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15 Days From Chengdu to Mt. Chomolungma

15 Days From Chengdu to Mt. Chomolungma

Date: May 17 & Sept. 6, 2021, 2022

Price: From 4200USD/PAX

Trip Focus: Adventure + Hiking

Status: Open to Booking

Route: Chengdu-Dujiangyan-Leshan-Chengdu-Lhasa-Gyantse-Shigatse-Shegar-Rongbuk Monastery—Nam-la—Lungchang-Old Dingri-Shigatse-Lhasa-Namtso-Lhasa

Trip Code: A006

Overview



This trip is specially designed for travelers who hope to gain an in-depth understanding of Tibetan culture and a unique experience in Tibet by trekking from Rongbuk Monastery to Old Dingri with a chance to gain a magnificent view of the Mt. Chomolungma, the highest mountain peak in the world. This trip starts from Chengdu, the gateway city in western China due to its great location with lots of domestic and international flights. This also gives travelers a chance to come face to face with giant pandas and explore this 3,000 years old city a little bit, strolling its iconic bustling streets or sampling famous Sichuan food at local popular restaurants. Sitting at a low altitude of 500m, Chengdu is ranked as one of the top tourist destinations in China with a population of over 16 million. With an average elevation of over 4,000 meters, Tibetan Plateau is famed as the roof of the world with the sparse population, amazing landscapes, and unique Tibetan culture.

Trekking in highland is full of exciting moments. However, it is also a big challenge because of the high elevation. On this trip, we will first drive to Rongbuk Monastery where we can get a chance to view the sunset and sunrise of Mt. Chomolungma if the weather permits, we will then trek toward Old Dingri. This has become the best way to trek since the Everest Base Camp was closed on 5th December of 2018, and now the best spot for photographing Mt. Chomolungma is located at Rongbuk Monastery which is only a few kilometers away from the former Everest Base Camp.



Highlights:

• Visit panda hometown and enjoy the face to face time with giant pandas in Dujiangyan. Also, you can choose to do the Panda Volunteer Program by cleaning the panda enclosure and feeding the panda. Experience the routine work of a panda keeper by working in a panda enclosure. Gain an in-depth understanding of the daily lives of captive pandas.

• We will have light hikes in Mt. Qingcheng and Leshan Giant Buddha near Chengdu before we depart for Tibet for the high altitude trek (3 days, 55km) from Rongbuk Monastery to Old Dingri.

• Strong and professional support from our team will ensure you a safe trip with the light trek, tasty dishes in the remote area, the best spots for photographing the highlights of the tour, different cultures, and special stories share from your guide, etc.

• Visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites located in the tourist cities of Chengdu and Lhasa, such as Mt. Qingcheng, Leshan Giant Buddha, and Potala Palace.

• Encounter some unique plateau wildlife like Black-necked Crane, Blue Sheep, Bar-headed Goose, Ruddy Shelduck, Snow Pigeon, etc.

• Abundant chances to photograph a diversity of subjects such as Tibetan people, snow-capped mountains, alpine lakes, brilliant monasteries, and nomadic areas.



Introduction to Trip Destinations:
 

Dujiangyan Panda Base
Located at the foot of Mt. Qingcheng, Dujiangyan Panda Base mainly focuses on panda rescue, disease prevention, and control with modern facilities. It is playing an important role in the study for the continued survival of the Giant Panda. The base has several star pandas returned from overseas, such as the famous panda star named Taishan who was born in Washington D.C. The Panda Volunteer Program here enables volunteers to gain exclusive access to the areas not open to the general public and exciting experience working side by side with the panda caretakers in their daily routine of cleaning panda enclosures and hand-feeding pandas.
 

