This morning, visit Potala Palace. It is more than 3,700 meters above sea level and it is the highest palace in the world! At the top the palace called golden roofs, you can have a bird-eye view of the whole of Lhasa. In the distance there are undulating mountain ranges, the beautiful Lhasa River, tracts of fields, tree-shaded villages and the glistening Jokhang Temple.
Afternoon, visit Jokhang Temple, it is the first built during the period of Sontsan Gambo in the 7th century, features Buddhist prayer wheels, reclining deer, golden sutra streamers. You'll find that many Pilgrims pray before the monastery.
The circuit around it called Barkhor Street, a famous local handmade crafts market, which is a good place to purchase souvenirs.
Drepung Monastery was built in 1416 and is the largest monastery of the Gelug Sect. It covers an area of 250,000 square meters.
Drak Yerpa is a place that has deep meanings in the Tibetan spiritual culture. There is a saying goes like this: "Lhasa is the shrine of Tibet, Drak Yerpa is the shrine of Lhasa. Not seeing Drak Yerpa in Lhasa is just like making a dress without the collar." The entrance to the Yerpa Valley is about 16 km northeast of Lhasa on the northern bank of the Kyichu River. From there, it is another 10 km to the famous ancient meditation caves.
Ganden Monastery is one of the 'great three' Gelukpa university monasteries of Tibet, located at the top of Wangbur Mountain, Tagtse County, 36 kilometers ENE from the Potala Palace in Lhasa, at an altitude of 4,300m.
In the afternoon, go to Sara Temple. Sera Monastery is located in the northern suburb of Lhasa City. The monastery was named Sera which means wild rose in the Tibetan language, because the hill behind it was covered with wild roses in bloom when the monastery was built. From of Mon ~ Fri, every afternoon, you ll be able to see monks debating at Sera Monastery.
Mt Nojin Kangsang stands tall with an elevation of 7,191 m (23,592 ft) between Gyantze County and Nagarzê County, with several snow-capped mountains over 6,000 m (19,685 ft) surrounding it. Mount Nojin Kangsang is the most accessible glacier site on the Tibetan Plateau. The famous Kharola Glacier (elevation 5,560 m or 18,241 ft) is below the south ridge of Nojin Kangsang.
Then drive to Gyantse, visit Palkhor Monastery. Palkhor Monastery lies about 230 kilometers south of Lhasa and 100 kilometers east of the Shigatse Prefecture, at the foot of Dzong Hill. It is well-known for its Kumbum, which has 108 chapels in its four floors. The multi-storied Kumbum Stupa was crowned with a golden dome and umbrella, surrounded with more chapels filled with unique religious statues and murals.
Late afternoon drive to Shigatse.
Drive to Rongbuk Monastery in the afternoon. It’s bumpy road with stone paved from Tingri to Rongbuk Monastery which takes abt 3 hrs’ drive. After your arrival, rest for acclimatization at the guesthouse of Rongbuk monastery, explore around and visit the highest monastery in the world on your own expense or enjoy the stunning sunset if the weather is good.
Overnight in Guesthouse of Rongbuk Monastery or nomad tent in EBC.
Drive back to Zhangmu in the afternoon.
Suggested Tipping: for local guide: $8 to $10 per person (guest) per day, for driver: $4 to $5 per person (guest) per day.
1 Your length of stay in Tibet listed in our itineraries can be adjusted on line; but the extra charge is not included in the original charge.
2 Generally speaking, these excluded lunch and dinner in our itineraries are optional; the price is according to the group size; but may we have your attention on following point: tips to local guide and driver are must remuneration if you prefer to self-catering.
3 We offer hotel upgrade service but extra charge to the hotel is at your own.
4 Nepal Visa: After you cross the "Sino-Nepal Friendship Bridge" and enter Nepal, you need clear customs at the Nepal Immigration office. You can apply your Nepal Visa on arrival, usually costs USD 25/person for single entry, which is valid for 15 days. Remember to prepare one passport photo.
1 Free pick up at 15:00 and drop-off at 12:00.
2 Local English-speaking tour guide, private car and driver service. (walking tour on Day2)
3 All necessary Tibet permits based on the listed itinerary (TTB + PSB).
4 All personal entrance tickets(also including the sightseeing bus up to Everest Base Camp from Rongbuk).
5 Hotel accommodation available in Lhasa, Shigatse, Zhangmu and Tinggri as listed in the itinerary. Dorm bed at Rongbuk guesthouse, or nomad tent at Everest Base Camp.
1 Transportation Fee from/to Tibet.
2 Meals (Lunch and Dinner; Breakfast at Everest Base Camp).
3 Tips to guide and driver (suggestion: normally RMB30-40/per day for guide and driver).
4 Personal expenses such as laundry, drinks, internet access, fax, telephone calls etc.
5 Optional attractions that are not specified in the itinerary.
6 Individual Airport pick-up or drop off at your request.
7 Services not mentioned in the itinerary.
8 Nepal visa and transportation fee from Zhangmu to Kathmandu.
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