Seat-in-coach Tours To Mt. Everest

This tour includes all of the best sights, sounds, and smells Tibet has to offer. Wind your way up through the Potala Palace, join the shuffling, murmuring pilgrims around the Shrine at Jokhang, explore Barkhor, and be enveloped in the vast expanses of the Tibetan landscape. Seeing Mt. Everest may be the highlights your trip.

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Duration: 8 Days

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Day 1

Place & Transport:Arrive in Lhasa, Flight not included
Today's Activities:Airport Transfer (Lhasa),

Accommodations: Yak Hotel 

Day 2

Place & Transport:Lhasa
Today's Activities:Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Sera Monastery, Barkhor Street
Meals:Breakfast

- Potala Palace (1 hour): Former winter home of the Dalai Lama, a vast, awe-inspiring maze of corridors and stairs leading through countless rooms of richly decorated statues, tombs, murals and antiques. You will climb past the White Palace into the Red Palace, where the file of pilgrims offering silk scarves, coins or yak butter to burn in the shrines combine to make this an unforgettable experience. Note: you need to be fit for climbing up the long stairways.
- Jokhang Temple (2 hours): Smaller and more manageable than the Potala, this 4-storey, golden-roofed temple is at the heart of a rich and living Tibetan Buddhism. Many locals pray here regularly; the Temple is surrounded by Barkhor Street and thronged with pilgrims and visitors. Yak butter lamps burn in front of rich statuary that includes the Sakyamuni Buddha brought to Tibet by Princess Wen Cheng in the 7th Century.
- Sera Monastery (3 hours): Located in the northern suburbs of Lhasa, The Sera Monastery is a complex of 4 structures; the Great Assembly Hall and three colleges. It was founded in 1419 by Jamchen Chojey of Sakya Yeshe of Zel Gungtang (1355–1435), a disciple of Tsongkhapa. 'Sera' means wild roses and was called this because the monastery was surrounded by wild roses. One of the three main monasteries of Lhasa, it is here that the monks "famous daily debates" take place.
Tips: Every day (except Mondays) at 15:00, there is a debate about Buddhist doctrines among the monks at Sera Monastery. The debating is held in the grounds and is a necessary way of learning sutras and scriptures. Visitors can watch the debate, but it is advised to keep quiet.
- Barkhor Street (2 hours): Built about 1,300 years ago, The Barkhor (pilgrims' circuit) is found in the heart of Lhasa encircling the Jokhang Temple. In the past, it was a designated circumambulation circuit, "a saint's road" in the eyes of Tibetans. Many people call the Barkhor "the window of Tibet" as it exhibits typical Tibetan life. Watch the pilgrims, wearing their local dress from many different parts of Tibet, as they circle clockwise around Jokhang Temple with prayer wheels, or prostrate them near the front gate. Join the locals and visitors to shop for local goods at the colourful stalls, or relax in a coffee shop or tea house to enjoy the passing parade.

Accommodations: Yak Hotel 

Day 3

Place & Transport:Lhasa to Shigatse
Today's Activities:Our guide and driver will escort you from Lhasa to Shigatse, , Yomdrok Lake, The Palgor Chorten, Gyantse Dzong, Overlook for the Karola Glacier
Meals:Breakfast

