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Tibet Heritage Tour – 8 Days

A splendid tour across the magical highland of Tibet that delivers unique cultural and natural sightseeing experience for the travelers.

OVERVIEW OF THE TRIP

Trip:
Tour Type: Sightseeing
Trip Duration: 8 Days
Max Altitude: 5,560 m/18,241 ft
Trip Starts From: Lhasa
Trip Ends At: Lhasa
Trip Region: Tibet
Best Season: 
March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October and November
Trip Level: Beginners
For this grade no prior climbing experience is required. Climbers should be in good physical & mental condition and it is highly recommended that they have some backpacking experience. But trekking experience up to the base camp level of any famous peak is the best recommendation. Island Peak, Mera Peak, Tent peak, Yala Peak are the suitable for beginner climbers.
Trip Route: Lhasa – Tsedang – Gyantse – Shigatse – Lhasa

Trip Information

This amazing tour in the culturally rich wonderland takes the travellers to the jewels of Tibet. After an astonishing flight, take 4-hour drive across the top-of-the-world landscape to reach Lhasa, the crown jewel. Lhasa translates to the “Place of the Gods”. For over centuries, the splendid city has been the centre of the Tibetan Buddhist with the magnificent Potala Palace as the seat of Dalai Lama. We will take a drive to the places near Lhasa and the drive itself is a major attraction. We will visit many Buddhist monasteries. Part of the exploration includes: Yamdrok Lake, one of the largest sacred lakes in Tibet, and Karola Glacier, an imposing glacier at the elevation of 5,560 meters. This trip is a perfect mix of cultural and natural sightseeing in a magical land.


    ITINERARY

  • Day 01 Arrive at Lhasa (3,650 m). Overnight at a Hotel.

  • Day 02 Guided City Tour of Lhasa. Overnight at a Hotel.

  • Day 03 Drive to Tsedang (3,580 m) – 290 km/10 hours. Overnight at a Hotel.

  • Day 04 Guided Tour of Tsedang. Overnight at a Hotel.

  • Day 05 Drive to Gyantse (3,900 m) – 350 km/8 hours. Overnight at a Hotel.

  • Day 06 Drive to Shigatse (3,900 m) – 100 km/3 hours. Overnight at a Hotel.

  • Day 07 Drive to Lhasa (3,650 m) – 280 km/8 hours. Overnight at a Hotel.

  • Day 08 Transfer to the International Airport for Your Final Flight Departure.


    TRIP DETAILS

  • Day 01 - Arrive at Lhasa (3,650 m)

    Welcome to Lhasa! Today upon your Lhasa arrival, you will be greeted by your Tibetan guide and escorted to hotel. Rest of the day you will have a good rest to acclimatize the high altitude.

    Overnight at a hotel. No meals included.

  • Day 02 - Guided City Tour of Lhasa

    Today you will visit the famous Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street.

    Potala Palace: Which is known as the cardinal landmark of Tibet and the residence of the Dalai Lama lineages. Stands 13 stories high and owes over 1,000 rooms, 10,000 shrines and 200,000 statues, the Potala Palace formed a small world in it.

    Jokhang Temple: Listed on UNESCO’s World Heritage list in 2000 as part of the Potala Palace,Jokhang Temple is the ultimate pilgrimage destination for Tibetan Pilgrims. The temple is a four-storey timber complex with a golden top, with the combination of Tang Dynasty, Tibetan and Nepal architectural styles. Every day, pilgrims come from every corner of Tibet worship here, make it a perfect site for photographers.

    Barkhor Street: As the oldest street in Lhasa, Barkhor Street is considered as the center of the old city, and a perfect place to learn Tibetan culture, economy, religion, and arts. The street is full of handicrafts, such as ornaments, knives, tangka, religious musical instruments, gold and silver ware, masks and a lot more. If you intend to buy some souvenirs for friends or family, Barkhor Street will be an ideal place.

    Drepung Monastery: Located 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) from the western suburb of Lhasa, Drepung Monastery is known as the most important monastery of Gelugpa in Tibetan Buddhism. It is considered one of the ‘Three Great Monasteries’ (the other two are the Ganden Monastery and the Sera Monastery. Seen from afar, its grand, white construction gives the appearance of a heap of rice. As such, it was given the name ‘Drepung‘, which, in the Tibetan language, means ‘Collecting Rice.

    Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast included.

  • Day 03 - Drive to Tsedang (3,580 m) - 290 km/10 hours

    Today we will drive 290 km drive to visit Samye Monastery, then drive to Tsedang, the capital of Shannan Prefecture, located in Yarlung Valley.

    Samye Monastery: Located in the quiet piedmont area of the Shannan Region, the Samye Monastery is the first temple to be built in Tibet and the first complete with the three Buddhist jewels of Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. With these unique features, this splendid temple has become an attraction for visitors from near and far.

    Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast included.

  • Day 04 - Guided Tour of Tsedang

    Today, you will will visit Yumbulangkang Palace, Trandruk Monastery.

    Yumbulakang Palace: Lying 12km southwest of Tsedang Country, it is regarded as the first palace of Tibet’s history and one of the oldest buildings in Tibet. The castle is divided into front and rear precincts. The front is a 3-storey building while the rear is dominated by a tall tower, like a castle, standing on the top of the Watchtower, you will get the panoramic view of the entire valley.

    Trandruk Monastery: Located 5km south of Tsedang, Trandruk Monastery is one of the earliest Buddhist monasteries in Tibet. According to legend, the monastery could only be built after Songtsen Gampo turned into a roc and conquered an evil dragon. The name “trandruk” means roc conquering a dragon.

    Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast included.

  • Day 05 - Drive to Gyantse (3,900 m) - 350 km/8 hours

    Today we have to drive to Gyantse. On the way, we will pass over the Gampala pass (4790 m), and tourists will have a visit of Yamdrok Lake and Karola Glacier.

    Yamdrok Lake: Which is one of the 3 most sacred lakes in Tibet. It is a lake of 72 km long, fed by numerous small streams and surrounded by snow covered mountains. The two long arms of water, making it look like a scorpion from the sky. According to legend, Yamdrok Lake is the transformation of a goddess.

    Karola Glacier: At 5,560m above sea level, and with an area of 9.4 sq km, this imposing glacier is visible from the highway which links Lhasa and Shigatse. The glacier has been divided into black and white layers due to smoke pollution from motor vehicles, which gives a distinctive colors to this great glacier.

    Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast included.

  • Day 06 - Drive to Shigatse (3,900 m) - 100 km/3 hours

    Today we will visit the famous Pelkor Monastery, then drive to Shigatse for overnight.

    Pelkor Chode Monastery: Founded in 1418, Pelkor Chode Monastery is the main monastery in Gyantse of Tibet. The highlight inside is the Kumbum, which has 108 chapels in its four stories. As an important center of the Sakya sect of Tibetan Buddhism, In 1904, the Gyangtse town and the Pelkor Chode Monastery were attacked by British army, although most of the damage was later restored, bullet holes from this attack


    COST INCLUDES

  • Pick up from and drop off at the hotel and the airport on a private tourist vehicle

  • Twin-share accommodation at two-star hotels in Tibet with breakfast included (7 nights only)

  • All ground transportation in tourist vehicle (car/van/minibus)

  • Authorized English-speaking Tibetan guide

  • Guided sightseeing as mentioned in the itinerary

  • Tibet travelling permit (We will mail the permit for those who are flying from China to Lhasa and we will provide the hard copy in Kathmandu for those who traveling via Kathmandu.)

  • Sightseeing entrance fees for all the sites mentioned in the itinerary

  • Everest region entrance fee

  • The required number of ground staff for the tour like helpers and drivers

  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for our ground staff

  • All government taxes, vat and tourist service charges

  • All official expenses


    COST DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • International airfare and airport departure tax (We can book flights to enter and leave Tibet either via Nepal or China.)

  • Travel insurance which covers emergency rescue and evacuation (See the travel insurance page.)

  • Nepal entry visa if you are travelling to Tibet via Nepal (You can obtain the visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days can be obtained by paying USD 25 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days and 90 days can be obtained by paying USD 40 and 100 respectively. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos.)

  • Internet and telephone calls

  • Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks

  • Lunch and dinner in Tibet (Depending upon your spending habits, USD 15-20 per day is enough for one person.)

  • Tips for the guide (Tipping is expected.)

  • Any other expenses not mentioned in the Price Includes section


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