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Tibet Ctrip Travel Service Recommended July 2016
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Group Code: TCTS20160701 (TCTS is short for Tibet Ctrip Travel Service)

Nationality: Canada-USA-China 6 people private tour (International School Teachers in China)

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Tibet tour Program for your reference

July1 board the train at 8:10pm in Shanghai Mail Railway station----please pick up train tickets at least 2 hours before train leaves (you can go there to pick it up in any working hour on any date), the booking confirmation codes as I confirmed to you by WeChat: EC33250898 (you will need passports and the permits photo copies)

July2 travel on the train

July3 Day 01Arrival in Lhasa by train from Shanghai at 7:50pm

Upon arrival at Lhasa railway station at 7:50pm, your private Tibetan tour guide / driver will pick you up with your name sign, they will transfer safely to your hotel in Lhasa, rest well for high altitude, o/n in Xue Yu Tiantang International Grand Hotel (Snow Heaven Hotel with good location)—rooms are much better. 

July4 Day 02 (B) Guided sightseeing & hiking tour in Lhasa in downtown   

Today what we will visit in Lhasa is the vital Potala Palace and the Jokhang Temple with her vicinities. Potala palace is Lhasa's most important landmark and she a wonder of Eastern architecture. Your first site of this massive structure will be a magical moment which will be remembered for your rest life time. It has been a palace since the fifth or sixth century and was once the home to the Dalai Lama. Well another visit we will take is to Jokhang Temple which locates at Barkhor Bazaar. This temple is the most revered shrine in Tibet and is constantly bustling with devout worshippers. We will also be given the opportunity to shop in Barkhor Bazaar, the crowded central market in ancient section of Lhasa where the residence of many local people is.

Hotel as above 

July5 Day03 (B) Guided sightseeing tour in Lhasa: visit Drepung and Sera Monastery

After breakfasts in hotel, we will drive to west Lhasa city section (about 11km) and give a visit to the Drepung Monastery, which was once the world's largest monastery. Housing 10,000 monks, Drepung monastery lies hidden in between the rocky ridges which are just beyond the city. Surprisingly much of the building was left untouched many years.

In the afternoon, the site we will visit is Sera Monastery, a fifteenth century sprawl of golden roofs and whitewashed walls. This well preserved monastery is located just 5km to North of Lhasa city and is home to several hundred lamas. Its famous debating activities happen around 3-4pm quite regularly every working day and we will not give it a miss. 

July6 Day04 (B) Lhasa-Ganden Monastery, trekking about 3 hours from Ganden Monastery (where to have lunch near the monastery), and then trek to the Tsubushi Village, driver will go there to pick you up and transfer to Lhasa around 7 pm, hotel as above 

July7 Day05(B) Lhasa-Lake Namtso-Lhasa

To experience the natural views of Tibet is a dream of many travelers. Today is a great day for witnessing Tibet’s natural beauty. Mountains, grasslands, and the holy Namtso are on order for today. Namtso, one of the famous Tibet tourists’ attractions, is one of the 3 holy lakes in Tibet, playing an important role among Tibetans. Every sheep year in Tibetan calendar, the Trekking Namtso Festival is held and numerous pilgrims from far away visit the lake to pay homage. Travelers will see the great mountains, huge grasslands, local nomads, sheep, yaks, goats, horses along the way. And it is good to see in the summer and have the Nomad people’s life experience. 

July8 Day06 (B) Lhasa-Shigatse (280km, about 4-5 hrs.): Meals: [Breakfast]

Today's activities: Landscape driving from Lhasa to Shigatse city, Tashilhunpo Monastery. It is 280 kilometers from Lhasa to Shigatse city. We will leave Lhasa around 8 am and get to Shigatse city around 2 pm. We can have lunch somewhere on the road and we will have stops where it is good to take pictures and rest. From 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm we would visit Tashilhunpo Monastery.

Tips: this afternoon, our guide will take your passport to try to obtain the PSB permit (Alien's travel permit) to Everest Area, it will take about half hour (pending the queue at the office), and you may either wait in the vehicle or just walk around. The application could be arranged next morning alternatively according to the local PSB situation.

Accommodation: Shigatse Manasarovar Hotel or similar if late booking 

July9 Day07 (B) Shigatse [3900m] - Shegar-Rongphu Monastery (340 km landscape driving)-Campsite (campsite is 4 km to Everest B.C)

Today's activities: Landscape driving from Shigatse city to Rongphu Monastery, 4 km trekking from Rongphu Monastery to Everest Base camp.

Accommodation: Campsite nomad tent house or guesthouses in Rongphu (Everest Base Camp Region Accommodation), note: the toilet in Everest Base Camp region is quite simple and not clean. 

July10 Day08 (B) Campsite-Everest Base Camp (4 km trekking), drive 340 km back Shigatse (about 9-11 hours).

Today's activities:  Everest Sunrise and last peak at Everest (8 hours of drive)

Wake up this morning below the stunning north face of Mt. Everest (8844.43 m), the tallest mountain on earth. For those tourists want to go to Base Camp in the morning to have closer view to Everest, we can take the local environment tour vehicle to Everest. B.C and after shooting the photos, we come back to Campsite and then we drive back to Shigatse (340km), and be wrapped again in the endless vistas of the Tibetan plateau.

Accommodation: Shigatse Manasarovar Hotel 

July11 Day09 (B) Shigatse city-Gyantse-Karola Glacier-Lake Yamdrok-Lhasa (350 km, 7-8 hrs.)  (on the way,nearby the lake and near the Karola Glacier, you may consider to do some easy hiking around (just talk with guide and see what we will do flexibly).

Today’s attractions: Pelkhor Choede Monastery, Karola Glacier, Yamdrok Lake

In the morning you'll start the drive to Shigatse, via Gyantse on the Southern Friendship Highway. At Gyantse city, we are going to visit Pelkhor Choede Monastery and Kumbum Pagoda. Crossing over the summit of Kamba La (4794 m), you'll see the tranquil turquoise waters of Lake Yamdrok below; one of the three holiest lakes in Tibet. Far in the distance you'll spot the towering massif Mt. Nojin Kangsang (7191m) and the staggering Karola Glacier (5045m).

Accommodation: same as above 

July12 Day10 (B)—Judy may want her own free time in Lhasa (this is fine) for some people, they will get to airport by themselves to fly out of Tibet, and for the rest people (4 or more)- rest day today before trekking