Tibet Potala Palace
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Tour Overview

Explore the mystical landscapes of Tibet in this 8-day journey. Begin in Lhasa, delving into its cultural heart with visits to Potala Palace and Barkhor Street. Experience the warmth of Dadong Village, witness lively debates at Sera Monastery, and venture to the serene Yamdroktso Lake. Marvel at the sunrise over Everest, delve into Gyantse’s cultural treasures, and conclude at Tashilhunpo Monastery. This immersive tour weaves spiritual encounters, local hospitality, and breathtaking scenery, offering a profound insight into the unique tapestry of Tibetan life and traditions.

Highlights of this tour:

1. Potala Palace Majesty: Marvel at the awe-inspiring Potala Palace, an architectural marvel where history and spirituality converge amidst panoramic Himalayan views.
2. Yamdroktso Serenity: Experience the tranquility of Yamdroktso Lake, a pristine body of water surrounded by majestic snow-capped peaks.
3. Sunrise Over Everest: Witness the magical sunrise over Mt. Everest, an ethereal moment that bathes the world’s highest peak in golden hues.
4. Local Hospitality in Dadong: Immerse yourself in the warmth of Tibetan hospitality with a visit to a local family in Dadong Village.
5. Gyantse’s Cultural Tapestry: Explore Gyantse’s Pelkor Chode Monastery, adorned with the intricate Kumbum Stupa, a living testament to Tibetan artistry and spirituality.
6. Tashilhunpo’s Spiritual Grandeur: Stand in awe at Tashilhunpo Monastery, home to the towering Future Buddha statue, embodying centuries of Tibetan spiritual heritage.

Day-by-day Itinerary

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  1. Upon arrival in Tibet, your guide and driver will warmly welcome you, providing insights into the rich cultural tapestry of Lhasa. The drive to your hotel offers glimpses of the city's unique architecture and mountainous backdrop.

    Take the rest of the day to acclimate to the high altitude, perhaps enjoying a leisurely stroll around your hotel to appreciate the local ambiance.

    Meal: N/A

    Accommodation: in Lhasa

  2. Start the day with a visit to the iconic Potala Palace, immersing yourself in its historical significance and stunning architecture. Explore both the White and Red Palaces, each with its unique charm.

    Potala Palace
    Potala Palace

    Journey to the sacred Jokhang Temple, a revered spiritual sanctuary and a UNESCO World Heritage site. With a history dating back to the 7th century, it is a pinnacle of Tibetan Buddhist architecture.

    Afternoon exploration of Barkhor Street, a bustling marketplace where you can engage with local vendors, sample Tibetan cuisine, and purchase traditional handicrafts.

    Return to your hotel, reflecting on the day's cultural and spiritual experiences.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Lhasa

    Tibet Barkhor Street
    Barkhor Street

  3. Delve into the local culture with a visit to a Tibetan family in Dadong Village. Experience traditional hospitality, learn about daily life, and perhaps participate in some local activities.

    Continue your spiritual journey with a visit to Sera Monastery, where the lively debates among monks offer a unique perspective on Tibetan Buddhism's intellectual traditions.

    Return to Lhasa, savoring the memories of the day's enriching experiences.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Lhasa

    Tibet-Lhasa Sera Monastery
    Sera Monastery

  4. Embark on a scenic drive to Yamdroktso Lake, surrounded by snow-capped mountains. Take time to appreciate the pristine beauty of this sacred lake.

    Tibet Yamdroktso Lake
    Yamdroktso Lake

    Pause to marvel at the grandeur of the Karola Glacier, a stunning natural wonder. Stop by Manla Reservoir to experience the beauty of the vast reservoir against a backdrop of majestic mountains. The area is ideal for leisurely walks, picnics, and enjoying the serene atmosphere.

    Tibet Karola Glacier
    Karola Glacier

    Continue driving to explore Pelkor Chode Monastery in Gyantse, appreciating the artistry of the Kumbum Stupa and the historical significance of the site.

    As the day concludes, relax and absorb the tranquility of the Tibetan landscapes.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Shigatse

    Tibet Manla Reservoir
    Manla Reservoir

  5. Begin the day with a picturesque drive through mountainous terrain, stopping at Pang La Pass for breathtaking views of the Himalayas.

    Arrive at Rongbuk Monastery, situated in the shadow of Mt. Everest. Take in the awe-inspiring surroundings and prepare for the spiritual experience that lies ahead.

    Tibet Everest Base Camp
    Everest Base Camp

    Notes:

    1. Tent camp: normally 8-12 people would share a tent together but it's clean. Please note that the tent camp has very limited facilities and food options, don't expect room facilities and services like in urban hotels.
    2. If the tent camp is removed from October to April due to the cold weather, you will stay overnight in the monastery guesthouse.
    3. Due to the high altitude and cold weather, you are recommended to keep warm and drink a lot of water to reduce altitude sickness symptoms.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in EBC Tent or Guesthouse

  6. If weather permits, wake up early to witness the mesmerizing sunrise over Mt. Everest, a truly magical moment. Further explore Rongbuk Monastery, appreciating its unique blend of spirituality and natural beauty.

    Mount Everest Sunrise Tibet
    Sunrise View of Mount Everest

    Begin the journey back to Shigatse, reflecting on the profound experiences of the past days.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Shigatse

  7. After breakfast, follow your guide to visit Tashilhunpo Monastery, a sacred Tibetan Buddhist site and the traditional seat of the Panchen Lama. Dating back to the 15th century, it boasts magnificent chapels, ornate stupas, and the grand Maitreya Buddha statue. Visitors can explore the monastery's architectural wonders, witness traditional rituals, and enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding Himalayan landscapes.

    Tibet Tashilhunpo Monastery
    Tashilhunpo Monastery

    Enjoy the scenic drive back to Lhasa, with opportunities to capture the changing landscapes.

    In the evening, take a moment to capture the illuminated Potala Palace, creating a lasting memory of your time in Tibet.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Lhasa

  8. Make the most of your free morning, perhaps revisiting a favorite spot or indulging in some last-minute souvenir shopping.

    Your driver will accompany you to the airport, ensuring a smooth departure. As you bid farewell to Lhasa, carry with you the cultural richness and spiritual serenity of this extraordinary journey in the heart of Tibet.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: N/A

Price Includes

  • 6 nights' accommodation in hotels and 1 night in Big Tent with near Rongbuk Monastery;
  • Tibet Travel Permits;
  • Meals listed in the itinerary;
  • Oxygen bottles/Oxygen tank cylinders during the tour days in Tibet;
  • Private air-conditioned vehicle with licensed drivers;
  • Excellent local English-speaking tour guides services as mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Entrance tickets as mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Everest Base Camp Eco-car;
  • 1 bottle of mineral water per person per day;
  • China Travel Insurance.

Price Excludes

  • Flight/train tickets to/off Lhasa;
  • Any optional activities inside the attractions;
  • Any item not mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Single Room Supplement;
  • All kinds of gratuities for guides, drivers & others.
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