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9-Day Tibet Discovery Tour Including Everest and Namtso Lake

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Overview:

The longer you stay in Tibet, the more memorable experience you will get! Spending several weeks in Tibet is not possible, but 9 days are strongly recommended because you will have enough time to explore different features of Tibet – Tibetan Buddhism, local culture, friendly people, food, custom, mountains, lakes… At the same time, you can travel at the most enjoyable pace from one place to the next.

 

 

Tour Code

TB9D8N-ERK-584

Duration

9 Days/8 Nights
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Itinerary

Day 1Lhasa Arrival

Attractions: No
Meal: Not Included
Hotel: Overnight in Lhasa

Upon your arrival at the Lhasa airport/railwaystation, your tour guide will greet you and escort you to your hotel and help you get checked in. You will have the rest of the day and evening to rest and relax to become acclimatized to the higher altitude of Tibet.

Day 2Lhasa

Attractions: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street
Meal: Not Included
Hotel: Overnight in Lhasa

After breakfast at the hotel, we will visit the incredible Potala Palace – the highest palace in the world. Then we will move on to the spiritually significant Jokhang Temple. To see the “real” Lhasa, we’ll stroll through Barkhor Street with its thriving local market where you can pick up some local Tibetan, Nepalese and Indian handicrafts and souvenirs.

Day 3Lhasa

Attractions: Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery
Meal: Not Included
Hotel: Overnight in Lhasa

Today features visits to 2 of the most important monasteries in Tibetan Buddhism – the Drepung and Sera Monasteries. Drepung Monastery is located on the hillside west of Lhasa – at one time the world’s largest monastery with about 10,000 monks living there.
After Drepung, we will move on to the Sera Monastery. The main highlight of the Sera Monastery is watching the crowd of monks debating inside the shady courtyard behind the main temple.

Day 4Lhasa - Namtso - Lhasa

Attractions: Namtso Lake
Meal: Not Included
Hotel: Overnight in Lhasa

Only exploring the exotic culture of Tibet is not enough, you also have to enjoy its natural beauty. So today, you are going to visit the picturesque Namtso Lake which is about 220km from Lhasa city. 

Namtso Lake, in Tibetan, means “the Heaven Lake”. It covers more than 1,920 square kilometers shaping lake a rectangle, and locates about 4,718 meters above the sea level, which makes Namtso the highest lake in the world. The pure water waves slightly under the pure and blue sky. Along the shore are enormous well-proportioned Mani stones. The colorful prayer flags hanged on the hills and monasteries make Namtso Lake holy and mysterious. A lot huge stones have existed along the Namtso for thousands years, and are related to some beautiful Tibetan stories. Namtso Lake is also the heaven for animals. It is natural pasture for nomads of northern Tibet. You have chance to see the sheep and yaks grazing leisurely on the grassland. Famous as one of three holy lakes in Tibet, Namtso lake is also a popular place for pilgrimage and meditation. It is honored as the holy lake both for Tibetan Buddhism and Bön. 

After the sightseeing, drive back to Lhasa. (Optional: if you want, you can spend a night there to watch amazing sunset and sunrise. But this arrangement needs you add one extra day to your tour.)

Day 5Lhasa - Shigatse

Attractions: Yamdrok Lake, Karola Glacier
Meal: Not Included
Hotel: Overnight in Shigatse

This morning we’ll take a drive up to the Kampala Pass (elevation 4797 meters) where you’ll have a glimpse of Yamdrok Lake down.

Later on we’ll be able to visit the Karola Glacier before continuing along the southern Friendship Highway to Gyantse, where you will be able to see the famous Gyantse Kumbum, one of the most stunning architectural wonders in Tibet. Late in the afternoon we will continue on to Shigatse where we will spend the night.

Day 6Shigatse - Tingri

Attractions: Rongbuk Monastery, Everest Base Camp
Meal: Not Included
Hotel: Overnight at guest house near the Everest Base Camp

After breakfast we’ll set out towards the peak of the world – Mount Everest. Departing from Shigatse and traveling via Lhatse and Tingri, you will see some of the most beautiful and unique scenery in the world – incredibly blue skies, floating high clouds, endless grasslands and the highest mountain peaks in the world. We’ll also stop by the Rongbuk Monastery – the world’s highest altitude monastery before spending the night at the Everest Base Camp.

Day 7Tingri - Shigatse

Attractions: Everest Base Camp
Meal: Not Included
Hotel: Overnight in Shigatse

Enjoy a breathtaking sunrise at the Everest Base Camp before we journey back through the spectacular scenery to spend the night again in Shigatse.

Day 8Shigatse - Lhasa

Attractions: Tashilunpo Monastery
Meal: Not Included
Hotel: Overnight in Lhasa

We will get an early start today to visit the Tashilunpo Monastery, which was founded in 1447 by the 1st Dalai Lama. After visiting this ancient monastery, one of the most important sites in Tibetan Buddhism, we will head back to Lhasa.

Day 9Lhasa - Departure

Attractions: No
Meal: Not Included
Hotel: No

Today you will have free time until your tour guide escorts you to the Lhasa airport for your departing train or flight from Lhasa. 

Price Includes

  • Local transportation with private vehicle and skilled driver
  • Experienced tour guide
  • Entrance fees as listed in the program
  • 8 nights accommodation(3 or 4 or 5-star depends on yourself)
  • Pick-up and send-off services at the beginning/end of the tour
  • 2 bottles of mineral water per person per day

Price Excludes

  • Flight/train tickets
  • Meals
  • Gratuities(optional)
  • Any optional programs/activities
  • Any services not mentioned