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Gyantse Fort
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8 days 7 nights

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Category Fam Tours

  • Group Size 5-16 persons
  • Difficulty Level 3
  • Rating Popular
  • Highest Altitude 5,045m ( 16,548ft) at Karo La
  • Trip Starts From Lhasa
  • Trip Ends At Tsedang
  • Accommodation Hotels
  • Type Classic Circuits
  • Destination Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Tsedang Gonggar Airport
Dates & Prices

Overview

8-15 June 2020

Travel agents arrive in Chengdu or Beijing on your own. Hotel and transfer services in the gateway city are not included. Please, allow a minimum one night in the gateway city for safe connection with your flight to Lhasa. You will pick up your Tibet entry permit at your hotel. Next day, you will fly to the Gonggar airport of Lhasa where you meet your guide and driver and transfer to the hotel in the city. 

You will have two full days in Lhasa to explore the local highlights and get acclimated. Visit the majestic Potala Palace of Dalai Lama-Tibet's exiled religious leader, the major Gelugpa monasteries of Drepung and Sera, the ancient Jokhang Temple and join the devout Tibetans on the pilgrimage path of Barkhor that goes around the temple. 

From Lhasa, you begin a scenic road trip to the two famous towns of central Tibet- Gyantse, and Shigatse. You travel on the high roads of Tibet-Nepal Friendship Highway and cross quite a few high passes offering spectacular views of the Himalaya and vast Tibetan plateau. The road follows the shores of holy Yamdrok Tso lake for more than 40 miles between Lhasa and Gyantse which could be the most beautiful part of this trip. Visit the major monasteries and temples in Gyantse and Shigatse, stroll in the vibrant markets and also stop in a private house to see the local lifestyle.

On the return, you will take a different route along Yarlungdzanbo River and visit Tsedang-the gateway to the ancient Yarlung Valley civilization. We visit the Tradruk Temple and Yambulakhang Palace-the oldest building of Tibet. You will also visit the ancient Samye Monastery-the first Tibetan Monastery of Tibet.

This one week-long trip provides travel agents a great insight into the highlights of Central Tibet, learn about Tibetan Buddhist culture and traditions, join the pilgrims on the pilgrimage hike, browse through the markets and more.

Let us know if you wish a pre-trip or post-trip extension to Nepal or China.

Attractions:

  • Potala Palace, Norbulingka Palace, Jokhang Temple, Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery, Barkhor Street in Lhasa.
  • Spectacular drive across Kambala and Karola passes and along the shores of Yamdrok Tso Lake.
  • Gyantse Kumbum and Pelkore Chode Monastery.
  • Shalu Monastery and Tashilunbo Monastery in Shigatse.
  • Tradruk Temple, Yambulakhang Palace, and ancient Samye Monastery.
  • Meet the local Tibetan families.

Trip Cost

Agent US$ 1150. Companion US$ 1250

Private Room Supplement $450 (Mandatory if we can not find anyone to pair you with)

The trip cost is based on minimum 5-participants. If the group size falls below five persons, the tour will still go, but we will ask you a nominal supplement.

Trip dates 2020

8-15 June 2020

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01~Arrive in Lhasa (08 June 2020)

(Alt 3,595m/11,792ft)

Arrival in Gonggar Airport of Lhasa by Air China CA 4112 (from Beijing or Chengdu). You can book a different flight, but you need to pay for a private transfer in Lhasa.

Meet your Tibetan Guide and driver and transfer by private vehicle to your hotel in the city. Check in hotel and take rest for acclimatization. You are likely to experience mild symptoms of altitude sickness that includes headache, lightheadedness, disorientation, breathlessness, etc. but it should go away in a day or two. Please, take rest, drink plenty of water and consume liquid-food in meals.

Optional: Tonight, you may want to attend the Tibetan Opera, and folklore shows that help you understand Tibetan culture and traditions!

Overnight: Four Points By Sheraton 4*
Day 02~Visit Drepung Monastery, Nobulingkha Palace and Jorkhang Temple

Today, we will visit Drepung Monastery, Norbulingka Palaces, Jorkhang Temple and explore the Barkhor Street. Drepung Monastery, situated to the west of Lhasa city, was the largest and wealthiest of the three principal Yellow Sect monasteries in Lhasa. Once the most powerful of the “Gelukpa” monasteries, Drepung had seven colleges and, at its height, housed over 10,000 monks. It owns many beautiful murals, elaborate statues, and other precious treasures.