- Yomdrok Lake (2 hours): Dotted with a dozen islands and abundant in natural resources, Lake Yamdrok has the highest power station in the world, and is also the largest habitat for water birds in Tibet, attracting countless swans and gulls every summer.
- The Palgor Chorten (1.5 hours): Pelkhor Choede (Kumbum), also named Palcho Monastery, is very different from other monasteries. Built as a Tibetan monastery, its structural style is very unique, reputed as the lord of Tibetan stupas. In addition, it is famous for the architecture, sculpture, and mural painting art. It lies about 270 kilometers (168 miles) south of Lhasa and 100 (62 miles) east of Shigatse at the foot of Dzong Hill.
- Gyantse Dzong (1.5 hours): Gyantse is often called "Hero City" because of the determined resistance of the Tibetans against far superior forces during the British expedition to Tibet in 1903 and 1904. Gyantse Dzong (or Gyantse Fortress) is one of the best preserved dzongs in Tibet and is perched high above the town of Gyantse on a huge spur of grey brown rock. The original fortress known as Gyel-khar-tse, was attributed to Pelkhor-tsen, son of the anti-Buddhist King Langdharma, who probably reigned from 838 to 841 CE. The present walls were supposedly built in 1268, after the rise in power of the Sakyapa Sect. They were dynamited by the Chinese in 1967 during the Cultural Revolution, but little more seems to have been recorded about this turbulent period. However, the dzong has gradually been restored, and "still dominates the town and surrounding plains as it always did." There is now a small museum there outlining the excesses of the Younghusband expedition from the Chinese perspective.
- Overlook for the Karola Glacier: Located on the boarder of the Langkazi County and the Gyangze County in the Shannan Prefecture of Tibet, the Karola Glacier is 5560meters above the sea level and has an area of 9.4 sq km. Get a close look on the road to Gyangze County.

Accommodations: Manasarovar Hotel 

Day 4

Place & Transport:Shigatse to Dingri
Today's Activities:Tashilunpo Monastery, Our guide and driver will escort you from Shigatse to Dingri
Meals:Breakfast

- Tashilunpo Monastery (2 hours): Tashilhunpo Monastery was founded in 1447 by Gyalwa Gendun Drup (1st Dalai Lama) and is a historically and culturally important monastery. Its name means "heap of glory" or "all fortune and happiness gathered here". Painted in red and white, the buildings in the kloster stand closely together in terraced rows, offering a grand and majestic view. Tashilunpo Kloster represents the Tibetan super architecture art in the Last Tibetan spirit.5 story temple which contains a 26 meters (86ft) sitting statue of the Maitreya Buddha (Jamba Chyenmu) inside the grounds of the monastery. The statue was cast from 6,700 ounces of gold and over 115,000 kg of copper, making it the biggest copper Buddhist statue in the world.

Accommodations: Everest Snow Leopard Hotel 

Day 5

Mt. Everest

Place & Transport:Dingri
Today's Activities:Mt. Everest
Meals:Breakfast

- Mt. Everest (2 hours): Mt. Everest, called Mount Qumulangma in the Tibetan Language, is the highest peak on the Earth and probably the most coveted mountain in adventurous travelers' eyes. A journey to the Mt. Everest Base Camp is a both physical as well as psychological challenge to visitors, but it will definitely reward them with the most unparalleled views – a panorama of Himalayan peaks - and never-forgotten beautiful memories. On May 8, 2008, the Olympic Torch for the 2008 Beijing Olympics was taken to the peak and lit by a group of Chinese mountaineers, making it the first time ever for the Olympic torch to be lit on the "top of the world".

Accommodations: Rongbuk Monastery Guest House 

Day 6

Place & Transport:Dingri to Shigatse
Today's Activities:Mt. Everest, Our guide and driver will escort you from Dingri to Shigatse
Meals:Breakfast

- Mt. Everest (2 hours): Mt. Everest, called Mount Qumulangma in the Tibetan Language, is the highest peak on the Earth and probably the most coveted mountain in adventurous travelers' eyes. A journey to the Mt. Everest Base Camp is a both physical as well as psychological challenge to visitors, but it will definitely reward them with the most unparalleled views – a panorama of Himalayan peaks - and never-forgotten beautiful memories. On May 8, 2008, the Olympic Torch for the 2008 Beijing Olympics was taken to the peak and lit by a group of Chinese mountaineers, making it the first time ever for the Olympic torch to be lit on the "top of the world".

Accommodations: Manasarovar Hotel 

Day 7

Place & Transport:Shigatse to Lhasa
Today's Activities:Our guide and driver will escort you from Shigatse to Lhasa, Free time in Lhasa
Meals:Breakfast

- Free time in Lhasa: Explore this city by yourself and discovery what you want to see.

