Tibet Classic Tour

Trip Facts

Destination: Tibet
Total Days: 8
Trip Type: Tour / Sightseeing
Best Season: Summer / Early Autumn
Trip Highlights: Culture / Religion / Landscape

Tibet Classic Tour

Tibet is a plateau region in Asia, north-east of the Himalayas, in the People’s Republic of China. It is the traditional homeland of the Tibetan people as well as some other ethnic groups such as Monpas, Qiang and Lhobas and is now also inhabited by considerable numbers of Han and Hui people. Tibet is the highest region on earth, with an average elevation of 4,900 meter.

Day 01: Fly Kathmandu to Lhasa & drive to Tsedang
Day 02: Visit Yambulakhang, Tandruk Monastery & Tombs of King
Day 03: Drive to Samye, visit Samye Monastery then drive to Gyantse
Day 04: Visit Khumbum Stupa & Pelkhor Chorten then drive to Shigatse
Day 05: Visit Tashilimphu Monastery & Local Market then drive to Lhasa via Northern route
Day 06: Visit Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple & Barkhor Market
Day 07: Visit Drepung Monastery & Sera Monastery
Day 08: Fly Lhasa to Kathmandu

Day 01: Fly from Kathmandu – Gonggar Airport drive to hotel in Tsedang (100 km 2h.20m) 3100 m
Fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa (1 hour 35 minute). The Trans-Himalayan flight will enchant you with the spectacular, breathtaking view of Himalayan ranges. You will see the most of the highest mountains on earth including Mt. Everest. Upon our arrival in Gonggar airport, our guide will meet and greet you offering Khada (Tibetan scarf) and transfer you directly to your hotel in Tsedang. The drive will take about 2 hour 20 minutes to Tsedang.

*Note: we advise you to take good rest in order to give your body to acclimatize with sudden gained altitude and minimize the effect of altitude sickness.
Overnight: Hotel Tsedang **** or similar

Day 02: Visit Yambulakhang, Tandruk Monastery & Tomb of King (3100 m)
After Breakfast visit Yambulakhang the first building in Tibet and the palace of the first Tibetan King. Yambulakhang stand on a hill on the eastern back of the Yurlung River in the Yurlung Valley. After that visit Tandruk Monastery which is believed to be the oldest monastery founded at the same time as the Jokhang and Ramoche Monastery in Lhasa. After lunch visit Yurlung valley and Tombs of Kings.
Overnight: Hotel Tsedang **** or similar

Day 03: Drive to Samye (50 km 1h 30m), visit Samye Monastery then drive to Gyantse via Yamdrok Lake (295 km 6h 30m) 3975 m
Early morning we take de tour to Samye Monastery. Samye Monastery is the first Buddhist Monastery of Nginma order to be built in Tibet, probably founded during Shantarakshita, the two Indian masters the king had invited to Tibet to help consolidate the Buddhist faith. Later taken over by the Sakya tradition and more recently came under the influence of the Gelukpa. After visiting monastery drive 295 km 6 – 7 hrs straight to Gyantse, we will drive over three spectacular high passes – the Khamba La at 5100m and Karo La at 5050m and Simi La at 5000 m and over and along the beautiful Lake called Yamdrok Lake or Turquoise Lake. The Lake is surrounded by many snow capped mountains and in the distance we can have spectacular views of Holy Nyenchen Khangsar Mountain. Once we arrive at Gyantse town we can enjoy the far view of Gyantse Fortress.
Overnight: Hotel Yeti *** or similar

Day 04: Visit Khumbum Stupa & Pelkhor Chorten then drive to Shigatse (95 km, 2h) 3900 m
Morning we will visit Khumbum Stupa, the giant octagonal Stupa is one of the outstanding architectural achievements build and decorated by a Gyantse Prince. Rising 35 meters high, the Stupa is said to have 108 Cells in the 9 levels / floor surmounted by a golden dome, and contains 77 chapels which line its walls. Next to it is Pelkhor Chode Monastery. The monastery is located in the north of the town adjacent to the fort, containing 15 different chapels and halls belong to different orders of Tibetan Buddhism.

