Discover Central Tibet and Everest Base Camp
The classic route across the roof of the world.
The lure of Lhasa, the capital on the roof of the world, cannot be underestimated and it is truly a fascinating city, fully justifying its reputation. Dominated by the awe-inspiring grandeur of the Potala Palace and bustling with pilgrims circling the sacred Jokhang Temple it is a feast for the senses.
From the tiny monastery at Rhongphu the view of Qomolangma (Mt Everest) is absolutely magnificent as it stands alone at the head of the valley - a walk or drives to Base Camp brings you even closer.
Cross the spectacular Khamba-La (pass) with the turquoise waters of the sacred lake, Yamdrok-Tso spread below. Prayer flags, glaciers, snow-covered mountain ranges - the scenery is incredible!
Gyantse stands at the junction of trade routes from India and retains the feel of a Tibetan town. The forts and well-protected monasteries of Gyantse, Shigatse and Sakya reveal a not always peaceful history - the riches within, a testament to past glory.
DAY 01 ARRIVAL GONGAR ( 3600m)FROM CHENGDU or KATHMANDU/ DRIVE LHASA (100 KMS - 2HRS Drive)
Needless to express more; how scenic and beautiful the flight to Lhasa Gongar airport, does not matter where the flight is from, one of the world`s most beautiful flight sightseeing!!! Upon arrival at Lhasa Gongar airport, you will be welcomed by our Tibetan crew guide and driver, experience the first Tibetan hospitalities accompanied by sweet smiles and your Tibet touring experience has already started! You will be checked in the booked hotel and will be advised to relax and adjust your first high altitude day breathing and steps to the local altitude!!!
DAY 02/03 MYSTICAL CITY ( LHASA )
Mystical Lhasa, We spend the next two days exploring its rich history and culture. Lhasa, the once-forbidden city, is the capital of Tibet. Visit of the major sacred places. The Sera monastery is one of the Gelugpa’s (Yellow Hat) great monasteries founded in 1419 and one of the best-preserved monasteries in Tibet. Its principal buildings were inexplicably spared during the Cultural Revolution, and a few hundred monks now live there. While the Second Dalai Lama built the GandenPotrang in the early years of the 16th century, the Drepung Monastery became the effective centre of political power in Tibet. By the time of the Fifth Dalai Lama (1617-82), its population had grown to a staggering 10,000; easily the largest monastic institution in the world. The Potala Palace, the palace of kings and Dalai Lamas, towers above the city like a fairytale castle. The Potala has over 1,000 rooms and is the most complex monument ever built in Tibet and designed to serve diverse functions: it was the palace where the Dalai Lama and his large entourage resided and where all ceremonies of state were held; it was also the seat of Tibet’s government where all political and administrative decisions concerning the country were made. In addition, the Potala was a major destination for pilgrims. NorbuLingka has been the official summer residence of the Dalai Lama since the middle of the 18th century. It has four major palace complexes initiated by the present Dalai Lama within his residential quarters, which have been left exactly as they were when he fled to India in 1959. Pilgrims come from all over the country to pay homage to the Jokhang temple, Tibet’s most sacred temple. Located in the very heart of Lhasa’s colourful Tibetan district, Jokhang is the focus of devotion day and night. Tibetans circle it, gaining spiritual merit and generally having a wonderful time. This, the spiritual centre of Tibet, is also the heart of Lhasa.
DAY 04 LHASA - GYANGTSE ( 3950m / 261 km – 7-8 hrs Drive)
By a private landcruiser with guide, Taking the friend ship high way towards the Khampa la pass ( 4730metres ), at the pass we have a short break for stunning views of some major white peaks in the eastern regions of Himalaya to the south and the young Norjing Gang Sang spiritual snow mountain range to the west across the turquise colored waving waters of Yamdrok lake, descending from the pass down close to the lake and driving passing the local nomadic and farming villages as far as to the western edge of Yamdrok lake where we have a nice meadow next to the lake for our picnic lunch, After lunch continue our scenic driving to the next pass Karo la ( 5050metres ) where we have our first high altitude adventure experience of Norjing Gang Sang glacier peak and some funs with the local high altitude animal Yaks and their herders, we have our arrival in Gyangtse in the late afternoon, check in a hotel in Gyangtse ( 3850metres ), shower and prepare for a nice dinner!!!
DAY 05 TOURING GYANGTSE – SHIGATSE(3900m / 95KMS- 2 HRS)
After breakfast, we visit the local historical and the cultural centers, The Palkhor Chode monastery including the Kumbumstupa (the only survival with such distinctive structure and the thousands of art works) and the local ancient Gyangtse fort, at noon we drive to Shigatse through the rich agricultural Nying Chu valley of central Tibet, on arrival in Shigatse and rest.
DAY 06 SHIGATSE – SHEGAR / 3600m / 280KMS – 5HRS
After breakfast, we visit the Tashilunpo monastery (the main seat of Panchen Lama) and the local Traditional market and afternoon leaving Shigatse town, drive continue south west on the friendship high way to Shegar and rest.
DAY 07 SHEGAR / EVEREST BASE CAMP / ROMBUK / 80 KMS
Turn off the Friendship Highway for a stunning drive through Qomolangma National Park to reach the tiny Rhongphu Gompa at 5000m. The view from here is utterly spectacular!
Trek or drive the 7kms to Everest Base Camp (5200m) and return to Rombuk for overnight stay.
DAY 08 ROMBUK / Kerung / 250 KMS / 7 HRS
Make sure you have some photos left for the panoramic views of the Himalayan range as you cross the Lalung La pass (5200m) from where we have a breathtaking view of the Himalayan range (Shishapangma, the highest peak in Tibet, Mt. Everest, Cho-Oyu) can be seen. before we leave the Tibetan plateau, descending to Zhang Mu - on the China - Nepal border.
DAY 09 KERUNG - KATHMANDU (6 hrs Drive)
After completing border formalities the drive back to Kathmandu .
• Accommodation with breakfast • Transport as per itinerary by van or bus depend group size • All airport transfers for Lhasa flight • Sightseeing as per itinerary • English speaking interpreter/guide • Tibet entry permit • Entrance fee
• Personal expenses such as drinks, postage, laundry • Lunch and dinner • Travel insurance • Emergency evacuation • Tips and gratuities • Kathmandu- Lhasa flight • Visa fee USD 85 per person but if American/ Canada National USD 175 per person • For those who want single supplement would cost USD 150
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