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12 days Old Tingri to Mt. Everest B.C Trek, Tibet trekking 2013

Day01 Arrival by train or air, transfer to Lhasa[3650m], check in hotel, rest for acclimatization
Day02 In Lhasa, visit Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Bazaar, Sera Monastery
Day03 In Lhasa, visit Potala Palace, Drepung Monastery 
Day04 Lhasa-Shigatse city[3900m], the 2nd largest city in Tibet
Day05 Drive to Old Tingri
Day06 Trek to Lungthang [4510m] 
Day07Trek to Lamna La [5150 m] 
Day08 Trek to Zommug [4790 m] 
Day09 Trek to Rongbuk-Everest Base Camp 
Day10 Rongphu-Everest.B.C further excursions, and then drive back to Shigatse, o/n in Hotel
Day11 Shigatse-Gyantse-Lake Yamdrok-Lhasa
Day12 Lhasa-Airport or train station transfer, leave Tibet for Nepal or China for both of which we can organize the additional tours.

Old Tingri to Everest Base Camp Trekking details

Day 01 Arrive in Lhasa by Train or by Flight

Upon your arrival, your local tour guide will pick you up at the airport/railway station and escort you to your hotel in Lhasa. The rest of the day is for you to take a good rest so as to adapt yourself to the high altitude of Lhasa.

Overnight in Lhasa (accommodation per your budge requests)

Day02 Lhasa sightseeing - Potala Palace/Tibet Museum/Jokhang Temple/Barkhor Street

In morning, go to visit the famous Potala palace and explore the grandest of this myriad chapels, you will experience its audience halls, the jeweled and Golden burial chortens (stupa Tombs) of past Dalai Lamas, and tremendous number of Buddhist frescoes, thangkas, combinations of mandala, etc. Tibet Museum is an important window to introduce the glorious culture of Tibet, as a free Museum in Lhasa, you should not miss it. In the afternoon, pay a visit to the holist temple in Tibet, the Johkang Temple, built during Songtsen Gonpo's reign by princess Wencheng of Tang Dynasty, 647 A.D, and its famous Barkor Kora. (Notice: the sequence of sightseeing might be changed basing on the reservation of Potala Palace).

Overnight in Lhasa (accommodation per your budge requests)

Day03 Lhasa Sightseeing - Drepung Monastery/Sera Monastery

Today, you will visit two important monasteries in Lhasa, the Drepung and the Sera. Drepung monastery is situated at the foothill of a mountain and was founded by Jamyang Choeje in 1416. It was once home of 10000 monks and Ganden podrang in Drepung is famous for it was the government centre during the fifth dalai lama and later moved to the famous potala palace during the fifth dalai lama. After having lunch, continue to visit the Sera Monastery, which was founded in 1419 by Tsongkapa's disciple Jamchen Choeje. The most attractive is its Buddhist Scriptures debating held in the courtyard mostly around 6:00 - 7:30 in the afternoon.

Overnight in Lhasa (accommodation per your budge requests)

Day04 Lhasa/Yamdrok-tso lake/Gyantse-Shigatse

We follow the Friendship Highway to Gyantse, up to Kambala pass which is 4794m high. From the top of the pass Kangpa-la at 4700m in clear weather, you can see the fabulous shade of deep turquoise Yamdro-tso Lake that is shaped like coiling scorpion with deep blue in colour. Then drive along the mountain down to Gyangtse, visit the famous stupa - Gyangtse Kumpum, the most stunning architectural wonder in Tibet. After late lunch in Gyantse, we continue our drive to Shigatse city which is the second largest city in Tibet. Overnight stop in Shigatse Manasarovar Hotel or similar one per your budget requests.

Day05 Shigatse to Old Tingri (about 300km well paved road)

Visit Tashilunpo Monastery and the spectacular tombs of Panchen Lamas in Shigatse in the morning, then drive along Friendship Hwy to Old Tingri via Lhatse and Shegar Town. Your guide and driver as well as teh cook will do preparations for the trek, while you may have a good view of Cho Oyu.

Overnight at Old Tingri ( Local Guest house, dorm bed)

Day06Trek to Lungthang (4510 m) (5 hours/12km/150m up)

Our trekking begins from Old Tingri, goes through the Tingri plain. Trekking along apart of the Ra-chu Valley, we will see the beautiful valley scenery with extensive meadows and groups of sheep and goats. The rest of the day we can visit a small gompa in Chholun. Tonight will be spent in a comfortable campsite in Lunthang. This bleak region is home only to herders and barley harvesters.

Camping

Day07 Trek to Lamna La (5150 m) (8 hours/21km/200m up)

The challenging trekking really starts today as we go up into the mountains. Much uphill walking is done as we climb towards the top of Lamna La. And we camp beyoud the top of this pass.

Camiping at beyound Lamna la pass

Day08 Trek to Zommug (4790m)

In the morning we descend steeply into lush vegetation. The only other people we will encounter are yak herders and their families. Camp will be made in the small village of Zommug. Truly amazing views can be seen as the sun sets in this barren town.

Camping

Day09 Trek to Rongbuk (4980m) and EBC (5100m)

On our last day of trekking we will wind our way to the end destination of Rongbuk and Everest Base Camp. Along the way we can also visit the Dza Rongbuk monastery and gompas. They are truly ancient sites, but nothing compared to our night camping at Everest Base Camp.

Camping

Day10 Rongpuk/Shegar/Lhtase/Shigatse city

We drive a short distance from Rongpuk to Lhatse, then follow the friendship highway back to Shigatse city. Have a good rest after the adventure above during which you maybe really exhausted..

Overnight at Hotel in Shigatse

Day11 Shigatse city back to Lhasa (280km well paved road-China Nepal friendship Highway)

Toay we will leave Shigatse around 10 am and drive back to Lhasa via the central China Nepal friendship highway. We can get the lunch on the way. Around 6 pm, we get back to Lhasa safely.

Overnight in Lhasa

Day12 Departure from Lhasa

Depart from Lhasa by air or by train. Airport or railway station dropping off, end tour.

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