LHASA-EVEREST BASE CAMP-YAMDROKH LAKE & MT. KAILASH
|Destination: Everest||Altitude: N/A|
|Destination: Everest||Altitude: N/A|
Day 01: Arrival in Lhasa
Our staff will greet you at Lhasa Airport/Railway to transfer you to hotel. From Lhasa Airport to downtown Lhasa, usually takes abt 1.5hrs; from Lhasa Railway Station, abt 20mins. After transferred to hotel, the rest of the day you will be free to wander around the city on your own but try not to overtax yourself. The first day’s well-rest is crucial to acclimatize high altitude. Remember to drink lots of water, eat light, and not to shower if you can help it. For our free Lhasa Airport/Railway transfer, pls check the Inclusions for the information of our free Lhasa Airport/Railway transfers. Overnight in Lhasa, at Hotel *3/*4 .
Highlights: Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery
Today you will visit totally 2 attractions in Lhasa suburb. In the morning, we will arrange you to see Drepung Monastery. In the afternoon, we will visit Sera Monastery. You will stay long hour on sightseeing today under the fierce sun of Tibet, do arm yourself with sunglasses/ hat/ sunscreen.Also a welcome dinner will be held tonight to introduce you to the whole gang that you are going to travel with. We have customers from all over the world. Shall be fun to meet people from different countries, culture and background.
Located abt 8km west of central Lhasa, Drepung Monastery was once one of the world’s largest monasteries. The word Drepung literally translates as ‘rice heap’, a reference to the huge numbers of white monastic buildings that once piled up on the hill side.Sera Monastery is located in the northern suburb of Lhasa City. The monastery was named Sera which means wild rose in the Tibetan language, because the hill behind it was covered with wild roses in bloom when the monastery was built. From of
Mon ~ Fri, every afternoon, you ll be able to see monks debating at Sera Monastery.
Overnight in Lhasa, at Hotel *3/*4 .
Day 03: Lhasa City (Bed, Breakfast)
Highlights: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street
This morning, visit Potala Palace. It is more than 3,700 meters above sea level and it is the highest palace in the world! At the top the palace called golden roofs, you can have a bird-eye view of the whole of Lhasa. In the distance there are undulating mountain ranges, the beautiful Lhasa River, tracts of fields, tree-shaded villages and the glistening Jokhang Temple.
Afternoon, visit Jokhang Temple, it is the first built during the period of Sontsan Gambo in the 7th century, features Buddhist prayer wheels, reclining deer, golden sutra streamers. You’ll find that many Pilgrims pray before the monastery.
The circuit around it called Barkhor Street, a famous local handmade crafts market, which is a good place to purchase souvenirs.
Overnight at Hotel *3/ *4
Day 04: Lhasa – Gyantse (Bed, Breakfast)
Highlights: Yamdrok Lake, Karola Glacier, Pelkor Chöde Monastery with Gyantse Kumbum
Yamdrotso Lake: dazzling Yamdro-tso(elev 4441m) is normally first seen from the summit of the Kamba-la(4700m). The lake lies several hundred meters below the road, and in clear weather is fabulous shade of deep turquoise. Far in the distance is the huge massif of Mt. Nojin Kangtsang(7191m).
Karola Glacier: Mt Nojin Kangsang stands tall with an elevation of 7,191m between Gyantze County and Nagarzê County, with several snow-capped mountains over 6,000m surrounding it. Mount Nojin Kangsang is the most accessible glacier site on the Tibetan Plateau. The famous Kharola Glacier (elev 5,560m) is below the south ridge of Nojin Kangsang.
Pelkor Chöde Monastery with Gyantse Kumbum: the sprawling compound in the far north of town houses Pelkor Chöde Monastery and the monumental Gyantse Kumbum, a chörten filled with fine paintings and statues. Both are deservedly top of the list on most travellers’ must-sees. Palkhor lies at the foot of Dzong Hill. It is well-known for its Kumbum, which has 108 chapels in its four floors. The multi-storied Kumbum Stupa was crowned with a golden dome and umbrella, surrounded with more chapels filled with unique religious statues and murals.
Overnight in Gyantse,*3/*4
Day 05: Gyantse – Shigatse (Bed, Breakfast,)
Highlights: Tashilump Monastery
After arrival in Shigatse, we will first go to apply the Alien’s Travel Permit(PSB) with your original passport presented which usually takes abt 30mins before sightseeing. Bear with us.
Tashilunpo Monastery is one of the Six Big Monasteries of Gelugpa (or Yellow Hat Sect) in Tibet. Also called the Heap of Glory, the monastery is located at the foot of Drolmari (Tara’s Mountain), Shigatse. Founded by the First Dailai Lama in 1447, the monastery’s structure was expanded by the Fourth and successive Panchen Lamas. It covers an area of nearly 300,000 square meters. The main structures found in the monastery are Maitreya Chapel, Panchen Lama’s Palace and Kelsang Temple. Tashilhunpo is the seat of Panchen Lama since the Fourth Panchen Lama took charge in the monastery, and there are now nearly 800 lamas.