On our return from Drepung, we stop to visit Norbulingka- the summer palace of the Dalai Lamas. The Norbulingka has three castles, situated in a beautiful garden. Most visited is the private residence of current Dalai Lama that includes his chamber, meditation room, the reception room, and the throne room.

The Jokhang Temple, situated in the center of old Lhasa, was originally built in 647 AD. The legend goes that the site was chosen personally by the wife of King Songtsan Gampo, the Tang Princess Wen Cheng. It was built by craftsmen from Tibet, China, and Nepal and thus featured different architectural styles. The Jokhang is the spiritual center of Tibet and the holiest destination for all Tibetan Buddhist pilgrims.

The Barkhor is found in the heart of Lhasa circling the Jokhang Temple. Barkhor means “ a pilgrim’s inner circuit,” and is the earliest street of old Lhasa city. It dates back to the foundation of the Jokhang and is an essential pilgrim route. Houses and small inns were built all around the street. As time went on, shops and businesses also set up in the Barkhor, and it slowly became a prosperous area.

Overnight: Four Points By Sheraton 4*
Meals : Breakfast
Day 03~Potala Palace and Sera Monastery

We visit Potala Palace in the morning and afternoon Sera Monastery. The world famous Potala Palace of the Dalai Lama is located on "Red Hill," to the west of old Lhasa. Architecturally, it is considered to be one of the wonders of the world, and thousands of domestic and foreign tourists visit the palace every day.

From here we will head to Sera Monastery, the last of the three principal Yellow Sect monasteries to be built in Lhasa. Sera means” Hailstone” in Tibet, and legend tells that it hailed during the foundation of this famous monastery. Sera comprise a great sutra chanting hall, a college and 32 sections. It once housed nearly 10,000 monks and is proud of its glorious history during the Ming Dynasty. In the afternoon, we attend the debating ceremony of the monks.

Balance of the day is at leisure.

Overnight: Four Points By Sheraton 4*
Meals : Breakfast
Day 04~Lhasa-Gyantse

(13467ft, 176miles, 6 ½ hrs)

Today, we drive to Gyantse town which retains much of the Tibetan characters while many other cities are fastly modernizing. The journey involves the crossing of two high passes Kamba La (15,700 ft) and Karo La (16,500ft), and follows the shores of Yamdrok Tso Lake for more than 40 miles. Yamdrok Tso Lake is one of the four holiest lakes of Tibet and has turquoise green water. As we leave the lakeshore behind, the road climbs to Karo La (16,500ft), once again offering breathtaking views of the mountain and vast Tibetan plateau.

We arrive at Gyantse town late afternoon. Gyantse, perhaps the only major city in Central Tibet which has been able to maintain its Tibetan characteristics. We check in the hotel, and after wash and change, we set out to visit the attractions of the town. The town’s principal attractions are the Gyantse Kumbum and the Pelkor Chode Monastery. Kumbum and Pelkor Chode monastery share the same compound which ones contained 15 Monasteries of different faiths.

Depending on available time and your interest, we may take a hike to the historic Gyantse Dzong. History is in its place, but what attracts most is fascinating views of Pelkhor Chode, the ancient alleyways, and the jagged surrounding peaks. We descend and visit the Tibetan dwellings, and take a peek into their lifestyle.

Overnight: Gyantse Hotel, 3*
Meals : Breakfast
Day 05~Gyantse-Shigatse

(12,785ft, 57miles, 2 ½ hrs)

After breakfast, we leave Gyantse for Shigatse. About 13 miles before Shigatse, we take a turn off to visit Shalu Monastery that lies about 5 miles from the main highway. Built in the year 1000 by Jetsun Sherab Jungne, the monastery features the style of a Chinese Yuan Dynasty temple, which is an extraordinary and unique work of art- a blend of Tibetan and Han architectures. The monastery enshrines various relics such as religious objects, Buddhist scriptures written on "pattra" leaves, and an essential decree of Pagpa, the Sakya abbot.

