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Samye MonasterySamye Monastery in Tsedang Price: Duration: Dates: Tour code: Overview: Ask for a free quotation 10 Days As you request TCG-2243 On this epic journey you spend a night in a permanent tent camp at Mount Everest Base Camp. Imagine the climbers who have slept in the same location staging their journey to the top of the world's highest peak, rising before dawn to begin their climb.

Along the way you have time on the road to see other sights outside Lhasa. Samye Monastery and Shigatse are two of the points you will stop along the way. The tour also covers the major sights and monasteries in Lhasa.

If there are destinations you would like to add to your trip, or modify the length of this trip, please let us know. It is your journey and we want to make it fit your needs.

Note: Tibet is closed to foreign visitors for two months every spring. Please check with your travel agent for this year's closure dates.
Itinerary
day 1
  • Fly to Tibet / Lhasa
  • Pick up from the Airport
  • Check into your hotel
Pick up from the Airport
Pick up from the Airport
day 2
  • Potala Palace Read more about Potala Palace the quintessential symbol of Tibetan buddhism
  • Lunch Read more about lunch on a tour Traditional Tibetan Lunch
  • Jokhang Temple Read more about Jokhang Temple Colorful, atmospheric, sacred: The most important Buddhist temple in Lhasa
  • Barkhor Circuit Read more about Barkhor Circuit The most sacred and colorful pilgrim way in all of Tibet
  • Return to your hotel
  • Meals: lunch
Potala Palace
Potala Palace
Jokhang Temple
Jokhang Temple
Barkhor Circuit
Barkhor Circuit
day 3
  • Norbulingka Read more about Norbulingka Once a summertime haven for the Dalai Lamas, now the center of the annual “yoghurt” festival
  • Lunch Read more about lunch on a tour Tibetan or Chinese style lunch
  • Sera Monastery Read more about Sera Monastery Home to the famous debating monks, built on a bed of roses
  • Buddhism Scriptures Debating Read more about Buddhism Scriptures Debating Monks at Sera Monastery perform a daily debate for tourists to view.
  • Return to your hotel
  • Meals: lunch
Norbulingka
Norbulingka
Sera Monastery
Sera Monastery
Buddhism Scriptures Debating
Buddhism Scriptures Debating
day 4
  • Meals: lunch, dinner
Samye Monastery
Samye Monastery
Yongbulakhang Palace
Yongbulakhang Palace
day 5
  • Drive to Gyantse
  • Yamdrok Tso Lake Read more about Yamdrok Tso Lake Yamdrok is one of the three holy lakes in Tibet and a large habitat of waterfowl
  • Kambala Pass Read more about Kambala Pass 4,990 meters in altitude
  • Lunch Read more about lunch on a tour Picnic lunch on the shores of Yamdrok Tso
  • Kalais Kora Glacier Read more about Kalais Kora Glacier on the road from Lhasa to Gyantse you pass the Kalais Kora Glacier
  • Check into your hotel
  • Meals: lunch
Yamdrok Tso Lake
Yamdrok Tso Lake
Kambala Pass
Kambala Pass
Kalais Kora Glacier
Kalais Kora Glacier
day 6
  • Palkhor Chode Monastery Read more about Palkhor Chode Monastery believed to be the largest such structure in Tibet
  • Gyantse Dzong Read more about Gyantse Dzong Gyantse Dzong or Gyantse Fortress is one of the best preserved fortresses in Tibet
  • Kumbum Pagoda Read more about Kumbum Pagoda Kumbum Pagoda is a spectacular pagoda temple inside of Palkhor Monastery.
  • Drive to Shigatse
  • Lunch Read more about lunch on a tour Picnic lunch along the way
  • Tashilumpho Monastery Read more about Tashilumpho Monastery located on a hill overlooking Shigatse, it was the traditional seat of the Panchen Lama
  • Check into your hotel
  • Meals: lunch
Palkhor Chode Monastery
Palkhor Chode Monastery
Gyantse Dzong
Gyantse Dzong
Kumbum Pagoda
Kumbum Pagoda
Tashilumpho Monastery
Tashilumpho Monastery
day 7
  • Meals: lunch, dinner
Rongbuk Monastery
Rongbuk Monastery
Hike or drive to Everest Base Camp (4 miles / 7 km)
Hike or drive to Everest Base Camp (4 miles / 7 km)
Overnight in a tent camp at Everest Base Camp
Overnight in a tent camp at Everest Base Camp
day 8
  • Awake for the sunrise on Mount Everest Read more about Awake for the sunrise on Mount Everest see the first rays of the day arrive on the world's highest mountain (weather allowing!)
  • Drive to Shigatse
  • Lunch Read more about lunch on a tour Lunch on your own (guide will advise, not included)
  • Check into your hotel
  • Meals: lunch
Awake for the sunrise on Mount Everest
Awake for the sunrise on Mount Everest
day 9
  • Drive to Tibet / Lhasa
  • Lunch Read more about lunch on a tour Tibetan or Chinese style lunch
  • Tibetan local family visit Read more about Tibetan local family visit  visit a local Tibetan family in their own home and see how they live
  • Check into your hotel
  • Meals: lunch
Tibetan local family visit
Tibetan local family visit
day 10
  • Drop-off at the Airport
Drop-off at the Airport
Drop-off at the Airport
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Tour code: TCG-2243
  • » Your tour day starts and ends at a hotel in the city, which may or may not be included. If a hotel is included it is listed by name on the itinerary for each night.

