Everest Tour Review of 23rd Group in October, 2016
Originally served as the scientific observation center and mountaineering headquarters of Mt. Everest, Everest Base Camp is one of the hottest tourist attractions in Tibet. Tourists can closely enjoy the full grandeur of world’s summit, i.e. Mount Everest (8844.43m). Travelling from Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet to Shigatse Prefecture, home to lofty Himalayan ranges, you can visit almost all the highlighted Tibetan Monasteries and pass exotic cities and countryside, not to mention a great number of imposing mountain passes, turquoise alpine lakes, etc. In fact, October is one of the best seasons to visit Mt. Everest. Let’s join 23rd group in Oct and find out what they have experienced during their stay in Tibet.
Take Group Photos at the Eastern Courtyard of Potala Palace
Potala Palace, the Winter Palace of former Dalai Lama, is undoubtedly the most impressive man-made architecture one can see far away from the Lhasa city. Consisting of Red and White Palaces, Potala Palace houses many treasure and valuable historical relics. The White palace is served as the living quarters, offices, the seminary and the printing house; while the Red Palace is used for religious study and prayer chanting. Of course, you can also see tombs of the generations of Dalai Lamas. Following the long stairs till the rooftop of Potala Palace, you will be reward with splendid panoramic view Lhasa city.
Add Yak Butter to Butter Lamps inside Jokhang Temple
Though being the most iconic place of Tibet, Potala Palace to local Tibetans is not the holiest place of Lhasa. The true spiritual heart of Lhasa is the Jokhang Temple, largely because it houses the life-sized 12-year-old statue of Shakyamuni Buddha. To experience the fervent pilgrimage both inside Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street kora is the biggest highlight of Lhasa tour. You will be amazed by the prostrating Tibetan pilgrims, and long queues of Tibetans waiting to pray at the altar of their most sacred. The palpable sense of holiness is felt everywhere there.
Pass Turquoise Manla Reservoir on the Way to Holy Yamdrok Lake
On the way to historical Gyantse City from Lhasa, drivers will stop multiple times for tourists to enjoy the spectacular alpine landscape. Before arriving at well-known Yamdrok, the enchanting Manla Reservoir is a great place to stop by. You can hang colorful prayer flags at famous Similha Mountain Pass. The gigantic man-made dam is mainly harnessed for generating electricity and preventing floods.
Visit Kumbum Stupa in Palcho Monastery in Gyantse
Historical Gyantse is a picturesque county to visit before heading to Shigatse City. Two of the must-see attractions are Palcho Monatery and the multi-story Kumbum Stupa inside. The unique stupa is built in accordance with Buddhist ideology of universe. Tourists can climb to the top of the stupa and enjoy the awe-inspiring panorama of idyllic Gyantse city and magnificent Gyantse fortress perched on the craggy hill to the left side of Palcho Monastery.
Tour Eminent Tashilhunpo Monastery in Shigatse
Tashilhumpo Monastery, built by the 1st Dalai Lama in 1447, stands among the six most sacred Buddhist temples in Tibet and. In the 17th Century, the 5th Dalai Lama bestowed upon his tutor the honorific title of "Panchen Lama", the highest ranking lama after the Dalai Lama in the Gelugpa sect. Over 4.000 monks used to live in Tashilhumpo in its heyday. Tourists can attend the monks chanting inside the assembly hall of the monastery and closely observe living quarters of monks and gigantic statue of Future Buddha, etc.
Photograph Mt. Everest at Rongbuk Monastery
Rongbuk Monastery (5154m), the world’s highest monastery, is widely known as one of the best places to photograph the panorama of the north face of Mt. Everest. Small as it is, Rongbuk Monastery offers religious study and residence for both monks and nuns separately. In the old part of the monastery, Padmasambhava’s meditation cave and a mysterious stone with his handprint and foot print can be found. As a tradition, those who want to climb Mt. Everest would come to Rongbuk Monastery and receive monks’ prayer and blessings before official climbing begins.
Successfully Arrived at Mt. Everest Base Camp (5200m)
Viewing Mt. Everest at Everest Base Camp is once in a lifetime experience. Nowadays, the base camp serves as the closest place for most of tourists to appreciate the sublime view of holy Mt. Everest 8844.43m). Every day, awful lots of global tourists would visit this base camp and try to capture shimmering golden light at the pinnacle of the holy mountain with their cameras. It was undeniably an ultimate experience, a lifetime treasured memory.
Spend the Night at Everest Base Camp
The facility is very basic at Everest Base Camp. The common accommodation would be the tents run by locals. So you can spend the night inside the cozy tent at EBC. The temperature gets bitterly cold outside. But the amazing starry night at Everest Base Camp is second-to-none. It’s worth venturing out of tents to get some jaw-dropping photos like those you see on National Geographic.
Take Photos with Group Members Shortly Before Leaving Lhasa
At the end of the tour, our guide will escort clients to airport or railway station and see you off.
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