Expedition to the Everest

505: 8 Days Private Tour of Lhasa - Gyangtse - Shigatse - Dingri - the Everest Base Camp - Shigatse - Lhasa
Tour Type: Private Tour, any parts of the itinerary can be customized
Guide & Driver: English-speaking guide, experienced driver with an air-conditioned vehicle
Meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches

  • Potala Palace, essence of ancient architecture & the treasure house of arts in Tibet
  • Jokhang Temple, the ultimate pilgrimage destination for Tibetan pilgrims
  • Mt. Everest - the highest peak in the world is truly a breathtaking sight
  • A visit to a Tibetan family will offer you a chance to witness the local lifestyle
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Day 1 Arrival in Lhasa
Our guide will greet you outside the baggage claim area of the airport and transfer you to check in the hotel. Upon arrival, you may feel a little bit uncomfortable at 3,650 meters high altitude. It is suggested that you avoid strenuous activities and have a good rest at the hotel today.

Meals: No meals, advice freely available
Day 2 Lhasa
Our client in front of the Potala Palace
Today, you will firstly go to visit the Drepung Monastery in the west of the city. Constructed in 1416, it has been the largest Tibetan Buddhist Monastery with seven splendid palaces and over 10,000 monks. During the Shoton Festival around every August, hundreds of thousands of disciples and travelers will assemble here to worship the 40-meter-long and 37-meter-wide Buddha painting which is to be gradually unfurled on the back mountain. 

In the afternoon, you are going to the Sera Monastery, another greatest monastery of Gelugpa in Tibet. Finally, you could enjoy a quiet time in the charming Norbulingka Park. Originally one of the political centers of Tibet, it is now the largest and most beautiful man-made park opened to public.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 3 Lhasa
Wheat harvest on the plateau
As the landmark of the city, the Potala Palace does deserve your visiting this morning. Looking like a red and white castle on the mountain, the Potala Palace has played a vital role in polity and religion of the area during the 1,300 years since constructed. Then you will arrive at Tibet Museum where the mysterious local culture and Buddhism are displayed by plenty of excellent historical collections. 

After lunch, there is a visit to the Jokhang Temple and the Barkhor Street around the temple. Enjoying the same fame with Potala, Jokhang Temple is the spiritual center of Tibet, attracting a great number of worshipers every day. Affiliated to the temple, the Barkhor Street which keeps its ancient appearance has been a prosperous commercial area both for locals and travelers. The last destination today is A Nunnery.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 4 Lhasa - Gyangtse - Shigatse
Yamdrok Yumtso Lake
After breakfast, we will drive you southwards to Gyangtse which is located about 230 kilometers from Lhasa. On the way, you will drop in at the Karola Glacier and Yamdrok Yumtso Lake, which is one of the three sacred lakes in Tibet and located 4,441 meters above sea level. The crystal and quiet lake under pure sky is praised to be a graceful beauty in the arm of the magnificent Himalayas. 

After arriving in Gyangtse, you will go to visit the Palkhor Monastery and explore the unsophisticated Gyangtse Old Street. In the Palkhor Monastery, you could see a huge Tibetan tower which consists of hundreds of halls in layers and houses 10,000 Buddha figures. Then, your trip will be continued to Shigatse, the second largest city of Tibet, and check in the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 5 Shigatse - Dingri
Astonishing Snow Mountain
Today, you will head for the grand Tashilunpo Monastery on mountain. With red wall and golden roof, this luxury monastery has been the political center in the region of back Tibet. To the south of the monastery, there is the New Palace of Panchen which was constructed in 1954 to be a summer resort. Combining the traditional and modern architectural style, the palace exhibits many historical relics, artworks and murals. After that, departing from Shigatse and passing by Sakya and Lhatse, you will visit the Sakya Monastery, which is the Sakyapa Sect's principal monastery of Tibetan Buddhism, and then explore Lhatse County, a fertile land with developed agriculture and praised to be the bread basket of Shigatse region. Upon arrival in Dingri, a picturesque small town at the north foot of mid-Himalayas, you will check in the best local hotel for a 1-night stay.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 6 Dingri - Everest Base Camp - Shigatse
Mt. Everest Base Camp
The most exciting moment of your private journey is coming today. From Dingri, we will drive you to the Everest Base Camp, a perfect place to view the world's highest peak, Mt. Everest at 8,844.43 meters. The astonishing snow mountain and changeful cloud will be in your touch. 

