Highlights of Central Tibet 9 Days / 8 Nights
Classic Circuits of Tibet
March to November
Best Time For Travel:
Trip Over View
The journey of a lifetime begins with a flight into Lhasa’s Gongar airport where you are met by our Tibetan representative and driven to Tsedang - the gateway to the ancient Yarlung Valley civilization. You will visit the Tradruk Temple and Yambulakhang Palace - the oldest building in Tibet. On the way to Lhasa, take a ferry ride across the Yarlungdzangbo River followed by a truck ride to Samye Monastery, the first Tibetan Monastery of Tibet.
Explore the mystiques of Lhasa at the palaces of Dalai Lamas, Drepung and Sera Monasteries, ancient Jorkhang Temple and through the traditional streets of the Barkhor area. Then head out on the Tibet-Nepal Friendship Highway that runs parallel to the Himalayas, dwarfing its peaks. Leaving Lhasa behind, you will climb the first high pass, Kambala La (15,700ft), offering dazzling views of the Himalayas as well as Yamdrok Tso - the turquoise green water lake several hundred feet below. Follow the bank of Yamdrok Tso for more than 40 miles until you arrive at Nangkartse, a small Tibetan roadside-town and have a chance to take a side trip to Samding Monastery of Bodong sect, 5 miles off the highway on the lakeshore.
The road again climbs over Karo La (16,500 ft) and heads towards Gyantse. Visit Kumbum Stupa - the landmark of Gyantse and adjoining Pekor Chode Monastery and time permitting, you can hike up to the Dzong, overlooking the Gyatnse town. From Lhasa to Gyantse, it’s about 6 and ½ hrs drive by 4 WD. Shigatse, the second largest city of Tibet, is 50 miles and two hours further. On the way, you can take the opportunity to visit the Shalu Monastery which is famous for Chinese, Tibetan and Nepali architecture. Shigatse, largely a Chinese commercial town has little to offer the culture-hungry tourists but Tashilunbo Monastery, the principal seat of Panchen Lama is one of the highlights of this trip. From Shigatse, return to Lhasa via the northern route, also called New Road amd which is mostly used by trucks carrying supplies. The road follows the Yarlungdzangbo River and at Tradrukyou can visit the Yungdrungling monastery of ancient Bon religion.
Day 01: Flight to Gonkar airport of Lhasa and transfer to Tsedang. (B).
Day 02: Tsedang. (B).
Day 03: Tsedang-Lhasa (12193ft, 122miles, 4 hrs). (B).
Day 04-05: At Lhasa. (B).
Day 06: To Gyantse via Yamdrok Tso and driving over two high passes, Kamba La (15700 ft) and Karo La (16500ft), en route sightseeing of Drolma Lakhang Monastery and Samding Monastery on the shores of Yamdrok Tso Lake. (B).
Day 07: To Shigatse. (B).
Day 08: Return drive to Lhasa via the New Road, following the Yarlungdzangbo River and visiting Yundrungling Monastery in Tradruk. (B).
Day 09: Departure. (B).
Day 01: Flight to Gonkar airport of Lhasa and transfer to Tsedang (B)
You can fly either from Kathmandu (Nepal) or Chengdu (China) to Gonkar airport in Lhasa. Upon arrival, you will be met and greeted by the Tibetan guide and drive to Tsetang (58 miles, 2 hrs). Check in to the hotel and take a rest to acclimate.
Day 02: Tsedang (B)
Visit Yambulakhang Palace, Traduk temple and ancient tombs of Tibetan Kings in Chongye Valley.
Day 03: Tsedang-Lhasa (12193ft, 122miles, 4 hrs) (B)
Drive to Lhasa. En route, visit Samye Monastery.
Day 04-05: At Lhasa (B)
Visit Dalai Lama's Potala and Norbulinghkha Palaces, Drepung and Sera Monasteries, Jorkhang temple, Traditional Tibetan Hospital , Barkhor street etc .
Day 06: (B)
To Gyantse via Yamdrok Tso and driving over two high passes, Kamba La (15700 ft) and Karo La (16500ft), en route sightseeing of Drolma Lakhang Monastery and Samding Monastery on the shores of Yamdrok Tso Lake.
Day 07: To Shigatse (B)
Visit highlights of Gyantse, like Pelkor Chode Monastery and Kumbum Stupa and in the afternoon, drive to Shigatse - the second largest city of Tibet after Lhasa. After refreshments, visit Tashilunbo Monastery - the principal seat of Panchen Lama.
Day 08: (B)
Return drive to Lhasa via New Road, following the Yarlungdzangbo River and visiting Yundrungling Monastery in Tradruk.
Day 09: Departure (B)
Transfer to Gongar airport for your flight to onward destination.
- Accommodation on twin sharing.
- Daily Breakfast.
- All transfers and sightseeing by a private air conditioned car or coach.
- Sightseeing admission fees.
- English speaking Tour Guide.
- Tibet Travel Permit.
- International and internal air fare.
- Airport Taxes.
- Chinese visa fee.
- Lunch and dinner except as indicated.
- Travel & Health Insurance.
- All extra expenses caused due to nature or unforeseen events.
- Excess baggage charges.
- Optional tipping to local staffs, hotels etc.
- Items of a personal nature (sodas, alcoholic beverages, laundry, telephone etc).