10 Day Ganden hike and Mount Everest

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The highlight of the Tour is the 1-2 hours hike at Ganden monastery and Drak yerba meditation caves. All the tour to the Mount Everest base camp is traveling in the vehicle so to make the tour special, Tibet Travelers has included the stunning hike from the backside of Ganden monastery to see the view of the whole Ganden valley and the Yerba valley.

This journey will start by exploring the holy city of Lhasa. You will see the main Buddhist sites in the city including Jokhang Temple, Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery, and the Potala Palace.  You will also be able to explore the Old Town of Lhasa and rub shoulders with some of the thousands of pilgrims who are here each day. Altogether, you will spend 3 nights in Lhasa.

Next, you will make the scenic drive to Shigatse going via Yamdrok Lake, Karo La Glacier, and the Gyantse Kumbum Stupa. From Shigatse, you will visit Sakya monastery on the way to the North Face Base Camp of Mt. Everest where if the weather is clear, Travelers can witness the beauties of sunset, sunrise, and stars in the night at world’s highest peak! From Everest, you will then return to Lhasa via Shigatse through Nyemo valley and Yangpachen hot spring.

We will start a day tour to Ganden monastery to witness the beauties of the hiking in Tibet. This 1-2 hours hike is one of the favorites of many previous Travelers. After the Ganden monastery, we will travel to Drak yerba meditation caves for another 1-2 hours hike to make the tour a wonder in Tibet.  

This will be an amazing journey that will allow you to see many of the best places Tibet has to offer!

 



Tour Type: 10-Day Private Tour

Group Size: Depend on Travelers

Tour Duration: 10 Days

Price: Depend on Season

  1. All travel permits for Tibet
  2. English speaking Tibetan tour guide
  3. Pick up and drop off by airport bus
  4. All transportation in Tibet per itinerary, a vehicle for the trip outside of Lhasa, taxis inside Lhasa
  5. Vehicle tolls and Vehicle repairs(if necessary)
  6. All administrative fees
  7. All meals and accommodations for your guide
  8. All lodging listed in the itinerary
  9. Breakfast each morning
  10. Entrance fees for the places listed in the itinerary 
  11. One time welcome meal for the group
  12. One box of mineral water plus shared 
  13. Oxygen tank in the car
    • Transportation costs to and from Tibet
    • Chinese visa fees and passport fees
    • Lunch and dinner
    • Personal expenses (laundry, photography fees, souvenirs etc)
    • Tips to the driver and guide

Day1. Pick Up From Airport Or Train Station And Transfer To Hotel


Upon your arrival at Lhasa airport or train station, you will be greeted by your Tibetan guide, from the airport to Lhasa city is 60km, about an hour drive will take you to the holy city Lhasa. Driving along the Brahmaputra river and Lhasa River. If you take the train to Lhasa, normally you will arrive in the late afternoon or evening, 20 minutes drive will take you to your hotel in Lhasa city. Check into the hotel, have a good rest to acclimatize the high altitude.

Overnight at 3-star Kyichu Hotel, located in the heart of Lhasa city with 400 meters from Jhokang Temple 

Day2. Lhasa City Sightseeing, Visit Jokhang Temple And Sera Monastery(B)


After breakfast, you will visit the Jokhang, the holiest Buddhist temple in all of the Himalaya. Each day, many thousands of Buddhist pilgrims come here to worship. Many have traveled well over a thousand kilometers by foot to see this 1400-year-old temple. After lunch, you will visit the 600-year-old huge monastery complex of Sera. While at Sera, you watch the monks engage in entertaining Buddhist philosophical debates. In the evening, you will have free time to wander around the Old Town on your own.

Overnight at 3-star Kyichu Hotel, located in the heart of Lhasa city with 400 meters from Jhokang Temple 

(B)=breakfast

Day3. Lhasa City Sightseeing, Visit Drepung Monastery, Potala Palace (B)


Today you will be arranged to visit Drepung, Potala Palace. Drepung monastery was once the world largest monastery in the history with 10,000 monks hailed from different monasteries all over Tibet. It is located in a small mountain so we can see the view of Lhasa city below.  After Drepung visiting the massive 1000 room Potala Palace, the most iconic building in Tibet. You will work your way up the steps of the Potala and then go through the most important rooms in this famous UNESCO site. After lunch, you will explore another one of Tibet’s important monasteries.

Overnight at 3-star Kyichu Hotel, located in the heart of Lhasa city with 400 meters from Jhokang Temple 

(B)=breakfast

Day4. Lhasa / Yamdrok Lake [4,441m] / Gyantse [3,980m] / Shigatse [3,840m], 360KM, 7hrs (B)


Morning drive up to Kampala pass [4794m], you will have a glimpse of Yamdrok-Tso and spectacular views of Holy Mount Nyenchen Khangsar in the distance, the turquoise colored Lake Yamdrok Yutso is one of the three holy lakes in Tibet, the unforgettable vista of pincer-shaped turquoise water of the lake and amazing spectacle of Mt. Nyenchen Khangsar glacier from Karo la pass is wonders of the day. 

