Tour type: Daily Tour
Duration: 10 days
Maximum number of people: 60
Location: Lhasa, Jokhang temple, Yarlung Valley, Tsedang, Gyantse, Shigatse
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You are booking for 10 days Cultural and Spiritual

Tour’s Program

 

This cultural and spiritual tour will start with Lhasa. Considered as one of most featured and dreamt-about cities in the world, Lhasa city which means “Land of Gods” is 1,300 years old. Because of its high altitude at 11,975 feet, the city had limited accessibility from the outside world for centuries. With its 1,000 years of cultural and spiritual history, it leaves an impressive heritage that has helped to create the mysterious Tibetan religion. Your first view of the grandeur Potala Palace soaring above the holy city will leave you stunned. During the first couple of days you will be exploring the cultural and historic sites within the Lhasa. While you are gently recovering from the jet lag and getting use to the high altitude of Tibet, the wonders and beauty of the city will never cease to overwhelm you. The holy city of Lhasa is home to some of the most popular historical and sacred religious sites of Tibet including the Jokhang temple, Sera and Drepung monastery. We then extend out trip along the downstream of Brahmaputra river exploring the historical buildings and hermitage cliffs around the Yarlung valley. Hiking through this beautiful valley and meeting hermits and retreants on way will be a hearty experience. Then we drive through the amazing turquoise color lake Yamdrok and stunning Nyenchen Kangsar glacier which wont fail to amaze anyone anytime. At last we gonna visit the heavenly Namtso lake and overnight on the Tashi Dor. This cultural and spiritual tour will complete your exclusive Tibetan experience of culture, religious, natural and nomadic lifestyle.

Day 1 - 3


Upon arriving at Lhasa, you will be met by our representatives and transferred to your hotel for check-in which is located in the old part of the city or the Tibetan Area. The holy Jokhang temple and the busy Bakhor Street will be at the center of your hotel area and that will let you peek into the daily traditional lives of Tibetan living there. Over the next following days you will be visiting few world heritage sites such as Potala Palace- one of seven wonders of world according to USA today in 2006. Jokhang temple, most sacred temple in Tibet with important collection of cultural artifacts. Pilgrims from far and wide have taken arduous journeys across mountains and rivers to visit the temple since centuries back. The street around the Jokhang temple, colloquially known as the Barkhor, is famous for its traditional market, which also serves as a meeting point for pilgrims from different places. It is a real pleasure to walk, rubbing shoulders with other pilgrims and tourists on this bustling street. The street is also regarded highly in spirituality, as a walk circumambulating the Barkhor on this street is considered as one of the most devotional circuits. The great monasteries of Sera and Drepung, which are also located in Lhasa, are two of the most advanced traditional learning centres in ancient Tibet. Numerous scholars and practitioners of the Tibetan Buddhist faith have passed through these monasteries.After that visit to NorbuLinga which served as the traditional summer residence of the successive Dalai Lamas. We also arrange special visits to typical Tibetan villages to meet families or receive rare, sacred blessings from high lamas.


Day 4 – 5


We then move to southern Tibet along the downstream of Brahmaputra river exploring the historical buildings and hermitage cliffs around the Yarlung valley. The Yarlung Valley which is 72 kilometers long is said to be the cradle of Tibetan Civilization. Here lies the birthplace of the six original clans and it is the home of the great Tibetan empire that reigned in the sevnth and eight centuries. The people living in the Valley have created their own unique folk culture and this Yarlung culture has been an important component of Tibetan Culture. Tsedang is seen as the jumping board of the Yarlung Valley. We will stay overnight at Samye monastery with full afternoon exploration around it. Samye is famous for its sacred mandala design: the central temple symbolizes the legendary Mount Meru, center of the universe. It is a popular pilgrimage destination for Tibetan Buddhists, some of whom travel on foot for weeks to reach it. One of the highlights for visiting Tsetang is that tourists can have some unique hiking experience. As we hike from the newly constructed Chimpu nunnery through the green bushes in the natural amphitheatre valley, we will come across through some solitary caves and tiny trail amidst the thorn bushes. We can interact with devoted Yogis or Meditative Retreats in their cave. Up from the hill it offers a spectacular panaromic view of the Brahmaputra valley below. Next day in Tsedang and a hot shower in the hotel.


Day 6 – 7


We then drive towards west through the southern friendship highway at the Chushul Bridge. We climb up the Gampa la(4900m) through numbers of switch-backs to Gyantse and Shigatse in the western Tibet. In next two days we will be crossing over the Gampa la Pass and Karo la Pass to Gyantse and Shigatse. On way we will get to view the holy Yomdrok lake which will be a treat for your eyes and Mt.Nyenchen Kangsar with its snow capped peaks will add crowns to its breathtaking beauty. Gyantse and Shigatse are well known for their historical and religious value and many foreigners have been known to enjoy these ancient towns. Gyantse is also known as a ‘hero’s town’ and was previously the capital of a 14th century kingdom. You will feel the authentic traditional Tibetan life as these regions have slightly different traditions than those of Lhasa. We will visit the Gyantse Kubhum stupa and Tashi Lhunpo monastery when we reach these two towns.


Day 8 – 9


As we ride to Changthang Drogpa(Northern nomads) grassland , we will cross over the high peak of Shogula pass(5400m) to Yangpachen which is famous for hot springs. Changthang Drogpa grassland is not much known to the mass tourism. It has a sparse population of nomads in the vast pastures, hundreds of beautiful lakes with abounding wild lives living in that area. Namtso lake is one of the Lakes and it is considered as one of the most holiest as well as most gorgeous lake in Tibet. It is also the world highest salt water lake. We will spend a night on the Tashi Dor peninsula as we can enjoy the cold breeze of the mystical lake and stunning view of snow capped ranges all around. On way to back to Lhasa, we will visit a fully fledged nomad family to give you the experiences of the traditional nomad lifestyle. The giant black tent which they live in is made up of yak wool. It has a great tendency to accommodate the plateau changeable climate as it preserve heat and resist rain. Each tent is a whole complex of kitchen, bedroom, seating room and store room for the family.


Day 10


Today will be your last day on the Tibet plateau. We would really appreciate if you can evaluate our services for future improvement by filling a feedback form. You can leave tform to your guide or just write us an email. Our guide and driver meet you at the hotel lobby and drop you to the airport/train station per your schedule. The trip officially ends.



Tour Cost Includes:

All necessary travel permits to Tibet.
All entrance fees for all tourist sites in the itinerary.
Knowledge English -speaking Tibetan local tour guides shared in your group
All lodging listed in the itinerary ,if you travel individually ,you need to share one room with another tourist ,while if you prefer to stay in one room by yourself ,you will have to pay the single supplement.
Pick up and send off service st beginning /end of your
Lodging and meals for guides and drivers

Tour Cost Excluded:

International flights to and out of China.
Travel insurance covers trips cancellation and emergency recommended.
Meals not specified in the itinerary ,(usually it’s cost like 5 USD per person).
Expenses of personal nature (alcoholic beverages,laundry ,phone call etc)
Gratuities for guide and driver
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