  • » Discounts for children in China are based on height. Let us know your child's age and height and we can calculate accordingly.

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  • Let us modify the tour's itinerary for free and with no-obligation to suit your needs. We can change the activities, add or change hotel rooms, flights or trains as you wish.

  • Why book a tour with The China Guide?
  • » Zero shopping stops at overpriced commission factories. Your time and money is better spent.
  • » Flexible time schedule to suit your pace. No rush and can cater to children's needs.
  • » Guides selected and trained by American management. Excellent English, accommodating, family friendly.
  • » Meals are in quality local restaurants. We order according to your tastes and diet.
  • » Western style service. Our agents and guides are there to make you happy.
  • » We have traveled in China with our own children. The American owners have four young children.

  • Read more about why choose The China Guide as your travel agency and meet our travel agents.
  • Included in the tour price
  • » Private English speaking guide (selected/trained by our western staff), experienced Chinese speaking driver and quality, air-conditioned vehicle
  • » Admission tickets to all sights listed on the itinerary - no hidden costs
  • » Free bottled water supplied in your vehicle
  • » Meals as specified in quality local restaurants with unlimited standard drinks (Coke, Sprite, bottled water, Chinese tea)


  • Not included in the tour price
  • » Tips to your guide and driver
  • » International travel insurance (you should purchase your own policy in your home country)


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Potala Palace   布达拉宫

The Potala Palace was the chief residence of the Dalai Lama until the 14th Dalai Lama fled to Dharamsala, India, in 1959. Tour groups (that means everyone) must make a reservation to visit the Potala Palace and often are not assigned their time slot until the day before. There are quotas for the number of visitors to avoid overcrowding. So you need to realize that your Potala Palace visit may be shifted to the time or day assigned by the government. You cannot take photos inside but you may outside. You must exit the Potala Palace by your assigned time or the tour guide and company will be punished.

Built at an altitude of 3,700 m (12,100 ft), on the side of Marpo Ri ('Red Mountain') in the center of Lhasa Valley, the Potala Palace, with its vast inward-sloping walls broken only in the upper parts by straight rows of many windows, and its flat roofs at various levels, is not unlike a fortress in appearance. At the...   Read more

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1
Opening hours:
9:00am - 4:00pm with last admission at 3:30pm

Jokhang Temple   大昭寺

Located at the very heart of Lhasa, the Jokhang Temple is a splendid Buddhist temple and an important pilgrimage site for all Tibetans. The temple has four floors, a gilded roof and is made entirely of wood, and traditional vihara layout reflects both Indian and Nepalese architectural influences. The candlelit maze-like corridors inside the temple connect tiny chapels swathed in prayer scarves that are dedicated to various gods and bodhisattvas.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
2
Opening hours:
9:00am - 5:00pm with last admission at 4:00pm