After visiting Gyantse Khumbum we drive 2 hours, 95 km straight to Shigaste the second largest town in Tibet. Shigatse was one of the first towns to be visited by westerners due to close distance with Indian border.
Overnight: Hotel Tashi Cho Ta **** or similar

Day 05: Visit TashiLhunpo Monastery & Local Market then drive to Lhasa via Northern Route (285 km, 6h – 7h) 3600 m
Morning we visit the TashiLhunpo Monastery which holds both historical and cultural importance for being founded in 1447 at the time of 1st Dalia Lama Gendun Drupa who is a disciple of Tsongkapa. Hence the monastery is also one of the biggest functioning monasteries of Gelugpa. The monastery is the traditional seat of successive Panchen Lamas, the second highest ranking tulku lineage in the Gelug tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.

After visiting monastery we will visit the local markets for shopping and local sightseeing then we continue our journey to Lhasa via northern route. This is the shortest road between Lhasa and Shigatse. Road offer spectacular view of Tibetan Plateau and drive along the famous river called “Yarlung Tsangpo”.
Overnight: Hotel Brahmaputra **** or similar

Day 06: Visit Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple & Barkhor Market and 3600 m
This morning we visit the Potala Palace, winter home of the Dalai Lamas and most famous landmark in the world. Although the palace cannot be freely explored, you will experience some if its chapels including audience hall, the golden burial Chorten (Tomb) of Past Dalai Lamas, tremendous number of painting done on wall, Statue, Thangka and Mandala etc.

After lunch we will visit Jokhang Temple, the spiritual heart of Tibetan Buddhism and important sacred site in Tibet. The Temple was founded during the reign of King Songtsen Gampo for his two brides Princess Wencheng of the Chinese Tang Dynasty and Princes Bhrikuti of Nepal, both are said to have brought important Buddhist image and statues from Nepal & China to Tibet as part of their dowries. After visiting Temple explore Barkhor surrounding, watch the pilgrims prostrating themselves near the front gate of Jokhang Temple. Take part in clockwise circuit walking round the temple, walk around narrow alley to explore old Lhasa city.
Overnight: Hotel Brahmaputra **** or similar

Day 07: Visit Drepung Monastery & Sera Monastery: 3600 m
This morning we will drive 8 km northwest of Lhasa to visit Drepung Monastery which is one of the “great three” Geluk Monasteries of Tibet, founded by Jamyang Choje in 1416. The Drepung is the largest of all Tibetan monasteries and once a home of as many as 10000 monks. This winter Palace was the resident of hundreds of monks from all the major Geluk monasteries for staffing individual Chapels.
In the afternoon drive 5km away from Lhasa to Sera Monastery founded in 1419, which is another one of the “ great three” Geluk monasteries of Tibet. Monastery is well known for the monks debate at around 3 – 5 in the afternoon.
Overnight: Hotel Brahmaputra **** or similar

Day 08: Transfer to Gonggar Airport, fly back to Kathmandu.

Cost Includes

  • Twin sharing accommodation as per the itinerary on BB basis
  • English speaking Tibetan Guide
  • Private vehicle for whole tour
  • Entry fee of mention places
  • Tibet visa fee / Tibet Travel permit
  • Lunch and Dinner for whole tour
  • Portable oxygen cylinder in vehicle
  • 1 bottle water every day

Cost Excludes

  • Travel Insurance
  • Airfare Kathmandu – Lhasa - Kathmandu
  • Drinks beverages (hard and soft drinks)
  • Expenses of personal nature, phone calls, laundry etc
  • Gratuity to staff
  • Expenses of porter, change of vehicle, accommodation en-route incurred due to any unavoidable unforeseen circumstances such as land slide, road blockade, snow falls, political unrest, delay arrival, sickness etc.

Price per person - 2018

2-3 people 4-7 people 8-9 people 10-15 people
US$ 2595 PP US$ 2295 PP US$ 2195 PP US$ 2095 PP

Single Supplement - US$ 385 per person

Note: The price of the tour will be adjusted according to the group size

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