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8 Days Travel Lhasa and around - Kyichu Valley and Namtso

8 Days Travel Lhasa and around - Kyichu Valley and Namtso

(LT0801) Lhasa - Ganden - Drigungtil - Rating - Namtso - Lhasa

Overview

This trip involves the main tourist sites in and surrounding Lhasa, like Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street and the“three great monastery” Drepung, Sera and Ganden in Tibet. You can visit the stunning Drigung Til Monastery with an elevation of 4150m and enjoy in Tidrum Nunnery, the famous medical hot-springs over there. Moreover, tourists will tour Lake Namtso, one of the four sacred lakes in Tibet . It’s stunning beauty is surrounded by magnificent views of the Nyenchen Thanglha snow mountain ranges.

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Lhasa

When you arrive in Lhasa either by train or flight, your guide will greet you and take you to your hotel .An route to view the Yarlung Tsangpo River/ Bhamaputra river (the Longest and largest river in Tibet) and Lhasa river.

After arriving in Lhasa ,you can take a rest and acclimatize to plateau environment. If you feel to go out, then you can go to the Potala square, where you will enjoy the fountain with different colors and get amazing photos of the Potala and around.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day 2: Lhasa Tour - Potala Place, Johkang Temple, Barkor Street (B)

Today's tour will first bring you to the Potala Palace which is the winter palace of the Dalai lama. It was put to use since the 7th Century by the 33rd great king of Tibet. The most valuable collections of Potala Palace are the gilded burial stupas of former Dalai Lamas and meditation Cave of the 33rd great king of Tibet.

Then after lunch, tourists head to Jokhang Temple which was founded by the 33rd great king of Tibet in the 7th century, in order to promote the Buddhist religion. Inside you can see the statue of Buddha Sakyamuni at the age of twelve, perhaps the only most venerated object in Tibetan Buddhism. Around the temple is Barkhor street where you can do kora (a religious circle of a building or mountain) with pilgrims and locals, in the meantime you can buy souvenirs.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Day 3: Lhasa Tour - Drepung and Sera Monastery (B)

In the morning ,you are going to visit Drepung monastery which is one of the “great three” Gelug monasteries of Tibet, founded in 1416 by Jamyang choge, one of the Tsongkhapa’s main disciples. Ganden palace used to be Dalai lama’s palace in the Drepung before he moved to the Potala palace.

In the Afternoon, Tourists will visit Sera Monastery which is another one of the “great three” Gelug monasteries of Tibet, founded in 1419 by Jamchen Chojey, one of the Tsongkhapa’s main disciples. The hot attraction is the Monks debate at around 3 - 5 in the afternoon.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day 4: Lhasa - Ganden Monastery - Tidrum Nunnery (B)

In the morning, drive about 60 km eastwards to visit the Ganden Monastery which is one of the “Great Three” Gelugpa monastery, founded by the Great Tsongkhapa in 1409. Tourists can trek Lingkor(circle) around the monastery and see the crack of rock which was magically made by Great Tsongkapa and his meditation cave with the spectacular bird’s-eye view of Lhasa valley.

In the afternoon, drive to Tidrum, 110km northeast of Lhasa. It has a great location in a narrow gorge at the confluence of two streams. You can have the famous medical hot-springs there and visit Tidrum Nunnery nearby.

Stay overnight in Tidrum Hot Spring (Dorm bed).

Day 5: Tidrum - Drigung Til Monastery - Reting Monastery (B)

Today firstly drive to Drigung Til Monastery which stands at an elevation of 4,150 metres. You will get a stunning view of the Drigung Valley. Drigung Til Monastery is the leading monastery of the Drigungp, a school of the Kagyupa order. Up to the hill of Drigung Til, there is the holiest sky-burial site in Lhasa region. Please note that watching Sky-burial ceremony is forbidden.

Then drive to Reting monastery,the seat of the Reting rinpoche, which later become an important Gelugpa monastery located in the cypress forest area with great landscape.

Stay overnight in guest house.

Day 6: Reting - Namtso Lake - Damxung or to Yampachen (approx. 350km) (B)

Today, we continue to drive to Namtso Lake, one of the four holy lakes of Tibet and also the highest saline lake in the world. On the way, you can see snow-capped Nyenchen Thanglha Mountain Ranges and lots of nomads and their tent with grazing yak and sheep densely-populated on the flourishing grassland ( in summer). Besides, you can enjoy the view of Sky-Road Railway with a snow mountain background; while standing at the famous Lagenla Pass(5190m), you can view the stunning vista of holy Namtso Lake.

Then we can enjoy our time to do a leisurely trek around Tashi Dor Island and along the lakeshore. Drive back to Dumxung or Yampachen. (For environment protection, the Lakeshore guesthouses were close by the government.)

Stay overnight in Dumxung or Yampanchen Town.

Day 7: Damxung - Yangpachen Hot Spring - Lhasa

Drive to Yampachen and enjoy the natural hot spring bath in here. (Please prepare your own swimming suit.) The famous Yampachen lies on the southern slope of the Nyenchen Tangula Mountains and is famous for its geothermal scenery. Every year, Yampachen Hot Spring emits heat equal to that of 4.7 million tons of standard coal. Lying in a plateau basin, Yampachen’s geothermal field covers 40 square km. To take advantage of geothermal field, resorts were built in here, giving tourists a chance to enjoy the outdoor natural hot spring spa. After having thoroughly relaxed in the spa, we head back to Lhasa. On the way, we will visit Chimelong Nunnery (Phyirmil Lung Nunnery) and have a far view of a sky burial site nearby.

Stay Overnight in Lhasa.

Cultural Tips: Sky burial is a funeral practice commonly seen in Tibet. The corpse will be disposed of and later devoured by vultures. In Tibetan Buddhism, sky burial is believed to represent their wishes to go to heaven. Only family members of the dead can attend the funeral.

Day 8: Departure from Lhasa (B)

The guide will transfer you to the airport or train station and help you get on board.

Service Guide

Service Included:

  • Tibet travel permit and all other necessary permits to Tibet;
  • All entrance ticket fees for all tourist sites listed in the itinerary;
  • Personal knowledgeable English-speaking Tibetan local tour guide;
  • Personal comfortable, clean and safe vehicle with reliable Tibetan local driver; vehicle ranging from 4WD land cruiser to minibus depending on your group size;
  • All lodging listed in the itinerary; it’s your decision about the accommodation class: luxury 5-star international hotel, comfortable 4-star hotel, economic 3-star hotel or budget hostel, guesthouse or tent. Please tell us your accommodation preference when submitting the enquiry; we will arrange the best-value hotels for you.
  • Domestic flight/train tickets listed in the itinerary;
  • All meals listed in the above itinerary;
  • Tourist accident/casualty insurance;
  • First aid kit;

Service Excluded:

  • International flight to and out of China;
  • Chinese visa (Note: we could help you with the Chinese visa application, like providing the invitation letter, presenting the hotel or domestic flight reservation copies, etc that you may need. )
  • Domestic flight/train not listed in the itinerary. (We can provide you the domestic flight/train ticket booking service at the BEST discount price; please contact us our travel experts for the details.)
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary; usually it costs about USD3-15 per person for one meal in TAR (Tibet Autonomous Region).
  • Tips and gratitude to tour guide and driver;
  • Personal expenses, like laundry, phone call, snacks, soft drinks (please do the best to avoid the alcoholic beverages during your Tibet trip), optional tour activities, etc.

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