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The Most Popular Tour of Tibet - 9 Days

Tour historical landmarks, visit monasteries and marvel at the Namtso Lake and Chim Phu Caves in beautiful Tibetan townships
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  • Potala Palace -Built in the 17thcentury, Potala Palace provides amazing views of the entire city and houses
  • Samye Monastery
  • Jokhang Temple
  • The word ‘Namtso’ literally means ‘heavenly lake’
  • Drepung Monastery, which was built in the 14th century
  • Yamdro-Tso Lake
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Group size: Minimum 4 people Max-Altitude: 5,010m/16,432ft
Destination: Tibet   
Arrival on: Lhasa, Tibet Departure from: Lhasa, Tibet
Meals: Breakfast during the entire tour
Accomodation: Standard hotels

Trip Introduction

In 'The Most Popular Tour of Tibet' we visit beautiful Tibetan towns and cities like Lhasa, Tsedang, Gyantse and Shigatse. In Tsedang, we visit Samye Monastery, Chim Phu caves and Yambulakhang palace. In Lhasa, we visit the stunning Potala and Norbulingka Palaces, Tibet Traditional Hospital, Barkhor Bazar along with a couple of important Tibetan monasteries like Sera, Drepung and Jokhang Temple. We also take a day tour of the amazing Namtso Lake (4,718m/15,479ft), believed by many as the most beautiful lake in Tibet.  In, Gyantse, we visit Khumbum Stupa, Phalkot Monastery and Gyantse Dzong (fortress). Then, we move towards Shigatse and visit Shalu and Tashilhunpo monasteries. All of the monasteries we visit during our trip have their own history and religious significance. While on our 9-day trip we also cross a few high passes while being in constant company of the high Himalayas.

Included in the Cost

  • All necessary Tibet travel permits
  • Pickups and drops from airport and hotel(s)
  • Land Cruiser 4WD Toyota(No AC) or Hiace or bus for transportation
  • Accommodation in Tibet on twin-sharing basis with breakfast
  • English-speaking, trained and experienced Tibetan guide
  • All fees for sightseeing and visits to monasteries as outlined in the itinerary
  • All applicable taxes and service charges

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Lhasa and transfer to Tsedang (3,550m/11,646ft): 95km, 1.5 hours
Day 02: Tsedang to Lhasa (3,650m/11,972ft) via Samye Monastery, Chim Phu caves and Yambulakhang palace: 150 km, 8-10 hours
Day 03: Lhasa sightseeing: Potala Palace, Norbulingka Palace and Tibet Traditional Hospital: 5-6 hours
Day 04: A day excursion to Namtso Lake: 8 hours
Day 05: Lhasa sightseeing: Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Bazaar: 5-6 hours
Day 06: Lhasa to Gyantse (3,950m/12,956ft) via Karo La Pass and Yamdrok Tso Lake: 325km, 5-6 hours
Day 07: Gyantse to Shigatse (3,900m/12,795ft) via Shalu Monastery: 95km, 2 hours
Day 08: Shigatse to Lhasa (3,650 m/11,972ft): 280Km, 4-5 hours
Day 09: Final departure
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Accommodations

We will be staying at Yarlung River Hotel in Tsedang, Kyichu Hotel in Lhasa, Gyantse Hotel in Gyantse and Gesar Hotel in Shigatse.  All of the accommodations are at 2-3 star hotels. It is also possible to upgrade to a better hotel in Lhasa by paying an additional cost. All the accommodations are on a twin-shared basis. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost 370 USD.

Meals

Only breakfasts are included in this trip. We are expected to pay for lunches and dinners on our own. Breakfast will be taken in the same place we stay for the night. Similar arrangements can also be made for dinner. Lunch will be taken en route to the next destination(s). We recommend our guest(s) to budget Yuan 60 to Yuan 100(US$10 to US$16) for lunch and dinner in a single day.

Best Time to Travel

Spring (March and April), summer (May, June and July) and autumn (August, Sept and Oct) are the best seasons for this wonderful journey.