Mt. Qingcheng
Located near the scenic city of Dujiangyan, Mt. Qingcheng is one of the best places to visit for a better understanding of China’s indigenous religion of Taoism. With a history spanning thousands of years, Mt. Qingcheng accommodates a variety of Taoist monasteries showcasing the elegant architectures of Taoist traditions. Visitors can navigate a series of staircases winding up through peaceful forests in search of practitioners and monasteries dedicated to notable Taoist deities and figures. The peaceful atmosphere and cultural significance of Mount Qingcheng have earned its global recognition as a World Heritage Site in 2000 along with the Dujiangyan Irrigation System.
 

Leshan Giant Buddha
Holding the distinction as one of the world’s largest sitting Buddhas and the oldest pre-modern structures, the Leshan Giant Buddha has become one of China’s most iconic World Heritage Sites. Located in the nearby city of Leshan, this cultural marvel is easily accessible for groups traveling from Chengdu. It is said that the mountain is a Buddha and the Buddha is a mountain, welcome to join us for a hike to the Giant Buddha’s foot.
 


 

Potala Palace
The Potala Palace is famed as the highest ancient palace in the world. It is one of the most important landmarks of Lhasa which represents the apogee of Tibetan architecture. The White and Red Palaces and ancillary buildings of the Potala Palace are raised from the Red Mountain in the center of Lhasa Valley at an altitude of 3,650m. The Potala Palace was the winter palace of the Dalai Lamas since the 7th century which contains 698 murals, almost 10,000 painted scrolls, numerous sculptures, carpets, canopies, curtains, porcelain, jade, fine objects of gold and silver, a large collection of sutras, important historical documents, and the gilded burial stupas of past Dalai Lamas. For Tibetan people, it is said that a pilgrimage to Tibet and Potala Palace is the destination of a lifetime. It is listed in the World Heritage Sites since 1994. Also, our 50 RMB is engraved with the Potala Palace since 2005.

 

Jokhang Monastery
Jokhang Monastery is the most revered and intensely spiritual holy site in Tibet. It is the destination for pilgrims from all over the country. It was built in 647 of Songtsen Gampo's (617-650) period who is the 33rd king of Tibet. Songtsen Gampo married Princess Bhrikuti of Nepal. To house the Buddha statue of Jowo Sakyamuni (at age 12) brought by Princess Burikuti, the Jokhang Monastery was built. The original complex of Jokhang Monastery included only eight shrines. Now the main hall, over 1,300 years old, is the oldest shrine of the complex. Jokhang Monastery brought Buddhism into this land and became an inseparable part of Tibetan history and culture.
 

Yamdrok Yumtso Lake
Yamdrok Yumtso Lake (Yamdrok Lake) is known for its mysterious and turquoise-blue waters. As one of Tibet's three holy lakes surrounded by snow-capped mountains, Yamdrok Lake is over 72km long with an altitude of about 4,441m. According to local legend, Yamdrok Lake is the transformation of a goddess. Besides, the lake's islands serve as rich pasture land to local herdmen. What is more, it is an important stopover for many migrating birds during springs and summers including Black-necked Crane, Bar-headed Goose, Ruddy Shelduck, Great Crested Grebe, etc.
 

 

Rongbuk Monastery
Rongbuk Monastery is known as one of the highest Buddhist shrines on the planet which is located at the foot of Mount Chomolungma, the tallest peak in the world. It is only a few kilometers away from Everest Base Camp (not open to the public since 5th Dec. of 2018) and offers great spots for photographing the breathtaking views of Mount Chomolungma. Rongbuk Monastery was founded in 1899 and about 500 monks and nuns are believed to have lived there at its peak time. It is special that it is a monastery that serves for both lamas and nuns who have separate residences.
 

 

Mt. Chomolungma (Mt. Everest)
Mt. Chomolungma (8844.43m) is the highest peak of the Himalayan mountains and is considered the highest point on Earth. Mt. Chomolungma is the Tibetan name, which means "Mother Goddess of the World." The rocky summit is covered with deep snow all year long and its summit is the border of Nepal to the south and Tibet of China on the north. China had re-measure Mt. Chomolungma in 2020. An eight-member Chinese survey team successfully climbed to the summit of the world's highest peak at 11:00 am on May 27, 2020.
 