Barkhor Circuit   བར་སྐོར་, 八廓街

Legend has it that when the Jokhang Temple was first built by the first Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo in 647, the Barkhor street was created by thousands of pilgrims wearing down the surrounding earth by circumnambulating the shrine. Today this atmospheric 1km circuit is the heart and soul of Lhasa, with locals and pilgrims alike continuously completing the holy circuit from dawn until dusk, swirling prayer wheels and even rhythmically prostrating their bodies along the ground to express their total religious devotion. Colorful shopping stalls set up along the Barkhor circuit sell prayer flags, Tibetan jewelry, yak butter lamps and other religious handicrafts.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
2

Norbulingka   罗布林卡

The unique Tibetan palace of Norbulingka was the traditional summer residence of the successive Dalai Lamas from the 18th century. The palace and surrounding gardens are covered with brightly colored flowers, fruit trees and classical Tibetan water features, providing a relaxing retreat for Tibet’s political and religious leaders to escape to in the hottest summer months. Today the gardens are particularly popular for celebrating the annual Sho Dun (“yoghurt”) festival, where the locals gather to sing, dance and play musical instruments.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
2.5
Opening hours:
9:30am - 6:00pm with last admission at 4:00pm

Sera Monastery   色拉寺

Built as one of the great three university monasteries in Tibet, the Sera monastery is home to hundreds of Buddhist monks and nuns as well as precious Buddhist texts. Built on a hill that was once blanketed by roses, the monastery gets its name from the Tibetan word sera, meaning rose. Revolution saw total desecration of most of the monastery and the death of countless monks, yet today it has been restored to its former glory and spiritual significance. Visitors in the early afternoon will be treated to an authentic display of monks vigorously debating Buddhist doctrines.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
3
Opening hours:
9:00am - 6:00pm with last admission at 4:00pm

Buddhism Scriptures Debating   佛教辩经

Monks at Sera Monastery perform a daily debate for tourists to view.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1
Opening hours:
3:00pm - 5:00pm

Samye Monastery   桑耶寺

Samye Monastery was the first Buddhist monastery in Tibet, built in the 8th century with the help of Indian Buddhist masters. The layout of the monastery complex forms a huge mandala, a representation of the Buddhist universe, and is modeled after the Indian temple of Odantapuri in Bihar.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
3
Opening hours:
9:00am - 6:00pm

Yongbulakhang Palace   雍布拉康宫

Yongbulakhang Palace is the first palace in Tibetan history. It contains statues of the three-world Buddhas and Tsanpos of various historical stages.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1

Yamdrok Tso Lake   羊卓雍措湖

Yamdrok is one of the three holy lakes in Tibet and a large habitat of waterfowl. The lake is located 4,441 meters (14,570 feet) above sea level.

Kambala Pass   岗巴拉山口

On the road from Lhasa to Gyantse, this pass is at 4,990 meters in altitude.

Kalais Kora Glacier   卡若拉冰川

On the road from Lhasa to Gyantse you pass the Kalais Kora Glacier. While most people park along the roadside if you walk in five or ten minutes you can enjoy solitude among the boulders at the base of the glacier.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1

Palkhor Chode Monastery   白居寺

Lying about 230 kilometers (143 miles) south of Lhasa and 100 kilometers (62 miles) east of Shigatse, Palkhor Monastery is a monastery having the characteristics of Han, Tibetan and Nepali architecture.

The Palcho Monastery or Pelkor Chode Monastery or Shekar Gyantse is the main monastery in Gyantse, Tibet, in the Nyangchu river valley. The monastery is a complex of structures, which, apart from the Tsuklakhang Monastery, also includes its Kumbum, believed to be the largest such structure in Tibet.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
2

Gyantse Dzong   江孜宗山抗英遗址

Gyantse Dzong or Gyantse Fortress is one of the best preserved fortresses in Tibet. It is perched high above the town of Gyantse on a hilltop with panoramic views of the countryside.

