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Student Excursion Tour: Lhasa-Shigetse-M,T Everest-Nepal Border

 This is the most popular Everest Base Camp tour. At your arrival in Lhasa, you will be greeted by the lovely blue skies and animpressive

glimpse at the gigantic Potala Palace, perched on a red hill. You’ll begin your stay at the holy city of Lhasa visiting its prominent historical and religious sites like the Potala Palace, Jokhang temple, Sera and Drepung Monastery Then you will drive into the terrains of the young Himalayan region, the sprawling holy Yamdrok Lake, the thriving Karo la glaciers, the mystical Gyantse Khubum stupa and the Tashi Lhunpo monastery. The Himalayan terrain is comprised of many different geological formations and a superb panorama of the Himalayan mountain range. You’ll spend a night at the foot of the world, the tallest mountain in the world, Mt. Everest. 

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Duration: 9 Days 8 Nights

Tour Type: Cultural Tour

Difficulty Level: Easy

Group Size: Max 6-12

Total Fair: $980 Per Person

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Tour price for 1-12 people, 00USD per person.

Discounted price of 00USD per person from 

November 1st to April 20th.
– Single room occupancy supplement: 90USD.

Itinerary in short

Day 1: Arrival and pick up at, either, the Gongkar Airport or the Libu train station in Lhasa.

Day 2: Lhasa sightseeing: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Bakhor Street.

Day 3: Lhasa sightseeing: Drepung and Sera monastery.

Day 4: Lhasa to Gyangtse. Stopping at the Yamdrok Lake, Karola and Kumbum monastery.

Day 5:Gyangtse to Shigatse.

Day 6:  Shigatse to Shiger. Stopping at the Sakya monastery.

Day 7: Shiger to Mt. Everest Base Camp.

Day 8: Mt. Everest Base Camp to Kyirong mt,Shisha Bangma.

Day 9:  End of Tour. Kathmandu.

Itinerary in detail

Day 1: You will arrive at Lhasa either by fly or by train. Your Tibetan guide and driver will take you to your hotel in Lhasa city. The distance from the airport to Lhasa is about 70km, approximately 1:30 hrs. drive. The distance from the train station is only 25km, about 30 minutes’ drive. Check-in the hotel and relax the rest of the day to acclimatize your body to the new altitude and alleviate the jet lag. ​ Day 2:In second day we will visit the Potala Palace so, most likely, you will be challenged climbing up the Potala Palace (3,700m above sea level) but you will get a great view of Lhasa’s urban areas. You will hear the story of the Dalai Lamas and see the chapels where the Dalai Lamas studied, rested, and worked. You will also get to see the former Dalai Lamas’ graves, beautifully decorated. Continue your tour to the Jokhang Temple, within walk distance from the Potala Palace. It is considered the spiritual center of Tibet. You will see many pilgrims nearby the temple. Entering the first floor of the temple and absorbing the religious atmosphere, you will see pilgrims donating butter lamp in front of Buddha’s statue. While learning about more Buddhism and Lamas, you will gain a feeling of the vast history of Tibetan Buddhism. You might also listen red-robed Lamas praying. You will 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, we will join in the local traditional pilgrimage route with a relaxing walk in a large circular path around the Jokhang Temple and Bakhor Street. The street is filled with pilgrims taking part in religious activities and street vendors selling a wide variety of traditional Tibetan goods and religious items. If you like you can also ask your tour guide to arrange a visit at a Thangka workshop, and marvel at the fabulous Thangka art work. We’ll take you back to your hotel ​ Day 3:In the morning you will visit Drepung Monastery, which was once the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery housing 10,000 monks. You’ll learn about the lives of Tibetan monks. Your tour will end in the afternoon after we visit the Sera Monastery. There, you will get the chance to experience “Buddhism Scriptures Debating”. These debates are unique to Sera and are quite famous. We’ll take you to your hotel ​ Day 4: After breakfast, we’ll begin our drive, 270km, approximately seven hours, from Lhasa to Gyantse. On the way we’ll stop at the Yamdrok Lake, one of the three largest sacred lakes in Tibet. It is over 72 km (45 mi) long. The pristine turquoise lake is surrounded by many snow-capped mountains and is fed by many small streams. Like mountains, lakes are considered sacred by Tibetan people, the principle being that they are the dwelling places of protective deities and therefore invested with special spiritual powers. The lake is revered as a talisman and is said to be part of the life-spirit of Tibet. After arriving at Gyantse, we also visit to Pelkor Monastery in which you see the fancy frescoes, statues, and sculptures. The Pelkor monastery precinct is a complex of structures which, apart from the Tsuklakhang Monastery, also includes its Kumbum, believed to be the largest such structure in Tibet, famous for its 108 chapels in its several floors and the old Dzong or fort. Overnight stay in Gyantse ​ Day 5:We will continue our tour from Gyantse to Shigatse driving 90 km, about two and half hours. After lunch in Shigatse, we will visit the Tashilhunpo Monastery, the seat of Panchen Lama and one of the largest functioning monasteries in Tibet, as well as the oldest and largest Gelugpa Monastery in Tibet. Here you will see a giant statue of Future Buddha which is the largest in Tibet; the statue is decorated with precious pearls, turquoises, corals, and amber. Overnight stay in Shigatse ​ Day 6:Today we’ll drive, about 350km, approximately seven hours, from Shigatse to Shiger, stopping to visit the Sakya Monastery. In the 13th century, the monastic town of Sakya emerged as an important center of Buddhism with Mongolian military support, the Sakya lamas became the rulers of Tibet. Sakya Monastery, built in 1268, was a massive fortress with high defensive walls in the southern section of the monastery. There are a lot of historical articles in the monastery, among them, imperial certificates, gold signets, crowns, and clothes given by the Yuan Dynasty emperors. Sakya monastery has over 84,000 Tibetan scriptures and books on astronomy, medicine, calligraphy, and history. Overnight stay in Shiger (Tingri) ​ Day 7:Our tour will continue from Tingri to the Rongbuk Monastery, about 100km, approximately two and half hours’ drive since the cracked winding roads demand great caution. But the views are stupendous on a clear day and feature a huge sweep of the Himalaya mountain range including peaks over 8,000m, Makalu, Lhotse, Everest, Gyachung and Cho Oyu. When you finally get to the Mt. Everest Base Camp, the first sight of the mighty Mt. Everest will be stunning. All the hardship you bore along the way will be well worth it. The best time to watch Mt. Everest’s is early morning and late evening when the sun is rising or setting, bathing Mt. Everest in light. Rongbuk Monastery 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. Overnight stay at the tent camp or at the guesthouse across the Rongbuk Monastery. ​ Day 8:This morning we get up early in the morning to catch the stunning sunrise on this peak of the world. After breakfast, we will just walk to  Mt. Everest monument  where you can get a better view of Mt Everest. We’ll continue our drive to Kyirong via Mt,Shisha Bangma (250 km) and enjoy the panoramic views of the snow-capped Himalayan mountain range.Kyirong is quite close to Nepal and about 350km from Mt. Everest. Overnight stay in Kyirong ​ Day 8:This our last tour in Tibet. After breakfast, we will drive to the border of Nepal and China. Your overland trip to Kathmandu ends here. At your request, we can also arrange your pick up from the border to Kathmandu.

