Tibet, a land of mystery and spirituality, offers unparalleled experiences with its majestic landscapes and deep-rooted Buddhist culture. This 8-day journey is carefully designed to showcase the best of what Tibet has to offer. Let’s explore the enchanting vistas, sacred temples, and serene valleys of this Himalayan wonderland.
Detail Itinerary for 8-Day Lhasa – Everest Adventure in Tibet
Day 1: Welcoming the Soul to Lhasa
Upon your arrival in Lhasa, standing majestically at 3650 meters, the essence of Potala beckons. Stepping out of Lhasa’s airport or train station, allow your burdens to be lifted by our passionate and trustworthy tour guides, who are ready to provide you with an intimate Lhasa experience.
As you journey from the airport to the city, witness the unique charm of Tibetan villages. Let your gaze wander over the Yarlung Zangbo River, which holds the title of the world’s highest river, and spot the traditional cowhide boats gracefully navigating its waters. On this day, we prioritize your comfort, ensuring you have ample time to acclimatize in a cosy hotel room, allowing your energy to be rejuvenated for the adventures ahead.
Take this time to slow your steps, clear your thoughts, and immerse yourself in the serene ambience of Lhasa. After a peaceful stroll, we suggest heading back to your hotel. A good night’s sleep is essential, as it allows your body to gradually adjust to the plateau’s atmosphere. Prepare to be embraced by Lhasa’s spirit and experience the local greeting, “Tashi Delek!”
- Airport/Train Station Transfer
- Hotel Accommodation
Day 2: Exploring Dadong Village & Delving into the Depths of Sera Monastery
Morning: A Taste of Dadong Village
Begin your day with a hearty breakfast, fueling up for the day’s adventures. Our expert guide will lead the way to the enchanting Dadong Village. Here, immerse yourself in the flavours of Tibet, sipping on local Tibetan sweet tea, savouring the richness of butter tea, and indulging in traditional Kapusai snacks. If you’re fortunate enough, you might also get a taste of freshly brewed highland barley wine and the staple, tsampa.
Afternoon: Unraveling the Mysteries of Sera Monastery
As the day progresses, set your sights on the revered Sera Monastery, one of the six principal monasteries of the Gelug Sect of Tibetan Buddhism. The monastery is renowned for its dynamic sutra debates. Positioned at the northernmost end, near the main entrance, lies the Sera’s debate courtyard. Typically, these fervent debates commence at 15:00, offering visitors a rare glimpse into the monastery’s intellectual pursuits. However, bear in mind that occasional religious events or special visitors might lead to the cancellation of these debates. We appreciate your understanding in such cases.
Evening: Strolling through Lhasa’s Streets
Post the monastery visit, lose yourself in the vibrant streets of Lhasa. In merely a few days, you’ll find yourself deeply connected with Lhasa’s essence, marked by its profound religious history and the tranquil pace of Tibetan life. Doesn’t this blend of mystique and beauty weave an entrancing philosophy?
- Guided Tour to Dadong Village and Sera Monastery
Day 3: The Majesty of Potala Palace, the Sanctity of Jokhang Temple & the Charm of Barkhor Street
Morning: Embracing the Grandeur of Potala Palace
Scheduled by your ticket reservation, begin your exploration of the illustrious Potala Palace. Standing as the world’s highest ancient palace edifice, it has tales echoing through its walls. One legend speaks of it being erected by Zampo Songtsen Gampo of the Tubo Dynasty as a tribute to his union with Princess Chizun and Princess Wencheng. Another account claims its foundation, Songtsen Gampo relocated the capital to Lhasa. This architectural marvel, stretching over 200 meters in height, appears to have 13 stories but houses only 9. Constructed on the mountainside, its colossal stone walls merge seamlessly with the terrain, exuding an air of majesty.
Ascend the sprawling 1080-step staircase, taking in panoramic views of Lhasa, setting a serene mood for the day. Accompanied by our knowledgeable guide, delve deep into Potala’s mysteries, feeling the rich blend of spirituality and culture.
