Upon arrival, you’ll be welcomed by your guide and transferred to the city center. You will meet your fellow travelers. For the rest of the day you will get some rest and acclimatize to the altitude.
During those two days you will visit the most famous monuments of Lhasa, symbols of the times when the city was the epicenter of Buddhism. From the Jokhang temple to the famous Potala, the Winter palace of the Dalai Lama and via the Barkhor market, the most famous of all, you’ll also explore the Drepung and Sera monasteries where you will assist to their philosophical debates.
You will take the road to Gyantse via the Kampa La pass, with a beautiful view on the emerald sacred Yamdrok lake and surrounding snow peaks. On the way you’ll stop at Karo La (5150m) to see Nyenchen Kangsar glacier. At your arrival in Gyantse, visit the Kumbum stupa and the Palkhor Choede monastery.
In Shigatse, second biggest city and Buddhist centre in Tibet, you’ll visit the Tashilhunpo monastery, former residence of the Panchen-Lama lineage. Then you’ll drive to Lhatse. On the way you’ll stop at Sakya monastery, built in 1073.
You’ll have a long day drive between Lhatse and Saga, along the Brahmaputra valley. This 8-hour drive will be brightened up by the views on the trans-Himalayan chain to the north, and the Himalayan chain to the south. You will drive to Darchen, the starting point of the trek around Mount Kailash.
This morning you will start your trek around Mount Kailash (7762m), at an average altitude of 4700m. You will meet many Buddhist pilgrims walking in the same direction, and Bön believers going around in a counter-clockwise direction. After 4 hours of walking you will arrive in Tamdin (4780m) where simple meals and water are served in nomad tents. Then 4kms remain to the monastery of Dirakpuk.
Then you will begin the most demanding part of the trek, as you will cross the two passes of Dikpala (5000m) and Dormala (5600m). The trail is not too steep but the altitude makes the effort more difficult. You will then descend into the valley and stop for lunch at a nomad tent, before reaching the monastery of Zultuk Puk. You will finish the trek by walking to Tashi Do. You will reunite with your driver, who will take you to Manasarovar Lake to sleep in a guesthouse.
You will take the road back to Saga.
The next day, you’ll head to the Everest base camp (EBC), the last stage accessible to tourists before climbing Mount Everest, and located in the Rongbuk valley. On the way, you will pass by Lake Pekutso, and will also be able to admire the Himalayan chain and its peaks exceeding 8000m.
Upon arrival, discover your accommodation in a local guesthouse, in a tent shared with other travelers.
The next day, if you wish, you will get up at dawn, so that you can admire Mount Everest at sunrise. You will walk to reach the viewpoint not far from the camp, then your driver will drive you back to Shigatse where you will rest for the night.
You will drive back to Lhasa, along the Friendship Highway, which goes west to Nepal (4-5h drive). Enjoy your last hours in Lhasa to stroll around the old city, make your last purchases or write your postcards. Transfer to the airport for your flight to your next destination.