This tour includes all of the best sights, sounds, and smells Tibet has to offer. You could wind your way up through the Potala, join the shuffling, murmuring pilgrims around the shrines of the Jokhang, let yourself be swept around the Barkhor, and be enveloped in the vast expanses of the Tibetan landscape. For centuries, the impassable routes and political upheaval have made Tibet and Everest one of the last great unexplored territories in the world, but this expedition could offer you a chance to see the great Mt. Everest, one of earth's most remote corners. To view the sunrise and sunset there, you can do nothing but feel marvel for the nature's masterpiece.
Ps:Our A Different 8 Days Group Tour to Mt. Everest with train have two different itinerary with Plan A and Plan B which determined by tour start date .Plan A will go to shigatse by road and be back by train . Plan B is opposite to Plan A however with same of all sightseeing spots and tour package .Pls be prepared with two different plan choice and consult the specific arrangement from your tripadvisor .
Arrival in Lhasa (3680m)
Pick up and transfer to hotel, rest
Yak hotel 3 star
Potala Palace,Johkang Temple,Bakhor street,
Yak hotel 3 star
Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery
Yak hotel 3 star
Lhasa-Shigatse (3900m), 350km, approx 7hrs
Yamdrok Lake, Karola glacier, Palkor monastery(Optional)
Manasarovar hotel 3 star
Shigatse-EBC (5200m), 350km, approx 7hrs
Rongbuk (Optional), EBC and sunset
EBC-Shigatse (3900m), 350km, approx 7hrs
EBC sunrise and light trekking from Rongbu monastery to EBC(Optional)
Manasarovar hotel 3 star
Shigatse-Lhasa (3680m), train D:17:30-A:20:33
Tshilumpo monastery ,skyline train tour
Yak hotel 3 star
Depart from Tibet
send off to airport/train station at 12:00
Day 1 Arrival in Lhasa
Welcome to the "Roof of the World." On your arrival to Tibet, we will meet you at the airport or train station and transfer you to the hotel, after you check in, you could either rest a bit or see the city yourself, get the first impression of this ancient city!
Day 2 Lhasa sightseeing
This morning our tour guide will meet you at hotel .You'll wind your way up through the stunning, awe-inspiring Potala Palace,built in 637 AD by Songtsen Gampo, it was the former winter residence for the Dalai Lamas and is truly a splendor of Eastern architecture. After lunch,we will visit the Jokhang Temple, the center of Tibetan Buddhism, also built in the 7th century on the legendary pond of "Wothang." After that you have time to walk around the Bakhor street which is one of the most devotional circuit as well as crowded central market of Lhasa.During the old days it is the most famous local market but now it is changed to tourist gift shopping center. We'll finish the day by taking a Kora around the Barkhor.
Day 3 Lhasa sightseeing
Today we will visit Drepung Monastery in the morning, once the world's largest monastery that housed for more than 10,000 monks, it was resident of the Dalai Lama prior to Potala Palace, but several destruction were taken place in historically . Even so ,you still have lots of things to see by walking through numbers of narrow and twisted lane though the monks apartments is thrilling. The amazing day will ended with a visit to the Sera Monastery, it is built in the fifteenth century by the Jamchen choji Sakya Yeshi who is disciple of Tsongka pa, few different monastic colleges in Sera is home to several hundred monks from different part of Tibet, the famous Buddhist philosophical debates among the monks are happening everyday in the afternoon except Sunday. Later today ,continue to acclimatize and alleviate jet lag in the rest of the day. Overnight in Lhasa.
Day 4 Lhasa-Shigatse
Today, we will take train from Lhasa to Shigatse .The railway line from Lhasa to Shigatse, an extension of the Qinghai-Tibet railway, was put into use on August, 2014. The rail extension starts from the capital city of Lhasa and trail south along the Lhasa River to Doilungdeqen, and Quxu. Then it follows the Brahmaputra River and passes the canyon to reach Nyemo, Rinbung, and finally gets Shigatse. There are 6 railway stations designed between Lhasa & Shigatse on the rail. The average distance between each station is approximately 41 km ,after arriving at Shigatse ,we have vehicle to pick up group and send you to local restaurant to have lunch ,in the afternoon ,we will visit Tashilumpo monastery which founded in 1447 by Gedun Drub, who was later named the First Dalai Lama, Tashilumpo Monastery was constructed in the year of 1459. At that time, there were only five Buddhist halls with 12 Buddha enshrined and about 200 monks..
