Tour Code:HHST 004
Duration: 9 Nights/ 10 Days
Best Season: All year round
Entry/ Exit Point: Lhasa
Day 01 (Tue): Arrival Lhasa and acclimatization: Drive to the airport for the flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa. This one hour trans Himalayan flight will give you an opportunity to have an aerial view of Mt. Everest and other Himalayan Peaks. Upon arrival in Lhasa you will be transferred to the hotel. This day would be kept for your acclimatization. It is advisable to drink plenty of water and have a good sleep for next day’s program.
Day 02 (Wed): Lhasa sightseeing: Visit Potala Palace and Jokang Monastery today, then walk on the Barkhor Street surrounding Jokhang, a big free market with its prolific stalls for selling local specialties.
Day 03 (Thu): Lhasa Sightseeing: Visit Drepung Monastery for the whole morning, later after lunch, visit Sera monastery. We can do the Sera Kora walk of about 1 hr and then catch the famous debate session (if the debate session is in process) of the monks before returning back to Lhasa
Day 04 (Fri): Drive Lhasa to Yamdrok Lake & back to Lhasa: Today we drive to Yamdrok Lake for a visit. On the old road between Gyanste and Lhasa, dazzling Yamdrok lake can be seen from the summit of the Kamba-la (4794m). The lake lies several hundred meters below the road, and in clear weather is a fabulous shade of deep turquoise. Far in the distance is the huge massif of Mt. Nojin Kangtsang (7191m)
Day 05 (Sat): Drive Lhasa to Gyantse, 300km: Drive to Gyantse, the famous historical city in Tibet, along the Kyichu River. On the Ganba La (4,796 m) have a fantastic view of the holy lake of Yamdrok Yumtso (4441 m). Gyantse, some 200km southwest of Lhasa, is one of the least Chinese-influenced towns in Tibet and is worth a visit for this reason alone. Gyantse is famous for its wool carpets and Palkhor choide chorten. Visit Palkhor Monastery and Kumbum Stupa.
Day 06 (Sun): Drive Gyantse to Shigatse, 90 km : In the morning, take a short hike to Gyantse Dzong. There are amazing views of Gyantse, the monastery compound at the end of town and the surrounding Nyang-chu valley. Later, drive onward to Shigatse, which is the second largest city in Tibet and also the hometown of Panchen Lama. Shigatse connects with three countries of Nepal, Bhutan and Sikkim in the south, Ngari in the west, Nagqu in the north and Lhasa and Shannan in the east. It occupies an area of 176,000 square kilometers. Visit Tashilumpu Monastery, the main attraction of Shigatse city and its free market.
Day 07 (Mon): Drive Shigatse, 90 km to Lhatse 150 km: In the morning, drive to Shigatse, which is the second largest city in Tibet and also the hometown of Panchen Lama.
Visit Tashilumpu Monastery, the main attraction of Shigatse city and its free market.
Afterwards continue drive to Lhatse, upon arrival, visit Xiqin Hot Springs (4010 m), one may enjoy some easy hiking in this area. It is said lots of illness can be cured by taking a bath in the hot spring. It is the perfect place for a relaxed solitary time. Don't forget to wash up your face and hands with the spring water as it contains medicinal values or you may have a dip there (self-paid).
Day 08 (Tue): Drive Lhatse to Old Tingri & back to Shigatse: In the morning drive to Old Tingri, there you could have view the Mt. Everest from a distance, then drive back to Shigatse, visit Sakya Monastery en route. It is recommended to visit Xegar only if you are interested to visit EBC, otherwise there is no sightseeing place in Xegar.
Day 09 (Wed): Drive Shigatse to Lhasa: In the morning, drive back to Lhasa along Yalung Tsangpo River, upon arrival, the free time at your disposal.
Day 10 (Thu): Final Departure: We make final departure to the airport/train station for your onward journey to the next destination / back home
Service Includes: All necessary Tibet entry permits, Chinese group visa, Lhasa Gonggar airport pick-up and transfer, Escorted sightseeing in Lhasa with a Tibetan local English, Speaking tour guide, 3 star standard hotel accommodation in Lhasa, all entrance fees
Services Excludes: All arrangemets in Kathmandu, flight ticket Kathmandu-Lhasa-Kathmandu, Airport tax, medical/ travel insurance, any meals not specified in the itinerary, personal expences, tips to tour guide and driver, unexpected expences in the event of emergency evacuation & prices beyond our control.