8-Day Tibet Tour

Day 1 Arrival Lhasa

You will be greeted with a Hada, which is a long silk or gauze scarf that shows respect and congratulations in Tibetan culture.

Then you will pass the Yarlung Tsangpo River, the longest river in Tibet, or Brahmaputra River, the largest river in Tibet. Eventually, you will be dropped off at the hotel and have a good rest to adjust your physical body to the high altitude.

Day 2 Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery

First, you will visit Drepung Monastery which was built in 1416 AD. It is the largest temple in Tibetan Buddhism with more than 10,000 monks. Then you will visit the famous Loseling College to get a closer look at the daily life of Tibetan monks.

In the afternoon, you will go to Sera Monastery, together with Drepung Temple and Gandan Temple, it is the latest of the three major temples in Lhasa, which was constructed during 1419 and 1434 AD. However, thousands of Buddhist statues and a large number of original colorful murals are preserved. Here, you will have a chance to witness the famous Tibetan Monks Debate (15:00-17:00 Mon.-Sat.).

Day 3 Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor street

You will visit Potala Palace which is an UNESCO site with a history of more than 1,300 years. The murals, wood carvings and metal smelting technology used in the construction process of the Potala Palace are famous in the world. Then you will come to Longwangtan Park. When the pool is clear and calm, with the ancient weeping willow by the lake, it is gorgeous to shoot the reflection of the Potala Palace, which attracts many photographers. 

In the afternoon, you will go to Jokhang Temple with a history of more than 1,300 years. The temple’s architectural style is a mixture of Indian, Tang Dynasty in mainland China, Tibetan and Nepalese design. You can do a Kora ( a religious circle of a building or mountain) with locals and pilgrims or stroll along Barkhor Street which is an old and bustling domestic market. 

Lastly, you will pay a visit to the Tibetan tea house to sip traditional Tibetan tea and learn more about the Tibetan daily lifestyle. Tibetan tea includes butter tea, sweet tea, milk tea, oil tea soup, etc.

Day 4 Lhasa to Shigatse via Gyantse

Today is a long drive. You will drive over the Gampala Pass which is (4790m/ 16,306ft ) and view the Yamdrok Lake which is surrounded by snow-capped mountains. You will also see the Holy Mount Nyenchen Khangsar (7191m/ 23,593 ft) in the distance. During lunch, you will pay a visit to a Tibetan family in the village and have lunch with locals.

In the afternoon, you will pass Korola Glacier, which is the largest glacier in Tibet. Next, you will stop at Simila Mountain Pass to hang prayer flags to learn and pray for peace and health.

You will overstay in Shigatse, the second-largest city in Tibet.

Day 5 Shigatse (3850m/ 12,631ft ) to Everest Base Camp (5200m/ 17,060ft)

You will go to Mount Everest today and stop at three different places to view Mount Everest 5 times. Firstly, you will pass Gyatsola Pass (5280m/ 17,323ft) to have a great view of Mount Everest. Then you will Mount Everest National Nature Reserve and enjoy the gorgeous landscape of the five highest peaks in the Himalayas at Gawula Pass (5198m/ 17,084ft). Lastly, when you arrive in Everest Base Camp (5200m/ 17,060ft), you will see the white pyramid peak of Mount Everest. During dusk, you will witness Mount Everest under the golden sunlight. At night, you will see Mount Everest with the sparkling Milky Way.

Day 6 Everest Base Camp to Sakya via Dinggye and return to Shigatse

In the morning, you will go to Rongbuk Monastery, the world’s highest monastery which is 5,800m (19,029ft) above the sea level. Then we will return to Shigatse via Dinggye. You will stop at the Dinggye Xilin Viewpoint to have a view of the eastern slope of Mount Everest and Mount Lhotse, which is 8,516m (27,940ft) the world’s fourth-highest peak.

Then you will stop at the ancient town of Sakya to stoll around Saga Ancient Town.

When you arrive in Shigatse, you will enjoy the Tibetan song and dance performances.

Day 7 Shigatse to Lhasa via Nyemo

In the morning, you will visit Tashilhunpo Monastery which is the largest temple in Shigatse and was built in 1447.

Tashilhunpo Monastery and the “three major temples” of Lhasa, Kattan Temple, Sera Temple, Drepung Monastery, collectively known as the “four major temples” of Tibetan Buddhism Gelug school.

Then we will drive along the Yarlung Tsangpo River, the mother river of the Tibetan.

When you arrive in Lhasa, you will have some free time.

Day 8 Departure Day

You will depart from Lhasa.