Central Tibet Photo tour 2017-06-24T19:19:41+00:00

Central Tibet Photo Tours

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Tour Leader 

Rodolfo Contreras. Photographer passionate about travel, especially in Asia. He has visited Japan, China, Nepal, Tibet, Taiwan, Bhutan, Myanmar, Malaysia, Singapore and of course Rajasthan, a place he fell in love with the very first time he visited. You can see his work on his site. In addition to his photography he collaborates on travel articles in Matador Network, in both versions, Spanish and English

Tour High lights

  1. UNESCO world heritage site The Potala Palace
  2. Monasteries and Barkhor street old Lhasa city.
  3. We will drive across the beautiful Landscape of the central Tibet, along with the Lake, mountain passes and glacier
  4.  Visit to the Mount Everest Base Camp on Tibetan side at 5200 meters
  5. Jokhang Temple, holiest temple in entire Tibetan buddhist world.
  6. Namtso Lake. the sky Lake
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The tour is Intended for those interest in Culture, Land Scape and history of Tibet. Tibet is one of the least visit region in China and the world with much heritage to offer to the visitor. We will visit not only Lhasa. Its vibrant capital. but other popular towns, Lakes, Monasteries and the Mount Everest base camp. We will enjoy its culture, its religion, and Its people. Enthusiast photographers (with an DSLR camera or a Smart phone) will likely to find the tour more enjoyable but you also can join without a single camera. It is preferable to Understand English, even basic since our guide can’t speak Spanish. For those who can’t understand english and want to join the trip. it is ok, we will translate into Spanish the most relevant and interesting things. You can

participate in the trip just speaking Spanish.

We will travel slowly by private van, without any stress or rush in order to appreciate the culture and history of tibet and enjoy its gastronomy. A journey in which we will be in permanent contact with locals, learning from their way of life and their history. We will visit places chosen for their history, importance, beauty and interest.

 

Day 1) Arrival and acclimatization

Potala palace

We will welcome you at the Airport or The Lhasa train station. Then you will be escorted to your hotel. It always advises the travelers to take a good rest for proper acclimatization. please do not any activities which would lead you to dehydrate, like taking a bath. And avoid hard work for the first day. Many travelers prefer to take a nap. by the evening, I will come to meet you at the hotels and discuss the itinerary and other stuff. If time let we will have a dinner at Tibetan restaurant.

Day 2) Lhasa sign seeing.

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Visit Jokhang Temple and Sera monastery
In the morning after having your breakfast your guide will meet you at the hotel. Then you will first go to the Jokhang Temple, the holiest temple in Tibetan Buddhism. Since you hotel is in the Tibetan quarter of Lhasa city, you will walk to the Jokhang Temple. After visiting the Temple you can some time to explore the Old Lhasa city on your own for a couple of hours.
The guide will fix you a time and place to visit. In the afternoon, you will visit the Sera monastery. This is a most well-preserved monastery in Tibet. The monastery you can sit in the courtyard where monks will be debating on Buddhist philosophy. you can stay there for sometimes. this is a very good opportunity for many travelers to take a picture of monks debate. You can tell your guide to give you some free times to explore the monastery on your own if you would like to live in peace for sometimes.

Day 3) Lhasa sign seeing.

Tibetan marriage custom

Visit Potala palace, Norbulingka (the Summer palace), and Drepung Monastery, Nechung monastery (There are nearby)

In the morning, you will visit the grand Potala palace. Your guide will fix and time as per the ticket timing. please do not bring any drinking water or any liquid to drink. you will be asked to either drink it or throw it at the checkpoint. Plus please do not take a picture inside of the palace is restrict. there is a time-limited of two hours to stay inside the palace to fit in all those travelers in limited time and state of vulnerability of century old palace against thousands of visitor alike. you guide might hurry you. But if you would like to see something or spend a few moment in specific place please let know her.
After the visit is over you will be descending on the back side of the palace. I always take my group to take a rest and have a tea with locals in the tea shop in the garden. many travelers like it. Yet prepare to have a load of people focusing on you. its new to them, if you don’t look Asian. but a smile and cheerful attitude would do the cure and would make it a memorable time. in the garden, there is a small island in the pool. the temple is dedicated to the King of Nagas, living in our world yet not visible to our eyes. you might want to visit it. If you are a family traveling with children I would suggest you rent a paddling boat and paddle in the pool.

after spending few times in the garden, then I would suggest you go to Norbulingka.There is Tibetan restaurant near the Norbulingka which serves a very good Tibetan food. you will then visit Norbulingka palace. please buy a bottle of water before entering the gate. It is a not a single one building palace. it’s more like a resort with one palace for two Dalai Lamas.
After the Norbulingka Palace, your guide will ask you if you still have the visit Drepung Monastery and Nechung monastery. If you do, then you can visit the Drepung monastery and Nechung monastery. Nechung finds at the foothill of Drepung monastery. in total, this two monastery would take about two hours. beware that there is a quite a lots of high staircase you have to climb up to.

