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Tour Overview

Curious to traverse from the historic wonders of Beijing to the spiritual heights of Tibet? This 11-day journey beckons you. On this travel route, you will immerse in Beijing’s imperial past at the Forbidden City and hike the iconic Mutianyu Great Wall. Also navigate Hutongs, savor the serenity of the Summer Palace, then ascend to Tibet. Explore the sacred halls of the Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple in Lhasa. Witness a Himalayan sunrise over Everest Peak, and find solace at Rongbuk Monastery. Culminate your trip with a cultural encore in Lhasa. Are you ready for an odyssey of history and spirituality?

Highlights of this tour:

1. Step into imperial history at the Forbidden City, where ancient halls and courtyards reveal China’s regal past.
2. Hike the Mutianyu Great Wall, absorbing panoramic views and traversing ancient stones in the heart of history.
3. Navigate Beijing’s Hutongs by rickshaw, connecting with local life, and visit a family for an authentic cultural experience.
4. Stroll through the Summer Palace’s lakeside gardens, savoring the tranquility and imperial elegance surrounding Kunming Lake.
5. Explore the Potala Palace, an architectural wonder in Lhasa, symbolizing Tibetan spirituality and historical grandeur.
6. Join pilgrims at Jokhang Temple, a spiritual nexus in Lhasa, where devotion and ancient traditions intertwine.
7. Witness the sunrise over Yamdrok Lake, its reflective waters and surrounding peaks creating a Himalayan morning spectacle.
8. Greet the dawn at Everest Peak, capturing the sunrise’s ethereal glow and, if fortunate, the famous “flag clouds.”

Day-by-day Itinerary

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  1. Welcome to Beijing! Upon your arrival at the airport, your dedicated guide and driver will be waiting to greet you and then transfer you to your hotel. Take some time to freshen up and relax after your journey. The remainder of the day is free for you to explore the vibrant city of Beijing at your own pace. Consider taking a leisurely stroll around your hotel's neighborhood, discovering local markets, or trying some authentic Chinese cuisine.

    Meal: N/A

    Accommodation: in Beijing

  2. Tiananmen Square, one of the largest public squares in the world, is the first stop of today's tour. Your guide will provide insights into its historical significance and its role in modern China. Following the square, take a short walk to the iconic Forbidden City, which stands as a monumental symbol of imperial power and architectural splendor. Constructed during the Ming and Qing Dynasties, it served as the imperial palace for centuries. The vast complex encompasses over 980 surviving buildings, showcasing traditional Chinese palatial architecture. Visitors can marvel at its ornate halls, beautiful courtyards, and cultural treasures, gaining insights into the opulent lifestyle of Chinese emperors and the rich history of this iconic structure.

    Beijing Forbidden City
    Forbidden City

    After your morning explorations, enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant, savoring a variety of Chinese dishes. The adventure continues with a scenic drive to the Mutianyu Great Wall. Take a cable car to ascend the wall, providing breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape. Once on top, marvel at the grandeur of this ancient fortification. If you're feeling energetic, consider hiking either up or down a section of the wall for a more immersive experience.

    As the day winds down, return to Beijing, and on the way, catch a glimpse of two iconic structures from the outside - the Bird's Nest and the Water Cube. These architectural wonders were built for the 2008 Beijing Olympics and have become iconic symbols of the city.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Beijing

    Hike the Mutianyu Great Wall
    Hike the Mutianyu Great Wall

  3. Begin your day with a visit to the Temple of Heaven. Your guide will lead you to explore this UNESCO World Heritage site, known for its imperial architecture and cultural significance. Immerse yourself in the serene atmosphere as you witness locals practicing Tai Chi and engaging in traditional activities. After that, experience the charm of old Beijing by taking a rickshaw ride through the narrow lanes of the Beijing Hutongs. We will visit a local family in the Hutongs, gaining insights into traditional Beijing life and culture.

