your journey to Tibet with a spectacular flight over the snow capped Himalayan Mountains Mt Kanchenjunga (8586m), Mt Everest (8848m) Mt Makalu (8463m) and others, Spending 3 nights in Lhasa, staying right in the centre of the old city. This will allow us plenty of time for acclimatization and easy access to the city’s main attractions – including Jokhang Temple and the monumental Potala palace of Kings and Dalai Lamas, with its various chapels along with unforgettable roof top views of the holy city.
Leaving Lhasa in our 4 wheel drive, we’ll travel through this amazing country, staying in the best traditional hotels Tibet has to offer. Thoroughly exploring the towns of Gyantse and Shigatse we visit traditional monasteries and fully immerse ourselves in the Buddhist culture.
Along the Highway we travel through some of the most amazing landscapes on Earth. We pass small Tibetan settlements, nomadic herdsmen wandering across the wide arid plains and awe-inspiring mountain peaks. Equally as fascinating is the wealth of cultural interest and there is plenty of opportunity to explore this side of Tibet, both in Lhasa and the other towns we pass through on our journey.
DAY 1: Fly to Lhasa [Lhasa, altitude, 3680m], airport-hotel transfer, check in hotel, rest
DAY 2: Sightseeing in Lhasa Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Bazaar
DAY 3: Sightseeing in Lhasa: Drepung & Sera monastery
DAY 4: Lhasa-Nam-Tso Lake-Lhasa (500 km round trip, great nature tour)
DAY 5: Lhasa-Shigatse, Tashilhunpo Monastery and local free market), back in Shigatse Manasarovar Hotel or Shigatse Shandong Mansion or Shigatse Gangjian Hotel if late booking or due to hotel tight resource in high season
DAY 6: Drive Shigatse-Rongphu Monastery, back in local guesthouse best available
DAY 7: trek or take horse carriages to visit Everest Base Camp, drive back to Shigatse, in Shigatse Manasarovar Hotel or similar one
DAY 8: Shigatse-Gyantse (Pelkhor and Kumbum)-Lake Yamdrok-Lhasa. back in hotel
DAY 9: leave Tibet (hotel-airport transfer) for next destination