9 Days Zhangmu to Lhasa Overland Tour via EBC
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Day 1 Kathmandu - Tibet border - Zhangmu
Upon arrival at the Tibet border with Kathmandu, our guide from Lhasa willmeet you and pick you up at the Chinese side of Friendship bridge. You'll drive to Zhangmu and check into your hotel. Today is free at your own to prepare for the lifetime overland trip.
Day 2 Zhangmu - Old Tingri ( B )
Today weâ€™ll drive to Old Tingri and stay there overnight. It takes about 4-5 hours. Have a good rest and prepare for your Mt. Everest trip. Stay overnight in Old Tingri. After you arrive at your hotel, the rest of the day is free for you to explore the local area and become acclimatize to the altitude.
Day 3 Old Tingri - Mt. Everest Base Camp - Tingri( B )
After several hours on the road you will finally arrive at, Rongbuk Monastery, which is located at the foot of Mount Everest and has earned the title of the world's highest monastery standing at 4,980 meters high. Take a shuttle bus or hike to Mt. Everest Base Camp (about 5,200m). You can appreciate the spectacular Himalayan and the highest mountain in the world. Then driver to Tingri for overnight.
Day 4 Tingri - Shigatse ( B )
Today youâ€™ll drive to Shigatse and stay there overnight. En route visit Sakya monastery. In the 13th century, the monastic town of Sakya emerged as an important center of Buddhist scholarship. With Mongolian military support, the Sakya lamas became rulers of all Tibet. Sakya Monastery, built in 1268, is a massive fortresslike compound with high defensive walls in the southern section of the monastery. There are a lot of historical articles in the monastery, among them are: Imperial certificates, gold signets, crowns, and clothes given by the Yuan Dynasty emperors. Sakya monastery has over 84,000 Tibetan volumes of on astronomy, medicine, calligraphy, and history.
Day 5 Shigates - Gyangtse ( B )
Today, drive to Gyantse from Shigatse. Visit Tashilhunpo Monastery, the seat of Panchen Lama and one of the largest functioning monasteries in Tibet. Admire the beautiful frescoes, statues and sculptures. Here you will see a giant statue of Future Buddha, the largest one of its kind on earth, decorated with precious pearls, turquoises, corals and ambers. Stay overnight at Gyantse.
Day 6 Gyangtse - Yamdrok Lake- Lhasa ( B )
After a drive of about 100km, you will get to appreciate the Holy Lake of Yamdrok, one of three most famous holy lakes in Tibet. For Tibetans, it is one of the four holy lakes of Tibet and the home of the â€œwrathful deitiesâ€. The scenery of turquoise blue water in the lake with the reflection of surrounding snow-capped mountains is awesome. Then drive to Lhasa, overnight stay at Lhasa.
Day 7 Lhasa ( B )
Take the challenge of climbing up to Potala Palace (3,650m above sea level) and get a great view of Lhasaâ€™s urban areas. Great photographic opportunities along the way up as you will have a great view of the traditional Tibetan architecture. Hear the story of the Dalai Lamas and see chapels that the Dalai Lamas studied, rested and worked in. Pass former Dalai Lamasâ€™ graves which are decorated with treasure beautiful treasures.
Continue your tour to Jokhang Temple, which is within walking distance from Potala Palace. It is considered the spiritual center of Tibet. You will see many pilgrims worship within or nearby the temple. Enter the first floor of the temple and absorb the religious atmosphere, you will see pilgrims are donating butter oil to keep the lights burning for the Buddha. While learning about more Buddhas and Lamas than you can possibly remember you will gain a feeling for the vast history of Tibetan Buddhism. You might also hear red-robed Lamas praying. Walk up to the roof of the temple, take some pictures of the gold roof and enjoy the beautiful sunshine of Lhasa while observing pilgrims praying in front of the temple.
Finally, join locals in a traditional pilgrimage route by taking a relaxing walk in a large circular path around Jokhang Temple at Barkor Street. The street is filled with pilgrims taking part in religious activities and street venders selling a wide variety of traditional Tibetan goods and religious items. If you like you can also ask your tour guide take you to visit a Thangka workshop to marvel at the fabulous Thangka art work. There are cafes along the street as well. You can relax and enjoy the life in Lhasa in a lazy afternoon.
Day 8 Lhasa ( B )
After breakfast, you are driven to visit the Norbulingka Park, the former summer palace of Dalai Lama. Explore the beautiful gardens and experience one of the most holy sites in Tibetan Buddhism while soaking up the rich history. Next, come to Drepung Monastery, which was once the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery housing 10,000 monks in its heyday. Learn about the lives of Tibetan monks.Your tour ends at Sera Monastery, where you will get the chance to experience â€œBuddhism Scriptures Debatingâ€. These debates are unique to Sera and are quite famous. Enjoy the debates!
Day 9 Lhasa Departure ( B )
Today is free until you are escorted to the airport or train station.