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9 Days Private Tour Lhasa - Yamdrok – Gyantse – Shigatse – Shegar – Rongbuk / Everest - Shegar – Shigatse – Nam Tso / Nianqingtanggula – Tsurpu - Lhasa
At 8,844,43 meters above sea level, Qomolangma (Everest) is the highest peak in the world! This trip takes us to the Rongbuk Monastery, where we can admire the sacred summit of Qomolangma (Everest) from a distance. And this interesting tour will give us more. It will also take us to the important cultural highlights of Tibet Plateau "on the roof of the world." Two Tibetan sacred lakes are on the program - the Yamdrok and Nam Tso. Let's explore the breathtaking landscape and be obsessed with the Tibetans' profound religions and the Tibetan culture's mystery, hidden and unapproachable for thousands of years!
Highlights
Tibet Adventure Tour with Everest and Nam Tso Lake
DAY
1

Arrive in Lhasa

Welcome in Tibet – the roof of the world

Today arrive in Lhasa (3650 m), the capital of Tibet, transfer to hotel. Stay at the hotel for adapting to the high altitude. It is helpful to take things easy for the first few days, and try to drink some water.

Overnight at 3*Yak Hotel
Barkhor Street
Barkhor Street
DAY
2

Lhasa

Potala Palace – landmark of Lhasa, Jokhang and Barkhor Street

In the morning visit Potala, which was originally constructed in 637 by Songtsen Gampo, the first king of the united Tibet, and later expanded and served as the winter residence of the Dalai Lamas as well as the religious-political nexus of traditional Tibet. The crowds of pilgrims, innumerable magnificent murals, Buddhist statues, scriptures and rare treasures altogether create a dense religious and art atmosphere that impresses every visitor. In the afternoon visit Jokhang monastery, the center of the Tibetan Buddhism and the sacred land of Buddhist followers where thousands of pilgrims come for worship everyday. The temple, built in 647, is the earliest wood-and-masonry structure still existing in Tibet. Walk on the Barkhor street surrounding Jokhang, a big free market with its prolific stalls for selling local specialties.

Overnight at 3*Yak Hotel
Breakfast
Potala Palace
Potala Palace
DAY
3

Lhasa

Panoramic view over Potala, Norbulingka, Debate in Sera

In the morning visit Parla Lupu Cave Monastery, located on the slopes of Yaowang Mountain, was built in the 7th century. It is 22m high and from here you can have a wonderful panoramic view over Potala Palace. Afterwards visit Norbulinka, the summer residence of the Dalai Lamas. In the afternoon visit Sera Monastery, which was created in 1419 and has always been an important Buddhist seminary. It is also one of the six master monasteries of the Gelugpa. As rose are planted everywhere in the monastery, it is also called “the court of wild rose”. Today still 200 lamas live in there. You have the opportunity to experience the famous monks' "Buddhism scriptures debates". Public religious debates are part of the education of monks.

Overnight at 3*Yak Hotel
Breakfast
Debate in Sera Monastery
Debate in Sera Monastery
DAY
4

Lhasa - Yamdrok – Gyantse – Shigatse

Karo La Pass and Glacier, holy lake Yamdrok, Palkhor with Pagoda Kumbum

Look forward to a breathtaking mountain world! Today you will drive over several passes to Gyantse (260 km). At the highest point of the trip (Karo La Pass at 5,010 m) is the glacier of Noejin Kangsa (7,223 m) during the drive. On the way to the third largest holy lake of Tibet – Yamdrok, you can take some fantastic photos. Upon arrival in Gyantse you will visit Palkhor Monastery and the impressive pagoda of Kumbum. Then drive to Shigatse, the second largest city of Tibet.

356 km
6 hours 41 minutes
Overnight at 4*Mulunlazong Hotel
Breakfast
Yamdrok Lake
Yamdrok Lake
DAY
5

Shigatse – Shegar – Rongbuk / Everest

Tashilhunpo Monastery, Rongbuk Monastery, Sunset on Qomolangma (Everest)

In the morning visit the Tashilunpo, "Mountain of Happiness". Tashilunpo is also one of the six major temples of the Gelug Sect. Shigatse is the seat of the Pantschen Lama. The monastery houses a giant statue of the Maitreya Buddha, the biggest gilded statue of Maitreya (Buddha of the future) in China. Then drive to Shegar, crossing the passes Yalung La (4.520 m) and Gyathso La (5.220 m). Continue (90 km, 2 hours) to the Rongbuk Monastery (5,154 m), where you can see the steep north side of Qomolangma. On the way at Pang La (5150 m), the view is magnificent: from left to right are Makalu, Lhotse, Everest, Nuptse and Cho Oyu. Rongbuk is the largest monastery in this region and was built at the beginning of the 20th century. You can also admire the spectacular sunset on Everest (Qomolangma) in good weather.

