Day 1: Arrival in Lhasa, Elevation: 3600 meters
Upon you arrival in Lhasa, you will be received by your guide at the airport or train station respectable and he/she will transfer you to your hotel. it is highly recommended every traveler take some rest upon arrival in Lhasa. after some hours of rest, you can explore the Bakhor street and Tibetan quarter surrounding your hotel.
Day 2: Lhasa, Visit Jokhang temple, and Sera monastery
In the morning you will be visiting the Jokhang Temple, it is the first attraction in all our itineraries as its a holiest temple in Tibet and Himalaya for Buddhist. In this 1400 century old temple you will be greeted by the hundreds of devotees offering to the statue of lord Buddha call jo.
In the afternoon you will go to the sixth-century old monastery of Sera. this is one of the three biggest monasteries in Lhasa. In the monastery, during weekdays you can witness the monks debating on Buddhist philosophy and it is a very good opportunity for travelers to take pictures.
Day 3: Lhasa, Visit Potala Palace, and Drepung Monastery
You will begin the day with a visit to Potala Palace. this towering iconic building is the largest functional men made structure in Tibet. build in the seventh century and serve as the residence of Tibetan rulers and Winter palace for Dalai Lamas. After lunch, you will go to Drepung, another of Tibet’s huge monastic complexes. The pilgrimage circuit around Drepung takes about an hour or so and offers spectacular views.
Day 4: Lhasa—Yamdrok Lake—Karo La Glacier—Gyantse—Shigaste Distance: 350kms Elevation: 3980m
After breakfast, you will hit the road and begin the next part of your Tibet adventure. From Lhasa, you will drive along the scenic Kyi-chu River Valley and then ascend to the top of the 4794 meter Kamba La Pass, which has a breathtaking view of Yamdrok Lake and 7191 meters Mt. Nojin Kangtsang. You will then descend and drive along the lakeshore before making your way back up to the Karo La, a beautiful glacier that comes down almost to the roadside. In the late afternoon, you will arrive in Gyantse.
You will begin by exploring Pelkhor Chode Monastery and the Kumbum Stupa, the largest Buddhist pagoda in Tibet. This beautiful monastery lies within a walled complex in the Gyantse Old Town. A short hike to the top of the wall offers an excellent panoramic view of the monastery, town and the snow-covered mountains in the distance. Afterward, you will make the short drive to Shigatse, Tibet’s second-largest city. Along the way from Gyantse to Shigatse, you can stop at a couple of interesting farming villages to experience traditional Tibetan culture. In Shigatse, you will visit the huge monastery of Tashi Lhunpo. The excellent pilgrimage route around the monastery takes about an hour and has fantastic views.
Day 5: Shigatse—Gyatso La Pass—Farming Villages—Shelkar—Everest Base Camp Distance: 240kms Elevation: 4315m
Today’s destination is the Mount Everest Basecamp. Along the way to Shelkar, you will see more farming villages and beautiful landscapes. You will cross over the 5248 meter Gyatso La Pass, which has great views of the Himalaya Mountains. That afternoon you will arrive in the small town of Shelkar. we will further continue the journey to the Everest Base camp.
From Shelkar we will begin driving up the 5050 meter Pang La Pass. On clear days, this pass offers a stunning panoramic view of the Himalaya’s. You can see four 8000 meter peaks from this Mountain Pass including Cho Oyu, Makalu, Lhotse, and Everest. You will continue on to Rongphu, the highest monastery in the world at just under 5000 meters. Rongphu has an unbelievable view of Everest! From Rongphu, you will then go to Everest Base Camp to stay the night while gazing out to the world’s highest peak.
Day 6: Everest—Farming Villages—Shigatse Distance: 350kms Elevation: 3840m
After watching the sun rise on Mt. Everest, you will begin the journey back to Shigatse. You will stop at some farming villages as well as the small farming town of Lhatse. You will arrive in Shigatse with enough time to explore the main market street there or to hike the pilgrimage path at Tashi Lhunpo Monastery again.
Day 7: Shigatse—Yarlung River—Namtso Lake Distance: 380kms Elevation: 4749m
We will leave earlier in the morning to have best of the journey. Today we will start from Shigatse, we will drive 380 Kilometers to Namtso Lake. On the Way, there is a hot spring in a place called Yangbachen. We will spend some time in the hot spring bath in one of the world highest hot spring. After some time at the hot spring, we will continue to the Namtso Lake. At Namtso Lake we will stay in a local Tibet guest house.
Day 8: Namtso Lake—Lhasa Distance: 250kms Elevation: 4749m
Your last full day in Tibet will take you back to Lhasa. You will arrive in Lhasa in the afternoon with time to explore Barkhor Square, rub shoulders with Tibetan Buddhist pilgrims and walk around the mighty Potala Palace one last time.
Day 9: Departure from Lhasa
You will be transferred to the airport or train station to depart Tibet for your next destination.
All of our travel routes are built with altitude acclimatization in mind to reduce the risks of altitude-related illness.