Circuit from Lhasa to Everest via Tsetang, Yamdrok & Gyantse

This circuit combines a discovery of Tibetan culture with the pastoral life of the Tibetan Plateau, in the shadow of giants Everest, Cho Oyu and Shisha Pangma.
In Lhasa or Gyantse, we can approach these great monasteries that have made the grandeur of Tibetan Buddhism. We can also appreciate the great masterpieces that have passed through the centuries and the Cultural Revolution. But we will also go to the remote places where others don’t go, like Ralung, nestled in the heart of the high plateau and feel the immensity of Tibet.
HIGHLIGHTS

- All the cultural essentials of Central Tibet: Potala, Samye, Jokhang, Gyantse, Tashi Lhunpo etc.
- The view of Everest from the Rongbuk Monastery
- The landscapes of the high Tibetan plateau, the high Himalayan passes and the Turquoise Lake…
- The steep dive from the Friendship Highway at 5000 m to Subtropical Nepal.
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Itinerary

  • Level of Trek: Easy
  • Best Period: April - November
  • Duration: 11 Days
  • Highest Altitude: 5000 Meters
  • Accomodation: Hotel & Guest House

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Day
Flight to Gonggar airport (60 km-far from Lhasa). Drive to Lhasa. Check-in at the Gangjian Hotel located a few steps from the Bhakor Market. Free time to relax or acclimatize by strolling in old Lhasa.
- Accommodation: Hotel
Visit of famous sites of Lhassa: The Potala Palace which was the seat of the Dalai Lama until 1959 and which houses an impressive collection of Buddhist art works. At 2 min from our hotel, in the heart of the old town, the Jokhang Temple where pilgrims from the confines of the Tibetan world come.
- Accommodation: Hotel

Traduction en Anglais. Morning ascent to the great monastic university of Drepung which housed more than 7000 monks in a maze of chapels, temples and oratories. In the afternoon, visit to the monastic university of Sera where there are always rhetorical contests and philosophical debates.
- Accommodation: Hotel

Traduction en Anglais. Discovery of the Turquoise Lake (Yamdrok) in a mountain setting where yaks and sheep graze. Picnic by the lake, then we cross the Karo La Pass (5 200m). We walk at the foot of the imposing glacier of Noijin Kangsang. On the way, we discover the incredible site of the forgotten Ralung Monastery. One or two hours of easy walking to feel the immensity of the Tibetan plateau.
- Accommodation: Hotel

Traduction en Anglais. In the morning, visit to Gyantse, one of the most beautiful villages in central Tibet, where farmers and breeders meet in a picturesque market. Visit to the monastery with extraordinary frescoes and the famous 72 chapels-stupa (Kumbum). In the afternoon, drive to Shigatse (1h 30). In the late afternoon, visit to the Tashi Lhunpo Monastery, house of the Panchen Lama. Then, stroll in the market where we can find some beautiful (and fake) antiques.
- Accommodation : Hotel

Morning: Visit to the village of Shalu and the Tashi Lhunpo monastery. Then drive to Shegar.
- Accommodation: Hotel

Drive to Rongbuk. We cross three passes. From the monastery, the view of the Mount Everest is amazing.
- Accommodation: Guest House

Transfer by private vehicle to a small village 20 km from Rongbuck and the collective electronic bus and mandatory for both way to Rongbuck.

Road to Sakya, which means “the grey land”. It used to house the Sakya school which reigned over Tibet in the fifteenth century. It is an impressive and strange place in Mongolian-style. Its library is probably the most important in Tibet.
- Accommodation: Hotel
Return drive along the Brahmaputra to Tsetang. Along the way, slight detour for a visit to the Mindroling Monastery in a charming setting. Visit to the Yumbu Lhakhang fortress and the Tadruk Monastery. End of the day at Tsetang.
- Accommodation: Hotel

Crossing the Brahmaputra to visit the oasis-monastery of Samye, built on a mandala base on the indications of Guru Rinpoche. Then, trip to the Chim Puk troglodyte hermitage, before heading back to Tsetang.
- Accommodation: Hotel

DEPARTURE FROM LHASA

What's included

- transfers in private vehicles according to the itinerary
- night in the hotel 3 * according to the program
- An English or French speaking Tibetan guide for the ensemble according to chosen option
- site visits according to the itinerary
- its entries of the sites
- stay in Tibet in BB
- Tibet permit needed
- liveraision of permit Tibet during your transit in China

What's not included

- lunch and dinner
- China visa and stay
- compulsory repatriation insurance
- supplement August and September
- flights and train
- drink, gratuity and other personal expenses
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