Arrive in Lhasa. Activities: Arriving and Acclimatization.(elevation,3650m)
Activities: Potala Palace & Jokhang Temple. After breakfast, Visiting one of the most charismatic structure ever build in Tibet, the Potala palace, winter residence for the successive Dalailamas. It is an awe-inspiring experience. Venture up the Potala Palace and explore the grandest of its myriad rooms. See the jeweled burial chortens of the past Dalai Lamas as well as statuary and frescos. In the afternoon, you will visit Jokhang Temple. It is one of the oldest and holiest temples in Tibet. This 4-storey, golden-roofed temple is the heart of Tibetan Buddhism. Many locals pray regularly in the temple. Yak butter lamps burn in front of rich statuary that includes the Sakyamuni Buddha brought to Tibet in the 7th Century, marks as a sign of Buddhist tradition being adopted in Tibet. Having done with ancient temple, ramble around Barkhor will give you more time to feel the indigenous people and atmosphere of the historical town. Night in Lhasa.
Drephung, Ani-Sangkhung Nunnery & Sera Monastery. Begin your day by visiting Ani-Sangkhung Nunnery in the old town and experience locals daily morning religious activities and continue your trip to Drephung monastery in the morning, the world largest monastery in it’s heyday, located approximately 8Km west of center Lhasa, constituted by 4 main colleges and many hundreds of dormitories for monks, with huge prayer chanting hall echoing perpetual chorus of drumbeats and deep throated prayers, chapels enshrined important relics, and communal kitchen filled up with medieval looking utensils, like ladles and cauldrons will keep your eyes active. Drephung has also been well known for its monk scholars. After, lunch and then get picked up by your driver to go to Sera Monastery, located a few kilometers north of the city. Founded in 1419, Sera Monastery was once home to thousands of monks who came to study at this great Gelugpa sect institute. Follow your guide into the large complex, and watch monks practice an active form of Buddhist philosophical debate in the courtyards most afternoons (except Sundays). Watch the activity before returning to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Lhasa (3650m)- Lake Yamdrok-Karo Glacier- Gyantse(3950m) Pelkor. After leaving the city of Lhasa, about hundred kilometers, you will appreciate the holy Lake of Yamdrok Yumtso. Drive to historical city Gyantse. On the way, we can see the Karola Glacier. Visit Pelkhor monastery for its famous Kumbum Pagoda, the only one which contains different Tibetan Buddhist sects in Tibet. Overnight at hotel in Gyangtse.
Gyantse(3950m)-Shigatse-Tashi Lhunpo Monastery-Sakya Monastery. In the Morning, we drive towards Shigatse. In Shigatse, you will visit the famous Tashi Lhunpo monastery where you can see the well-preserved largest indoor bronze statue of Jampa (future Buddha) in the world. This monastery is the seat of Tibet's second highest incarnation, the Panchen Lama. In the afternoon we drive to the Sakya County where tourists can visit the famous Sakya monastery. It was founded in 1073 and was the principal monastery of the Sakya sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Overnight in Sakya.
Sakya (4300m) to Everest Base Camp (5200m) – Rongbuk monastery. Leaving Sakya for Rongbuk Monastery early in the morning, arrive in Shegar, a small town before arriving Rongbuk Monastery, along the way pass many small communities and Along the way, cross the Gyatso La Pass, which rises above 5000 meters and the Pang La pass, which rises to 5050 meters. From the Pang La pass, you get a sweeping view of the Himalaya’s where you can see 5 of the world highest mountains, including Mt. Everest. Overnight at Rongpuk Guest House or Tent.
In the morning, you can see the sunrise appearing on the top of Mt Everest, and have a full view the magnificent Mt. Everest standing like a snow-capped pyramid in front of you at Rongpuk, which is the vantage point for watching Mt. Everest. After breakfast，drive back to Shigatse. Overnight in Shigatse.
Shigatse—Suge La Pass—Nam Tso Distance: 400 kilometers. On the 8th day, you will depart Shigatse and start driving to Nam Tso, the largest lake in the Tibet Autonomous Region. Along the way to Nam Tso, you will cross over the monstrous 5440 meter Suge La, one of the highest memorable mountain passes in the world that you can drive over. From the top of the Suge La Pass, you can have an excellent view of the over 7000 meters peaks of the Jomo Ghangkar. There are often times some nomadic yak herders found along the way between the Suge La Pass and Nam Tso. Arrive in Nam Tso Lake in the evening, (elevation 4718 meters/15,479 feet,) is an incredibly beautiful lake.
Nam Tso—Lhasa Distance: 250 kilometers. After breakfast, walk along the shores of the lake is the small monastery of Tashi Dor. The shores of the lake are quite peaceful and the views are amazing. After spending a fresh morning time around Namtso, then return to Lhasa. You will have plenty of time left in the evening to do some last minute shopping, walk around the Barkhor a few more times and watch all of the Tibetan pilgrims prostrating in front of the Jokhang.
Depart Lhasa. Transfer to airport and fly out of Lhasa or take the train to Mainland China. End of the tour service.