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We had a wonderful time in Tibet. We have learned a lot about this unique destination because of the wonderful guide Degyi who is so knowledge and always available towards our tours. We stayed at the Shangri-La Hotel Lhasa, and we would never imagine a Tibet travel could be so nice and amazing without the help of Degyi.

Also, thanks a lot to our Tibetan driver Mr.Wongdun for his safe driving and a good sense of service along the way.

We shall return Tibet in the near future!

P.B. and A. A - Europe
Tibet Travel

June 2018 (Private Tibet Journey from Kathmandu)

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High Mountains and Turquoise Waters TibetTour Name:         High Mountains and Turquoise Waters Tibet
Tour Code:          M90D260
Duration:            12 Days & 11 Nights
Destination:        Tsetang, Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse, Mt.Everest Base Camp, Nam Tso Lake
Features:            The Land of Snows, and Roof of the World, the Himalayan isolated Buddhist land, Tibet, remains mystery and remarkable charms over the centuries. This land is simply like no one on the planet. This photo expedition takes you through Tibet's high mountains, over turquoise lakes and waters, discovering the inner peace of the local Tibetan whilst seeing the unique Buddhist cultures that rooted deeply in the blood of Tibetan population. A once-in-a-lifetime journey.
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Arrive in Lhasa, be met and transferred to hotel in Tsetang. Free at own leisure for altitude acclimation. N/A  Tsetang Hotel


Tsetang -  Lhasa

Visit Samye Monastery photo shot at the Yarlung Tsangpo River, arrive in Lhasa in the afternoon. B, L  Lhasa Kyichu Hotel


Full day tour in Lhasa to visit Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and walking on Barkhor Circuit. B, L  Lhasa Kyichu Hotel



Visit Drepung Monastery, Norbulingka Park and see monk debating at Sera Monastery. B, L  Lhasa Kyichu Hotel


A day excursion outside Lhasa to explore holy lake Nam Tso at 4,700 meters above sea level, transferred back Lhasa. B, L  Lhasa Kyichu Hotel


 Lhasa - Gyantse

Head out for Gyantse. Visit turquoise lake Yamdrok, and view Karo La glaciers. B, L Yeti Hotel


 Gyantse - Shigatse

Morning visit mighty Pelkor Chode Monastery and Kumbum Stupa, drive to Shigatse and visit Shalu Monastery on the way, explore a local market in Shigatse. B, L Shigatse Manasarovar Hotel

 Shigatse - Shegar

This morning touring Tashilunpo Monastery, seat of the Panchen Lama, transferring to Shegar. B, L Mt.Everest Hotel

 Mt.Everest Base Camp

Day excursion to Rongbuk Monastery and explore the Mt.Everest Base Camp, later of the day drive back Shegar. B, L Mt.Everest Hotel


Leave for Shigatse. On the way take a trip to Sakya Monastery. B, L Shigatse Manasarovar Hotel

 Shigatse - Lhasa

Set off in the morning for Lhasa and on the way visit a local Tibetan family. B, L, D  Lhasa Kyichu Hotel


Transfer to airport for departure flight. Trip ends. B  N/A

Day01 Arrive in Lhasa, drive to Tsetang
In the morning you arrive at Lhasa Gonggar Airport, met and greeted by your Tibetan local guide who will escort you to your hotel in Tstang. The balance of the day is at your own leisure for altitude acclimation.

Day02 Tsetang - Lhasa (B, L)Samye Monastery,Tibet
Visit Samye Monastery some 40km west to Tsetang. Samye Monastery is at the foot of Mt. Haibusi, on the north bank of the Yarlung Tsangpo River in Jialang County. Being the 1st monastery, belongs to the Nyingmapa and Sakyapa Sects, Samye Monastery was built in 761. The monastery had been combined the Chinese, Tibetan and Indian styles, in the centre of the monastery is a big square 3-storey hall with a floor space of over 8,900 square meters. In the afternoon you will drive to Lhasa and check in hotel.