 

Tashilhunpo Monastery
Tashilhunpo Monastery is known as the home of Panchen Lamas which is located on the western side of Shigatse, the second-largest city in Tibet. It is founded by the First Dalai Lama in 1447 and was expanded by the fourth Panchen Lama (1601-1662) 
and successive Panchen Lamas. As one of the six Gelug monasteries, Tashilhunpo Monastery is the largest monastery in Shigatse which has about 57 halls and 3,600 rooms. Tashilhunpo Monastery stores many treasures, including the giant priceless Future Buddha Statue, precious Buddha Stupas, manuscript Buddhist texts, and numerous murals.
 

Namtso Lake
Sitting at an altitude of 4,718 meters, Namtso Lake is considered as one of the three holy lakes in Tibet. In Tibetan, Namtso means "Heavenly Lake" and it is common to meet groups of prostrating Tibetan pilgrims circle around the holy lake. Cuddled by snow-capped peaks of Nyenchen Thangla Mountain Range, Namtso Lake is defined by its surreal beauty of a striking blue color. Being the third largest salt lake in China, Namtso Lake was selected as one of the five most beautiful lakes in China by Chinese National Geography magazine in 2005.


 

How Can We Make This Trip Special?

• Many times of running this itinerary for western trekkers and nature lovers enables us to ensure your trekking is enjoyable and comfortable in the wilderness.

• A team of passionate guides specializing in photography and wildlife with rich experiences of guiding and solid knowledge about wildlife and local places.

• This trip can be customized to better meet your travel style by centering on a different focus.

• 20-plus years of working in the travel industry and serving travelers from all over the world enable us to know how to make great trips for travelers of different travel styles.

 



 

What Makes AbsolutePanda Excellent? 

• We are one of the premier travel companies focusing on wildlife in China.
Since 2003, our professional tour leaders and wildlife experts have helped thousands of travelers gain an in-depth understanding of Giant Panda and their companion animals, enjoy stunning sceneries all over China, and explore the authentic local cultures.

• Exclusive quality & value guarantee.
We define our quality by well-designed itineraries, stunning destinations, creative interactions, small groups, professional guides, and reasonable prices.

• Explore China in comfort and on your style.
Beyond selected accommodations, meals, and vehicles, we would like to show you the real China by an authentic experience with incredible wildlife and lovely locals.

• We care and share.
We believe the best way to enjoy a journey is to love and appreciate it. By bringing our clients to discover the beauty of nature and culture in China, we hope that local people can realize the beauty of wildlife, their unique culture, and learn how to love and appreciate those beautiful things they have around their villages.



 

Dates and Prices



1. Dates  

Group A: May 17 to May 31, 2021
Group B: Sept. 6 to Sept. 20, 2021
Group C: May 17 to May 31, 2022
Group D: Sept. 6 to Sept. 20, 2022
Email us to tailor-make a tour that can meet your taste, budget, and schedule best.


2. Prices 

The AbsolutePanda team works hard to provide the highest-possible quality tour experiences at a fair price. However, after working in the travel industry for more than 20 years, our team knows that no two travelers are alike in terms of their travel styles, personal interests, choice of guides, and preferences in restaurants and hotels. For AbsolutePanda, our client’s satisfaction is a top priority. To meet the needs of different clients and ensure you enjoy a trip suited to your preferences, you are welcome to email us with specific requests ranging from trip themes, guides, the grade and brand of vehicles, accommodations, restaurants, etc. We will try our best.

To ensure our guest the best trip, we set our minimum departure number as four travelers and the maximum departure number as twelve travelers. That means the trip size is 4 to 12 participants.

