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If you are not used to the high altitude, but still want to cover as much as possible from the wonder called Tibet? Then this is the best itinerary for you as you will visit the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Shigatse Tashi Lhunpho monastery. Stroll down the Barkhor street, witness the Namtso lake also known as the heavenly lake which is one of the four holy lakes of Tibet, and visit the Everest Base Camp to thick that of your bucketlist.
Experience the main tourist sites within Tibet, enjoy the unique natural scenery of Tibet and witness the run rising from the top of Mount Everest.
After arriving in Lhasa, you will be met by a local tour guide who will welcome you at the airport/train station after which he will transfer you to the hotel. Here, you have the chance to acclimatize the high altitude.
Your tour today will begin from UNESCO World Heritage site - Potala Palace, which is also the winter palace of Dalai Lama. It's situated at 12,139 feet above sea level. It's a 13-story high building that contains over 1,000 rooms, various statues, stupas, murals and artefacts.
Then continue onwards to Jokhang Temple, another UNESCO World Heritage site. It’s a spiritual centre for Buddhists in Tibet. Next to the temple there is Bakhor Street, filled with pilgrims and street vendors, selling traditional Tibetan items such as prayer wheels and jewellery. After the tour through Lhasa, you will be taken back to your hotel for your overnight stay.
In the morning, tourists are going to visit Drepung monastery which was one of the “three great” Gelug monasteries of Tibet and was founded in 1416. Ganden palace is used as Dalai Lama’s palace in the Drepung before moving to the Potala palace.
In the afternoon, there will be paid a visit to the Sera Monastery---It was one of the “three great” Gelug monasteries of Tibet and was founded in 1419. The highlight is the Monks debating at around 3 - 5 in the afternoon.
Today, you will leave Lhasa and head out to Gyantse where you will admire the Gampala pass (4790m) on the way and get a glimpse of the Yambrok-tso (4400m), which is surrounded by many snow-capped mountains. Then, continue driving west towards Gyantse where you will visit the famous Pelkor Monastery and Gyantse Kumbum. After a one and a half hour drive, you will arrive in Shigatse; the second largest city in Tibet. Here, you will have your overnight stay.
You will leave Shigatse behind and head on to Lhatse where you can enjoy your lunch. Afterwards, you will drive to Shegar where you will be able to have a stunning view of the Mount Everest on your way back down, if the weather is clear enough. After a 4 to 6 hour drive, you will arrive at the Rongbuk monastery. Along the way there, you will pass Pang La Pass; one of the highest passes in Tibet at 5050m. From that pass onwards, you can enjoy the view of all the five highest peaks in the world until you arrive at the Everest Base Camp where you will have an overnight stay.
In the early morning, you will be able to experience the sunrise appear on the top of Mount Everest where you will have a full view of the magnificent mountain. After this view, you will head back to Shigatse.
Today, you will explore Tashilunpo monastery of Gelug Sect, the seat of the Panchen Lama, built in 1447. This monastery houses a giant statue of the Maitreya Buddha - the biggest gilded statue of Maitreya (Buddha of the future) in the world and a tomb of all the Panchen Lama, containing jewels and gold. In the afternoon, you will drive back to Lhasa, which will take around 6 hours.
It is time to leave Tibet behind and head homewards. You will be transferred to the airport or train station and depart home from there.
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