Besides, you will stroll around the Rongbuk Monastery located 5,150 meters above sea level, the world highest monastery. The monastery is small in size, but it has many colorful and lively murals as well as the mildest atmosphere. After visiting, a 6-hour drive will take you to Shigatse. Check in the hotel upon your arrival.

Meals: Buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 7 Shigatse - Lhasa
The road condition from Shigatse back to Lhasa is not bad. Again, you could have a glance at those scenic villages, mountains and streams en route. Please ease yourself during this 400-kilometer's private driving. If time permits, you will visit a family to experience the local's daily life.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 8 Departure
Today, our guide will transfer you to the airport for your return flight. Wish you a pleasant trip home!

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
B-- Breakfast L-- Lunch D-- Dinner
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DestinationsLuxury HotelsStandard Hotels
LhasaShangri-La Hotel Tashipozhang Hotel
ShigatseGasar Hotel - VIP BuildingGasar Hotel - VIP Building
DingriEverest Hotel Everest Hotel
Tour Prices
With Luxury Hotels
2-3 travelers4-5 travelers
With Standard Hotels
2-3 travelers4-5 travelers
  • Prices are per person in US Dollars based on double occupancy.
  • Any part of the itinerary e.g. tour length, activities & hotels can be tailored to your individual interests.
Price Includes
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfasts
  • Lunches as itinerary specifies
  • Private English-speaking guide
  • Private driver & air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entrance fees to tourist sites
  • Tibet Travel Permit
Price Excludes
  • Airfares of arrival and departure
  • Entry visa fees
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips or gratuities for guides and drivers
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Questions & Answers
Asked by Veni from ITALY | May. 05, 2017 02:40Reply
Is it possible to travel in January?
I'm quite interested in this Tibet tour and consider taking it in January, is it possible?
Answers (1)
Answered by Wong | May. 05, 2017 03:36

There are deep remote areas involved in the above itinerary. It is not suggested that you visit these places in winter time as the weather is extremely cold at that time and some of the roads may be frozen due to the cold. Therefore, I would like to suggest you travel from mid-April to mid-November.
Asked by Harry from IRELAND | Sep. 01, 2016 04:04Reply
Possible to enter via train for this tour?
In your itinerary there is collection and drop off at airport. If I wanted to get the train in and out, would that be possible?
Answers (1)
Answered by TravelChinaGuide | Sep. 01, 2016 19:27

Dear Harry,

Yes, we can pick you up and drop you off at the railway station. We are pleased to tailor-make the itinerary for you upon your request. Please feel free to contact us for more information. Thank you.
Asked by Alvin from PUERTO RICO | Dec. 28, 2015 05:59Reply
Extended stay
If after the 7Day tour we would like to stay a couple of more day and visit on our own, is that possible?
Answers (1)
Answered by TravelChinaGuide.com | Dec. 28, 2015 18:58

Dear Alvin, according to the regulation, foreigners are not allowed to stay in Tibet without guide's company, so you can not explore it on your own after the tour. Thanks for your attention.
Asked by Paula Netto | Jan. 24, 2012 19:38Reply
I know Tibet was closed by the government last July.
What is your policy if the government closes it to tourists when we are supposed to be there?
Answers (1)
Answered by Mayfield | Jan. 28, 2012 06:32

Hi, maybe they will change your destinations or delay your date according to your own requests.
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