Gyantse Fortress was constructed in 1390 and provided security for the southern approaches to the Tsangpo Valley and Lhasa. Gyantse town was surrounded by a wall nearly 2 miles long (3 km).

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1

Kumbum Pagoda   万佛塔

Kumbum Pagoda is a spectacular pagoda temple inside of Palkhor Monastery. It was an important center for the Sakya school of Tibetan Buddhism and is still considered to be one of the most outstanding and sacred places in Tibet. Kumbum means "place of 10,000 images" and is the centerpiece of Palkhor Monastery. Kumbun has 9 tiers, rises over 32 meters in height and has 77 chapels, shrines and chortens.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1

Tashilumpho Monastery   扎什伦布寺

Tashilhunpo Monastery was founded in 1447 by Gendun Drup, the First Dalai Lama. Located on a hill overlooking Shigatse, Tibet's second largest city, it was the traditional seat of the Panchen Lama.

Rongbuk Monastery   绒布寺

Rongbuk Monastery sits beside Mount Everest at an altitude of 4,980 metres (16,340 ft) above sea level. It was founded in 1903 and was a frequent stop for Everest expeditions. Most expeditions climbing Mount Everest from the Tibetan side establish their Base Camp near the tongue of Rongbuk Glacier about 5 miles (8 km) south of Rongbuk Monastery.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1

Hike or drive to Everest Base Camp (4 miles / 7 km)   徒步或开车7公里到珠峰大本营

Pass through the world's highest peaks.

Overnight in a tent camp at Everest Base Camp  

Spend a night in a permanent tent camp at Mount Everest Base Camp. Imagine the climbers who have spent nights in the same location staging their accent of the world's highest peak, some rising early in the dawn to begin their climb.

Awake for the sunrise on Mount Everest   珠峰大本营看日出

See the first rays of the day arrive on the world's highest mountain (weather allowing)!

Tibetan local family visit   藏民家访

Visit a local Tibetan family in their own home and see how they live. You might get a chance to try authentic home cooked Tibetan tea made with yak butter.

Beijing 北京

Beijing offers much for visitors to do. It is the gateway to the Great Wall, which is 1 - 2 hours drive from the city depending on which part you visit. Within the city, the major sights include The Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven, Hutong tours and cycle rickshaw rides.

Aside from the sights Beijing is a fabulous place to dine. Arguably, it has some of the best Chinese food in the world with lots of regional variations. Western food in Beijing is also excellent due to the abundance of foreigners and embassies.

Beijing also boasts some fantastic parks, with boating, amusements for children, Chinese martial arts and good people watching in a quiet green atmosphere.

The pollution in Beijing comes and goes, blown away by a good wind. Sometimes it builds into a haze, but visitors planning a short trip should not put off. It's just another aspect to life in a city of...   Read more

Tibet / Lhasa 西藏

Tibet is one of the world's mystical destinations, and rightfully so. It has a rich cultural heritage and a proud ethnic people. While Tibet has gone through major changes in the past 50 years, the people and landscapes which make it such a fascinating place are easily visited.

Because of the political climate in Tibet there are a number of rules in place concerning group size and itinerary which need to be followed when planning a trip. Also be aware that sometimes the region will close to foreign tourists without notice.

Tsedang 泽当

Tsetang is the third largest city in Tibet. Samye Monastery, Tibet's first monastery, is located 30 kilometers (18 miles) from the city of Tsetang. It has been the capital of the Yarlung region since antiquity and was the seat of the ancient emperors of Tibet.

Gyantse 江孜

Gyantse is famous for its restored Gyantse Dzong (fort), and the magnificent tiered Kumbum (literally, '100,000 images') of the Palcho Monastery, the largest chörten in Tibet.

Gyantse is 90km from Shigatse and takes about 1 hour to drive. Historically Gyantse was the third largest city in Tibet but it has shrunk and is now quite small.

Shigatse 日喀则

Shigatse is located 250 km (160 miles) southwest of Lhasa and 90 km (56 miles) northwest of Gyantse and lies at an altitude of 3,840 metres (12,600 feet).

Shigatse is home to Tashilhunpo Monastery, founded in 1447 by Gendun Drup, the first Dalai Lama.