The land cost for a group of 4 to 12 people: 
4200USD/PAX

Single supplement:
580USD/PAX

The land cost includes:
1. Vehicles listed on the trip. Fuel, tolls, airport pick-up, and drop-off are included in the price. The size of the vehicle is based on the number of participants for this itinerary;
2. An English-speaking trekking guide for the whole trip;
3. Local camping assistant for trekking days listed in the itinerary;
4. Yaks to carry logistic stuff during trekking time;
5. Meals listed above as BLD;
6. Bottled water and snacks;
7. Entrance charges listed in the itinerary;
8. China Domestic Travel Insurance;
9. Hotels and hostels listed in the itinerary;
10. Camping tents for trekking days listed in the itinerary;
11. Flight ticket from Chengdu to Lhasa;
12. Tibet Permit.

The land cost excludes:
1. Alcoholic drinks during the meal;
2. Extra charges due to change of itinerary from client-side or factors beyond the control of AbsolutePanda such as natural disaster and governmental policy change;
3. Discretionary tips to the guide and driver;
4. All personal expenses, such as laundry service or for personal shopping;
5. Train ticket or airfare to Chengdu and out of Lhasa;
6. Any items not listed in the itinerary as included;
7
. Entrance fee, car rental, or meals during your free time trip;
8. Single supplement;
9. Personal sleeping bags;
10. Panda Volunteer Program (145USD/PAX);
11. Face-changing Show in Chengdu.


Notes:
1. This trip price is based on two clients sharing one twin-bed room in 3-star standard hotels in big cities and local best guesthouses or camping in a remote area. If you prefer to use a private room or we cannot find a roommate for you, then a single supplement will be added to your trip price.
2. For camping days, two clients sharing one tent. If you prefer a single tent by yourself, you are welcome to contact us ahead of time.
3. During the camping days, you are welcome to join our guide for cooking meals.


3. Experienced Trekking Guides

• Bella: Born in Dali of Yunnan Province, from Bai ethnic family, Bella was brought up in a small county famous for ethnic Bai culture, abundant natural resources, and rich tourism resources. After graduation from high school, she chose to study tourism at university so that her passion for nature and travel could continue. She started her career in tourism with AbsolutePanda after graduation from her university. After years of hard-working, now she has become an expert in multiple fields, including birding, photography, food, and ethnic culture. Bella is a big fan and great spotter of wildlife, a passionate bird guide, and an in-depth cultural interpreter. She loves sharing news and her pictures or videos of wildlife on social media. Though Bella is still very young, her passion, knowledge in nature and culture, fluent English, and guiding expertise will make your trip truly enjoyable.

• Philip: A local guide born in the Sichuan Tibetan area with fluency English and basic Japanese, Philip is an exceptional photographer and had guided many Minya Konka trekking trips since 2004. As a trekking guide, Philip also has a keen interest in Buddhism, birds, and Chinese cuisine.

• Kevin: Graduated from Southwest University of Science and Technology in 2016 majoring in Engineering Management, Kevin pursued a different road compared with most of his classmates because of his affection in nature. His involvement in nature has started far before his graduation, he has become a famous outdoor enthusiast and nature lover among his classmates during his campus life. He has actively participated in lots of outdoor activities like cycling and mountaineering. He successfully organized biking from Sichuan to Tibet Autonomous Region and cycling around Hainan Island. He trekked the Poon Hill in Nepal and 20 plus mountains of different sizes in China. He participated in the emergency aid training class provided by the Red Cross Society of China and has got the First Aider Certificate.

Notes: 
1. Please note that our guides with specialized knowledge are not always available, especially during our busy season from April to October. If you have an on-planning trip, please contact us as early as possible so that we will block the date of our expert guide for you.
2. To our AbsolutePanda team, our clients' overall satisfaction with their trip is the top priority. We can create a different option to make it easier for you to choose a tour that fits your style and budget. If you prefer to travel in a different style than the option we've provided here, please feel free to contact us.
3. For travelers who hope to tailor-make the programs with their specific travel preferences in mind (transportations, hotels, exclusive privileges, and famous local experts), tailor-making a tour is the best way to ensure your desires are met. Please contact us with your specific needs and we will prepare an itinerary based on your expectations. Once you are satisfied, we will work out the cost and send it to you. Please feel free to ask any questions to learn more.
 

