Day 1 – 18th May: Arriving Xining － connect late afternoon flight to Xining (2275m).
Day 2 – 19th May: Flight to Lhasa – 3600m
First sight of Potala Place on our way from airport to hotel, we will have a short walk around old street of Barkhor beside famous Jakhang Monastery
Day 3 – 20th May: Lhasa – 3600m
We will coming back to Barkhor Square before sunrise, immersing in the local Tibetan’s morning pray, visiting Sera Monastery in the afternoon watching Monks debating.
Day 4 – 21st May Lhasa Sightseeing 3600m: We will visit a few famous Tibetan Monasteries and walking around old streets and Jokhang Temple.
We will walking around Potala Palace in the morning and visit a Tibetan family in the afternoon.
Day 5 – 22nd May: Lhasa to Shigatse ( 3900m/12795ft ) – making our way down a broad river valley overshadowed by 5000m peaks and one of the 4 most sacred Lake Yamdrok Tso. Shigatse is the second largest city in Tibet and another cultural feast with great architecture and culture.
Day 6 – 23rd may: Shigatse to Qudang – 8 Hours drive
Day 7 to 13 – 24th to 30th May 13: Trekking ( Camp between 4300m – 4950m) In order to get you into the most incredible Himalayan landscapes, we will spend 6 nights camping in the remote and incredible Kharta Valley. This is one of the most beautiful places in the world. It is unique in that the high alpine valleys are resplendent with spring flowers, rivers and glacier lakes, and it is these, juxtaposed with the world’s highest mountains.
You are only required to carry a small day sack containing your personal items – the rest will be carried by guides allocated for your assistance. The trek will take us up to a high point of around 5390m/17683ft on our last camp, which is great for some night photography with three 8000+ peaks if weather conditions are looking promising.
Camp 1: 4650 meters – Ascending 750m, 5-6 hours trek – Great view beside lake – Good view of Makalu and reflection possible if calm weather
Camp 2: 3990 meters – Ascending 250m, descending 1000 meters 7-8 hours trek – rhododendron and azelas flower as our foreground and snowy mountains are over 5000 meters in the distance
Camp 3: 4550 meters – Ascending 650m, 7-8 hours trek – Vista View of Mt. Everest and Himalaya Mountains in the distance
Camp 4: 4330 meters – lower valley – Amazing view of rhododendron and azelas flower as our foreground and Mt. Everest in the distance
Camp 5: Back to Camp 3
Camp 6: 4950 meters – Ascending 450m, 5-6 hours trek – Amazing View of glacier lakes with Panoramic view of Mt. Everest range in the distance, we will shoot wide if calm weather produces perfect reflections or using telephoto lens focus on details of majestic mountains
Camp 7: Stay near Camp 6 – Depends on the weather
Day 14 – 31st May: Trek to Qudang ( Ascending 400m, descending 1100m, 8-10 hours trek )
Day 15 – 1st June: Return to Shigatse – 8 hours by vehicle depends on our route choice
Day 16 – 2nd June: Shigatse to Xi’an – late afternoon flight, stay Xi’an Airport Hotel
Visiting Tashilhunpo Monastery ( one of the Six Big Monasteries of Gelugpa in Tibet. Founded by the First Dailai Lama in 1447, the monastery’s structure was expanded by the Fourth and successive Panchen Lamas. ) in the early morning and afternoon flight to Xi’an
Day 17 – 3rd June: Departure – Morning flight from Xi’an to Beijing, Please book your International flight out of Beijing after 3pm