12 Day Samye- Ganden hike and Mt.Everest
The 12 days journey has the highlights of traveling to Ganden monastery for a 1-2 hours hike to see the beauties of Ganden valley and traveling to Drak Yerpa meditation cave for another 1-2 hours hike to the meditation caves of Tibetan ancestors.
The tour also has the highlight of traveling to Mount Everest north face base camp and the first Palace and first monastery in Tibet at Tsetang region known as Samye monastery and Yumbulakang Palace with a visit to the meditation caves of 8th century Tibetan ancestors at Chimpuk.
The journey includes the beauties of Lhasa city with many 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, Gyantse town Palkor chode monastery, Kumbum stupa with the stunning peaceful Ralung monastery and the Yamdrok Lake.
From Southern Tibet, travel to the first monastery in Tibet (Samye monastery) and the beautiful hike at Ganden monastery and Drak Yerba meditation caves.
This will be an amazing journey that will allow you to see many of the best places Tibet has to offer!
Tour Type: 12-Day Private Tour
Group Size: Depend on Travelers
Tour Duration: 12 Days
Price: Depend on Season
- All travel permits for Tibet
- English speaking Tibetan tour guide
- Pick up and drop off by airport bus
- All transportation in Tibet per itinerary, a vehicle for the trip outside of Lhasa, taxis inside Lhasa
- Vehicle tolls and Vehicle repairs(if necessary)
- All administrative fees
- All meals and accommodations for your guide
- All lodging listed in the itinerary
- Breakfast each morning
- Entrance fees for the places listed in the itinerary
- One time welcome meal for the group
- One box of mineral water plus shared
- 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. LHASA ARRIVAL (3650M)
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, around 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
DAY2. LHASA TOUR WITH LOCAL GUIDE (3650M)
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
DAY3. LHASA TOUR WITH LOCAL GUIDE (3650M)
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
DAY4.LHASA -SHIGATSE (280KM ) 5 HOURS DRIVE (3850 M)
Travel to Shigatse through the northern friendship highway through the Rinpung valley and the Yarlung Tsangpo river. Shigatse is the second largest city in Tibet. The home of the Tibetan Toshey dance. In Shigatse, we will visit the Tashilhunpo monastery and the local town.
Overnight at 4 star Gesar Hotel
DAY5.SHIGATSE - SAKYA MONASTERY - PELBER ( NEW TINGRI ) (290KM ) 6-7 HOURS (4400 M)
In the morning visit Tashilunpo Monastery after driving 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 Roof of the world 2-star hotel in Pelber
DAY6. PELBER - RONGBUK MONASTERY - EVEREST BASE CAMP ( 100KM ) 4 HOURS DRIVE (5200 M)
This day will take you from Shigatse 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 5248 meters high Gyatso La Pass, which offers a sweeping view of the rolling Himalaya Mountains. You will continue on to the Everest Region crossing over another high pass. This pass, the Geu La, offers a panoramic view of the glacier-covered Himalaya. From here, you can see 5 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 before 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 Guesthouse in the off-season from November to February
(No private bathroom, No Shower)
DAY7.RONGBUK MONASTERY - OLD TINGRI (60KM) 5 HOURS ( 3850 M)
After breakfast, see the sunrise at Everest Base Camp and visit the underground meditation cave area in the summer. Visit the Rongbuk monastery and later travel to Old Tingri for a night. Old Tingri is one of the most beautiful Tibetan towns with a view of Mount Cho Ou Yo and Mount Everest.
Overnight at 2-star Gangkar hotel
DAY8.OLD TINGR - SHIGATSE - SHALU MONASTERY - GYANTSE (380KM) 7 HOURS ( 3850 M)
Today around 7-8 am we will start the journey from Old Tingri to Gyantse via Pelber, Lhatse, Shigatse and stopping at any point if Travelers find interesting.
We will also visit the Shalu monastery on the way for beautiful wall paintings.
Today will be a little longer day but tomorrow we will have more time in Gyantse, also more time to explore the hidden Ralung monastery and the beauties of Karo la Glacier with the Yamdrok lake.
Overnight at 3-star Yeti Hotel
DAY9.GYANTSE - RALUNG MONASTERY - KARO LA GLACIER - YAMDROK LAKE - SAMYE MONASTERY ( 360 KM ) 6-7 HOURS ( 4200 M)
In the morning, we will visit Tashilumpo Monastery, which was built in 1447, spectacular tombs of Panchen Lamas; after the drive to Gyangtse, we visit Palkor Monastery and Kumbum stupa 100 thousand images of Buddha, visit Dzong, the king’s fortress.
On the way, stop off and visit Karo-la glacier. Sightseeing to Yamdrotso Lake, which is one of the three holy lakes in Tibet (others are Namtso Lake and Manasarovar). After crossing Gangbala Pass, which is over 4850m, then drive to Samye for the night.
Overnight in the guest house ( No private bathroom and no shower )
DAY10. SAMYE -YEMALUNG MEDITATION CAVES - LHASA ( 150KM) 4-5 HOURS ( 3650 M)
In the morning visit Samye monastery and drive to Yemalung meditation cave and hike up to the monastery. Yemalung is the meditation caves of great Tibetan masters since the 8th century.
Overnight at 3-star Kyichu Hotel
DAY11. LHASA - GANDEN MONASTERY - DRAK YERBA MEDITATION CAVES - LHASA ( 140KM ) 4-5 HOURS DRIVE
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
DAY11. DEPART FROM TIBET
Morning Lhasa airport or train station dropping off, the time comes to say your farewells to your guide and driver. Thank you for loving Tibet Beauties and Thank you for choosing Tibet Travelers.