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7 Days Lhasa and Drigung Chu River Rafting Tour

7 Days Lhasa and Drigung Chu River Rafting Tour

(TRT001) Lhasa

Overview

The 7-day Lhasa Tour includes three days of sightseeing Lhasa and two days of whitewater. The Drigung Chu is situated in an exquisite alpine valley about 2 hours from Lhasa. To undertake this trip you should be able to swim and you must be fit and fairly well acclimatized.

Insider Tips: Due to the latest regulation, whitewater rafting tours are now not available for international tourists, for safety concerns. (updated, Aug, 28, 2017);

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at Lhasa & Acclimation

Upon your arrival at Lhasa airport or train station, you will be greeted by your Tibetan guide and escorted to your hotel in Lhasa. From airport to Lhasa city, it only takes half an hour of driving along the Lhasa-airport highway.

Driving along the Brahmaputra river, you will not only amazed by the spectacular plateau scenery, but also have a chance to see a great variety of wild birds. If you take the train to Lhasa, normally you will arrive in the late afternoon or evening, 20 minutes drive will take you to your hotel in Lhasa city. Check into hotel, have a good rest to acclimatize the high altitude.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day 2: Lhasa Tour - Potola Palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street

In the morning, we are about to visit the famous Potala palace and explore the grandest of this myriad chapels, and you will experience its audience halls, the jeweled and Golden burial chortens (stupa Tombs) of past Dalai Lamas, and tremendous number of Buddhist frescoes, thangkas, combinations of mandala, etc.

In the afternoon, we will tour the holist temple in Tibet, the Johkang Temple, built during Songtsen Gonpo's reign by princess Wencheng of Tang Dynasty, 647 A.D, and its famous Barkhor Kora (circling around Jokhang temple and Barkhor street) and bargain with vendors for Tibetan souvenirs on Barkhor street.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day 3: Lhasa Tour - Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery

Today, you will visit two important monasteries in Lhasa, the Drepung and the Sera. Drepung monastery was situated at the foothill of a mountain and was once home to 10000 monks and Ganden podrang in Drepung was famous for its role as the governmental centre during the fifth dalai lama and later was moved to the famous Potala Palace during the fifth dalai lama.

After having lunch, we continue to visit Sera Monastery founded in 1419 by Tsongkapa's disciple Jamchen Choeje. The most attractive scene is its monk debate held in the debating courtyard mostly around 3 - 5 in the afternoon.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day 4: Lhasa-Ganden Monastery- Tidrum (120km, 4hrs)

In the morning, drive about 60 km eastwards to visit the Ganden Monastery, which ranks the first among the six largest monasteries of Gelugpa. Then 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 medicinal hot-springs there and visit Tidrum Nunnery nearby.

Stay overnight in Guesthouse ( Dorm bed).

Day 5: Drigung Til Moanstery and Drigung Chu Half Day Rafting

Early drive to Drigung Til which sprouts from a high, steep ridge overlooking the Drigung Valley. Drigung Til is the head monastery of the Drigungpa school of the Kagyupa order. Up to the hill of Drigung Til, there is one the holiest sky-burial site in Lhasa region. Please note that watching Sky-burial ceremony is forbidden if you have not get permission of the bereaved family. Then enjoy a half-day rafting on the Drigung Chu River. Camping

Stay overnight in local hotel or guesthouse.

Day 6: Full Day of Rafting and back to Lhasa

The whole day is for you to paddle the stunningly beautiful Drigung Chu and Drigung Valley. In late afternoon, drive back to Lhasa.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day 7: Departure fromLhasa

Transfer to Lhasa airport for your flight back home.

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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