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Tibet Tour (Ex Kathmandu) 8 Days

Trip Code : DH/T&TiT-01
Destination : Tibet
Grading : Hard
Duration : 8 Days
Accomodation : 3 / 4 /5 Star category
Meals : Breakfast only
Activity : Tour
Group Size : min. 2 pax
Transportation : Private Tourist Vehicle


Tibet is located at the main part of Qinghai-Tibet plateau, south-West frontier of China is the land of ancient Buddhist culture, awesome landscapes, artistic monasteries and century old caravan trails. The image of Tibet has been portrayed as 'Shangri-La" in the western world because of geographical inaccessibility. This magical and mysterious land was opened to tourism in 1985 only. Before this, it avoided influence from the West and developed its unique culture and religion independently. A visit to this land of unforgettable curious nomads, mysterious monasteries and vast breath-taking panoramas is a much rewarding holiday experience. Since Tibet was governed by the spiritual leaders, monasteries and religious institutions were the backbone of power so the importance and prestige were shown by the size and magnificent architecture of these buildings. Tibet is an immensely historic place with unrivalled culture and is staggeringly beautiful in its stark simplicity. The place is for you to discover and enjoy, we simply try to assist you in making your dreams come true.

DAY 1 | ARRIVAL GONGGAR – LHASA (3650 M) (-/-/-)
DAY 2 | LHASA (3650 M) (B/-/D)
DAY 3 | LHASA (3650 M) (B/-/D)
DAY 4 | LHASA – SHIGATSE (3900 M) (280 KMS / 5-6 HRS DRIVE) (B/-/-)
DAY 6 | SHIGATSE – GYANTSE (3977 M) (90 KMS / 2 HRS DRIVE) (B/-/-)
DAY 7 | GYANTSE – LHASA (3650 M) (261 KMS / 2 HRS DRIVE) (B/-/-)

Trip Highlights

  • Potala Palace
  • Sera Monastery
  • Norbulingka & Tibet Medical Centre
  • Jokang Temple
  • Ramoche Temple
  • Drepung Monastery
  • Bharkor Street/Market
  • Tashi Lhumpo Monastery
  • Sakya Monastery
  • Kumbum Chorten
  • Pelkhor Chode Monastery


Day 1: ARRIVAL GONGGAR – LHASA (3650 M) (-/-/-)

Arrival at Gongaar airport in Lhasa
Meeting and assistance at the airport and transfer to your hotel in Lhasa
Lhasa is the best place to explore the monasteries and Palaces once occupied by religious heads of Tibet. Tibet's nation, language, diet, climate and geography are unique and deeply religious. Tibetans are open spontaneous people admirably good humored and quick to joke. Being the capital city, with 1,300 years of history, Lhasa, which means holy land of Buddha's land in Tibetan, is the political religious economical and cultural centre of Tibet.
Rest of the day is at leisure for acclimatization to the altitude.
Overnight at your hotel in Lhasa

Day 2: LHASA (3650 M) (B/-/-)

After breakfast, full day tour of Potala Palace, Sera Monastery, Norbulingka & Tibet medicine centre
The Potala is considered one of the great wonders of the world. It is held sacred by Tibetans as the former residence of successive Dalai Lamas, and is one of Tibet's most holy pilgrimage sites. A palace was originally built in the 7th century by King Songtsen Gampo, but around the 9th century it is believed to have been destroyed by a big fire. The present Potala Palace was constructed by the great fifth Dalai Lama in the 17th century after he became ruler of Tibet.
Sera Monastery was founded in around 15th century by Jamchen Choeje who is another famous disciple of Tsongka pa and it is the second largest monastery of Tibet.
Norbulingka is the first summer Palace which was founded by the seventh Dalai Lama in 18th century and the first Palace Kelsang Podrang were also constructed as the same name as the 7th Dalai Lama, Kelsang Gyatso. The eight Dalai Lama
Also visit Tibetan medicine centre.
Overnight at your hotel in Lhasa

Day 3: LHASA (3650 M) (B/-/-)

