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Explore Tibet with Everest - Festivals

One of our most popular itineraries . Historic, cultural & scenic highlights. The world's highest mountain in close up! Visit the great monasteries, forts and palaces of Lhasa, Gyantse and Shigatse; high mountain passes, beautiful lakes, glaciers, barren hillsides and fertile valleys.
A night at Rombuk and hike to Everest Base camp is a definite highlight!
An unforgettable journey which may be timed to include a colorful festival experience.

Colorful and historic, the holy city of Lhasa lies in a small valley 3700 meters above sea level. Lhasa rose to importance over 1300 years ago as attempts were made to unify Tibet. During your time in the heart of Tibet, you visit the Potala Palace, the Jokhang, the huge university monasteries of Drepung and Sera and the Barkhor pilgrim circuit. There is free time to explore other sights.

Leaving Lhasa, it is a spectacular drive to Gyantse. From the top of the Kamba Pass (4794m) the views of the turquoise lake, Yamdrok-Tso are unforgettable. Descending we travel along its shores, before climbing again to the Karo La (5054) and the glaciers of Mt Nojin Kangtsang, reaching Gyantse in the late afternoon. From Gyantse follow the Nyang-chu valley towards Shigatse.

Sakya, once the political power of Tibet is the last stop before setting out to fully experience the splendor, enormity and isolation of western Tibet. Magnificent valleys, herds of grazing yak, goats and sheep, passes topped by prayer flags and few permanent settlements mark the journey towards Tibet’s ancient heartland.

From the tiny monastery of Rombuk there are stunning views of Qomolangma (Mt Everest) and a trip up to base camp (5200m) brings you even closer.

Return via Tibet's second largest city and site of Tashilhunpo Monastery, seat of the Panchen Lama and one of the most important monasteries of the Gelukpa order.
Depending on the trip chosen spend an additional night in Shigatse to enjoy the festival here, spend the day in Lhasa joining locals in the park areas to watch Tibetan opera or make a day trip to either Ganden or Tsurphu to watch giant thangkas be unfurled and traditional cham dancing.

Group Departures for festivals 2018
Tsurphu Festival: May 16-25, 2018
Tashilumpo Thangka Festival: June 21-30, 2018
Pabonka: July 08-17, 2018
Ganden Festival: July 19-28, 2018
Shoton Festival: August 03-12, 2018
Tsongkapa Butterlamp Festival: November 24-December 03, 2018

Group Departures (non festival) 2018
April 19-28, 2018
August 23-September 01, 2018
September 13-22, 2018
October 11-20, 2018
October 25 - November 03, 2018


Day 1: Arrive Lhasa & transfer to your hotel
Day 2: Lhasa sightseeing: visit Drepung, Nechung & Sera Monasteries.
Day 3: Lhasa sightseeing: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple & Barkhor Pilgrim Circuit. (option to add Ramoche)
Day 4: drive to Gyantse via Yamdrok Lake
Day 5: visit Pelkor Choede - drive to Sakya - visit Sakya Gompa
Day 6: drive to Rombuk
Day 7: hike to Everest Base Camp - drive to Shigatse
Day 8: visit Tashilumpo Monastery - return to Lhasa
Day 9: Shigatse, Lhasa, Ganden or Tsurphu*
Day 10:transfer to airport for departure flight

This itineray can be arranged as a private tour at any time and may be customized for you. This tour may easily be made as a 9-day option by skipping day 9.

or - if you are short on time, an 8-day trip is possible with some longish days.

*Non-festival timed tours will make a day trip to Ganden.

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