6 Days Tibet Culture Tour
DAY 01. ARRIVAL IN LHASA BY AIR OR TRAIN AND MEET WITH OTHER TRAVELERS A short flight to Tibet from Kathmandu or mainland China gives you a panoramic view of the snowy Himalayan ranges, while the long train ride over the high plateau, crossing the mighty Tanggula Mountains gets you to Lhasa through the stunning scenery along the route. On your arrival in Lhasa, whether train station or airport, your guide will be there to greet you and transfer you to your pre-booked hotel in the Tibetan capital of Lhasa. The 60km trip from the airport in Gonggar County takes around an hour using the recently-built Airport Expressway, while the 25km drive from the railway station across the river takes around 30 minutes. At your hotel you can check in and meet the other members of your group. For the rest of the day, you can rest and take it easy, to allow your body to acclimatize to the higher altitude of Lhasa. Stay overnight in Lhasa.
DAY 02. LHASA ESCORTED TOUR Attractions: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, and the bustling Barkhor Street. As today is the first full day on the high-altitude plateau, you may feel a little headache or nausea from the symptoms of altitude sickness. This is common for travelers to Tibet, and normally subsides after a day or two of rest and hydration as the body adjusts. The morning starts with a trip to the Old Lhasa city, where we will visit the sacred Jokhang Temple. The most holy temple in Tibet, Jokhang has been a major pilgrimage destination for over a thousand years, and is always busy with pilgrims. After touring the inside of the temple, you will be able to walk around Barkhor Street, the devotional kora route around the temple, and the biggest market area in Lhasa Old City. In the afternoon, we will tackle the steps up the Red Hill to visit the Potala Palace, the most iconic landmark in Tibet, which has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1994. First constructed in the 7th century by the famous Tibetan king, Songtsen Gampo, the modern palace buildings were built over the original fortress in the 17th century as the new home and seat of government of the Dalai Lama. The rest of the day is yours to rest or explore the streets. Stay overnight in Lhasa.
DAY 03. LHASA TOUR Attractions: Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery. The second full day in Lhasa starts with a visit to the Drepung Monastery, which used to be the largest monastery in the world, housing more than 10,000 monks and lamas. The original residence of the Dalai Lama before the construction of the Potala Palace, Drepung Monastery has been damaged several times over the years, but the narrow twisting lanes between the monastic residences are still a thrilling place to explore. After the tour of Drepung, we will travel to Sera Monastery in the afternoon, located a few kilometers north of the Jokhang Temple. Built in the15th century by a disciple of Tsongkhapa, Jamchen Choji Sakya Yeshi, the monastery holds a number of monastic colleges, with several hundred monks from across Tibet in residence. The best attraction of the monastery for tourists is the famous philosophical and theological debates of the monks, which happens in the debating courtyard every afternoon except Sunday Stay overnight in Lhasa.
DAY 4: LHASA (3,656m) - GYANTSE (3,977m) – SHIGATSE (3,845m), 356km, 7hrs. Attractions: Yamdrok Lake, Mt. Nyenchen Kangsar Glacier, Gyantse Kumbum Stupa, and Pelkor Chode monastery. Today we start to drive southwest, through the zigzag road that climbs up to the Gampa La pass (4,794m), from where you will be amazed by the breathtaking glimpse of holy Lake Yamdrok, with its turquoise waters and the snow-capped Mt. Nyenchen Khangsar in the distance. We continue to drive alongside the lake for a few kilometers to get us to the lunch stop at Nagartse. The rest of the day will be spent enjoying the many magnificent valleys and exquisite Tibetan villages that we pass through. En route to Shigatse, we will stop at Karo La (5,150m) to see the holy Mount Nyenchen Kangsar glacier. On arrival in Gyantse, we will visit the famous Kumbum stupa in the Pelkor Chode Monastery. This magnificent multi-door structure is the largest stupa in Tibet, and is not only well known for its architecture, but also for its old sculptures and paintings that are all around its inner walls. In the late afternoon, we will drive to Shigatse (3,845m), which is only 90km. Stay overnight in Shigatse.
DAY 5: SHIGATSE TO LHASA BY Attractions: Tashilhunpo monastery. Today we will visit the Tashilhunpo Monastery in the morning. The Tashilhunpo Monastery was built by the 1st Dalai Lama, Gedun Drup, in 1447, and later became the seat of the Panchen Lama lineage. There you will see the tombs of 7 passed Panchen Lamas, and it is a real pleasure to pass through the busy cobbled lanes twisting around the aged buildings that are used as monks apartments. After the monastery tour, we will go for lunch together and enjoy a short walk with our tour guide around the local Shigatse markets. Today we have two possible options, based on the group size and transportation situation. We can drive back to Lhasa. On the road you will be stoped to see the incence factory at Nyimo county.
DAY 6: LHASA TRAIN STATION OR AIRPORT SEND OFF.After a hearty breakfast, your guide and driver will meet you at your hotel for the trip to the train station or airport for your travel out of Tibet. It is time to say goodbye, and continue on to the next destination in your plans. Before you leave, we would appreciate you completing our short evaluation survey, either on the feedback form or by sending us an email.
Tour cost includes car, entrance ticket at all side, english speaking tibetan guide and hotels in all other places
1, Hotels and breakfast
2, Tibetan English speaking guide
3, Enterance ticket for all sides
4, car for tours
5, one mineral water per day
5, oxygen for emergency