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8 Days Lhasa - Shigatse - Sakya - Gyirong Overland Tour

Lhasa Kathmandu Tour 762
TOT: 8 Days Lhasa - Shigatse - Sakya - Gyirong Overland Tour
Tour Type: Private Tour: Flexible Travel Date & Travel Routes
Guide & Driver: Chinese-English-speaking guide & air-conditioned
Highlishts:
  • Wonder at the snow-capped mountains surrounding the spectacular Yamdrok Lake
  • Witness the wonderful monk debating at Sera Monastery
  • Marvel at two incredible UNESCO World Heritage Sites including Potala Place and Jokhang Temple
Itinerary
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Day 1  Arrive in Lhasa(3650m)

When you arrive in Lhasa either by train or flight, your guide will greet you and take you to your hotel .An route to viewing the Yarlung Tsangpo River/ Bhamaputra river (the Longest and largest river in Tibet) and Lhasa river. After arrive in lhasa, you can take rest and acclimatize. If you feel to go out, then you can go to the Potala square, where you will enjoy the fountain with different color and get amazing photo of the Potala and around.

tibet tour

tibet tour

Day 2  Lhasa tour - Potala Palace,Jokhang Temple,Barkhor Street

Today's tour will first bring you to the Potala Palace, the winter palace of the Dalai Lama. It has been used since the 7th Century by the 33rd great king of Tibet. The most valuable collection are the gilded burial stupas of past Dalai Lamas and meditation Cave of the 33rd great king of Tibet.  
After you take lunch and then head to Jokhang temple which was founded by the 33rd great king of Tibet in the 7th century, in order to promote the Buddhist religion. Inside you can see the statue of Buddha Sakyamuni at the age of twelve, perhaps the single most venerated object in Tibet Buddhism.
Around the temple Barkhor street where you can do kora (circling the Barkhor street) with pilgrims and locals and buy the souvenirs.

potala palace

barkhor street

Day 3  Lhasa tour - Drepung Monastery/Sera Monastery

In the morning, you are going to visit Drepung monastery which was one of the “three greet” Gelug monasteries of Tibet and was founded in 1416 by Jamyang choge, one of the Tsongkhapa’s main disciples. Ganden palace is used as Dalai lama’s palace in the Drepung before moving to the Potala palace.
Afternoon, Sera Monastery---It was one of the “three great” Gelug monasteries of Tibet and was founded in 1419 by Jamchen chojey, one of the Tsongkhapa’s main disciples. The Most attraction is the Monks debate at around 3 - 5 in the afternoon.

sera monastery

drepung monastery

Day 4   Lhasa(3650m) to Gyantse(3950m), Visit yamdrok lake, Karo Glacier, Kumbum monastery

Today, we have to drive from Lhasa to Gyantse. On the way, the group will pass over the Gampala pass (4790 m),and tourists will have a glimpse of Yamdrok-tso (4400m) .The Lake is surrounded by many snow-capped mountain and in the distance you have spectacular views of Holy Mount Nyenchen Khangsar, (7191m) the highest mountain near Lhasa .We head westward along the lake and drive towards Gyantse. Gyantse was historically Tibet's third largest city (after Lhasa and Shigatse). In Gyantse, we will visit the famous Pelkor Monastery and Gyantse Kumbum. The Kumbum has nine floors and each tier has unique chapels. It is considered the largest stupa in Tibet.

yamdrok camping

yamdrok camping

Day 5  Gyantse (3950m)to Sakya(4300m), Tashilhunpo Monastery, Sakya Monastery

In the morning, we drive towards Shigatse. In Shigatse, you will visit the famous Tashi Lhunpo monastery where you can see the well-preserved largest statue of Jampa (future Buddha) in the world. This monastery is the seat of Tibet's second highest incarnation, the Panchen Lama. In the afternoon we drive to the Sakya county where tourists can visit the famous Sakya monastery. It was founded in 1073 and was the principal monastery of the Sakya sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Sakya monastery consists of two parts, northern and southern monastery. The Northern monastery is only visible as a ruin while Southern monastery was built like a fortress,surrounded by a moat.

shigatse tashilunpo monastery

shigatse tashilunpo monastery

Day 6  Sakya (4300m)to Everest base camp(5200m)

The distance between Sakya to Rongpuk is neither to long nor short, and the road is under construction. From Tingri toE.B.C, the team has to drive on the rough road, pass the wild grassland, and cross the torrent and lofty mountains. If the weather is fine, you can have a glimpse of 4 mountains which are 8000m high and even higher. Just Enjoy your final stay at Everest Base Camp.

mt everest

mt everest

Day 7  Everest Base Camp(5200m) to Gyirong via Rongphu Monastery

In the morning, you can see the sunrise appearing on the top of Mt Everest, and have a full view the magnificent Mt. Everest standing like a snow-capped pyramid in front of you at Rongpuk, which is the vantage point for watching Mt. Everest. Then you may trek from tent to Base camp 4/km one way or go to EBC by local bus. After visiting base camp, tourists can tour Rongphu Monastery which is the highest monastery in the world (5000m) and then drive to Gyirong. Then we descend gradually from the dry Tibetan Plateau to amidst the verdant and fertile vegetation of Zhangmu at 2300 meter on the Nepalese border.

rongphu monastery

rongphu monastery

Day 8  Gyirong-Rasuwagadhi-Kathmandu

From Gyirong County to Gyirong port, where you will part with your Tibetan guide and driver, and walk across the river to meet Nepalese drive to Kathmandu. Our Nepal Driver will be waiting for you at Rasuwagadhi. Tour ends in Kathmandu.

lhasa airport

lhasa airport

Price Includes.
    • All necessary Tibet Travel Permit. (Including Tibet Entry Permit, Alien Travel Permit, Boarder Pass
    • Private professional English-Speaking local tour guide
    • Licensed Vehicle with experienced driver
    • Airport (or train)pick up and drop off
    • Accommodation listed in the itinerary
    • Breakfast provided by the hotel
    • Tourists Accident/Casualty Insurance
    • A container of Oxygen for emergency use
    • All taxes, fees and handling charges
    • Lodging and meal allowance to the guide & driver
    • Reservation fee for visiting Potala Palace
    • 2 bottles of drinking water per person per day
Price Excludes.
    • Meals not specified in the itinerary (All lunches & dinners)
    • All Entrance tickets to the sightseeing places
    • Flight/Trian tickets in and out of Tibet
    • Personal expenses such as laundry, drink, fax, telephone call, optional tour activities, etc.
    • Any losses incurred from the force majeure factor like government control, natural disaster etc.
    • Tips to the guide & driver ( Tips is not required but expected)
    • Single room supplement
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