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Tour Overview

Experience the mesmerizing allure of Tibet on this 8-day journey. Begin in Lhasa, unraveling the cultural tapestry with visits to Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, and Barkhor Street. Venture to Shigatse, where Yamdrok Lake and the Karola Glacier captivate. Ascend to Mount Everest, marveling at Rongbuk Monastery and Everest Base Camp’s spiritual aura. Explore Tashilhunpo Monastery before returning to Lhasa, capturing the illuminated Potala Palace at night. This classic Tibetan odyssey seamlessly blends cultural immersion, scenic wonders, and spiritual encounters, leaving indelible memories of the Roof of the World.

Highlights of this tour:

1. Potala Palace Marvel: Ascend the historic Potala Palace, immersed in Tibetan history, adorned with vibrant murals, and offering panoramic views of Lhasa.
2. Yamdrok Lake Bliss: Enchant in the turquoise waters of sacred Yamdrok Lake, framed by snow-capped peaks, a serene stop on your drive to Shigatse.
3. Everest Majesty: Stand in awe at Everest Base Camp, surrounded by prayer-inscribed Mani Stones, as the world’s highest peak graces the horizon.
4. Rongbuk Monastery: Visit the world’s highest monastery, Rongbuk, nestled against Everest’s grandeur, a spiritual haven on your journey to Mount Everest.
5. Tashilhunpo Tranquility: Explore Tashilhunpo Monastery, seat of the Panchen Lama, adorned with intricate art, and home to the towering Future Buddha statue.

Day-by-day Itinerary

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  1. Welcome to Tibet! Upon your arrival at Lhasa, your experienced guide and driver will warmly greet you at the airport and accompany you to your hotel. En route, be captivated by the breathtaking views along the Yarlung Tsangpo River, setting the tone for the natural beauty that awaits during your stay.

    Lhasa Yarlung Tsangpo River
    Natural views of the Yarlung Tsangpo River

    Once at the hotel, take some time to rest and acclimate to the high altitude. (Ensure you stay hydrated and take it easy to acclimate to the high altitude)

    Meal: N/A

    Accommodation: in Lhasa

  2. Begin your exploration of Lhasa with a guided tour of the awe-inspiring Potala Palace. This architectural masterpiece was once the winter residence of the Dalai Lama and stands as a testament to Tibetan history and culture. Delve deeper into the Potala Palace, exploring both the White Palace, which served as the administrative center, and the Red Palace, a spiritual haven adorned with vibrant murals, intricate carvings, and sacred relics. Take a moment to absorb the spiritual energy that permeates this sacred site and enjoy panoramic views of the city below.

    Potala Palace Lhasa
    Potala Palace

    Next, immerse yourself in the spiritual ambiance of Jokhang Temple, another UNESCO-listed site. Admire the temple's fusion of Nepalese, Indian, and Tibetan architectural styles as your guide shares insights into its religious and cultural importance. Conclude your today's cultural exploration with a leisurely stroll along Barkhor Street, a bustling marketplace that encircles Jokhang Temple. Absorb the vibrant atmosphere, interact with locals, and browse through traditional Tibetan handicrafts and souvenirs.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Lhasa

    Tibet Barkhor Street
    Barkhor Street

  3. In the morning, you will be taken to Norbulingka Park, a tranquil haven that once served as the summer residence for the Dalai Lama. Wander through beautifully landscaped gardens, admire traditional Tibetan architecture, and gain insights into the leisurely pursuits of Tibetan royalty.

    Following Norbulingka, your journey takes you to the historic Drepung Monastery. As one of the "Great Three" Gelug University Monasteries, Drepung offers a glimpse into Tibetan Buddhism's profound teachings and the monastic way of life. Explore its sprawling complex, characterized by white-washed walls and golden roofs, and soak in the spiritual ambiance. Continue your monastic exploration at Sera Monastery, renowned for its unique tradition of monk debates. Witness the lively and intellectually stimulating debates conducted by monks in the monastery's courtyard, a fascinating display of Tibetan Buddhist dialectics.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Lhasa

    Sera Monastery in Lhasa
    Monks debating in Sera Monastery

  4. After a hearty breakfast, prepare for a picturesque drive to Shigatse. En route, marvel at the beauty of Yamdrok Lake, one of Tibet's sacred lakes with stunning turquoise waters. Take in the panoramic views of the surrounding snow-capped mountains, creating a backdrop of unparalleled natural beauty.

