8 Days Tibet Classic Treasures Tour Via Nepal

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Conquering the Rooftop of the World - Tibet, will become a life-enhancing adventure. Magnificent Potala Palace, miraculous Mt. Everest, spectacular Yamdrok Yumtso Lake and Karoula Glacier, as well as profound Tibetan Buddhist cultures and distinctive customs...all of them are waiting for your exploration. You can directly touch this holy land, no more just inspire it from photos and videos, and burn it into your memory.

One step further, a whole new world blessed with mysteries and miracles.

Make a difference and experience the changing of flavor by straddling the bridge of Nepal and Tibet.

All-round service, incl. Tibet Travel Permit, hotels, attraction admissions, insurance and other assistance.

Day 1 Arrive in Zhangmu (2300m) by land from Kathmandu (capital of Nepal): Pick-up and Acclimatization
Today's Activities Tibet shares one border crossing with Nepal. You can choose to walk through the Sino-Nepal Friendship Bridge from Kathmandu to enter Zhangmu in Tibet. Our tour guide will await your arrival in Zhangmu and escort you to the hotel for a good rest as it is necessary to acclimate yourself to the high-altitude environment. Better to take anti-AMS medicines a week ahead and carry a first-aid kit about to ensure a worry-free Tibetan expedition.

Travel Tips

1. To comfort your tour, we provide service of applying for Tibet Entry Permit. You should contact with us in advance of the trip to make the permit. On your arrival day, our guide will take it along to guarantee your entrance.
2. If you stay in Nepal and need a pickup, a local driver, generally excluding the guide, will be arranged to transfer you to Kathmandu.

Day 2 Zhangmu - Milarepa’s Cave - Dingri (Breakfast, Lunch)
Today's Activities After breakfast, set out for Tingri about five-hour drive time. En route, hit Nulam town for the sight of the impressive Milarepa’s Cave, with its uniquely miraculous natural landscape inside and the fame of holy practical site for Saint Milarepa. Walk through the path adorned with pilgrims's offering stones, sweet-smelling herbs and wild flowers into the cave, then catch a glimpse to the statue of Milarepa, the second great patriarch of Tibetan Buddhism, you can learn about what contribution this saint made to Tibetan religion and culture. Upon arrival, check in the hotel and enjoy your free time during the rest of the day.
Highlights
Road Between Zhangmu and Dingri Milarepa’s Cave Milarepa's Cave          
Pilgrim on Highway Milarepa’s Cave Overview from Milarepa’s Cave          
Day 3 Dingri - Mt.Everest Base Camp (EBC) - Dingri (Breakfast, Lunch) Transfer by vehicle

Today's Activities

You will get really excited by a challenging expedition to awe-inspiring Mt. Everest. Prior to that, Rongphu Monastery, the highest monastery perched at an elevation of 5150 meters, will impress you with dramatic views on the north face of Mt. Everest. It is considered to be "a Great Place to be a Recluse".
Continue on to Mt. Everest Base Camp housing the world’s highest post office. While standing atop it, you have thrown yourself into an unrivalled world beyond words. The highest mountain looks so close in the background of immense sky that you may feel little and be stunned by the greatness of nature!
Later back to hotel in Dingri for rest to prepare for next discovery.

Travel Tips

1. The walk from Rongphu Monastery to EBC takes about two hours, or 15 minutes in a Land Cruiser. The route is obvious, past a glacial moraine and across a sandy plain. And along the road, you can see the China Post kiosk here is the world's highest post box.
2. After staying for several days in Tibet, most of travellers are becoming adaptable to the high altitute, while if you feel any uncomfortable, just tell our guide instantly, and he would help you to overcome any difficulty. Remember that slow pace and stable mood are crucial during the tour.

Highlights
Rongphu Monastery Mt.Everest Base Camp Mt.Everest          
Rongphu Monastery Mt.Everest Base Camp Mt.Everest in Sunshine          
Day 4 Dingri - Shigatse: Tashilhunpo Monastery - Free Bazaar (Breakfast, Lunch) Transfer by vehicle
Today's Activities Enjoy a five-hour morning drive through the ecological environment to Shigatse, staying in close with the primitive land. After a delicious lunch, visit the local largest temple of Gelug Buddhism - Tashilhunpo Monastery, with the name meaning "all fortune and happiness gathered here", which has been the traditional seat of successive Panchen Lamas. Pilgrims circumambulate the monastery on the Lingkor (sacred path) outside the walls.
Then wander around Free Bazaar where you can learn about local culture, customs and life condition of Tibetan people. Check in the hotel at the end.

Travel Tips

1. The visit to the local free bazaar let you grasp a real Tibet and Tibetan people's life. And ChinaTourGuide.com released an exclusive blog based on our customer's real traveling experience for your sharing: Six Day Journey to My Dreamland - Tibet.
2. Tingri is where many travellers spend their first or last night en route to/from Mt.Everest. A tour to Mt.Everest is a bit hard for travelers, so you shall take enough clothes and traveling accessories to encounter harsh weather and poor traveling conditions.

