|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|
|Trip Start Date||Trip End Date||Availability||Price|
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), 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 and drive you to your designated hotel in Tsedang. Overnight in Tsedang.Accommodation: Hotel Yarlung River
Begin your day with a visit to Samye Monastery. Surrounded by barren mountains and dramatic sand dunes and approached via a beautiful river crossing, the monastery has a magic about it that causes many travelers to stay longer than they had intended. The monastery was founded in 770 A.D by Guru Rimpoche and serves as Tibet’s first Buddhist monastery with a 1200-year-old history.
You then move on to the famous Chimphu hermitage which is located above the monastery and serves as the sacred abode for those who wish to meditate in peace. Chimphu is a warren of caves that was once a retreat of Guru Rinpoche. Pilgrims generally begin five hour walk to caves early in the morning, before sunrise. Now you visit the beautiful Yambulakhang palace which is perched dramatically on a pinnacle above the Yarlung river valley and secures great views of the entire region. Overnight in Tsedang.
A worthwhile detour from the Lhasa-Tsedang road, between the Dranang turn-off and the Samye ferry crossing, is Midroling monastery. The monastery was razed in the Mongol invasion of 1718 and later restored. It now houses several treasures, fine ancient murals and ancient statues. Take a quick stroll around the monastery, its chapels and the newly built chorten just right outside the monastery. Once you are done touring the monastery, continue your drive to Lhasa. Lhasa, the remote abode of Dalai Lamas, object of devout pilgrimage and heart and soul of Tibet, is a city of wonders. Overnight in Lhasa.
Begin your sightseeing right away after breakfast with Potala Palace. The majestic white and red building complex, set against grey/green mountains and 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 at hotel 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. 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.
Today you drive for almost 4 hours to visit the pristine Namtso Lake (4,718m/15,479ft), which is located about 240km to the northwest of Lhasa. Upon reaching there, you take some time to acclimatize in the high altitude. Namtso Lake is the world’s highest salt water lake of its size whereas the word ‘Namtso’ literally meaning is “heavenly lake’. True to its name, the lake’s grandeur and aroma is in fact heavenly as you find yourself amidst pristine blue water and the stunning Himalayan ranges. You spend some quality time there and drive back to Lhasa. Overnight at hotel 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 multidenominational tolerance. You now head towards the second largest city after Lhasa in Tibet, Xigatse. Overnight at hotel 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 note 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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