Explore Central Tibet Tour 8 Days / Fly in Fly Out

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Highlights

Trip Destination Lhasa, Tibet
Trip Start & End Point Lhasa
Duration of Trip 08 Days
Group Size 2 Person or Above
Accommodation Hotel 
Tour Type Private
Maximum Altitude 5045 m 
Transportation & Drive Hours Private Vehicle (approx. 2-3 hrs)
Trip Grade Comfortable
Best Season April through November
Highlighted Places Lhasa- Shigatse-Gyantse-Tsedang-Samye

 

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TRIP INTRODUCTION

This tour takes us to the home of Tibetan Civilization, Tsedang to unleash the mystery of Tibetan Buddhist in Tibet’s most respected palaces and monasteries. The main highlights of the tour includes visit to Yumbulakang (Tibet's first palace), Samye Monastery (Tibet's first monastery), and Trundruk monastery where one can see stunning Tangkha of Pearls decorated with a total of 29,026 pearls.

DETAIL PROGRAM ITINERARY

DAY XX: ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU
Arrival in Kathmandu, receive by our officer and transfer to hotel. Meet by our Tour manager in the hotel and will brief on your tour program follow by visa application formalities for Tibet group visa. Overnight at Hotel.

 

DAY XX: KATHMANDU CITY TOUR
Today after breakfast, you will have sightseeing tour of Kathmandu city: Pashupatinath Temple, Budhanilkantha Temple & Boudhanath Stupa. We will manage your group visa through Chinese Embassy by today evening. Overnight at Hotel.

 

DAY 01: ARRIVAL IN LHASA (3650 m) – 90 KM, 45 MIN

The adventure begins in Lhasa. There are two ways to arrive—via Nepal and via mainland China. The flight from Nepal to Lhasa is considered one of the most beautiful air routes in the world, as it provides sweeping views of Everest (8848m), Kanchenjunga (8536m) and other Himalayan peaks. If traveling via mainland China, there are a wide variety of flights in addition to the world’s highest train route to reach Lhasa. Upon arrival, you will be received by our Tibetan guide at the airport/train station. After approximately 1 hours of driving, you will reach Lhasa from Airport. It's advisable to rest and take it easy for the remainder of the day due to Lhasa's altitude. Overnight in Lhasa

 

DAY 02: SIGHTSEEING IN LHASA (3650 m)

The journey begins with a visit to Sera Monastery, accompanied by an experienced tour guide (who is also a translator). Sera is an exceptional space; its white-washed walls and golden roofs speak of Tibetan Buddhism’s ancient wisdom and tranquility. Equally breathtaking are the gardens and sacred spaces of the Norbulingka, the Dalai Lama’s summer residence.  We will also visit the Jokhang Temple followed by Barkhor Markets – a bustling road lined with vendors where you can sample the smells and sounds of Tibet, or browse through the Thankas, masks, prayer beads and countless other treasures inherent to Tibetan custom and tradition. Overnight in Lhasa.

 

DAY 03: SIGHTSEEING IN LHASA (3650 m)

The highlight of the day is the visit to Potala palace – a UNESCO World Heritage celebrated for its priceless treasury of Buddhist artifacts and bejeweled tombs of past Dalai Lamas.  The Potala was also the tallest building in the world for 200 years following its construction in 1645.  The group will then move to Drepung Monastery, which was built in 14th century and was home to over 10,000 monks.  Drepung was also the educational center for the lineage of Dalai Lamas, and is famed for attracting tens of thousands of pilgrims for its Thanka festival. Drepung has a poignant presence in the spiritual life of Tibetans, and is the most cherished of all Tibet’s monasteries. And finally visit Tibet Museum to explore more knowledge on history, culture, arts & architecture of Tibet. Overnight in Lhasa.

 

DAY 04: LHASA TO SHIGATSE (3900m) – 270 KM, 5 HRS

Today we drive to Shigatse, the second largest city of Tibet through northern route and there is a speed control traffic rule in this highway. On reaching Shigatse, check into hotel and take lunch. Then we walk to Tashilhunpo Monastery which is the highlight of Shigatse, as it is one of the largest functioning monasteries in Tibet. This monastery is the residence or official throne of Panchen Lama built in 1447. This is a vast monastery with its own streets, housing sectors, plazas, back alleys and complex of temples and halls. Overnight in Shigatse.

 

DAY 05: SHIGATSE TO GYANTSE (3950m) – 92 KM, 2 HRS

After breakfast, you will move to Gyantse. The group will stop at Shalu monastery along the way; the structure embodies the Han, Tibetan and Indian styles of architecture.  Following a brief look at Shalu, the journey continues in Gyantse. Gyantse Dzong and the Kumbum are the jewels of Gyantse. Gyantse Dzong is a historical fort built in the 14th century, and overlooks Gyantse and the surrounding Nyang Chu Valley. The Kumbum rises 35km above the town, and is crowned by a golden dome.  The grounds boast a chorten (stupa), several chapels and a stunning collection of Tibetan Buddhist murals, which inspired the name of the complex.  The word ‘Kubum’ means 100,000 images in Tibetan. The group will travel along Friendship Highway, passing Khamba La (4794 m), where there will be the opportunity to appreciate majestic views of YamdrokTso Lake, a deep blue body of water renowned for its unique beauty.  The group will also see Nazin Kang Sang glacier standing proud at 7252m. Ahead to the west, we will come across another Karo La pass at 5045m.  Following a 261 km drive, we will enter the town of Gyantse, a stunning example of a traditional Tibetan village filled with beautiful stone farmhouses. Overnight in Gyantse.

 

DAY 06: GYANTSE TO TSEDANG (3650m) – 322 KM, 6 HRS

Today we will drive back through southern highway to Tsedang. The group will travel along Friendship Highway, passing Khamba La (4794 m), where there will be the opportunity to appreciate majestic views of YamdrokTso Lake, a deep blue body of water renowned for its unique beauty.  The group will also see Nazin Kang Sang glacier standing proud at 7252m. Ahead to the west, we will come across another Karo La pass at 5045m. Overnight in Gyantse.

 

DAY 07: TSEDANG SIGHTSEEING 

Breakfast in the morning at hotel and then begin sightseeing tour in Tsedang valley. We visit Yambulakhang Palace in Tsedang and drive further distant about 60 km to Samye and visit Samye monastery (1 hour). Then back to Tsedang and stay overnight in hotel.

 

DAY 08: DEPARTURE

After breakfast, you will be transfer to the airport for your flight back to onward journey.