Highlights
Tashilhunpo Monastery Tashilhunpo Monastery Free Bazaar          
Tashilhunpo Monastery Tibetan Sincere Prayer Souvenir in Free Bazaar          
Day 5 Shigatse - Gyantze: Palgor Chorten, Karoula Glacier, Yamdrok Yumtso Lake - Lhasa (Breakfast, Lunch) Transfer by vehicle
Today's Activities Today begins with a two-hour drive to Gyantze to visit the spectacular Palgor Chorten in typical Tibetan architectural style, with temples in the stupa, stupas in the temple harmoniously, housing many well-known brilliant frescos.
From afar appreciate the splendid view of Karoula Glacier, one of the famous ancient glaciers, expanding from mountain roof to the spot just serveral hundred metres away from highway, like a glittering and translucent vast thangka unfolded in front of you.
Turn your attention to green-jade-like Yamdrok Yumtso Lake, one of the three largest sacred lakes in Tibet, praised as the most beautiful water worldwide. It boosts the beautiful scenerise of mountain and lake, abundant flora and fauna, as well as touching myterious holy legend. Later head to Lhasa for about 1.5 hours and check in there.

Travel Tips

For amazing sceneries and beautiful legend, Yamdrok Yumtso Lake attracts seas of travelers from all over the world; also it is an excellent spot for photographic lovers. According to our customers' feedback, the sufficient sunlight in the afternoon is very suitable for taking photo there. So for those professional photographers, we can arrange the visiting of Yamdrok Lake when we come back from Lhasa. Just well prepare your camera for shooting this amazing place!

Highlights
Palgor Chorten Yamdrok Yumtso Lake Yamdrok Yumtso Lake          
Palgor Chorten Karoula Glacier from afar Yamdrok Yumtso Lake          
Day 6 Lhasa: Polata Palace - Jokhang Temple - Barkhor Street (Breakfast, Lunch) Transfer by vehicle
Today's Activities Make sense of your Tibet tour by close touch with the pearl at the roof of the world – majestic Polata Palace, with outstanding architecture and numerous treasures. It is also a Buddhist holy land in Tibet. To deepen your recognition of local religious custom, Jokhang Temple, the spiritual center of Tibet, impresses you with its magnificence and sincere pilgrims. Then stroll around Barkhor Street, a famous crowded central Market in Lhasa.

Travel Tips

1. Due to the popularity of Potala Palace and restriction on visitor numbers, perhaps it has difficulty on booking entrance tickets, so the visit of Potala Palace may shift to another day. But don't worry, we will make appropriate changes accordingly.
2. For the protection of this world-famous cultural heritage, the visiting time for Potala Palace is limited in 1 hour.

Highlights
Porch of Potala Palace Pilgrims in Jokhang Temple Barkhor Street          
Porch of Potala Palace Pilgrims in Jokhang Temple Barkhor Street          
Day Lhasa: Drepung Monastery - Sera Monastery (Breakfast, Lunch) Transfer by vehicle
Today's Activities After breakfast, take in the cultural atmosphere of the Drepung Monastery, one of Tibet's 'Three Great Monasteries' and the largest one, famous for its high standards in academic study. Then immerse yourself into the renowned debating activities held in Sera Monastery around 3-4pm regularly every working day. You will get a real sense of the significance of Buddhism in Tibet.

Travel Tips

1. It is a good idea to pack some food, snacks, and drinking water along your trip.
2. When you are in a monastery or a museum, please do not smoke, consume alcohol or make unnecessary noise; neither, do not touch, walk over or sit on any religious texts, objects or prayer flags.
3. For more travel tips for Tibet tour, please kindly visit here.

