Day 01Kathamndu to Lhasa (3650m)
Fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa on a trans Himalayan flight enjoying superb views of Himalayan peaks including Everest, Cho Oyu, Shisha Pangma, Lhotse, Nuptse etc. The air time is 1.30 hrs followed by a 1hr drive to Lhasa city from the airport. Check in at hotel and relax.
Day 02Sightseeing in Lhasa
This is a day allocated for full day sightseeing of Lhasa. You will begin with a tour of the impressive 1000-room Potala Palace perched on red hills. The palace was constructed by Tibetan king SongstenGampo in the seventh century and consists of ancient Buddhist scriptures, murals, monk chambers, statues of Buddha and so forth. From there you will go over to 15th century Drepung Monastery, the largest monaster of Gelug sect. The monastery has four colleges for Buddhist studies with a capacity to accommodate 10000 monks at one time. Likewise you will also see Sera Monastery located on the hill of roses. Do participate or just observe how monks debate with each other. Overnight in hotel.
Day 03Sightseeing in Lhasa
This is the second day in Lhasa as the sightseeing continues. Today you will visit 7th centuryJokhang Temple and thesurrounding Barkhor Street, Norbulinka palace, and Ganden monastery. Overnight in hotel.
Day 04Drive from Lhasa to Shigatse via Gyantse
After morning breakfast we will leave Lhasa and drive towards Shigatse passing through Gyantse along the way. This section of the journey is one of the most amazing thing you will ever experience.
The first sighting you will have is of KumbumYamdrotso Lake (4441m) seen from the Kamba La at an altitude of 4700m. The lake is a blue turquoise in colour and lies just near the road. You will also be able to see Mt. NojinKangtsang(7191m) along with other snowy mountains. Also within the beautiful Karola Glacier.
As you leave Gyantse behind and advance near to Shigatse, you will come upon the ancient PelkorChöde Monastery and GyantseKumbumchorten perched on Dzong Hill. You will stop over to observe the many treasures that the two showcases including statues of Buddha and Thangka painting. The 108 chapels of GyantseKumbum spread in its impressive four floors will be an added attraction. Overnight in hotel.
Day 05Drive from Shigatse to Tingri and then to Rongbuk Monastery
Today you will cover a total distance of 350m from Shigatse to Rongbuk Monastery, taking about 9-10 hrs. You will be carrying pack lunch to be eaten along the way. Much of the journey is through high mountain terrain with great views of Himalayan peaks.
Upon reaching Rongbukmonastery you will be greeted with splendid views of Mt Everest. Specially the falling sunset on Everest is something you wouldn’t want to miss. From here it is just a few kilometers to Everest Base Camp. We will pitch our tent near Rongbuk Monastery Overnight in tented camp.
Day 06Explore Everest Base Camp and drive back to Shigatse
Early morning without eating any breakfast, we drive towards north Everest Base Camp.It takes about 1 hr to reach a point called Everest Tent Camp which is the last point you can approach. From here you can capture dominating view of north face of Qomolangma. You are surrounded by Rongbuk glaciers and mountains all around. After exploring and spending one of the most exhilarating moment of your life, you will drive back same route to Shigatse. Overnight in hotel.
Day 07Drive from Shigatse to Lhasa
You will start driving back to Lhasa in the morning. Along the way you will have plenty of time to visitTashilumpa Monastery which belongs to Gelgugpa sect. The monastery houses Kelsang Temple andMaitreyaChapel among others. Overnight in hotel.
Day 08Fly from Lhasa to Kathmandu
Morning transfer to Gongar Airport to catch a flight back to Kathmandu.