Lhasa Tsetang Yarlung Valley Tour

Duration:
6 Days
Destination:
Lhasa – Tsetang – Lhasa
Season:
  • Spring
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  • Winter
Tour Type:
Private Tour
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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.

DayRoute
1 Arrival in Lhasa (3680m)
2 Lhasa City
3 Lhasa Suburb
4 Lhasa - Samye - Trandruk - Yumbulagang - Tsetang
5 Tsetang - Chongye - Lhasa
6 Departure from Lhasa by Flight
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 it 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.
Reconstructed in Yuan, Ming, and Qing dynasties for several times, Jokhang Temple has four stories and covers an area of about 25,000 square meters now.
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.

Drak Yerpa was built by Songtsan Gampo, the first emperor of a united Tibet, in the 7th century for his wife.
Sera Monastery, one of the "great three" Gelug university monasteries of Tibet.
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. 

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.
Trandruk Monastery
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.

The greatest Tibetan king Tsongsang Gampo also lies in Chongye Burial Mounds.
Only wild flowers and stone lions accompany those Tibetan kings of the past.
Day 6 Departure from Lhasa by Flight

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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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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