After your arrival In Nyingchi, your local tour guide will greet you to escort you to your vehicle for the 130km drive to Bayi and the village home of the Peach Flower Festival where you can enjoy the beautiful spring-blooming peach flowers. After checking in at hotel, you will spend rest of the day for relaxing.
Today we will start off our sightseeing with a visit to the Sekyim la Pass (elevation 4720 meters) with its splendid views of the great Mt. Namjia Bawa (peak elevation 7700 meters) in the distance. After that, we will drive on to explore the bushy Lulang Forest (elevation 3700 meters) with its typical highland meadow strip of dense bushes, spruce trees and pines. After we have had plenty of time for photographs of the fluffy white clouds, the snow-capped mountains, the endless pines and the quiet pastures, we will drive back to Basum Lake to spend the night.
Today we will drive the holy city of Lhasa. Along the way, we will drive through the Mila Pass (elevation 5014 meters) before heading on to the Basum-tso Lake, located 360 kilometers east of Lhasa. The high altitude Basum-tso Lake, situated 3500 meters above sea level, is formed from melting snow in the Nyching Tangha Mountain. The lake is 12 kilometers long, with snow-covered mountains, glaciers and trees reflected upon the lake’s surface providing fantastic photo opportunities. Over the centuries, Tibetan Buddhist temples have been built on the numerous small islands in the middle of the lake.
Today we will drive back to the holy city of Lhasa alongside the beautiful Niyang River, which is the longest tributary of the Yarlung Tsangpo River, with spectacular scenery all along the way. We will be able to make some sightseeing stops along the way, including the cradle of the Benjiao at Benri Holy Mountain as well as the Kadinggou Scenic Area and Apei Village.Later, we will go to visit Sera Monastery. The highlight will be watching the monk’s debating inside the shady courtyard behind the main temple. Every day except Sunday, hundreds of red-robed monks assemble in small groups and practice their debating skills.
Tips for Visiting Potala Palace
1. The number of visitors to the palace is strictly limited to 2,300 per day. Visitors can only visit during the time specified on the admission ticket.
2. Admission tickets to visit the Potala Palace are sold out almost every day, so it is strongly recommended to book your tickets several days in advance.
3. There are many steps at the Potala Palace, so it’s best to take it slowly to avoid possible altitude discomfort.
4. Visitors should respect the rules while visiting. Do not wear hats, wear revealing clothes or step on thresholds as these actions violate local customs.
5. Photography and the taking of videos are forbidden inside the Potala Palace.
6. A security search will take place at the entrance to the palace. Explosives, flammables, knives, lighters and even water bottles are not allowed inside the Potala Palace.
Today features visits to 2 of the most important monasteries in Tibetan Buddhism – the Drepung and Sera Monasteries. Drepung Monastery is located on the hillside west of Lhasa – at one time the world’s largest monastery with about 10,000 monks living there. A pleasant walk up the hill leads to the solemn ambience inside the monastery’s many halls and chapels. After Drepung, we will move on to the Sera Monastery. The main highlight of the Sera Monastery is watching the crowd of monks debating inside the shady courtyard behind the main temple. Every day except Sunday, hundreds of red-robed monks assemble in small groups and practice their debating skills – a very impressive sight to behold as the monks are very animated in their debates on the various attributes of Buddhist scriptures.
This morning we’ll take a drive up to the Kampala Pass (elevation 4797 meters) where you’ll have a glimpse of Yamdrok Lake down below as well as spectacular views of the holy Mount Nyenchen Khangsar in the distance. You will want to have your camera at the ready for the turquoise waters of Yamdrok Lake, which is one of the three holy lakes of Tibet, and the beautiful Mt. Nyenchen Khangsar glacier as seen from the Karol la Pass. Later on we’ll be able to visit the Karola Glacier before continuing along the southern Friendship Highway to Gyantse, where you will be able to see the famous Gyantse Kumbum, one of the most stunning architectural wonders in Tibet. Late in the afternoon we will continue on to Shigatse, the location of the Tashilunpo Monastery.
After breakfast we’ll set out towards the peak of the world – Mount Everest. Departing from Shigatse and traveling via Lhatse and Tingri, you will see some of the most beautiful and unique scenery in the world – incredibly blue skies, floating high clouds, endless grasslands and the highest mountain peaks in the world. We’ll also stop by the Rongbuk Monastery – the world’s highest altitude monastery before spending the night at the Everest Base Camp.
Due to the high altitude, it is possible that you may have some symptoms of altitude sickness. We recommend that you stay well hydrated, relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery to minimize your symptoms.
Enjoy a breathtaking sunrise at the Everest Base Camp before we journey back through the spectacular scenery to spend the night again in Shigatse.
We will get an early start today to visit the Tashilunpo Monastery, which was founded in 1447 by the 1st Dalai Lama. After visiting this ancient monastery, one of the most important sites in Tibetan Buddhism, we will take the 80-kilometer drive back to Lhasa along the northern Friendship Highway. This route will take us through Daktuka across the bridge over the Bramaputra River and along the valley in the north to Namtso Lake. During today’s journey we will pass through many typical Tibetan villages with their traditional houses and peaceful environments. We will also cross the Shuege-la Pass (elevation 5300 meters), arriving at beautiful Namtso Lake in the afternoon with time to hike around the Tahi Do peninsula.
We will arise early to view the magnificent sunrise over this holy sky lake before we begin the drive back to Lhasa. On our return journey we will pass the famous Yampanchen Hot Spring. If you are interested, we can make an optional stop here although the cost for visiting the hot spring is not included in the cost of the usual tour itinerary. You will have some free time this evening in Lhasa for your last night in Tibet.
Your day will be free until we pick you up to take you on the 90-minute drive to the Lhasa airport for your departing flight.
|11 Days Group Tour to Nyingchi Peach Flower Festival|
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√Tibet Entry Permit and Alien's travel Permit
√Environment friendly local bus between Rongpuk and EBC
√Hot water bottle and sleeping bag provided in Winter while traveling to EBC.
√Oxygen provided while traveling to EBC.
√Professional Tibetan English speaking tour guide
√Travel Agency Service Charge
√Accommodation as listed in the itinerary
√One welcome dinner in Lhasa
√Single room supplement.
√China visa, all air tickets and train tickets to and from Tibet.
√Sightseeing not listed in the itinerary.
√Meals not listed in the itinerary (all lunches and dinners).
√Admission fee of All tourist sites listed in Itinerary
√Personal expenses such as laundry, drink, fax, telephone call, optional activities, etc. √Gratuities, tips to guides, drivers, bellboys, etc.
√Excess Baggage Charges.
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