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Tour Overview

Immerse yourself in the cultural and natural wonders of Tibet on this 9-day adventure. Explore the historic Potala Palace, witness lively monk debates at Sera Monastery, and marvel at the grandeur of Tashilhunpo Monastery. Journey to Shigatse, visit Yamdrok Lake and Karola Glacier, and venture to Everest Base Camp for an unforgettable sunrise over the world’s highest peak. The scenic drive to Namtso Lake unveils serene landscapes, grazing yaks, and a chance to ride a yak for a unique lakeside experience. This tour encapsulates the essence of Tibet’s spirituality and breathtaking landscapes.

Highlights of this tour:

1. Potala Palace Marvel: Explore the UNESCO-listed Potala Palace, a majestic symbol of Tibetan culture, housing ancient artifacts and commanding panoramic views of Lhasa.
2. Everest Sunrise Spectacle: Witness the awe-inspiring sunrise over Mount Everest, painting the world’s highest peak in hues of gold and pink.
3. Yamdrok Lake Serenity: Experience the tranquility of Yamdrok Lake, a turquoise gem nestled amidst snow-capped peaks on your drive to Shigatse.
4. Monastic Debates at Sera: Engage in the lively tradition of monk debates at Sera Monastery, offering a unique insight into Tibetan Buddhist philosophy.
5. Namtso Lake Bliss: Immerse yourself in the serene beauty of Namtso Lake, where yaks graze against a backdrop of azure waters and distant mountains.
6. Tashilhunpo Monastery Majesty: Marvel at the grandeur of Tashilhunpo Monastery, seat of the Panchen Lama, and witness the towering Maitreya Buddha statue.
7. Barkhor Street’s Vibrance: Stroll through the vibrant Barkhor Street, a bustling marketplace in Lhasa, offering glimpses into local life and an array of traditional crafts.

Day-by-day Itinerary

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  1. Welcome to Tibet! Upon your arrival at Lhasa, our friendly guide and driver will be eagerly waiting to greet you. After a warm welcome, we'll transfer you to your hotel. En route, be prepared to be mesmerized by the breathtaking views along the Yarlung Tsangpo River. Take in the serene landscapes and allow yourself to acclimate to the high altitude.

    Lhasa Yarlung Tsangpo River
    Yarlung Tsangpo River

    Once you've checked in at your hotel, the remainder of the day is free for you to relax and acclimate further. It's recommended to take it easy, hydrate, and allow your body to adjust to the elevated surroundings.

    Meal: N/A

    Accommodation: in Lhasa

  2. Today promises an exciting exploration of Lhasa's rich cultural heritage. After breakfast, your guide will accompany you to the iconic Potala Palace, a castle-style architectural complex. Be amazed at the architectural grandeur as you explore both the White Palace and the Red Palace, each offering a unique glimpse into Tibet's history and spirituality.

    Potala Palace in Lhasa
    Potala Palace

    Following your visit to the Potala Palace, we'll proceed to the sacred Jokhang Temple. Immerse yourself in the spiritual ambiance as you explore this ancient temple, a key pilgrimage site for Tibetan Buddhists. The temple is not only an architectural marvel but also houses numerous religious artifacts and statues.

    Continuing our journey through the heart of Lhasa, we'll take a leisurely stroll along the bustling Barkhor Street. Absorb the vibrant atmosphere as you navigate the narrow alleys filled with traditional shops and stalls selling local crafts, jewelry, and religious artifacts. This area provides a fantastic opportunity to witness the daily life of locals and perhaps pick up some souvenirs.

    Tibet Lhasa Barkhor Street
    Barkhor Street

    As the day comes to an end, you'll have the option to enjoy a traditional Tibetan dinner, savoring the unique flavors of the region. After a day filled with exploration, return to your hotel for a well-deserved rest.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Lhasa

  3. Today, visit the Norbulingka Park first, often referred to as the "Summer Palace of Tibet." This beautiful park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offers a serene escape with its lush gardens, ponds, and historical buildings. Take your time to stroll through the expansive grounds, soaking in the tranquility and cultural richness. Next on the itinerary is Drepung Monastery, one of the largest monastic institutions in Tibet. Marvel at the architectural splendor of this ancient monastery as you explore its various chapels, assembly halls, and residences. Gain insight into Tibetan Buddhism's history and spiritual practices in this significant religious center.

    Lhasa Norbulingka Park
    Norbulingka Park

    Concluding the day's exploration, we'll head to Sera Monastery, where you'll have the unique opportunity to witness the lively and intellectually stimulating tradition of monk debates. This engaging spectacle provides a glimpse into the rigorous training and philosophical discussions central to Tibetan monastic life.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Lhasa

  4. Enjoy a picturesque drive to Shigatse, with enchanting stops along the way. We'll reach the renowned Yamdrok Lake, which offers breathtaking views of turquoise waters surrounded by snow-capped peaks. Take a moment to absorb the natural beauty and capture some memorable photographs.

