Highly Recommended Tibet Tour Agency 2016
Group Code: TCTS20160513 (TCTS is short for Tibet Ctrip Travel Service)
Nationality: France-2 people private tour
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10 days tailor-made Tibet tour program (May13-22, 2016)
Day01 MU2335 7:15-2:35pm, Arrival in Lhasa, hotel transfer and rest for altitude in Lhasa [with altitude of 3650m]
Your guide/driver will meet you at airport or Lhasa railway station you’re your name sign. After checking in hotel, you’d better rest well for high altitude acclimatization. Travel tips: you are suggested to buy some necessary high altitude medicine to help get well acclimatized. However if you feel quite good, you may walk little bit in Barkhor Streets area to have first impression of Tibetan people’s daily city life.
Accommodation: 4-star standard hotel of Snow Heaven Hotel or Ganggyen Hotel or similar (room on double occupancy)
Day02 (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.
Travel tips: Sera Monastery highlight sightseeing is to visit the Monk's debating activity which happens from 3 pm to 5:30pm normally from Monday to Saturday. If Day03 is on Sunday, we could visit Sera Monastery on Day 2.
Day03 (B) Highlight walking sightseeing tour in downtown of Lhasa: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Bazaar
Today what we will visit in Lhasa is the vital Potala Palace and the Jokhang Temple with the vicinities. Potala palace is Lhasa's most important landmark and it is 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. Serving as the winter palace for the Dalai Lama for several centuries, Potala Palace contains hundreds of murals, painted scrolls, sculptures, historical and religious documents, and other rare objects. Today 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.
Accommodation: same as above
Day04 (B) Lhasa-Tedrum Nunnery-Drigung Thil Monastery-Tedrum Hot Spring-Lhasa, today we will leave Lhasa around 7 am and get to Tedrum around 11 am, meet local villagers and enjoy the hot spring in the afternoon after our visit to the monastery and nunnery nearby, back to Lhasa around 9 pm
Day05 (B) Lhasa-Lake Namtso-Lhasa (highlight day trip 500 km landscape trip)
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 Gesar Hotel or similar if late booking
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.
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 or similar good 3 star hotel
Day09 (B) Shigatse city-Gyantse-Karola Glacier-Lake Yamdrok-Lhasa (350 km, 7-8 hrs.)
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
Day10 (B) Lhasa & Return Home—MU2336 3:15 pm-9:15pm
enjoy the free time in the morning! You can walk around the ancient Barkhor Streets; do some necessary easy shopping for your family and/or friends and/or love before being transported to the airport or station.—one time airport transfer is included.