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It is just ONE LIFE. How about making a life-time trip to the Roof of the World to explore the holy palaces, Buddhist temples and sacred mountains? The most classic itinerary is the 8-day Lhasa to Everest Base Camp Tibet tour.

This 8 days Tibet tour starts from Lhasa where you will visit Potala Palace (the Winter Palace of Dalai Lamas built on the Red Mountain), Jokhang Temple (the most sacred monastery in Tibet), Barkhor Street, Sera Monastery (a holy place to see debate) and Dadong Village (local Tibetan family visit). And on the way to Gyantse, you will indulge in the beautiful scenery of Yamdrok Lake which is a sacred lake of purely turquoise color water and enjoy Karola Glacier at the same time. Later, you will move to Mount Everest - the best highlight for a Tibet tour, and stay overnight at Everest Base Camp (5200m) and unveils the grandeur of mighty Himalaya and Tibetan culture in an exhilarating adventure. It will give you all the discovery about a Tibet tour and the unique experiences can inspire you for an entire lifetime. Go and explore with Asia Odyssey Travel with local office in Lhasa - local cheap price is guaranteed!

You Can Experience “Must-see & Must-do” with This Tour
Highlight 1: Get close to the the highest point on the Earth’s Surface - Mount Everest, at 8848 meters, and marvel at its grandness and holiness and you can stay overnight at the EBC Base Camp
Highlight 2: Catch the breathtaking view of the Yamdrok Lake, one of the Great Three Holy Lakes in Tibet and also enjoy the magnificent white glacier framed by colorful prayer flags and high mountains
Highlight 3: Reach the Roof of the World and pay a holy visit to the Potala Palace comprising the White and Red Palaces built on the Red Mountain and see local Tibetan Buddhists making a pilgrimage in front of the Jokhang Monastery
Highlight 4: Travel outside of Lhasa city to one of the “great three” Gelug university monasteries of Tibet - Sera Monastery to explore exceptional Buddhist religious complex and see the famous debate among monks on the Buddhist doctrines
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Lhasa (4 Days)

Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street, Dadong Village, Sera Monastery

Shannan & Gyantse

Yamdrok Lake, Karola Glacier

Shigatse (2 Days)

Tashilumpo Monastery

Mount Everest (2 Days)

Rongbuk Monastery, Everest Base Camp, Gyawu La Pass

Itinerary Day by Day
Day 1 Lhasa Arrival | Pick-up Service & Hotel Check-in

Tashi Delek! Welcome to Lhasa (altitude: 3650m), the capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region! Upon your arrival at the airport/train station in Lhasa, the tour guide and driver will meet you at the exit, and then escort you to the well-selected hotel in Lhasa. You can have a good rest to get used to the altitude in your hotel and get ready to explore Lhasa with your guide the next day.

Free Time Activities: If you want to go out for a walk, you are recommended to visit the Potala Square in front of the Potala Palace. Enjoy the fountain dancing happily with music and take as many photos as you like.

Kind Reminds:

1. Altitude sickness: With its much higher elevation, some visitors may experience symptoms of altitude sickness. We recommend taking everything slowly, getting plenty of rest the first day and staying very well hydrated by drinking plenty of water to minimize the effects of the high altitude.

2. Be sure to let your guide or the hotel staff know whenever you feel unwell or need help. The people there are always willing to help and good at dealing with altitude sickness.

Day 2 Lhasa City Tour (B) | Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street

Today you will explore Lhasa for its brilliant architectures, culture, and history, then stroll through the famous Barkhor Street with locals and experience the daily kora life of Tibetans.

In the morning, you can walk into Potala Palace, the traditional residence and winter palace of the Dalai Lama (1649-1959). It takes 365 steps from potala gate to reach the Red Palace which is the highest palace in the world at an altitude of 3,700m. Through the principal halls, chapels, and shrines of past Dalai Lamas in the Red Palace, you will be astonished and touched by its remarkable paintings, gorgeous jeweled works, skilled carving, colorful ornamentation, and the mystery stories behind the treasures. Inside the Potala Palace you will meet lots of Tibetan pilgrims who come all the way from afar to this sacred site to pray as their life time destination. You can also ask your guide to share more information about Songtsen Gampo, the 33rd king of Tibet, who first build the Potala Palace in the 7th century for his marriage to Princess Wencheng of the Tang Dynasty. (Note: We may adjust the visit order due to the visiting time of your Potala Palace ticket. All visitors must visit the Potala Palace with a tour group while staying inside for an hour. No photo inside.)

After exploring the Potala Palace Museum, move to the 1300-year-old Jokhang Temple, the spiritual center of Tibet and a world cultural heritage site. It is said that the Jokhang Monastery is built for King Songtsen Gampo's two brides: Chinese Princess Wencheng and Nepal Princess Bhrikuti. "Jokhang" means "House of Buddha", it houses the statue of the life-size 12-year-old Sakyamuni which is the treasure of the Buddhism world. That is why Buddhist pilgrims take it as the holiest destination. The time seems to stand still when you watch them pray in front of the temple during the day and night.

