Day 1: Lhasa Elevation: 3600 meters
Arrive in Lhasa. When you arrive to Lhasa, you will be met by your guide and transported to your hotel. You can spend the afternoon wandering around the Barkhor, Tibet’s ancient market area that surrounds Jokhang Temple. Each day thousands of Buddhist pilgrims make their way around this sacred temple.
Day 2: Lhasa
You will explore the Jokhang, the holiest Buddhist temple in the Himalaya’s. Founded nearly 1400 years ago, Jokhang Temple houses the most sacred statue of Buddha. You will work your way through this fascinating temple alongside Buddhist pilgrims from the faraway regions of Tibet. The sound of pilgrims chanting mantras fills the air as does the smell of yak butter candle offerings.
In the Afternoon we will visit the Potala Palace, Tibet’s most iconic building. Towering above Lhasa with more than 1000 rooms, the Potala Palace served as the winter residence of the Dalai Lama’s for hundreds of years. After lunch, you will go to Ramoche Temple, another of historic Temple in Lhasa.
In the evening, participate in an inspirational and enlightening talk by a renowned local Tibetan expert over a dinner. The theme varies between tradition and culture, architecture and festivals, costume and Tibetan symbols. Speakers are experts from Tibet University, Academic of Social Science or Tibetan Traditional Medical.
Day 3: Lhasa
Today we have a very speical arrangement for you. We will visit a Tibetan family in thier village home and we will visit the nomad camp above the village. During this visit you will be joined by one of our office staffs to arrange proper indepth coversation with Tibetan villagers about thier life, culture, and spiritual life.
After the family visit, we will visit the600 year old Sera, one of Tibet’s largest Buddhist monasteries. Each weekday afternoon starting at 3pm, monks engage in Buddhist philosophy debates, which are fun to photograph. After the monastery is a visit to Shol Tolpa Handicraft center to see and learn about the extraordinary array of authentic Tibetan traditional and contemporary crafts, like Tibetan pottery, Thangka painting, sewing work, paper arts, and Buddhist statue fabrications. Get an up-close-and-personal look at the selected materials, elaborate design, and color matching strategies.
Day 4: Lhasa—Yamdrok Lake—Karo La Glacier—Gyantse—Shigatse Distance: 350kms Elevation: 3840m
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 meter 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. From there you will explore the pleasant small town of Gyantse before arriving to Shigatse, Tibet’s second largest city.
Day 5: Shigatse—Gyatso La Pass—Farming Villages—Shelkar- Everest Base Camp Distance: 350kms Elevation: 5150m
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. The next destination is the small town of Shelkar, located in the Everest Region. 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. After Shelkar, you will begin driving up the 5100 meter Geu 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 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—Kyirong Distance: 350kms Elevation: 2797m
After watching the sun rise on Mt. Everest, you will begin our journey towards Kyirong. We will stay in Kyirong port town for a night.
Day 7: Depart Tibet
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.