Highlights
Drepung Monastery Sera Monastery Debates in Sera Monastery          
Drepung Monastery Praying Wheels Debates in Sera Monastery          
Day 8 Depart Lhasa (Breakfast)
Today's Activities After breakfast, you can enjoy free time in Lhasa to know more about local lifestyle and cutom. Later, our driver and tour guide will escort you to the airport, after that, you can continue on to your next destination. Hopefully our tour leaves you a precious memory.
Package Details
Tour Package Includes:
Tibet Tourism Bureau Permit / Tibet Entry Permit (TTP) guaranteed Admissions: Entrance fee to all scenic spots listed in itinerary
Tour Guide: a local experienced English-speaking guide Car Driver: an experienced licensed driver
Vehicle: a private air-conditioned car, offering Round-trip transfers Luggage Transfers: a hand for your heavy luggage;
Special Assistance: Local guide helps you to overcome any difficulty Government taxes & Service charges
Insurance: Travel Agencies Liability Insurance
Tour Package Excludes:
- Other optional tours / meals / flights not mentioned in itinerary; - Tips for tour guides and drivers.
Hotel in Zhangmu
Zhangmu Hotel
Zhangmu Hotel
The Zhangmu Hotel is the best available option in town. It is very close to the border with Nepal and needs refurbishment. The rooms are dreary but the food is surprisingly good. It is a budget hotel that offers all the basic amenities to its guests. It has 40 double rooms for its guests.
Hotel in Tingri
Tingri Everest Hotel
Tingri Everest Hotel
Tingri Everest Hotel is 100 km away from the base camp of the world famous Quomolangma Peak, and 120 km from Gemagou Valley as the most beautiful valley on earth. The hotel has 180 beds, including standard rooms, Tibetan standard rooms, high-grade economic rooms and ordinary economic rooms.
Hotel in Shigatse
Jiumu Yamei International Hotel Shigatse
Jiumu Yamei International Hotel Shigatse
Being situated in front of the legendary Tashilumpo Monastery, where the great Master Panchen lives, and overlooking the serene Pearl Lake. Shigatse Jiumu Yamei Hotel was built with a charismatic blend of some European aspects, Chinese characteristics, as well as some late Tibetan culture element, which evidently display the dignity, comfort, and uniqueness of the hotel.
Shigatse Hotel
Shigatse Hotel
As a 3-star hotel for foreigners, it is a four-storey building of Chinese style. Besides perfect equipments, the hotel is decorated in Chinese style. There are 123 rooms including luxurious flat lets, standard rooms, Tibetan-style standard rooms and single rooms with hot water supply.
Hotel in Lhasa
Brahmaputra Grand Hotel
Brahmaputra Grand Hotel Lhasa
Brahmaputra Grand Hotel Lhasa is chain-operated hotel. It is located in Wenjiang District and was opened in 2006. It is a business holiday hotel with more than 200 guest rooms. The hotel also provides elegant Chinese and Western restaurants, splendid banquet with modern facilities, conference room and recreation items. It abuts to Lhasa riverside and Gong Ba Ri Mammon Mountain. People can enjoy wonderful views of Lhasa.
Lhasa Hotel
Lhasa Hotel
A 4-star hotel, the Lhasa Hotel is located in the Holy Land of Lhasa with an altitude of 3,600 meters. It occupies 7-floors and was recently renovated in 1999. The hotel has a range of restaurants that provide Sichuan, Western, Indian and Tibetan food. The hotel is near the famous Norbulingka or Lobulinka, the Palace of the Dalai Lama. Located only 10 minutes by car to the center of Holy Town and the magical and Potala Palace. Situated approximately 95kms from the airport.
Shambhala Hotel Lhasa
Shambhala Hotel Lhasa
As a 3 star hotel, Shambhala Hotel Lhasa is near the Barkhore Bazaar, Jokhang Temple and the Potala Palace with easy access to all great attractions. With a total of 70 comfortable rooms and suites, the hotel is 10km away from the Railway Station and 70km away from the Lhasa Airport.

Meals :

- For breakfasts, usually, the hotel reservations in large city include breakfast;
- For lunch and supper, you do not have to eat the same food every time in tourist restaurants; It means that you can choose your favorite restaurant to have a meal. And in Lhasa, wider choices that you can have relatively, like western food, chinese set meal or something else, but in other small city or town, you may face fewer options;
- In all, we will do our utmost to ensure your best dining experience in Tibet.

Common Meals in Tibet Restaurant Tibetan Sesame Lamb Chops

Featured Cuisines in Tibet:

(1) Buttered Tea : Buttered tea is the favorite drink of Tibetan people. It is made of boiled brick tea and ghee.
(2) Zanba : The staple food of Tibetan people is Zanba, a kind of dough made with roasted highland qingke barley flour and yak butter with water.
(3) Besides, Tibetan people prefer to eat delicious dry yak and cow jerky that you can have a try.

Tibetan Buttered Tea Tibetan Zanba
  

Namtso Lake

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Namtso Lake is the highest lake in the world sitting at 4,718 meters above sea level, it is one of the three holy lakes in Tibet and is adored by the local people.

  

Norbulingka

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Norbulingka, meaning 'Treasure Park' in Tibetan, the biggest man-made garden in Tibet, is situated in the western suburb of Lhasa City, about 0.6 miles southwest to Potala Palace.

  

Beijing Hutong

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When Marco Polo came to Hangzhou in the 13th century he declared that "it is the most beautiful and elegant city in the world".

  

Beijing Hutong

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When Marco Polo came to Hangzhou in the 13th century he declared that "it is the most beautiful and elegant city in the world".

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Customer: Leonard Lee

Destinations: Guilin – Yangshuo – Shanghai – Suzhou – Hangzhou – Beijing – Tibet – Xian - Guangzhou

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