Later, you can take a walk back to the busy Barkhor Street, it was a place for Buddhists to do a kora (pilgrim circuit) around the Jokhang Monastery in ancient times. Nowadays, it become a thriving local market where you can try local snacks, dress in Tibetan clothes for photos, and pick up some local Tibetan, Nepalese, and Indian handicrafts and souvenirs.

Day 3 Lhasa Surrounding Tour (B) | Dadong Village, Sera Monastery

After breakfast, your guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel. The first stop today is to visit Dadong Village, one of the best preserved Tibetan villages hidden in the peaceful valley. It is said that the 6th Dalai Lama - Tsangyang Gyatso had lived in coupled with the original local Tibetan house and he conducted his spiritual exercise there for years and left numerous romantic poems like On the Top of the East Mountain. Take a relaxing walk to the Nyimatang Monastery. This monastery is the place that the first generation of grand Tibetan Medicine masters studied the Medicine, and it makes plenty of Tibetan medicinal substances and remains the only temple in Tibet that mainly enshrines Bhaiṣajyaguru. Walk around and enjoy the primitive local Tibetan life in this beautiful village and then pay a visit to a local Tibetan family and enjoy lunch offered by the family.

In this afternoon, drive about 50 minutes (30km) to visit Sera Monastery. Step on one of the most beautiful monastery compounds, and its white stone roads and walkways makes you feel almost Mediterranean. The highlight of Sera Monastery is watch the monks’ debate at around 15:00 - 17:00 (except Sundays). It is an interesting form of debate, you can see one monk, the questioner, standing while the answerer or group of answerers, sitting. The standing monk will ask question and slap his palms and stomp, each action has its special meaning, such as activating wisdom, and are not meant to be aggressive. Furthermore, pay a visit to Tibetan Religious Scripture Printing House and appreciate three sand Mandalas and the colorful Rock Painting of Buddha.

After that, be escorted back to your hotel in Lhasa.

Day 4 Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse (B) | Yamdrok Lake, Karola Glacier

On this day, drive about 8 to 9 hours (340km) from Lhasa to Shigatse via a visit to two amazing natural landscapes - Yamdrok Lake and Karola Glacier on the way.

In the morning, after about 3 to 4 hours’ drive (200km), you'd better have your camera ready. When reaching Kampala Pass (4,797 meters), you’ll have a breathtaking view of Yamdrok Lake (a freshwater lake) down below as well as spectacular views of the holy Mt. Nyenchen Khangsar in the distance. It is one of the four largest sacred lakes in Tibet along with Lake Lhamo Latso, Lake Manasarovar, and Lake Namtso. And Lake Yamdrok is said to be able to help Tibetans find the reincarnated soul of the Dalai Lama. You will be happy to see dressed-up Tibetan mastiffs/dogs, goats, and yaks there. It is optional for you to pay 5-10 yuan to pose with and take photos of them, for local Tibetans, it’s a subsidy income for their family.

In the afternoon, drive about 1.5 hours (70km) to visit one of the most beautiful Glaciers in Tibet - Karola Glacier, the location of the film Red Valley (Hong He Gu). As one of Tibet's three major continental glaciers, backed by the southern slope of Naiqin Kangsang Peak (7,191 meters), one of the four highest peaks in Tibet, this white glacier is also the source of the eastern part of the Nianchu River. The Karola Glacier (5,012m) is only 300 meters away from the Highway connecting Lhasa to Gyantse town. You can view it right off the highway from your car. Sure you can easily walk to the foot of the charming glacier which shape is like a frozen waterfall right above the road and you. Besides the fantastic hike to the Karola Glacier, on the opposite side of the road, you can appreciate the beautiful snow-capped mountain of Mt Kalurong.

Karola Glacier Visiting Notes:

 1. The altitude at the glacier scenic spot is about 5,012m, be sure to slow down to avoid altitude sickness.

 2. The public toilet at the glacier is very basic.

 3. Local people would ask you to take photos with them for a fee. Be sure to ask before taking photos to avoid potential little troubles.

After that, drive about 3.5h (170km) to your hotel in Shigatse, the nearest town on the Friendship Highway between Tibet and Nepal. Have a good rest and get ready for a lifetime trip to EBC the next day.

Day 5 Shigatse - Mt. Everest (B) | Mount Everest, Rongbuk Monastery

After breakfast, drive about 6.5 hours (330km) to the peak of the world - Mount Everest, while stopping by the Rongbuk Monastery - the world’s highest altitude monastery before spending the night at the Everest Base Camp.

