Programme details:

An 10-day, 9-night programme, giving you a unique insight into Tibet and the culture and history of the Tibetan people.

Day 1 – Welcome to Tibet and Lhasa

We will pick you up from the airport and take you to the hotel to rest and relax. Later in the evening we have arranged a welcome dinner and also a short talk from the guide about the tour and tips.

Overnight Lhasa Hotel.

Day 2 - Sightseeing in Lhasa – Jhokhang and Sera

In the morning we will visit the Jokhang Temple, the spiritual centre of Tibetan Buddhism, which attracts thousands of pilgrims from all over Tibet and around the world. It was built by the great King Songsten Gampo. In the afternoon we visit one of biggest monasteries in Tibet, which belongs to the Gelugpa or yellow sect, Sera monastery, which was built in the year of1419 by “chamchen Chojie” a disciple of Tsongkapa. This monastery is very famous in Tibetan Buddhism Scriptures Debates.

Overnight Lhasa Hotel.

Day 3 - Sightseeing in Lhasa – Potala Palace and Norbulingka

In the morning we will visit Potala palace, which served both as the administrative nd religious centre. in Tibet. It was built in the 7th century by Tibetan king “Songtsen Gampo” and later renovated by the 5th Dalai Lama in the 17th century. You can explore the grandest of its myriad of chapels, its audience halls, the jewelled and Golden burial chortens (sputa Tombs) of past Dalai Lamas and a tremendous number of Buddhist frescoes, Thangkas, combinations of Mandela and figures of the Buddha. In the afternoon we will visit Norbu Lingka the summer palace of Dalai Lamas. Norbu Lingka is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was added as an extension of this historic group in 2001. It was built by the 7th Dalai Lama and served both as an administrative and religious centre. It is a unique representation of Tibetan palace architecture.

Overnight Lhasa Hotel.

Day 4 - Lhasa - Drak Yerpa

Today we will visit one of the four big propitious meditation caves of hermits in Tibet; it is in the Lhari Nyinpo Mountain called Drak Yepa, there are 108 meditation caves. Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo also meditated there. The place has beautiful landscapes, very peaceful, and you can see Tibetan nomads with their herds and black tents. This place has a very powerful spiritual heritage and was visited by Songsten Gampo, Padmasambhava, Yeshe Tsoygel, Padampa Sanggye, Asisha and many reknowned hermits. Today there are many monks and holy lamas that come here for retreat. These monks and Lamas stay for 6 months to several years and during their retreats they eat very simple food and once a week someone will come to deliver groceries. Drak Yerpa is founded during seventh century and has more than 1500 years history. When we back in Lhasa, you will have some free time to wander around in the market and get ready for Everest.

Overnight Lhasa Hotel.

Day 5 - Lhasa to Shigatse

Today, after breakfast, we start the journey and head toward Shigatse, which is the second largest town in Tibet and is about 250 km southwest of Lhasa. It is also the home town of Banchen Lama where his famous monastery Tashi Lunpo is located. In this part of the country, Tibetans especially like to wear jewels, every woman will wear something according to their living standard. Their clothes are very colourful. The route from Lhasa to Shigatse is paved road and you will drive past many villages, each village has its own unique styles of houses and farms. We will visit a village family so you can see how different our houses are from yours and we will have some tea there.

Overnight Shigatse Hotel.

Day 6 – Shigatse to Shekar

After early breakfast we will visit Penchen Lama’s monastery Tashilunpo monastery where you will see many Tibetan pilgrims who have come from far away to get a blessing. We will also pass many small villages where we can stop and look around. We will have our lunch at Lhatse, where people are famous for singing and playing the Tibetan guitar. We will come across people singing songs.

We will overnight at Shekar Hotel.

Day 7 – Shekar to Everest Base Camp

After early breakfast we leave Shekar and head to Mount Everest. While passing through you will see Himalaya range, including several peaks over 8000m, Makalu, Lhotse, Everest and Cho Oyu. The best moments to see Mt. Everest are in the early morning and late evening (sunrise and sunset) when Everest is shining like a goddess in the sunglow. The first sight of the mighty Everest simply leaves you speechless. We will have lunch at Tashi Zom where we can visit some village houses and local people. We will also visit Rongbuk monastery which has both monks and nuns. We will have our dinner at Rongbuk monastery teahouse and the monks and the nuns will come to teahouse so we can meet and talk with them.

Overnight in Rongbuk hotel.

Day 8 - Everest Base Camp to Sakya

We have our breakfast and then say goodbye to the mountaineers and take some more images of Everest and then head to Sakya. We will drive halfway returning on the same way that we came and then for the other half we turn into Sakya County. Sakya means pale earth and this place has a unique grey landscape of Ponpo Ri. In Sakya the main attraction is the Sakya monastery. This place actually has two monasteries, on either side of the Trum chu. Here we have the Chapel of silver chortens, inner Courtyard, Prayer pole, protector’s chapel and many more. It will take about 6 to 7 hours driving.

We will stay for the night near Sakya monastery.

Day 9 - Sakya to Lhasa

After an early breakfast we will visit Sakya monastery and then head back to Lhasa. This monastery is very different from any other monasteries, the designs are completely different. Most of the monasteries have white walls but this monastery’s walls are grey and huge. When we visit the monastery there are few things we must see; the massive sacred pillars of different special trees and the wall of Holy Scriptures, with a huge drum in the left-hand corner.

On the way to Lhasa the scenery is beautiful. We will see the snow capped-mountain Mt. Nyenchen Kangsang in the distance, followed by the turquoise coloured Lake Yamdrok Yumtso and the Karola glacier. We will come across some wild animals and the beauty of the scenery will simply leave you feeling peaceful and will fill you with energy. We have our dinner in Lhasa and then take you to the Hotel.

Overnight Lhasa Hotel.

Day 10 - Departure

We will transfer you to the airport and wish you farewell.

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