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|September 2017||1990 USD||85 USD|
|October 2017||1780 USD||80 USD|
September: 5, 16, 26
*SSP refers to single supplement.
Lhasa Tour: Arrival
This Tibet tour eases you in when you arrive at Lhasa airport and meet one of our English-speaking guides. From here we'll take you straight to the hotel in Lhasa with the rest of the tour group. For your convenience, the shuttle bus leaves at 12:20 pm and 4 pm. If for whatever reason you arrive later than 4 pm, contact us, and we will arrange for a taxi to take you to the hotel. Once you have checked-in you can enjoy a few moments of free time on your own to relax. We request that while on this Tibet tour you refrain from drinking alcohol or smoking. Walk slowly and drink lots of water. Also, for your first day in Lhasa, please do not take a bath, it'll help your body adapt to the high-altitude.
Lhasa Tour: Potala Palace, The Jokhang Temple, Barkhor
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese dinner
After breakfast, you will start your adventure in Lhasa with its landmark, the Potala Palace. This impressive 13-storey building used to be the winter abode for Dalai Lamas. Historic and magnificent, it is an iconic landmark in Tibet that can be seen from all over the city. It's also viewed as one of the region's top relics, a palace that dates back to 7th century A.D. The tour continues with a visit to one of the most revered religious structures in Tibet, the Jokhang Temple. It refers to “Buddha’s House” in the Tibetan language because the main statue housed inside is said to be made by Buddha Sakyamuni himself in his lifetime. The surrounding market is called, Barkhor, one of the most important religious paths, which also attracts pilgrims and pedestrian traffic throughout the day.
Lhasa Tour: Drepung Monastery & Sera Monastery
After breakfast, the tour group is set to visit two more important monasteries in Lhasa: the Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery. The Sera Monastery was founded in 1419 by Sakya Yeshe, a disciple of Tsongkhapa. The Buddhism scripture-debating among monks in Sera is very famous.
Lhasa - Yamdrok Lake - Shigatse (10 hrs, 370km)
Drive by the green farmland of Nyangchu Valley. The most important attractions for today are the Yamdrok Lake and the Kubum Monastery in Gyantse. Yamdrok Lake is one of the three holy lakes in Tibet. It looks like a scorpion with a beautiful deep blue color. The Kubum Monastery has a 35m-high chorten (stupa). Its white layers are trimmed with decorative stripes and it has a crown-like golden dome. Next, drive to Shigatse, which is the second-biggest city in Tibet.
Shigatse - Tingri (10hr, 290km)
In Shigatse, you will visit the famous Tashilhunpo Monastery where you can see the well-preserved largest statue of Jampa (a future god) in the world. Next, drive to Tingri, the entrance of the Himalayan Nature Reserve. On the way, you will go past the world's highest pass, Gyatsola Pass (5200m above sea level).
Tingri - Rongbuk Monastery and Everest Base Camp (3 hrs, 90km)
Drive from Tingri to Rongbuk Monastery through the 90km-long new winding road. On the way, you will enjoy the stunning mountain scenery, pass the wild grassland and the soaring mountains. If the weather is good, you can enjoy a nice panorama of the Himalaya Range. 4 mountains are 8000m-high or more including Mt. Lhotse (8516m), Mt. Everest (8848m), Mt. Qowowuyag (8201m), and Mt Mayalu (8463m). And if you are lucky, you will see the majestic view of the golden summit of Mount Everest at sunset.
Rongbuk Monastery - Everest Base Camp - Saga (13hrs, 460km)
Drive to Saga, a small town 69km from the Phelgutso. The road condition becomes worse from old Tingri and the road runs parallel to the Himalayan ranges. The main road passes through the desolate plain of Digur Tang, with its enormous sand dunes and the closely neighboring snow peaks of Shishapangma and Langtang to the south. Leaving the Bumchu Basin, it then descends into the depression of Pelkhutso Lake (4600m), a cobalt blue lake.
Saga - Lake Manasarovar - Darchen(14hrs, 550km)
Travel towards the Drongpa County, the region around the sources of Brahmaputra River, which is about 167km from the town of Saga. About 50km from today’s destination Darchen, we will make a small detour to Lake Manasarovar, the holy lake of Tibetan and Hinduism. You can relax around the lake and enjoy the natural beauty. In the summertime, flocks of swans will gather on the lake, bringing grace and life to the area. You can also see many Tibetans and Hindus praying and circling around the lake, against a backdrop of snow-capped mountains. In the late afternoon, you will reach Tarchen, a small town at the foot of Mount Kailash. The tour guide will assist tourists in arranging trekking yaks and porters and do some preparation for your 3-day trek around Mount Kailash.
Trek Day One - Darchen - Drirapuk (6.5 hrs, 20km)
The traditional pilgrims undertake a 52km trekking circuit around Mount Kailash, commencing at Darchen (4574m) and crossing the Dolmala Pass on the second day of the three day-walk. 8 kilometers after leaving Darchen with an environment-friendly bus (40 minutes), you will get to a village called Sarshung, where porters are waiting for their clients. After two hours, you come upon a grassy plain populated by nomads. From this portion of the valley, it is another two hours before reaching Drirapuk (4920m). You need to camp or can rest in the monastery's guesthouse.
Trek day two - Drirapuk to Dzultripuk (18km, 7-8hours)
The second day is the hardest, as this section of the trekking circuit is most difficult with the Dolmala Pass lying 6.4km ahead but 762m above Drirapuk. The peak of Dolmala Pass is about 5630m above sea level, so it is better to set off early in the morning as the sun rays break over the ridges above. After taking a rest at the peak of Dolmala Pass, you will descend to the Lhachu valley floor, which takes about one hour from the pass. From here, it is four hours trekking to today's final destination. It is advised to get there before other groups because limited numbers of rooms are available in Dzultripuk. Take a good rest in the guest room and prepare for the next morning's departure.
Trek day three- Dzultripuk to Darchen (14km, 3-4 hours)
Today, you will go through Milarepa's Cave, where the temple and shrines have been built. Next, you walk back towards the exit from the valley can be reached within three hours. At the end of the valley, the driver will come to pick you up and take you back to Darchen.
Darchen - Saga (530Km, 14 hours)
Drive to Saga.
Saga - Shigatse - Lhasa (2 days, 750km)
Drive back to Lhasa.
Lhasa Tour: Farewell
After breakfast, the Lhasa tour group checks out from the hotel, connecting with other travelers, then making our way back to the airport. Our bus leaves the hotel at 7:30 am & 11 am. If your flight leaves before 9:30 am, we will arrange a taxi to take you to the airport. Thus, ending this phenomenal tour of exquisite Tibet.
Pilgrim, World Heritage Site, World Natural Heritage
Attractions: Barkhor, Everest Base Camp, Jokhang Temple, Kubum Monastery, Lake Manasarovar, Milarepa's Cave, Mt. Kailash, Potala Palace, Rongbuk Monastery, Tashilhunpo Monastery, Yamdrok Lake
Cities visited: Lhasa, Shigatse, Tingri
Provinces visited: Tibet
Ideal seasons: Summer, Autumn
Ideal audiences: Singles, Couples, Family
Type of transportation: Private Car