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Tibet Discovery Tours

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7 Days
Lhasa, Gyangtse, Shigatse,
Lhasa, Gyangtse, Shigatse,
Min Age : 4
Max People : 70

Ganden Monastery

This “Golden Route” of Tibet tour will take you to two cities near Lhasa: Gyantse and Shigatse. Stay overnight at a small town, Gyantse, which is known as the “Heroic City”, because it was the site of a major battle during the British invasion in 1904. While there you will experience Tibetan rural culture and a local market. Then visit Tibet’s second largest city Shigatse, which is the most important farming area in Tibet. You will also visit two of the most revered monasteries in Tibet: Pelkor Chode Monastery (which belongs to multiple religious sects) and Thashilunpo Monastery (the seat of the Panchen Lamas. Inside there is a huge gilded bronze Buddha statue as well as many other beautiful statues).

Recommended Groups: Suitable for most groups including: Families with kids, seniors, youths, and students. Great shooting opportunity for photographers too. This tour will go through Karola pass at 5,010m, however most activities will be in an attitude lower than 3,900m, so a reasonable level of fitness is needed.

Conditions: The road condition from Lhasato Gyantse (255km, 5-6 hours) is a bit rough and mainly over mountains. With three stops on the road to see Yamdrok Lake, Karola glaciers and a visit to a Tibetan family for lunch break, we make sure the tour pace is comfortable and well arranged. You will be able to see the beautiful landscapes of Tibet and Tibetan rural life on the way. The road condition from Gyantse to Shigatse and then back to Lhasa is good with a paved road.

Best time: Available all year round. Highly recommend May, June, September and October. Winter can be a bit cold.

 

Brief Itinerary

Day 1 Lhasa Arrival

Welcome to the roof of the world! You will be pick up at the airport or train station, then be escorted to your hotel in Lhasa city at the comfort of your own private vehicle. En route, enjoy the breathtaking view along the Yarlong Tsangpo River. Tibetan features can be seen along the way, including Big Buddha engravings on the hill near the road, colorful prayer flags and friendly Tibetan people.
After arrival at your hotel, the rest of the day is free for you to explore the local area and acclimatize yourself to this high altitude city at the top of the world.

Tips of today:
1. Go for some walking to acclimate the high altitude but avoid strenuous activity after arrival;
2. You’d better not have bath;
3. Drink more water, and have some fruit;
4. Have a good rest.

Day 2 Lhasa Sight seeing

After breakfast, you will firstly visit the Norbulingka Park, the former summer palace of Dalai Lama. Explore the beautiful gardens and experience one of the most holy sites in Tibetan Buddhism while soaking up the rich history. Next, come to Drepung Monastery, which was once the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery housing 10,000 monks in its heyday. Learn about the lives of Tibetan monks.

Your tour ends at Sera Monastery, where you will get the chance to experience “Buddhism Scriptures Debating”. These debates are unique to Sera and are quite famous. Enjoy the debates!

Tips of today:
1. Obey Buddhist manners and talk appropriately.
2. Feel free to ask tour guide questions about Buddhism or else;
3. Don’t forget take your sun glasses and suncream.

Day 3 Wondering Lhasa

The overwhelming Potala Palace is your first stop. As the symbol of Tibet, it was built in 641 AD and was the winter palace of Dalai Lama who is Tibet’s pope. Impressive Tibetan architecture, huge golden Buddha statues, red-robed lamas and devoted pilgrims all make it a must-visit.

In the afternoon, you’ll visit the Jokhang Temple, the spiritual center of Tibet. Every day, pilgrims from every corner of Tibet trek here from long distances to worship. Finally, walk the special circular pilgrimage route as local followers always do at Barkhor Street.

Day 4 Lhasa to Gyangste

Today you will be transferred from Lhasa to Gyantse (6.5-hour drive). En route, you’ll stop to see Yamdrok Lake, one of three most famous holy lakes in Tibet. For Tibetans, it is one of the four holy lakes of Tibet and the home of the “wrathful deities”. The scenery of turquoise blue water in the lake with the reflection of surrounding snow-capped mountains is awesome. After arrival in Gyantse, you will tour Pelkor Monastery to admire fancy frescoes, statues and sculptures. Overnight at Gyantse.

Tips of today:
1. Wear warm clothes to prevent from cold and wild;
2. The road condition from Lhasa to Gyantse via Yamdrok Lake is good;
3. Feel free to ask your driver to stop so you can stretch your legs or take some pictures.

