Fly to Lhasa, transfer to Tsedang
Upon our Trans Himalayan on of the most beautiful flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa within 1 hour 10 minutes, we will be hosted by the enthralling views of Everest (8848m) and Kanchenjunga (8536m). From Gonggar Airport or train station we will be escorted by Tibetan guide through Tsedang (3700m) into the heartland of "the cradle of Tibetan civilization". Tibetans believe that the first king Nyatri Tsenpo came to Tibet from the sky. Then, he and six other kings governed Lhasa after him before returing back to the sky by the sky rope.
Morning visit Changzu Monastery, afternoon drive to Samye Monastery
Our encounter with Tibet begin with a visit to the palace of Yambulakhang which was built by the first Tibetan king Nyatri Tsenpo in the second century BC. Local folklore has it that the king was descended from heaven. Next we will visit Chedruk Temple to round off our visit to Tsedang. At afternoon, we drive 65km to Samye Monastery which is on hill. Overnight at Hotel Yalung River Hotel.
Sightseeing and drive to Lhasa 190 Kms, 3 hours driving
At the dawn we visit Yongbulakhang Palacewhich which was built by the first Tibetan king Nyatri Tsenpo in the second century BC. At noon we drive to Lhasa and at en-route we visit the famous Mindrolin Monastery which covers a large area of over 100,000 square meters (approx. 119,599 square yards). It is one of the six most famous Tibetan Buddhism monasteries of the Nyingmapa Sect. The monastery was originally built in the late 10th century and has been renovated several times. Overnight at Kyichu Hotel or Similar hotel in Lhasa (3650m).
Sightseeing in Lhasa
Foremost, our tour begins with a visit to Sera Monastery. An experienced tour guide also working as an interpreter escorts us to this preserved monastery of white-washed walls and golden roofs. We further stroll through the equally adventurous and exciting tempo builds up while touring Norbulingka, the summer palace of the Dalai Lama. Jokhang Temple is another important sacred site which unravels more deep seated mysteries of Tibetan Buddhism. We again visit to Barkhor Market where we can view stall hawkers coaxing their clients to purchase their goods and exhibited Tibetan culture, custom and tradition. Eventually, the tour for the day concludes as we return to the comforts of our hotel.
Sightseeing in Lhasa
Like the previous day, we experience invaluable insights into Potala Palace and Drepung Monastery. This 17th century Potala Palace offers an awesome view of entire city and also has private quarters of the Dalai Lama, numerous grand state rooms and chapels. Ancient history has it that Drepung Monastery which was built in 14th century used to shelter around 10,000 monks but as now there has been quite a declination resulting in only few hundreds. Tibetans' respect and belief are immensely knotted with this monastery.
Gandan Monastery via Drayerpa Cave, Drigung Tel and Terdrom Hot spring
After breakfast, we drive for Mozugongar County via Drayerpa Cave and again visit the Gandan Monastery. After finishing lunch, we drive to Drigung Tel Monastery from where we continue or drive to Terdrom hot-spring (75 Kms, off road). Overnight stay in Basic Guesthouse.
Drive to Reting Monastery (180 Kms, off road)
We drive for Damxung county via Reting Monastery (180 Kms, off road) Reting Monastery, the special temple for high Lame like as Dalai lama`s teacher. Again we head for Dangxung County ( 80 Kms), southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region where we can see the north Tibet Grass view. Overnight at local Guesthouse.
Drive to Namutso Lake (60 Kms, 2 hours)
After breakfast, we drive to Namutso Lake, the highest lake in the world staying at 4,718m above sea level. It is 72km long from east to west and 30km wide from south to north. It has an area of 1,940 square kilometers. Some 60km to the northwest of Damxung County seat, it is one of the three holy lakes in Tibet and receives high respects among the local people. On the Tibetan year of sheep, pilgrims from faraway come here to walk around the lake. It takes more than 10 days to circle the lake once. At noon, we walk around the most highest and the most beautiful Lakeside in Tibet. Overnight at Lakeside Guesthouse.
Morning back to Lhasa via Yabachen Hot spring, 220 km, 4 hrs
Today, we visit to the famous hot spring at north Tibet and take shower where we will also have the great views of Nianchentangula Snowing mountain. After lunch at Yangbachen small town we stroll thorught the town. At noon we back to Lhasa city. Overnight at Kyichu Hotel or Similar hotel in Lhasa.
Final departure from Lhasa or extention of the tour
At this juncture we are free. So, eith we make our own itinerary or we contact at Himalayan Glacier to extend our trip. We are responsible for making all the necessary arrangements and return journey to Nepal or towards to mainland China as well. However, if we would like to fly out from Lhasa to Kathmandu or any other city of mainland China, Himalayan Glacier can manage the air or Train ticket in advance.
Important Note :
Your safety is of paramount concern while traveling with Himalayan Glacier. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.