Trip Start Dates and Cost

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Day 01: Arrival in Lhasa and transfer to Tsedang (3,550m/11,646ft): 95km, 1.5 hours
We arrive in Lhasa, at Gonggar Airport either from a direct flight from Nepal or via mainland China. If we decide to fly from Nepal, we get to enjoy around an hour long trans-Himalayan flight, considered to be one of the most beautiful air routes in the world. It takes us over Everest (8,848m), Kanchenjunga (8,536m) and other Himalayan peaks and glaciers. If we choose to go to Lhasa via mainland China, we may fly from any of the major Chinese cities or take the world's highest train route to Lhasa. Upon our arrival in Lhasa, a representative from Himalayan Glacier will pick us up either from the airport or the train station and drive us to our designated hotel in Tsedang where we are advised to take plenty of rest for proper acclimatization and the next day’s activities. Overnight in Tsedang.
Day 02: Tsedang to Lhasa (3,650m/11,972ft) via Samye Monastery, Chim Phu caves and Yambulakhang palace: 150 km, 8-10 hours
On the way to Lhasa, we visit Samye Monastery, which is located in the north bank of the Yarlung Tsangpo River among the open farmlands. The monastery was founded in 770 A.D by Guru Rimpoche and is Tibet’s first Buddhist monastery with a 1200-year-old history. Next we visit the Chim Phu caves, which is located above the monastery. These caves are used as a long term retreats by those who wish to meditate in peace. Then we visit the beautiful Yambulakhang palace which is perched dramatically on a pinnacle above the Yarlung river valley and secures great views of the entire region. After touring the palace, we continue to Lhasa to spend the night.
Day 03: Lhasa sightseeing: Potala Palace, Norbulingka Palace and Tibet Traditional Hospital: 5-6 hours
We begin sightseeing in Lhasa after breakfast. Today is the day we visit the beautiful Potala and Norbulingka Palaces. Built in the 17th century, Potala Palace provides amazing views of the entire city and houses the private quarters of the Dalai Lama, numerous grand state rooms and chapels. Norbulingka Palace is the summer palace of the Dalai Lama and houses what is considered to be the largest man-made garden in Tibet. Next, we visit the Tibet Traditional Hospital which is the center for the treatment, training, research and production of Tibetan medicine. Overnight in Lhasa.
Day 04: A day excursion to Namtso Lake: 8 hours
After breakfast, we drive for 4 hours to visit the Namtso Lake (4,718m/15,479ft), located about 240km to the northwest of Lhasa. Today, we witness the grandeur of the world’s highest salt water lake of its size and also acclimatize to the high altitude. The word ‘Namtso’ literally means ‘heavenly lake’. With its deep blue water and the fact that it is surrounded by the amazing Himalayan ranges, we realize that the name given to the lake is indeed a perfect match. After spending some quality time at the lake, we drive back to Lhasa. Overnight in Lhasa.
Day 05: Lhasa sightseeing: Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Bazaar: 5-6 hours
After breakfast we visit Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Bazaar.  Drepung Monastery, which was built in the 14th century, is believed to have sheltered around 10,000 monks in the past but as of now there has been quite a declination resulting in only a few hundreds. The history, culture, and religious beliefs of the Tibetan people are strongly concentrated and centered in this marvelous monastery.  Sera Monastery is a preserved monastery of white-washed walls and golden roofs. Jokhang Temple is another important sacred site which unravels more deep-seated mysteries of Tibetan Buddhism. We further stroll through Barkhor Bazaar (market). With its open air stalls, shops and crowd of pilgrims, it is the nerve centre of Lhasa. Overnight in Lhasa.
Day 06: Lhasa to Gyantse (3,950m/12,956ft) via Karo La Pass and Yamdrok Tso Lake: 325km, 5-6 hours
Today, we take a scenic drive to Gyantse. On the way we cross the Khamba La Pass (4,794m) with a brief halt to savor the beauty of the Yamdrok Tso (Turquoise Lake), one of the three largest sacred lakes in Tibet and the beautiful Nazin Kang Sang glacier (7,252m). Soon, we come across another pass, The Karo La Pass (5,045m). From our vehicle, we can enjoy views of huge glaciers tumbling down into the road before reaching Gyantse. In Gyantse, we visit the Khumbum Stupa, Phalkot Monastery and Gyantse Dzong (Fortress), which is one of the best preserved dzongs in Tibet. Overnight in Gyantse.
Day 07: Gyantse to Shigatse (3,900m/12,795ft) via Shalu Monastery: 95km, 2 hours
After breakfast, we drive towards Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet. On the way, we visit Shalu Monastery. Founded in 1040, Shalu Monastery is known for its beautiful and ancient mural paintings. Next, we continue to Shigatse. In Shigatse, we visit the popular Tashilhunpo Monastery which holds both historical and cultural importance for being founded by Gendun Drup, the First Dalai Lama in 1447.  After sightseeing in Shigatse, we will have the remainder of the day free for resting. This will help us with acclimatization and the next day’s long drive. Overnight in Shigatse.
Day 08: Shigatse to Lhasa (3,650 m/11,972ft): 280Km, 4-5 hours
After breakfast, we embark on a pleasant drive back to Lhasa. This time we follow a different route via the Yarlung Tsangpo valley, often referred to as the cradle of Tibetan civilization. As we move towards Lhasa, we enjoy views of sand dunes in Yarlung Tsangpo valley and are constantly surrounded by striking mountain vistas throughout our journey.
Day 09: Final departure
Our adventure in the Himalayas comes to an end today! There is nothing to do but trade emails with travel companions and organize photos. If time permits, we can engage in shopping or sightseeing. A representative from Himalayan Glacier will take us to the airport which is approximately 1 hour away from the main city for our next journey.
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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.

Route Map

Route maps are just representation of the trekking routes. This does not represent the exact geographical conditions.Click here for The Most Popular Tour of Tibet route map

Included in the Cost

  • All necessary Tibet travel permits
  • Pickups and drops from airport and hotel(s)
  • Land Cruiser 4WD Toyota(No AC) or Hiace or bus for transportation
  • Accommodation in Tibet on twin-sharing basis with breakfast
  • English-speaking, trained and experienced Tibetan guide
  • All fees for sightseeing and visits to monasteries as outlined in the itinerary
  • All applicable taxes and service charges

Not Included in the Cost

  • All flight and/or train expenses (international or national)
  • Chinese visa
  • Nepalese visa
  • International flights from Kathmandu to Lhasa or from China to Lhasa
  • Accommodation in Nepal or mainland China
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals other than breakfast in Tibet
  • Tips for guides and driver

Accommodations

We will be staying at Yarlung River Hotel in Tsedang, Kyichu Hotel in Lhasa, Gyantse Hotel in Gyantse and Gesar Hotel in Shigatse.  All of the accommodations are at 2-3 star hotels. It is also possible to upgrade to a better hotel in Lhasa by paying an additional cost. All the accommodations are on a twin-shared basis. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost 370 USD.

Meals

Only breakfasts are included in this trip. We are expected to pay for lunches and dinners on our own. Breakfast will be taken in the same place we stay for the night. Similar arrangements can also be made for dinner. Lunch will be taken en route to the next destination(s). We recommend our guest(s) to budget Yuan 60 to Yuan 100(US$10 to US$16) for lunch and dinner in a single day.

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