A TIBETAN GETAWAY

This trip takes you to all the prominent spiritual places in and around Lhasa that propagate Tibetan Buddhism in its highest form. It’s a great opportunity to get a glimpse of priceless art and well preserved holy books. Then a 100km drive takes you over a high pass to see the sacred Yamdrok Lake.

Lhasa is a city rich in Tibetan culture and despite the ‘cultural revolution’ many magnificent monasteries of Tibetan Buddhism have been well preserved and still embody the greatness of Tibetan Buddhism in its original form. Priceless books and ancient masterpieces have survived for centuries and are on display in the monasteries spread around the country. We also visit remote places that are off the beaten track and seen by very few visitors, such as the sacred Lake Yamdrok which is over 72 km long and fed by streams emanating from the snow-capped mountains. Driving along the Tibetan plateau gives you an impression of the vastness of Tibet.
HIGHLIGHTS
- The landscapes of the dry Tibetan plateau, the high Himalayan passes and the turquoise lake.
- The spiritual monuments of central Tibet: Potala, Jokhang, Drepung.
- Visit the pristine Yamdrok Lake.
- Meet with local people and learn about their traditions.

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Itinerary

  • Level of Trek: Easy
  • Best Period: April - July / September - November
  • Duration: 6 Days
  • Highest Altitude: 5000 Meters
  • Accomodation: Hotel

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Day

Arrival at Lhasa Ganggor Airport. A drive of 1 ½ hours to reach the city of Lhasa (3,650m). Check-in at the hotel and go for a stroll in the old city.
-Distance of drive: 60km.
- Accommodation: Hotel

We begin our tour by visiting the most popular sites of Lhasa - The Potala Palace which was the official residence of the Dalai Lama until 1959. It still houses an impressive collection of Buddhist art. We visit the Jokhang Temple just 2 minutes away from our hotel. It lies in the heart of the old town and gets a large number of pilgrims of Tibetan origin from around the world.
- Accommodation: Same Hotel.

In the morning we climb up to the great monastic university of Drepung, the largest monastery in Tibet. It once housed more than 7000 monks in a maze of chapels, temples, and dormitories. In the afternoon, we visit the monastic university of Sera where rhetorical contests and philosophical debates are always on.
- Accommodation: Same Hotel

In the morning, we embark on a 45 km drive from Lhasa to the Ganden Monastery, one of the three great Gelug university monasteries. It was founded in 1409 by Tsongkhapa, founder of the Gelug order. It is the headquarters of the Gelugpa School of Tibetan Buddhism. This historical site gives us an insight into the habits and customs of these endearing people. On the way back, we stop at a factory of thangkas, a Tibetan art of scroll painting on silk cloth, a tradition handed down for centuries.
- Duration of drive: 3hr
- Accommodation: Hotel
We drive through some beautiful villages to reach the sacred Yamdrok Lake, 100km from Lhasa. We cross the Gampa La Pass on winding roads. From the top of the pass, we get an incredible view of Yamdrok Lake. On a clear day, we can also enjoy a fantastic view of the snowy peak of the Noijin Mountain. On the way back to Lhasa, we meet with a Tibetan family to learn more about their way of life.
- Duration of drive: 4 hr
- Accommodation: Hotel

Transfer to Ganggor International Airport for your return flight.
- Duration of drive: 1 ½ hr.
- End of our services.

What's included

- Transfers by private vehicle according to the itinerary
- Night in hotels in Tibet as indicated in the itinerary
- Stay in Tibet on BB
- An English-speaking Tibetan guide for the whole stay in Tibet
- Visit sites and monasteries according to the itinerary
- Site entries according to the itinerary
- All necessary permits in Tibet according to the itinerary
- Oxygen bottle arrangement

What's not included

- Lunch and dinner (+ or - $ 10 / meal) in Tibet
- Stay and visa in China or other countries
- Supplement of documents delivery to your city transits Chinese
- Flights / Train
- Compulsory repatriation insurance
- Aug supplement
- Personal expenses, drinks, tips
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