Lhasa Tsetang Yarlung Valley Tour

Duration:
6 Days
Route:
Lhasa – Tsetang – Lhasa
Season:
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Autumn
  • Winter
Tour Type:
Private Tour
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Overview

Tsetang is Tibet s heartland and has almost all the landscape you will find across the plateau, from sand dunes and wide rivers to soaring peaks and alpine forest. The Yarlung Valley is considered all the cradle of Tibetan civilization. It was from Yarlung that the early Tibetan kings unified Tibet in the 7th century and their massive burial mound still dominates the area around Chongye. Yumbulagang, perched on a crag like a medieval European castle, is another major attraction of the area and the site of Tibet’s oldest building.

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.

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 the 33rd King - Songtsen Gangpo in the 7th century and rebuilt later by the 5th Dalai Lama in the 17th century. Now it's a museum and world heritage site. 

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

Stay overnight in Lhasa

far view of Potala Palace.
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 Rice Heap in the Tibetan language. The entire monastery is large in scale and the white buildings cluster and covers the hillsides. They look like huge rice heaps in the distance, so it is called Drepung. Drepung monastery is the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery, also the highest-ranking monastery in the Gelug Sect.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Known as the shrine of Lhasa, Drak Yerpa has monasteries and famous ancient meditation caves.
The yard for Buddhist debates at Sera Monastery.
Day 4 Lhasa - Samye - Trandruk - Yumbulagang - Tsetang

Head Lhasa to Samye along the famous Yarlung Tsang River, after that visit Trandruk Monastery and Yumbulagang in Yarlung Valley of Tsetang. 

Lamas at Samye Monastery
Trandruk Monastery is the first Buddhist hall in Tibetan history.
Day 5 Tsetang - Chongye - Lhasa

Chongye holds a special place in the heart of every Tibetan, for it was here that the first great Tibetan monarchs forged an empire on the world’s highest plateau. Rugged cliffs surround the scenic burial ground on all sides.

Chongye Burial Mounds are tombs for 21 Tibetan Kings.
Day 6 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.

Typically Asked Questions from Our Clients

Dian***

2017-07-20

There are 2 travelers, do we arrange our own flights? We are considering your 6 day tour at the end of August. How much will the cost be in British pounds? Regards Di Hill

penny

Dear Diana Hill, you'd better arrange the international flights by yourselves. Regarding the domestic flights, we can help you book that if needed. More details please find in the email and feel free to contact me if you have any other questions or doubts on your Tibet trip.

Mich***

2017-06-17

I'll be arriving with a friend in Lhasa on aug. 21th, by train. I'd like to know if it's possibile to join this tour and how much it would cost. thanks a lot. kind regards. Michele

penny

Dear Michele, the 6 days Lhasa Tsetang Yarlung Valley Tour you mentioned is wonderful, but it's a private tour. I wonder if you can arrive in Lhasa on Aug 20th? If yes, it'll be great as you can enjoy the famous Shoton Festival which will be held on the 21st of Aug. More details please check the email...

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