About This Trip
This 8-day tour includes a thoroughly natural, cultural, and historical exploration of Tibet. It begins in the capital of Tibet, Lhasa, and you'll explore Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Norbulingka Park, Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery, and Barkhor Street. Then, you'll tour Yamdrok Lake and the Palcho Monastery. Move on to Shigatse, where you can visit the Tashilumpo Monastery and see Mt. Everest from Rongbuk Monastery. On your way back to Lhasa, you'll take in the scenery of the Yaluzangbu River.
- 1 - 3LhasaPotala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Norbulingka Park, Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery, Barkhor Street
- 4Lhasa - GyantseYamdrok Lake, Tibetan Family Visit, Palcho Monastery
- 5 - 6ShigatseTashilumpo Monastery, View Mt. Everest from Rongbuk Monastery
- 7Shigatse - LhasaYaluzangbu River
Day 1: Lhasa, Arrival
Upon your arrival at Gonggar airport, you will be met by your personal guide and transferred to the hotel in Lhasa city (1.5-hour drive). After checking in the hotel, rest in the afternoon to get adapted to the high altitude.
Day 2: Lhasa, Potala Palace & Jokhang Temple
The overwhelming Potala Palace is your first stop. As the symbol of Tibet, the palace was built in 641 AD and the winter palace of Dalai Lama who is Tibet's pope. Impressive Tibetan architecture, huge golden Buddha statues, red-robed lamas and devoted pilgrims all make it a must-visit.
Later you will visit the age-old Jokhang Temple, the spiritual center of Tibet, and walk the special circular pilgrim route as local followers always do at the Barkhor Street.
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Day 3: Lhasa, City Temple Tour
After breakfast, you will tour the charming Norbulingka Park, which is known as "the Summer Palace of Tibet", and then come to Drepung Monastery, an ancient temple once housed 10,000 monks in its heyday.
Your tour ends at Sera Monastery. Built in 1419, the monastery is one of the three largest monasteries in Tibet and famous for its Buddhism Scriptures Debates.
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Day 4: Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse, Yamdrok Lake, Tibetan Family Visit
An along journey awaits today. You will first be transferred from Lhasa to Gyantse (5.5-hour drive).
En route, you will stop to see Yamdrok Lake, one of three most famous holy lakes in Tibet. The scenery of turquoise blue water in the lake with the reflection of surrounding snow-capped mountains is awesome.
Another stop takes you to a Tibetan family where you can chat with common Tibetans and try some of their self-made food. After arrival in Gyantse, you will tour Palcho Monastery.
After the tour, continue your journey to overnight in Shigatse.
Day 5: Shigatse, Tashilumpo Monastery
Today you will visit Tashilumpo Monastery, the oldest and largest Gelugpa monastery in Tibet. Here you will see a giant statue of Future Buddha, the largest one of its kind on earth, decorated with precious pearls, turquoises, corals and ambers. Afterward, proceed to a free market to experience the stylish local life.
After the tour, drive to Tingri and check into your hotel.
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Day 6: Shigatse, Glimpse of Mt. Everest
In the morning, your local guide will escort you to the Rongbuk Monastery, from where you can enjoy dramatic views of the north face of Mount Everest. After the tour, be transferred back to Shigatse.
Day 7: Shigatse - Lhasa, Yaluzangbu River
Today you will travel back to Lhasa (6-hour drive) along the legendary Yaluzangbu River, the mother river of Tibet.
Along the journey, you will view the fantastic landscape of the valley and snow mountains, and get the special feeling of traveling in the outback far from modern civilization.
Check into your hotel after arriving in Lhasa.
Day 8: Lhasa, Departure
Free in the day until your local guide escorts you to the airport for your onward flight.
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