Overview

Trip Facts:

Tour Code: BATE TIB04
Tour Name: TIBET – LHASA & SHIGATSE
Entry / Exit: Fly in / Fly out
Max Elevation: 4718m/15478ft
Accommodation: Hotel
Meal: Bed & breakfast
Transport: Flight & Private vehicle
Tour Days: 05

Highlights:

  • One hour Trans-Himalaya flight and breath taking aerial view of Everest and other highest peaks.
  •  Visit of Potala Palace (Winter Palace), Sera Monastery , Jokhang temple and Barkhor market
  • Tashilumpho Monastery in Shigatse
  • Drive though the beautiful Yamdrok Tso (Lake)
  • Visit Pelkhor and Khumbum Stupa
  • Visit Jokhang, lake behind Potala to witness daily life of local Tibetan pilgrimage walking around Potala.

Trip summary:

Tibet -a land so rich in Culture, tradition and steeped in religion along the far flung unique landscape, also called the roof of the world. Let the age old Tibetan Myths & mysteries cast and enchanted spell that holds an every visitor in thrill and excitement. This tour offer you most of the popular sightseeing tour in Tibet including Potala Palace, Sera Monastery, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor market, Tashilumpho Monastery and the Yamdrok Tso lake.

The tour begins with a comprehensive trip briefing in Kathmandu followed by a sensational trans Himalayan flight to Lhasa that passes over Mt. Everest and many highest peaks of the world (if you join the tour in Kathmandu). This is the only flight fly over Mt. Everest and other highest peaks. In case you wish to start the tour in Lhasa arriving from anywhere in mainland China or taking a train from Beijing you will be briefed about the tour by your Tibetan Guide.

4 Nights 5 Days 02 Apr, 03 Apr, 04 Apr, and more
Inclusions/Exclusions
What we'll give. What we won't

What is included in the tour

  • Twin sharing accommodation as per the itinerary on bed & breakfast (BB) basis.
  • English speaking Tibetan Guide.
  • Transportation as per the itinerary by necessary vehicle.
  • Monastery entrance fee.
  • Tibet Travel permits.
  • Emergency mineral water in the vehicle.
  • Emergency portable oxygen cylinder in the vehicle.
  • Trip briefing by Tibet expert & entertain question.
  • Trip Information pack.
  • Gift pack (prayer flag or string of flag & paper prayer Lungta).

         Note: Offer Prayer flag or Langat (string of prayer flag) in high passes, temple for good fortune or long life.

What is NOT included in the tour

  • Tibet Visa Fee as per the nationality  
  • Airfare Kathmandu – Lhasa– Kathmandu (Fare as per availability).
  • Travel insurance.
  • Expenses during any rescue operation.
  • Lunch and Dinner ( US$ 10 per meal per person)
  • Alcoholic beverages & bar bills.
  • All expenses of personal nature, phone calls, laundry etc.
  • Gratuity to staff.
  • Services not mentioned herein.
Itinerary

Outline Itinerary:

Days

Itinerary

Overnight (BB)

01

Fly to Gongkar Airport and drive to Lhasa

Hotel (BB)

02

Sightseeing of Jokhang Temple, Sera Monastery and Barkhor Market.

Hotel (BB)

03

Sightseeing of Potala Palace and Drive to Shigatse via northern route

Hotel (BB)

04

Visit Tashilumpho. Drive to Lhasa via Gyantse and Yamdrok Lake. Visit Khumbun and Pelkhor Stupa

Hotel (BB)

05

Drive to Airport for fight to Kathmandu

Tour Concludes

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 01: Fly to Gongkar Airport & drive to Lhasa (3600m/11811ft) 65 km, 1hr:

You will be met at Gongkar Airport by your Tibetan guide. After immigration formalities, you will be driven to Lhasa (3660 meters). It takes around 45 minutes to reach the old city. After checking in at your hotel, you are advised to take rest and take it easy. Drink plenty of fluids and let your body get used to Lhasa’s high altitude. You can go around the hotel area for light walk and sightseeing. O/N at Hotel in Lhasa (BB)

Day 02: Lhasa - Jokhang Temple, Sera Monastery and Barkhor Market (3600m/11811ft):

After breakfast you will be briefed about the day’s program. Then your guide will take you on a tour to Jokhang Temple, Sera Monastery and Barkhor Market respectively.

