Day 01: Arrive at Lhasa
ELEV: 3650 m
Arrival at train station 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. 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 02: Lhasa-Jokhang temple -Barkhore square
Morning visit the Jokhang temple. It was founded during the reign of king Songtsen Gampo in 642. According to tradition, the temple was built for the two brides of the king, Princess Wencheng of the Chinese Tang dynasty and Princess Bhrikuti of Nepal. Both wives are said to have brought important Buddhist statues and images from China and Nepal to Tibet as part of their dowries, and they were housed here. Many Nepalese artists worked to construct this temple. After finished visit the Jokhang temple walk around the Jokhang temple khora and take picuture with Barkhore area . You can see many pligirmage all around Tibetan area and most of the them they doing prostrations thousand time every day infornt of Jokhang temple
Afternoon explore Tibet old city area and you can see some of the small temple. Usually for the small temple no need to pay entrance fee and also you can explore the Tibetan Old Market from there you can see lots of different things like yak cheese, yak butter and Yak meat and also many Khampa(Eastern people) bussinessman are exchange presious stone .( Overnight in Lhasa)
Day 03: Lhasa -Drepung monastery -Sera monastery
This morning you are visiting the Biggest Gelugpa sect monastery in Tibet. Drepung monastery was founded in 1416 by Jamyang Choeje Tashi Palden (1397–1449), one of Tsongkhapa’s main disciples, and it was named after the sacred abode in South India of Shridhanyakataka. Drepung was the principal seat of the Gelugpa school and it retained the premier place amongst the four great Gelugpa monasteries. It’s also the first central Tibet government and later the 5th Dalai lama move to Potala palace. Now a day they have 5 colleges Gomang (sGo-mang), Loseling (Blo-gsal gling), Deyang (bDe-dbyangs), Tosamling (Thos-bsam gling) and Ngagpa (sNgags-pa).
Afternoon 15:00 visit the Sera monastery. Sera monastery is the second biggest Gelugpa learning center which was founded in 1419 by Chamchen Choeji(Shakya Yeshi) he was another important student of Master Tsongkhapa. Originally Tsongkhapa stayed in retreat in a hermitage above Sera called Sera Choeding and he gave instructions to Chamchen Choeji to built Sera monastery. There have three colleges in Sera with many Khangsten(Houses) The three colleges are Sera Je college, Sera Mey college and Ngakpa college. Most interesting thing you can watch here is the debate courtyard where monks debate on profound Buddhist Philosophy or logic. This is an important learning method in Tibetan Buddhist monasteries
Day 04: Lhasa-Potala palace-Norbulingka summer palace
Morning visit the Potala palace. The Potala palace was originally built in the 7th century by King Songtsen Gampo after he moved the capital from Yarlung to Lhasa. The palace is named after Mount Potalaka the mythical abode of the Bodhisattva Avalokitesva . It’s is built on the Red hill. after the 17th century 5th Dalai lama moved his government from Drepung to Potala palcee. and expanded the palace.it to the present size. Usually there have 75 monks in Potala palace.
Afternoon visit the Norbulingka summer palace. Norbulingka or the Jewel park is the summer palace for the successive Dalai lama. In the 18th century the 7th Dalai lama Kelsang Gyasto took treatment bath in a spring here and soon a palace was built for him, which is called Kelsang Palace. There is also smaller palace called Uyap palace and this was used by the Dalai Dalas when they watched Tibetan Opera dance during the Shorten or (Yoghurt festival) and other events. The second major palace is called Chensel palace which was built during the 13th Dalai lama, Thupten Gyatso’s time. Lastly the New palace or the Takten Mingyure palace was built in the early 1950s for the 14th Dalai lama and side it there is an impressive wall painting that shows a complete history of the Tibet starting from the human evolution, the first King and the main historical period and figures. Besides, we can also see many types of trees and plants and flowers, such as bamboos, pine trees and Junifer ( Overnight in Lhasa)
Day 05: Lhasa -Yamdrok lake-Karola glacier -Gyangste-Kumbum stupa & Phelchoe monastery -Shigatse(360km)
We follow the Friendship Highway to Gyantse, up to Kambala pass which is 4794m high. From the top of the pass Kangpa-la at 4700m in clear weather, you can see the fabulous shade of deep turquoise Yamdro-tso Lake that is shaped like coiling scorpion with deep blue in colour. Then drive along the mountain down to Gyangtse, visit the famous stupa – Gyangtse Kumpum, the most stunning architectural wonder in Tibet. After late lunch in Gyantse, we continue our drive to Shigatse city which is the second largest city in Tibet. Overnight stop in Shigatse Manasarovar Hotel or similar one per your budget requests.
Day 06: Shigatse-New Tingri-Old Tingri(Camping)(310km)
ELEV: 4250 m
Visit Tashilunpo Monastery and the spectacular tombs of Panchen Lamas in Shigatse in the morning, then drive along Friendship Hwy to Old Tingri via Lhatse and Shegar Town. Your guide and driver as well as teh cook will do preparations for the trek, while you may have a good view of Cho Oyu. Overnight at Old Tingri ( Local Guest house, dorm bed)
Day 07: Trek to Lungthang(4510m) (5hrs/12km/150m up)
Our trekking begins from Old Tingri, goes through the Tingri plain. Trekking along apart of the Ra-chu Valley, we will see the beautiful valley scenery with extensive meadows and groups of sheep and goats. The rest of the day we can visit a small gompa in Chholun. Tonight will be spent in a comfortable campsite in Lunthang. This bleak region is home only to herders and barley harvesters. Camping
Day 08: Trek to Lamna la(5150m)(8hrs/21km/200mup)
The challenging trekking really starts today as we go up into the mountains. Much uphill walking is done as we climb towards the top of Lamna La. And we camp beyoud the top of this pass. Camping at beyond Lamna la pass
Day 09: Trek to Zommug(4790m)
In the morning we descend steeply into lush vegetation. The only other people we will encounter are yak herders and their families. Camp will be made in the small village of Zommug. Truly amazing views can be seen as the sun sets in this barren town. Camping
Day 10: Trek Rongbuk monastery (4980) and EBC(5200M)
On our last day of trekking we will wind our way to the end destination of Rongbuk and Everest Base Camp. Along the way we can also visit the Dza Rongbuk monastery and gompas. They are truly ancient sites, but nothing compared to our night camping at Everest Base Camp. Camping
Day 11: Everest Base Camp-Lhatse-Shigatse(350km)
ELEV: 3900 m
We drive a short distance from Rongpuk to Lhatse, then follow the friendship highway back to Shigatse city. Have a good rest after the adventure above during which you maybe really exhausted. Overnight at Hotel in Shigatse
Day 12: Shigatse-Lhasa(280km)
ELEV: 3650 m
Today we will leave Shigatse around 10 am and drive back to Lhasa via the central China Nepal friendship highway. We can get the lunch on the way. Around 6 pm, we get back to Lhasa safely. Overnight in Lhasa
Day 13: Depart Lhasa
Depart from Lhasa by air or by train. Airport or railway station dropping off, end tour.