Flexibility:you can also take this trip no matter you have short time or longer time
Changable:you may like this trip but if you do not like the hotels we arrange for the group, so you can customize this trip by change the hotels where there is possibility
The Friendship Highway between Lhasa and Kathmandu is the main travelers’ route through Tibet and allows a number of excellent detours. It's an ideal route in that it takes in most of Tibet's main sights, offers superb scenery and features a spectacular roller-coaster ride down from high La Lung-la into the Kathmandu valley. With this small group, you can head straight from Lhasa to the coiling scorpion-lake of Yamdrok and the glacier-draped Karo-la pass to Gyantse. Then a 90-minutes drive away is Shigatse with its impressive Tashilumpu Monastery. The most popular excursion from the road is to Rongbuk Monastery and Everest Base Camp. A new paved road has cut down driving time to just a few hours. This classic overland route of around 1300km can be done in just 7 days on this well organized trip, and it takes in central Tibet’s most important monasteries, plus views of the world’s highest peak.
Minimum number of people for the trip : 3 person
How we are DIFFERENT?
√100% Lhasa LOCAL Travel Agency-Selecting Best Standard Tibetan travel guides;
√100% small group size tour (less than 16 pax) to maintain service quality and avoid mass tourism;
√Instant support to all members before, during and after the trip;
√Absolutely no forced shopping or tourist trap and No Hidden Cost;
√100% friendly to local environment by practicing the knowledge of Responsible Tibet Tourism.
Day 1 : Arrival in Lhasa (3680m)
Day 2 : Lhasa sightseeing
Day 3 : Lhasa sightseeing
Day 4 : Lhasa-Shigatse(3900m), 350km, approx 7hrs
Day 5 : Shigatse-EBC (5200m), 350km, approx 7hrs
Day 6 : EBC-Old Tingri (4300m), 72km, approx 3hrs
Day 7 : Tingri-Geelong border(2800m) 350km approx 6hrs
Arrive in Lhasa(alt.3600m) Meals:- Accommodation: Yak Hotel 3 star or similar
Today's activities: Rest and take a peak of Lhasa by yourself
Welcome to the "Roof of the World." On your arrival to Tibet, we will meet you at the airport or train station and transfer you to the hotel, after you check in, you could either rest a bit or see the city yourself, get the first impression of this ancient city!
Tour of Lhasa Meals:[B] Accommodation: Yak Hotel 3 star or similar
Lhasa escorted tour – Potala Palace ,Jokhang Temple ,Barkhor street
This morning our tour guide will meet you at hotel .You'll wind your way up through the stunning, awe-inspiring Potala Palace,built in 637 AD by Songtsen Gampo, it was the former winter residence for the Dalai Lamas and is truly a splendor of Eastern architecture. After lunch,we will visit the Jokhang Temple, the center of Tibetan Buddhism, also built in the 7th century on the legendary pond of "Wothang." After that you have time to walk around the Bakhor street which is one of the most devotional circuit as well as crowded central market of Lhasa.During the old days it is the most famous local market but now it is changed to tourist gift shopping center. We'll finish the day by taking a Kora around the Barkhor.
Tour of Lhasa Meals:[B] Accommodation: Yak Hotel 3 star or similar
Lhasa escorted tour - Drepung Monastery ,Sera Monastery
Drepung monastery is located at the foot of a holy mountain and was established by Jamyang Choeje (a follower to Songtsen Gonpo) in 1416. It was used to the home of 10,000 monks and it was the center government before fifth dalai lama and then, the government was moved to the famous Potala palace. later on, you can also visit the Nechung monastery which located 1km southeast of Drepung and is the abode of the protector deity pehar and the seat of the state Oracle of Tibet.
In the afternoon, we will visit Tibet Museum , as Tibet's first museum in the modem sense, the museum of Tibet, situated at the southeastern comer of the Buddhist religious garden Norbulingka in Lhasa, was inaugurated in October 1999 on occasion of the 50th anniversary of the founding the People's Republic of China and the 40th anniversary of the Democratic Reforms in Tibet as the product of one of 62 Chinese government funded projects launched in July 1994 in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the formation of the Autonomous Region of Tibet. Coveting 53,959 square meters.
At around 3:00pm ,we will go on visiting to the Sera monastery which was founded in 1419 by Jamchen Choeje .
Lhasa (3650m)drive to Shigatse(3900m) via Gyantse Meals:[B] Accommodation: Shigatse Manasarovar
Today's activity:Yamdrok lake
Karo-la Glacier,Tashilumpu monastery
In the morning you'll start the drive to Shigatse, via Gyantse on the Southern Friendship Highway. Crossing over the summit of Kamba La (4794 m), you'll see the tranquil turquoise waters of Lake Yamdrok below; one of the three holiest lakes in Tibet. Far in the distance you'll spot the towering massif Mt. Nojin Kangtsang (7191 m), and the staggering Karo-la Glacier (5045 m). Afterwards, you'll drive to Shigatse and we'll visit Tashilumpu monastery, the seat of Tibet's second highest incarnation, the Panchen Lama.and overnight there.
Tips: After you arrive in Shigatse, our guide will take your passport to process the PSB permit to Everest Area, it will take few mins (pending the queue at the office), and you may either wait in the vehicle or just walk around. The application could be arranged next morning alternatively.