Day 4) Drive from Lhasa to Gyantse via Yamdrok lake and Carola Pass.

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It is advised to start the journey little earlier in the morning. So in most of the cases, we leave Lhasa at 7 in the morning after having breakfast at your hotel. by 11:00 Am you will reach the Kampa-la pass (4700 m) . The car will stop here for some time of the beautiful view of Yamdrok Lake below the pass and the mighty mount Mount Nojin Kangtsang (7191 meters). After sometimes at the pass for the picture, we will then drive down to the Lake. It is about a 15 minutes drive and we will descend about 700 meters to the shore. We will stop at the shore and you will have some times to enjoy the beautiful lake from its shore.

After the Lake, we will continue to drive to the Nangartse town for lunch. From Yamdrok lake to Nangartse is 50 km and we will drive along the shore until we divert to the Town. If you are traveling during the winter you can see lots of wild birds on this road. It is advised to bring a binocular if you are a bird lover. Once when we reach the town we will stop here for the lunch and after the lunch, you can explore this little Tibetan town for sometimes.

You will then continue to Gyantse town. You will reach at the Gyantse town about the 3:00 pm. We will then check into our hotel for the night and then we will continue to visit the Gyantse monastery. Visiting the monastery would take about one and half hours. If you still have some energy, we can visit the Gyantse fort.

Day 5) Drive from Gyantse to Shigatse via Shula monastery

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You will start your journey at about 9:00 am. Once when you drive out of the Gyantse town, we will stop at photography spot outside the town. From there you can see the entire town of Gyantse including its monastery, stupa, and the fort. It is one of my favorite place in Tibet to take a picture.
From Gyantse, we will first go to Shalu monastery. Many travel and tour operator in Tibet skips in their itinerary. But to me, it is a must place to visit. The painting inside the monastery is very different. Those are the original Newari style paintings.

After Shalu Monastery, we will continue to Shigatse. On arrival to Shigatse, we will first visit the Tashi Lhunpo monastery. Built by the first Dalai lama and official residence of Panchen lama. Then we will drive to the hotel and rest of the day is free for you and the group members. But I will have to go to apply for the permit for Everest base camp.

Day 6) Drive to new Tingri via Sakya monastery

Mighty-Mount-Everest-viewed-from-the-Tibetan-side

We will start our day little earlier today to have more time Sakya monastery. We will drive on friendship road. From Tibetan town of Lhatse, we will take a detour to Sakya monastery. The monastery is the main principle monastery of the Sakyapa school of Tibetan Buddhism. The monastery looks like a medieval fort. This architecture and painting of the Sakya monastery are completely different from any other attraction you will visit on this tour. There are lots of things you can see in the monastery that is why we leave from Shigatse earlier. After the Sakya Monastery, we will continue driving to Tingri and we will stop for the night before going up to Everest base camp.

Day 7) Drive to Everest Base Camp

Lhasa to Everest Base Camp group tour

If you would like to see the sunshine over the mighty Himalayas and Everest in the morning you will have to start the journey earlier before the sunshine. I always recommend all the travelers to leave before the sunshine to see the beautiful sunshine over Everest and its sisters mountains. Once when we reach the Rongbuk monastery. We will take some time in our tent guest house and then we will go ahead to Everest Base Camp. We can’t take our car and we will have to either take the Eco-bus or walk up. Walking up is about four kilometers and could take about two hours. There is a small cave of Guru Padmasambhava. You can visit if you walk.
We will be spent a night in EBC in the tent guest house. The tent could become smoky sometimes. If you think you have an attitude issue, we can return back to Tingri. Please be decisive and decide before everyone sleeps.

Day 8) Drive from EBC to Shigatse

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Today you will have one more time to close with mighty Everest. Get up early and go there to see the beautiful sunshine over Everest. After the sunshine, we will go back to the car and drive back to Shigatse.

Day 9) Drive from Shigatse to Lhasa

smiling Loins at Tashi Lhunpo monastery in Shigatse; Tibet travel

we will drive back to Lhasa. Upon arrival in Lhasa, we will share the pictures and dinner at a local Tibetan restaurant.

Day 10) Departure

Namtso lake from hill top

It’s a departure day for you, we will drop you off at the airport.

