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10 Days Lhasa to Everest Itinerary

This tour is perfect for those who doesn’t like to rush. You wont need to spend long days in a car driving from one place to another. Instead, we will spend more time visiting beautiful places and make longer stops on the way.

This tour starts in Lhasa, the capital of Tibet. We will visit UNESCO World Heritage sites there: Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple. We will spend time in Sera and Drepung monasteries, some of the largest monasteries in Tibet.

After that we will take the scenic road towards Shigatse. We will visit Yamdrok Lake, Karola Glacier, Gyantse Monastery and Kumbum Stupa. The culmination of the journey is the night we spend by the Everest.

View on Potala Palace in the evening

Main Attractions: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Drepung and Sera Monasteries, Barkhor Street, Yamdrok Lake, Kumbum Stupa, Tashi Lumpo Monastery, Everest Base Camp, Rongbuk Monastery.

Duration: 10 days

Maximum Elevation: 5,200 m/ 17,060 ft

Best Time to Travel: April through February

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrival in Lhasa

You arrive at the Lhasa Gonggar Airport or the train station. The airport is 62 km/ 39 miles away from the city, and it takes approximately one hour to get to the hotel from there. On the way to Lhasa, you will enjoy beautiful views of mountains. The train station is located in Lhasa, and you will only need a short transfer to the 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 with your time in Lhasa. Remember, that Lhasa is located at 3,650 meters/ 12,000 ft above sea level and you will need some time to acclimatize.

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 Barkhor 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, be sure to relax, enjoy your day and allow some time for acclimatizing.

Day 2 – Lhasa City Tour: Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple

This tour visits the two most important religious sites in Tibet.

The Potala Palace was the seat of the Dalai Lamas since the 17th century. First, the guide will take you to the Chak Pori Hill to take photos of the majestic Palace. We will then go inside and spend approximately 1.5 – 2 hours there. While there, you will see many of its most famous artifacts.

There will be free time for lunch after visiting the Potala Palace.

Time permitting, you can walk around the Potala Palace and join many of the local Tibetans.

Next, we will walk towards the Jokhang Temple. It was built in the 7th century to display the Jowo Shakyamuni Statue – the statue of the 12-year-old Buddha before his enlightenment. The statue was created at the time when the historical Buddha lived. It is elaborately decorated with gold, jewels, and precious stones.

After visiting the temple, we recommend taking a walk around Barkhor Street.

Day 3 – Lhasa City Tour: Drepung and Sera Monasteries

We are visiting the two most important monasteries in the capital.

We will first visit Drepung Monastery, which once was the largest monastery in the world with over 10,000 monks living there. It was the residence of Dalai Lamas before the Potala Palace was built.

There will be free time for lunch after the Drepung Monastery.

In the afternoon we are visiting Sera Monastery. It was founded by Tsongkhapa’s disciple in the 15th century. Nowadays it is famous for monks debate that you can witness. Debates are a very important part of learning and understanding Buddhism. Monks gather in the courtyard in the shade of the trees to refine their knowledge.

In the evening you will have some time to pack for our trek and prepare everything you might need.

Day 4 – Driving to Gyantse: Yamdrok lake and glaciers.

Today we will travel on some of the most beautiful roads in Tibet on our drive to Gyantse.

Be prepared to take photos of the breathtaking views as we go up to the highest point of the day – Kamba La Pass (almost 4,800 meters / 15,750 ft).

Our next stop will be at the Yamdrok Lake. It is one of the holy lakes in Tibet, and it is famous for its turquoise colored water.

After that, we will head towards Gyantse. On the way there, we will make a stop to see the spectacular Karola glaciers.

Finally, we will reach Gyantse in the evening and stay there overnight in Yati hotel.

Day 5 – Gyantse to Shigatse

In Gyantse, morning we will visit the monastery and the biggest stupa and then drive towards Shigatse. Afternoon, we can visit Tashi Lhunpo monastery the seat of Panchen Lamas.

Stay overnight in Gesar hotel.

Day 6 – Shigatse to Shegar

Today we will be driving through towering mountain ranges, and going through one high pass. On the way, we will visit Sakya monastery and it was established in 1268 and is designed defensively, with watch towers on each of the corners of its high walls and it is one of Tibet most impressive construction sights. Before the Cultural Revolution, Sakya Monastery had one of the largest monastic communities in Tibet. As usual, morning is the best time to visit as more chapels are open.

Stay overnight in roof of the world hotel.

Day 7 – Driving to the Everest Base Camp: night by the Everest

Today we will be driving towards Everest Base Camp and on the way, one of the high pass you can see Everest view. We will reach the Rongbuk monastery guesthouse or tent city in the afternoon.

Rongbuk is the highest monastery in the world. Depending on the weather conditions, we might have time to visit the Rongbuk cave. This meditation cave dates back to the 8th century, where Padma Sambhava meditated. We will stay there for a few quiet moments to relax.

We stay in the Rongbuk monastery guesthouse or tent guesthouse overnight.

Day 8 – Driving back to Shigatse

Depending on the weather conditions from the previous day, we might finish some of the activities that we were not able to do yesterday. You can hike to the Everest Base Camp or just take some photos from the tent camp. After breakfast, we will head back to Shigatse.

Day 9 – Shigatse to Lhasa

In the morning we will visit Tashilumpo Monastery, the seat of Panchen Lamas. This monastery was founded by the first Dalai Lama, and it is one of the most important monasteries in Tibet. You can take photos in some of the chapels for an additional fee.

We will take the Friendship Highway on the way back to Lhasa. It is the most direct route and usually takes around six hours to reach the capital. We will make several stops on the way in order to enjoy the views of the Brahmaputra River. In the afternoon, you might have some free time to prepare for your departure the next day.

Day 10 – Lhasa to Airport/Train station

Please prepare in advance for your departure. It takes approximately one hour to drive to the airport. We will arrive at the airport two hours before your domestic flight.

What is Included

Included in Your Tour Cost

  • All necessary Travel Permits to travel in Tibet
  • All accommodations based on double occupancy. Contact us for a quote on a single room supplement
  • Breakfast in the hotel
  • Assistance with your Chinese visa application
  • Airport pick up and drop off
  • Ground transportation in a clean and comfortable vehicle or taxi
  • English speaking Tibetan guide
  • All entrance fees, tickets to the attraction sites and monasteries outlined in the itinerary

Not Included in Tour Cost

  • Passport and Chinese visa fees
  • International airfare to and from China or Nepal
  • Photography fees inside monasteries
  • Flight or train tickets to Tibet
  • Lunch and dinner
  • Travel insurance
  • Medical expenses
  • Tips for guides and drivers
  • Personal expenses: laundry, shopping, phone calls, etc.

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