Please note that Tibet is still a simple place. In Lhasa, you can have many choices on the hotels, but in other places such as Gyantse and Shigates, the best hotel is 3 star, and in the remote places like Tingri area, only normal guesthouses are available, no selection. In Lhasa, all the 4 star hotels are located in the New Town, but the facilities, decoration, comfort, services are all better than 3 star. However, if you want to stay in the Old Town around the Barkor Bazzar, you can only stay in 3 star hotels. Do not expect more facilities about these hotels in Tibet. Those cannot be compared with similar classes of hotels of Mainland China.
Day 01 Take the train from Beijing to Lhasa
Day 02 In the train
Day 03 Arrive in Lhasa
Our guide will meet you and present a white scarf (called Kada) to bring you a good luck in the Tibetan traditional way. Check in the hotel to be accustomed to the high attitude and try to drink some water, avoiding much exercise. (Be noted the first day’s acclimation is extremely to ensure you a good health status for the following tour, so please make sure you have yourself lie in bed for all the rest time of the day right after check-in of hotel).
Day 04 Lhasa Sightseeing [BB]
This morning we visit Potala Palace, the highest palace in the world. It is the Dalai Lama’s winter palace, which locates on the red hill called Ma Po Ri in Tibetan. It is the symbol of Lhasa, which was originally constructed in 637 by Songtsan Campo, the first King of united Tibet, and later served as the religious-political nexus of religious Tibet. Later, we will go to visit the Sera monastery where lively lama debating will be seen (except Sundays). This is very interesting and famous. Many lamas sitting or standing in the yard debate a certain topic their teacher has given.
Afternoon we bid a tour for glistening Jokhang Temple, which has been built for 1400 years. Old Lhasa city took shape due to the temple, which will provide you one of your first sights of devout Tibetans.
After then, stroll around the bustling bazaar in Barkhor Street, a big market with its prolific stalls for selling specialties. It is the ancient part of Lhasa.
Accommodation: Mandala hotel or similar class if late booking
Day 05 Lhasa/Yamdrok Lake/Gyantse/Shigatse [BB]
After breakfast you will drive to Gyantse. Take a look at YamdrokYumtso Lake on the way. Upon arrival in Gyantse, we drop a visit to Palkhor Tschode Monastery, built in the 15th century, is situated in the west of Gyantse Town with mountains enclosing from three sides of the east, west and north. Its uniqueness is that its three Sects of Buddhism-shaja, Ningma and Guolu stayed harmoniously under one roof. It is also famous for its superb Kumbum Stupa. Kumbum consists of 8 levels and contains a total of 75 chapels with wonderful murals revered by art scholars around the world.
After visit, we drive to Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet. The rest time will be spent in local free market, and something special maybe found.
Day 06 Shigatse/Shegar [BB]
In the morning, you will visit the Tashilumpo monastery which is the main attraction of Shigatse, it is one of 6 most famous monasteries in Tibetan Buddhism and it is the residence of Panchen Lama. There you can enjoy the highest bronze statue of Buddha, called future Buddha. And then drive to Shegar.
Day 07 Shegar/Mt. Everest Base Camp/Old Tingri [BB]
In the Morning driving to EBC, on the way visit Rongbuk Monastery. Today you can appreciate the evening scenery of Mt. Everest enough.
Accommodation: Tingri Snow leopard Guesthouse
Day 08 Old Tingri/Zhangmu [BB]
Today we drive to Zhangmu.
Day 09 Zhangmu/Kathmandu Border [BB]
Drive to the Friendship Bridge of the border and go through the China customs. Our guide will see you off at the Kodari of the China side. Tour ends.
1) Twin-sharing room mentioned in the itinerary
2) A private 4WD rental and experienced driver.
3) All the land transportation fee to the places mentioned in the itinerary.
4) An English-speaking tour guide.
5) Service charge for preparation, arrangement, coordination before and during the trip.
6) The necessary Tibet travel permits (TTB. PSB)
7) Monastry entry fee as mention in the itinerary
8) Arrival picks up & drop
9) Breakfast only specified in the tour itinerary
1) Airfare and train ticket
2) Private expense like laundry, IDD calls, drinks in the room, etc
3) Extra expenses and/of additional days caused due to unexpected events (delays, porterage because of land slides and other natural events.)
4) Extra tour programs not mentioned in the itinerary
5) Tipping to Tour guide and driver.
6) Lunch and Dinner during the trip
7) Insurance in case of emergency