Dode Valley One Day Trekking Tour

Duration:
5 Days
Route:
Lhasa-Dode Valley-Lhasa
Season:
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Autumn
  • Winter
Tour Type:
Private Tour
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Overview

Should you like to do light trekking in Tibet, Dode Valley is an excellent choice for those don’t have too long a time in Tibet. Dode Valley is at northern suburb of Lhasa which is nearby and convenient, yet as soon as you’re here it feels like you’re in the countryside far, far away from the noise and busyness of Lhasa. Dode Valley isn’t very famous comparing those more prominent sights of Tibet, and rarely visited by foreigners, which makes an even better getaway. A number of historical hermitages belonging to Sera Monastery are located here in Dode Valley.

Daily Itinerary

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Day 1 Arrival in Lhasa (3680m)

This is the first day in Tibet. Your guide will greet you at Lhasa Gonggar Airport/Railway Station and transfer you to the lovely hotel. It usually takes around 1.5 hours to drive from Lhasa Airport to downtown Lhasa and takes about 20mins from Lhasa Railway Station. Tourists could have a look at Yarlung Tsangpo River, the largest and longest river in Tibet on their way to the hotel. After check-in, you can have a good rest first. And if you feel like going out, you can wander around the city. But just remember that don't take too much stuff, try to go with a light pack. Meanwhile, drink some more water, do not move strenuously. It’s really useful to get acclimatized to the high altitude.

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Day 2 Lhasa Suburb

After breakfast, our tour guide will first take you to visit Drepung Monastery which is the world's largest monastery that housed for over 10,000 monks; it was the resident of the Dalai Lama. After lunch, you will continue to visit the Sera Monastery which was founded in 1419 by Tsongkapa's disciple Jamchen Choeje. The most attractive thing of Sera Monastery is the Buddhist Scriptures debating held in the courtyard between 15:00 - 17:00 from Monday to Saturday.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Drepung is the biggest Tibetan monastery.
Sera Monastery is renowned as the most beautiful Tibetan Monastey.
Day 3 Lhasa sightseeing

On your third day, you will be feeling much more acclimatized to Lhasa’s high elevation. It is an excellent idea to spend the day exploring the Potala Palace, which is the winter palace of the Dalai Lama. The superb collections of Potala Palace are the gilded burial stupas of former Dalai Lamas and meditation cave of the 33rd great king of Tibet. It is best to explore the inside of the Potala in the morning for 2-3 hours. Afterward, you can walk the pilgrimage route around the Potala Palace.

In the afternoon, you will head to the Jokhang Temple, which is well known as the center of the Tibetan Buddhism, features Buddhist prayer wheels, reclining deer, and golden sutra streamers. Also, you can see a great many of pilgrims praying in front of the temple and do kora with local pilgrims.

After visiting the Jokhang Temple, you can stroll in the old alleys of Barkhor Street, where you may drink the sweet tea, chat with locals to experience the real-life in Lhasa.

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The original Potala Palace was built by the King Songtsan Gampo for his bride in 637 AD, and it was rebuilt by the fifth Dalai Lama.
Jokhang Temple has a beautiful golden roof.
Day 4 Lhasa - Dode Valley - Lhasa

Morning drive to Dode Valley from hotel. Trek in Dode Valley, then drive back to hotel in downtown Lhasa.

Day 5 Departure from Lhasa

Your tour ends today. Our guide and driver will collect you from your hotel to transfer to Lhasa Airport/Railway Station for your next destination.

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