Trip Facts

Duration: 6 days
Max. Altitude: 3,650m/11,975ft (Lhasa)
Group Size: 2 - 12

Description

This Glimpse of Tibet tour offers an amazing experience, both for the scenery you will encounter and for the Tibetan Buddhist culture. It gives you the opportunity to visit some of Tibet’s most important historical, religious and cultural sites and to travel through the awesome landscapes of the high Tibetan plateau.

You will spend two days in Lhasa visiting the 'must see' sights such as the Potala Palace and the Jokhang Temple before driving to Tsedang (3,550m/11,647ft), the capital of Shannan prefecture and the second largest city in Tibet. Famous for its apples and pears, Tsedang is also the gateway to Yarlung Valley, also known as the 'Valley of Kings' and considered to be the cradle of Tibetan civilization. You will visit the tombs and the iconic castle of Yumbulakhang before visiting the nearby Samye monastery. Founded 1,200 years ago, the legendary monastery is a fabulous place and in many senses the centre of Tibetan Buddhism.    

Day 1: Fly over the Himalaya to Gonggar airport in Lhasa. Transfer to your hotel in Lhasa. Explore the sights and sounds of Barkhor Market.
Day 2: Enjoy full day sightseeing in Lhasa visiting the Tibet Museum, the Sera monastery and the Norbulingkha (meaning Jewel Park), formerly the summer palace and recreation gardens of the Dalai Lama.
Day 3: In the morning, visit the Potala Palace, home of successive Dalai Lamas & their monastic staff. Visit Tibets most sacred temple, the Jokhang, established in the 7th century by king SongtsenGampo. Visit Barkhor market surrounding the Jokhang.
Day 4: Drive to Tsedang ((3,550m/11,647ft), the capital of Shannan prefecture and the second largest city in Tibet. Visit the legendary Samye monastery and climb the Hepori HIll.
Day 5: Drive to Yarlung, the Valley of Kings, and visit the tombs as well as the fortress/chapel of Yumbulakhang, said to be the oldest building in Tibet. You will then visit the Trandruk Temple and Chong Gye monastery.
Day 6: After an early breakfast you will drive to Gonggar airport where you will say goodbye to your Tibetan guide and driver and board your spectacular flight over the Himalaya to Kathmandu.

Cost Includes: *A Tibetan English-speaking leader *All internal flights and hotel/airport transfers *Good standard hotel accommodation in Kathmandu, twin share, bed and breakfast basis *Best available hotels in Tibet on full board *All road transport by private vehicles *Sightseeing where specified

Accommodation: Hotels
Meals: Daily breakfast

If wishing to travel at other times alternative itineraries are available.

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