Day 1: Lhasa arrival
Upon arrival, our guide will be waiting for you at the airport/train station and welcome you and take you back to Lhasa city for check-in. You will see the Yarlung Tsangpo River and Lhasa River on the way back. After you arrive the hotel, the rest day is for you to rest and get acclimatized. If you feel well, it's OK to walk around or nearby but it's suggested to take good rest so you can be prepared for the sightseeing next day.
Day 2: Lhasa city tour
Today we will visit the famous Sera Monastery and Drepung Monastery.
is the largest of all Tibetan monasteries that housed for more than 10,000 monks. It was the residence of the Dalai Lamas until the Great Fifth Dalai Lama constructed the Potala. It was known for the high standards of its academic study, and was called the Nalanda of Tibet. And then you also can visit the biggest monastery kitchen in the monastery and enjoy Buddhist sculpture carving workshop near Drepung.
is one of the “great three” Gelug monasteries of Tibet. We will watch the Monks Debate at around 3 - 5 in the afternoon. In addition, you can tour the Tibetan religious scripture printing house and see three sand Mandalas and colorful Rock Painting of Buddha inside the Monastery.
: If you want to, we can arrange the Wencheng Princess Show at night. Price starting from 60 USD.
Day 3: Lhasa city tour
Today we will visit the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street.
is the winter palace of the Dalai lama. It was put to use since the 7th Century by the 33rd great king of Tibet. The most valuable collections of Potala Palace are the gilded burial stupas of former Dalai Lamas and meditation Cave of the 33rd great king of Tibet.
is known as the center of the Tibetan Buddhism, features Buddhist prayer wheels, reclining deer, golden sutra streamers. Around the temple, you can see a great many of pilgrims praying in front of the temple. If you want to, we can do kora with local pilgrims.
We will stroll in the old alleys of Barkhor Street
where you can drink the sweet tea, chat with locals and even bargain with the street vendors to understand the real life in Lhasa.
Later we will have welcome dinner together with the whole group members.
Day 4: Lhasa-Gyantse-Shigatse
Today we will drive from Lhasa to Shigatse via Gyantse. On the way, we will pass Gangbala Pass and have bird view of the beautiful Yamdrok Lake
(1 of 3 Holy Lakes in Tibet). Later on we will pass Karola Glacier
and Manda Dam on the roadside. After we arrive in Gyantse, we will visit the famous Pelkor Monastery
and enjoy the far view of Gyantse Fortress.
Day 5: Shigatse-Everest Base Camp
In the morning, we will visit the Tashilunpo Monastery
-home of Panchen Lama. After passing Tsola and Gyatsola Pass, we will enter Everest Nature Reserve. At Jawula Pass, we will have astonishing view of the Himalaya Range. Afterwards, we will proceed to Everest Base Camp
and stay the night at Rongbuk tenthouse. Weather permitting, we can watch the sunset of Everest from the base camp.
Day 6: EBC-Saga
Getting up early if you want to see the sunrise of Everest. In the morning, we will also visit the highest monastery with nuns and monks living together on earth-Rongbuk Monastery
. Afterwards we will drive to saga. On the way, you can view of the worlds’14th highest peak Mt.Shishapangma
(8012m), and the amazing Lake Peikutso
(4590m) from distance. On the highland, it's possible we can also see wild animals like Tibetan donkey, wild antelope and Tibetan yak, etc.
On the way to Darchen, we will pass through Saga Valley
, appreciating the wonderful high plateau scenery with local villages scattering around. As we cross the Mayomla Pass
(5112M), you can enjoy the spectacular vista of Mt. Naimonanyi
(7694M). Before reaching Darchen, we will pass by .
Upon arrival, please take good rest and prepare for the trekking next day!
Day 8: Darchen-Drirapuk (Trek 13km)
In the morning, we will take eco-bus from Darchen to Sarshung valley. Then we will meet Yaks and porters at Sarshung village. If you need the rental service, please kindly tell our guide in advance. S/he will help with the arrangement but please kindly pay the rental fee onsite. The cost is around 50 USD/day (price subjects to change according to local people). Afterwards, we will begain the trek from Sarshung to Drirapuk Monastery
along the Lachu valley and rivers. You can enjoy the both west and north face of mountain Kailash today.
Day 9: Drirapuk-Dzutrpuk (Trek 18km)
Today, we will trek over Dromala Pass
(5630m), the highest pass of the Kora. During the trekking, you can see local Tibetans and Indian pilgrims prostrating in the Kora path and beautiful Kadoe Lake when walk downhill. We may also visit Zutulpuk Monastery
. Today is quite tough as we will trek about 18km. Please take it slowly and gradually.
Day 10: Dzutripuk-Darchen (Trek 7km)
On the last day of the trekking, you will trek 7km to Zongto
where you can take the eco-bus back to Darchen. We will reach Darchen at around noon. The rest day is for you to relax and have free time on your own. A bath in the Lake Manasarova is suggested if weather permitting.
Day 11: Darchen-Saga
Drive from Darchen to Saga via Lake Manasorova
. At an elevation of 4,583 meters, the lake covers 412 square kilometers. With the northern part broader than the southern end, the deepest point of the lake is over 70 meters. In Tibetan language, Manasarovar means “invincible lake”. In “Regions In Great Tang”, wrote by monk Xuanzang, Lake Manasarovar was regarded as the sacred Yaochi Lake of Nirvana.
Day 12: Saga-Sakya
Drive from Saga to Sakya
Day 13: Sakya-Shigatse
In the morning we will visit the Sakya Monastery
with beautiful murals inside. It was built in Tubo Dynasty. The walls around this monastery were mainly in gray, but the top part of the walls was painted in red and white stripes. The most interesting thing in Sakya sect is that the sect does not believe in reincarnation and the head of Sakya sect will wear white cassock and also marry and have children.
Day 14: Shigatse-Lhasa
Today we will drive back from Shigatse to Lhasa following the Yalong Valley and enjoy the scenery of on the way.
Day 15: Tibet departure
Our guide will drop you to the airport/train station based on your departure time. Tour ends.
: If there are travelers who are going to Nepal after the trekking, we will send them to the border on Day 12 first and then head back to Lhasa city. The rest travelers will visit the site Gyirong border town for free.