    Tibet Yamdrok Lake
    Yamdrok Lake

    Continue your journey to admire the impressive Karola Glacier, a gleaming mass of ice nestled between towering peaks. Capture the breathtaking scenery and enjoy a moment of serenity amidst nature's grandeur. Following your scenic stops, head to Gyantse for a well-deserved lunch.

    Post-lunch, explore the historic Palcho Monastery, known for its harmonious combination of Tibetan, Han, and Nepalese architectural styles. Don't miss the iconic Kumbum Stupa, a multi-storied structure adorned with intricate murals and statues.

    Palcho Monastery in Shigatse
    Palcho Monastery

    Note: Given the length of today's drive, ensure you pack ample food and drinks to stay refreshed and energized throughout this day of exploration. Your journey will not only reveal the cultural richness of Tibet but also showcase its breathtaking landscapes.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Shigatse

  5. Fuel up with a hearty breakfast as you prepare for an unforgettable day. Embark on an approximately 8-hour scenic drive to Mount Everest, immersing yourself in the awe-inspiring beauty of the Himalayan peaks along the way. Marvel at the breathtaking landscapes that unfold, capturing the essence of Tibet's rugged yet serene terrain.

    Tibet Mt. Everest
    Mt. Everest

    Upon reaching your destination, take a bus to the renowned Rongbuk Monastery, the world's highest monastery, situated against the backdrop of the majestic Everest. Explore the monastery, steeped in spiritual significance and surrounded by an aura of tranquility.

    Continue your adventure to Everest Base Camp, a place of pilgrimage for those seeking to conquer the world's highest peak. Absorb the surreal atmosphere and witness the vast expanse of the Himalayan range. Admire the countless Mani Stones, inscribed with prayers and blessings, contributing to the sacred ambiance of the site.

    Note: If your visit falls between November to March, you'll be accommodated at a guesthouse near Everest Base Camp, ensuring an intimate experience with this natural wonder.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: at Everest Base Camp

    Tibet Everest Base Camp
    Everest Base Camp

  6. Set your alarm early for a breathtaking sunrise experience over Everest Peak. If weather conditions permit, witness the ethereal beauty of the first light touching the world's highest point, creating a spectacle that is both humbling and awe-inspiring. Keep an eye out for the famous "flag clouds," a unique phenomenon that adds a touch of mystique to the sunrise.

    Mount Everest Sunrise Tibet
    Sunrise View of Mount Everest

    After soaking in this once-in-a-lifetime moment, begin your journey back to Shigatse. Reflect on the unparalleled beauty of Mount Everest and the spiritual journey you've undertaken, filled with cultural treasures and natural wonders. Your memories of Tibet's roof will linger, creating a lasting connection to this extraordinary land.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Shigatse

  7. Commence your day with a visit to the Tashilhunpo Monastery, a significant religious site and seat of the Panchen Lama. You will explore the sprawling complex adorned with intricate artwork and rich history. Marvel at the giant statue of the Future Buddha, which is a highlight of the monastery.

    Tibet Tashilhunpo Monastery
    Tashilhunpo Monastery

    After immersing yourself in the spiritual ambiance of Tashilhunpo, embark on a scenic 5-hour drive back to Lhasa. Along the journey, relish the landscapes and reflect on the diverse experiences Tibet has offered. Upon your return to Lhasa, take the opportunity to capture the mesmerizing night view of the Potala Palace on your own. The illuminated palace against the night sky creates a magical and enchanting scene, providing a fitting end to your exploration of Tibet.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Lhasa

  8. Savor your free time in the morning, allowing for some last-minute exploration, shopping, or relaxation. Your driver will then escort you to the airport for your onward flight, whether it be to your next destination or back home. Safe travels on your onward adventures!

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: N/A

Tour Price ($=USD)

From $1319 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

  • 7 nights' accommodation;
  • Meals listed in the itinerary;
  • Tibet Travel Permit;
  • 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/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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