Day03 Lhasa (B, L)Potala Palace,Lhasa,Tibet
Today you will have a full day guided tour in Lhasa. You will first of all visit Potala Palace, which was originally constructed in 637 by Songtsen Gampo, the first king of the united Tibet, and later expanded and served as the winter residence of the Dalai Lamas as well as the religious-political nexus of traditional Tibet. Then you will admire Jokhang Temple, the center of the Tibetan Buddhism and the sacred land of Buddhist followers where thousands of pilgrims come for worship everyday. Walk on the holy Barkhor Circuit and do some shopping if desired. 

Day04 Lhasa (B, L)Norbulingka Park,Lhasa
Visit Drepung Monastery the sacred land of Gelug Sect, which was established in 1416AD and the second, third and fourth Dalai Lama once resided in. After that you will be transferred to Norbulingka Park, the former Summer Palace of the Dalai Lamas. Additionally you will be transferred to visit Sera Monastery, which was created in AD1419 and has always been an important Buddhist seminary. Here in Sera, you have chance to see the grand occasion of the Buddhist monk debating at one big courtyard. Lunch served at a good local restaurant and dinner will be arranged at your hotel.

Day05 Lhasa - Nam Tso - Lhasa (B, L)Nam Tso Lake,Tibet
In the morning drive to Nam Tso Lake along the Qinghai-Tibet Highway. Pass by the 5,150-meter Lhachen La and reach the Nam Tso or Tengri Nor (heaven lake in Mongolian) along the newly paved way and set up camp at Tashi Dorie peninsula. With an area of 1,940 square kilometers, the Namtso Lake is largest salt-water lake of Tibet. In the lake, there are 3 islands, which is an ideal habitat for all kinds of aquatic life. One of the islands is made of calcareous sandstone. It is characterized by the stone pillars, natural stone bridges and the stalactite caves. The beaches of the lake are a beautiful natural pasture. Wild life is having a good time there. The Tashi Monastery on the Tashi peninsula, which stretches into the lake, is still wreathed by incense and the sound of dawn bell and dusk drum. In the Sheep Year of Tibetan calendar, thousands of pilgrims undergo the hardships to pay their homage to the holy lake. Also visit the nomads in yak hair tents who have been living on the pastures between the holy Nam Tso and Nyenchentangla. In the afternoon drive back to Lhasa.

Day06 Lhasa - Yamdrok -  Gyantse (B, L) Yamdrok Yumtso Lake,Tibet
In the morning drive to Gyantse along the Kyichu River. On the Kamba La (4.796 m) have a fantastic view of the holy lake Yamdrok Yumtso (4441 m), one of the three holy lakes in Tibet and the largest habitat of waterfowls in south Tibet. The Yamdok Yumtso, one of the three largest lakes of Tibet, lies about a hundred kilometers' distance to the southwest of Lhasa, is within Langkamu county, with an area of 638 square kilometers and a coastal line of 250 kilometers. The deepest point is 60 meters. To the interior of the lake ten or so hilly islands stand independently one from the other which give homes to flocks of wild ducks. A lot of colorful ducks and geese are swimming on the surface of the lake. There is also plenty of natural fodder for the fish in the lake. The lake has a fish reserve of about 300 million kilograms. That is why it is called "the Fish Store of Tibet". The coast of the lake is an ideal pasture. All these make an intoxicating quite picture. Then drive further over the 5,010 m high Karo La and the Simi La to Gyantse (approx.3.950 m). 

Day07 Gyantse - Shalu - Shigatse (B, L)Pelkor Chode Monastery,Gyantse,Tibet
In the morning you will explore the Pelkor Chode Monastery and the splendid Kumbum Stupa (100-Thousand-Buddha Pagoda) nearby. Built in the15th century and situated in the northwestern edge of Gyantse, Pelkor Monastery is the only one large building complex in Tibet that old monastery and stupas are completely preserved and characterized as a monument. It is recorded 14,000 kilograms of copper was used to make the 8-meter-high sitting statue of Sakyamuni Buddha housed in the grand hall of the temple. The 8-storey stupa is 42m high and 62m in diameters contains a total of 76 chapels with wonderful murals revered by art scholars around the world. Kumbum Stupa opens 8 doors, which are decorated with relief sculptures of lively flying dragons, running lions and walking elephants. It is a master-piece of the joint efforts of the Nepalese, Tibetan and Chinese. Then you will drive to Shigatse. On the way you will take a trip to visit Shalu Monastery, where you could see the splendid ancient building complex in traditional Chinese and Tibetan style. Upon arrival Shigatse you will have a short walk at a local market. 

