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Lhasa: Private Full-Day Tour w/ Lunch

1. Lhasa: Private Full-Day Tour w/ Lunch

Start your adventure with a hotel lobby pick-up at 08:00 and head to the remarkable Potala Palace. Originally serving as the winter palace for the Dalai Lama, Potala Palace is now listed as an UNESCO Cultural Heritage Site and stands as the symbol of Tibet. Examine the amazing architecture and culture, complete with huge golden Buddha statues and red-robed lamas. There will be a break for lunch at a local restaurant before an afternoon visit to Jokhang Temple, the spiritual center of Tibet. Here, you will find many pilgrims worshiping, having trekked long distances from every corner of Tibet. Buddhists from all sects come to worship at this temple which help maintain its description as the "spiritual heart of the city." Finally, you'll find yourself at Barkhor Street where you can walk around a special circular pilgrimage route just as the local followers do. There will be plenty of traditional religious souvenirs for you to see, and, if desired, purchase as a reminder of your wonderful Lhasa experiences. Afterward, you will be dropped off back at your hotel to conclude a day of exploring the local culture and craft.

From Lhasa: 14-Day Tour with 3-Day Trek Around Mount Everest

2. From Lhasa: 14-Day Tour with 3-Day Trek Around Mount Everest

Spend 14-days in the region surrounding Mount Everest. See towns, monasteries, lakes, and sacred sites around Mount Everest. Spend 3-days trekking through the region. Itinerary: Day 1 Be picked up at your hotel in Lhasa and spend the day exploring the city. Visit the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, and Barkhor Street. Spend the night at a hotel. Day 2 Spend the day in Lhasa and enjoy a tour of the city. Visit the Drepung and Sera Monastery. Spend the night at a hotel. Day 3 Depart Lhasa and head to Yamdrok Lake. See Yamdrok Lake, one of the three largest sacred lakes in Tibet. Afterward, head to Shigatse. Spend the night at a lodge in Shigatse. Day 4 Travel from Shigatse to Tingri. At an elevation of 4300 meters, the town is a common starting point for those climbing Mount Everest. Spend the night at a lodge in Tingri. Day 5 Head to Rongbuk Monastery. At 5009 meters above sea level, Rongbuk Monastery claims to be the highest-elevation monastery in the world. From Rongbuk Monastery, head to the Everest Base Camp. Spend the night at a lodge or camp at the Everest Base Camp. Day 6 Spend the day at the Everest Base Camp and Saga. Spend the night at a lodge or camp in Saga. Day 7 Depart Saga and head to Lake Manasarovar. See the freshwater lake and its surroundings before heading to Darchen. Located in front of Mount Kailash, the town is a popular starting point for pilgrimages in the area. Spend the night at a lodge or camp in Darchen. Day 8 Day 8 is the first day of the trek. Trek for 20km from Darchen to Drirapuk. Spend the night in a lodge or camp at Drirapuk. Day 9 Day 9 is the second day of the trek. Trek for 18km from Drirapuk to Zuthuphuk. Spend the night in a lodge or camp at Zuthulphuk. Day 10 Day 10 is the third day of the trek. Trek for 14km from Zuthuphuk to Darchen. Spend the night in a lodge or camp at Darchen. Day 11 After your 3-day trek, travel from Darchen to Saga. Spend the night at a lodge in Saga. Day 12 Travel from Saga to Shigatse. Spend the night at a lodge in Shigatse. Day 13 Depart Shigatse and head to Lhasa. Spend the night at a hotel in Lhasa. Day 14 Be dropped off at the airport.

From Kathmandu: 8-Day Tibetan Excursion Fly-In Drive-Out

3. From Kathmandu: 8-Day Tibetan Excursion Fly-In Drive-Out

Tibet Tour with Everest Base Camp is the most demanding and popular tour to Tibet, where you’ll be embarking on a journey on a 920 kilometers stretch of road, known as the Friendship Highway between Lhasa to Kathmandu. Tibet with Everest Base Camp Tour allows you on several detours to the highlights of the Tsang Province and natural exploration of the central part of the Tibetan Plateau surrounded by mountains of 5,500 meters of a forgotten world. Explore various settlements along the way towards the Tibet Everest Base Camp which offers a spectacular view of Mt. Everest from the southern side with other endless rows of mountains, get insight into the life and culture of the friendly Tibetan people, discover ancient monasteries, observe the sacred chanting of the monks, hiking along the tranquil shores of the Turquoise Lake Yamdrok Tso. This Tibet Tour with Everest Base Camp is designed as an opportunity to learn about various traditions and cultures of people along with natural wonders. Day 1: Kathmandu to Lhasa (3,650m) Get picked up from your hotel in Kathmandu and taken to the airport. Fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa and arrive at the Gonngar Airport. Transfer one hour to Lhasa and enjoy a full night's rest for acclimatization at a hotel. Day 2-3: Two days of sightseeing in Lhasa Visit Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Bazaar, Drepung Monastery, and the Sera Monastery with a guide. Stay overnight at a hotel. Day 4: Lhasa - Gyantse (3,950m) - Shigatse Drive to Gyantse via Yamadroke Lake and the high passes, Kora LA (5,010m) and Kamba La (4,794m). After breakfast, enjoy some sightseeing in Gyantse with visits to Pholkor and Kumbum Monastery. In the evening, take a 1.5-hour scenic drive to Xigatse through the typical Tibetan countryside. Stay overnight at a hotel. Day 5: Shigatse - Xegar (4,200m) Wake up and head off to visit Panchen Lama’s Tashilhumpu Monastery. Then drive to Xegar, crossing over Gyatchula, a pass of 5,200m. Settle in for an overnight at a hotel. Day 6: Xegar to Ronbuk (4,980m), 90 kilometers  Embark on a scenic drive to Ronbuk through the beautiful Tibetan countryside. Explore Ronbuk Monastery, the highest monastery in the world, and enjoy an overnight at a guest house.   Day 7: Ronbuk - Everest Base Camp - Kerong Hike up to Everest Base Camp and explore the surrounding area. Travel back to Ronbuk and then drive to Kerong for overnight at a hotel. Day 8: Kerong to Kathmandu Head toward the Rasuwagadi border and, after necessary border formalities, drive to Kathmandu on the magical Friendship Highway to conclude the tour with hotel drop-off.

Private 3-Night Lhasa Trip

4. Private 3-Night Lhasa Trip

Your Tibetan private tour guide will pick you up at Lhasa Gonggar Airport or train station according to the itinerary you provided at the time of booking and then transfer to your own prearranged hotel. The rest of day is at your leisure for exploration. The next day, you will visit Jokhang Temple and Potala Palace. Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple are both key landmarks of Tibet. Later, you will visit a local market before returning to your own prearranged hotel. This morning, you will embark on a great trip to Ganden Monastery As well as the impressive architecture, you will also see majestic surroundings on top of Ganden Wangpo Hill. Wander around the hill to takes in the panoramic view of the valley before continuing to Sera monastery before driving back to your own prearranged hotel. On the last day, you will be transferred to Lhasa Airport or train station in the morning where this 4-day tour concludes.

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