Overview

Trip Facts:

Tour Code: BATE TIB03
Tour Name: TIBET – LHASA & YAMDROK LAKE – 5 DAYS
Entry / Exit: Fly in / Fly out
Max Elevation: 4970m/16301ft
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
  • Visit of  Jokhang temple and Barkhor market and Drepung  Monastery
  • 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 and Namtso 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 new train from Beijing you will be briefed about the tour by your Tibetan Guide

4 Nights 5 Days 05 Aug, 06 Aug, 07 Aug, 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 (Acceptable in US$ cash only).
  • Airfare Kathmandu – Lhasa– Kathmandu (Fare as per availability).
  • Travel insurance.
  • Expenses during any rescue operation.
  • Nepal re-entry visa fee.
  • Lunch and Dinner
  • Alcoholic beverages & bar bills.
  • All expenses of personal nature, phone calls, laundry etc.
  • Gratuity to staff.
  • Services of Porter age and other vehicles in between in case of landslides and other natural calamities beyond our control and expenses incurred during rescue services.
  • Additional portable oxygen cylinder (US$ 20 per bottle).
  • 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, Norbulinka Palace and Barkhor Market.

Hotel (BB)

03

Sightseeing of Potala Palace &Drepung Monastery

Hotel (BB)

04

Day trip to Yamdrok Lake

Hotel (BB)

05

Drive to Airport for flight 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. 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 (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.

Norbulinka Palace :  Norbulingka Palace, on the west edge of Lhasa city is the biggest manmade garden in Tibet Autonomous Region. Nearby Potala Palace, Norbulingka, in Tibetan, refers to “Park of Treasure” and used to be the summer palace of Dalai Lamas to deal with the government issues and hold religious activities. As one part of the historic Ensemble of the Patala Palace, it was added to World Heritage Sites in 2001. Built from 1755 and under the reconstructions of different Dalai Lamas, Norbulingka expands its scale into over 360,000 square meters and more than 374 rooms, including Dalai Lamas' palaces for 7th to 14th. Dotted with various kinds of precious flowers and plants, it is the genuine “Plateau Oxygen Bar”. With peaceful atmosphere and tranquility, you will easily get yourself relaxed when walking inside this pure land. 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 &Drepung Monastery (3600m/11811ft):

After an early breakfast, you will be escorted by your guide to the majestic Potala Palace and the beautifully landscaped Drepung Monastery.

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.

Drepung Monastery: is a beautifully landscaped monastery where you can observe nuns and monks chanting and performing religious discourses. After the day’s tour is over, you are escorted back to your hotel for a well- earned rest. 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.

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: Day trip to Yamdrok Lake:(4441m/14,570ft)
In the morning, you have to drive over the Gampala pass (4790 m),you will have a glimpse of Yamdrok-tso (4400m) .The Lake is surrounded by many snow-capped mountains and in the distance you have spectacular views of Holy Mount Nyenchen Khangsar, the highest mountain near Lhasa . The turquoise coloured Lake Yamdrok Yutso is one of the three holy lakes in Tibet. You can enjoy the spectacular view of the lake and enjoy the landscape with rich pasture land to local herdsmen. O/N Hotel in Lhasa.

Day 05:  Tour Concludes (3600m/11811ft) 65 km, 1 hr:

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