    Tibet Yamdroktso Lake 1
    Yamdrok Lake

    Continuing the journey, our next highlight is the awe-inspiring Karola Glacier. Marvel at the grandeur of this glacial expanse, nestled amidst the stunning Tibetan landscape. After this visual feast, a delicious lunch in Gyantse awaits. Post-lunch, explore the historic Palcho Monastery, known for its unique architectural style and the iconic Kumbum Stupa. Admire the intricate artwork and religious significance of these structures as you delve into Tibet's rich cultural tapestry.

    Palcho Monastery in Shigatse
    Palcho Monastery

    Given the long drive today, ensure you pack some snacks and drinks for the journey, allowing you to stay refreshed and fully enjoy the breathtaking landscapes and cultural wonders that await you in Shigatse. Conclude the day by checking in at your Shigatse accommodation, ready for more discoveries in this fascinating region.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Shigatse

  5. After breakfast, we will take an epic 8-hour drive to the majestic Mount Everest. Along this scenic journey, immerse yourself in the awe-inspiring views of towering peaks and pristine landscapes, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

    Upon reaching Mount Everest, the world's highest peak, you'll board a bus to Rongbuk Monastery. Explore this historic monastery, which stands as a testament to the spiritual significance of the region. Absorb the unique blend of natural beauty and cultural heritage that surrounds you.

    Tibet Rongbuk Monastery
    Rongbuk Monastery

    Continuing the adventure, visit Everest Base Camp, a site that holds profound meaning for mountaineers and adventurers worldwide. Marvel at the vastness of the landscape and the countless Mani Stones, adorned with prayers for blessings. If your visit falls between November and March, prepare for an extraordinary experience as you stay overnight at a guesthouse near Everest Base Camp, surrounded by the tranquility of this remote and majestic setting.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: at Everest Base Camp

    Tibet Everest Base Camp
    Everest Base Camp

  6. Rise and shine early to witness the breathtaking sunrise over Everest Peaks, an experience like no other. The morning light paints the snow-capped summit in hues of gold and pink, and if luck is on your side, you might catch a glimpse of the renowned Flag Clouds dancing around the peak.

    Mount Everest Sunrise Tibet
    Sunrise View of Mount Everest

    After soaking in the beauty of the sunrise and capturing those postcard-worthy moments, we'll drive you back to Shigatse. Along the return journey, reflect on the incredible experiences of the past days, from exploring monastic wonders to standing in the shadow of the world's highest peak. Arrive in Shigatse in the evening, where you can relax and relish the memories of your remarkable journey through the Tibetan plateau.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Shigatse

  7. In the morning, you will visit the grand Tashilhunpo Monastery, the seat of the Panchen Lama and one of the six major monasteries of the Gelug school of Buddhism. Explore the intricate chapels, ancient relics, and the towering Maitreya Buddha statue that is a hallmark of this revered site.

    Tibet Tashilhunpo Monastery
    Tashilhunpo Monastery

    After the monastery visit, embark on a scenic 5-hour drive back to Lhasa. Relax and relish the landscapes as you make your way through the picturesque Tibetan terrain. In the evening, take some time to capture the mesmerizing night view of the Potala Palace at your own pace. Whether from a vantage point or within the city, the illuminated palace creates a magical atmosphere.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Lhasa

  8. Today's adventure takes you to the pristine Namtso Lake, one of the "three holy lakes" in Tibet, renowned for its breathtaking beauty and serene surroundings. You will marvel at the sight of sheep and yaks grazing peacefully on the vast grasslands, creating a picturesque scene against the backdrop of the azure lake and distant mountains.

    For an extra touch of adventure, consider riding a yak to capture memorable photos by the lakeside. This is an opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture and the natural splendor of the Tibetan plateau.

    Tibet Namtso Lake
    Ride a yak to capture photos by the lakeside of Namtso

    After your exploration of Namtso Lake, we'll take a comfortable car ride back to Lhasa. Enjoy a final evening in Lhasa, perhaps savoring a traditional Tibetan meal or strolling through the vibrant Barkhor Street one last time.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Lhasa

  9. On your final day in Tibet, relish the freedom of a leisurely morning to savor any last-minute moments or activities in Lhasa. Later, your dedicated driver will escort you to ensure a smooth journey to the airport for your flight home.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: N/A

Tour Price ($=USD)

From $1584 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

  • 8 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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