Shanghai Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Mt. Everest Tour
- 10 Days
- Tour Type:
- Private Tour
The Shanghai Lhasa Tour will take you to explore the beauty of nature, the profound history of China and the man-made wonders. You are able to visit Suzhou, a famous place in Ming and Qing dynasties. In Suzhou, you can not only appreciate the beautiful gardens but also enjoy culture and natural beauty of Tongli Water Town. Tongli, in ancient times, was a favorite place for poets, painters, Confucian scholars and government officials. You may have a chance to know the beautiful and sad stories about things that once happened in fluid Tongli. After two days sightseeing in Shanghai, you will take a flight from Shanghai to Lhasa. When arriving at Lhasa, you are going to visit The Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple in Lhasa. And you can do some shopping on Barkhor Street. In addition, you can pay a visit to the monasteries such as Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery, Tashilhunpo Monastery, in both Shigatse and Lhasa. It is also a good chance to enjoy the beautiful scenery of Nature in Yamdroktso Lake and Karola Glacier. Finally, you will view the highest mountain in the world - Everest.
|Day||Route||Attractions & Activities|
|1||Arrive in Shanghai||Transfer to Hotel|
|2||Visiting Suzhou and Tongli Water Town||Tongli Water Town, Humble Administrator Garden|
|3||Taking a Flight to Lhasa (3680m)||Transfer to Hotel|
|4||Lhasa sightseeing||Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street|
|5||Lhasa sightseeing||Drak Yerpa, Sera monastery|
|6||Lhasa- Gyantse(4040m)- Shigatse(3840m), 360km, approx 6hrs||Yamdroktso Lake, Karola Glacier, Pelkor Chöde Monastery with Gyantse Kumbum, Far view of Gyantse Fortress|
|7||Shigatse -Tingri -Rongpuk–EBC(5100m), 350km, aprox. 7hrs||Tashilhunpo Monastery, sunset of golden Everest peak|
|8||EBC-Shigatse , 350km, approx. 7hrs||Sunrise of Everest Peak, Everest Base Camp, Rongbuk Monastery|
|9||Shigatse–Lhasa, 280km, approx 6-7hrs||Yungdrungling Monastery|
|10||Lhasa departure||Send off to airport/railway station|
When you arrive at the airports or railway stations in Shanghai, our clients will drive you to the hotel you have already booked as soon as possible.
Stay overnight in Shanghai.
The next day, you are going to Tongli Water Town in the morning where you can see the Tuisi Garden, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and well-designed bridges. In Tongli Water Town, you can take a gondola ride down the waterways of Tongli which will give you an amazing travel experience. Then, you are going to visit Humble Administrator Garden also known as Zhouzheng Garden which is the most famous garden in Suzhou. Built the Ming dynasty, it is the largest and most renowned classical landscape garden in Suzhou which contains lots of pools, meandering rock paths, little hills, old trees and flowers. Such a beautiful place can make you feel away from the busy world.Taking a rickshaw-ride in Suzhou is regarded as the best activity for tourists, Therefore, you can take a half-hour rickshaw ride in Suzhou.
Stay overnight in Shanghai
Today, we are setting out to Lhasa. Our client will send you to the airport. Then you are taking flight from Shanghai to Lhasa. It will take about 8 hours from Shanghai to Lhasa.
Our staff will greet you at Lhasa Airport to transfer you to hotel. From Lhasa Airport to downtown Lhasa, it usually takes abt 1.5hrs; from Lhasa Railway Station, abt 20mins. After transferred to hotel, the rest of the day you will be free to wander around the city on your own but try not to overtax yourself. The first day's well-rest is crucial to acclimatize the high altitude. Remember to drink lots of water, eat light, and not to shower if you can help it.
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 at the same time and by the same king as 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 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.
There is still one more important thing---the welcome dinner, which will be arranged tonight. We hope all the tourists will enjoy this tour and have an unforgettable memory.
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
In the morning, you are heading to Drak Yerpa, a place may not be that famous but with its advantage. It consists of a monastery and several ancient meditation caves. There are some holes that kind of arrows left in the cliffs are believed to prove that the legendary hero Gesar of Ling had visited this valley.
In the afternoon, tourists will pay a visit to Sera Monastery, which is one of the "great three" Gelug monasteries of Tibet. Monks debate starts around 3 to 5 p.m. It's exciting, even if you don't understand what they are talking about at all. If the debate is not your type, you can also see the three sand Mandalas and colorful Rock Painting of Buddha inside of the monastery. Besides, the sight in the Sera monastery is splendid because you can see roses around. That's why people also call it "the court of wild rose."
Stay overnight in Lhasa
You will go to Shigatse from Lhasa via Gyantse today.
Firstly, you can have a glimpse of Yamdroktso Lake during the way to Gampala pass (4790m). This is the holy lake surrounded by plenty of snow-capped mountains. And special views of Holy Mount Nyenchen Khangsar (7191m) ---the highest mountain near Lhasa, comes out later soon.
You will see the Korala Glacier when we pass it on the roadside. After hanging pray flag at Simila Mountain pass, we will arrive in Gyantse, the third largest city in Tibet after Lhasa and Shigatse. We shall visit Pelkor Monastery with Gyantse Kumbum and then see the Gyantse Fortress from a distance.
It normally takes one and a half hours to drive from Gyantse to Shigatse.
Stay overnight in Shigatse
Before we drive to Lhatse to have lunch, we will visit the famous Tashilunpo Monastery, the home of Panchen Lama.
After passing Tsola Pass (4600m) and Gyatsola Pass (5248m), we will enter the National Nature Reserve of Mt. Everest, from where tourists can enjoy the panorama of Himalaya at Gawula Pass (5198m),
And then we will go directly to Everest Base Camp (5100m). You can see the amazing sunset of golden Everest peak at the lodging area if the weather is good.
Stay overnight at tent camp in summer (May- Oct.)
Stay overnight at Rongbuk monastery guest house in winter (Nov. - Apr.)
The great sunrise of Everest Peak is far out of your imagination. Enjoy the peaceful and wonderful morning you’ve never had. After that, we will go to the Rongbuk Monastery, which is the highest monastery in the world. Then we may trek to EBC from lodging area. You can have a good look at Mt. Everest from EBC and take clear photos of it. In the end, we will start to return to Shigatse.
Stay overnight in Shigatse
We will visit the last attraction of this itinerary today---Yungdrungling Monastery, a typical Buddhist monastery. And then, the driver will take you to your hotel in Lhasa. It costs 6-7 hours because of the speed-limit regulation.
Stay overnight in Lhasa
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