After breakfast, full day tour of Drepung monastery, Jokang temple, Ramoche Temple & Bharkor Street/market
Drepung monastery is the largest monastery in Tibet, built in the 15th century by Jamyang Choeje who is one of Tsongkapa’s foremost disciples. The monastery is beautifully located up in a hill at the distance of 7 Km from the old section of the city and it is the biggest monastery in Tibetan Buddhism.
The Jokang is Tibet’s most sacred temple, the main point of pilgrims from the entire Tibetan plateau. Located at the heart of the ancient town of Lhasa, it was built in the 7 th century by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo’s queen Bhrikuti on a site identified by Queen Wencheng according to her geomantic calculation.
Ramoche Temple is a Buddhist monastery widely considered to be the second most important in Lhasa after the Jokhang Temple. Situated in the northwest of the city, it covers a total area of 4,000 square meters.
Ancient Bharkor Street is the most sacred pilgrimage site in Lhasa and it is full of pilgrims from down till dusk. There are four huge prayer flags situated in Bharkor street which surrounds the  Jokang, known respectively as Gadhen Dharchen in the northeast, Juyak Dharchen in the west, Kelsang Dharchen in the southwest and SharKyaring Dharchen in the southeast.
Overnight at your hotel in Lhasa

Day 4: LHASA – SHIGATSE (3900 M) (280 KMS / 5-6 HRS DRIVE) (B/-/-)

Morning, drive to Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet (via northern route)
In the afternoon, visit the Tashi Lhumpo Monastery, the largest & most magnificent amongst all Monasteries in Tibet and there is much to explore within its high surrounding walls. It contains the world's largest brass statue of Maitreya Buddha, which is over 80 feet tall and has extremely delicate features. Tashi Lhumpo is also the traditional residence of the Panchen Lama, second only in religious importance to the Dalai Lama himself. Visit the fascinating local market there.  Also visit temple of future Buddha which is 26 m high & gilded with gold.
Overnight at your hotel in Shigatse


Commence day excursion to Sakya Monastery.
Today, you will drive along the flat Tibetan plateau.
Sakya Monastery is located in Sakya County, the west of Shigatse. Sakya Monastery is the principal monastery of the Sakyapa Sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Sakya means grey white colored clay which seems auspicious. Because the monastery treasures numerous collections of murals, thankas and Buddhist scriptures of Tibet, Sakya Monastery is well-known as the “Second Dunhuang” in China. The main highlights in Sakya Monastery are its architecture, large collection of Sutras, Tibetan Traditional art (Thankas and mural), Religious ceremonies etc.
Drive back to Shigatse.
Overnight at your hotel in Shigatse

Day 6: SHIGATSE – GYANTSE (3977 M) (90 KMS / 2 HRS DRIVE) (B/-/-)

Drive to Gyantse, a small bustling town seeped in history.
Visit Kumbum Chorten and Pelkhor Chode Monastery
Kumbum Chorten is a spectacular stupa temple, whose name means "Place of 100 Thousand Images", was the centerpiece of Pelkhor Chode Monastery, and the pride of Gyantse.
The Pelkhor Chode Monastery occupies an important place in Tibetan Buddhism history because different Buddhism sects, like Gelugpa, Sakyapa, were compatible in this monastery.
Overnight at your hotel in Gyantse

Day 7: GYANTSE – LHASA (3650 M) (261 KMS / 2 HRS DRIVE) (B/-/-)

Drive back to Lhasa.
Drive along the Yarlung Tsangpo river and then over a high pass Khamb-La pass (4,794m) and along the Turquoise lake, Yamdrok Tso. Also cross Karo-La pass (5,045 m) on the way.
Rest of the day is free.
Overnight at your hotel in Lhasa 


Free till departure.
Transfer to the airport in time to connect your international flight

What's included

  • 4 nights twin share accommodation in Lhasa with breakfast
  • 2 nights twin share accommodation in Shigatse with breakfast
  • 1 night twin share accommodation in Gyantse with breakfast
  • Airport transfers as per the program on private basis
  • Sightseeing tours and transfers in Bhutan as per the program with an English speaking guide throughout
  • All applicable entrance fees included in the program

What's not included

  • Lunch & Dinner
  • Travel/medical insurance
  • Expenses of personal nature
  • International airfare
  • Tips for guide and driver
  • Tibet visa
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