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Central Tibet and Everest Base Camp tour

Central Tibet and Everest Base Camp tour
Visits: Lhasa - Gyangtse - Shigatse - Dingri - Lhasa
Days: 9 days Trip Available: You choose
Highlights: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery, Yamdrok lake, Tashilhunpo Monastery, Rongbuk Monastery, Mt. Everest
Different from other Everest Base Camp Tours, this tour is much longer and covers more classic tourist sites between Lhasa to Everest Base Camp, drive less everyday and see more, you do not need travel in a rush.

Day 1 Arrival - Lhasa(3650m)

Arrive by flight or train to Lhasa. Upon arrival in the Lhasa Gongar airport or the Lhasa train station, you will be met by your tour guide and driven to Lhasa downtown. have a rest in Lhasa to acclimatize the high altitude.

Lhasa airport
Lhasa airport

Day 2 Lhasa Sightseeing - Potala Palace and Johkang Temple

In the morning, you will go to the most sppendid museum, the Potala Palace, and explore the grandest of its myriad chapals. see the jeweled burial chorten of past Dalai Lamas as well as statuary,frescoes and paintings.

Later visit the Jokhang Temple, which is considered as the most sacred temple in Tibet, it draws tremendous number of pilgrims from all over Tibet each year for it houses a magnificent image of Sakyamuni at 12 years old.

Then stroll around Barkhor, a pilgrimage circuit that encircles the Jokhang, it also serves as the biggest bazaar in Lhasa, where you can find some handicrafts, ambers, jewery,tibetan clothes,ect. Overnight in Lhasa

Potala Palace
Potala Palace

Day 3 Lhasa sightseeing-Sera Monastery and Drepung Monastery

Today, you will explore Tibet's two greatest monasteries, Drepung and Sera. which once housed about 10,000 monks.

Drepung monastery is situated at the foothill of a mountain and was founded by Jamyang Choeje in 1416. the monastery is divided into two different colleges that is Drepung loselling and Drepung Gomang college. The Ganden podrang is famous among them as it is the government centre during fifth Dalai lama and later moved to the famous Potala palace during fifth Dalai lama. In the afternoon exploring the Sera monastery which was founded in 1419 by Tsongkapa's disciple Jamchen Choeje. The whole monastery is divided into two colleges and there are Sera 'jhe' and Sera 'may' respectively. Among them 'Tsokhang chenmo' where the monks from all the colleges assemble and pray together there. you can also see monks debating there in the courtyard at around 6-7:30 in the afternoon section. Note: if you don't feel tired, you can try for the khora(circumambling around) Drepung and Sera monastery. Your tour guide and driver will drop you back to your hotel.

Drepung Monastery
Drepung Monastery

Day 4 Driving towards the Gyantse

A few kilometers from chushor is famous pass kangpa-la with4700m.From the top of the pass in clear weather, you can see the fabulous shade of deep torquoise. Yamdrok-yutso is shaped like coiling scorpion with deep blue in colour. Far in the distance is the huge massif of mount Nanchan kangtsang(7191m).Leaving yamdrok-tso is a spectacular as arrriving, since you have to cross the 4960m karo-la with its awesome roadside views of the Nanchan- Kangtsang glacier. It was here that Younghusband's british troops clashed with Tibetan forces en route to lhasa.Then reached to your day's final destination Gyantse.

Yamdrok Yumtso Lake
Yamdrok Yumtso Lake

Day 5 Driving Toward Sakya, Visit Kubhum monastery, Tashilhunpo Monastery, Sakya Monastery

Driving Towards Shigatse in the morning after visiting famous Gyantse Kubhum, in Shigatse, you will visit the famous Tashi Lhunpo monastery where you can see the well preserved largest statue of Jampa(future god) in the world. The monastery itself is abiding place for the successive Penchen Lamas.

Driving towards the Sakya county where you can visit the famous Sakya monastery. The most interesting thing in Sakya sect is that the sect donot believe in reincarnation and the head of sakya sect will wear white cassock and also marry to birth their child for next generation..Then forwards to world highest pass Gyatso-la pass with 5200 m above sea level and take a good rest in Sakya

Tashilumpo Monastery
Tashilunpo Monastery

Day 6 Driving towards the Everest base camp and relax a night at Rongbuk guesthouse.

There is about 5 hours driving from Sakya to Rongpuk, road is under construction. From Tingri to E.B.C with the very rough road, pass the wild grassland, cross the rapids river and high mountains. If it is in clear whether, you can have a glimpse of 4 mountains which is 8000m high or more, such as: Mt. Lhotse(8516m),Mt. Everes(8848m), Mt. Qowowuyag(8201m),Mt Mayalu(8463m). Enjoy your remaining time at Everest base camp.

Sakya Monastery
Sakya Monastery

Day 7 Sightseeing around the narrow valley of Everest base camp and return back to Shigatse

Early in the morning, you can enjoy the beautiful sun rising scene from the top of the Mount Everest and can also explore the nearby natural ecosystem. Then moving back to Shigatse.

Mt. Everest
Mt. Everest

Day 8 Shigatse to Lhasa

Return to Lhasa from Shigatse, have a rest in Lhasa after such a long journey. In this afternoon, you could go to the Barkor or local handicraft Market to buy some souvenirs.

Day 9 Lhasa to Airport, fly to your Next Destination

private car will take you to the airport for your flight to next destination. On the other hand, if you prefer to stay longer in China, you can extend your trip to other parts of China like Guilin, Shanghai etc. – if you need, please ask us.

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