Day 01 : Lhasa Arrival
On your Lhasa arrival day, the representative from the local travel agency receives you at the airport or the train station. From the Gonggar International Airport, it takes just about an hour to drive to the hotel for the accommodation. If you travel by, you arrive the Lhasa Train Station built between the Lhasa River and the Potala Palace. After you check-in to the hotel, you can take a rest throughout the day for acclimatization in the Tibetan Province
Day 02 : Lhasa Sightseeing Tour
Lhasa Sightseeing Tour has double benefits: the one acclimatization and the other exploration of the socio-cultural and religious milestones. Lhasa is said to be “the Sacred City of Lamaism” that attracts thousands of international tourists every year. Therefore, the tour guide takes you around Drepung Monastery, Potala Palace and Norbulingka Palace.
Potala Palace, the summer palace of the Dalai Lama from 1649 to 1959 is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tthis palace is thirteen-storey having 1,000 rooms, 10,000 shrines and 200,000 idols. Now it has been developed as a museum to protect the important paintings, carvings, art and artefacts of the Tibetan Buddhist culture and tradition.
Norbulingka Palace used to be the summer palace of the Dalai Lama. It is the highest, largest and the most protected ancient manmade horticultural garden in the world. The palace protects around 30,000 culturally important relics of the ancient Tibetan history. Now developed as a park, this palace is a growing tourist destination of Tibet.
Finally, you visit the Drebung Monastery, once the largest monastery in the world. This monastery is one of the four major Buddhist shrines of Tibetan Autonomous Region. Built behind the mountain edge and far away from the urban area, this monastery shelters over 10,000 nuns and monks. Even though around 700 years old, most part of this monastery are still fit and fine conserving their characteristics.
Day 03 : Lhasa Excursion
Today also the local tour guide takes you around the important heritage sites of Lhasa City. First of all, you visit Sera Monastery that is situated just five kilometres northwards from Lhasa. It used to be the largest monastery of Tibet that there used to live around 5,000 monks and nuns. Another must-visit cultural heritage site is Jokhang Temple or Monastery that thousands of foreign tourists visit is every year. It is famous for the golden Skhakyamuni Buddha idol gifted to the Chinese Princess Wen Chen on her wedding day.
You can end up the day by taking a short stroll around Bharkhor Market, the largest marketplace of the entire Lhasa. As this is the main marketplace of Lhasa, Bharkhor Market remains always crowded. You can also purchase some typical Buddha relics or other souvenirs to utilize the time and better get lost in the crowd!
Day 04 : Drive to Shigatse
While driving towards Shigatse, you find some of the prominent cultural heritage sites of Tibet. Before you begin the drive, you go to visit Tashi Lunpo Monastery, the home of the Panchan Lama. This monastery was built by Gedun Druk, the follower of the famous philosopher Je Tsongkhapa in 1447 AD. Shalu Monastery, constructed in 1040 AD, is famous for its artistic pattern and mural carvings reflecting Buddhist culture and tradition.
Moving ahead from Gyantse, you come to see the Gyantse Dzong that is one of the well-preserved historical landmarks. This fortress was constructed in 1390 AD to protect the Tsangpo Valley and Lhasa from invasion of the southern enemies. Now, it has been reconstructed and a small museum is built to promote Tibetan tourism.
Day 05 : Drive to Everest Base Camp
After breakfast, you start the journey towards Everest Base Camp North Face from Shigatse. On the way to the base camp of Mt. Everest, you come to see Lhatse, a small town with hotels and lodges. They provide just basic facilities for the tourists who want to spend night in there. By crossing Tsola Pass (4,600m) and Gyatsola Pass (5,248m), you enter Mt. Everest National Nature Reserve, one of the largest conservation areas in China. You can see the picturesque vistas of the Giant Mountains from Gawula Pass (5,198,) while moving further along the Friendship Highway.
Rejoicing the distant mountain views and amazing landscapes, you reach Rongbuk Monastery. Rongbuk Monastery is popular for the 360-degree panoramic view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Cho Oyu and Mt. Shishapangma. Everest Base Camp is around eight kilometres far from this monastery. After taking short break, you begin to drive towards the prime location of this entire tour. Enjoying the sunset view of the snowy peaks and lovely terrain from Everest Base Camp (5,200m), you drive back to Rongbuk for the night stay.
Day 06 : Drive Back to Shigatse
We suggest you to get up early to enjoy the sunrise view of Mt. Everest from Rongbuk Monastery. Rongbuk Monastery is the best vantage point for Mt. Everest and other peaks of the region. This monastery is said to be one of the masterpiece of Tibetan Buddhist architecture and traditional Mongolian style. It is quite different from the monasteries of Lhasa and the Yarlung Valley in style. You can find three main sections: the Dajing Hall, the Buddhism Hall and the Sakya Archbishop Hall in the shrine. Then, you begin the drive towards Shigatse by witnessing the amazing vistas of Mt. Cho Oyu and Mt. Shishapangma.
Day 07 : Drive Back to Lhasa
Shigatse is the second largest city of Tibetan Autonomous Region. There are many natural sites and cultural heritages which are worthy of visiting. After you finish the sites which you didn’t visit yesterday, you move ahead towards Lhasa. On the way, you drive past two high passes named Kara La (5,010m) and Kamba La (4,749m). These passes offer you the splendid view of the snowy peaks and wonderful landscapes around the Tibetan Plateau. Similarly, you drive past the Yamdruk Lake which is regarded as the holy lake of Tibet. By crossing a bridge over the Yarlung River (the Brahmaputra River) which originates from the Mt. Kailash, you reach Lhasa.
Day 08 : Final Departure
Today, you fly back to your homeland by catching a flight from the Lhasa Gonggar Airport or by a train. Therefore, the representative of the local agency in Lhasa escorts you up to the airport according to the flight schedule.