Day 5 Shigatse-EBC
We'll leave Shigatse after getting your Alien's travel permit, and then drive to Lhatse. It is a small town where you can take lunch.
After that, you will drive to Shegar and if the weather is clear enough then on the way down to shegar you will view the Mt, Everest in the distance.
After 4 to 6 hours then you will arrive at Rongbuk monastery(Optional) but on the way, you will pass one of the highest passes in Tibet (pang la pass height 5050m) from that's pass you will view the whole five highest peaks in the world.
Stay overnight at tent or Rongbuk monastery guest house.
Ps:Tent will be only available from May to Oct according to weather condition
Day 6 EBC-Shigatse
In the morning, you can see the sunrise appearing on the top of Mt Everest, and have a full view the magnificent Mt. Everest standing like a snow-capped pyramid in front of you at Rongpuk monastery, which is the vantage point for watching Mt. Everest. Then you may trek from tent to Base camp 4km one way(Optional) or go to EBC by local bus.
After visiting base camp, tourists can tour Rongbuk Monastery（optional）which is the highest monastery in the world (5000m) and belongs to Nyingma sect.
After that drive back to Shigatse stay overnight there.
Ps:Sometimes it may not able to see the Mt.Everest clearly due to the weather and climate changes, so please be prepared with all possibilities, specially in July and Aug which is the monsoon season. Sometimes if you can get up earlier in the morning, you will see the peak better, so please make sure that you don't miss any single chance of enjoying the sceneries.
Day 7 Shigatse-Gyantse-Lhasa
In the morning you'll start the drive from Shigatse, via Gyantse on the Southern Friendship Highway. If time available and all group tourist agree, we will visit Palkor monastery(Optional) in the morning .Crossing over the summit of Kamba La (4794 m), you'll see the tranquil turquoise waters of Lake Yamdrok,one of the three holiest lakes in Tibet. Far in the distance you'll spot the towering massif Mt. Nojin Kangtsang (7191 m), and the staggering Karo-la Glacier (5045 m). Afterwards, you'll drive to Lhasa, and overnight there.
Day 8 Depart from Tibet
Free time in the morning for you to wander around Lhasa. Take a last, memorable look at the Potala Palace before being transported to the airport at 12:00 p.m.
1. Airport or train station transfer: The free airport pick-up is at 3:20 p.m. and see off is at 12:00 p.m. These are the most common times in and out of Lhasa, but if you would like to schedule a different time enter/leave Tibet we will be happy to arrange for you. Please ask your travel consultant for the price.
2. Accommodation: 5 nights stay in comfortable 3 star hotels in Tibet ; 2 night stay nearby EBC in tent or guesthouse according to the weather.
3. Meals: Breakfast only. See detailed itinerary for complete listing.
4. English Speaking Guide: All of our guides are local Tibetans with infectious smiles and a passion for sharing their homeland. From them you’ll receive extensive information about the history, geography, culture, religion, traditions, art and music.
5. Vehicle Rental & Driver: All of our vehicles are well maintained and safe. Our drivers are experienced in driving in the Tibetan landscape. Vehicle type will be arranged according to group size.
6. Travel Permits: All Tibet traveling permits.
7. Entrance Fees: All entrance fees listed in the itinerary, (except optional sites) including vehicle and personal entry permit for Qomolangma Nature Preserve
1. Transportation to and from Tibet.
2. Other services of non-Tibet parts
3. Private expense like laundry, IDD calls, drinks in the room, etc.
4. Extra expenses incurred due to unexpected natural events (delays, road washouts, etc.)
5. Meals not specified in the tour itinerary
6. Tips for the tour guide and driver