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9 Days Student Tour to Everest Base Camp

9 Days Student Tour to Everest Base Camp

(STT004) Lhasa - Gyangtse - Shigatse - Sakya - Mt.Everest - Shigatse - Lhasa

Overview

This tour is based on the most popular travel route of Mt. Everest. In addition to some must-see attractions, like Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse and Mount Everest, we intend to experience Tibetan traditional art, such as Tangka painting, Tibetan incense & blanket production and Tibetan medicine. Moreover, you will visit a school at the foot of Mt. Everest and chat with children to learn about their daily school life.

This tour is designed especially for students, which will enlarge your travel experience and you can learn a lot of different things at the same time.

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Lhasa (3650m)

Transfer to Lhasa downtown after arriving in airport or train station. Have a rest in Lhasa to acclimatize the high altitude.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day 2: Potala Palace, Tibet Museum and Sera Monastery (B)

In the morning, visit the famous Potala palace and explore its grand and its myriad chapel. Appreciate its audience halls, the jeweled and Golden burial chortens (stupa Tombs) of past Dalai Lamas, and tremendous number of Buddhist frescoes, thangkas, combinations of mandala, etc.

Then visit The Tibet Museum which was officially inaugurated in October of 1999, with a permanent collection that celebrates the History of Tibetan Culture. The History of Tibetan Culture Exhibition incorporates superb examples of several thousand years of Tibetan history, politics, religion, cultural arts, and customs.

After lunch, visit Sera Monastery, which was founded in 1419 by Tsongkapa's disciple Jamchen Choeje. You can see many lamas sitting or standing in the yard debating.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day 3: Explore Tibetan Arts Making and Distinctive Medical System (B)

After breakfast, drive to TUNBO Tibetan Incense and Thangka production center to explore the Tibetan incense making process and the production process of thangka painting. You can spend this morning to slowly watch and understand the material and production of Tibetan incense and Thangka constitute.

After lunch, drive to Potala Tibetan Carpet Factory. Tibet carpet in Tibetan called as CADEN. "CA" in Tibetan means "top". CADEN can be described as a small carpet, as big as a single bed. Then visit the Tibetan Medical Expo Center under the Medical College. During the Ancient times in Tibet the customs of sky burial is there. In the regular process of the autopsy, they understand the position and role of the human body in bone, muscle, viscera, etc., and because the effect of Tibetan sky burial, ancient Tibetan invent the Tibetan medical.

Stay overnight in Puntsok Kungsa International Youth Hostel, 4-6 beds dorm.

Day 4: Drive from Lhasa to Gyantse (B)

Leave Tsedang for Yamdrok Lake through Gambala Pass (4780m) after breakfast. Yamdrok Lake is one of the three most famous holy lakes in Tibet. It covers an area of 638 square kilometers with an altitude of 4441 meters. The landscape of mountains and lakes tops in southern Tibet. Later, visit a Tibetan family at the Lake Shore.

Then set out for Shigatse via Karo-la Glacier and vist Gytantse Kumbum Monastery.

Stay overnight in Gyantse.

Day 5: Drive from Gyantse to Sakya (B)

After breakfast, drive to Shigatse, the second largest city of Tibet. On the way, visit the Shalu Monastery, a simple and pure temple built in a quiet village.

Then we will visit Tashilhunpo Monastery, founded by the First Dalai Lama in 1447. In the monastery, you can see the well preserved largest statue of Jampa (future god) in the world. The monastery itself is an abiding place for the successive Penchen Lamas.

In the afternoon, go to the local market to explore the daily life of local people. Then visit a new palace of Panchen Lamas. Both of them are near the Tashilhunpo.

Continue to Sakya, where famous Sakya Monastery located.

Stay overnight in Sakya.

Day 6: Drive from Sakya to Tashi Zong Village (B)

In the morning, visit Sakya Monastery which is famed as the 'Second Dunhuang' due to its colossal collection of numerous Tibetan Buddhist scriptures, murals and Thangkas. Sakya is also famous for its huge library of as many as 84,000 scrolls were found sealed up in a wall 60 meters long and 10 meters high.

Then drive towards to Everest Base Camp and stay in Tashi Zong Village, where is 49km from Everest Base Camp. On the way near Tashi Zong Village, the views are stupendous on a clear day, and feature a huge sweep of the Himalaya range including peaks over 8000, Mt. Lhotse (8516m), Mt. Everest (8848m), Mt. Qowowuyag (8201m), and Mt. Mayalu (8463m).

Stay overnight in Tashi Zong Village.

Day 7: Visit the world's highest Primary school, then continue to Rongpuk Monastery (B)

Located at 4119m above sea level, Tashi Zong Village is a must place to Everest Base Camp. It receives numerous tourists and mountain climbers. You can visit local Tibetan families and the primary school. It is the highest school in the world. And you will be appreciated if you bring them some gifts.

After lunch, drive to the world's highest monastery - Rongbuk.

Stay overnight in Rongphu Monastery (Tent or Guest House).

Day 8: Visit EBC and drive to Shigatse (B)

After viewing the sunrise of the Mt. Everest at Rongpuk View Point and have  lunch, we are about to return to Lhasa.

Today’s accommodation is in Shigatse, Tibet's second largest city.

Stay overnight in Shigatse.

Day 9: Departure from Lhasa (B)

Drive back to Lhasa and you will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight to next destination.

Service Guide

Service Included:

  • Tibet travel permit and all other necessary permits to Tibet;
  • All entrance ticket fees for all tourist sites listed in the itinerary;
  • Personal knowledgeable English-speaking Tibetan local tour guide;
  • Personal comfortable, clean and safe vehicle with reliable Tibetan local driver; vehicle ranging from 4WD land cruiser to minibus depending on your group size;
  • All lodging listed in the itinerary; it’s your decision about the accommodation class: luxury 5-star international hotel, comfortable 4-star hotel, economic 3-star hotel or budget hostel, guesthouse or tent. Please tell us your accommodation preference when submitting the enquiry; we will arrange the best-value hotels for you.
  • Domestic flight/train tickets listed in the itinerary;
  • All meals listed in the above itinerary;
  • Tourist accident/casualty insurance;
  • First aid kit;

Service Excluded:

  • International flight to and out of China;
  • Chinese visa (Note: we could help you with the Chinese visa application, like providing the invitation letter, presenting the hotel or domestic flight reservation copies, etc that you may need. )
  • Domestic flight/train not listed in the itinerary. (We can provide you the domestic flight/train ticket booking service at the BEST discount price; please contact us our travel experts for the details.)
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary; usually it costs about USD3-15 per person for one meal in TAR (Tibet Autonomous Region).
  • Tips and gratitude to tour guide and driver;
  • Personal expenses, like laundry, phone call, snacks, soft drinks (please do the best to avoid the alcoholic beverages during your Tibet trip), optional tour activities, etc.

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