When you put your trust in our team, we are certain to help you enjoy an unforgettable travel experience in China!

 

Itinerary



Outline:

Day 1. Arrive in Chengdu. (D)
The airport pick-up. City exploration based on your time of arrival. Overnight: Chengdu (500m)
 
Day 2. Chengdu-Dujiangyan-Chengdu. 150km 4h (BLD)
Drive to Dujiangyan Panda Base, then back to Chengdu after visiting Mt. Qingcheng. Overnight: Chengdu (500m)
 
Day 3. Chengdu-Leshan-Chengdu. 310km 6h (BLD)
Drive to Leshan Giant Buddha, then back to Chengdu after visiting Huanglongxi Ancient Town. Overnight: Chengdu (500m)
 
Day 4. Chengdu-Lhasa. (B) (Flights: CA4401, 06:45-09:10)
Take the flight to Lhasa. Check-in and get used to high altitude. Overnight: Lhasa (3,650m)
 
Day 5. Lhasa. (BLD)
Visit Potala Palace and Jokhang Monastery. Overnight: Lhasa (3,650m)
 
Day 6. Lhasa-Gyantse-Shigatse. 400km 8h (BLD)
Drive to Shigatse and visit Yamdrok Yumtso Lake and Palcho Monastery along the way. Overnight: Shigatse (3,850m)
 
Day 7. Shigatse-Shegar-Rongbuk Monastery. 350km 7.5h (BLD)
Drive to Rongbuk Monastery via Shegar. Overnight: Rongbuk Monastery (4,980m)
 
Day 8. Rongbuk Monastery—Nam-la. (BLD)
Trekking from Rongbuk Monastery to Nam-la (22km, 9h). Overnight: Camping (5,150m)
 
Day 9. Nam-la—Lungchang. (BLD)
Trekking from Nam-la to Lungchang (21km, 7h). Overnight: Camping (4,510m)
 
Day 10. Lungchang-Old Dingri. (BLD)
Trekking from Lungchang to Old Dingri (12km, 5h). Overnight: Old Dingri (4,300m)
 
Day 11. Old Dingri-Shegar-Shigatse. 310km 5.5h (BLD)
We will drive to Shigatse via Shegar today. Overnight: Shigatse (3,850m)
 
Day 12. Shigatse-Lhasa. 280km 5.5h (BLD)
Drive back to Lhasa after visiting Tashilhunpo Monastery. Overnight: Lhasa (3,650m)
 
Day 13. Lhasa-Namtso-Lhasa. 350km 8h (BLD)
Drive to visit Namtso Lake. Overnight: Lhasa (3,650m)
 
Day 14. Lhasa. (BLD)
Pay a visit to Norbulingka and Zhayeba Temple. Overnight: Lhasa (3,650m)
 
Day 15. Depart Lhasa. (B)
The airport drop-off.
 
 
Details:
 
Day 1. Arrival in Chengdu. Meals: D
The airport pick-up. Based on the time you arrive, we can plan some free city tour programs such as visiting People’s Park to experience the typical laid-back lifestyles of Chengdu or taking you to Jinli Street to feel the bustling shopping street with unique local souvenirs and delicious local take-away food.

Overnight: Chengdu (500m)

