This trekking adventure of Mt.Everest(8844m) or Jomolangma, is highest peak in the world, also most challenging adventures on the Tibet plateau.
You will be greeted by our representatives at your arrival and in the first couple of days, along with acclimatization to the high altitude and alleviating jet-lag, you will slowly visit to the supernatural Potala Palace, mystical Jokhang temple, sprawling Drepung and spiritual Sera monastery around the holy city Lhasa.
Then it extend its way to the west, passing by the breathtaking views of marvelous Yamdrok lake and blooming Nyenchen Khangsar glacier, distinctive Tsang (western Tibet) cultural heartland Gyantse and Shigatse. The trekking start from Old Tingri where it offers a perspective of Mt. Everest and Mt.Cho Oyu in the south, the trail within the hilly Rachu valley across the Lamar la pass(5250m) to the Everest base camp offers superb panorama of the young Himalayans and lonely nomads family tents and villages within the moonscape valley are distinguished feature of the trip, the pictorial scenery of mighty Everest peak will be achieved after several days of challenge with the high altitude, overnight at the foot of Everest will offer the golden face of the peak under the morning sunshine.
Upon your arrival, your local tour guide will pick you up at the airport or railway station and escort you to your hotel in Lhasa. The rest of the day for you is to take a good rest so as to adapt yourself to the high altitude of Lhasa.
Stay overnight in Lhasa.
In the morning, a preferable choice is to visit the famous Potala Palace and explore the grandest of this myriad chapels, and you will experience its audience halls, and appreciate the jeweled and Golden burial chortens (stupa Tombs) of past Dalai Lamas, and tremendous number of Buddhist frescoes, Thangkas, combinations of mandala, etc. Tibet Museum is an important window to introduce the glorious culture of Tibet. As Tibet Museum is free in Lhasa, it is highly recommended to visitors. In the afternoon, tourists can pay a visit to the holiest temple in Tibet, i.e. the Johkang Temple built during Songtsen Gonpo’s reign by princess Wencheng of Tang Dynasty, 647 A.D, and Barkor Kora, an equally important street surrounding the Johkang Temple.
(Notice: the sequence of sightseeing might be changed for the reservation of Potala Palace).
Stay overnight in Lhasa
Today, you will visit two important monasteries in Lhasa, the Drepung and the Sera. Drepung monastery is situated at the foot of a mountain and was founded by Jamyang Choeje in 1416. It used to be the home to 10000 monks and Ganden podrang in Drepung was renowned for its role as the centre of government during the fifth dalai lama and later relocated to the famous potala palace during the fifth dalai lama. Having finished the lunch, tourists would continue to visit the Sera Monastery, which was founded in 1419 by Tsongkapa’s disciple Jamchen Choeje. The highlights of Sera Monastery is its Buddhist Scriptures debating held in the courtyard mostly around 4:00 – 5:00 in the afternoon.
Stay overnight in Lhasa
By using the Friendship Highway , we will make our way to Gyantse, and reach Kambala pass which is at an altitude of 4794m high. Overlooking deep turquoise Yamdro-tso Lake from the top of the pass Kangpa-la which is 4700m above the sea level, you can see the fabulous shade of Yamdro-tso Lake that resembles a coiling scorpion with deep blue in colour. Then we will head for Gyangtse, and visit the famous stupa – Gyangtse Kumpum, one of the most stunning architectural wonders in Tibet.
Stay overnight in Gyantse
We will have a early start in the morning and drive to Shigatse that is 90km from Gyangtse and visit Tashilunpo Monastery and the spectacular tombs of Panchen Lamas in Shigatse. Then we drive along Friendship Highway to Old Tingri via Lhatse and Shegar. Your guide will do preparations for the trek, while you may have a good view of Cho Oyu.
Stay overnight in local guest house or dorm bed
Our trekking begins from Old Tingri all the way to the Tingri plain. The Trekking route will pass part of the Ra-chu Valley, we will see the beautiful valley scenery with extensive meadows and packs of sheep and goats. The rest of the day we can visit a small gompa in Chholun. This bleak region is home only to herders and barley harvesters.
Stay in campsite in Lunthang
The challenging trekking really starts today as we go up into the mountains. Much uphill walking will be done as we climb towards the top of Lamna La. And we would camp above the top of this pass.
Camping at Lamna la pass
In the morning we descend steeply into lush vegetation. The trek will allow us to meet the indigenous yak herders and their families. Our camp will be pitched in the small village of Zommug. Trekkers are about to view the amazing sunset in this barren town.
On our last day of trekking we will wind our way to the final destination,i.e. Rongbuk and Everest Base Camp. Along the way we can also visit the Dza Rongbuk monastery and gompas. They are remains of historical sites, yet with no comparison to our night camping at Everest Base Camp.
We will have a short ride from Rongpuk to Lhatse, then follow the Friendship Highway back to Sakya. You may relax by enjoying the Xiqian hot spring near Lhatse.
Stay at Sakya Hotel
The last itinerary for this trip is to visit the famous Sakya Monastery. The Sakya tradition inside Sakya Monastery is one of the four main Buddhist schools in Tibet. It was from here that the whole of Tibet was governed during the period of Sakya hegemony and even now there are buildings of historic importance to be seen here. (The largest book in the world is in Sakya’s great library, written with gold)
Say in the hotel in Lhasa.
Our guide will accompany tourists to the airport or railway station to see you off. With that wraps up the entire tour.