Afternoon: Witnessing the Divine at Jokhang Temple
Post a short respite, set forth to Jokhang Temple, the spiritual epicenter for Tibetan Buddhist followers. A popular saying by Lama Nyima Tsering goes, “A visit to Lhasa without Jokhang means you haven’t truly been to Lhasa.” This temple is a confluence of Tibetan, Tang, Nepalese, and Indian architectural nuances. Throughout the day, the temple precincts are filled with aromatic incense, and devout believers etch their reverence onto the bluestone floors with their prostrations. Thousands of butter lamps cast their perennial glow, bearing witness to countless pilgrims and the passage of time.
Evening: Leisure at Bakhor Street
In Lhasa, life slows down. Embrace this pace with a relaxed stroll to the craft market of Barkhor Street. Take your time selecting intricate souvenirs or lose yourself wandering around. Perhaps, you’ll stumble upon a quaint tea house. Settle by the window, sipping on sweet tea, letting the sun rays, piercing through Lhasa’s clear blue skies, wash away any lingering burdens.
- Potala Palace tickets are pre-purchased with specific visiting times. Depending on the scheduled time, our itinerary might be adjusted accordingly.
- A security check is compulsory before entering Potala Palace. Carrying dangerous items is strictly forbidden.
- Taking photographs inside the Potala Palace is not allowed.
- Entry tickets to Potala Palace & Jokhang Temple
- Guided Tour
Day 4: Lhasa to Shigatse – A Journey Through Nature’s Marvels Yamdrok Lake and Ancient History Town Gyantse
Morning: Majestic Landscapes and Sacred Waters
After breakfast, embark on a journey towards Shigatse. The route takes you over the Gangangbala Snow Mountain, standing tall at 4,900 meters above sea level. As you proceed, the pristine waters of Yamdrok Lake, often dubbed the world’s most beautiful water body, greet you. Elevated at 4,400 meters, this lake basks in radiant sunshine, with local lore suggesting that circumambulating this sacred lake and the adjacent holy mountain brings divine blessings. Against the backdrop of a clear blue sky and fluffy white clouds, the lake mirrors the serenity of the surroundings. The towering Naqin Kangsang Snow Mountain, considered one of Tibet’s four sacred peaks, stands as a sentinel at 7,191 meters.
Midday: Glaciers, Mountains, and Wishes
Continuing along the lake’s edge, you’ll pass by the stunning Karola Glacier, an iconic location for the movie “Red River Valley”. This glacier stands right by the roadway, presenting a contrast of its delicate beauty against the grandeur of the neighbouring snow peaks.
Journey on to Smila Mountain and participate in the timeless tradition of hanging a prayer flag. Local beliefs say that wishes made here find fruition in one’s lifetime. The journey continues to the historical town of Gyantse, fondly remembered as the Anti-British Hero Town. This ancient city, with over 600 years of history, once served as a crucial transportation link between the front and back regions of Tibet.
Afternoon: Historic Gyantse and the Serene Fields of Shigatse
From a distance, admire the Dzong Matyr Site before delving into the spiritual realms of Palkor Choede Temple. This unique temple unifies the teachings of Tibet’s three major Buddhist sects and is renowned for its intricate murals, sculptures, and notably the 100,000 pagodas. After absorbing some spiritual vibes, rejuvenate your senses with the lush green landscapes of Gyantse forest.
As the journey resumes, in about ninety minutes, you’ll be welcomed by Shigatse, Tibet’s second-largest city. If visiting during summer, prepare to be enamoured by vast stretches of golden and green highland barley fields nestled amidst the mountains. These fields dance and shimmer under the vast expanse of the blue sky, making for a sight to remember.
- Guided tour to all mentioned sites
Day 5: Shigatse to Everest Base Camp – Journey to the Roof of the World
Morning: An Auspicious Start
Embark early in the morning from Shigatse with a heart full of reverence. Our destination for the day is the iconic Everest Base Camp. En route, relish a hearty lunch at Lazi.