Day 2. Chengdu-Dujiangyan-Chengdu. 150km 4h Meals: BLD
07:00-08:30   Meet your guide and driver at your hotel, drive directly to Dujiangyan Panda Base.
08:30-09:00   Prepare for Panda Volunteer Program (Optional).
09:00-10:00   Cleaning the enclosure and preparing bamboo.
10:00-11:00    Free time to visit other giant pandas and red panda at different ages.
11:00-11:30   Prepare bamboo shoot, apple, cake, and feed panda.
  Note: If you are not interested in the Panda Volunteer Program, you can walk around this beautiful panda base and take your time to communicate with the brilliant creatures live here such as Giant Panda, Red Panda, Asiatic Black Bear, Golden Pheasant.
11:30-13:00   Lunchtime. If you like, you can have lunch with the staff at their canteen.
13:00-13:10   Drive to Mt. Qingcheng.
13:10-16:10   Enjoy the hiking inside Mt. Qingcheng.
16:10-17:40   Drive back to Chengdu Qingtai road, a famous cultural street.
17:40-19:30   Enjoy hotpot dinner near Qingtai road. (Optional)
19:30-21:20   Enjoy the Face-changing Show (80min) inside the culture park. (Optional)
21:20-21:40   Back to your hotel 

Overnight: Chengdu (500m)

Day 3. Chengdu-Leshan-Chengdu. 310km 6h Meals: BLD
After early breakfast, we drive to Leshan and visit Leshan Giant Buddha by hiking to the foot of the Buddha, in this way, you will not only see the Buddha but also the attractions such as Mahao Cave Tomb, Fishing village, and the quiet Wuyou Monastery. On the way back to Chengdu we can either enjoy a light hike in the tea plantations or drive to Huanglongxi Ancient Town. For the convenience of pick up and early departure the next morning, we would stay in a hotel not so far away from the airport.

Overnight: Chengdu (500m)

Day 4. Chengdu-Lhasa. (By Flight) Meals: B
Chengdu airport see-off. We will take an early morning flight to Lhasa. Upon arrival, pick up by our guide in Lhasa and we will head to Lhasa city while enjoying the Yarlung Tsangpo River (the longest and largest river in Tibet) and Lhasa river on the way. Check-in and have a good rest in your hotel. Slow down to get used to high altitude. Free time on your own. In the afternoon, if you feel good you can pay a visit to Potala Square and around by yourself.

Overnight: Lhasa (3,650m)

Day 5. Lhasa. Meals: BLD
After breakfast, we will visit the Potala Palace. Potala Palace, regarded as a landmark and the symbol of Tibet, is a great palace consisting of many houses, towers, chapels, etc. With a spectacular architectural style, Potala Palace is honored as one of the most beautiful architectural buildings in the world. In the afternoon, we will visit Jokhang Monastery and Barkhor Street. Jokhang Temple is the spiritual center of Tibet. Built-in 647 by Songtsen Gampo, it has a history of more than 1,300 years. The temple is the fine product of Han, Tibetan, and Nepalese architecture techniques. Jokhang Temple also houses many invaluable cultural relics. Barkhor Street is the oldest street in Lhasa and a must-see for visitors wanting to learn about Tibetan culture, economy, religion, and arts.

Overnight: Lhasa (3,650m)

Day 6. Lhasa-Gyantse-Shigatse. 400km 8h Meals: BLD
Today we will drive to Shigatse and visit Yamdrok Yumtso Lake and Palcho Monastery along the way. We will drive past Yamdrok Yumtso Lake (4,441m) which lies to the south of Yarlung Tsangpo River. It is one of three holy lakes in Tibet. Then we will pass Kharola Glacier, one of Tibet's three major continental glaciers, which is located on the boundary of Langkatse and Gyantse counties. Lying in the northern section of the Himalayas is visible from the highway which links Lhasa and Shigatse. Then we will visit Palcho Monastery. Palcho Monastery enjoys a high status in Tibet Buddhism history because it houses three sects—Sakyapa, Kadampa, and Gelugpa together. Then we drive to Shigatse.

Overnight: Shigatse (3,850m)

Day 7. Shigatse-Shegar-Rongbuk Monastery. 350km 7.5h Meals: BLD
We will drive to Rongbuk Monastery via Shegar. Rongbuk Monastery gained its fame as the highest religious building in the world as well as one of the highest-elevation settlements and overall structures ever built, making it a site with the perfect landscape. The monastery once housed about 500 monks and nuns but now there are only dozens of monks and nuns. Check-in, have a good rest and prepare for the trekking trip.