Departing from Shigatse, after about 4.5 hours of driving (240km), you would get your first glimpse of Mt. Everest from the Gyawu La Pass (5,200m, Gyatso La Pass), between Lhatse and Shelkar. Apart from Mt. Everest, you will be marveled at the zigzag road that looks winding to the end of the world. On the road, you may see local people biking or hiking all the way to Everest Base Camp, for them reaching the base of the world's highest mountain is a must do goal or holy belief that is worth the effort.

After enjoying the beautiful and unique scenery on the pass with incredibly snow-capped mountain ranges, blue skies, floating high clouds, and endless grasslands, it is time to head to Rongbuk Monastery (about 3.5 hours,122km) for the first good view of Mt. Everest. At an altitude of 5,154m, Rongbuk Monastery is the world’s highest monastery, a must-visit for spiritual travelers, and you will find it photo worthy. It used to be an area of meditation huts, and you can find hermitage meditation caves with a history of over 400 years, dotting the cliff walls all around the monastery and the valley. Along with incredible Mt. Everest views, at Rongbuk Monastery you will be touched by the breathtaking scenery such as large white chorten, piles of mani stones, colorful prayer flags, devout pilgrims passing by...

Notes:

1. Travelers can only go as far as the Rongbuk Temple area rather than a few kilometers farther as before. But it’s no big difference in terms of viewing Mt. Everest.

2. Today’s food and lodging is very basic. Due to the high altitude, it is possible that you may have some symptoms of altitude sickness. We recommend that you stay well hydrated, relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery to minimize your symptoms.

Day 6 Mt. Everest - Shigatse (B) | Tashilumpo Monastery

You will get an early start with the sunrise of Mt Everest, then head to Gyatso La Pass (Gyawu La Pass, the Dingri Boundary, 122km, 3.5 hours) again with a quick photographic stop. After that, drive back to Shigatse (240km, about 4.5 hours) to visit Tashilumpo Monastery.

Founded by His Holiness the 1st Dalai Lama, Gyalwa Gedun Drup in 1447, Tashilumpo Monastery is the largest monastery in Tsang Area, Tibet. In Tashi Lumpo Monastery, you can unveil the traditional seat of successive Panchen Lamas, Tibet's second-highest incarnation. Pay a visit to the ancient tombs of the fourth and tenth Panchen Lama and the chortens, which hold the bones and remains of the sacred Tibetan lamas. Learn more from your guide about Panchen Lamas and Dalai Lamas while appreciating the brilliant religious painting on Tibetan architecture, listening to the Tibetan Buddhism chanting by local monks, and even participating in the kora like locals. Don’t forget to hike up to the top of the monastery and have a stunning bird view of the monastery itself and Shigatse City.

After that, drive back to your sweet hotel in Shigatse, take a shower and prepare for the departure by train the next day.

Day 7 Shigatse to Lhasa (B)

After breakfast, your guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel. It is time to drive back to Lhasa from Shigatse. On the way, you have a chance to appreciate some stunning landscapes on the viewing platform. With several hours’ driving, you will arrive in Lhasa and be transferred to the hotel for a good rest.

Day 8 Lhasa Departure (B) | Hotel Check-out and Airport see-off

It is time to end your 8-day Tibet tour. You will have some free time in Beijing and explore more on your own till your guide escorts you to the airport/train station for your flight or high speed train to your next destination.

Thank you for choosing Asia Odyssey Travel for your China tour, and we are always here working for you and hope to see you again for your next trip to China/Asia. Safe journey!

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Price varies depending on travel date, group size, hotel class, program in your itinerary and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate.

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Photo Gallery for This Itinerary
  • Day 2 - Majestic Potala Palace is the most renowned landmark in Lhasa
  • Day 2 - The Jokhang Monastery is the final destination for pilgrims
  • Day 2 - the Barkhor Street was only a place for Buddhists to do a religious circumambulation in ancient times.
  • Day 3 - The monks in Sera Monastery not only talk but also use various gestures during the debate
  • Day 3 - Tibet Handicraft Art Center
  • Day 4 - The Lake Yamdrok is so clear that local people compare the lake to a jade on the Himalayan mountain
  • Day 4 - When the sun is shining, the glacier is like a huge piece of Tibetan Thangka Painting hanging on a giant mountain
  • Day 4 - The Kumbum Monastery is a classic monastery of Tibetan Buddhism
  • Day 5 - The Rongphu Monastery is the highest monastery in the world
  • Day 6 - Mount Everest sunrise
  • Day 7 - The Tashilunpo Monastery is the largest religious site in the Shigatse area
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  • Shannan & Gyantse
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  • Shigatse
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  • Mount Everest
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  • Lhasa
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Trip Style: Private Tour (flexible travel dates & numbers of travelers)
Tour Code: AOT-TBT-008
Travel Route: Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse - Mt. Everest - Lhasa
Features: History, Culture, Pandas, Religious Sites, Holy Mountains

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