Jokhang temple in Tibet

Jokhang Temple is the Holiest temple in entire Himalaya for Tibetan Buddhist. The Temple is build in Seventh century by the Tibetan King the great Songtsen Gampo. Each day, thousands of Tibetan Buddhist pilgrims work their way through this nearly 1400 year old temple. The Circuit around the temple is know as Barkhor, this is a very good spot for photographers to take a devoted Tibetan cirumambulating, prostrating and performing different religious rituals. Read more about the Jokhang temple here

 

golden roof of the sera monastery with the view of lhasa nyangra valley

 Sera Monastery is located outskirt of the Lhasa city. The monastery is one of the four biggest monastery in the central Tibet. This monastery gives travelers a rear opportunity to witness the Monks debating on buddhist philosophy. But DSLR and other big cameras are prohibited inside the debating court yard. There is no restriction about the use of Mobile Phone. The monks debate is a major highlights during this trip. Read more about the monastery here.

 

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Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet

Potala palace will be the first thing that will make an assurance that you are in Tibet. The grandest of all the man made structure in Tibet.  The Majestic Potala Palace served as the winter resident for Dalai Lamas over many centuries. The guide tour to the Palace would take about two hours. Read more about the Palace here 

 

 Norbulingka, Lhasa, Tibet

Norbulingka Palace is the summer palace for Dalai Lama. it is located in Lhasa city just 2 kilometers from the Potala Palace. In the area there is a many villas belonging to different incarnations of Dalai Lama. Our favorite is the villa in a lake which is specially made for the class room for young Dalai Lama. Read more about the summer Palace Here.

 

Ganden pordrang in drepung monastery

Drepung Monastery is once a biggest monastery in the world. the location of the monastery is far east from Tibet located in a valley over seeing the Lhasa city. the grand statues of the Future Buddha and the big assambly hall are the main high light of this attraction. Just below  the hill is the Nechung Oracle. This small monastery is a seat the state oracle of Tibet (Old Tibet state). read more about the drepung monastery here

 

beautiful Yamdrok Lake in Tibet

Yamdrok lake is one of the holiest and most beautiful lake in Tibet. As you will drive from Lhasa, you can see the Lake from the summit of Kampa-la pass (4700 m). Yamdrok lake lies several hundred meters below the summit. If the whether is clear during your visit, you will see a deep turquoise shape of the lake from the top. Lake is surround by many snow-capped mountains, more particularly the Mount Nojin Kangtsang (7191 meters). Read More about the Lake here.  

 

Gyantse Kumbum Stupa, Tibet

Gyantse is located between Carola glacier and Shigatse town. The town in strategically located at the focal point of ancient trade route between Tibet, Nepal and India. The entire old city of Gyantse is surround by 3 kms wall. It has most beautiful Palchoe monastery and Kumbum stupa in side the city wall and fort of top of hill towering over the city. The town is surrounded by the fertile land of Nyang river valley. The town has three main attractions for the tourist; Kumbum stupa, Palchoe monastery, and the Gyantse fort. The town is a very popular stop for the foreign tourist and many tour itineraries would make a stop in the town for about one hour before heading towards Shigatse. Read More about Gyantse here  

 

court yard of Tashi Lhunpo monastery. Tibet

Tashi Lhunpo Monastery is the most revered monastery in central Tibet and the seat of the Panchen Lama. At present the monastery is a biggest functional monastery in Tibet Autonomous Region with more than eight hundred monks, it has four colleges and four Chapels. Read here for More 

 

monks at sakya monastery, Tibet

Sakya Monastery is the main principal monastery for the Sakyapa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. This medieval monastery has its own wall protecting in Monastery and the architect of the Monastery is magnificent.  Read more about the Monastery here 

 

Everest base camp, Tibet

 Mount Everest Base Camp is the main highlights of the tour. Located at 5200 meters above the sea level. At the base camp we will sleep in a tent guest house and in the morning we will hike to proper base camp. we will have a great opportunity to See the sun shine and sun setting on on the Mount Everest.  Read more about the base camp here 

 

INCLUDED

  • Accommodation in Guest house and hotels in Double room ( single rooms for an Extra fee will apply)
  • Photography assistance during the entire trip
  • Breakfast
  • Transportation in Private Van
  • accompaniment by Tibetan guide and Spanish photographer Rodolfo Contresras
  • Water, Fruits and Biscuits
  • Entrance to the monument Detailed in the itinerary
  • All the Tibet travel permits and Visa Invitations (if needed)

Excluded

  • Lunch and Dinner for the entire trip. Everyone can choose where and what to eat. Participants will enjoy free time or if you prefer, you can join guide and rodolfo and the rest of the group that prefer to eat together.
  • Flight to Lhasa Chinese Visa
  • Travel insurance. necessary
  • Necessary to have one for the trip.
  • Vaccines. Check if vaccines are required for travel.
  • Drinks
  • Any other thing not listed as “included”