Day2: Zhangmu-Old Tingri / 210km
Highlights: Mt. Shishapangma & one more day's acclimatization
Schedule today: Drive 210 km from Zhangmu to Old Tingri (alt.4300m), the road is well paved. On the way, you could see Mt. Shishapangma(alt.8012m) which is the only 8000+ meters mountain that totally within the territory of Tibet. Tonight we will stop and overnight at Old Tingri, there you could see the peak part of Mt. Everest and Mt. Cho Aoyou; the sunset view is also very awesome if the weather is good.
Day3: Old Tingri-Shigatse
Highlights: Tashilumpo Monastery
Schedule today: You can wake up early to see the sunrise view over the Everest if weather is good and you like; after breakfast, we will drive towards Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet, where you will visit the Tashilumpo Monastery which is the seat of Panchen Lama, the equally important religious figure in Tibet as the Dalai Lama. The monastery was built by the first Dalai Lama in 1447, and inside the Monastery placed the highest statue of Buddha in Tibet which is 26.8 meters high.
Day 4: Shigatse-Gyantse-Lhasa / 360km
Highlights: Kumpa Stupa & Pelcho Monastery, Karola Glacier, Yamdrok Lake
Schedule today: In the morning, drive to the historic town of Gyantse, there you will visit the largest stupa in Tibet-Kumpa Stupa (Ten-thousand stupa), just next to the Stupa is the Pelcho Monastery. Afterwards, drive to Yamdrok Lake, according to local mythology, Yamdrok Lake is the transformation of a goddess, on the Gangbala Pass, you will have a clear picture of this Tibetan holy lake in turquoise, and in distance you can also see the snowcapped Summit of Ninjingkangsang. On the way, we will stop to visit the Karola Glacier too. End in Lhasa today.
Day 5: Lhasa city tour
Highlights: Potala Palace, Johkang Temple, Backhor Street
Schedule today: In the morning, visit the symbol or landmark of Lhasa-Potala Palace, the successive Dalai Lama's winter residence. In the afternoon, visit the center of Tibetan Buddhism-Jorhkang Temple, where you will come across lots of devoted pilgrimages coming from every corner of Tibet. Both sites are under the list of the world cultural heritages by the UNISCO. Afterwards, free time for you to wander through the Backhor Street, the busiest street in old Lhasa quarter. One welcome dinner will be given for free today; you will have a chance to taste the most genuine local Tibetan food and drinks.
Day 6: Lhasa city tour
Highlights: Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery
Schedule today: In the morning, we will visit Drepung Monastery which is the biggest Tibetan Buddhism College with the biggest number of monks in Tibet. The monastery used to be the winter residence of the Dalai Lama before the 5th Dalai Lama moved his residency to the Potala Palace. And in the afternoon, we will visit another influential Gelugpa Monastery-Sera Monastery, where the largest scale of scripture debating among monks is famous all across Tibet.
Schedule: Tour ends, our guide and driver will drop you off at airport or train station in Lhasa. Welcome to Tibet next time.