Central Tibet tour -Central Tibet tour consist the journey to all the most popular travel destinations in central Tibet. Your tour will start from your arrival in Lhasa, immediately you will transfer to Tsetang for the low altitude and the place is better for acclimatization. First day will be free day for you.
On Second Day you will be visiting Samye the oldest monastery in Tibet and Yungbulakhang in Tsetang. You will then travel to Lhasa for the night. For next two days, you will be exploring the marvels of Lhasa and Daily life of local Tibetans in Lhasa. you will stay in Lhasa for three days and on the fourth day you will go ahead your tour towards Shigatse.
On your way from Lhasa to Shigatse you will be visiting Beautiful Yamdrok Lake, monastery of Gyantse and its fort. You might become interest in visiting the handicrafts in Gyantse where Locals makes Tibetan cloth which never grows old. In Shigatse you will visit the Tashi Lhunpo monastery and the Tibetan Handicraft.
After Shigatse you will be returning to Lhasa. Back in Lhasa you will be visiting Ganden monastery, at about 80 Kms and you will also visit the Drakyerpa hermit on your way to Ganden. If you would like we can make arrange a visit to Tibetan Nomad and meals with them. you can also camp near their Tent.
Best suit for: Families, Elders, Wanderers,
Day 1) Arrival and acclimatization:
Arrival in Lhasa airport, your guide and the driver will be receiving you with Khata (Tibet white scarf, which is a traditional welcoming gesture.) You will then be transfer to your ***hotel in Tsetang.
Day 2) Sightseeing the Tsetang:
On second day, you will visit to Yungbulakhang and Traduk Temple, then you will drive 25 km, south to Samye monastery. which is the oldest and the first monastery in Tibet. From Tsetang you will continue your drive to Lhasa, you will be stay over night at the Hotel in Lhasa.
Day 3-4) Lhasa sign seeing.
Visit to Potala palace, Jokhang Temple, Norbulingkha, Sera monastery, Drepung Monastery and Nechung monastery :
you will be visiting in various attraction, including Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Sera monastery and the Norbulingkha (the summer palace of Dalai Lama)
Day 5) Drive from Lhasa to Gyantse via Yamdrok lake and Carola Pass:
You will begun your day little earlier and after the break fast in hotel, you will travel to Gyantse. You will arrive a Yamdrok Yumtso lake by the noon. We will stop at the lake to take some time to take the picture and enjoy the view of magnificent lake. You will then continue to drive along the lake to the Tibetan town of Nangartse for lunch. After the lunch you will continue to travel towards the destination of the day at Gyantse. On your way you will stop to the Carola pass.
Day 6) Drive from Gyantse to Shigatse via Shula monastery:
In the morning you will visit the Gyantse pagoda and Palchoe monastery. After visiting the attraction we will continue to travel to the City of Shigatse. City of Shigatse is a second biggest city in Traditional Tibet. Tashi lhunpo the seat of successive Panchen Lama is also located there. Once upon arrival we will visit the beautiful monastery of Tashi lhunpo monastery. On your way to Shigatse you will visit the Shalu monastery. Shalu is an only monastery in Tibet which house the original Newari style painting. The monastery also has huge influence from Han architecture and Nepalese painting. You will stay over night at Shigatse monastery.
Day 7) Drive back to Lhasa:
Day 8) Visit to Ganden monastery and Drakyerpa:
Ganden monastery is at about 50 km from Lhasa. and Drak Yerpa is at about 20 km from Lhasa on same route. if you want to do the day to these two monastery, we will do it on fourth day before leaving Lhasa.
Day 9) Departure:
You can add one more day to visit Namtso
Optional ) A tour to Namtso. Add one more day.
On way back from Shigatse. If you would like to visit the heavenly lake of Namtso we can take the route to Namtso from Shigatse instead of coming back to Lhasa. we will spent a night there in Namtso. you will see a very beautiful sun rise over the lake in the morning. after the sunrise we will drive back to Lhasa. on our way back we can go visit the Tsurphu monastery.
Please book the tour a month before the real date of visit. i need at least 17 days to process the Tibet Travel Permit
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please read this page for clear concise information about traveling to Tibet and thing to do before travelling into Tibet.
Remember coming in from Nepal and china is different. if you are coming from Nepal (flight or overland), you need to have visa applied for PRC embassy in Kathmandu. We will send your visa invitation to friend agency in Nepal.