Day08 Shigatse - Shegar (B, L)Tashilunpo Monastery,Tibet
In the morning visit Tashilunpo monastery of Gelug Sect, the seat of the Panchen Lama built in 1447. The monastery is the biggest Gelugpa monastery in the Tsang regions of Tibet, sprawls on the slope of Mt. Niser, south-west of Shigatse. Tashilhunpo is associated with the Gelugpa order and is one of the six great Gelugpa institutions along with Drepung, Sera and Ganden in Lhasa and Kumbum and Labrang in Amdo. It is probably the largest functioning monastic institution in contemporary Tibet and is an impressive place to explore. Then drive to Shegar (new Tingri).

Day09 Mt.Everest (B, L, D)Mt.Everest,Tibet
In the morning drive to Rongbuk. With an altitude of 5,030 meters it is the highest temple in the world. It was said the Rongbuk Monastery had been built as early as the time of the Fifth Dalai Lama. Mount Everest, meaning "Goddess" in Tibetan is the highest mountain on earth with an altitude of 8, 848.13 meters. Its snow peak sends out silver radiance year after year. Its waist is hidden in the clouds. The optimum weather to visit Mt. Everest is from April to June, a golden period for mountaineers. Each year, a great number of brave robust mountaineers come from all over the world to visit and climb Mt. Everest, hope to fulfill a life-long wish by climbing onto and looking over from the world's highest peak. We walk 7 km to the Base Camp and do some sightseeing there. Walking or drive by horse vehicle to Rongbuk for one night stay. Enjoy sunset.

Day10 Mt.Everest - Sakya - Shigatse (B, L)Shegar,Tibet
Drive back to Shigatse. On the way make an excursion to visit the Sakya Monastery (4.280 m), the centre of the Sakyapa Sect (White Earth Order). The construction of the monastery was started in 1073 by Kung GungQuijiepuo with the order from basba. The southern founded in 1268 by a famous abbot of Sakya named Pagpa who once had ruled the whole of Tibet under the Yuan Dynasty's supervision. So it is of typical Yuan Dynasty style resembling powder or cinnabar. It has over 10,000 volumes of Tibetan books on astronomy, medicine, calligraphy, and history. Owing to its valuable and voluminous amount of Buddhist sutras and cultural remains, the Sakya Monastery is often considered as the "Dunhuang the Second".

Day11 Shigatse - Lhasa (B, L, D)Kyichu,Lhasa
In the morning you can visit a local free market in Shigatse. Drive back Lhasa. On the way you have chance to visit a local Tibetan family to observe what their today's life really is. Upon arrival the hotel in Lhasa is your own leisure. At night you will have a good farewell dinner in Lhasa.

Day12 Depart Lhasa (B)
Transfer to airport for your departure flight. Journey ends.

Tour costing varies upon group size, travel season and hotel accommodation levels etc. For price details please email us at info@splendidchinatours.com.

Price inclusions:
01). All accommodations based on two persons sharing one room (single occupancy is subject to supplement);
02). China internal flights with airport tax or train as stated in the program;
03). Round-trip transfers between airports or railway stations, hotels, and scenic spots in each city by private air- conditioned vehicles with experienced licensed drivers;
04). All admission fees and activity expenses as listed in the itinerary;
05). Daily meals as specified in the itinerary: B denotes breakfast, L denotes lunch, and D denotes dinner (SD signifies special dinner);
06). Services of a local English speaking guide in each city (other languages can be arranged upon request, supplement may apply);
07). Tibet local travel permits such as Tibet Entry Permit (TTB), Alien's Travel Permit (PSB) and Military Permit etc. when applicable;
08). Travel Agency Liability Insurance during the tour;
09). Governmental taxes and fees.

Price excluded:
01). International airfare to/from China;
02). Chinese Visa fees;
03). Expenses of personal natural such as laundry, telephone, drinks, mini bar etc;
04). Personal shopping, optional activities and excess baggage charges;
05). Gratuities for local tour guides, drivers and hotel bellboy etc;
06). International travel insurance;
07). Services and activities that are not mentioned in the itinerary.

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