Midday: Ascend to Everest’s Foothills
Replenished and reenergized, brace yourself for the journey ahead. As you traverse through the mountain passes of Zola, elevated at 4,600 meters, and Gyatso La, standing tall at 5,248 meters, feel the excitement build up. These pathways are your gateway into the Everest Base Camp Scenic Area. Shift your focus, broaden your horizon, and immerse yourself in the awe-inspiring beauty of the Himalayas as you approach Gaura Mountain.
Evening: Starry Night at Everest Base Camp
Navigate the snaking mountain roads, and soon enough, find yourself at the tented area of Mount Everest Base Camp. As evening descends, the camp bathes in the warm, golden hues of the setting sun. As twilight merges into night, the sky, devoid of any city lights, sparkles with countless stars. A luminous Milky Way streaks across, creating a celestial spectacle. Amidst this natural beauty, bond with fellow travellers, engage in heartwarming conversations, or lose yourself in quiet contemplation. Cherish these moments; they are the gems of your journey.
- Everest Base Camp Entry Fees
Day 6: Everest Base Camp to Shigatse – A Day of Awe and Reflection
Morning: A Golden Dawn
Before the first light of daybreak illuminates Mount Everest, rise early to embrace the morning. Stepping outside, let the breathtaking dawn cast its spell on you. Bathed in the ethereal glow, Mount Everest appears as a divine entity, effortlessly reigning over the serpentine grandeur of the Himalayas, reminiscent of celestial tales.
Mid-Morning: A Spiritual Sojourn to Rongbuk Monastery
With the sun ascending, journey to Rongbuk Monastery, recognized as the highest monastery in the world. Situated at an elevation of approximately 5,100 meters, this temple, belonging to the Nyingma sect of Tibetan Buddhism, is a spiritual haven. However, please note, if the weather turns inclement with rain or snow, making the roads treacherous, our visit may be postponed for safety reasons. Amidst the towering peaks and under the protective gaze of the sacred mountain, lose yourself in quiet contemplation. Reciting a Tibetan Buddhist scripture, reconnecting with your core beliefs, and engaging in self-reflection amidst such grandeur is an enriching experience that transcends the ordinary.
Afternoon: Homeward Bound
With a heavy heart and memories to last a lifetime, bid adieu to the enchanting Himalayas and journey back to the comforts of Shigatse.
- Guided tour to Rongbuk Monastery
Day 7: Shigatse to Lhasa – A Journey of Reverence and Reflection
Morning: A Visit to Tashilhunpo Monastery
Following breakfast, embark on a visit to the Tashilhunpo Monastery, the esteemed residence of the Panchen Lama. As the largest temple in Shigatse, Tashilhunpo resonates with the soulful chants of monks immersed in prayer and meditation.
Mid-Day: A Moment of Pause at Yarlung River Valley
As you journey back, there’s no need to rush. Take a leisurely pause at the Yarlung River Valley, often referred to as the cradle of ancient Tibetan civilization. In this serene setting, allow yourself to be enveloped by the majestic vistas of rivers, glaciers, pastoral landscapes, valleys, and rich alpine vegetation. Under the pristine blue sky, every detail stands out brilliantly. And those distant specks that might seem like imperfections are, in fact, mesmerizing reflections of sunlight piercing through the clouds.
Evening: Safe Return to Lhasa
Your dedicated tour guide will ensure a smooth journey, accompanying you throughout and ensuring each guest is safely delivered to their reserved accommodations in Lhasa.
- Guided tour to Tashilhunpo Temple
Day 8: Lhasa – Farewell to the Holy City
Morning: Final Exploration
On this last day in the sacred city of Lhasa, immerse yourself in a final tour, soaking in the essence and spirit of this remarkable place one last time.
Afternoon: Departure from Lhasa
Post our explorations, we will journey through the Lhasa Valley, making our way to Gonggar Airport or the train station. It’s time to bid farewell to Lhasa and conclude this unforgettable journey.
