10 Days Chengdu Lhasa Everest Overland Tour from $1,892

Chengdu Lhasa Everest Tour

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White snow mountains, vast grassland, crystal clear lakes and pure blue sky, yes, this is Tibet. Discover Tibet from Chengdu, where is the home to precious giant panda and you can get a close contact to the lovely creature, and explore the mysterious Tibet by visiting Lhasa, Shigatse and Everest Base Camp. Enjoy the amazing scenery and treasured culture along the trip, while walk into the sacred world of the devoted Tibetan people, and purify your soul with the Tibetan Buddhism.

Highlights of this tour:

  • Observe the cute giant panda from a close distance and spend a leisure afternoon like the local people in Chengdu.
  • Be awed by the grandeur and magnificent of Mount Everest and the breathtaking views in Tibet.
  • Visit various Buddhism temples and monasteries and get a better understanding of Tibetan Buddhism.

Basic Trip Information

Price:
from $1,892
  1. 1. This price is for one person, based on a group of 2 adults sharing one double-bed room in 4-star hotel and traveling in low seasons;
  2. 2. This price is subject to change according your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate.
Travel Route:
Chengdu / Lhasa / Shigatse / Mt. Everest / EBC / Shigatse / Lhasa
Travel Length:
10 Days and 9 Nights
Tour Code:
CD-CTCT-10
Group Size:
You, your family, friends or group
Experience:
ArchitectureCultureHikingMountaineeringPhotographReligious
Departure:
Any day you want

Your tour - at a glance

Day 1~2 Arrival & Chengdu Tour

One full day and a half day to meet the cute Giant Panda, then enjoy leisure time in Wenshu Temple, Renmin Park and Jinli Old Street. Before leaving for Lhasa, take some time in Jinsha Site Museum.

Day 3~5 Flight to Lhasa & Lhasa Tour

Two full days to explore the holy Lhasa, covering the grandiose Potala Palace, sacred Jokkang Temple, Barkor Street, delicate Norbulingka Park, and two major temples in Tibet – Drepung Monaster and Sera Monastery.

Day 6~8 Shigatse and Everest Tour

Two full days in Shigatse to visit the famous holy Yamdrok Lake, grandiose Karola Glacier, and the famous Palcho Monastery and Tashilunpo Monastery. Then spend one day in Mount Everest and appreciate the beautiful scenery in Everest Base Camp.

Day 9~10 Lhatse Tour & Lhasa Departure

Spend half day in Lhatse and visit the ancestral monastery – Sakya Monastery. Drive back to Lhasa with a short stop in Shigatse and depart from Lhasa.

Full Itinerary Day by Day

Day 1 Chengdu Arrival

Ni Hao, welcome to Chengdu, hometown of Panda. Upon arrival at Shuangliu International Airport, you will be met by local tour guide, and escorted to your hotel in a private car. The rest of today is at leisure to relax and recover from your flight.

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Day 2 Chengdu (B, L)

This morning you will make a memorable visit to the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. This facility is not only the most important panda scientific research center in the world, but also the home for more than 100 Giant Pandas. You will walk at leisure through the bamboo-framed paths and closely observe giant pandas of different ages eating bamboos, playing with each other, tumbling, and climbing trees. Be sure to not miss the chance to watch female pandas nursing their cubs in the nursery rooms! There is also a very informative Panda Museum where you can learn more scientific facts about Giant Pandas. Next, you will be taken to a hidden spiritual Buddhist temple in hustling downtown Chengdu, Wenshu Temple, where you will marvel at the exquisite Buddhist architecture, soak in the reverent atmosphere, and wander on the temple’s peaceful paths.

Chengdu is famous throughout China for its relaxing and leisurely pace and lifestyle, which will be demonstrated by a visit to the City’s Renmin Park. Sit down, order a pot of Chinese tea, have a casual chat with your friends and watch locals indulging themselves in different kinds of folk entertainment - napping, playing mahjong, disco dancing, and giving neck massages! Next will be an impressive visit to the famous Jinli Old Street. Time will steal away as you quietly walk on the lively streets full of delicious local snacks, delicate artifacts, interesting folk shows, and other activities.

