Dates 10 Nov '10 to 19 Nov '10
Flexible? No, not really
Est. Cost 4,500 - 6,500 CNY (CNY China Yuan Renminbi)
Type Travel Partners Wanted
Name Chengdu To Lhasa (Tibet and China) Train In Fly Out
Day 1 Arrive in Lhasa (alt. 3600m)
Welcome to the “Roof of the World.” On your arrival to Tibet, we will meet you at the airport/train station and transfer you to the hotel. Plan on taking it slow the rest of today, so you can adjust to the altitude. Remember to drink plenty of water and get plenty of sleep for the long journey ahead.
Day 2 Tour of Lhasa [B]
This morning you’ll wind your way up through the stunning, awe-inspiring Potala Palace. Built in 637 AD by Songtsen Gampo, it was the former winter residence for the Dalai Lamas and is truly a splendor of Eastern architecture. Next, visit the Johkang Temple, the center of Tibetan Buddhism, also built in the 7th century on the legendary pond of “Wothang.” Later after lunch, witness the famous debate sessions by the monks at Sera Monastery. And finish the day by taking a Kora around the Barkhor. Test your bartering skills with the locals in this push-and-shove economy.
Day 3 Drive to Shigatse via Gyantse [B]
In the morning you’ll start the drive to Shigatse, via Gyantse on the Southern Friendship Highway. Crossing over the summit of Kamba La (4794 m), you’ll see the tranquil turquoise waters of Lake Yamdrok below; one of the three holiest lakes in Tibet. Far in the distance you’ll spot the towering massif Mt. Nojin Kangtsang (7191 m), and the staggering Karo-la Glacier (5045 m). Afterwards, you’ll drive to Shigatse, and overnight there.
Day 4 Tashilunpho Monastery & Drive to Mt. Everest [B]
In the morning, you’ll be driven to Rongphu Monastery, the highest monastery in the world. This evening you’ll have free time to explore the monastery, or go on short hike so you can drink in the intoxicating views of Mt. Everest. Overnight in the Rongphu Monastery Guesthouse.
Day 5 Mt. Everest Base Camp & back to Shigatse [B]
Wake this morning below the stunning north face of Mt. Everest , (8848) the tallest mountain on earth. After breakfast, drive the remaining 8 km to Everest Base Camp, where you’ll have 1-2 hours to explore. In the afternoon, drive back to Shigatse, and be wrapped again in the endless vistas of the Tibetan plateau.
Day 6 Back to Lhasa [B]
This morning you’ll have a chance to visit Tashilunpho Monastery, the home of the Panchen Lama, which is essentially a walled town with cobbled and twisting lanes that revolve around a magnificent monastery. Then you’ll drive back to Lhasa, but don’t worry, you’ll take a slightly different route this morning back to Lhasa. So, sit back and enjoy another full day of breathless mountains under an endless Himalayan sky. Those with shorter tour options will be transported to the airport.
Chengdu To Lhasa (Tibet and China) Train In Fly Out
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