Mount Everest Base Camp 珠峰大本营

North Base Camp is in Tibet at an altitude of 5,150 metres (16,900 ft). South Base Camp is in Nepal. These camps are basic staging sites for climbers planning a climb on Mount Everest. The history, scenery and altitude make for a sublime experience.

Breakfast

Most hotels come with breakfast, or if not it can be added at a cost. Four and five star hotels will generally offer a good western and Chinese buffet breakfast. Three star hotels may only have a Chinese breakfast, or a Chinese interpretation of a western breakfast. Anyway a Chinese breakfast is not bad - rice porridge, eggs, Chinese style breads and vegetables.
Drinking Water
Most of our tours offer unlimited bottled water in the vehicle so you can keep hydrated and healthy all day long. Grab a couple bottles to take to your room for the night. Tap water in big cities in China is not going to make you sick, it is chlorinated. Fine for brushing your teeth but best to stick to bottled water as you don't want to upset your system on your big trip.
Children and Special Diets
Our guides are accustomed to handling special diets or the selective eating of children. Let us know in advance if you have food allergies or other special requests and we can plan for you. Children often find they like certain Chinese dishes, such as noodles, fried rice or sweet and sour pork. If a stop at McDonalds or KFC is required your guide can do this on the go.

Lunch on Tour

We consider experiencing good Chinese cuisine to be an important part of the tour experience. When on a tour, lunch is generally Chinese style and normally included in the price. Our guides will help you order according to your taste. Mild, spicy, meat, vegetables, rice and/or noodles. Dishes are served family style and shared by the guests. The driver may eat on his own but the guide will join you if you like.

Food in Beijing is quite good quality and we take our guests to genuine local restaurants, not tourist traps. We consider it distasteful to ask you for small amounts of money during the tour, so we offer unlimited standard drinks including Coke, Sprite, local bottled water and Chinese tea. You also won't leave the table hungry, if you need more to eat just let your guide know.

We don't have fixed restaurants we must use, it depends on where you are at the time you are hungry. When traveling around China we normally have the same arrangements outside Beijing but this may vary depending on your exact itinerary.
Drinking Water
Most of our tours offer unlimited bottled water in the vehicle so you can keep hydrated and healthy all day long. Grab a couple bottles to take to your room for the night. Tap water in big cities in China is not going to make you sick, it is chlorinated. Fine for brushing your teeth but best to stick to bottled water as you don't want to upset your system on your big trip.
Children and Special Diets
Our guides are accustomed to handling special diets or the selective eating of children. Let us know in advance if you have food allergies or other special requests and we can plan for you. Children often find they like certain Chinese dishes, such as noodles, fried rice or sweet and sour pork. If a stop at McDonalds or KFC is required your guide can do this on the go.

Dinner on Tour

Unless there is a special activity planned or you prefer to have all your meals catered, guests often prefer to relax after a day tour and arrange their own dinner. This gives you flexibility in time and cuisine. Having all your meals catered every day can be tiresome. Handling your own dinner allows you to have some control and also strike out on you own. Your guide can give you restaurant suggestions and in big cities you can find lots of options for fine dining, fast food, both western or Chinese. Hotel staff can often make restaurant recommendations within walking distance.

If you get the taste for a burger or pizza after a lot of Chinese food, this is easily found in Beijing, Shanghai and many other cities around China. Many hotel restaurants offer nice food. China also has its share of McDonald's, KFC and Subway sandwich chains if you need a fix.
Drinking Water
Most of our tours offer unlimited bottled water in the vehicle so you can keep hydrated and healthy all day long. Grab a couple bottles to take to your room for the night. Tap water in big cities in China is not going to make you sick, it is chlorinated. Fine for brushing your teeth but best to stick to bottled water as you don't want to upset your system on your big trip.
Children and Special Diets
Our guides are accustomed to handling special diets or the selective eating of children. Let us know in advance if you have food allergies or other special requests and we can plan for you. Children often find they like certain Chinese dishes, such as noodles, fried rice or sweet and sour pork. If a stop at McDonalds or KFC is required your guide can do this on the go.


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