    Beijing Hutong Local Family
    Visit a local family in a traditional hutong

    Continue your journey to the Summer Palace, a retreat for emperors during the Qing Dynasty. Explore the beautiful gardens, intricate pavilions, and stunning views of Kunming Lake. Your guide will narrate tales of imperial life and the historical significance of the palace. As the afternoon unfolds, enjoy the serene atmosphere of the Summer Palace before heading back to your hotel. Take in the scenic views as you reflect on the cultural richness experienced throughout the day.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Beijing

  4. After a hearty breakfast, head to the airport for your flight to Lhasa. Prepare to embark on an adventure in the heart of Tibet. Upon arrival in Lhasa, be greeted by your guide and driver. Enjoy a scenic transfer to your hotel, taking in breathtaking views along the river. Spend the rest of the day acclimating to the high altitude, ensuring a smooth transition to the unique and awe-inspiring landscapes of Tibet.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Lhasa

  5. Embark on a spiritual journey as your guide accompanies you to the Potala Palace. Perched majestically on Marpori Hill, the palace is an architectural marvel that epitomizes Tibetan Buddhism's grandeur and spiritual significance. Originally built in the 7th century, the current structure, a stunning blend of Tibetan and Han architectural styles, was established in the 17th century. This UNESCO World Heritage site served as the winter residence of the Dalai Lama and houses numerous chapels, sacred relics, and remarkable murals.

    Potala Palace Lhasa Tibet
    Potala Palace in Lhasa

    After exploring the Potala Palace, enjoy a leisurely lunch at a local restaurant, savoring traditional Tibetan flavors. Continue your exploration of the revered Jokhang Temple. This spiritual center, located in the heart of Lhasa, is a UNESCO World Heritage site and a significant pilgrimage destination. After that, stroll through the surrounding Barkhor Street, a bustling marketplace where you can witness the vibrant local culture and purchase unique Tibetan souvenirs. Note that photography is not allowed inside the chapels of the monasteries, so be sure to respect the sacred surroundings.

    As the day concludes, take some time to absorb the spiritual energy of the places you've visited. Consider exploring local dining options or returning to your hotel for a peaceful evening.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Lhasa

    Tibet Lhasa Barkhor Street
    Barkhor Street

  6. After your breakfast in the hotel, your driver and guide will drive you to Norbulingka Park, a UNESCO-listed palace and park that served as the traditional summer retreat for the Dalai Lama. Renowned for its exquisite combination of Tibetan and Han architectural styles, this expansive complex encompasses beautifully landscaped gardens, palaces, and pavilions. Established in the 18th century, Norbulingka allows visitors to stroll through its serene grounds, admire vibrant murals, and explore the intricacies of Tibetan art and craftsmanship.

    Following that, we will drive to Drepung Monastery, a venerable institution that once stood as one of the world's largest monastic complexes. Founded in 1416, this sprawling monastery held paramount importance in Tibetan Buddhism, housing thousands of monks at its zenith. Its expansive courtyards and magnificent halls, adorned with vibrant murals and sacred artifacts, showcase Tibetan architectural brilliance and artistic splendor. Drepung Monastery is not only a spiritual sanctuary but also a testament to the rich cultural heritage of Tibet.

    Drepung Monastery in Lhasa
    Drepung Monastery

    Continue your journey to the renowned Sera Monastery. Witness the monks engaging in lively debates, a centuries-old tradition that is both enlightening and fascinating. Explore the monastery's architectural wonders and immerse yourself in the spiritual atmosphere.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Lhasa

  7. After a hearty breakfast, depart for Shigatse. Enjoy the picturesque landscapes as you make your way to one of Tibet's stunning gems, Yamdrok Lake. After approximately 1.5 hours, arrive at the lake and take a leisurely walk along its shores. Capture the breathtaking beauty with your camera, creating lasting memories of this tranquil spot. Continue your drive towards Karola Glacier, where you'll have the opportunity to marvel at the icy expanse and take in the surrounding mountainous scenery.

    Tibet Yamdrok Lake
    Yamdrok Lake

    Have lunch in the charming Gyantse town. Ensure you have some snacks and drinks handy, as today involves a longer drive.

