Pay a visit to the Potala Palace, winter palace of Dalai Lama, enter the Johkang temple representing the spiritual center for the Buddhists in Tibet, and get a hold of the Namtso Lake looking like a pool of liquid silver when the sun is reflecting on the water.
This 7-days trip through Tibet will allow you to experience a visit to the Everest Base Camp creating life-time memories as it is one of the places you should have visited. Travel overland following the Sino-Nepal highway, driving along the old cities of Lhasa, Gyantse and Shigatse which you will get to visit. This is the perfect trip to get a complete impression of Tibet’s religion, cultural treasures and dreamlike landscape.
Day 1: Arrival Lhasa
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 or feel free to go to Potala Square, enjoy the fountain with different colors and get amazing photos of the Potala and around.
Day 2: Lhasa
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.
Day 3: Lhasa
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.
Day 4: Lhasa to Shigatse
In the morning, you will drive from Lhasa to Shigatse . Along the way you will drive over the Gampala pass (4790m) and you will be able to get a glimpse of the Tamdrok-tso (4400m). The Lake is surrounded by many snow-capped mountains leaving you with a spectacular view of the Holy Mount Nyenchen Khangsar (7191m) which is the highest mountain near Lhasa.
There will be a stop in Gyantse to visit the famous Pelkor Monastery and Gyantse Kumbum. Gyantse was historically Tibet's third largest city (after Lhasa and Shigatse).
After one and a half driving, you will arrive in Shigatse, which is the second largest city in Tibet. In Shigatse, you will visit Tashilunpo Monastery, the seat of Tibet's second highest incarnation, the Panchen Lama. You will stay in Shigatse for the night.
Day 5: Shigatse to Everest via Tingri
Today, you will start with a drive back to Lathse where you can enjoy your lunch. Then, head onwards to Shegar where you will most likely be able to have a view of the Mount Everest in the distance, if the weather is clear enough. Along the way, you will pass one of the highest passes in Tibet, Pang La Pass (5050m) and a stunning view of all the five highest peaks in the world are presented to you at this point. After a 4 to 6 hour drive, you will arrive at Rongbuk monastery where you will stay at a dorm or big tent nearby.
Day 6: Everest to Kyilong Town
If the weather is good, you will be able to see the sunrise on the top of Mount Everest in the morning after which you will pay a visit to the Everest Base Camp. Continue with a drive to the Tongla pass to see the panoramic view of the Himalaya mountain range. After that, we can drive from EBC to Kyirong border. On the way, tourists can enjoy breathtakign vista of Mt. Shishapangma and the Pekutso Lake. After passing the Ghungtang Lhamo(5236M), we will arrive in Kyirong in late afternoon.
Day 7: Departure Kathmandu
In the morning, you will drive to the new tourist border, Kyilong, where your tour guide will assist you in crossing the border. Then Nepalese driver will pick you up at the border and drive to Kathmandu city, end the services in Kathmandu city.