|Group size:||Minimum of 4 people||Max-Altitude:||5,250m/17,220ft|
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|Meals:||Breakfast during the entire tour|
A Himalayan Glacier representative will pick us up from the Lhasa airport and drop us off at our hotel. Alternately, we can also come to Lhasa via the train route connecting mainland China to Tibet. Next, we check into our hotel and unpack. We spend the rest of the day resting at our hotel room as this will give us the much need rest and help us acclimatize to the high altitude of Lhasa, Tibet. Overnight in Lhasa.
We begin sightseeing in Lhasa after breakfast. Today we visit the beautiful Potala and Norbulingka Palaces. Potala Palace is a relic of the 17th century and houses the private quarters of the Dalai Lama, numerous grand state rooms and chapels. It also offers us excellent views of the entire city. Norbulingka Palace is a summer palace and boasts what is considered to be the largest man-made garden in Tibet. Next, we visit the Tibet Traditional Hospital which is the center for the treatment, training, research and production of Tibetan medicine. Overnight in Lhasa.
After breakfast, we begin our tour of Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Bazaar. Built in the 14th century, Drepung Monastery is believed to have sheltered around 10,000 monks in the past. On our visit to Sera Monastery we admire its washed walls and golden roofs. Jokhang Temple is another important sacred site which unravels more deep-seated mysteries of Tibetan Buddhism. Furthermore, we stroll through Barkhor Bazaar (market) admiring its open air stalls, shops and crowd of pilgrims. Overnight in Lhasa.
We drive to Shigatse directly and not via Sakya. After reaching Shighatse, we visit Tashilhunpo Monastery which is both historical and culturally important in Tibet as it was founded by the first Dalai Lama in 1447. After the tour, we drive back to our hotel and rest for the remainder of the day. This will help us with acclimatization as well as prepare us for the next day’s long drive. Overnight in Shigatse.
We travel to Rongbuk and visit Sakya Monastery en route. The monastery is the ancestral temple of the Sakyapa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. After the tour, we continue our drive and only stop at Rongbuk. Here, we visit the picturesque Rongbuk Monastery ideally located at the foot of Mt. Everest. It is also the highest monastery in the world. Overnight in Rongbuk.
We leave for the Everest Base Camp (5,250m) early in the morning. On the way, we admire views of Cho Oyu (8,201m), Shishapangma (8,013m) and Mt. Everest (8,848m), also known as Chomolongma in Tibet. The base camp is barren but the fantastic sight of the tallest mountain on earth provides us with a sense of accomplishment. Next, we drive to Gyantse Overnight in Gyantse.
Note that on rare occasions due to bad weather or political riots the local government may close down the road to the Everest base camp for safety reasons and without prior notice.
We begin our tour of Gyantse’s landmarks after breakfast. We visit Khumbum Stupa, Phalkot Monastery and Gyantse Dzong (fortress), which is one of the best preserved dzongs in Tibet. After completing the tour, we drive to Lhasa and tour Yamdrok Tso Lake on the way. We are in awe of the turquoise waters of the lake which is also one of the three largest sacred lakes in Tibet. Overnight in Lhasa.
Our Lhasa and Everest Base Camp Tour ends today. We pack our belongings and make sure that we have not left anything in our hotel room. A Himalayan Glacier representative will drop us off at the Lhasa airport for our next flight.
Your safety is of paramount concern while traveling with Himalayan Glacier. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.