Optional Activity: In the evening, watch a wonderful performance of Sichuan Opera which includes folk opera, face changing, fire spitting, rolling lights, and other delightful entertainment (usually performs at 20:00~21:30).

  • Lovely Pandas in Chengdu Lovely Pandas in Chengdu
  • Wenshu Temple Wenshu Temple
  • Jinli Old Street Jinli Old Street

Day 3 Chengdu – Lhasa (B)

After breakfast, take a meaningful visit to Jinsha Site Museum. Constructed on the Jinsha ruin site which reveals the unique bronze civilization of the mysterious ancient Shu Kingdom (approximately 2900 – 3200 years ago), Jinsha Site Museum conserves the original expansive site for sacrifice as well as numerous ivory tusks and gold artifacts, including the symbol of China Culture Heritage – the Gold Sun and Immortal Bird.

The rest of today is free for you until get escorted to catch flight to Lhasa (about 2hrs). Upon arrival, you will be welcomed by local tour guide, and transfer to your hotel in downtown. Enjoy the stunning views along the driving.

After check in, the rest of today is for you to acclimate to the high altitude and weather of Lhasa. Avoid strenuous physical activities which may cause high altitude sickness.

  • Jisha Relic Museum Jisha Site Museum

Day 4 Lhasa (B)

After breakfast, start an incredible day of exploration in Lhasa city. The grandiose Potala Palace is the first site to discover. Having gone through more than 1300 years of historical changes, the colossal Potala Palace still dominates over the skyline of Lhasa city. Climb up the sacred steps to get inside the Red Palace and White Palace to explore the marvelous interior which is full of exquisite Thangkas, numerous Buddha statues, vivid wall painting and other works of Buddhist art.

In the afternoon, firstly visit the holiest Buddhist temple in Tibet – Jokhang Temple where the 12-year-old-like Shakyamuni statue is consecrated. As the spiritual center of Tibet, Jokhang Temple attracts hundreds of devoted pilgrims to worship. Outside the door of Jokhang Temple is the famous pilgrimage circle – Barkhor Street. Join the faithful Tibetans in colorful attires in walking the circle around Jokhang Temple.

  • Tibet Potala Palace Visit Potala Palace
  • Jokhang Temple Jokhang Temple
  • Meet Tibet Locals Meet Tibet Locals

Day 5 Lhasa (B)

After breakfast, we start our day with a visit to the summer palace of Dalai Lamas – Norbulingka Park. The luxuriant trees and flowers, cool ponds and comfortable palaces make Norbulingka the best place for summer retreat. Then drive about 5km westward to Drepung Monastery. The monastery used to play a crucial role in Tibet Buddhism as the school of Dalai Lamas. In its heyday, there were more than 10,000 monks living and study in the monastery. As you walk further, immense temples, chapels leap to your eyes one after one.

We will then go to visit another featured Sera Monastery. This six hundred year-old monastery is famous for its grand ceremony of Buddhism debating apart from its beautiful temples with sensational icons, murals and history.

  • Monks at Drepung Monastery Entrance Monks at Drepung Monastery Entrance
  • Norbulingka Norbulingka Park
  • Monks Debating at Sera Monastery Monks Debating at Sera Monastery

Day 6 Lhasa – Shigatse (B)

Today, you will be taken to the second largest city in Tibet – Shigatse, while the highlights lie on the road. After about 1.5 hours driving, you will get to the famous holy Yamdrok Lake. The turquoise pure lake overlies among snow-capped mountains. Surrounding the lakeshores are some peaceful Tibetan villages situating in the flat valleys. Keep driving to next destination – Gyantse, and enjoy the grandiose and vast Karola Glacier.

Have lunch in Gyantse town, and then take a visit to the landmark of Gyantse – Palcho Monastery. It is a traditional Tibetan monastery which is a fusion of Han, Tibetan and Nepali architecture, and has both temples and stupa. Palcho Monastery’s symbol is its Kumbum Stupa which is famous for having 100,000 figures of Buddha in the chapels, niches and wall paintings of Kumbum. Leave Gyantse, and drive head to Shigatse.

