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Tour Overview

On this 10-day Tibet tour from Chengdu, your expert guides will take you to explore the vibrant contrasts of Chengdu’s urban charm and Lhasa’s spiritual allure. You will immerse in Chengdu’s lively ambiance, encounter pandas, and stroll ancient streets. As you travel towards Lhasa, witness the breathtaking transition from lush lowlands to the majestic Tibetan plateau.

In Lhasa, uncover the heart of Tibetan culture at Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, and serene monasteries. Venture towards Everest, marvel at its majesty, and savor sunrise vistas. This diverse odyssey seamlessly blends cultural immersion and natural wonders, leaving indelible memories of China’s southwestern wonders.

Highlights of this tour:

1. Encounter playful pandas and explore the serene Wenshu Temple, immersing yourself in the charm of Sichuan’s capital.
2. Marvel at Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, and the monk debates at Sera Monastery, delving into Tibet’s rich culture.
3. Absorb breathtaking views on an 8-hour drive to Everest, exploring Rongbuk Monastery and Base Camp against the Himalayan backdrop.
4. Witness the magic of Everest at sunrise, capturing the world’s highest peak bathed in golden hues and “flag clouds.”
5. Explore Sakya Monastery’s unique blend of Mongolian and Tibetan architecture, unlocking the historical and spiritual treasures within.

Day-by-day Itinerary

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  1. Upon your arrival at Chengdu, your friendly guide and driver will be waiting for you at the airport. They will warmly welcome you and transfer you to your hotel, ensuring a smooth and comfortable start to your journey. Once you've settled in, take the rest of the day to explore the city at your own pace. Chengdu, with its unique blend of modernity and tradition, offers a multitude of options for exploration. Consider taking a leisurely stroll around the hotel, discovering nearby landmarks, or indulging in local cuisine for an authentic taste of Chengdu's culinary delights.

    Meal: Dinner

    Accommodation: in Chengdu

  2. Today, you will enjoy a Chengdu city tour with pandas and cultural delights. The Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding is the first stop, which is a haven for these adorable creatures. Witness the playful antics of baby pandas and gain insights into the conservation efforts dedicated to preserving this beloved species. Engage with experts to learn about the lifestyle habits of pandas, their conservation status, and the ongoing research projects.

    Chengdu Pandas
    Baby Pandas in Chengdu Giant Panda Base

    After an enriching panda experience, head to a tranquil Buddhist sanctuary - Wenshu Temple, which provides a peaceful retreat from the bustling city. Marvel at the exquisite architecture, explore the serene gardens, and perhaps participate in a traditional tea ceremony to immerse yourself in the local culture.

    Renmin Park is a lively public space that captures the essence of Chengdu's leisurely lifestyle. Savor a cup of tea in a charming tea house and relish the opportunity to engage with locals practicing Tai Chi or playing traditional instruments. Continue your exploration with a visit to Jinli Old Street, a bustling area filled with vibrant shops and stalls. Indulge your taste buds with a variety of local snacks and delicacies. Immerse yourself in the historical ambiance as you stroll through the narrow lanes, lined with traditional Sichuan-style architecture.

    Wrap up your day with an optional evening activity, a captivating performance of Sichuan Face Changing Opera. Witness the mesmerizing art of face-changing, a traditional Chinese dramatic art form that adds a touch of mystery and excitement to your cultural experience in Chengdu.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Chengdu

    Sichuan Opera Face-changing
    Sichuan Opera Face Changing

  3. After a hearty breakfast, take a scenic flight to Lhasa, the heart of Tibet. Upon landing, your knowledgeable guide and driver will be ready to welcome you. Prepare to be mesmerized by the breathtaking landscapes as you make your way to the hotel, with the majestic Yarlung Tsangpo River providing a stunning backdrop to your journey.

    Upon reaching your hotel, take some time to relax and acclimate to the high altitude of Lhasa. It's essential to allow your body to adjust gradually. Consider taking a short stroll around the vicinity of your hotel to appreciate the unique atmosphere of this ancient city. Take in the fresh mountain air and begin to immerse yourself in the distinct cultural ambiance that defines Lhasa.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Lhasa

    Lhasa Yarlung Tsangpo River
    Natural views of the Yarlung Tsangpo River

  4. Begin your day with a visit to the majestic Potala Palace, the political and religious centerpiece of Tibet. Marvel at the architectural grandeur of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, perched atop the Red Hill. Your guide will provide insights into the historical and cultural significance of Potala Palace as you explore its various chambers, including the White Palace and the Red Palace, which house numerous sacred relics and artifacts.

    Potala Palace in Lhasa
    Potala Palace

    In the afternoon, continue your cultural journey with a visit to Jokhang Temple, a revered religious site that draws pilgrims from all corners of Tibet. Explore the intricately designed chapels and witness devotees engaged in prayer rituals. The temple's spiritual ambiance and cultural richness make it a must-visit destination. (Note: Photography is not allowed in the chapels of the monasteries, so be sure to respect this rule during your visits.)

    Conclude your day with a leisurely stroll around Barkhor Street, a bustling market. Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere as you browse through traditional Tibetan handicrafts, artifacts, and souvenirs. The lively street is also a place of pilgrimage and features a circular path for the traditional kora, a ritual circumambulation.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Lhasa

  5. After breakfast, your guide will take you to start today's tour with a visit to Norbulingka Park, the summer palace of the Dalai Lamas. Wander through the lush gardens, adorned with vibrant flowers and traditional Tibetan architecture. Also. explore the various palaces and pavilions, each with its unique historical and cultural significance. Next, drive to Drepung Monastery, one of the largest monastic complexes in Tibet. Follow your guide to explore the expansive grounds and witness the intricate murals and sculptures that adorn the monastery. Learn about the rich history and spiritual practices that have shaped Drepung Monastery over the centuries.