Day 5 Gyangtse to Shigatse

After breakfast, you will drive from Gyantse to Shigatse (2.5 hours). In Shigatse, you will visit Tashilumpo Monastery, the oldest and largest Gelugpa Monastery in Tibet. Here you will see a giant statue of Future Buddha, the largest one of its kind on earth, decorated with precious pearls, turquoises, corals and ambers. Then proceed to a lively market to experience the distinctive local life.

Tips of today:
1. The road condition is quite good, with a wide paved road;
2. The altitude in Gyantse is above 3900m while Shigatse is roughly 3860m. As this is relatively high altitude, be sure to pace yourself and take breaks when you feel it is necessary;
3. You will spend roughly 3 hours at Tashilumpo Monastery, so be sure to bring snacks and water.

Day 6 Shigatse – Lhasa

Enjoy the Tibetan-style Farewell Dinner Today you’ll drive back to Lhasa (5 hours) along the legendary Yaluzangbu River, the mother river of Tibet. Along the journey, you will view fantastic landscape of the valley and snow mountain, and get the special feeling of traveling in the wilderness, far from modern civilization.

After a rest in Lhasa, you’ll have a Tibetan-style farewell dinner in a typical Tibetan restaurant, with traditional Tibetan songs and dances.

Tip of today: You may get to Lhasa in the early afternoon, you can just go for a walk around Barkhor Street, or Potala Square, or do some shopping of souvenirs.

Day 7 Departure from Lhasa

Today is free for you until your tour guide transfer you to the airport in time for your flight or drop you off at Lhasa train station.

What’s included in this price?

1. Private professional English-speaking tour guide.
2. Private vehicle and Luggage Transfers.
3. All necessary Tibet travel permits.
4. All accommodations, based on double-occupancy. Above three star rated hotels in towns and city. Guest house or tent in remote areas.
5. Meals, depend as noted in the itinerary.
6. Admission fees and activity expenses, as noted in the itinerary.
7. All Service Charges (the planning, handling, operational and communication charges) & government taxes.
8. Accident / Casualty Help

What’s excluded in this price?

1. China visa, all air tickets and train tickets to and from Tibet.
2. Sightseeing not listed in the itinerary.
3. Meals not listed in the itinerary.
4. Personal expenses such as laundry, drink, fax, telephone call, optional tour activities, etc.
5. Gratuities, tips to guides, drivers, bellboys, etc.
6. Excess Baggage Charges.
7. Single room supplement.

Value for money:

While the trip of a lifetime is priceless, we know value is a vital aspect for those deciding which tour to choose.

When comparing tour prices, be sure to compare like to like. Our tours are designed to ensure that our customers experience all the culture, history, and beauty that Tibet has to offer, and at a reasonable price.

A great way to ensure the lowest possible price is to invite more people on the trip. The more people in a group, the lower the price per person. (We recommend you join our group tour if you are traveling alone. Please contact our travel consultant for more information)

Booking early is also an easy way to ensure the best rate! We highly recommend you contact us at least 1 month before your planned departure date.

TOURS FAQs

How many ways can I contact you ?

We offer the following contact ways:

* E-mail: info@letsgototibet.com
* Phone: 86+13618982405 (24/7)
* Skype: letsgototibet
* facebook, twitter, google plus, pinterest,: letsgototibet

Can I cancel my tailor-made tour ?

Yes ! If you want to cancel your tailor-made tour due to some factors, you can. But you will be liable to pay cancellation charges that are bounded by Tour Tibet cancellation policy. Please read more about Terms and Conditions.

Can I arrange my Tibet tour on my own? Is it easier and cheaper ?

No. When you plan to tour Tibet, you firstly need to apply for the Tibet Travel Permits, which must be entrusted to a local travel agency for application from Tibet Tourist Bureau.

Can I talk to a travel consultant in person ?

Yes ! We welcome our clients to come to our company and speak with our travel consultant face to face. And then customize your Tibet tour together with you.

How can do the payment ?

Once you are satisfied with all the arrangements and your tour is confirmed, you need to pay a deposit of 20% of the total cost of your trip, via PayPal, Credit Card, Western Union, Wire Transfer.
When starting your tour, you need to finish the final payment and then start your dream Tibet tour with us!

Have to Travel on certain dates?

Because all of our tours are customizable, you can travel with us on any date you wish ( depending on flights ).
The itineraries provided on our website are only sample, and you can change any destinations to suit your tastes and budget. Your travel consultant will provide advice and answer your questions.

Have I need travelling as a member of a group?

No. Our tailor-made trips are arranged on an individual basis, which means you are not tied to the wishes of a group and you can arrange your itinerary at your own pace.
If you are interested in a Group Tour, we do offer a arranged tour in a small group of up to 16 people.