10 Days Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Everest Namtso Group Tour

OVERVIEW: Mt. Everest and Namtso Lake are the two major highlights of this Mount Everest tour package . If you choose this tour rout...



breathtaking view of Mount Everest

OVERVIEW:

Mt. Everest and Namtso Lake are the two major highlights of this Mount Everest tour package. If you choose this tour route, you’ll not miss the sceneries you want to travel in Tibet. Start your Tibet tour by exploring the holy city of Lhasa for the first three days. Then you’ll be properly acclimatized and reach to the magnificent views of Mt. Everest, the third pole of the world. If the weather is good, you can get a breathtaking glimpse of the sunset of golden Everest peak.

When you return back to Lhasa from EBC, you will spend a whole day to tour Namtso Lake from Lhasa. With crystal blue clear water reflecting the color of the sky above, making it one of the most beautiful lakes in Tibet.

Duration: 10 Days

Season: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter 


At a Glance

Day 1: Arrival in Lhasa (3680m)

Day 2: Lhasa sightseeing—Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery

Day 3: Lhasa sightseeing—Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor street

Day 4: Lhasa- Gyantse (4040 m)-Shigatse(3840m), 96km, approx 7hrs

Attractions: Yamdroktso Lake, Karola Glacier, Pelkor Chöde Monastery with Gyantse  Kumbum, Far view of Gyantse Fortress

Day 5: Shigatse -Tingri -Rongbuk –EBC(5200m), 350km, approx. 7hrs

Attractions: Tashilhunpo Monastery, sunset of golden Everest peak

Day 6: EBC-Shigatse, 350km, approx. 7hrs

Attractions: sunrise of Everest Peak, Everest Base Camp, Far view of the Mt.Shishapangma

Day 7: Shigatse – Lhasa, 280km, approx. 6-7hrs

Attractions: Tashilhunpo monastery

Day 8: Lhasa- Namtso(4718m) ,250km, approx. 5 hrs

Attractions: Nyenchen Thanglha Mountain Ranges, Lagenla Mountain Pass, holy Namtso Lake, Sunset of Namtso Lake

Day 9: Namtso- Lhasa,250km, approx. 5 hrs

Attractions: sunrise of the Namtso Lake, trek around Tashi Island, Yangpachen hot spring

Day 10: Lhasa departure

Daily Itinerary: 

Day1 Arrival In Lhasa (3680m)  

Taking flight into Tibet will give you e panorama of the Himalayas or spend 1-2 days to cross the breathtaking Tibetan Plateau by train. Upon arrival, you will be greeted at the Lhasa Airport/Railway by our staff and transferred to the hotel. From the airport, it takes about 1.5 hours. From the train station, it only takes 20 minutes. And then you’d better have a good rest in your hotel to get acclimatized to the high altitude. If you feel good, you can wander around the city and take a panoramic view of the Potala Palace but try not to overtax yourself.


Day 2 Lhasa Sightseeing

Highlights:  Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery

The first station is Drepung Monastery about 45km to the north of Lhasa. It’s the most important monastery of Gelugpa in Tibetan Buddhism and considered one of the 'Three Great Monasteries'. The hot attraction is the site of the annual Shoton Festival, with the display of huge Buddhist painting on the hillside.

After lunch, you will head to the Sera Monastery which is another one of the ‘Great Three’ Gelug monasteries. It’s famous for the valuable sutra Kanjur kept in it. The most attractive event is the Buddhism activities of "Monks Debate" for around 15:00 – 17:00 every day.

You will have a welcoming dinner this tonight, talk with group members from all over the world. 

Day 3 Lhasa Sightseeing

Highlights:  Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street

Today’s tour will begin to visit the famous world heritage Potala Palace, locating on the Red Hill 2km northwest of Lhasa. It's well known as the cardinal landmark of Tibet and a masterpiece of Tibetan architecture. Also, the most valuable collections in Potala Palace are the gilded burial stupas of former Dalai Lamas and meditation Cave of the 33rd great king of Tibet.

After lunch, you will visit the Jokhang Temple, which is the oldest Buddhist temple in Tibet and the ultimate pilgrimage destination. The most valuable collection in the Jokhang Temple is the statue of Sakyamuni at age of twelve. From there, you will stroll in the old alleys of Barkhor Street where you can drink the sweet tea, chat with locals to understand the real life in Lhasa.