Shigatse(3900m) to Everest(5200m) via Tingri Meals:- Accommodation: Rongbuk Guest house
Today's activity: EBC and sunset
We'll leave Shigatse after getting your Alien's travel permit, and then drive to Lhatse. It is a small town where you can take lunch.
After that, you will drive to Shegar and if the weather is clear enough then on the way down to shegar you will view the Mt, Everest in the distance. On the way, you will pass one of the highest passes in Tibet (pang la pass height 5050m) from there you will view the whole five highest peaks in the world.
After 4 to 6 hours then you will arrive at Rongbuk monastery ,the highest monastery in the world.
Today,we will stay overnight at tent or Rongbuk monastery guest house with dormitory bed.
Ps: Tent will be only available from May to Oct according to weather condition
EBC(5200m) & forward to Old Tingri(4300m) Meals:[B] Accommodation: Snow-leopard Hotel
Today's activity: EBC and sunrise
Wake this morning below the stunning north face of Mt. Everest, (8848) the tallest mountain on earth. After breakfast, drive forward to Old Tingri, where you could enjoy the fabulous views of the 4 peaks above 8,000 meters on earth including Mt. Everest, Luozi, Makalu, Zhuoayou, which are all competing to stand up higher than other peaks on earth.
Transfer to Girong Border and see off Meals:[B] Accommodation:
In the morning, transfer to the Girong Border, our guide will help you go through the formalities of China Customs and apply for your Nepali visa, then you need to cross the Friendship Bridge to Nepali side by yourself.
Tips for Nepal Visa:
In Geelong it’s possible to get a Nepali visa. For a single entry visa for 60 days, it costs US$30 cash or the equivalent in rupees; for a GRATIS visa, it is for all tourists who visit Nepal for 3 days or less, or for tourists of SAARC countries and People's Republic of China. And passport size 02 copies of photo are required while applying at any entry points.
Nepal is an odd 2.25 hours behind Chinese time.
Airport or train station transfer: The free airport pick-up is at 3:20 p.m. These are the most common times in and out of Lhasa, but if you would like to schedule a different time enter/leave Tibet we will be happy to arrange that. Please ask your travel consultant for the price.
Accommodation: 3 nights stay in comfortable hotels in Tibet; 1 night stay nearby EBC in tent or guesthouse according to the weather, 2 nights stay in best available guesthouse in Old Tingri and Shegar
Meals: mainly Breakfast. See detailed itinerary for complete listing.
English Speaking Guide: All of our guides are local Tibetans with infectious smiles and a passion for sharing their homeland. From them you'll receive extensive information about the history, geography, culture, religion, traditions, art and music.
Vehicle Rental & Driver: All of our vehicles are well maintained and safe. Our drivers are experienced in driving in the Tibetan landscape. Vehicle type will be arranged according to group size.
Travel Permits: All Tibet traveling permits.
Entrance Fees: All entrance fees listed in the itinerary, (except optional sites) including vehicle and personal entry permit for Qomolangma Nature Preserve
Transportation to and from Tibet.
Other services of non-Tibet parts
Private expense like laundry, IDD calls, drinks in the room, etc.
Extra expenses incurred due to unexpected natural events (delays, road washouts, etc.)
Meals not specified in the tour itinerary
Tips for the tour guide and driver
1. Think about whether the Group Tour is what you want, because Group Tour programs and arrangements are just like the set-menu, or a buffet, but not a la carte. This means that if you have special tastes please go to the customized tour. Joining in the Group Tour means that you accept the menus. We, of course, would like you to make the details clear before you book with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. Based on point 1, however, if you do not like some of the set-menu, i.e you don’t like the hotels, please let us know before the booking and we can adjust the hotels. Or if we cannot meet your demands we will recommend you go to the customized tour. We design the Group Tour for those who want to save money, or make friends with other group members. Just like Southwest Airline in the United States we serve the limited tourists, not all. Those who have special requests or want a deluxe tour please go to customized tour.
The vehicle used for the trip may or may not be air-conditioned, but due to the unique Tibetan climate it is unlikely air-condition will be needed. Also, because group size will vary the vehicle may be a van, Landcruiser, or mini-bus.
Shuo Atop the Rongpu Qinzhogma Hill at the foot of Mt. Qomolangma, Rongpu monastery is 90 kilometers away from the Tingri County seat and is 5,800 meters above sea level? It is the highest monastery in the world, so the scenery is as great as you can imagine.
Rongpu Monastery was originally constructed by Red Sect Lamas in1899, although it is not as old as other monasteries in Tibet, it is famous for its high latitude and murals.
The monastery has five stories, but only two of them are being used now. It is said that the reason why they built the monastery so high was that they want to enjoy a quiet environment and have a sound sleep.500 hundred monks lived here once while the monastery was very popular, but only 50 monks and nuns live here nowadays.
Annually it holds three-day sorcerers activities on the 15th of the fourth month and the Ghost-Beating Festival on the 29th of the 11th month of the Tibetan calendar.
It is 60 kilometers from New Tingri to the Rongpu Monasterry. Tourists can take a taxi to go to the monastery because there is no regular bus. The monastery provides lodging places for $4 each bed.