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Lhasa and Mt. Everest 8 days small group tour

Tour Price: from $797 USD
Tour Length: 8 Days
Trip Available: Please See Note.
Visits: Lhasa - Gyangtse - Shigatse - Dingri - Lhasa
Attractions: Potala Palace, Tibet Museum, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street, Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery, Yamdrotso lake, Rongphu Monastery, Evrest Base Camp
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Tibet is vast. From point A to point B usually covers a long mileage, that’s why the cost is often high especially for single travellers. This 8-day Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Mt. Everest Group Tour makes the world’s highest and most famous mountain much more approachable. With the advantage of local Lhasa travel agency, we provide you with the best deal there possibly is.
Discount: 3 travelers or more book the tour at the same time (5% off)

Detailed itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Lhasa (D)

Our staff will greet you at Lhasa Airport/Railway to transfer you to hotel. From Lhasa Airport to downtown Lhasa, usually takes abt 1.5hrs; from Lhasa Railway Station, abt 20mins. After transferred to hotel, the rest of the day you will be free to wander around the city on your own but try not to overtax yourself. The first day's well-rest is crucial to acclimatize high altitude. Remember to drink lots of water, eat light, and not to shower if you can help it.

Also a welcome dinner will be held tonight (or tomorrow night) to introduce you to the whole gang that you are gonna travel with. We have customers from all over the world. Shall be fun to meet people from different country, culture and background.
Overnight in Lhasa, 3 start /4 start

Day 02: Lhasa Suburb (B)

Highlights:
AM: Drepung Monastery or Drak Yerpa
PM: Sera Monastery

Sera MonasteryToday you will visit totally 2 attractions in Lhasa suburb. In the morning, we will arrange you to see Drepung Monastery or Drak Yerpa. Exactly which one of these two will be decided by our operate team. In the afternoon, we will visit Sera Monastery; You will stay long hour on sightseeing today under the fierce sun of Tibet, do arm yourself with sunglasses/ hat/ sunscreen.

Drepung Monastery was built in 1416 and is the largest monastery of the Gelug Sect. It covers an area of 250,000 square meters.

Drak Yerpa is a place that has deep meanings in the Tibetan spiritual culture. There is a saying goes like this: "Lhasa is the shrine of Tibet, Drak Yerpa is the shrine of Lhasa. Not seeing Drak Yerpa in Lhasa is just like making a dress without the collar." The entrance to the Yerpa Valley is about 16 km northeast of Lhasa on the northern bank of the Kyichu River. From there, it is another 10 km to the famous ancient meditation caves.

Sera Monastery is located in the northern suburb of Lhasa City. The monastery was named Sera which means wild rose in the Tibetan language, because the hill behind it was covered with wild roses in bloom when the monastery was built. From of Mon ~ Fri, every afternoon, you ll be able to see monks debating at Sera Monastery.
Overnight in Lhasa, 3 start /4 start

Day 03: Lhasa City (B)

Highlights: Potola Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street

/tibet-guides/attractions/jokhang-temple.html This morning, visit Potala Palace. It is more than 3,700 meters above sea level and it is the highest palace in the world! At the top the palace called golden roofs, you can have a bird-eye view of the whole of Lhasa. In the distance there are undulating mountain ranges, the beautiful Lhasa River, tracts of fields, tree-shaded villages and the glistening Jokhang Temple.

Afternoon, visit Jokhang Temple, it is the first built during the period of Sontsan Gambo in the 7th century, features Buddhist prayer wheels, reclining deer, golden sutra streamers. You'll find that many Pilgrims pray before the monastery.
The circuit around it called Barkhor Street, a famous local handmade crafts market, which is a good place to purchase souvenirs.
Overnight in Lhasa, 3 start /4 start

Day 04: Lhasa > Shigatse (B)

Highlights: Tashilump Monastery

Tashilhunpo Monastery We will depart today from your hotel in Lhasa around 08:00ish. The rode condition is pretty good but because of the speed-limit, we will spend about 6hrs on the road; after arrival in Shigatse, we will first go to apply the Alien's Travel Permit(PSB) with your original passport presented which usually takes abt 30mins before sightseeing. Bear with us.

Tashilunpo Monastery is one of the Six Big Monasteries of Gelugpa (or Yellow Hat Sect) in Tibet. Also called the Heap of Glory, the monastery is located at the foot of Drolmari (Tara's Mountain), Shigatse. Founded by the First Dailai Lama in 1447, the monastery's structure was expanded by the Fourth and successive Panchen Lamas. It covers an area of nearly 300,000 square meters. The main structures found in the monastery are Maitreya Chapel, Panchen Lama's Palace and Kelsang Temple. Tashilhunpo is the seat of Panchen Lama since the Fourth Panchen Lama took charge in the monastery, and there are now nearly 800 lamas.
Overnight in Shigatse,3 start /4 start

Day 05: Shigatse > Tingri > Rongbuk/Tent Camp (B)

Optional: Rongbuk Monastery

Tibet has serious rule about speed-limit. Though from Shigatse to Everest region is only abt 350km or so in book, the no-more-than-40km/hr regulation, and the many road checks dotted on the way, really slow us down. So be prepared to spend around 10~12hrs on the road including meal time. The upside is the view along the way is superb. Get your camera ready. Also prepare some snacks with you to bring along.

You will arrive at Rongbu Monastery in the late afternoon. The monastery itself is quite tiny, but from here the view of Mt Everest is fantastic. You can choose to just hang around Rongbuk to take photos or visit it at your own expense of CNY 25/person.