Jokhang Temple: Jokhang a seventh-century geomantic temple at the heart of Lhasa is the most sacred temple of all Tibet, housed the most holy statue of Rowo Rimpoche ( Sakyamuni Buddha) crafted when he was just 12 years old. Jokhang (Chuklakhang) is considered to be a Power Place in all Tibet Tibet. Queen Bhrikuti, a Nepalese princess married to King Songtsen Gampo founded Jokhang Temple and in recognition of Queen Bhrikuti the main gate of the temple faces west towards Nepal.  The most impressive structure of the Jokhang Temple is the many chapels surrounding the temple.

Sera Monastery: This monastery is approx. 5km drive away from Lhasa. Sera Monastery was founded in 1419. It sits in the prettiest and most charming atmosphere at the base of Mount Purbuchok. Sera Monastery used to be an important center for learning where in the past approx. 5,000 to 6,000 monks resided. Currently about 550 monks are supposed to be living there. The important structures inside the monastery include Coqen Hall, (the main assembly hall), three Zhacangs (Buddhist colleges) and twenty-nine Khangtsens (monk dormitories).The most intriguing feature here is the nine-meter image of Maitraya which was erected in 1419; here one can also witness the practicing of debate among the monks, who pitch their knowledge against each other. 

Barkhor Market (Bazaar): The most popular Barkhor Market (Bazaar) is a square where Tibetan handicraft items, Buddhist artifacts, carpets, paintings etc. are all in sale for your delight.

At the end of the day your guide will escort you back to your hotel. O/N at Hotel in Lhasa (BB)

Day 03: Lhasa – Potala Palace and Drive to Shigatse (3900m/12795ft) 280km, 4hrs:

After an early breakfast, you will be escorted by your guide to the majestic Potala Palace and later drive to Shigatse. Shigatse is the Second largest city in Tibet and almost 4-5 hours of driving.

Potala Palace: Also known as the “winter palace”. The imposing structure of the palace dominates the landscape of Lhasa. is a 13th storied complex monument rising to a height of above 117m which houses 10,000 shrines and over 200,000 images and about 1000 rooms.As you are guided through the ancient chambers of the palace, you get to see Tibetan art at its best. The Potala Palace has a vast array of intricate Tibetan murals and beautiful statues. You will also get to view the tombs of the eight Dalai Lamas. O/N at Hotel in Shigatse (BB)

Note: Since only a limited number of visitors are allowed inside the Potala palace every day, the order of sightseeing places will be decided upon by your guide.

Day 04:  Visit Tashilumpho. Drive to Lhasa via Gyantse and Yamdrok Lake. Visit Khumbun & Pelkhor Stupa (3600m /11811ft) 360km, 5hrs:

After hearty breakfast, you will visit Tashilumpho Monastery one of the most functioning monasteries of Tibet.  You will be visiting Tashilumpho Monastery. This monastery is one of the largest functioning monasteries in Tibet and there is much to explore within its high surrounding walls. There are about 39 amazing chapels inside including the huge Maitreya Chapel coated with gold; its workmanship certainly impresses everyone.After detailed visit of Shigatse we will visit the local markets for shopping and local sightseeing. Then you continue your journey back to Lhasa this time via the old town of Gyantse and the Yamdrok Tso or the Turquoise Lake.  

Khumbum Stupa: Kumbum Chorten was commissioned by a Gyantse prince in 1427, the Gyantse Kumbum is the town’s main attraction. The 35 meters high chorten, with its white layers trimmed with decorative stripes and its crown-like golden dome, is awe-inspiring. The interior is equally impressive. Kumbum means 100,000 images in Tibetan. Indeed, there is what seems to be an endless series of tiny chapels. Each chapel is decorated with wall paintings; some have various statues of Buddhas, Bodhisattvas and deities. Most paintings date to the time of the construction of the stupa. There are nine levels, 108 cells and 75 chapels. At the higher levels you can go out to an outdoor terrace and enjoy an incredible view on the town, monastery and surrounding fort.

Pelkhor Stupa: Work started on the monastery by Rabten Kunzang  in 1418 under spiritual guidance of Tsongkhapa’s disciple Khedrup Je, and was completed seven years later in 1425. Remarkably preserved, many statues and paintings inside date back to the time of its founding. Although the shrines are predominantly Shakya, it was traditionally unaffiliated and used as common assembly place. Today it is looked after by the Gelukpas.  Today is your last day, you may wish to visit special Tibetan local restaurant for traditional meal, guide will be happy to give you suggestion, also best time to acknowledge and offer gratitude to your Tibetan crew.  O/N at Hotel in Lhasa (BB).

Day 05:  Drive to Gongkar Airport (3600m/11811ft) 65 km, 1hr:

After breakfast, your guide will give you a final departure transfer for your next destination.  Tour Concludes.