Lhasa is the capital of Tibet Autonomous Region and a famous historical and cultural city in the central part of Tibet, and one of the top tourist cities in China. It is 3,658 meters above sea Level and known as a city on the roof of the world. Lhasa means Holy land in Tibetan, having become Tibet's political, economic, cultural and religious center. It has a population of 477,500.
After the establishment of kingdom of Tubo by Songtsan Gampo during the 7th century, the older section of Lhasa City basically took shape with the Jokhang Monastery in the center. Through expansion of the past centuries, Lhasa has become a famous plateau city in the world, and been reputed as a sunshine city for its longer sunshine hours.
Lhasa is world famous for its ancient history, splendid culture, unique folklore, numerous historical sites and the Holy Land of Tibetan Buddhism. Potala Palace is 117.19 meters high and measures more than 360 and 270 meters from east to west and from south to north respectively. The Palace, the largest cultural relic museum in Tibet, has been listed as the world cultural heritage. The Tang Dynasty-Tubo Alliance Tablet and the Princess Wencheng Willow in front of Jokhang Monastery witness the historical unification of the Hans and Tibetans.
Norbu Lingka constructed in the orders of the 7th Dalai Lama, serves as a summer residence for the Dalai Lamas, it has trees, flowers and plants everywhere in summer. The well-preserved Barkhor is a hive of market a activities to embody the strong flavor of Tibetan folklore. In the city proper, there are more than 200 historical sites, and scenic sports.
The diligent Tibetans have spared no efforts to make Lhasa and its environment more beautiful and welcome guests all over the world to Tibet for sightseeing.
There are two base camps, each on opposite sides of Mount Everest. South Base Camp is in Nepal at an altitude of 5,364 metres (17,598 ft) (28°0′26″N 86°51′34″E), and North Base Camp is in China at 5,150 metres. These camps are rudimentary campsites on Mount Everest that are used by mountain climbers during their ascent and descent. South Base Camp is used when climbing via the southeast ridge, while North Base Camp is used when climbing via the northeast ridge.
Supplies are carried to the South Base Camp by sherpas or porters, and with help of animals, usually yaks. The North Base Camp has vehicle access (at least in the summer months). Climbers typically rest at base camp for several days for acclimatization; to reduce the risks and severity of altitude sickness.
South base camp in Nepal
The Everest Base Camp trek on the south side is one of the most popular trekking routes in the Himalayas and is visited by thousands of trekkers each year. Trekkers usually fly from Kathmandu to Lukla to save time and energy before beginning the morning trek to this base camp. From Lukla, climbers trek upward to the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar, 3,440 metres (11,290 ft), following the valley of the Dudh Koshi river. The village is a central hub of the area, and food, sundries and even mountain climbing equipment may be purchased here.
This takes about two days. Typically at this point, climbers allow a day of rest for acclimatization. They then trek another two days to Dingboche, 4,260 metres (13,980 ft) before resting for another day for further acclimatization. Another two days takes them to Everest Base Camp via Gorakshep, the flat field below Kala Patthar, 5,545 metres (18,192 ft) and Mt. Pumori.
Day 1: Lhasa Arrival (B)
Welcome to Tibet! Your local guide will meet you upon your arrival in Gonggar airport and will escort you to Lhasa. On the 2-hour drive way, you'll enjoy the heart-stopping views along the Yarlong Tsangpo River.
After arrival at your hotel, the rest of the day is free for you to explore the local area and acclimatize yourself to this high altitude city at the top of the world.
Day 2: Lhasa (B)
The overwhelming Potala Palace is your first stop. As the symbol of Tibet, it was built in 641 AD and was the winter palace of Dalai Lama who is Tibet’s pope. Impressive Tibetan architecture, huge golden Buddha statues, red-robed lamas and devoted pilgrims all make it a must-visit.
After the Potala Palace tour, you will visit Tibet Museum; it is an important window to introduce the glorious culture of Tibet.
And then you’ll visit the Jokhang Temple, the spiritual center of Tibet. Every day, pilgrims from every corner of Tibet, trek here from long distances to worship. Finally, walk the special circular pilgrimage route as local followers always do at Barkhor Street. You will have chance to get close to appreciate how the artists draw Thangkas at the Thakangka workroom at Barkor.
Day 3: Lhasa (B)
After breakfast, you are driven to visit the Drepung Monastery, once the largest Monastery housing 10,000 monks in its heyday, and then come to Carpet Factory; you can see how the world-famous Tibetan carpets are made.
Your tour ends at Sera Monastery, and the “Buddhism Scriptures Debating” in Sera is very famous. Enjoy the debate!
Day 4: Lhasa/ Yamdrotso lake/Gyangtse/Shigatse (B)
Drive to Shigatse via Gyantse on the Southern Friendship Highway. Crossing over the summit of Kamba La Pass (4794m), you’ll see the tranquil turquoise waters of Lake Yamdrok below. Far in the distance you’ll spot the towering massif Mt. Nojin Kangtsang (7191m), and the staggering Karo-la Glacier (5045m). Overnight at Shigatse. The most important attraction for today is Lake Yamdrok and Kubum Monastery in Gyantse. The Kubum Monastery has a 35m-high chorten (stupa) with its white layers trimmed with decorative stripes and its crown-like golden dome.
Day 5: Shigatse-Rongphu Monastery (B)
Drive westwards the Friendship way to Tingri. There is about 90km bumpy road from Tingri to Rongpuk, road is under construction. From Tingri to E.B.C with the very rough road, pass the wild grassland, cross the rapids river and high mountains. If it is in clear whether, you can have a glimpse of 4 mountains which is 8000m high or more, such as: Mt. Lhotse(8516m), Mt. Everes(8848m), Mt. Qowowuyag(8201m), Mt Mayalu(8463m). Stay overnight at Rongphu Monastery Tent or Guest House.
Day 6: Rongphu Monastery/Evrest Base Camp/ Shigatse
Wake up on this day below the stunning north face of Mt. Everest. After breakfast, drive the remaining 8 km to visit Everest Base Camp. Then, drive back to Shigatse, and be wrapped again in the endless vistas of the Tibetan plateau.
Day 7: Shigatse- Lhasa (B)
On this day, drive back to Lhasa along the Yaluzangbu River. Enjoy the beautiful view of the valley en route. You'll take a slightly different route that morning back to Lhasa. So, sit back and enjoy another full day of breathless mountains under an endless Himalayan sky. You can also see devout Christians prostrating and measuring their pilgrimage route with their flesh and blood on Tibetan Plateau, if you’re lucky.
Day 8: Lhasa Departure (B)
Today will be free for you to be transferred to the airport in time for your flight.
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