The Tibetan name forMt.Everestis “Quomolangmawhich literally means “The Third Goddess Towering 8848.13 meters in the middle section of the Himalaya inTingriCounty, Shigatse, Quomolangma teems with snow-capped peaks and glaciers. Everest region has four peaks above 8000 meters and 38 peaks above 7000 meter, thus is reputed as the Third Pole on the Earth. Glaciers of modern era are located at the foot of the mountains, deep caves and snaking ice rivers present a magnificent view around the Quomolangma.
The three great towns of theKathmanduValley–Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur still bear witness to their days as fiercely competitive medieval mini-kingdoms. Indeed, inNepalit’s possible to mentally turn back the clock to the medieval era, such is the evocative power of the country
The wonderful part of this trip is to see the different faces of theHimalayaRange: on the north side, the ever-stretching snow mountains and atrocious weather make it an inhospitable land. While the south side of theHimalayaembraces luxurious shades of green, with waterfalls and cascades flushing almost everywhere. You can do nothing but marvel at this Mother Nature’s masterpiece.
DAY01 Arrive in Lhasa Overnight in Lhasa.
DAY02 :Lhasa. The first day of sightseeing starts from Lhasa’s cardinal landmark Potala Palace , 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. It takes at least a good 2-hour to visit those rooms, halls and chapels. Some2kmto the east of the Potala is the most revered religious structure in TibetJokhang Temple. Bustling with worshippers and redolent with mystery, the Jokhang is an unrivalled experience. The quadrangle of streets surrounding the Jokhang is the Barkhor Lhasa’s most interesting pilgrimage circuit. This area of theOldTownis both the spiritual heart ofLhasaand the main commercial district for Tibetans. Overnight inLhasa.(B)
Day 03:Lhasa-Namtso-Lhasa Drive to Namtso about240Kmaway from Lhasa. Namtso, theSkyLake, is like a crystal gem inlaid on the vast Qiangtang Plain. The Nyaiqen Tanglha mountain range, with peaks over7000m, towers over the lake to the south. Thawed snow from this range makes the body of the lake, so the water is a miraculous shade of turquoise blue, and there are magnificent views of the nearby mountains. The wild open spaces are intoxicating and dotted with the tents of local nomad herders. Drive back toLhasa. Overnight inLhasa. (B)
DAY04:Lhasa. About8kmwest of central Lhasa is the Drepung, once world’s largest monastery with about 10,000 monks. This day’s sightseeing begins with 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 wholeLhasacity and the distant mountains. Drepung is one of Lhasa’s two great Gelugpa monasteries, the other is Sera. Around5kmnorth of centralLhasa, Sera may not be as grandiose as Drepung, but is more serene surrounded by many small temples. The “Buddhism Scriptures Debatingin Sera is very famous. Overnight in Lhasa.(B)
DAY05: Lhasa-Yamdroktso--Shigatse. Yamdroktso(4441m), one ofTibet’s three holy lakes, is located110kmoutside ofLhasa. In the fresh morning air, you’re on the way to this lake. It’s mostly mountain road, winding and bumpy, even thrilling somewhat. After about 3 1/2 hoursdriving, climbing over the snow pass of Kambala(5030m), the dazzling Yamdroktso just lies several hundred meters below the road, and in clear weather is a fabulous shade of deep turquoise. Far in the distance is the huge massif of Mt. Nojin Kangtsang(7191m). Shigatse becomes clearer cause it’s just 1 1/2 hoursdriving (98km). Miles away from Shigaste, you can already see the gold tops of Tashilhunpo shinning under the sun. While Tashilhunpo’s magnificent outside leaves you gasp in admiration, the inside of this monastery introduces you more religious tranquility and sincerity. Just close Tashilhunpo is the Old Town of Shigatse, a great place to wander around: Nicely decorated Tibetan houses and interesting market and bazaar give you a vivid picture of local people’s life. Overnight in Shigatse.(B)
DAY06 : Shigatse-Shegar. Miles away from Shigaste, you can already see the gold tops of Tashilhunpo shinning under the sun. While Tashilhunpo’s magnificent outside leaves you gasp in admiration, the inside of this monastery introduces you more religious tranquility and sincerity. This afternoon can make you tired as you basically spend more than 6 hours on the rugged road driving. Shegar, also known as New Tingri, is the last stop before Everest Base Camp. Refresh yourself here and don’t forget to wash your dusty face. Overnight in Quomolangma Hotel (B)
DAY07 : Shegar-Base Camp. Although it’s just100kmfrom Shegar to Base Camp(5200m), it takes about 4 hours since the cracked winding roads demand much caution. But the views are stupendous on a clear day, and feature a huge sweep of the Himalaya range including peaks over 8000, Makalu, Lhotse, Everest, Gyachung andCho Oyu. When you finally get to Base Camp, the first sight of the mighty Everest simply leaves you speechless. All the hardship you bear along the way makes sense at this while. Trekking from Rongpuk Monastery to the base camp. The best moments towatchMt.Everest’s are early morning and late evening when Everest is shining like a goddess in the sunglow. Overnight in Rongphu Monastery guesthouse (B)
DAY08 : Base Camp-Tingri-Kerung. This day’s experience is somewhat incredible. Leaving Base Camp to Tingri takes about 5 hours on the bumpy and dusty roads. While another 5 hours from Tingri to Zhangmu is more pleasant when approachingHimalaya’s south side: driving through the valley, your eyes are greeted by various shades of green, your ears are filled with the singing of waterfalls, and the moisture in the air makes you fresh from head to toe. Zhangmu is a bustling border town, also a fascinating mix of population, buildings, stores etc. After the quiet even a bit solitary Everest region, this is a welcome change of tune. Overnight in Kerung . (B)
DAY9 : Kerung -Kathmandu. In the morning, our guide will help you clear the customs and transfer you to Kerung port and get to Nepalese side. Our Nepalese guide will pick you up there. Then drive to Kathmandu city, enjoy the scenery of great white waters along the way. Overnight inKathmandu. (B) Day10:Kathmandu. In the morning, go to Bhaktapur the most medieval-look town inKathmanduvalley, and visit itsDurbar Square. In the afternoon, free in Thamel, touristsfavorite shopping area.
Includes: the Alien’s Travel Permit, airfare of Shanghai-Lhasa and Katmandu-Shanghai, transportation by non-AC coach/jeep, 8 nights in hotels based on twin-bed room, 1 night in dorm-style guesthouse based on single bed, meals as indicated, English-speaking guide, Mentioned sightseeing entrance fees,
Excludes: Nepal Visa fees, not mentioned meals , tips, other personal expenses
Notes: 1. Departure may be advanced one day due to flight schedule re-arrangement. 2. Hotels are subject to change, but will remain the same standard. 3. Potala Palace get a limitation 800 paxs per day to protect the heritage of history. The sequence of sightseeing suppose to be adjust according the situation of entrance permission.