Overnight in Shigatse,*3/*4
Day 06: Shigatse – Tingri – Rongbuk – EBC (Bed, Breakfast)
Optional: Rongbuk Monastery
Tibet has serious rule about speed-limit. Though from Shigatse to Everest region is only abt 350km or so in book, the no-more-than-40km/hr regulation, and the many road checks dotted on the way, really slow us down. So be prepared to spend around 10~12hrs on the road including meal time. The upside is the view along the way is superb. Get your camera ready. Also prepare some snacks with you to bring along.
You will arrive at Rongbu Monastery in the late afternoon. The monastery itself is quite tiny, but from here the view of Mt Everest is fantastic. You can choose to just hang around Rongbuk to take photos or visit it at your own expense of CNY 25/person.
Rongbuk Monastery is located in the Shigatse Region, southwest of the mysterious Tibet Autonomous Region, and to the north of the oblate Mt. Everest, the highest peak in the world. Seen from here, Mt. Everest appears like a lofty pyramid surrounded by mountains that touch the sky. On sunny days, a pile of thick clouds, just like a white flag floats lightly above the peak, which is known to be the miracle of ‘The Highest Flag Cloud in the World’. Nowadays, with the golden travel boom to Mt. Everest, Rongbuk Monastery is gradually becoming a highlight for the tourists in its own right.
Overnight in EBC, Nomad Tent (Dorm Bed)
Day 07: EBC – Saga (Bed ,Breakfast)
Highlights: Everest Base Camp, Peikutso Lake
We didn’t include breakfast this morning. You will understand why when you’re at the spot. Tibetan breakfast, such as noodle, zanba, etc. abt CNY 30 is available here. You are highly suggested to bring along some cookies, instant coffee. etc. of your own.
Everest Tent Camp is the furthest point vehicles can drive to. From here you will have to take the shuttle bus for the last glorious 4Km which is incredibly incredibly scenic. You’re hemmed in by high grey ridges to the east and west and as you look to the south, Everest’s north face dominates the skyline. Endowed with springs, Everest Base Camp(elev 5150m) has a couple of permanent structures and a small army base. Clamber up the small hill festooned with prayer flags for great views of the star attraction, Mt. Everest, then have your photo taken at the base camp marker, reads ‘Mt. Qomolangma Base Camp’.
Peikutso Lake: the beautiful turquoise Peiku-tso(4590m) is one of Tibet’s magical spots with stunning views of the snowcapped Shishapangma (8012m) and the Langtang range bordering Neppal to the south.
Overnight in Saga, Guesthouse
Day 08: Saga – Darchen Bed , Breakfast
The sprawling town of saga is the last of any size on the route and your last chance to eat a lavish meal. A photogenic section of dunes, lake and mountains kicks in 60km from Zhongba. About 23km before Paryang you create a pass and drop past more dunes to Paryang. Photos taken along this route can often get steppe, streams, desert dunes and snowcapped mountains in the same shot.
Overnight in Darchen, Guesthouse.
Day 09 Trek from Darchen – Dirapuk/ 20km / 200m ascent). Bed, Breakfast
Hightlights: Mt. Kailash Kora
The kora path begins on the western edge of Darchen. Quickly leaving all traces of the village behind you head westward across the Batkha plain but to the southwest are clear views of Hute Gurla Mandata(7,728m). Overnight at Hotel.
Day 10 Trek from Dirapuk – Zutulpuk (18km/ 550m ascent /500m decent )
Highlight:- Mt, Kailash Kora.
When you wake in the morning and step outside you want to revel in the glory of your surroundings. Mt. Kailash dramatic black face dominates the skyline, while the middle slopes echo with the moans of yak, The long ascent up the drolma – chu valley that will ecentually lead to the drolma la has begun. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 11 ; Trek from Zutulpuk – Darchen (4hrs/ 14 km/ 150km). (Bed/ Breakfast)
Drive Darchen – Monsaravor
Highlights:- Mt. Kailash Kora , Lake Manasarovar.
From Zutul – Darchen to Monasoravor the trail follow the river closely for and hour or so then climb above the reiver and enters the lovely Gold and Red Cliffs a narrow canyon whose walls are stained purple cobalt and rust. Overnight in Manasarovar, Guesthouse (Drom Bed)
Day 12: Manasarovar – Payang – Saga(Bed/ Breakfast)
Enjoy the ride back with leisure. Our vehicle will stop along the ride for you to take photos.Overnight in Saga, Guesthouse.
Day 13: Saga-Visit Shisapanga Base camp-Kerong.(Breakfast)
Scenic drive to Saga and Shisapanga base camp visit Evening arrive to Nepal-Tibet Boarder for O/N at Hotel.
Day 14: Kerong- Drive to Kathmandu (Breakfast)
Drive to Rasuwagadi border. After necessary border formalities drive back to Kathmandu and Transfer to your Hotel.
. Kathamndu-Lhasa one Way flight cost.
. 3 Night Hotel in Kathamndu
. Airport-Hotel-Airport Transfer by Private Va,