Note: While we ensure that there are no reductions in the number of attractions listed in the itinerary, please understand that our company retains the right to adjust the sequence of tours based on real-time circumstances. Safe travels!
- Airport/Train Station Transfer
- Travellers possessing China’s second-generation ID card and the Mainland Travel Permit (Home Return Permit) for residents of Hong Kong and Macao need to register 3 days in advance.
- Individuals with passports from other countries must register a minimum of 15 days in advance.
- Tourists using a Taiwan Compatriot Permit for this tour must assemble in Chengdu and board the designated flight.
- Is acclimatization necessary?
- Yes, given Lhasa’s altitude, it’s recommended to acclimatize on the first day.
- What should I pack for the trip?
- Warm clothing, sun protection, personal medication, and a reusable water bottle.
- Is travel insurance included in the package?
- No, travellers need to secure their travel insurance.
- Are there vegetarian food options?
- Yes, vegetarian options are available, but it’s best to inform us in advance.
For a spiritually enriching experience, embark on this 8-day journey, unravelling the mysteries and wonders of Tibet
Early Bird Tour Discount Policies:
- For groups of 3 or more who book together and pay a deposit within three days after inquiry, each person will receive a 5% discount.
- Those booking 90 days or more in advance can enjoy a 5% discount. (Note: Discounts 1 and 2 cannot be combined.)
- Deposit: 2,000 yuan per person. Balance is payable upon arrival in Lhasa.
- Once the itinerary is confirmed, sign the itinerary contract, then choose your preferred payment method.
- Payment options: Mainland tourists can pay via bank counter transfer, online bank transfer, WeChat, or Alipay. Overseas tourists can opt for PayPal, online credit card payment, or make the payment in Lhasa.
- The deposit is non-refundable.
- If cancelled 30 days before the trip, 20% of the total cost will be charged.
- Cancellation 29 to 7 days before the trip incurs a 30% charge.
- Cancellation 6 to 1 day before the trip results in a 50% charge.
- Postponements after the trip has begun will result in a 100% charge.
- Special circumstance cancellations, such as high altitude sickness, allow for refunds on tickets, hotels, etc., based on actual costs. Charges apply for any purchased air or train tickets.
Required for Entry Permit:
- Relevant documents: passport and visa copies, Taiwan compatriot certificates, Hong Kong and Macao passes, ID cards, or any other necessary documents.
- Occupation and contact details of tourists.
- Tourists aged 70 or above must provide a hospital health report.
- Provide the above information to our customer service 25 days prior to entering Tibet.
- Processing of Tibet Entry Permits may face delays or changes due to unforeseen factors. Be aware of potential inconveniences.
Personal Items to Bring:
- Valid documents: passport, ID card, return permit, student card, senior card, bank card.
- Personal protective gear: medicines, band-aids, sunscreen, sunglasses, hats, water bottles, etc.
- Essentials: change of clothes, toiletries, charger, backpacks, notebook.
- Snacks and fruits for the journey.
- Weather-appropriate clothing.
- Sanitizing wipes.
- It’s best to carry one large and one small bag for convenience.
Travelling to Tibet – Points to Note:
- Due to the high altitudes in areas like Lhasa (3,600m), Shigatse (3,800m), and Everest Base Camp (5,200m), those with health issues should consider before joining.
- Altitude sickness is common. Prepare with preventive medicines and adequate rest.
- Itinerary adjustments may occur due to unforeseen circumstances like landslides, local regulations, or transportation changes.
- Familiarize yourself with the region before traveling to Tibet and be prepared to adapt.
- Stay with the group and prioritize personal safety.
- Note the significant temperature variations between day and night in Tibet.
- Strict security measures apply when boarding the Qinghai-Tibet train.
- Most Tibetan hotels have oxygen machines, payable separately.
- Any changes post-commencement of the trip will be considered a forfeiture.
- Hotels may occasionally be requisitioned by authorities.
- For special meal requirements, inform us 5 days prior to departure. Consider bringing your own food if you have strict dietary needs.
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