Tibet is dubbed the roof of the world, and the world’s highest peak Mt. Everest is located in its Tingri County. The region has an average elevation of 4000m above sea level. Tibet offers dramatic natural sights, from majestic mountains, crystal clear lakes, to vast grassland roam by nomads and yaks. It is also a land rich with cultural heritage, and full of Buddhism pilgrimage sites. Tour highlights include taking the world’s highest railway through the Tibetan plateau, and overnight stay at the Everest Base Camp (5200m).
Depart from Kuala Lumpur on board Air Asia to Chengdu, arrival around 2pm, transfer to hotel in Chengdu downtown. After lunch, could explore the Wide-and-Narrow Alley, Jinli Old Street, and sample local street food.
Day time explore Chengdu downtown. Places of interest include the People’s Park, which is frequented by the locals for morning stroll and exercise, or drinking tea and playing mahjiong. Those interested in shopping could check out Chunxi Road lined with malls and shops, while those literally inclined could visit beautifully designed bookstores in town. After dinner, transfer to railway station, board a night train to Lhasa.
The Qinghai-Tibet railway travels through an average elevation of 3700m above sea level; its construction involved some 200,000 workers and faced many technical challenges. The train passes through ecologically fragile areas, offering majestic view of snow-capped peaks, glacier, lakes, and grassland.
Arrival in Lhasa in the morning, transfer to hotel. One should rest well and avoid strenuous activities to acclimatize to the high altitude.
In the morning, visit Potala Palace, which was the traditional administrative center of Tibet, and a symbol of Tibetan Buddhism. Later, tour Lhasa’s oldest temple – Jokhang Monastery. In the afternoon, visit Barkhor Street, which is crowded by pilgrims and traders selling exotic articles.
Journey through numerous mountain passes, including Kangpala pass (4990m), to reach Yamdrot Lake, the world’s highest-elevation freshwater lake, it is one of the three holiest lakes in Tibet. Spectacular view of mountain ranges and glacier en-route to Gyantse, visit Kumbum Monastery, which has a 35m-high chorten (stupa). Overnight in Shigatse.
Today’s journey offers sweeping view of the Himalayan ranges. Tingri County is where the world’s highest peak Mt. Everest (8844.43m) located. Other peaks above 8000m in sights include Makalu, Lhotse, Gyachung, and Cho Oyu. The snow-capped peaks and wild landscape are gifts to nature lovers, explorers, and scientific expedition teams.
Drive through winding and bumpy road, pass wild grassland, cross rapid rivers and high passes to reach the foot of Mt. Everest. Switch to environmental-friendly vehicle to reach the Base Camp (5200m), which is a protected reserved area. Admire spectacular sun set view. Overnight stay at base camp.
Wake up to the amazing sun rise view, after breakfast, travel the same route back to Shigatse for overnight stay.
In the morning, visit Tashilunpo Monastery, the biggest temple in southern Tibet, built in 1447. Later, continue the drive to Dangxiong for overnight stay.
After breakfast drive to Namtso, known as the Heavenly Lake in local language. The turquoise blue lake is located on an elevation of 4718m, the surrounding snow mountains reflected in the calm water, and rows of prayer flags flapping by the shoreline. Travel back to Lhasa in the afternoon, upon arrival free & easy.
Morning free and easy, you may do last minute souvenir shopping. Afternoon transfer to airport, take a domestic flight to Chengdu for transit, then board the Kuala Lumpur-bound international flight in late night.
Arrive in Kuala Lumpur the following day around 4:30am. End of tour.
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Jason is a barista, a cafe owner, a music teacher, and a traveler; multi-roles for a fulfilling life, he believes self-realization could be found in different corners of the world. When he is not traveling, he indulged in brewing coffee, retreating into his aroma filled cafe. He too conducts courses for Chinese traditional plucked-string music instrument named “Zhong Ruan”, and he has a deep interest in Central Asian music. He is full of curiosity and passion about the world; he dares to dream and acts upon it, travel is his means in reaching out.
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