8 Days Sacred Snow Mountain Trip from Lhasa to the Base of Mt. Everest
Nothing is more compelling than the Mount Everest also known as the
highest in the world. Visitors in Tibet will be fascinated by the
magnificence of its peak. There, you can see hundreds of glaciers
converging with one another. What a picturesque landscape! In the
morning you can see Mount Everest from a distance in the glow of
sunrise. The mountain is covered with snow year round, forming a winter
wonderland that does not fail to appeal to visitors. There, everything
is so secluded that you’ll feel like your in the middle of nowhere,
while you experience the tranquility of nature. Additionally, you’ll
feel dwarfed by the surroundings and enlightening you on the philosophy
of life. When the end is near visitors are always reluctant to say
goodbye. The majestic, extending mountains, the Tibetan antelopes along
the way, the wild yaks, the snow leopard, the white-lipped deer and the
black-necked crane are a feast for the eyes.
- To the Everest Base Camp of Mt. Qomolangma
- Visit sacred temples and monasteries with monks debate
- Fascinating Tibetan arts and culture
Customizable Tour Itinerary
Welcome to the roof of the world! Your guide will pick you up at Lhasa
airport upon your arrival. The rest of the day is free for you to adjust
to this highland.
Four Points by Sheraton Lhasa,
Intercontinental Lhasa Paradise,
The St. Regis Lhasa Resort
Colourful prayer flags with Mount Qomolangma in the backdrop
Today is your first day of discovery. We’ve packed three attractions
with minimal physical demands. The first is Sera Monastery, which is one
of Lhasa’s three largest monasteries. It is also the place where
Buddhist maters preach. There are thousands of sculptures of Buddha
there, some of which are from India. The various murals tell a story
about Tibetan Buddhism. Monks debate is a unique style of learning
Buddhist knowledge. It is held every day at the Sera Monastery adding to
its appeal. Lunch is later arranged at a local fine restaurant, after
which you will visit Norbulinka. Norbulinka is a place to appreciate
Tibetan-style gardens. It has a history of over 200 years. It is
currently built as a botanical garden where precious flowers and plants
can only be found there. Additionally, there are several historical
architectures to observe. Tibet Museum is located southeast of
Norbulinka. At the museum you can learn about Tibetan history from more
than a thousand historical relics, including sculptures of Buddha,
Thangka, Tibetan musical instruments, and unique Tibetan handicrafts.
Make sure you’re well rested in preparation for the next day.
Today starts with the most popular site in Lhasa, called Potala
Palace. Potala Palace is a castle-like complex built in typical Tibetan
style. There are many precious treasures in this palace, including
Buddhist items and invaluable historical materials written in Tibetan
language. The palace is the representative of Tibetan architecture and a
symbol of Tibet. After lunch at a local restaurant,a visit to Barkhor
Street is made. The street is a circumambulation road surrounding
Jokhang Temple and an area of traditional Tibetan dwellings. Try not to
be astonished when coming across locals. There are numerous stalls
selling Tibetan handcrafts. Take a look and bargain for your favorites.
Jokhang Temple has a history of more than
1,300 years. The existing temple was built more than 1,200 years ago.
Thus, the architecture there is a great historical highlight. Pay
attention to the exquisite carvings and Buddha sculptures to experience
the temple fully.
A monk painting thangka
We’ll get outside of Lhasa to explore highlights in Shigatse. Shigatse
is about 6 hours away from Lhasa. Half way on the trip we’ll stop at
Lake Yamdrok to admire the beauty of its tranquility. It is one of the
three holy lakes in Tibet. Take a walk by the lake and sense the power
of nature. A picnic lunch is later arranged by the Lake. After, we’ll
keep riding to Palkor Chode which is a monastery combined with Sakya,
Kadam, and Gelug schools.
We’ll ride for about 4 hours to get to Dingri. En route you will visit
Sakya Monastery, which is one of the largest monasteries in Tibet and
the main monastery of Sakya school. It is named as the second Dunhuang
because of the large collection of valuable relics there. Lunch is later
arranged at a local restaurant. Feel free to walk around the hotel when
you arrive at Dingri.
Students in Sakya Monastery
You’ll get up very early for the ride to the Everest Base Camp, which
takes about three hours to get to. We must get there early to get the
chance to see Mt. Everest. By noon, the mountain is crowded with clouds
and mists. No words can describe the excitement you’ll experience when
facing Mt. Everest. Close your eyes and experience it standing in front
you. You will pass Rongbuk Monastery, which is small but is known for
being a monastery at the highest altitude. A picnic lunch is arranged at
the Everest Base Camp. At the end of the day we’ll head back to the
Mt. Qomolangma in the background
One of the main highlights of Shigatse is the Tashilhunpo Monastery. It
is the largest in the area and one of six Shamanism monasteries in
China. The most magnificent architectures in the Monastery is the big
Maitreya Hall and Panchen Lama Stupa Hall. Since it was built on the
mountain there is a Knutsford to unfold giant Buddha’s portrait on every
Buddhist festival. On the right side of the Monastery you can also find
a small hospital where you can see how locals get medical treatment.
After lunch you will be escorted back to Lhasa.
A pasture near Namtso Lake
Hold onto your memories of Mt. Everest while you head to the airport. Your guide and driver will see you off at the airport.
- In-country transportationas noted in the itinerary.
- Admission fees and activity expenses as noted in the itinerary.
- Luxury or boutique hotels centrally located.
- Meals in local restaurants as noted in the itinerary with complimentary drinking water.
- Your own English-speaking guide service.
- Your own chauffeur and vehicle service.
- International transportation.
- Chinese tourist visa. (which enquired for most foreign passport holders)
- Travel and medical insurance.
- Meals, snacks, alcohol, etc. apart from those included in the itinerary.
- Excess baggage charges.
- Personal expenses.
- Sights, excursions and activities not included in the itinerary.
- Gratuities to guide and driver.