Rough schedule (this can be further tailormade as Lhasa in Lhasa out)
Day01 Fly to Lhasa, Overnight at hotel.
Day02 Guided sightseeing tour in Lhasa: Potala, Jokhang, Barkhor
Day03 Guided sightseeing tour in Lhasa: Drepung, Sera
Day04 Drive from Lhasa to Gyantse. Overnight at hotel
Day05 Drive from Gyantse to Shalu. Camping
Day06 Trekking Shalu Monastery to Upper Lungsang, 13 km, about 5 hrs
Day07 Trekking Upper Lungsang to Ngor Monastery, 8km, 3-4 hrs, 550m ascent, Camping
Day08 Ngor Monastery to Nartang Monastery, 18km, 5 hrs, 300m descent, drive to Lhatse
Day09 Drive from Lhatse to Rongphu Monastery (about 200 km), trek to Base camp, 8km, camping between Base camp and Rongphu
Day10 one day excursion in Base camp, later afternoon, we drive to Old Tingri
Day11 Drive from Old Tingri to Zhangmu, to be picked up by our Nepal staff, to KTM
Day12 leave Nepal for home (or extend Further for Nepal tour)
Day to Day arrangements
Day 1 - fly to Lhasa, check in hotel, rest for acclimatization
Upon your arrival at Lhasa Gonggar airport or Lhasa Train Station, your guide and driver will pick you up with your name sign, and then they will transfer you to Lhasa city safely. Your guide will give a brief introduction for your tour and clear to you with the more detailed arrangements for the tour in the following days. Have a good rest in your hotel for acclimatization, at around 8 pm, you may have a very light walking near your hotel to test your body.
Accommodation: 3 stars standard centrally located hotel (or as per your idea)
Day 2 - In Lhasa, visit Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Bazaar, Sera Monastery
On this second day morning we will take a very easy visit to Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Bazaar. Jokhang temple, the product of Han, Tibetan and Nepalese architectural techniques, is the most revered shrine in all of Tibet and is constantly bustling with devoted worshippers. Everyday, pilgrims from every corner of Tibet trek a long distance to the temple. In the afternoon we will visit is Sera Monastery, a fifteenth century sprawl of golden roofs and whitewashed walls. This well preserved monastery locates 5 km to the north direction of central Lhasa city. Sera may not be as grandiose as Drepung, but is more serene surrounded by many small temples. The 'Buddhism Scriptures Debating' in Sera is very famous. Please be aware of the activities always begin in the afternoon except Sundays.
Day 3 - In Lhasa, visit Potala Palace, Drepung Monastery
A trip to Tibet is a big loss if without experiencing the vital Potala Palace. Potala Palace is 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. We will visit those rooms, halls and chapels, another visit is to Drepung Monastery, once the world's largest monastery, housing 10,000 monks, it lies hidden in rocky ridges just beyond the city. Drepung Monastery is about 8km west from central Lhasa. These white monastic buildings piled up on the hillside. Walking up to the hill is a pleasant thing, an easy break from the solemn ambience inside the halls and chapels. At the plat roof of hillside, you can have very good views of the whole Lhasa city and the distant mountains.
Day 04 Drive Lhasa Lake Yamdrok-Karo-La Glacier-Gyantse. Overnight at hotel
Morning time around 08:00am depart from Lhasa, pass Gangbala Mt. which is over than 5000m, then to Yamdrok tso lake which is one of the three holy lakes in Tibet (another 2 is Namtso lake and Manasarovar), then to Gyangtse via Karo la Glacier, visit Gyangtse Pelkhor Monastery and Gyantse Zhong (Governmental office before 1959), far view Zongshan ruins. Overnight stop in Gyantse.
Day 05 Drive from Gyantse to Shalu. Camping
After breakfast in hotel in Gyantse around 8 am, we drive to Shalu Monastery (19 km to south Shigatse city), visit this Chinese and Tibetan Style Monastery with green tiled roof. Today we will have lunch box prepared in Gyantse, in the afternoon, we have full relaxation and set up camping, enjoy the loose excursions around this late.
Day 06 Trekking Shalu Monastery to Upper Lungsang, 13 km, about 5 hrs
Today we will trek loosely and ascent 200 m. we are going to pass by Ri-Puk Monastery, Phunup village and Showa-la pass [4200m]-Manitinga which we will pass through the village of Lower Lungsang and get to. 30 mins later we will get to Upper Langsang. Set up camping
Day 07 Trekking Upper Lungsang to Ngor Monastery, 8km, 3-4 hrs, 550m ascent
Today we will ascent 550m, trek 3-4 hours to get to Ngor Monastery. On the way, the high pass is Char-la pass [4600 m], after we ascend slowly from Upper Langsang to Char-La pass, we will descent down to Ngor Monastery which takes about 50 mins.
Day 08 Ngor Monastery to Nartang Monastery, 18km, 5 hrs, 300m descent, drive to Lhatse
From Ngor a motorable road runs down the valley. 15 mins from the monastery is the sizable village of pero. Around one and half hours later, we will see that the rvaley and road bend to the north while the road trade route t oSakya continues west over a saddle. Another one hour later, we will get to the village of Dzong Lugari. Fromm Dzong Lugari, we will continue 2 hours trek to reach our destination of Nartang where our Tibetan driver and the vehicle will wait for us, then we will be transferred Lhatse, o/n in Lhatse Shanghai Hotel, rest.
Day 09 Drive from Lhatse to Rongphu Monastery (about 200 km), trek to Base camp, 8km, camping between Base camp and Rongphu
The road from Lhatse to Rongphu is a little bit tough, but our Tibetan driver will transfer us safely to reach to Rongphu Monastery. Then we can take a easy trek of 8 km to Everest Base Camp, complete excursions in Base camp, in the afternoon, we trek or take horse carriages back to Rongphu Monastery.
Day 10 one day excursion in Base camp, later afternoon, we drive to Old Tingri
We may not have taken enough pictures of Everest, mostly our guests will return to Base camp and say goodbye to Everest closely and then in the afternoon, we drive to Old Tingri.
Day 11 Drive from Old Tingri to Zhangmu, to be picked up by our Nepal staff, to KTM
At around 7 am, we will be ready for departure for Tibet border Zhangmu Town, and we will cross the border and be picked up by our kind Nepalese Staff. Tour in Tibet ends with TibetCtrip agency (should you need any additional Nepal tour services, we would be more than happy to offer)
Day12 leave KTM for home
Depart Kathmandu for home today (our guide and driver will transfer you to airport) or you can further extend the Nepal tour