|Fitness Level||: Gentle||Max-Altitude||: 4800m / 15747.84ft|
|Country||: Tibet||Group Size||: 2-12 people|
|Trip Start||: Lhasa, Tibet or Kathmandu, Nepal||Trip Finish||: Lhasa, Tibet|
|Meals||: Breakfasts at all locations|
|Accommodation||: Standard hotels at all locations|
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Your adventure begins with your arrival in Lhasa at Gongkar Airport either from a direct flight from Nepal or via mainland China. Should you choose to fly from Nepal, you will be entitled to an hour-long trans-Himalayan flight which is considered to be one of the most mesmerizing air routes in the world that takes you over Everest (8,848m), and Kanchenjunga (8,536m) allowing you to savor the breathtaking panoramic view of the Himalayan range. If you choose to be at Lhasa via mainland China, you may fly from any of the major Chinese cities or take the world’s highest train route to Lhasa. A Wind Horse Adventures’ representative will pick you up either from the airport or the train station upon your arrival for about an hour’s drive to your designated hotel in Lhasa. You are advised to take thorough rest for the remainder of the day in order to minimize altitude sickness and acclimatize yourself. Overnight in Lhasa.Accommodation: Kyichu Hotel
Begin your sightseeing right away after breakfast with Potala Palace. The majestic white and red building complex, set against grey/green mountains and a blue sky, is an iconic image of the Roof of the World. The magnificent Potala Palace, once the seat of the Tibetan government and the winter residence of the Dalai Lamas, is Lhasa's cardinal landmark. It is a huge treasure house of Tibetan history, religion, culture, and art. The palace is widely known for precious sculptures, Buddha statues, murals, antiques, and religious jewelry housed within. It is the must-see attraction which is included on almost all Tibet tour itineraries. Up next is Drepung Monastery which was built in the 14th century. The monastery is believed to have sheltered around 10,000 monks in the past but as of now there has been quite a declination resulting in only a few hundred. The history, culture, and religious beliefs of the Tibetan people are strongly concentrated and centered in this marvelous monastery. Overnight in Lhasa.
Today you visit the sacred Jokhang Temple followed by Norbulingka Palace and Sera Monastery. Jokhang Temple is the most revered religious structure in Tibet which unravels more deep-seated mysteries of Tibetan Buddhism. The Jokhang also known in Tibetan as the Tsuglhakhang, is thick with the smell of yak butter. Echoing with the murmur of mantras and bustling with awed pilgrims, the Jokhang is an unrivalled Tibetan experience. You move on to Norbulingka Palace, the summer palace of the Dalai Lama comprising of houses what is considered to be the largest man-made garden in Tibet.
You then walk towards Sera Monastery which is a preserved monastery of white-washed walls and golden roofs. The monastery is worth a visit particularly in the morning when the monastery is at its most active, but also between 3pm and 5pm (not Sundays), when debating is usually held in the monastery’s debating courtyard. End your sightseeing for today with Drak Yerpa caves. For those with an interest in Tibetan Buddhism, Drak Yerpa hermitage is one of the holiest cave retreats. Among the many ascetics who have sojourned here are Guru Rinpoche, King Songtsen Gampo and Atisha, the Bengali Buddhist. The peaceful site offers lovely views and is a great day trip from Lhasa. Overnight in Lhasa.
After breakfast, you will now drive towards Gyantse while you enjoy the beautiful view. Along the way you will pass the mystifying Yamdrok-tsho Lake, also known as the Turquoise Lake, which is one of the three largest sacred lakes of Tibet. Yamdrok-tsho, at almost 4,500 meters, is one of the highest altitude lakes in the world with water an incredible hue of turquoise and teal. You might as well pack a picnic for the views from above the lake are stunning. And with almost nobody around, you are sure to experience a very unique and tranquil picnic.
Visit Pelkor monastery and Gyantse Dzong (Fortress), one of the best preserved dzongs in Tibet, en route. Like most Tibetan towns, Gyantse radiates old-world charm when its whitewashed buildings are viewed from on high. In addition to Gyantse, clear views are afforded of the entire fertile pound of the Pelkor Chode Monastery. Founded in 1418, the red-walled Pelkor Chode was once a compound of 15 monasteries that brought together three different orders of Tibetan Buddhism- a rare instance of multi-denominational tolerance. You now head towards the second largest city after Lhasa in Tibet, Xigatse. Overnight in Xigatse.
Today is the day you visit the popular Tashilhunpo Monastery in Xigatse which holds both historical and cultural importance for being founded by Gendun Drup, the First Dalai Lama in 1447. Covering 70,000 sq meters, the monastery is essentially a walled town in its own right. Circumnavigating the compound is a one hour kora that takes you into the hills behind the monastery. After touring the monastery, continue your journey to Lhasa with few stops in between to visit the bon monasteries en route. Overnight in Lhasa.
Your journey to the Roof of the World comes to an end today. If time permits, you might even indulge in shopping and explore the local market at Barkhor Bazaar. Our cheerful representative will drop you off to the airport. You can either go back to Kathmandu or continue to mainland China on your way home. Safe travels!
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