Lhasa, literally meaning “Holy-Landis the heart and soul ofTibet, has history of more than 1,300 years. It rose to prominence as an important center of administrative power in the 7th century AD, when Songtsen Gampo, a local ruler in theYarlungValley, continued the task of unifyingTibet. Songtsen Gampo moved his capital toLhasaand built a palace on the site that is now occupied by the Potala.
The fifth Dalai Lama also madeLhasahis capital. He built his palace, the Potala, on the site of ruins of Songtsen Gampo’s 7th century palace,Lhasahas remainedTibet’s capital since 1642, and most of the city’s historical sights date from this second stage of the city’s development.
The Tibetan name forMt.Everestis b>Quomolangmawhich literally means “The Third Goddess Towering 8848.13 meters in the middle section of the Himalaya inTingriCounty, Shigatse, Quomolangma teems with snow-capped peaks and glaciers. Everest region has four peaks above 8000 meters and 38 peaks above 7000 meter, thus is reputed as the Third Pole on the Earth. Glaciers of modern era are located at the foot of the mountains, deep caves and snaking ice rivers present a magnificent view around the Quomolangma.
DAY01: Arrive in Lhasa. The guide will meet you at the airport, and transfer you to Lhasa city with about 1 hours driving (60km). On the way, you’ll get greeted by Nie Tang Budda image engraved in the mountain face. After arrive in Lhasa, rest and acclimatize. Overnight in Lhasa.
DAY02:Lhasa. The first day of sightseeing starts fromLhasa’s cardinal landmark Potala Palace, a structure of massive portions. Its towering image already appearing on various occasions, but your first sight of the Potala will still be an awe-inspiring moment. It takes at least a good 2-hour to visit those rooms, halls and chapels. Some2kmto the east of the Potala is the most revered religious structure inTibet。Jokhang Temple. Bustling with worshippers and redolent with mystery, the Jokhang is an unrivalled experience. The quadrangle of streets surrounding the Jokhang is the BarkhorLhasa’s most interesting pilgrimage circuit. This area of theOldTownis both the spiritual heart ofLhasaand the main commercial district for Tibetans. Overnight inLhasa
DAY03: Lhasa-Yamdroktso-Shigatse. Yamdroktso(4441m), one ofTibet’s three holy lakes, is located110kmoutside ofLhasa. In the fresh morning air, you’re on the way to this lake. It’s mostly mountain road, winding and bumpy, even thrilling somewhat. After about 3 1/2 hoursdriving, climbing over the snow pass of Kambala(5030m), the dazzling Yamdroktso just lies several hundred meters below the road, and in clear weather is a fabulous shade of deep turquoise. Far in the distance is the huge massif of Mt. Nojin Kangtsang(7191m). Just close Tashilhunpo is the Old Town of Shigatse, a great place to wander around: Nicely decorated Tibetan houses and interesting market and bazaar give you a vivid picture of local people's life. Overnight in Shigatse.
DAY04: Shigatse-Shegar. Miles away from Shigaste, you can already see the gold tops of Tashilhunpo shinning under the sun. While Tashilhunpo’s magnificent outside leaves you gasp in admiration, the inside of this monastery introduces you more religious tranquility and sincerity. This afternoon can make you tired as you basically spend more than 6 hours on the rugged road driving. Shegar, also known as New Tingri, is the last stop before Everest Base Camp. Refresh yourself here and don’t forget to wash your dusty face. Overnight in Shegar.
DAY05: Shegar-Base Camp. Although it’s just100kmfrom Shegar to Base Camp(5200m), it takes about 4 hours since the cracked winding roads demand much caution. But the views are stupendous on a clear day, and feature a huge sweep of the Himalaya range including peaks over 8000, Makalu, Lhotse, Everest, Gyachung andCho Oyu. When you finally get to Base Camp, the first sight of the mighty Everest simply leaves you speechless. All the hardship you bear along the way makes sense at this while. The best moments towatchMt.Everest’s are early morning and late evening when Everest is shining like a goddess in the sunglow. Overnight in Rongphu Monastery guesthouse
DAY06: Base Camp-Tingri-Shigatse. Start to drive back toLhasa. Drive 4hrs from Base Camp to Shigatse. Overnight in Shigatse.
DAY07: Shigatse-Lhasa. Drive through the Yalung Zsangpo valley,arriveLhasa,.Free inLhasain the afternoon. Over night in Lhasa.l DAY08: LeaveLhasa. After breakfast, pack your luggage transfer to airport. LeaveLhasa.
Includes: the Alien’s Travel Permit, transportation by non-AC coach/jeep hotels based on twin-bed room, 4 star inlhasa3 star shigatse 1 night in dorm-style guesthouse based on single bed, English-speaking guide, Mentioned sightseeing entrance fees, Airfare shanghai-lhasa round way
Excludes: tips, other personal expenses
Notes: 1. Departure may be advanced one day due to flight schedule re-arrangement. 2. Potala Palace get a limitation 800 paxs per day to protect the heritage of history. The sequence of sightseeing suppose to be adjust according the situation of entrance permission.