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Shoton Festival plus Lhasa to Kathmandu overland (8 days)

Day 1: (12th, Aug)

Activity today: Arrival in Lhasa, Pick-up service from Lhasa train station or airport and then transfer you to the hotel reserved for you. Have a good rest in the hotel to better acclimatize yourself.

Day 2: (13th, Aug)

Activity today: In the morning, visit the symbol or landmark of Lhasa - Potala Palace, the successive Dalai Lama's winter residence. In the afternoon, visit the center of Tibetan Buddhism - Jorhkang Temple, where you will come across lots of devoted pilgrimages coming from every corner of Tibet. Both sites are under the list of the world cultural heritages by the UNISCO.

Potala Palace Jorhkang Temple

Day 3: (14th, Aug)

Activity today: Wake up early, if you like, to experience the most zealous enthusiasm of Tibetan people's faith towards Buddhism, because today is the first day of Shoton Festival, and people will wake up very early to rush to Drepung Monastery in order to get a good position to view Great Buddha exhibition show. In the afternoon, drive you to see Sera monastery, the very exciting Buddhism scripture debating among lamas will go on there in the afternoon.

Great Buddha Exhibition Lamas Debating

Day 4: (15th, Aug)

Activity today: Today, in the moring we will firstly drive to Ganden Monastery that is 65km away from Lhasa city. The monastery is the ancestry monastery for the Gelug sect of the Tibet Buddhism. Now Gelug sect is the most influential sect of Tibet Buddhism. The valley where the monastery located is very beautiful , we will do a short trekking ( 2 hours) there and in the afternoon, we drive to Norbulingka Park to watch the interesting Tibetan Opera Show.

Ganden Monastery Tibetan Opera

Day 5: (16th, Aug)

Route: Lhasa - Gyatse - Shigatse (360km)
Activity today: Drive to the historic town of Gyantse via the turquoise Holy Lake of Yamdrok, according to local mythology, Yamdrok Lake is the transformation of a goddess; in distance you can also see the snow capped Summit of Ninjingkangsang. In Gyantse, you will find the largest stupa in Tibet - Kumpa Stupa (Ten-thousand stupa), just next to the Stupa is the Pelchor Monastery (Optional). Another important site in Gyantse is Dzong Castle which once was a battle field where Tibetan fought against British invasion.

Yamdrok Lake Kumpa Stupa

Day 6: (17th, Aug)

Route: Shigatse - Rongbuk Monastery (340km)
Activity today: In the morning after breakfast, our guide will go to tourism bureau in Shigatse to apply for PSB permit for Mt. Everest, which will take about 1 hour. After obtaining the permit, we will drive directly towards Mt. Everest. On the top of the Gyalpo-la pass you can see 4 of the highest mountains over 8000 meters (Mt. Everest; Mt. Makalu; Mt. Lotse; Mt. Cho Oyu) in the world at the same time, what a great picture. Before arriving at the EBC, you will first visit the highest monastery in the world - Rongbuk Monastery, which is also a good position to watch the Everest, the sunset view is fantastic when weather is good.

Rongbuk Monastery Mt. Everest

Day 7: (18th, Aug)

Route: Rongbuk Monastery - EBC - Zhangmu (320km)
Activity today: Get up early in the morning to wait for the most exciting and holy moment when the first sunshine reaches the world at the peak of the Everest. The golden crown of the Everest will definitely be the killer of your camera. Next, after breakfast at the restaurant near the EBC, we will drive to Zhangmu, overnight there.

EBC Zhangmu

Day 8: (19th, Aug)

Activity today: In the morning after breakfast at Zhangmu, your guide will help you go through border formality and you can You can cross the border bridge and check in Nepal side, Nepal visa is available upon arrival with 30USD, please prepare one photo of passport size to get Nepal Visa. Next step, you need to find a car or bus towards Kathmandu, 50ms ahead from border bridge, dozens of car or bus are parking there to pick up travelers; about 3000 Nepali Rupee for a taxi rental or 50 Nepali Rupee(Appro.1USD) for a bus seat. Taxi will be a good choice for you

 
Friendship Bridge  

 

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Price Inclusions:

  1. All kinds of required Tibet permits, such as TTP and ATP.
  2. Well maintained tourist vehicle with driver according to the group size.
  3. English speaking local Tibetan guide throughout the tour.
  4. Star ranked hotel depends on your budget.
  5. All entrance tickets fee to all the scenic spots in the itinerary.
  6. Breakfast provided by the hotel.
  7. Pick-up and drop-off service at airport or train station in Lhasa.
  8. Food and accommodation for guide and driver.
  9. Guide and vehicle’s entry fee to Mt. Everest Nature Reserve.

 

Price Exclusions:

  1. Train or air tickets to and leaving Lhasa.
  2. Lunches and dinners.
  3. Tips to guide.
  4. Nepal visa fee

 

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