Lhasa Nyingtri Tsetang Tour

9 Days
Lhasa - Nyingtri - Tsetang - Lhasa
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Nyingtri is very different from the rest of Tibet. Its geography, climate, and natural environment — combined with centuries of isolation — have created an atmosphere of magic and mystery. Also you will visit Tsetang, the 4th largest city in Tibet and the capital of huge Shannan(Lhoka) prefecture.

1 Arrival in Lhasa (3680m)
2 Lhasa City
3 Lhasa Suburb
4 Lhasa - Draksumtso - Nyingtri
5 Nyingtri - Lulang - Tashigang
6 Tashigang - Nyingtri - Tsetang
7 Tsetang - Trandruk - Yumbulagang - Chongye - Tsetang
8 Tsetang - Samye - Tsetang
9 Tsetang - Lhasa Airport
Day 1 Arrival in Lhasa (3680m)

This is the first day that you enter Tibet. Your guide will greet you at the 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 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. It’s really useful to get acclimatized to the high altitude.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Day 2 Lhasa City

In the morning our guide will meet you at the hotel and first take you to visit the famous Potala Palace, the cardinal landmark of Tibet and the masterpiece of Tibetan architecture, it was first built by 33rd King Songtsen Gangpo in the 7th century and rebuilt later in the 17th century by 5th Dalai Lama, now it is a museum and world heritage site. 

In the afternoon, we will go to visit Jokhang Temple in the center of the old Lhasa city. Jokhang Temple is one of the most sacred temples in all over Tibet and it is always bustling with earnest local pilgrims since from early days. After that you will take a walk around the Barkhor street which is the one of the most devotional circuit as well as a crowded central market of Lhasa, Barkhor Street is located in the old area of Lhasa City Tibet, it is a very ancient round street surrounding the Jokhang Temple and the locals are always proud of it. As a symbol of Lhasa, it is also a must-see place for visitors.

The Potala Palace stands in the ancient Lhasa for centuries and plays an important role in Tibetan people’s beliefs.
Many pilgrims are worshipping and performing their devotions at the gate of Jokhang.
Day 3 Lhasa Suburb

In the morning, we will go to visit Norbulingka. Norbulingka park is considered the premier park of all such horticultural parks in similar ethnic settings in Tibet. During the summer and autumn months, the parks in Tibet including the Norbulingka, become hubs of entertainment with dancing, singing, music and festivities. The park is where the annual Sho Dun or 'Yoghurt Festival' is held.

In the afternoon, you are heading to Drepung Monastery, which means Monastery of Collecting Rice in the Tibetan language. It’s a white magnificent construction that looks also like a pile of rice in the distance. Drepung monastery is the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery, where lived more than 10 thousand monks before Tibet liberation.

Drepung Monastery has white constructions and looks like a heap of rice in the distance. Its name, “Drepung”, means “Collecting Rice” in Tibetan.
Sera Monastery has a rich collection of cultural relics.
Day 4 Lhasa - Draksumtso - Nyingtri

A hard ride today from Lhasa to Nyingtri for abt 8hrs or so, en route, visit the beautiful Draksumtso Lake.

Draksum-tso Lake is in jade green and surrounded by snow-capped mountains.
The best time to visit Draksum-tso Lake in Autumn, during which you can see the colorful forests around the lake.
Day 5 Nyingtri - Lulang - Tashigang

Lulang means “Loong King Valley” in Tibetan language, or “a place that will make you forget your home”. It is located about 80km from Nyingtri. Further a couple of kilometers ahead from Lulang to Tashigang, a gorgeous tiny rural village.

Lulang forest is in Nyingchi and shows your typical alpine scenery.
Tashigang is a rural village and now the main income comes from tourism.
Day 6 Tashigang - Nyingtri - Tsetang

Drive from Tashigang to Tsetang which is going to be abt 10hrs or so. 

Day 7 Tsetang - Trandruk - Yumbulagang - Chongye - Tsetang

Visit the major sights of Yarlung Valley in Tsetang today, of which is consider the cradle of Tibetan civilization. It was from Yarlung that the early Tibetan kings unified Tibet in the 7th century and their massive burial mounds still dominate the area around Chongye. 

Trandruk Monastery
Yumbu means doe, lagang means holy palace.
Day 8 Tsetang - Samye - Tsetang

Tsetang is the fourth-largest city in Tibet and the capital of huge Shannan (Lhoka) prefecture. Samye Monastery is located abt 30km from Tsetang. 

Lot of precious murals have been kept well in Samye Monastery. The murals are telling the ancient famous stories of Tibetan Buddhism and historical events of monasteries.
Samye Monastery
Day 9 Tsetang - Lhasa Airport

Transfer to Lhasa Airport from Tsetang for your next destination, which is almost the same mileage from Lhasa. 

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Leave from Brisbane in Australia to go on this tour. Please call me thank you.



In your inquiry, you mentioned that you would like to have a 9-day Lhasa Nyingtri Tsetang Tour at the end of 2018. This is a private tour, which is costly for a solo traveler since there are no others to share the guide and vehicle cost with you. Please check the following itinerary.



Traveling over Christmas and new year. What is your package and price. 9-10 is fine. Types of hotels? Visa? Best way to reach Lhasa if I'm coming from Singapore?


Hi Michelle Lee, we’ll arrange the Tibet permit (visa) for you and you just need to send us the copies of your passports. Since you’ll come from Singapore, I suggest that you can consider to fly to Chengdu first and then transfer to Lhasa.


It seems that you would like to do our 9 days Lhasa Nyingtri Tsetang Private Tour, correct?



I might be solo, or travelling with another adult, please could you give a quote for this tour for the Autumn (late October - November season) - I really would love to visit Nyingtri. Also can you let me know if it would be safe a solo female traveller (arrangements for hotels, etc.) Thanks.



Dear Stephanie,

Yes, it’s safe to travel to Tibet as a solo female traveler as long as you go with a local travel agency, so please no worry about this. But travelers can’t go to Nyingtri directly by driving now because of road repairing, it will be done in earlier Dec 2017. If you like to go to Nyingtri now, we will drive you from Lhasa to be there through Tsetang and same way back to Lhasa.

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