334 km
6 hours 6 minutes
Overnight at simple Rongbuk Guesthouse
Breakfast
Mountain Everest
Mountain Everest
DAY
6

Rongbuk/Everest - Shegar – Shigatse

Sunrise over Qomolangma (Everest)

Today you will wake up early to have a clear view of the unforgettable sunrise over Qomolangma (Everest). Then return via Shegar and Lhatse to Shigatse.

334 km
6 hours 6 minutes
Overnight at 4*Mulunlazong Hotel
Breakfast
Everest (Qomolangma), Himalaya
Everest (Qomolangma), Himalaya
DAY
7

Shigatse - Damxung - Nam Tso

Sunset on the Nianqingtanggula mountain, Nam Tso lake

Drive north via Damxung and Lhachen La to Nam Tso Lake. In the far Changthang plain the nomads live. Walk on the Tashi Peninsula and complete a circle around the sacred mountain whose cliffs have been eroded in recent centuries. On the street covered with many mani walls. You have the opportunity to visit the local nomads in the yak hair woven tents. In good weather, admire the magnificent sunset on Nianqingtanggula Mountain and Nam Tso Lake.

388 km
7 hours 14 minutes
Overnight in a simple guesthouse
Breakfast
Nam Tso Lake
Nam Tso Lake
DAY
8

Nam Tso Lake - Tsurpu - Lhasa

Sunrise over the Nam Tso Lake, Tsurpu Monastery

Today, you will wake up early to experience the unforgettable sunrise over the Nam Tso Lake and Nianqingtanggula Mountain on a clear day. Return via Lhachen La and Damxung to Lhasa. On the way detour to Tsurpu Monastery (4300 m), 60 km northwest of Lhasa on the upper reaches of the river Tsurpu. Tsurpu Monastery is the main monastery of the Karma Kagyu sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Tsurpu was established in 1189 by Duesum Khyenpa, a pupil of Gampopa and the first Karmapa. He introduced the principle of reincarnation into Tibet. He told his disciples that he would reincarnate and pointed out the location of the second Karmapas reborn. In contrast to Yellow Caps (Gelug) the Karmapa Kagye are regarded as the Black Hat. Visit the Tsurpu Monastery, if time is available, hike on the pilgrim's way around the monastery (about 1 hour).

274 km
5 hours 34 minutes
Overnight at the 3*Yak Hotel
Breakfast
Nam Tso Lake
Nam Tso Lake
DAY
9

Leave Tibet

Travel to next destination

Today transfer to airport or railway station, leave Tibet.
Breakfast
Barkhor Street
Barkhor Street
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Hotel, program and itinerary are subjected to change with prior notice.
We must point out that you counter a basic tourism infrastructure in this region. You stay overnight mostly at simple hotel/guesthouse. Long journeys on bad roads and on high altitude and delays require good physical fitness, resilience and flexibility of the participants. Program and route changes due to unforeseen events are expressly reserved. If you desire the unknown and have an understanding of contingency, this is the right trip for you.
More Impressions
Barkhor Street | Photo by Liu Bin
Barkhor Street | Photo by Liu Bin
Jokhang Monastery | Photo by Liu Bin
Potala Palace | Photo by Liu Bin
Norbulinka | Photo by Liu Bin
Karola Glacier | Photo by Liu Bin
Palkhor Monastery | Photo by Liu Bin
Palkhor Monastery | Photo by Liu Bin
Everest | Photo by Liu Bin
Tashi Monastery by Nam Tso | Photo by Liu Bin
Nam Tso and Nianqingtanggula Mountain | Photo by Liu Bin
Nam Tso | Photo by Liu Bin
Nam Tso | Photo by Liu Bin
Nam Tso | Photo by Liu Bin
Nam Tso | Photo by Liu Bin
Nam Tso | Photo by Liu Bin