Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Namtso Tour

Duration:
7 Days
Destination:
Lhasa-Shigatse-Namtso-Yampachen-Tsurphu-Lhasa
Season:
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Tour Type:
Private Tour
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This package is a relax route that including the most popular attractions in Tibet, like the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Sera Monastery, and the holy lakes Yamdrotso and Namtso. Namtso is the largest lake in Tibet and also the highest salt lake in the world. The miraculous view will get you intoxicating. Except for the gorgeous landscape, tourists can enjoy the hot spring at a high altitude in Yampachen (4300m).

Day 1 Arrival in Lhasa (3680m)

This is the first day that you enter Tibet. Your guide will greet you at airport or 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 to go out, you can wonder 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. It’s really useful to get acclimatized to the high altitude.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Day 2 Lhasa sightseeing

After rest one night, today you will recover sufficiently to launch your Lhasa city tour, with a close contact with Lhasa, the political, economic, cultural, communication and tourism center of Tibet with a history over 1300 years.

At first, you will go to the Potala Palace, which is the symbolic place of Lhasa and also the winter palace of the Dalai Lama. It was built by the 33rd. great king of Tibet in the 7th. century. The gilded burial stupas of former Dalai Lamas and meditation Cave of the 33rd great king of Tibet are the most worth seeing in Potala Palace.

After lunch, you are going to Jokhang Temple, which was founded in the same time and by the same king with Potala Palace. From outside, you can see many pilgrims making prostrating in front of the temple. From inside, you can see the statue of Buddha Sakyamuni at his age of 12.

Barkhor street is the next destination that women love a lot. Because it’s a famous busy walking street where they can go shopping. There are many distinctive shops that sell different Tibetan stuff, like handicraft, Thangka, and so on. Except for shopping, tourists can also join the Kora with pilgrims and locals, to explore Tibetan religious culture more deeply.

Optional:

You can go to visit the Tibetan handicraft art or Tibetan Traditional Medicine center if time is enough. You can also watch the Tibetan Culture Show in the evening for USD60 per person at your own expense.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

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.
The life-sized statue of the Jowo Shayamuni of age 12 can be seen in Jokhang Temple, it is recognized as the holiest object in Tibet.
Day 3 Lhasa sightseeing

In the morning, you are heading to Drak Yerpa, a place may not be that famous but with its own advantage. It consists of a monastery and a number of ancient meditation caves. There are some holes that kind of arrows left in the cliffs are believed to prove that the legendary hero Gesar of Ling had visited this valley.

In the afternoon, tourists will pay a visit to Sera Monastery, which is one of the “great three” Gelug monasteries of Tibet. Monks debate starts around 3 to 5 p.m.. It’s very attractive even if you don’t understand what they are talking about at all. If the debate is not your type, you can also see the three sand Mandalas and colorful Rock Painting of Budda inside of the monastery. Besides, the sight in Sera monastery is very good because you can see roses around. That’s why people also call it “the court of wild rose”.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Drak Yerpa was built by Songtsan Gampo, the first emperor of a united Tibet, in the 7th century for his wife.
Sera Monastery has a rich collection of cultural relics
Day 4 Lhasa- Gyantse(4040m)- Shigatse(3840m), 360km, approx 6hrs

You will go to Shigatse from Lhasa via Gyantse today.

Firstly, you can have a glimpse of Yamdroktso Lake during the way to Gampala pass (4790m). This is the holy lake surrounded by plenty of snow-capped mountains. And special views of Holy Mount Nyenchen Khangsar (7191m) ---the highest mountain near Lhasa, comes out later soon.

You will see the Korala Glacier when we pass it on the roadside. After hanging pray flag at Simila Mountain pass, we will arrive in Gyantse, the third largest city in Tibet after Lhasa and Shigatse. We shall visit Pelkor Monastery with Gyantse Kumbum and then see the Gyantse Fortress from a distance.

It normally takes one and a half hours to drive from Gyantse to Shigatse.

Stay overnight in Shigatse

Sacred Lake Yamdrok glows with various colors, like turquoise, when the sun is shining
The white glacier is spectacular from the highway
Day 5 Shigatse-Namtso lake (4600m), 380km, approx 7.5hrs

In the morning, tourists will visit the famous Tashilunpo Monastery, the home of Panchen Lama. It’s a typical Gelugpa Temple.

After that, you are going to see Namtso lake, one of the three most holy lakes in Tibet. It’s also the third largest salt lake in China and the highest lake in the world. The name of Namtso means “lake from heaven” in the Tibetan language. And the gorgeous landscape is really like from heaven. You can enjoy one night here, and please get up early to feel the special sunrise the next day.

Stay overnight in guestroom at the lakeside

“Tashilhunpo” means “Auspicious Sumeru” in Tibetan language
Namtso Lake
Day 6 Namtso – Yampachen(4300m) – Tsurphu(4300m) – Lhasa(3680m), 250km, approx 5hrs

Today may be the most relax day during this journey because tourists are going to Yampachen. Located 92km from Lhasa city, Yampachen is rich in geothermal energy and is known for hot spring bath. People enjoy the blue sky and white cloud when taking a bath in therapeutic hot spring. How romantic the feeling is!

After the bath, you will go to visit Tsurphu Monastery, the last attraction in your tour. It’s the main monastery of Karma Kargyu. And the remarkable system of Tibetan Buddhism reincarnation was originated from there.

Then after driving about 2 hours, you will get back to Lhasa.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Yampachen hot springs
Tsurphu Monastery
Day 7 Lhasa departure
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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2017-07-14

Arrive Lhasa by plane on 24 September. My husband and I would like an extra day in Lhasa before beginning tour. Please advise cost for two in 4 star hotel. Thanks

kane

Dear Linda Baker,

 Thanks for sending us the inquiry about your Tibet Tour! This is Kane from Great Tibet Tour. I am glad to be at your service!  Great Tibet Tour is specialized in arranging Tibet travel for foreigners, as well as other parts of China & Nepal. We have been recommended by Lonely Planet as one of the most reputable local travel agencies with over 10 years Tibet tour running experiences for foreign travelers, so we’ll surely get your necessary permits after you book the tour with us.

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