Tibet is the Roof of the World,TIBET has fascinated humanity for centuries. This land beyond the mighty Himalayas, on the highest plateau of the world, was inaccessible to the outside world and has always been a challenge to all mortal beings as a unique destination: Tibet is a land of spectacular skylines, majestic mountain peaks, breath taking canyons, serene high-land lakes, rolling pastures and farmlands & pristine Forests. It also is a land of ancient Buddhist culture,artistic monasteries and centuries-old caravan trails. Its snow-covered mountains and windswept plateau are the highest in the world. The world's highest mountain - Mount Everest, rises in southern Tibet. Ka-erh in western Tibet, with an elevation of more than 15,000 feet (4,570 meters) above sea level, is believed to be the highest town in the world. The valley bottoms in Tibet are higher than the mountains of most countries. Tibet has an area of about 471,700 square miles (1,221,600 square kilometers), an average elevation of 16,000 feet (4,880 meters) and a population of 2.3 million. This "land of awesome mysteries", forbidden not only by man but also by nature, is appealing to all explorers, scholars, pilgrims and adventurers searching for the "REAL SHANGRI-LA".
Day 01: Arrive Lhasa Gongar Airport via Kathmandu/Chengdu/Beijing
Upon arrival meet & transfer to Tsedang in Yarlung Valley, the cradle of Tibetan civilization. Overnight hotel.
Day 2: Guided tour of Samye, the oldest Monastery belonging to the Red Hat School & Yumbulakhang, the first castle built for a Tibetan king.
Day 03: Tsedang / Gyantse
Driving out of Tsedang, this long journey (8-9 hrs) takes you through the vastness of the Tibetan Plateau, past the turquoise lake Yamdrok and over Kampala(4794m) and Karola (5010m) Passes. We arrive the town of Gyantse at 3950m, a pastoral town which is still left pretty untouched by modern expansion. Overnight hotel.
Day 04: Gyangtse / Shigatse
Visit Kumbum Stupa (an oversized chorten of over 100,000 images) & the adjoining Palkor Choede Monastery & continue drive for 2 hrs to Shigatse.
PM- Visit Tashilhunpo Monastery & Shigatse open market. Overnight hotel.
Day 05: Shigatse/Lhasa
We return to Lhasa. Check into hotel. Optional walking tour of Barkhor, the bustling market place of Lhasa. Overnight hotel.
Day 06: This morning, we tour Potala, the winter palace of the Dalai Lama & listed as a world heritage site and Drepung Monastery, the biggest monastic university of Tibet.
Day 07: In the morning, we visit Norbu Linka, the summer palace for the Dalai Lama. In the afternoon, we cover Jokhang – the “central cathedral”, Barkhor – the bustling market in the heart of old Lhasa with its narrow streets whitewashed stone homes, window and the Tibetan Medical Centre.
Day 08: Lhasa to Chengdu/Beijing
After breakfast transfer to Gongar Airport to connect flight to Kathmandu/Chengdu/Beijing.