    In the afternoon, explore the historical and spiritual wonders of Palcho Monastery and the iconic Kumbum Stupa in Gyantse. Admire the unique architectural features and delve into the cultural significance of these sacred sites. As the day concludes, soak in the serenity of your surroundings during the drive to Shigatse. Arrive at your accommodation, relax, and enjoy a well-deserved evening in this culturally rich city.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Shigatse

  8. As the sun rises, commence the awe-inspiring 8-hour drive from Shigatse to the legendary Mount Everest. Throughout the journey, be captivated by the ever-changing scenery, from picturesque valleys to towering peaks. Your guide will provide insights into the geography and cultural significance of the region. Enjoy intermittent stops to absorb the breathtaking views of the Himalayan range, capturing stunning photographs of the towering peaks. Embrace the spiritual energy that emanates from this sacred landscape.

    Rongbuk Monastery With Everest
    Rongbuk Monastery with the scenery of Mount Everest as the background

    Upon arrival at Mount Everest, transfer to a bus that will take you to Rongbuk Monastery. Set against the dramatic backdrop of the world's highest peak, the monastery offers a serene atmosphere for contemplation. Take a short rest, allowing the altitude adjustment to enhance your experience. Explore the centuries-old halls of Rongbuk Monastery, learning about its history and significance in Tibetan Buddhism. Marvel at the architecture and intricate details of this spiritual haven nestled beneath the mighty Everest.

    After that, have an expedition to Everest Base Camp, the starting point for mountaineers aiming to conquer the world's highest summit. As you explore, encounter numerous Mani Stones, each inscribed with prayers, creating a sacred atmosphere. Capture the magnificence of the iconic stone tablet against the backdrop of Mount Everest.

    If you join the tour during the period from November to March, you will be arranged to stay overnight at a guesthouse near Everest Base Camp.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: at Everest Base Camp

  9. Rise with the dawn to witness the spectacular sunrise over Everest Peak. The morning light paints the snow-capped summit in hues of gold and pink, creating a breathtaking panorama. Keep an eye out for the elusive "flag clouds," a phenomenon that adds an extra layer of magic to the scene. Capture these moments with your camera as you absorb the awe-inspiring beauty of the world's highest peak.

    Mount Everest Sunrise Tibet
    Sunrise View of Mount Everest

    After the sunrise tour, drive to Tingri Town for a well-deserved lunch. Enjoy the local flavors and recharge for the next part of your journey. After that, drive to Lhatse, a town surrounded by picturesque landscapes. Marvel at the changing scenery as you travel through the Himalayan region. Upon arrival in Lhatse, settle into your accommodation and unwind from the day's adventures.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Lhatse

  10. Following breakfast, set out on a picturesque drive to Sakya Monastery. Established in the 11th century, Sakya is renowned for its unique architectural style, characterized by imposing fortress-like walls. The monastery houses a vast collection of scriptures, artifacts, and murals that vividly depict Tibetan Buddhist philosophy and history. Sakya Monastery played a pivotal role in shaping Tibetan religious and political dynamics. Visitors are captivated by the monastery's cultural treasures, evocative murals, and the spiritual ambiance that permeates its sacred halls, making it a significant pilgrimage site in the heart of Tibet.

    Tibet Sakya Monastery
    Sakya Monastery

    Continue the journey with a 3-hour drive to Shigatse for a delightful lunch. This bustling city is an important religious site and the traditional seat of the Panchen Lama. Drive approximately 5 hours back to Lhasa, retracing the scenic route through Tibet. Arrive in Lhasa and check into your hotel, where you can relax and reflect on the diverse experiences of the day.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Lhasa

  11. Savor your last moments in Tibet with a leisurely morning. Enjoy the comfort of your hotel or take a stroll through the local surroundings, soaking in the unique atmosphere of Lhasa. Your driver will escort you to the airport for your onward journey. Catch your flight to your next destination or return home.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: N/A

Tour Price Per Person

The price varies depending on the activity, number of people, travel date, and selected hotel. Please contact us for a specific price.

Price Includes

  • 10 nights' accommodation;
  • Meals listed in the itinerary;
  • Tibet Travel Permit;
  • Economy flights from Beijing to Lhasa;
  • 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;
  • 1 bottle of mineral water per person per day;
  • China Travel Insurance.

Price Excludes

  • Flight/train tickets to Beijing / 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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