Overview

Trip Facts:

TourCode             :BATETIB05
Tour Name           : TIBET – LHASA & TSEDANG - 6 DAYS
Entry / Exit           : Fly in / Fly out
Grade                     : Easy to Adventurous
Max Elevation     : 3600m/11811Ft.
Accommodation : Hotel
Meal                       : Bed & breakfast
Transport              : Flight & Private vehicle
Tour Days             : 06

Highlights:

  • One hour Trans-Himalaya flight and breath taking aerial view of Everest and other highest peaks.
  • Visit of Potala Palace (Winter Palace), Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery, Jokhang temple and Barkhor market
  • Visit of Samye Monastery & Yambulhakhang  in Tsedang
  • Optional Activities:
    Unique experience visit Tibetan village, meet Tibetan family, enjoy test of Yak butter tea, Tsampa (roasted barley) and other local product.  Listen the story of Tibetan family with the help of guide.
  • Visit to Mechenkhang ( Tibetan ancient medical center)
  • Art Gallery escorted by local  Artist
  • Visit Lokhang, 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, Drepung Monastery, Jokhang Temple & Barkhor market in Lhasa. You will also drive to third largest city of Tibet – Tsedang where you will visit Samye Monastery & Yambulakang respectively.

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. This is truly the trip of a lifetime with stunning scenery and cultural highlights.

5 Nights 6 Days 09 Aug, 10 Aug, 11 Aug, and more
Inclusions/Exclusions
What we'll give. What we won't

What is included in the tour

  • Single Room 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 Lungtha).

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

What is NOT included in the tour

  • Tibet Visa Fee as per the nationality (Acceptable in US$ cash only).
  • Airfare: Kathmandu – Lhasa– Kathmandu (Fare as per availability).
  • Any arrangements in Nepal.
  • 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.
  • Additional portable oxygen cylinder
  • Services not mentioned herein.
Itinerary

Outline Itinerary:

Days

Date

Itinerary

Overnight (BB) basis

01:

 

Fly to Gongkar Airport and Drive to Tsedang

Hotel Tsedang (BB)

02:

 

Visit Samye Monastery & Yambulakhang

Hotel Tsedang (BB)

03:

 

Drive to Lhasa

Hotel (BB)

04:

 

Sightseeing of Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Market.

Hotel (BB)

05:

 

Sightseeing of Sera Monastery and Drepung Monastery

Hotel (BB)

06:

 

Drive to Airport for Flight to Kathmandu

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Detail Itinerary:

Day 01:  Fly to Gongkar Airport & drive to Tsedang (3510 /11512ft), 65km, 1hr:

Your Tibetan guide will be waiting to welcome you at Gongkar Airport. After immigration formalities, you will drive for around 01hour passing through barley and wheat fields to reach the third largest city in Tibet - Tsedang (3510 meters). After checking in at your hotel, you are advised to take rest, drink plenty of fluids and most importantly let your body get used to Tsedang  high altitude. During afternoon you can go around the hotel area for light walk and sightseeing. O/N at Hotel in Tsedang (BB)

Day 02:  Sightseeing tour of Samye Monastery & Yambulakhang Monastery:

After breakfast you will be visiting Samye Monastery & Yambulagang Monastery respectively.

 Samye Monastery: First Buddhist Monastery to be built in Tibet, probably founded during the 770s under the patronage if King Trisong Deltsen, with the work being directed by Padmasambhava and Shantarakshita, the two Indian masters the king had invited to Tibet.to help consolidate the Buddhist faith. The monastery was designed on the plan of the Odantapuri temple in present day Bihar, Biharand mirrored the basic structure of the universe. As described in Buddhist cosmology. The central temple represents Mt. Sumeru, the mythical mountain at the centre of the cosmos. Around it are four temples called “ling” which represent the four continents (ling) situated in the vast ocean to the north, south, east, and west of Sumeru. To the right and left of each of these temples are two smaller temples called “ling-tren,” representing the subcontinents (ling-tren) of the Buddhist universe.

Yumbulakhang Monastery: This Monastery is further 6 km up the Yarlung Valley  a small road winds up to the  left and takes you to what is regarded as the site of the oldest building in Tibet. Yumbulakang is believed by Tibetans to have originally built by the first king of the Yarlung Dynasty Nyatri Tsenpo. This tall , dignified building rises erect on the spur of the hill, commanding view of  the entire valley, Scholars    believe  that this building that stood on this site until the mid-sixties probably dated back to the seventh or eighth century may have been built by either Songtsen Gampo or Trisong Detsen. Tibtan murals suggest that it found its final form during the time of the Fifth Dalai Lama. O/N at Hotel in Tsedang(BB).

Day 03:  Drive to Lhasa (3600m/11811ft),160km, 3hr:

After breakfast you will drive for 03 hours to reach one of the beautiful city in Tibet – Lhasa. O/N at Hotel in Lhasa(BB)

Day 04: Sightseeing tour of Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Market:

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

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.

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. 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.

Barkhor Market (Bazar): 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. Lhasa offers variety of Restaurant for both Lunch and Dinners. O/N at Hotel in Lhasa (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 05: Sightseeing tour of Sera Monastery & Drepung Monastery:

After an early breakfast, you will be escorted by your guide to the majestic Sera Monastery & Drepung Monastery respectively.

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. 

Drepung Monastery: This Monastery is 8 km west of Lhasa. One of the three great Gelukpa Monasteries near Lhasa, the other two being Sera and Ganden. Until the occupation it served like its two sister monasteries as centre for learning and monastic training to which monks from all over Tibet would come to spend as long as 15 years methodically studying and debating the meaning of the Buddhist scriptures. For centuries it existed as a small monastic township housing thousands of fully ordained monks and other functionaries. It was founded in 1416 by Jam yang Chöje Tahsi Palden, a disciple of Tsong Khapa. O/N at Hotel in Lhasa (BB)

OR:

Tibetan Village Tour : Shal is located approx 10 km (half an hr drive) east of Lhasa with population with approx 150 families. Shal is an old Village town and most of the people are farmers or nomads. Village is quite popular for potato and barley farming and now interestingly, they have started involving locals, domestic clients self farming. One can go for an hour hike up the village where a holy mountain is located standing up tall overlooking the village. For those fit people can further climb the mountain, if time permits.  The place offers a breathtaking view of the high mountains, fresh flowing stream and the open green pastures.  The best part of this hike is the opportunity to see the nomad’s community, during summer time from May to October when they live in the pastures grazing their cattle. There is nunnery in the village to visit, if time permits. Later return to Lhasa, today is your last evening, you may want to enjoy local Tibetan meal at Tibetan traditional restaurant, enjoy your last evening with your Tibetan crew member offering gratitude etc. Guide will be happy to recommend you ideal restaurant for the occasion. O/N hotel in Lhasa (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 06: Tour Concludes (3600m/11811ft) 65 km, 1hr:

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