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This challenging trekking within the alpine terrain of mighty Himalayan is best trekking choice for experienced trekkers and adventurers, for this trekking, you should be physically fit and should be well acclimatized before heading into the lofty Kharta valley. So after a couple of days acclimation and resting in Lhasa with a mild visit to mystical Potala palace, some divine temple, and monasteries, we gradually extend the way into the soaring peaks of great Himalayan.
Finally the bumpy road along the Bumchu river trace the road to Kharta, the thrilling but challenging trekking traverse several high passes and beautiful glacial lakes, then through the fertile Karma valley to Khangshung Everest Base Camp and blooming Khangshung glacier in the Pethang Ringmo meadow, it offers dramatic close-up views of Mt. Everest and Mt. Lhotse. Then the loop across the alpine valleys and passes back to Kharta and descend down to Lhasa
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Welcome to the roof of the world! You will be pick up at the airport or train station, then be escorted to your hotel in Lhasa city at the comfort of your own private vehicle. En route, enjoy the breathtaking view along the Yarlong Tsangpo River. Tibetan features can be seen along the way, including Big Buddha engravings on the hill near the road, colorful prayer flags and friendly Tibetan people.
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.
After breakfast, you will firstly visit the Norbulingka Park, the former summer palace of Dalai Lama. Explore the beautiful gardens and experience one of the most holy sites in Tibetan Buddhism while soaking up the rich history. Next, come to Drepung Monastery, which was once the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery housing 10,000 monks in its heyday. Learn about the lives of Tibetan monks.
Your tour ends at Sera Monastery, where you will get the chance to experience “Buddhism Scriptures Debating”. These debates are unique to Sera and are quite famous. Enjoy the debates!
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.
In the afternoon, 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.
After couple of days acclimation, you dare to drive over the Gampa la pass and Karo la pass to Gyantse and Shigatse in the western Tibetan plateau, along the upstream of the Brahmaputra river we climb up the Gampa la(4900m) through numbers of switch-backs, from the pass you will amaze by the breathtaking view of the holy Lake Yamdrok and snow-capped Mt.Nyenchen Kangsar in the background, then further to Gyantse and Shigatse via bloomy glaciers and scattered villages. Both Gyantse and Shigatse are well known for its historical and religious value since from ancient time, Gyantse is known as hero’s town as the British troops defeated by Gyantse guerrilla in 1904, moreover, these regions have slightly different culture and tradition than in Lhasa, there we will Gyantse Kubhum stupa and Tashi Lhunpo monastery. And then we gradually ascend into the mountainous Himalayan terrain by traversing few remarkable passes, you will have the first panorama of the Himalayans from the ridge of Gyatso la pass (5400m) and continue the drive to Shegar by visiting Sakya monastery en route.
Through the zigzag bumpy road, we climb up the Gewu la pass(5250m) and from the ridge it offers and great panorama of five mighty peaks at the horizon. Then descent furthers into the Kharta valley and starts the thrilling trekking from there. Through the diverse landscapes ranging from snowcapped peaks to fertile valley, rocky mountain to alpine meadow and glacial lakes, we finally reach to the day destination, it offers dramatic close-up views of mighty Mt. Everest and jagged Mt. Lhotse. Then we head back to Kharta and complete the loop back to the village.
We retrace the road back to Lhasa by replenishing the plateau sceneries that you missed on your way up. Drive along the shore of Brahmaputra river through the northern friendship highway to Lhasa, then you have enough time to explore the hustling Bakhor street in the afternoon before you leave on the next day and you may want to hang around the local market to pick up some souvenirs for your family and friends at home.
Today it is your last day on the Tibet plateau, before your departure, we will appreciate if you can spent few minutes to evaluate our services for future improvement and you can either leave the feedback form to your guide or just write us an email, at your departure, your guide and driver meet you at the hotel lobby and transfer you to the airport/train station per your schedule. The trip ends.
1. Private professional English-speaking tour guide.
2. Private vehicle and Luggage Transfers.
3. All necessary Tibet travel permits.
4. All accommodations, based on double-occupancy. Above three star rated hotels in towns and city. Guest house or tent in remote areas.
5. Meals, depend as noted in the itinerary.
6. Admission fees and activity expenses, as noted in the itinerary.
7. All Service Charges (the planning, handling, operational and communication charges) & government taxes.
8. Accident / Casualty Help
1. China visa, all air tickets and train tickets to and from Tibet.
2. Sightseeing not listed in the itinerary.
3. Meals not listed in the itinerary.
4. Personal expenses such as laundry, drink, fax, telephone call, optional tour activities, etc.
5. Gratuities, tips to guides, drivers, bellboys, etc.
6. Excess Baggage Charges.
7. Single room supplement.
While the trip of a lifetime is priceless, we know value is a vital aspect for those deciding which tour to choose.
When comparing tour prices, be sure to compare like to like. Our tours are designed to ensure that our customers experience all the culture, history, and beauty that Tibet has to offer, and at a reasonable price.
A great way to ensure the lowest possible price is to invite more people on the trip. The more people in a group, the lower the price per person. (We recommend you join our group tour if you are traveling alone. Please contact our travel consultant for more information)
Booking early is also an easy way to ensure the best rate! We highly recommend you contact us at least 1 month before your planned departure date.