Overnight: Rongbuk Monastery (4,980m)

Day 8. Rongbuk Monastery—Nam-la. Meals: BLD
Trekking from Rongbuk Monastery to Nam-la (22km, 9h).

Overnight: Camping (5,150m)

Day 9. Nam-la—Lungchang. Meals: BLD
Trekking from the base of Nam-la to Lungchang (21km, 7h). 

Overnight: Camping (4,510m)

Day 10. Lungchang-Old Dingri. Meals: BLD
Trekking from Lungchang to Old Dingri (12km, 5h).

Overnight: Old Dingri (4,300m)

Day 11. Old Dingri-Shegar-Shigatse. 310km 5.5h Meals: BLD
We will drive to Shigatse via Shegar today. Enjoy the plateau view along the way. If you are interested, we can pay a visit to a local Tibetan family which can give you a unique understanding of typical Tibetan life, from sipping yak butter tea to chatting about their family history and so on.

Overnight: Shigatse (3,850m)

Day 12. Shigatse-Lhasa. 280km 5.5h Meals: BLD
Drive back to Lhasa after visiting Tashilhunpo Monastery. In the morning, we will visit Tashilhunpo Monastery. Tashilhunpo Monastery is one of the Six Big Monasteries of Gelugpa (or Yellow Hat Sect) in Tibet. Also called the Heap of Glory, it is located at the foot of Drolmari (Tara's Mountain), Shigatse. Founded by the first Dalai Lama in 1447, the monastery's structure was expanded by the fourth and successive Panchen Lamas. Then we head back to Lhasa by the famous China-Nepal road.

Overnight: Lhasa (3,650m)

Day 13. Lhasa-Namtso-Lhasa. 350km 8h Meals: BLD
We will drive to visit Namtso Lake. Namtso Lake is located in Nagqu Prefecture. Namtso Lake means "the holy lake" in the Tibetan language. With over 30km from north to south and over 70km from east to west, Namtso Lake covers a total area of more than 1,900 square kilometers, being the third largest salt lake in China. At an elevation of 4,718 meters, it is also the highest altitude salt lake in the world.

Overnight: Lhasa (3,650m)

Day 14. Lhasa. Meals: BLD
Today we will pay a visit to Norbulingka and Zhayeba Temple in Lhasa city. Norbulingka (the Summer Palace), literally means "Garden of Treasure" in Tibetan, was originally built since the 1740s (an era of the Seventh Dalai Lama). Every summer Dala Lama moved from the Potala Palace to Norbulingka to handle official business, hence it is also seen as "the Summer Palace of Lhasa". In the afternoon, we will visit Zhayeba Temple. Zhayeba Temple is the Nyingma school temple, one of the four Tibet recluse places. It was first built in the 7th century and has a history of 1,500 years.

Overnight: Lhasa (3,650m)

Day 15. Depart Lhasa. Meals: B
Airport drop-off. On the final day of this tour, our team will escort you to the airport in Lhasa and assist you with luggage check-in.
 
Notes:
1. If you need help in arranging a flight to Chengdu from other major cities of China such as Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, or a departure flight from Chengdu, please feel free to contact us, we are more than happy to provide any support we can to facilitate your trip planning.
2. This trip ventures into a remote area that features high altitude. Follow the advice from your doctor on altitude sickness before deciding to join this trip. In some events, high elevation can cause severe health complications for those with cardiovascular diseases or other poor cardiopulmonary function.
3. The overnight altitudes, trekking kilometers, and hiking hours listed in the itinerary are just for your rough reference.
4. If you want us to include the flights from Lhasa to other cities in China, you are welcome to contact us. Here are some flights for your reference:
Lhasa to Beijing: CA4126, 09:20-13:15; TV9815, 10:00-13:35.
Lhasa to Chengdu: CA4402, 10:35-12:35; 3U8698,10:25-12:35.


 

Map



Trip Map of Chengdu Part.



Chengdu to Lhasa by Flight.



