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 the 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 of sightseeing in Shanghai, you will take a flight to Lhasa. When arriving in Lhasa, you are going to visit The Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Sera Monastery, etc. And you can do some shopping at Barkhor Street. In addition, you can pay a visit to the monasteries such as Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery, and Tashilhunpo Monastery, in both Lhasa and Shigatse. It is also a good chance to enjoy the beautiful scenery of Nature in Yamdroktso Lake and Karola Glacier. Finally, you will witness 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||Humble Administrator Garden, Tongli Water Town|
|3||Taking a Flight to Lhasa (3650m)||Transfer to Hotel|
|4||Lhasa Sightseeing||Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street|
|5||Lhasa Sightseeing||Drak Yerpa, Sera Monastery|
|6||Lhasa- Gyantse- Shigatse, 360km, Approx. 6hrs||Yamdroktso Lake, Karola Glacier, Pelkor Chöde Monastery|
|7||Shigatse- Tingri- Rongpuk– EBC(5100m), 350km, Approx. 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. 7hrs||Yungdrungling Monastery|
|10||Lhasa departure||Send off to the airport/railway station|
When you arrive at the airport in Shanghai, your tour guide and driver will greet you by holding your name sign at the exit, then drive you to the hotel. The rest of the day is yours to recover from the jet lag.
Stay overnight in Shanghai.
Today, you are going to Tongli Water Town. We will set out from Shanghai to Tongli Town in the early morning, which takes about 1.5hrs. We will visit the Tuisi Garden first. Although the scale of Tuisi Garden is not large, it is extremely exquisite with an elegant main hall, winding corridors, chic gardens, and poetic architecture. Then Take a Wu Peng boat to glide in the river and cross ancient bridges. The ancient town seen in that way will have a different perspective and make the trip easy.
In the afternoon, you are driving 1hr to Suzhou to visit Humble Administrator Garden, also known as Zhuozheng Garden, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built in the Ming dynasty, the Humble Administrator Garden 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. Finally, you will drive back to Shanghai.
Stay overnight in Shanghai
Today, you are setting out to Lhasa. Your driver and tour guide will send you to the airport. Then you are taking a flight from Shanghai to Lhasa. It will take about 7-9 hours from Shanghai to Lhasa including a stopover in Xián.
Our staff will greet you at Lhasa Gonggar Airport to transfer you to the hotel. From Lhasa Airport to downtown Lhasa, it usually takes abt 1.5hrs. After transferring to the hotel, the rest of the day is yours and you can 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.
Stay overnight in Lhasa
After resting one night, today you will recover sufficiently to launch your Lhasa city tour, with close contact with Lhasa, which is the political, economic, cultural, communication and tourism center of Tibet with a history of 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 - Songtsen Gangpo in the 7th century. The gilded burial stupas of former Dalai Lamas and the meditation Cave of the 33rd great king 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 the outside, you can see many pilgrims prostrating in front of the temple. The most precious treasure of this temple is the statue of Buddha Sakyamuni at the 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 and stalls that sell different Tibetan stuff, like handicrafts, 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
In the morning, you are heading to Drak Yerpa, the most famous meditation retreat near Lhasa. It's a monastery embedded in the cliff wall. Drak Yerpa is described as the "life tree" or spiritual axis of Lhasa. The site had strong spiritual power, having been visited by almost all great Tibetan masters. You can feel the power of the meditation caves here.
In the afternoon, you will pay a visit to Sera Monastery, which is one of the "great three" Gelug monasteries of Tibet. Monks debate from 3 pm to 5 pm. If the debate is not your type, you can also enjoy the three sand Mandalas and colorful Rock paintings of Buddha. The sight here is splendid because you can see wild 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 at Gampala pass(4790m), from there you will be amazed by the breathtaking view of the holy Yamdrok Lake with its turquoise color and snow-capped mount Nyenchen Khangsar in the distance.
Then you will see the Korala Glacier when we pass it on the roadside. After that, we will arrive in Gyantse. Here we'll visit Palkhor Chode monastery. This magnificent multi-door structure is the largest stupa in Tibet, not only well known for its architecture but also for its old sculptures and paintings all around its inner walls.
Stay overnight in Shigatse
Before driving to Lhatse to have lunch, you will visit the famous Tashilunpo Monastery, the home of Panchen Lama.
After passing Tsola Pass(4,600m) and Gyatsola Pass(5,248m), you will enter the National Nature Reserve of Mt. Everest, with countless prayer flags flying in the wind. Then you will keep ascending to Gawula Pass(5,198m), where you can enjoy the panorama of the Himalayas.
And then you will go directly to Everest Base Camp(5,100m). You can see the amazing sunset of the Golden Everest Peak at the lodging area if the weather is good.
Stay overnight at a tent camp in summer (May-Oct) or Rongbuk Guesthouse 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
- Tibet Tourism Bureau Permit and all other necessary permits to Tibet;
- All entrance tickets fee for tourist attractions listed in the itinerary;
- Experienced local English-speaking tour guide;
- Travel-licensed vehicle according to group size & season as itinerary needed including gas and parking fee;
- All lodging listed in the itinerary; it’s your decision about the accommodation class: luxury 5-star international hotel, comfortable 4-star hotel, economic 3-star hotel, or guesthouse. Please tell us your preference;
- Breakfasts provided by hotels;
- Pick-up & Drop-off service from Airport/railway station;
- Travel Agency Liability insurance;
- Government tax;
- Express delivery fee of Permit (eg. SF. Express);
- Food & lodgings for guide & driver;
- Oxygen tank for emergency use;
- Sleeping bags;
- Two bottles of mineral water per person per day.
- International flight to and out of China;
- Chinese Visa/China Group Visa; (Note: we could help you by providing the hotel or domestic flight reservation copies for your Chinese Visa or the invitation letter for your China Group Visa)
- Domestic flight/train to and out of Lhasa; (We can help you book the domestic flight/train ticket at the BEST price. Please contact us for details.)
- Meals are not included but we will recommend some good ones for you according to your requirements. Usually, it takes 3-10 USD per person for each meal.
- While the gratuity for guide and driver is NOT mandatory, it is expected. Based on their service, you can tip them on the last day of the tour. Each of you is suggested to tip them 5-10 USD/day in total;
- All the commission and tax charged by PayPal, Bank, and government when making payment. (e.g. PayPal --- 4.4%. Wire transfer --- 2%);
- Personal expenses, like laundry, phone call, snacks, soft drinks, optional tour activities, etc.
- Anything not mentioned in the Inclusions.
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