This excursion contents three parts. Firstly, tourists can visit Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet Autonomous Region. People can see the world-famous attractions, like the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street, and so on. Secondly, people are going to see the Everest Base Camp. Except for the gorgeous view of the majestic Mt. Everest, the world highest monastery--- Rongbuk Monastery is also worth seeing. The third part, the last as well, is to go to Sakya County where tourists can visit Sakya Monastery. When you are back to Lhasa, you can visit local Tibetan family.
This is the first day that you enter Tibet. Your guide will greet you at airport or railway station and transfer you to the lovely hotel. It usually takes around 1.5 hours to drive from Lhasa Airport to downtown Lhasa and takes about 20mins from Lhasa Railway Station. Tourists could have a look at Yarlung Tsangpo River, the largest and longest river in Tibet on their way to the hotel. After check in, you can have a good rest first. And if you feel like to go out, you can wonder around the city. But just remember that don't take too much stuff, try to go with a light pack. Meanwhile, drink some more water. It’s really useful to get acclimatized to the high altitude.
Stay overnight in Lhasa
After rest one night, today you will recover sufficiently to launch your Lhasa city tour, with a close contact with Lhasa, the political, economic, cultural, communication and tourism center of Tibet with a history over 1300 years.
At first, you will go to the Potala Palace, which is the symbolic place of Lhasa and also the winter palace of the Dalai Lama. It was built by the 33rd. great king of Tibet in the 7th. century. The gilded burial stupas of former Dalai Lamas and meditation Cave of the 33rd great king of Tibet are the most worth seeing in Potala Palace.
After lunch, you are going to Jokhang Temple, which was founded in the same time and by the same king with Potala Palace. From outside, you can see many pilgrims making prostrating in front of the temple. From inside, you can see the statue of Buddha Sakyamuni at his age of 12.
Barkhor street is the next destination that women love a lot. Because it’s a famous busy walking street where they can go shopping. There are many distinctive shops that sell different Tibetan stuff, like handicraft, Thangka, and so on. Except for shopping, tourists can also join the Kora with pilgrims and locals, to explore Tibetan religious culture more deeply.
You can go to visit the Tibetan handicraft art or Tibetan Traditional Medicine center if time is enough. You can also watch the Tibetan Culture Show in the evening for USD60 per person at your own expense.
Stay overnight in Lhasa
Today you will leave Lhasa and head to Lhatse via Shigatse. After breakfast, there will be a long time driving along the road due to the strict speed limited regulation. You can take some photos on the road.
When you arrive at Shigatse, you will visit the famous Tashilunpo Monastery, the home of Panchen Lama. It's the largest monastery in Shigatse and one of the four Gelug monasteries in Tibet. Then you will go to Lhatse county.
Stay overnight in Lhatse
After one night rest, you are going to the world-known Everest Base Camp today. You will pass old Tingri first. Then you will arrive at Rongbuk Monastery (5154m), which is the highest monastery in the world. You can get a great view of Mt. Everest from there. And if the weather is good, the amazing sunset of golden Everest peak will get you intoxicated.
Stay overnight in Nomad Tent, (Dorm Bed) or Rongbuk guesthouse
Then you may trek or take the eco-bus to EBC from the tent camp, it remains only 4km. You can have a good look at Mt. Everest from EBC and take clear photos of it. The great sunrise of Everest Peak is far out of your imagination. Please get up early to enjoy the peaceful and wonderful morning you’ve never had.
After that, you will go back to Shigatse via Sakya County.There are many different Tibetan Buddhism monasteries in Sakya County, the most famous one is Sakya Monastery, the main monastery of Sakyapa. It was built in Tubo Dynasty, the wall is colorful with red, white and cyan paint. That’s why Sakyapa is also called Colorful Buddhism.
After 3 hours driving, you will arrive at Shigatse and spend one night there.
Stay overnight in Shigatse
We will start to go back to Lhasa today. It takes 6-7hours to get to Lhasa from Shigatse with the speed limited regulation. But the view is good along the road, so, get your camera ready. And it's better to prepare some snacks to bring along.
When you arrive Lhasa in the late afternoon, you can visit local Tibetan families to have dinner with them, to enjoy the happy time with these hospitable people. It can really help you to taste the authentic Tibetan lifestyle.
Stay overnight in Lhasa
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