Day 1 Lhasa Arrival (B)
Welcome to Tibet! Your local guide will meet you upon your arrival in Gonggar airport and will escort you to Lhasa. On the 2-hour drive way, you'll enjoy the heart-stopping views along the Yarlong Tsangpo River.
After arrival at your hotel, the rest of the day is free for you to explore the local area and acclimatize yourself to this high altitude city at the top of the world.
Day 2 Lhasa (B)
The overwhelming Potala Palace is your first stop. As the symbol of Tibet, it was built in 641 AD and was the winter palace of Dalai Lama who is Tibet’s pope. Impressive Tibetan architecture, huge golden Buddha statues, red-robed lamas and devoted pilgrims all make it a must-visit.
After the Potala Palace tour, you will visit Tibet Museum; it is an important window to introduce the glorious culture of Tibet.
And then you’ll visit the Jokhang Temple, the spiritual center of Tibet. Every day, pilgrims from every corner of Tibet, trek here from long distances to worship. Finally, walk the special circular pilgrimage route as local followers always do at Barkhor Street. You will have chance to get close to appreciate how the artists draw Thangkas at the Thakangka workroom at Barkor.
Day 3 Lhasa (B)
After breakfast, you are driven to visit the Drepung Monastery, once the largest Monastery housing 10,000 monks in its heyday, and then come to Carpet Factory; you can see how the world-famous Tibetan carpets are made.
Your tour ends at Sera Monastery, and the “Buddhism Scriptures Debating” in Sera is very famous. Enjoy the debate!
Day 4 Lhasa/ Yamdrotso lake/Gyangtse/Shigatse (B)
Drive to Shigatse via Gyantse on the Southern Friendship Highway. Crossing over the summit of Kamba La Pass (4794m), you’ll see the tranquil turquoise waters of Lake Yamdrok below. Far in the distance you’ll spot the towering massif Mt. Nojin Kangtsang (7191m), and the staggering Karo-la Glacier (5045m). Overnight at Shigatse. The most important attraction for today is Lake Yamdrok and Kubum Monastery in Gyantse. The Kubum Monastery has a 35m-high chorten (stupa) with its white layers trimmed with decorative stripes and its crown-like golden dome.
Day 5 Shigatse-Rongphu Monastery (B)
Drive westwards the Friendship way to Tingri. There is about 90km bumpy road from Tingri to Rongpuk, road is under construction. From Tingri to E.B.C with the very rough road, pass the wild grassland, cross the rapids river and high mountains. If it is in clear whether, you can have a glimpse of 4 mountains which is 8000m high or more, such as: Mt. Lhotse(8516m), Mt. Everes(8848m), Mt. Qowowuyag(8201m), Mt Mayalu(8463m). Stay overnight at Rongphu Monastery Tent or Guest House.
Day 6 Rongphu Monastery/Evrest Base Camp/ Shigatse
Wake up on this day below the stunning north face of Mt. Everest. After breakfast, drive the remaining 8 km to visit Everest Base Camp. Then, drive back to Shigatse, and be wrapped again in the endless vistas of the Tibetan plateau.
Day 7 Shigatse- Lhasa (B)
On this day, drive back to Lhasa along the Yaluzangbu River. Enjoy the beautiful view of the valley en route. You'll take a slightly different route that morning back to Lhasa. So, sit back and enjoy another full day of breathless mountains under an endless Himalayan sky. You can also see devout Christians prostrating and measuring their pilgrimage route with their flesh and blood on Tibetan Plateau, if you’re lucky.
Day 8 Lhasa Departure (B)
Today will be free for you to be transferred to the airport in time for your flight.