We visit the Ralung monastery, which was once the biggest Buddhist college in Tibet and home of many great Tibetan Yogis from Drukpa Kagyu sect including Jetsun Ling Repa, Jetsun Tsangpa Gyare, Jetsun Tsang Nyon, Jetun U Nyon, Jetsun Drukpa Kunley. They are no tourist and sometimes not even locals so Ralung monastery is one of the most peaceful monasteries with beautiful landscape.

Then along the Friendship southern Hwy drive to Gyantse, visit the famous stupa - Gyantse Kumbum, one of the most stunning architectural wonders in Tibet. Late afternoon travel to Shigatse for 1 hour 10 minutes drive.  

Overnight at 4 star Gesar Hotel

(B)=breakfast

Day5. Shigatse / Sakya [4,280m] / Pelber [3,950m], 200KM, 4hrs (B)


In the morning visit Tashilunpo Monastery after drive to Sakya and visit Sakya monastery on the way then drive to Pelber across Tsou-la Pass (4500m) and Gyatso-la Pass (5220m), with good weather you can see your first views of Mount Everest. At the end of the day’s 230km journey, we arrive in the evening at Pelber (New Tingri) (4300m).

Overnight in 2-star hotel in Pelber(B)=breakfast

Day6. Pelber/New Tingri/ Geu La [5,200m] / Everest Base Camp [5,200m], 100KM, 4hrs (B)


This day will take you from Pelber to Tibet’s North Face Everest Base Camp. Along the way, you will be passing through several small Tibetan farming villages that you will be able to photograph. You will cross over the 5200M Geu La Pass, offers a panoramic view of the glacier-covered Himalaya. From here, you can see 4 of the world’s 15 highest peaks, including Everest. From the Geu La, you will then go to Rongphu, the highest monastery in the world at just under 5000 meters in elevation. The iconic view of Everest from here will be a high point of your journey! You will then continue on to the Tent Hotels, which operate from mid-April through mid-October. The Tent Hotels are the closest that travelers can stay to Mt. Everest and are located 2 kilometers from base camp. If you are traveling outside of this time frame, you will stay at the Rongphu Monastery Guesthouse. From the Tent Hotels, elevation 5050 meters, you will take a separate bus the remaining 2 kilometers to base camp. If you’d like, you can also hike this last short distance. The driving distance from Shigatse to Everest Base Camp is 350 kilometers with the driving time being 7 hours.

Overnight in Black yak hair tent dormitory or Rongbuk monastery Guesthouse(B)=breakfast (No private bathroom, No Shower)

Day7. Rongbuk / Shegar / Shigatse [3,840m], 340KM, 6-7hour Drive


After the breakfast, see the sunrise at Everest Base Camp then drive to Lhasa through the same route from Geu la pass with the last view of Himalaya range, stop at any point if you find interest. Overnight at Shigatse.

Overnight at 4 star Gesar Hotel

(B)=breakfast

Day8. Shigatse / Nyemo Valley/ Yangbachen Hot-spring / Lhasa [4,700m], 360Km, Around 7-8hours Drive (B)


After breakfast then drive to Nyemo valley to see nomads and farmers and nature, No tourist (this will be highlight for the day so you can spend lots of time and then drive to Yangpachen hot spring pool and you can decide to go in or not by paying entrance fees directly at there and drive to Lhasa for the night. 

Overnight at 3-star Kyichu Hotel, located in the heart of Lhasa city with 400 meters from Jhokang Temple 

(B)=breakfast

Day9. Lhasa— Drak Yerpa Meditation Caves €- Ganden Monastery €- Lhasa


Today we start the day traveling to Ganden monastery, the most important monastery in the Gelugpa school of Tibetan Buddhism. The highlight will be the 1-2 hours hike from the back side of the mountain to see the whole Ganden valley. Since there is only vehicle trip on most of the tours so to make the tour special, arranging the hiking tour is one of Tibet Travelers specialty for the Travelers. The hiking route is also known as pilgrim kora route for the local Tibetans. Very few Travelers can be seen so its special. 

We will also visit the tomb of Tsongkapa and the Throne of Ganden, the Great Hall of Ganden Monastery, and Ganden Tsogchen, where monks perform prayers. 

In the afternoon, in the after we visit the 7th Century meditation caves of the previous great master in DrakYerpa, we will also do meditation in the great master's meditation caves. We will also have a 1-2 hours hike to the meditation cave to see the beauties of Yerpa valley.  Later we will drive to Lhasa through the high pass Nachen la pass near Lhasa. 

Overnight at 3-star Kyichu Hotel, located in the heart of Lhasa city with 400 meters from Jhokang Temple 

(B)=breakfast

Day10. Depart from Lhasa


Morning Lhasa airport or train station dropping off, the time comes to say your farewells to your guide and driver, end the trip.

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