Important  notice when you visit the Potala palace

To protect the Potala Palace, a limited number of tourists can go inside. The palace is made of clay and wood, and has become very fragile over the years, thus it is very easy to damage it if too many tourists enter at the same time. Visiting time inside the Palace is restricted to no more than two hours. Due to crowding conditions, tickets are very limited, especially during the summer high season. Sightseeing may also be changed from morning to afternoon, or switched from one day to another according to the situation or the space available.

Please be flexible to this possibility.

 1Please bring your passport

 2Tickets should be booked one day in advance

 3: The visit cannot be scheduled ahead of time, the ticketing officer will let your tour guide know when there is availability

 4You should be at the first security checkpoint one hour ahead of the scheduled time of visit, if you are late then you will not be allowed to re-book a ticket for one week

 Service included and Excluded in the group tours

The following 15 services are included:

The following 6 points are excluded:

 1Payment for Tibet travel permit and all other necessaries    permits to Tibet

 2All entrance ticket fees for all tourist sites listed in the  itinerary

 3: Meals as specified in the itinerary.

 4Local tour Transfers, 5-29 seats comfortable tourist vehicle  to accommodate Group Size.

 5Professional English-speaking Tibetan local tour guide

 6Comfortable hotel accommodations

 7: About your hotel accommodation: you will need to share  

 a room with another member but if you prefer to be by  yourself, you will need to pay a single room supplement.

 8Breakfast in hotels

 9Arrangements including planning, handling, operational  and communication charges.

 10Welcome Group dinner at a local restaurant in Lhasa.

 11: Transportation between Lhasa Gongkar airport or train  station and your hotel.

 12Welcome dinner is only possible in Group tours after    your arrival in Tibet.

 13:Tibet Handy Map.

 14Drinking water at the tour bus during travel.

 15: Shared oxygen tank inside the tour bus.

 1International flight in and out of China

 2Domestic flight/train in and out of Lhasa. (We can provide you the  domestic flight/train ticket booking service at the BEST discount price, please contact our travel experts for further details)

 3: Lunches and dinners are not included, please pay on site by yourself. Usually it costs about $3-15 per person for one meal in TAR (Tibet Autonomous Region).

 4Personal expenses, like laundry, phone call, snacks, soft drinks (please avoid alcoholic beverages during your Tibetan trip), optional tour activities, etc

 5Tip to tour guide and driver

 6Travel insurance covers trips cancellation cost in emergency evacuations, due to bad weather condition, avalanche, or natural disasters

 

Contact Information

107, Beijing East Road Cheng Guan District Lhasa,Tibet China

Zip code 850000

+86 139 890 15156 

+86 139 890 15156 

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What to bring

 

Warm Clothing

Tibet features a large temperature

difference between morning and

evening, even in June and July.

Please carry sufficient clothes,

such as down jacket and sweater.

Sleeping Bag

It is necessary for those entering

Tibet by road or visiting outside Lhasa.

Ginger Powder

Hotels in most locations outside Lhasa may have less-than-sanitary beds and bedding. Sprinkling some ginger powder on your bed can prevent louses from disturbing your sleep.

Sunscreen

Ultraviolet rays are strong on the

Tibetan Plateau.Therefore,sunglasses

and sunscreen products are required.

Ration and Beverage

It is best to prepare sufficient

highcaloric rations,such as biscuits, chocolates and candies, as well as plenty of drinking water. Incidents such as car breakdowns happen from time to time in Tibet.

In case of emergency, please bring

with you enough food and water.

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