You arrive to the Lhasa Gonggar airport or the train station. The airport is 62 km/ 39 miles away from the city and it takes approximately 1 hour to get to hotel from there. On the way to Lhasa you will enjoy beautiful views of mountains. The train station is located in Lhasa and we will only need a short transfer to hotel.
Depending on the time of your arrival, you might have some free time to spend in Lhasa. Our guides will be happy to advise you on what you can do in Lhasa. After you check in the hotel, you are welcome to explore the city, visit nearby temples, do some shopping, try delicious Tibetan food in one of the local restaurants, or just take a rest.
Walking around Bakhor street can be an excellent choice for your first day in Lhasa. You will join crowds of pilgrims, local Tibetans, and monks circumambulating the Jokhang temple.
Most importantly, on your first day in Tibet, relax, enjoy your day and allow some time for acclimatizing.
We are visiting two most important religious sites in Tibet.
The Potala Palace was the seat of the Dalai Lamas since the 7th century. First, guide wil take you to the Chak Pori hill to take photos of the majestic Palace. After that we will go inside and spend approximately 1.5 – 2 hours there. You will see many of artifacts.
In the afternoon you will have lunch.
If time permits, you can walk around the Potala Palace and joins many Tibetans.
After that we will walk towards the Jokhang temple. It was build in the 7th century to display the Jowo Shakyamuni Statue of the 25 year old Buddha the time bore the enlightenment. The statue was created at the time when historical Buddha lived. It is elaborately decorated with gold, jewels and precious stones.
After visiting the temple we recommend you walking around the Bakhor street.
We are visiting two most important monasteries in the capital.
First, we will visit Drepung monastery which once was the biggest monastery in the world with over 10,000 monks living there. It was the residence of Dalai Lamas before the Potala Palace was built.
We have lunch after the visit.
In the afternoon we are visiting Sera Monastery. It was founded by Tsongkhapa’s deciple in 15th century. Nowadays it is famous for monks debate that you can witness. Debates are a very important part in learning and understanding Buddhism. Monks gather in the court yard in the shade of trees to refine their knowledge.
Today we will take some of the most beautiful roads in Tibet to drive to Shigatse.
Prepare your cameras to capture the breathtaking views when we will be going up to the highest point of the day – Kamba la pass (almost 4800 meters).
Our next stop will be at the Yamdrok Lake. It is one of the holy lakes in Tibet, and it is famous for it’s turquoise color water.
After that we will head towards Gyantse. On the way we will make a stop to see the spectacular glaciers.
In Gyantse, we will visit the monastery and the biggest stupa.
Finally, we will reach Shigatse late in the evening and stay there overnight.
In the morning we will visit Tashilumpo Monastery, the seat of Panchen Lamas. After that we will be driving through high mountain ranges, go through several high passes and Everest view points. We will reach tent camp near the Everest Base Camp in the evening. Depending on the traffic and weather conditions, we might have time to visit the Rongbuk monastery – the highest monastery in the world. There is a meditation cave, dating back to 7th century, where Padma Sambhava meditated. We will stay there for a few quiet minutes to relax after a long day. If time permits, we will hike to the Everest Base Camp and meet the sunset there. We will stay in the tent for the night. You can order dinner and breakfast there, there is an English menu.
Today we will be driving through one of the most beautiful area in Tibet. You will see rocky and snow mountains, green forests, high waterfalls. As always, we will make several stops along the way to take photos.
Guide will take you to the border in the morning. Once you cross it, you will continue your journey in Nepal.
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