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TT-03 Tibet Highlights

LHASA ► GYANTSE ► SHIGATSE ► EVEREST ► NAMTSO LAKE ► LHASA

9 nights from UK £ 1,960 per person

Price based on 2 people travelling. This price is to give guidance and final quotes vary by date, exchange rates and are subject to availability. Trips run from April to December.
Please note: This is a private tour (not a group tour). We can also book your international flights if required. An altitude of over 5,200 meters (17,000 feet) is reached on this trip. Whilst the vast majority of people experience little more than shortness of breath there is a very small risk of more severe complications such as acute mountain sickness (AMS). Note that level of fitness and age are no indication as to whether you are more susceptible or not to AMS.

Drive engineering marvel of the Friendship highway from LHASA with sights such as the Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple all the way up to EVEREST BASE CAMP via GYANTSE & SHIGATSE and it’s superb view of the world’s highest peak.

On your return trip to Lhasa you travel via the beautiful NAMTSO LAKE – a little visited highlight of Tibet.
Plenty of opportunity to stop along route for photography and to meet the warm and friendly Tibetan people.

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DAY BY DAY TRIP ITINERARY

Day 1 - Arrival Lhasa

Arrival in Tibet’s Capital of Lhasa With a Transfer to Your Hotel & Free Time

Arrival in Lhasa with a warm welcome from your guide and driver who will transfer you to the hotel. Lhasa, at a quite manageable altitude of 3,650 meters (12,000 feet), is a unique city and a real highlight. The setting, history, architecture, people and contrasts all make for a very special travel experience. Free time to relax and adjust to the altitude or start exploring the city.

Meals Included: None today.

Day 2 - Lhasa

Drepung Monastery, Nechung Residence, Sacred Jokhang Temple & Kora

Today first head 5 km out of Lhasa to Drepung Monastery, the largest in Tibet located on Gambo Utse mountain. Founded in 1416, it was the principal seat of learning for the Gelugpa school and at its height was thought to contain up to 10,000 monks (now there are 300). About 10 minutes walk from Drepung is Nechung Chok which was the residence of the State Oracle of Tibet. This small monastery was also evocatively known as the ”Demon Fortress of the Oracle King.”

After lunch (own arrangement) visit the Jokhang Temple constructed in 642 AD and considered the most sacred and important temple in all Tibet. It is located at one end of Barkhor Square, a fascinating meeting point for pilgrims from all over the region making for an intense atmosphere infused with incense and devotion. Surrounding the temple is the Barkhor Kora, a 1 km circular walk for pilgrims and locals as well as a fascinating market selling all the goods a pilgrim might need on their travels.

Meals Included: Hotel Breakfast.

Day 3 - Lhasa

The Truly Spectacular Potala Palace & Ancient Sera Monastery

Today you visit one of the architectural highlights of China – if not the world – the vast Potala Palace, former residence of Dalai Lamas. Building started in 1645 and has been added to over the centuries. It is 13 stories high and contains over 1,000 rooms, 10,000 shrines and 200,000 statues. You will see some of the meeting rooms as well as the extraordinary chapels with their vast gold and jewel encrusted shrines to previous Dalai Lamas – the chapel of the 5th Dalai Lama has a stupa coated in 3,727kg of gold and 18,680 precious stones. The Potala dominates Lhasa and the views from the palace stretch out across the city to the surrounding mountains.

Continue to Sera Monastery, spread over 28 acres at the base of Pubuchok mountain and built in 1419. The highlights are the great assembly hall and some of the colleges located within the complex with their wealth of architectural features and shrines.

Meals Included: Hotel Breakfast.

Day 4 - Lhasa to Shigatse

Kambala Pass, Beautiful Yamdrok Lake, Norjing Glacier & Palcho Monastery

Travel on to Gyantse, 230km south of Lhasa crossing the 4,780 meter (15,680 foot) Kambala pass festooned with colourful prayer flags fluttering in the wind. Enjoy the spectacular views before descending to the Yamdrok lake and its dramatic backdrop of snow capped mountains. Follow the lakeshore before heading back into the mountains passing the Norjing Gangsang Glacier. Arrival in Gyantse at 3,977 meters (13,050 feet) and Tibet’s third largest city visiting the Palcho (or Pelkhor Choede in Tibetan) Monastery. The complex dates back to the 9th century with the most famous structure being the Kumbum, a 32 meter high 9 floored shrine which contains 108 unique chapels and is the largest in Tibet. It is further 100 km drive to Shigatse at 3,840 meters (12,600 feet) which we reach late afternoon.

Meals Included: Hotel Breakfast.

