Grand Ngari Northern Route Tour
- 29 Days
- Lhasa - Tsetang - Nyingtri -Pomi - Nyingtri - Lhasa - Lake Namtso - Ali - Darchen - Mt.Kailash - Lake Manasarovar - Saga - EBC - Shigatse - Gyantse - Lhasa
- Tour Type:
- Private Tour
Caution: this is not a tour for the faint-hearted nor the weak-willed!!! This 29-Day tour covering abt 6800 kilometers takes you to the most remote parts of Western Tibet by the Grand Ngari Northern Route. If you are determined and enjoy solitude & wildlife, this is definitely the one for you!
|Day||Route||Attractions & Activities|
|1||Lhasa Airport – Tsetang||Mindroling Monastery|
|2||Tsetang - Samye - Tsetang||Samye Monastery|
|3||Tsetang - Trandruk - Yumbulagang - Chongye – Tsetang, 70km, approx 1.5hrs||Trandruk Monastery, Yumbulagang Palace, Chongye Burial Mounds|
|4||Tsetang - Nang Xian - Nyingtri||Lamaling Temple|
|5||Nyingtri - Lunang - Pomi||Lulang Forest|
|6||Pomi - Rawok||Rawoktso Lake|
|7||Rawok - Tashigang - Nyingtri||Tashigang Village|
|8||Nyingtri - Draksumtso - Lhasa||Draksum-tso Lake|
|9||Lhasa - Tsurphu - Yangpachen - Damxung||Tsurphu Monastery, Yampachen Hot Springs|
|10||Damxung - Baingoin||Namtso Lake|
|11||Baingoin - Nyima|
|12||Nyima - Dungtso - Gertse||Dungtso|
|13||Gertse - Gegye|
|14||Gegye - Ali|
|15||Ali - Zanda||Tholing Monastery, Zanda Clay Forest|
|16||Zanda - Tsaparang - Zanda(4000m) - Darchen (4600m), 260km, approx 5hrs||Guge Kingdom (Tsaparang)|
|17||Darchen - Kailash - Darchen||Mt. Kailash|
|18||Darchen - Manasarovar (4588m), 30km, approx 1.5hrs||Lake Manasarovar|
|19||Manasarovar - Payang - Saga|
|20||Saga - Rongphu(4980m) - EBC (5200m)||Rongbuk Monastery|
|21||EBC - Tingri - Lhatse||Everest Base Camp|
|22||Lhatse - Sakya - Shigatse||Drampa Gyang Temple, Sakya Monastery, Nartang Monastery|
|23||Shigatse - Gyantse||Tashilhunpo Monastery, Shalu Monastery|
|24||Gyantse||Pelkor Chöde Monastery, Gyantse Dzong|
|25||Gyantse - Lhasa||Karola Glacier, Yamdroktso Lake|
|26||Lhasa Suburb||Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery|
|27||Lhasa City||Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street|
|28||Lhasa Suburb||Drak Yerpa, Norbulingka|
|29||Departure from Lhasa by Flight/Train||Send off to airport/railway station|
Your guide and driver will wait you at Lhasa Gongar Airport holding your name board. After pick up, transfer to Tsetang for the night. The first day's well-rest is crucial to acclimatize high altitude. Remember to drink lots of water, eat light, and not to shower if you can help it.
Tsetang is the fourth-largest city in Tibet and the capital of huge Shannan (Lhoka) prefecture. Samye Monastery is located abt 30km from Tsetang.
Visit the major sights of Yarlung Valley in Tsetang today, of which is considered the cradle of Tibetan civilization. Trandruk Monastery is situated on the southern slope of the Mt. Gangpo Ri about two kilometers from the Tsetang Town. So far, it has a history of about 1,300 years. Yumbulagang also called "palace of mother and son", is counted as the first building in Tibet, with a history of over 2,000 years. Standing on the top of the tower house, you can enjoy the splendid panoramic view of the valley, and dream of the ancient legends of this palace. Finally, we'll go to the Chongye Valley to have a look at the burial mounds. Whilst the valley is sometimes referred to as the 'Graveyard of Imperial Kings', these burial mounds contain not only the remains of Tibetan kings, but also those of their wives and officials.
Stay overnight in Tsetang
Drive from Tsetang to Nyingtri via Nang Xian along Yarlung Tsangpo for abt 8hrs or so.
For today’s ride from Nyingtri to Pomi, you will pass Serkhym-la (4582m), and you will have a good view of Namche Barwa (7756m) and Gyala Pelri (7151m) from a distance.
A scenic ride from Pomi to Rawoktso Lake, with tropical-looking forest along it.
Drive back to Nyingtri today. En route, visit the gorgeous tiny rural village of Tashigang.
A hard ride today from Nyingri to Lhasa for abt 8hrs or so, en route, visit the beautiful Draksumtso Lake.
Drive from Damxung to Baingoin for the night. Baingoin, a small county north of Namtso Lake where usually visited by foreigners.
Drive from Baingoin to Nyima enjoy the solitude and the rural sights of Tibet.
Drive the remote section of Tibet from Nyima to Gertse, en route, visit Dungtso.
It's an 8hr-drive from Gegye to Gertse. The initial landscape is a dreamy blur of lake and sky, cut by salt rings and brooding mountains of rust, mustard, turmeric and green barley.
Drive from Gegye to Ali. Ali, also known as Shiquanhe, is the capital of Ngari prefecture, where you be able to clean up with hot shower and have a decent meal.
From Ali to Zanda is a scenic ride takes abt 6hrs or so, passing Laling-la (5330m).
- Tholing Monastery
- Zanda Clay Forest
Tsaparang is abt 18km west of Zanda, in the valley of Langchen Tsangpo, Sutlej River, the 'elephant river', which rises west of Manasarovar and continues over the border with India into Ladakh and finally Pakistan. After sightseeing, drive to Darchen for the night.
Darchen is the starting point of Mt Kailash Kora for pilgrims, but you will take the local shuttle bus here today to sightseeing Mt Kailash instead.
Head from Darchen to the sapphire-blue holy Lake Manasarovar, which is abt 1hr or so.
Enjoy the ride back with leisure. Our vehicle will stop along the ride for you to take photos.
Drive from Saga to Everest Base Camp, en route visit the highest monastery of the world, Rongphu Monastery.
After sightseeing, drive to Lhatse for the night. Lhatse is pretty much a one-street town, at elevation of 3950m.
Head from Lhatse to Shigatse today, and a detour to visit Sakya Monastery, which is abt 25km off the southern Friendship Highway, accessed via a good dirt road through a petty farming valley.
- Drampa Gyang Temple
- Sakya Monastery
- Nartang Monastery
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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