    Lhasa Norbulingka Park
    Norbulingka Park

    Then, head to Sera Monastery, a six hundred-year-old temple known for its unique tradition of monk debates. You will witness the lively and intellectually stimulating debates among monks in the monastery's courtyard. This centuries-old practice is an integral part of Tibetan Buddhist education and provides a fascinating insight into the monastic life.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Lhasa

  6. Bid farewell to Lhasa and embark on a picturesque drive to Shigatse. After 1.5 hours, arrive at the breathtaking Yamdrok Lake. Take a leisurely walk along its shores, capturing the stunning views of the turquoise lake against the backdrop of snow-capped mountains. This serene setting provides an excellent opportunity for beautiful photos and a peaceful break.

    Yamdrok Lake Tibet
    A yak by the lake of Yamdrok Lake

    Continue your scenic drive, passing through the mesmerizing landscapes of Tibet. Marvel at the awe-inspiring Karola Glacier, a magnificent ice formation surrounded by towering peaks. Take time to absorb the natural beauty and snap some memorable photos. After a delightful lunch in Gyantse town, proceed to Palcho Monastery, renowned for its unique architecture and the iconic Kumbum Stupa. Explore the monastery complex, admiring the ancient murals and sculptures that depict Tibetan Buddhist artistry. The Kumbum Stupa, with its multiple tiers and chapels, is a cultural treasure.

    Note: Pack some food and drinks for today's long drive to ensure comfort during the journey.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Shigatse

  7. Start your day with a hearty breakfast before taking an unforgettable 8-hour drive to the majestic Mount Everest. Along the way, be captivated by the breathtaking views of towering peaks and pristine landscapes that characterize the journey to the world's highest mountain. The awe-inspiring scenery serves as a prelude to the grandeur that awaits.

    Tibet Mt. Everest
    Mt. Everest

    Upon arrival, take a bus to Rongbuk Monastery, a spiritual haven nestled in the shadow of Everest. Enjoy a short rest and then immerse yourself in the tranquility of the monastery. Marvel at its architectural beauty and absorb the sacred atmosphere. Following this, venture to Everest Base Camp, where you'll encounter the iconic Mani Stones, symbols of blessings and prayers. Capture the essence of this extraordinary location with photographs against the backdrop of the world's highest peak.

    If your visit coincides with the period from November to March, savor the unique opportunity to stay overnight at a guesthouse near Everest Base Camp.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: at Everest Base Camp

    Everest Base Camp in Tibet
    Everest Base Camp

  8. Wake up early to witness the magical sunrise over Everest, a truly awe-inspiring moment. The first light paints the peak in golden hues, creating a breathtaking spectacle. If luck is on your side, you may even witness the mesmerizing "flag clouds" dancing around the summit. Capture this unforgettable moment as you bask in the unparalleled beauty of the world's highest point.

    Sunrise over the Mount Everest
    The Breathtaking Sunrise over the Mount Everest

    After the sunrise experience, drive to Tingri Town for a well-deserved breakfast. Take in the scenery and relish the memories of your Everest adventure. Resume your journey with a 5-6 hour drive to Lhatse, soaking in the changing landscapes as you travel through the Tibetan plateau. Arrive in Lhatse, a town with its own unique charm, and prepare for further exploration in the days to come.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Lhatse

  9. After a fulfilling breakfast, drive to Sakya Monastery. This ancient monastery, renowned for its historical significance and distinctive architecture, is a treasure trove of Tibetan culture and spirituality. Explore the various chapels adorned with intricate murals, and witness the unique blend of Mongolian and Tibetan architectural styles that define Sakya Monastery.

    Sakya Monastery Tibet
    Sakya Monastery

    Following the monastery tour, drive for approximately 3 hours to Shigatse, Tibet's second-largest city. Enjoy a delightful lunch in Shigatse before a scenic 5-hour drive back to Lhasa. Along the way, soak in the mesmerizing landscapes that have become familiar during your Tibetan adventure. Arrive in Lhasa in the late afternoon, allowing time for relaxation and reflection on the rich experiences of your journey.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Lhasa

  10. Savor a leisurely morning in Lhasa, taking the opportunity to explore any last-minute sights, indulge in local cuisine, or simply relax and absorb the unique ambiance of the city. This free time allows for flexibility, ensuring you can tailor your final moments in Lhasa to your preferences. After that, your driver will escort you to the airport or train station, depending on your mode of transportation to the next destination or home.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: N/A

Tour Price ($=USD)

From $1899 P.P, which is based on a private tour for 2 people. The price varies depending on the activity, number of people, travel date, and selected hotel.

Price Includes

  • 9 nights' accommodation;
  • Meals listed in the itinerary;
  • Tibet Travel Permit;
  • Private air-conditioned vehicle with licensed drivers;
  • Economy flights from Chengdu to Lhasa;
  • Excellent local English-speaking tour guides services as mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Entrance tickets as mentioned in the itinerary;
  • 1 bottle of mineral water per person per day;
  • China Travel Insurance.

Price Excludes

  • Flight/train tickets to Chengdu / 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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