Upon arrival in Shigatse, check in hotel and after refreshment, we will visit the famous Tashilunbo Monastery-the principal seat of Panchen Lama-the second most venerated religious leader of Tibet. The monastery is the landmark of Shigatse and associated with the Gelugpa order and is one of the six great Gelugpa institutions along with Sera, Drepung, Ganden, Kumbum, and Labrang. We also take a chance to visit the vibrant 'free' market of Shigatse, where we can get excellent bargains on local handicrafts embedded with coral and turquoise, Tibetan Daggers, Chinese pottery and yak butter and local produces.

Overnight: Qomo Langzong Hotel, 4*
Meals : Breakfast
Day 06~Shigatse-Tsedang

(186miles, 7 hrs)

After breakfast, we check out the hotel. 

For the return journey, we take the southern friendship highway that runs along the Yarlung Tsambo River. The road is rough, and rehabilitation work may be going on. If time permits and if you are not already templed out, we will stop by Yundrungling Monastery in Tradruk. 

Upon arrival in Tsedang, we check in our hotel and take rest for the day.

Overnight: Tsedang Hotel, 4*
Meals : Breakfast
Day 07~Explore Tsedang and Samye

We explore the highlights of Tsedang. We visit Tradruk Temple and the ruins of Yambulakhang Palace.

Tradruk Temple, one of the earliest temples of Tibet lies about 5 miles from main Tsedang. The temple is contemporary to Ramoche and Jokhang Temple of Lhasa. It's one of the significant attraction of Tsedang. From here, we continue to Yambulakhang Palace-the oldest building of Tibet. It is situated atop a steep ridge overlooking the patchwork fields of Yarlung Valley and makes an impressive sight with a lovely setting.

In the afternoon, we visit the Samye Monastery-Tibet's first Buddhist monastery. Samye monastery is hugely popular among the Buddhist pilgrims from around the world.

We retrace our drive to our hotel and the balance of the day is at leisure.

 

Overnight: Tsedang Hotel
Meals : Breakfast
Day 08~Depart Lhasa (15 Jun 2020)

Transfer to the airport (1 hr) for flight to next destination or you can join our Nepal FAM Tour

Meals : Breakfast

Trip Map

Trip Info

Trip Includes

  • Accommodation on double occupancy basis
  • Daily Breakfast at your hotel.
  • All transfers and sightseeing by a private van or bus
  • Sightseeing admission fees
  • English speaking local Tibet guide
  • Tibet Travel Permit

Trip Does Not Include

  • Airfare
  • Airport Taxes
  • Chinese visa fee
  • Lunch and dinner except as indicated
  • Drinks, tip and other expenses of personal nature
  • Travel & Health Insurance
  • All extra costs caused due to nature or unforeseen events.
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Optional tipping to local staffs, hotels, etc.

Chinese visa and permits

Remaining validity of your passport must be a minimum of six months after your trip. Make sure you have enough blank visa pages for visa sticker, entry and departure seals.

You need to apply for a Chinese visa on your own and provide us a copy of the photo page of your passport and Chinese visa minimum 45 days before your trip date. Please, note that the Chinese embassy does not accept visa application by mail. You need to apply in person or entrust someone. For some good reason, DO NOT disclose your Tibet intention; otherwise, the visa procedure becomes tedious. We will obtain your Tibet entry permit in Lhasa and will ship it to your hotel in Chengdu (or Beijing) that you can collect when you check in hotel. You need to present this document to check in flight to Lhasa.

Where does the trip start and finish?

The trip starts and finishes in Lhasa. However, you are not able to buy a through airfare from the North Americas to Lhasa. You need first to book a ticket to Chengdu or Beijing where you need to spend at least a night and pick up your Tibet entry permit. You need a separate airfare to Lhasa that we can help you to book. Please, book Air China CA 4112 if you are doing it on your own.

The trip does not include the hotel and transfer services in the gateway city (such as Chengdu or Beijing). If you are in the town for only one night, then it's advisable to book an airport hotel that provides a free shuttle.

After the trip, you can exit to Chengdu or Beijing and connect with your international flight back home.

