Tibetan monasteries, also known as lamaseries, have traditionally been centers of learning and quiet reflection as well as places where monks lived. There are currently about 1,700 monasteries in Tibet, up from 978 in 1987. Many Tibetan monasteries have similar characteristics. Many are built in high locations above villages and resemble fortresses. Most had or still have walls that were used to protect the monastery and its treasures from bandits, invaders and even rival monk armies.
Tibet has countless snow-capped mountains, with five rising 8,000 meters above sea level, 70 located at an altitude of 7,000 meters and about 1,000 being 6,000 meters high. The Himalayas (the Abode of Snow) are the world's highest mountain range, containing all top ten of the world's highest peaks.The rich mountainous resources provide unique conditions for climbing. By now, Tibet has received mountaineers from 45 countries and regions.
|Day 1||Fly with China Airlines ( Depart KTM at 0950 hours). Arrive Gongar airport at 1340 hours and drive to Lhasa ( 96km). Hotel check-in and free time for acclimatization.|
|Day 2||Visit Yumbulakhang Palace & Trandduk temple in the morning, Ancient Tibetan King's Tombs in Chongye valley in the afternoon. Overnight in Tsetang.|
|Day 3||Drive to Lhasa and visit Samye Monastery en route. Overnight in Lhasa.|
|Day 4||Morning visit to Potala Palace , afternoon visit to Sera Monastery and Norbulinka.|
|Day 5||In the morning we will visit Drepung Monastery then Jorkhang Temple & Barkhor street in the afternoon.|
|Day 6||Drive to Gyantse via Yamdrok Lake. Overnight in Gyantse|
|Day 7||Visit Pelku Chode & Kumbum Monastery in Gyantse. Aafter lunch drive to Shigatse. Overnight in Shigatse..|
|Day 8||Morning visit to Tashilunbo Monastery. In the afternoon drive to Xegar and visit Sakya Monastery en route. Night stay in Xegar.|
|Day 9||Drive from Xegar to Dza Rongbuk Monastery. Stay that night at Rongbuk.|
|Day 10||Walk around Rongbuk and Everest Base Camp. Overnight camping or stay at Rongbuk.|
|Day 11||Drive from Rongbuk directly to Nyalam. Overnight in Nyalam.|
|Day 12||Drive to Zhangmu border, go through the Zhangmu China Custom formalities, drive down to Friendship bridge, exit to Nepal. End of tour.|