Rongbuk Monastery is located in the Shigatse Region, southwest of the mysterious Tibet Autonomous Region, and to the north of the oblate Mt. Everest, the highest peak in the world. Seen from here, Mt. Everest appears like a lofty pyramid surrounded by mountains that touch the sky. On sunny days, a pile of thick clouds, just like a white flag floats lightly above the peak, which is known to be the miracle of 'The Highest Flag Cloud in the World'. Nowadays, with the golden travel boom to Mt. Everest, Rongbuk Monastery is gradually becoming a highlight for the tourists in its own right.

After sightseeing there, if it's summer time (usually May~Oct), we will carry on the last few kilometers to Everest Tent Camp to stay the night; if winter time (usually Nov~Apr), we will stay at Rongbuk Monastery's guesthouse. Both places have but dorm bed lodging available. Both places you can see the glorious Everest sunset if the weather is good.
Overnight in Rongbuk/Tent Camp, Dorm bed

Day 06: Rongbuk/Tent Camp > EBC > Shigatse

Highlights: Everest Base Camp

Mt. EverestWe didn't include breakfast this morning. You will understand why when you're at the spot. Tibetan breakfast, such as noodle, zanba, etc. abt CNY 30 is available here. You are highly suggested to bring along some cookies, instant coffee. etc. of your own.

Everest Tent Camp is the furthest point vehicles can drive to. From here you will have to take the shuttle bus for the last glorious 4Km which is incredibly incredibly scenic. You're hemmed in by high grey ridges to the east and west and as you look to the south, Everest's north face dominates the skyline.

Endowed with springs, Everest Base Camp(elev 5150m) has a couple of permanent structures and a small army base. Clamber up the small hill festooned with prayer flags for great views of the star attraction, Mt. Everest, then have your photo taken at the base camp marker, reads 'Mt. Qomolangma Base Camp'.

We will drive to Shigatse afterwards. Just as the way of the day before, you will also spend abt 10~12hrs hrs or so on the road.
Overnight in Shigatse, 3 start /4 start

Day 07: Shigatse > Gyantse > Lhasa (B)

Highlights: Pelkor Chöde Monastery with Gyantse Kumbum, Yamdrok Lake

Yamdrok Yumtso LakePelkor Chöde Monastery with Gyantse Kumbum: the sprawling compound in the far north of town houses Pelkor Chöde Monastery and the monumental Gyantse Kumbum, a chörten filled with fine paintings and statues. Both are deservedly top of the list on most travellers' must-sees. Palkhor lies at the foot of Dzong Hill. It is well-known for its Kumbum, which has 108 chapels in its four floors. The multi-storied Kumbum Stupa was crowned with a golden dome and umbrella, surrounded with more chapels filled with unique religious statues and murals.

En route we will drive pass by Mt Nojin Kangsang and its Karola Glacier.
Yamdrotso Lake: dazzling Yamdro-tso(elev 4441m) is normally first seen from the summit of the Kamba-la(4700m). The lake lies several hundred meters below the road, and in clear weather is fabulous shade of deep turquoise. Far in the distance is the huge massif of Mt. Nojin Kangtsang(7191m).
Overnight in Lhasa, 3 start /4 start

Day 08: Lhasa > Airport/Railway (B)

Your 8-day Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Mt. Everest Group Tour ends today. After breakfasts, you will be free for the morning. Our staff will collect you at your hotel around noon to transfer to Lhasa Airport. For Lhasa Railway, we will arrange free individual transport.
End of tour!


Price Quotation:
  Nov ~ Apr May Jun ~ Jul, Sep ~ Oct Aug
3 Start $797 $902 $975 $1030
4 Start $874 $945 $1025 $1170

 

Single Supplement:
3 Start 4 Start
Nov ~ Apr May, Jun, Oct Jul, Sep Aug Nov ~ Apr May, Jun Jul, Sep Aug Oct
126 153 160 164 184 195 245 264 220

Inclusions

  1. Lodgings: 6N, twin/triple room en suite at 3 start / 4 start ;
  2. 1N, drom bed in Guesthouse or Nomad Tent;
  3. Meal: 6 Breakfasts, 1 Dinner
  4. Vehicle:
    -Licensed vehicle according to group size & season as itinerary needed;
    -Gas and parking fee for the vehicle;
    -Free Lhasa Railway Station transfer at all time;
    -Free Lhasa Airport transfer at following time:
  5. Pick-up: 15:00~15:20pm from Lhasa Airport
  6. Drop-off: 12:00pm from hotel in Lhasa
  7. Guide: Experienced local English-speaking tour guide
  8. Tickets: All entrance fee mentioned in itinerary;
  9. Shuttle bus at EBC;
  10. Guide & driver's admission at EBC
  11. Permits: Tibet Tourism Bureau Permit (TTB);
  12. Alien's Travel Permit(PSB);
  13. Delivery: Express delivery fee of Permit (eg. SF. Express)
  14. Others: Food & lodgings for guide;

Exclusions

  1. Private Lhasa Airport transfer if your flight isn't within our free service time.
    Nov-Apr: USD 60/vehicle
    May-Oct: USD 70/vehicle
    Aug: USD 80/vehicle
  2. Air or Train to/from Tibet
  3. China Visa
  4. Lunch, Dinner & Breakfast at EBC
  5. Super-fast express delivery of TTB Permit (eg. China Air Express)
  6. Additional days caused by unexpected nature disasters. eg.Land Slide, Avalanche, etc.
  7. Gratuities for guide & driver, abt CNY 50/day for each of them
  8. Personal expenses
  9. Anything not listed in INCLUSIONS

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