Arrive in Lhasa by train/flight, the guide will meet you and transfer to your hotel, enjoy the view of Yarlung Tsangpo River(Bhamaputra river, the longest and largest river in Tibet) and Lhasa river on their way to Lhasa.
Have a rest and get acclimatized to high altitude in the rest of the day, for visitors eager to explore this mysterious land, you can visit the Potala Square, where you will enjoy the fountain with different colors and get amazing photos of the Potala and around, but please BE NOTED TO SLOW DOWN YOUR PACES, as for the new-comers of Tibet, to get acclimatized to the high altitude is crucial for the next few days' activity.
Today, we will firstly visit the Potala Palace which is the winter palace of the Dalai lama. It was completed in the 7th Century during the reign of 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.
After lunch, head to Jokhang temple which was founded in the 7th century too. Inside the temple, the real image statue of Buddha Sakyamuni at the age of twelve is on display and considered to be the treasure of the temple. Outside of the temple, groups of pilgrims making prostrating in front of Jokhang Temple. The famous Barkhor street is encircled the Jokhang temple, where you can do kora (a religious meditation circling a building or mountain considered to be holy) with pilgrims and locals, and explore the old market.
Afterwards, we can taste Tibetan tea with locals in tea house; then have a welcome dinner.
Time permits, you may visit Tibetan handicraft art or Tibetan Traditional Medicine center, in the evening you can enjoy Tibetan Culture Show for the nightlife.
In the morning ,you are going to visit Drepung monastery which is one of the “Great Three”Gelupa (Tibetan Buddhism Yellow Sect) monasteries of Tibet. It was completed in 1416 by Jamyang choge, one of the main disciples of Tibetan Buddhism Yellow Sect founder,Tsongkhapa. The monastery has the biggest kitchen of all the monasteries , and you can visit some Buddhist Sculpture Carving workshops near Drepung.
In the afternoon, visit Sera Monastery which is another one of the “Great Three” Gelupa monasteries of Tibet. It famous for the Monks Debating Scripture at around 3- 5Pm. afterwards, we can vsiit the Tibetan sutra printing house; inside the monastery, you can see three sand Mandalas and colorful Rock Painting of Buddha too.
Today, we will leave Lhasa for Shigatse city, lakes and snow-capped mountains are along the way. First, drive across the Gampala pass (4790 m), then you will have a glimpse of Yamdroktso lake, considering to be one of the holy lakes in Tibet .The Lake is surrounded by many snow-capped mountains and in the distance you can have spectacular views of Holy Mount Nyenchen Khangsar, (7191m) the highest mountain near Lhasa .
Afterwards, we will pass and enjoy the Korola Glacier on the roadside, at Manak Dam Lake, you can hang pray flag at Simila Mountain Pass, then, arrive in Gyantse, historically Tibet's third largest city (after Lhasa and Shigatse). In Gyantse, we will visit the famous Pelkor Monastery and Gyantse Kumbum and enjoy the Far view of Gyangtse Fortress.
Continue our driving for about 1.5 hours, we finally arrive in Shigatse, which is the second largest city in Tibet, visit traditional Barley Mill and view the landscape of Barley Field (in summer).
In the morning, we will visit the dwelling and religious site of Panchan Lama - Tashilunpo Monastery, built by the first Dalai Lama in 1447. Then, we'll leave Shigatse after getting your Alien’s travel permit, and then drive to Lhatse, it is a small town where you can have lunch.
Afterwards, we will passs over some mountain passes such as Tsola Pass(4600M), and Gyatsola Pass(5248M). Shortly after we enter Mt. Everest National Nature Reserve, tourists can enjoy the panorama of Himalaya at Gawula Pass(5198m); then we drive along the New zigzagging road to Everest Base Camp(5200m), have a closer observation of the Mt. Everest peak. If the weather is friendly with us, wee can see the sunset of golden Everest peak which could be an magnificent onece a life experience.
Stay overnight at tent or Rongbuk monastery guest house.
In the morning, we can see the sunrise of Everest Peak in good weather. Then we will visit the Rongbu Monastery - the unique highest monastery with nuns and monks living together. Finally, we will drive back to Shigatse and stay overnight there.
Today, we will drive back to Lhasa following Yalong River Valley, on the way, we will stop at some places which are good to take pictures, such as the Yalong River viewing platform to seethe vast Yalong River bed. Finally the guide will transfer you back to your hotels in Lhasa.
After having breakfasts in the hotel, the guide will help you check out the hotel and transfer you to the airport or train station, leave Lhsasa for your next destination, end the mysterious Tibet tour.
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Professional English-speaking guide.
A car or van by the group size with an private driver.
Airport (or train station) pick-up/drop-off service.
All necessary Tibet travel permits, including Tibet Entry Permit, Alien Travel Permit, Border Pass.
Accommodations in 3 to 4 star hotels as listed in the itinerary, based on twin-sahring room.
Entrance tickets to the scenic spots and activity as listed in the itinerary.
A bottle of Oxygen for each tourist in case of the altitude sickness.
All the Service Charge and taxes.
China visa, you should prepare it before arriving in Lhasa.
Air tickets and train tickets arriving at and leaving Tibet.
All lunches and dinners, the guide will help you order your food during the tour.
Personal expenses such as laundry, shopping, optional activities, etc.
Tips to guides and driver for their excellent service.
Shuttle Service between hotels and Airport/Train Station:
The free airport/train pick-up time is as follows on the day the itinerary begins (From airport to hotel, Fixed departure):
Pick up tourists at 10:00 am; 13:30 pm; 17:00 pm
The free airport/train drop-off time is as follows on the day the itinerary closes (From hotel to airport, Fixed departure):
Pick up tourists at your hotel at 06:30 am; 08:00 am; 12:00 pm
All the shuttle service from/to the train station on the date of tourists' arrival and departure would be free.
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