Day 5 - Shigatse to Shekar

Tashilhunpo & Sakya Monasteries Before Journeying Deeper Into Tibet

Start today by visiting the Tashilhunpo Monastery founded in 1447 by the first Dalai Lama and the traditional seat of the “Tashi” or Panchen Lama. The monastery is fascinating as is the walk you can do around the Kora which stretches up the hillside behind the monastery offering good views of the complex and Shigatse itself. Drive on 127 km to Sakya monastery, the seat of the Sakyapa school of Tibetan Buddhism. This monastery’s architecture is very different to others in Tibet as it is Mongolian in design dating back to 1268. Drive deeper into Tibet stopping when you wish before reaching the remote town of Shekar (New Tingri). Try to get a good night’s rest in preparation for Everest Base Camp tomorrow.

Meals Included: Hotel Breakfast.

Day 6 - Shekar to Everest Base Camp

The Superb Gyawu Pass View of the High Himalayas & Drive to Everest Base Camp

Depart Shekar stopping at the Gyawu pass for a breathtaking panoramic view of the highest peaks of the Himalaya. Drive on to Rombuk Monastery and the gateway to Everest. From Rombuk the hike to Everest Base Camp (5,200m / 17,000 feet) takes 2 hours although there is often a national park bus in service if you do not want to walk. The sunset on Everest is sublime as well as the mountain under a star or moonlit night – pray to the mountain Gods for no clouds! Rough and ready high altitude night at either Rombuk Monastery or up at Base Camp itself where there is seasonal tented accommodation run by local nomads (approximately May to October).

Meals Included: Hotel Breakfast.

Day 7 - Everest Base Camp to Shigatse

Sunrise at Everest Base Camp With Time to Explore the Area on Foot

Despite the inevitable cold it is well worth trying to get up just before dawn to catch the sunrise on Everest. The morning is spent exploring the area around camp before heading back to Shigatse to overnight. There should be plenty of time to stop for photographs along the way.

Meals Included: Hotel Breakfast.

Day 8 - Shigatse to Namtso Lake

Driving Through Remote Tibet to the Stunning Namtso Lake

Continue your drive through a remote part of Tibet to the stunning Namtso Lake with its dramatic backdrop of the Nyainqêntanglha mountain range. Free time to explore the lakeshore area and revel in the beauty of the landscape here.

NOTE: Tonight you have the choice of staying at the Holy lake guest house close to the lake which doesn’t have rooms with a shower or private toilet or stay in Damshung where we can use a more comfortable guesthouse which does have basic rooms with private bathroom. You can decide which place once at Namsto itself.

Meals Included: Hotel Breakfast.

Day 9 - Namtso Lake to Lhasa

The Drive Back to Lhasa and Its Modern Day Comforts!

This morning visit the Yangpachen Hot Springs before continuing with a leisurely drive back to Lhasa stopping for photos as and when you wish. Early afternoon arrival in Lhasa with free time to walk around the old town, souvenir shop, visit more temples or just relax in one of the many rooftop cafes around Barkhor Square or at your hotel.

Meals Included: Hotel Breakfast.

Day 10 - Depart Lhasa

A Sad Farewell to This Extraordinary & Unique City

Free time until a transfer to your onward transport out of Lhasa. We believe, like so many, you will have come under Tibet’s magical spell!

Meals Included: Hotel Breakfast.

HAND-PICKED ACCOMMODATION FOR THIS TRIP

The hotels & accommodation used for this trip are from our hand picked selection and all are excellent for their class. We also offer upgraded hotels in most locations. Click here to explore additional hotel options and let us know of any changes you wish to make.

TOUR INCLUSIONS & EXCLUSIONS

What is included?

Your own vehicle with driver and guide (lodging and food for the guide and driver is included in the price).

The Tibet Travel Permit.

Back up oxygen cylinder outside of Lhasa in case of altitude issues (extremely rare this ever needs to be used!

All accommodation as specified under the accommodation tab

All private transfers and any other transportation as described

All meals as specified in the itinerary

All tours as specified in the itinerary

All entrance fees to sights toured in the itinerary

24 hour emergency assistance

Visa Paperwork you need in order to obtain the visas

Financial Peace of Mind as your trip is protected

What is not included?

International Airfare to / from the start / finish of your trip – we can book these flights on request

The Chinese visa – we can advise and partner with VisaCentral

Travel insurance to cover any medical treatment – we recommend Citybond Suretravel (UK residents only)

Discretionary gratuities to drivers and guides

Laundry and bar bills

Photographic charges in some monasteries

Additional costs due to unforeseen expenses that may arise due to the factors beyond our control like personal illness, weather, landslides, etc…

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