Accommodations and facilities

This trip includes seven nights hotel accommodation on a double occupancy basis unless you have paid for a private single room. We try to pair you with another agent, but if we failed, you are obliged to pay for a private room which costs an additional fee of $450. 

The hotels on this itinerary are four-star hotels ( Lhasa, Shigatse and Tsedang, total six nights) and a three-star hotel ( Gyantse, one night). The ratings are as per local standard and are not comparable with western standard. They ensure most of the modern amenities such as en suite bathroom with running hot and cold water. However, the service level does not meet the western standard. Hotel staffs are local and friendly, but except the front desk and wait-staff, others may speak very little or no English. 

Meals

Tour includes breakfast only. Hotel restaurants usually provide Chinese and Tibetan style breakfast. However, the hotels in Lhasa may have Indian or western style options as well. The trip does not include lunch and dinners, and so please, budget US$ 10 or 12 for a meal in a regular tourist standard restaurants and a few dollars more if you eat at your hotels. 

Transportation

Tibetan roads are now much improved, and so 4WD vehicles are no longer required for most of the trips in central Tibet. We provide air-conditioned van or bus for all transfers and tours. Drivers speak little or no English.

Guide

You will be accompanied by an experienced and knowledgeable English speaking local Tibetan Guide throughout the tour. Besides, leading you on sightseeing excursions, your guide helps you check in hotel and buy admission tickets in the monasteries and deals with check posts and bureaucracies. Guide and driver are different persons.

Health Issues

There is no mandatory vaccination required to travel to Tibet, but you may consider vaccination against rabies and Hep A. Travelers with cardiac-pulmonary issues or any other medical conditions are recommended to consult their physician. The primary health consideration in Tibet is altitude related illness or Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). You may experience some mild symptoms initially, such as headache, lethargy, nausea, and sleeplessness, but these should go away within a few days. If the symptoms persist or worsen, please, seek medical help immediately.

Its strongly recommended that you start some physical exercises like jogging, swimming, cycling, hiking, and aerobics about several weeks ahead of the trip that helps you keep fit and lessen the chance of getting altitude sickness. You should have a good sleep the night before you fly into Lhasa and take complete rest on the first day. It's also advisable to drink 3-4 liters of water daily and consume liquid-food.

Travel Agent Eligibility

You must be an active travel agent selling land and sea tours. You must be an IATA or CLIA or ASTA or NACTA or TRUE code holder. We reserve the right to refuse your application. A travel agent is allowed to bring one non-travel agent companion.

Booking and Cancellation

We request an initial trip deposit of US$300 along with a completed registration form and passport scan. Balance payment is due 90 days prior departure. Payment by credit card attracts an additional 3.5% fee.

Cancellations

  • Ninety days prior departure: Administrative fee US$ 150 per person.
  • 60-89 day's before departure: US$ 250 or 25% of the land cost whichever is higher.
  • Forty-five days to 59 days before departure: US$ 450 or 50% of the land cost whichever is higher.
  • Thirty days to 44 days before departure: US$ 600 or 75% of the land cost whichever is higher.
  • Less than 30 days: 100%

Travel Protection Plan

While we plan and do our best to make your trip smooth and seamless, there may be chances of unforeseen events and conditions such as illness, accident, inclement weather, and flight cancellation or missed connection or loss of baggage, etc. that may cause interruption or delay or total cancellation of your trip putting your hard earned travel investment in jeopardy. It’s also possible that you may need medical assistance, emergency evacuation or medical transportation when you get ill or involve in an accident when you are traveling in remote areas. Far & High’s Tour cost does not cover any of these expenses or losses, and so we strongly recommend you that you should protect yourself and your travel investment against those unfavorable conditions.

Accomodation

four points by sheraton lhasa
Four Points By Sheraton 4*, Lhasa
qomo langzong shigatse
Qomo Langzong Hotel 4*, Shigatse
gyantse hotel
Gyantse Hotel 3*, Gyantse
tsedang hotel
Tsedang Hotel 4*, Tsedang

Review

Average Rating Score 5star based on 1 review(s)


  • "Tibet"
    5star

    Great experience. Loved the people, accommodations and really enjoyed the guide. Fantastic driver. Loved the optional performance


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