Glimpse of Eastern Tibet
8 Days/7 Nights
Lhasa-Draksum Tso-Bayi (Nyingchi)-Tsedang
Kham, or Eastern Tibet, is a land not like rest of the Tibet. It has a unique climate, geography, and flora and fauna. The landscape is green and the scenery resembles that of the Swiss Alps, rather than the Tibetan plateau. The Khampa people, wearing red or black braids in their long hair, a long-sleeved sheepskin cloak, wide-brimmed hats, big boots, aknife by their side and coral and amber jewelry probably,are the biggest attraction of Eastern Tibet.
This trip is comprised of Lhasa and some parts of Kongpo region. Kongpo, the former kingdom of the early Yarlung kings and rivals to Lhasa, is differentiated fromthe rest of Tibet by language, culture and ecology. This trip begins with the cultural touring of Lhasa that includes Potala Palace, Jorkhang Temple and other regular sites and then heads east wards to Nyingchi-the farthest most destination of this trip. En route, you will visit the beautiful DraksumTso Lake and spend a night in a guesthouse by the lakeside. On return, you will take the southern route via Kyimpong and Gyatsa Xian, following the banks of the Yarlungdzangbo River all the way up to Tsedang-the gateway to the ancient Yarlung Kingdom.
Day 01: Flight to Lhasa (Alt 3,658m/12,193ft)
We are met and greeted by our representative and transferred to Lhasa City (60miles, 2 ½ hrs). Check in to the hotel and take a rest for acclimatization. Accommodation in the middle range DhodGu or similar.
Day 02: At Lhasa
Visit Potala Palace-the landmark of Lhasa, Sera Monastery-the last of the three Yellow Sect monasteries to be built in Lhasa and finish the day in Norbulinka- the summer retreat of the Dalai Lama. Accommodation in the middle range DhodGu or similar.
Day 03: At Lhasa
Visit Drepung Monastery-once the largest, richest and the most powerful of the three major Yellow Sect monasteries of Tibet, the ancient Jorkhang Temple in the old Tibetan quarter of Lhasa and the Barkhor Street that forms the pilgrim circuit around the Jorkhang Temple. Accommodation in the middle range DhodGu or similar.
Day 04: Lhasa-Draksum Tso Lake ( 236 miles, 6 hrs)
Leave Lhasa in the early morning, drive over Manxung La (15, 950ft) and arrive at KongpoGyamda for lunch. Then continue to DraksumTso Lake, also known as Basum-Tso. Of course, the lake and its surrounding views are beautiful but the site is also connected to the semi-mythical ruler of the Kham region and Guru Rinpoche. Take a ferry ride off the southern shore of the lake to visit the Tsodzong Monastery, most think this is the best attraction of this site. Overnight in Draksum Lake Tourism Holiday Village. (B)
Day 05: To Bayi
In the morning, take a walk along the lake shores or attempt the kora around the monastery and later in the morning retrace the way to the highway joining at Bahel. Then we continue 30 miles further to Bayi-the major town of the Nyinchi region, passing Shoka and Jara villages en route. Check in at hotel and if we are not exhausted, go for the 3 hour PelriKora that goes around BayiPelri-a holy mountain associated with Guru Rinpoche, or visit Nyingchi town, 11 miles east, where you will visit the NecheGoshog Monastery of Bön followers. En route, don’t miss the nature reserve with 2500-year old cypresses.
Day 06-07: To Tsedang
En route, visit an ancient Gelug Monastery-Buchulying only 18 miles south of Bayi . If the heavy rain has not damaged the road, we can take theopportunity to visit the Lamaling Monastery near Bayi. Return to the main highway and continue towards Tsedang, following the bank of YarlungTsangbo River. There is one possible overnight in Nang County. In Tsedang, you will visit the ancient Yambulakhang Palace and Tradruk Temple (B)
Day 08: Departure
Transfer to Gongar airport in Lhasa (52 miles, 2 hrs) and depart for your next destination.
- Trip Duration: 8 Days
- Difficulty Level: East Tibet, Kham and Amdo
- Accomodation: Hotels and guesthouses
- Activities: Cultural Touring, 4WD Adventures, Village Visit, Small Hike
- Trip Starts In: Lhasa
- Trip Finishes In: Tsedang
- Best Time for Travel: March to October
All transfers and sightseeing by a private 4WD Jeep.
English speaking Tibetan Guide
Sightseeing admission fees.
International and domestic airfare.
Drinks, tip and other expenses of personal nature.
Extra expenses due to nature and unforeseen events
Draksum Tso Lake
Yambulakhang Palace and Tradruk Temple in Tsedang
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