  • Clear Yamdrok Lake Holy Yamdrok Lake
  • Palkor Myriad Buddha Stupa Palcho Monastery

Day 7 Shigatse – Everest (B)

Today we will drive about 8 hours to the day’s final destination - Mount Everest. While it seems to be a tough driving day, the plateau landscape along the road is breathtaking and will keep you entranced. You will even have a chance to see four of the highest peaks in the world, all over 8,000 meters - Lhotse, Everest, Gyachung and Cho Oyu.

After arrival at Rongbuk Monastery (5,100m), you will find all the effort of the trip swept away by the sight of the majestic peak of Everest rising in front of you. You can then rest for a while, then go to visit this world’s highest monastery. Since it is only about 20 km from the peak of Mount Everest, you can appreciate the giant pyramid of the mountain from south, and can see the charming banner clouds in sunny days. Apart from that, Rongphu Monastery is the best place to see the sunrise and sunset for its high location close to the Everest. Also, you can take many great pictures at Marnyi Stones and the White tower outside of the door. Just get your camera ready to capture the wonders.

Accommodation will be arranged at Rongbuk Guest House. (If you visit Mount Everest during May to October, you will accommodate at the Tibetan Tents Camp just near Rongbuk Monastery). Please note that the accommodations at both places are very simple and basic. There are dorms with beds, duvets, heated blankets and hot water provided. You are suggested to bring your own sleeping bag if you have one. There is no running water, sinks or showers. The guest house only offers basic breakfast and dinner without menu. There is no private bathroom in the dorms. Only communal squat toilets are available. Remember to bring your own toilet paper. 

Tips for today:  1) currently the real Everest Base Camp is not allowed to visit due to environment protection of Mount Everest but Rongbuk Monastery provides a great platform to view Everest; 2) private cars and tourist buses can only get to the Parking Lot which is about 20km (about 30 minutes’ driving) away from Rongbuk Monastery, then you need to use the scenic park bus to transfer to Rongbuk Monastery; 3) travelers can enjoy the closer views of Mount Everest and take photos of the famous stone tablet of “Mt. Qomolangma Elevation Measurement” near Rongbuk Monastery; 4) prepare some food and drinks to take with you because there are only some basic foods offered at Mount Everest; 5) pack warm clothes to keep yourself warm all the time and get fully prepared for the high altitude (5100m).

  • Tashilumpo Monastery Tashilunpo Monastery
  • Mount Everest Mount Everest

Day 8 Everest – Lhatse

Get up early to chase the most beautiful landscape of sunrise on the Everest. The morning sunlight shines on the highest peak, and appears a pleasant golden pyramid.If you are lucky, you will have chance to see the famous "flag clouds" which is a famous wonder on Mount Everest. You will see milk white streamer floating above the peak, and flutters toward one side like a banner in the wind. Sometimes, you can see it change the shape, like the huge waves on the sea or the impetuous horses on the ancient battlefield, and so forth. Once in a while, it is lucky to see the plateau eagles flying above the banner cloud, which is especially a particular sightseeing. 

Last, return to Rongbuk and drive back to Old Tingri Town for lunch. Then drive about 6 hours to the final destination for today – Lantse.

  • Evereset Base Camp Evereset Base Camp

Day 9 Lhatse – Lhasa (B)

Wake up from the peaceful atmosphere in the early more. After breakfast, go ahead to visit the famous monastery of Sakya sect of Tibetan Buddhism – Sakya Monastery. It is the ancestral monastery of Sakya School of Tibetan Buddhism. Sakya, in Tibetan, means gray and white earth. So you can see many temples and walls painted in gray and white. Sakya Monastery is known as the “Second Dunhuang” because of its rich collection of arts, historical relics, including more than 24,000 Buddhism books, 3,000 Thangkas, Buddha statues, porcelains, wall paintings, etc.

Leave Lhatse, and drive about 3 hours to Shigatse where you will have lunch and short rest. Then keep driving about 5 hours on well-conditioned highway back to Lhasa.

  • Sakya Monastery Grey Soil Tower Sakya Monastery

Day 10 Lhasa Departure (B)

Today is free for you to explore Lhasa city until your tour guide transfer you to airport for flight to next destination. Please pack your luggage carefully, especially for things like tooth brush, camera, mobile phone, phone charger, towel, wallet. If your flight is arranged in the afternoon, please make sure you check out the hotel before 12pm.

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