Glimpse of Eastern Tibet 8 Days / 7 Nights
East Tibet, Kham and Amdo
Hotels and guesthouses
March to October
Best Time For Travel:
Trip Over View
Kham or Eastern Tibet is a land that is 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 in 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 from the rest of Tibet by their 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 beautiful Draksum Tso 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 3658m/12193ft).
Day 02: At Lhasa.
Day 03: At Lhasa.
Day 04: Lhasa-Draksum Tso Lake ( 236 miles, 6 hrs).
Day 05: To Bayi.
Day 06-07: To Tsedang.
Day 08: Departure.
Day 01: Flight to Lhasa (Alt 3658m/12193ft)
We are met and greeted by our representative and transfer to Lhasa City (60miles, 2 ½ hrs). Check in to the hotel and take a rest for acclimatization. Accommodation in the middle range Dhod Gu or similar.
Day 02: At Lhasa
Visit Potala Palace, the landmark of Lhasa and Sera Monastery, the last of the three Yellow Sect monasteries to be built in Lhasa. We will finish the day in Norbulinka, the summer retreat of the Dalai Lama. Accommodation in the middle range Dhod Gu 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 Dhod Gu or similar.
Day 04: Lhasa-Draksum Tso Lake ( 236 miles, 6 hrs)
Early morning, leave Lhasa, drive over Manxung La (15, 950ft) and arrive at Kongpo Gyamda for lunch. Then continue to Draksum Tso 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 people agree that 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, we can go for 3 hours Pelri Kora that goes around Bayi Pelri - a holy mountain associated with Guru Rinpoche or visit Nyingchi town, 11 miles east where you will visit the Neche Goshog Monastery of Bon followers. En route, don’t miss the nature reserve with 2500-year old cypress trees.
Day 06-07: To Tsedang
En route, visit an ancient Gelug Monastery called Buchulying situated only 18 miles south of Bayi. If the road conditions seem fine, we can take this opportunity to visit the Lamaling Monastery near Bayi. Return to the main highway and continue towards Tsedang following the bank of Yarlung Tsangbo 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.
- Accommodation in middle range hotel and guesthouse in Draksum Tso.
- Daily Breakfast.
- All transfers and sightseeing by a private 4WD Jeep.
- English speaking Tibetan Guide
- Sightseeing admission fees.
- Tibet permits.
- Lunch and dinner.
- International and domestic airfare.
- Drinks, tip and other expenses of personal nature.
- Extra expenses due to nature and unforeseen events.
- Travel Insurance.