8 DAYS LHASA, SHIGATSE & EVEREST BASE CAMP TOUR
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CHENGDU – LHASA
In the morning, you will board a domestic flight from Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport to Lhasa Gonggar Airport (1 hr. 50 min flight). Get your cameras ready as you will be flying above the beautiful Himalayas mountain range among the clouds. Upon arrival at the airport, you will be greeted by our friendly Tibetan guide who will bring you to the hotel (1 hr. drive away) where you meet up with your fellow travelers. Rest and relax at your own leisure for the rest of the day. For proper acclimation to the high altitude, there will not be any guided sightseeing today.
The next two days will be spent exploring the sights in Lhasa City and understanding the rich history and culture of her people. In the morning, we will take a short stroll to the spiritual heart of Tibet – Jokhang Temple – and appreciate the religiosity of Tibetans by seeing how they perform the physically demanding koras. Thereafter, we will shop around Bakhor Street an interesting open air market where you can see peddlers selling wares side by side with circumambulating Buddhist pilgrims. In the afternoon we will visit the famous Potala Palace, where the legendary Dalai Lamas used to live, and revisit scenes where the movie “Seven Years in Tibet” took its inspiration from.
In the morning you will visit the sprawling complex of Drepung Monastery (literally translates as “rice heap”, a reference to the huge numbers of white monastic buildings that once piled up on the hillside) which used to be official residence of the Dalai Lamas before the Potala Palace was built in the 17th century. Drepung was purportedly the largest monastery in the world, with more than 7,000 resident monks at its peak. It is considered one of the three great university monasteries of Tibet, the other two are the Ganden Monastery and the Sera Monastery. Today Drepung still houses more than 300 monks therefore a visit to the monastery will offer you a glimpse into their monastic lifestyle. In the afternoon you will visit the Sera Monastery (literally translates as “wild roses”) where you can watch monks engaging in scripture debates in an ancient ritualized manner. One monk, the questioner, will slap his hands together, stomp his feet and point to another monk to debate or argue. The questions being asked and answered are deep, philosophical questions related to the Buddha Dharma.
LHASA – YAMDROK TSO – NYENCHEN KHANGSAR GLACIER GYANSTE – SHIGATSE
You will travel along the famous Friendship Highway from Lhasa to Shigatse – a scenic route with plenty of viewpoints among the Himalayas mountain ranges. From the lookout point of Kampa la pass (4700m), you will be enchanted by the turquoise color Yamdrok-Tso (one of the three holy lakes of Tibet) with the 7191m high snow-capped Nojin Kangtsang in the background. The rest of the day will be spent enjoying the many magnificent valleys and exquisite Tibetan villages that p ass through; en route we will stop at Karo la (5150m) to see the beautiful Nyenchen Kangsar glacier. In Gyantse, you will visit the Pelkor Chode Monastery and the Gyantse Kumbum (multi-storied aggregate of Buddhist chapels) – the largest chorten in Tibet and one of its architectural wonders. Thereafter, we will drive to Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet.
SHIGATSE – RONGBUK – EVEREST BASE CAMP
Today, we will get up close and personal with the Grand Dame – Mount Everest. We will drive to the EBC (Everest Base Camp) by crossing several passes along the way with sweeping views of the Himalayas range – including Makalu, Lhotse, Everest and Cho Oyu. The drive then descends down to valleys lined with photogenic villages and finally to the Rongbuk valley where the base camp is located. The vehicle will drop you off at the tent guesthouse area which is about 3km away from the EBC. You can either take a shuttle bus (approx. 20 min drive) or trek (approx.1 hrs. uphill trek). The Base Camp itself is dry and barren, but the views of Everest are beyond breathtaking. Catch the sunset over Mount Everest and witness how the mountains get illuminated by the sun rays.
Overnight: Guesthouse or “tent hotel”
EVEREST BASE CAMP – RONGBUK – SHEGAR – SHIGATSE
Begin your day by watching the sun rises over the Everest Grand Dame. Bid farewell to the highest point on earth and drive all the way back to Shigatse. Rest and relax at your own leisure for the rest of the day.
SHIGATSE – LHASA
In the morning, visit Tashilunpo Monastery, one of the six great monasteries of the Gelugpa and the traditional seat of the Panchen Lama (highest ranking lama after the Dalai Lama). One of the highlights of Tashilunpo is the gold and silver stupa tombs of the previous Pachen Lamas. The 10th Panchen Lama who died in 1989) is said to be encased with over 300kg of gold. Along the way back to Lhasa, we will also stop at a local village to see how the traditional Nyimu Tibetan incenses are being made by hand.
LHASA – CHENGDU
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Lhasa Gonggar Airport for your flight back to Chengdu.
- Shuttle bus transfers between airport and hotel in Lhasa
- Private transport with local Tibetan driver throughout the trip (includes petrol, oxygen tank, first aid kit)
- All accommodation in Tibet (3-star hotels or guesthouses)
- Entrance fees to all places of interest mentioned in above itinerary
- English speaking local Tibetan guide
- Lodging and meals for guide and driver
- All necessary Tibet permits to carry out above itinerary
- Vehicle and guide entrance tickets to Everest Nature Reserve
- Domestic air tickets between Chengdu and Lhasa (we will advise on this)
- Return international air ticket
- Travel insurance
- Shuttle bus transfers between airport and hotel in Chengdu
- All meals not indicated (an average meal in Tibet costs about USD 5 per pax)
- Chinese Visa (Singaporeans are Visa-free up to 15 days)
- Tips for guide and driver
- Shuttle bus to Everest Base Camp
- All expenses of a personal nature
If your have your group of friends and family, we can also organise a private tour for you.
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