Trip Map of Tibet Part.

 

Accommodations



AbsolutePanda firmly believes travel is an art. To ensure every trip traveling with us is a great travel art for our client, the AbsolutePanda team does all we can to consider every possible detail. The choice of hotels is an essential part of making a great trip. After many years of running a travel business, we have built up our network of cooperative hotels at different levels. We understand people are different in the choice of hotels when they travel. If you want to use some specific hotels, please feel free to let us know, we are delighted to book it for you at a competitive price to make the hotel choice better meet your taste, budget and travel style. We can either reserve a hotel with competitive price for you or simply include the hotel into your trip cost if possible. You are welcome to contact us and tell us your requests, we will do our best to create the best travel itinerary for your private use.

If you need help with hotel booking in other big cities of China at different styles and luxury levels (International-brand Hotels, Local Brand Hotels, Economical Hotels), please feel free to email our team at info@absolutepanda.com.



FAQs



1. Is there any altitude problem for this trip?
On this trip, we will overnight on the high altitude from 3,650m to 5,150m. Our guide has rich experience in taking care of our clients for the trekking trip on the highland. Surely, we also will suggest you seek advice from your doctor on altitude sickness and bring necessary medications before you decide to join this trip. In some events, high elevation can cause severe health complications for those with cardiovascular diseases or other poor cardiopulmonary function diseases.
 
2. Is this trekking trip can reach to the Everest Base Camp?
Since 5th December of 2018, the Everest Base Camp (EBC) is closed and do not open to the public. No sign for reopening is available yet. Now the new EBC can be at the Rongbuk Monastery which is only a few kilometers away from the old EBC. At Rongbuk Monastery there are also good spots for photographing the Mt. Chomolungma.
 
3. If I have dietary restrictions, will that be a problem for your team to accommodate?
Our team is experienced at making sure all of our client’s needs are met. If you or anyone in your group has specific requirements for food, we are happy to accommodate your needs.
 
4. Do we need to bring our sleeping bag?
If possible, it would be great for you to bring your sleeping bag. Because people always have different requirements about the type of sleeping bags when trekking. If you are OK with the sleeping bag we have (in average quality) we are more than happy to provide clean sleeping bags we used for our trekking trips in the past.
 
5. What kind of food do we have during the trekking days?
The food will be simple and basic but nutritious enough for the trekking. If you are interested in cooking, you are welcome to join our staff in cooking meals. We will bring a variety of vegetables such as tomatoes, potatoes, cabbages, and noodles, as well as enough meat such as pork and yak meat.
 
6. What kind of tents do we have during the trekking days?
We have tents of different types such as a one-man tent, two-man tent, and three-man tent. Feel free to tell us what you prefer, we will bring the right type of tents for you.


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The best travel company I have ever worked with.
Where to begin? I am an international tour leader. This team is our partner company, and for the last 5 years, they have proved time and time again to be by far the best, most meticulous, detail-oriented, experienced, and honest company I have ever encountered. These guys get it- travel is an art. They are focused on the experience, not the profit, and this is very rare in China. The founder, Philip, is one of the top birders and nature experts in Sichuan and is well respected throughout the province and beyond for all of his efforts to support local culture and conservation of wildlife. He is from a remote Tibetan region and understands how to operate in the wild, unexplored regions of China- the real China. He is an excellent teacher and judge of character and has built an amazing team of loyal guides who cannot be topped. If you travel with these guys, you have made a wise decision.

--Brad
Date of experience: May 2017

 

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Potala Palace  



View Potala Palace from Jokhang Monastery.



Tibetan people pray outside Jokhang Monastery.



Bar-headed Goose and Ruddy Shelduck.



Meet cattle herd on the road.



Yamdrok Yumtso Lake



Karola Glacier 



Palcho Monastery



Road to Rongbuk Monastery.



Tents outside Rongbuk Monastery.



Blue Sheep



Mt. Chomolungma



Namtso Lake

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