pang La Pass which is considered one of the best viewpoints to enjoy Himalaya and some of the most majestic Tibetan ridges.

    Friendly Tip: Today you’ll stay overnight in Rongbuk guesthouse. Please note that the guesthouse is barely-furnished without independent toilets due to in such a harsh geographical conditions. There is only dorm bed lodging available, and breakfast is not included.

    Overnight in Rongbuk Monastery Guesthouse

    Tibet Everest Base Camp

  6. If weather is good, you can get up early to enjoy the gorgeous sunrise view of Mount Everest from Rongbuk Monastery Guesthouse. Walk around 15mins, you will arrive at the amazing Everest Base Camp, and have a relaxing walk there to memorize the holy moment.

    Then head to Rongbuk Monastery, the highest-elevation monastery in the world sitting 5,100 meters above sea level. Lying near the north slope of Mount Everest, the monastery is widely known as the best viewpoint to appreciate the highest peak in the world.

    After visiting Rongbuk Monastery, you will drive about 6 hours back to Shigatse.

    Special note: Since Everest Base Camp is not available to the public now, tourists can go as far as the Rongbuk Monastery to enjoy Mount Everest from afar.

    Overnight in Shigatse

    Tibet Rongbuk Monastery 3
    Rongbuk Monastery

  7. After breakfast, you will be accompanied to the Tashilhunpo Monastery (altitude: 3,800m/12,467 feet) the largest Gelug Monastery in Shigatse prefecture, and the traditional residence of Panchen Lamas. Besides the gorgeous architectures and pagodas with golden roofs and red walls, it is also renowned for the enormous statue of Future Buddha which is the largest one of the same kind in the world.

    Later, drive around 5 hours back to Lhasa.

    On the way, you can enjoy the breathtaking view of endless mountains.

    Overnight in Lhasa

    Tibet Tashilhunpo Monastery
    Tashilhunpo Monastery

  8. Enjoy your free time until the pickup time. You will be escorted to the Lhasa airport for departure. This is the end of your 8 days Tibet Classic Tour.

Price Includes

  • Tibet Travel Permits;
  • 6 nights of 3 or 4 star hotels (twin sharing accommodation with breakfast), 1 night Dorm or Big Tent with humble accommodation near Rongpuk Monastery;
  • All land transportation by air-conditioned vehicle with licensed driver;
  • Pickup service and drop off service from Lhasa airport at designated period of time;
  • Professional English speaking tour guide service;
  • Entrance tickets as mentioned in itinerary;
  • Government taxes and service charges;
  • One welcome or welfare dinner;
  • Oxygen bottles/Oxygen tank cylinder provided during the tour days in Tibet;
  • Everest Base Camp Eco-car.

Price Excludes

  • Any optional golf car/battery car/shuttle bus/camel ride/boat cruise etc. inside attractions;
  • Lunches and Dinners, Breakfast at Rongpuk Monastery;
  • Gratuities is highly appreciated if you think we did a great job;
  • Flights to and from Lhasa;
  • Single room supplement fee if clients request a private hotel room;
  • Any item not mentioned in itinerary.
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