Accommodations: Yak Hotel 

Day 8

Place & Transport:Depart Lhasa, Flight not included
Today's Activities:Hotel to airport Transfer (Lhasa)
Meals:Breakfast

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Hotel We Selected for This Tour

CityTourist Class
LhasaYak Hotel
ShigatseManasarovar Hotel
DingriEverest Snow Leopard Hotel
DingriRongbuk Monastery Guest House
ShigatseManasarovar Hotel
LhasaYak Hotel

A Tibet Travel Permit is required to enter Tibet in addition to a China Visa. The Tibet Tourism Administration has recently indicated that they will tighten the regulations which control the issuance of Tibet Travel Permits. Besides now having to enter Tibet in a group of five people or more of the same nationality, the permit will be issued just 4-5 days before arriving in Lhasa. This means that we are unable to guarantee that a permit to travel will be approved. Also the permit will need to be sent to the place of departure in China for Lhasa by express courier. The additional cost will be 300–400 CNY. Your travel advisor will provide additional information. We apologize for this extra cost. However, it is out of our control.

I understand you would like to join a group for travelling. Here I would like to clarify that Group Tour Packages (SIC Seat in Coach Tours) may not suit everybody's requirements. We have had some complaints about these Group Tour Packages so I would like to explain the situations that may be encountered on these tours.

  1. China Highlights does not operate Seat-in-Coach Tours. We act as a booking agent for specialized SIC operators.
  2. The coach will pick up and return all tour guests to their hotels. Guests spend a substantial time on the coach while traveling between hotels. This time onboard the coach is included as part of the duration of the tour.
  3. A large tour group obviously reduces the ability of the guide to satisfy special requests from guests.
  4. Guests may be required to move through the attractions at a pace faster that they wish, to meet the demands of the whole tour party and the time restrictions.
  5. If you need to catch the overnight train, you will need to check out the hotel before you start the tour and you could save your luggage in the lobby.
  6. These tour operators will usually have two shopping opportunities each day.
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Price Inclusions and Exclusions

Price Inclusions:

  • Entrance Fees:
    To scenic spots as listed in the itinerary.
  • Meals:
    All meals as specified in the itinerary.
    If the restaurant indicated is not available on the day, your guide will arrange another restaurant from our list of approved restaurants. Breakfast is usually a western style buffet. We endeavor to ensure that a choice of western and Chinese breakfasts is supplied, however there may be occasions when only a Chinese breakfast is available in some remote locations.
  • Transfers:
    Transfers between airports, hotels and scenic spots while sightseeing in Lhasa, Shigatse, Dingri by shared coach with a driver and English-speaking guide (as listed above). Your comfort is our priority! Click here to get a description of the vehicles that we use for our tours.
  • Guide:
    As outlined in the itinerary an English-speaking guide and driver will be provided in each city, who will remain with you throughout your time in that city. A new guide and a new driver will meet you at each city on your tour, to provide you with the best local knowledge available.
  • Hotels:
    Hotel fees are based on two people sharing one room with twin beds.
    All hotels as listed in the above itinerary serve daily western or Chinese breakfast. All rooms are air-conditioned with private facilities unless specified.
  • Service Charge & Government Taxes:
  • Insurance
    The insurance is China Life Tourist Accident/Casualty Insurance.
    Click here to learn more about the insurance coverage and the sum insured.
  • Luggage Transfers:
    Between airports and hotels.
  • Arrangements:
    The tour cost includes planning, handling, operational and communication charges.

Price Exclusions:

  • International Airfare or Train Tickets to enter or leave China.
    USA-CHINA/CHINA-USA: China Highlights has negotiated special discount fares (restrictions apply) for selected flights operated by Air China from major US and China gateways. We are able to offer these special deals to confirmed customers. Discount US to China Flights
  • China Entry Visa Fees.
  • Excess Baggage Charges.
    Passengers holding an adult fare or half fare ticket are entitled to a free baggage allowance of 20kg, for economy class. Total weight of carryon baggage for each passenger may not exceed 5kg. The size may not exceed 20x40x 55cm. More
  • Personal Expenses:
    Expenses of a purely personal nature such as laundry, drinks, fax, telephone calls, optional activities, sightseeing or meals which are not included in the tour itinerary.
  • Meals:
    Any meals which are not specified in the tour itinerary.
  • Single Room Supplement.
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