12 days EBC Namtso lake-Lhasa

12 days- Lhasa – Everest Base Camp-Namtso lake-Lhasa

Day 1: Arrive in Lhasa by train or flight

Arrival at train station or airport in Lhasa, our guide and driver will pick you up and transfer you to hotel for acclimatization; you can have your free time hanging out at this holy city to get the first impression of Tibet. (Overnight night in Lhasa)

Day 2: Lhasa (Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Square)

Morning visit the Jokhang temple is the most sacred temple in Tibet . In Tibetan language it refers to “Buddha’s house” because the main statue is said to be made by Buddha Sakyamuni himself time. The Jokhang temple is the convergence of Tibet’s spiritual and secular life. Here you can meet all kinds of tribes from the Tibetan plateau. The surrounding market is called “Bakhore”. One of the most important religious paths.  Evening explore city by your self

Day 4: Lhasa (Potala Palace, Norbulingka)

Morning visit the Potala palace towers above the city of Lhasa as the national landmark that allures the international visitors. The massive 13-storeyed building used to be the former abode for the Dalai lamas. It looks incredibly magnificent from a distance and could be viewed from various places around town. As the nation’s supreme relic, the palace dates back to the seventh century A.D.

Afternoon visit the Norbulingka summer palace the former summer palace of Dalai Lamas  built in during the 18th century by seven Dalai lama.  Explore the beautiful gardens and experience one of the most holy sites in Tibetan Buddhism while soaking up the rich history.

Day 5: Lhasa (Ramoche Temple, Sera Monastery)

Morning visit the Ramoche temple is considered to be the sister temple to the Jokhang  which was completed about the same time. Tradition says that it was built originally to house the much revered Jowo Rinpoche statue, carried to Lhasa via Lhagang in a wooden cart, brought to Tibet when Princess Wencheng came to Lhasa.

Afternoon visit the Sera monastery: All the Gelugpa monasteries history is strongly connected to Master Lama Tsongkhapa (1357–1419), the founder of the Gelugpa order, the much venerated and highly learned guru in Buddhist scriptures. The Sera Monastery at the foot of Sera Uste  Hill is located 2 kilometers northern of Lhasa. It is one of the “great three” Gelukpa university monasteries of Tibet

Day 6: Lhasa-Yamdrok lake-Karola glacier -Gyangste

Following Friendship Highway, you drive past Khamba La at 4794 m with a brief halt to savor the majestic views of Yamdrok-tso Lake and Mt Najoin Khang sar  rising at an elevation of 7252m. On turning westwards, you come across  Karo La pass at 5045m. You can see huge glaciers tumbling down into the road. After hours of driving for 261 km, magnificently landscaped Tibetan villages become visible as you enter the town of Gyantse After Karola glacier you will reach to Gyangtse former main Tibet trade center between Nepal, Indian and Bhutan. and 1904 English Young Husband who first come to Tibet on 1904 and usually Gyantse is famouse in wool and also very good farming area in Tibet

Day 7: Gyantse – visit Kumbum stupa and Phelchoe monastery-Shigatse-visit Tashi Lhunpo monastery

Morning vist Kumbum stupa and Phelchoe monastery  Gyantse’s pride is the Gyantse Dzong and Kumbum. Gyantse Dzong is a historical fort built in the 14th century and overlooks a mesmerizing view of entire Gyantse and surrounding Nyang Chu Valley. Kumbum has a large gold-domed stupa and houses several chapels and Tibetan Buddhist murals. After you enjoy exploring Gyantse, you will take a 90 km drive to Shigatse. Having driven to an altitude of 3900 meter, you find yourself at Shigatse, second largest city of Tibet.

Day 8: Shigatse-Sakya Monastery-Everest Base Camp

In the morning, drive to Sakya monastery and make an excursion to visit Sakya Monastery (4280m). Sakya Monastery is unique because of its medieval Mongolian architecture. Walk up the kora path alongside the monastery to see the ruins of the older buildings, from which you can see great views of the monastery and surrounding valley. After Stop lunch and at Lhatse you will have the first views of mighty Himalayans from the pass of Gyatso la(5400m) after Lhatse and distant view of Mt. Everest from its viewing point soon after climb down Gyatso la, shortly after the border check point at Shegar, turn off the Friendship Highway and drive toward south in the valley, cross over the Gawu la pass[5250m] through zigzags road, from the pass you will amaze the spectacular Himalayan Ranges and its mighty peaks beyond 8000m, Mt.Makalu(8463m), Mt.Lotse(8516m), Mt.Everest(8844m), Mt.Cho Oyu(8201m) and Mt.Shishapama(8020m) from Left to right, climbing down through numbers of switchback bends lead to the dry valley of Tashi Zom and then finally the day’s destination – Everest Base Camp located in the Rongbuk valley. Rongbuk is the highest monastery in the world and it consist both monks and nuns. We suggest you to bring your own sleeping bags for the night if available as the local tent guesthouses reuse the blankets for several weeks due to their poor facility. Overnight at local tent guesthouses except from end of Oct – Mar where the tent guesthouses close and only Rongbuk monastery guesthouse is available.

Day 9: Everest Base Camp-Drive back to Shigatse

Drive back direct to Shigatse without Sakya monastery

Day 10: Shigatse -Namsto lake

Morning drive to Namsto lake and half of the way return to Lhasa by friendship highway and after Nyimo then turn to Yangpachen area.  On the way you can explore very nice view of Tibet Northern grassland area and also you can explore the local villages and small lakes.  Once you arrive at Yanpachen view of Nyench thangla range and after few hrs drive to reach to Namsto lake and it’s one of the highest salt water lake in China. and it’s also one of the holy lakes in Tibet.  Overnight near the Tashi Dor island and evening walk around the lake area and explore around the Tashi Dor hill. If you are lucky you can see nice view of the Mt Nyenchen Thangla from the lake. 

Day 11: Namsto lake -Lhasa

Morning view of Namsto lake sunrise and drive to Lhasa.  One the way you can explore local nomads and villages. 

Day 12: Depart Lhasa

Our guide and driver will transfer you to the Lhasa airport or train station and end the Tibet part tour