Day 4 Lhasa- Gyantse(4040m)- Shigatse(3840m), 360km, Approx 6hrs

Highlights: Yamdroktso Lake, Karola Glacier, Simila Mountain Pass, Pelkor Chöde Monastery with Gyantse Kumbum, Far view of Gyantse Fortress

After a full exploration of Lhasa, we will drive over the Kampala Pass (4794m) from Lhasa to Shigatse. On the way, you will take a short hike along the turquoise waters of Yamdrok Lake, which is one of the three largest sacred lakes in Tibet. The lake is surrounded by many snow-capped mountains.

Later you will enjoy the stunning Karo La Glacier. Here, you can get an up-close view of Mt. Nojin Kangtsang and the glaciers coming off of it.

Then visit Pelkor Chode Monastery is built in the15th century and situated on the northwestern edge of Gyantse. It’s famous for the splendid Buddhist Stupa (100-Thousand-Buddha Tower).

Day 5 Shigatse -Tingri -Ronbuk –EBC (5200m), 350km, approx. 7hrs

Highlights:  Rongbuk Monastery, Sunset of golden Everest peak

Today we will go straight from Shigatse to Everest base camp. After getting the Alien’s travel permit, you will be through the Tsola Pass (4600M) and the Gyatsola Pass (5248M) which is a great spot for all mountains of the Himalayas over 8,000 meters. From here, you can see the world's highest five peaks. From Geu La, you will reach to Rongbuk Monastery, the highest monastery in the world. The surprising view of Everest from here will be a high point of your journey!  Then drive to the Tent Camp to stay overnight. If the weather is good, you can get a breathtaking glimpse of the sunset of golden Everest peak.

Travel note:

According to weather condition, you will stay in Everest Tent Camp from May to Oct. Otherwise, you’ll stay at Rongbuk Monastery’s guesthouse because of cold weather from Nov~Apr.

Day 6 EBC-Shigatse 350km, Approx 6hrs

Highlights:  Sunrise of Everest Peak, Everest Base Camp, Far view of the Mt.Shishapangma

When you wake up, you will see the wonderful sunrise of Everest Peak if weather permits at the lodging area. On the way from the Tent hotels to Everest Base Camp, if you like trekking, you can take about two hours to do a short trek. Later you will get to Everest Base Camp and take the close-up shot of Mt. Everest. After sightseeing, we will drive back to Shigatse and enjoy the fabulous view along the way.


Day 7 Shigatse – Lhasa, 280km, approx 5hrs

Highlights: Tashilhunpo monastery, Yarlung River

In the morning, we will visit the Tashi Lhunpo monastery, which is the home of Panchen Lama. On the way to Lhasa from Shigatse along the friendship way, you will follow the beautiful Yarlung River and a number of beautiful local villages. In the late afternoon, you will arrive in Lhasa with full time to wander the Lhasa city and sort out the beautiful photos you took.  

Day 8 Lhasa – Namtso, 250km, approx. 5hrs

Highlights: Namtso Lake, Yampachen Hot Spring

Today, you will do a day trip to Namtso Lake from Lhasa. Closer to Namtso as you crossed the beautiful mountain pass which was over 5000m. Then you can make out the ribbon of pure blue that was Namtso Lake out in the distance. With the snowy mountains in the background and chunks of ice still floating on the crystal-clear dazzling blue water, hundreds of colored prayer flags, attached to the rugged, spiked cliffs facing the lake, fluttered in the strong wind. It was a scene straight from heaven.



Day 9 Namtso –  Lhasa, 250km, approx. 5hrs


Highlights: sunrise of the Namtso Lake, trek around Tashi Island, Yangpachen hot spring


In the morning, enjoy the sunrise on the Namtso lake at the shore and do leisure trek around Tashi Island. After that, we will go back to Lhasa. On the way back to Lhasa, you also can enjoy Yampachen Hot Spring at your own expenses if the whole group agrees. The Hot Spring is said to be able to cure many diseases. And there are various hot springs, including the fountain, hot spring, geyser, boiling spring and so on. It is easy and relaxed to take a bath in the hot spring.

Day 10 Depart From Lhasa

Your 10 days EBC- Namtso tour ends today. After breakfast, you will be free for the morning. Our staff will collect you at your hotel to transfer to Lhasa Airport/Railway.

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