Classic Tibet 6 days
A trip that touches the heartland of Tibet and introduces you to the rich Tibetan culture, art and history.
This tour takes you to the heartland of Tibetan plateau. If you are interested in ancient Tibetan history and culture then this is the trip for you. Starting from the old Tibetan capital Lhasa you will be driven to Gyantse and Shigatse, the two most important cities after Lhasa. As you are driven along the central Tibetan plateau, you will get to see the old forts and citadels of the Tibetan kings, great monasteries with histories as old as Tibet, caves painted with beautiful murals, which were used as retreats by Buddhist monks, and the hardy Tibetans whose faith and belief in Buddhism is woven in their daily life. Scenic vistas like the one at the Yamdrok-tso Lake and the snowy summit of Nazin Kang Sa (7252m) will be a treat for sore eyes. In Lhasa you will get to visit the imposing Potala Palace, the splendid Norbulingka (summer retreat of Dalai Lama), the magnificent Sera monastery, the holy Jokhang Temple and the busy Barkhor square, the nerve centre of Lhasa.
A weeklong excursion to all the tourist sites in Lhasa, Gyantse and Shigatse.
English speaking Local Tibetan Guide
Comfortable transportation / hotels with ethnic Tibetan ambience wherever possible
Complete hassle free Chinese (Tibetan) travel documentation
Trip Facts:
  • Trip length:7 Days
  • Grade: Sightseeing tour
  • Starts in: Lhasa
  • Ends in: Lhasa
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Maximum altitude: 3600m

Details Itinerary

In the morning you will be transferred to the airport to depart on your 1hr and 10 min flight to Lhasa. Of course this tour can also be booked excluding the flight when you are arriving at Lhasa from a different destination. Please let us know at our booking form when this is the case. While you land at Lhasa Airport, a representative of Nature Trail Trekking will be waiting for you at the airport and he will clears/help you to check you in Tibet/Lhasa and he will transfer you to your hotel in Lhasa. Please note that the distance between Lhasa Airport and Lhasa is 93 km and takes about 2 hours, a very scenic drive and your first experiences with Tibet. Overnight stay your desired hotel.
When you land in Lhasa, you might feel a small headache and some of you could feel uncomfortable due to the altitude and it might take some time to adapt (depending on the person and their physical conditions). Note that Kathmandu is only 1300m while Lhasa is situated at 3600m above sea level.
This evening you will discuss your program with your tour guide and may be shown around before or after your meals if desired.

This day we will visit the Potala Palace in the morning one of the most famous architectural works of Tibet and after that we will visit Sera monastery and continue to Norbulingkha in the afternoon which means beautiful gardens in Tibetan. We will stay overnight at the hotel.

In the morning we will have a guided tour to the largest monastery in Tibet, Drepung monastery . In the afternoon we will arrive at the Jokhang Temple , Tibet's holiest temple which contains a jeweled image of the Buddha. After that we will experience the Barkhor Square , an old market square where you'll see wily Chinese and ancient Tibetans bargaining for goods. We will stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day 04: Drive to Shigatse via Gyantse and Yamdrok Lake.
After your early breakfast, you will check out from you hotel and you will drive towards Gyantse . After passing the beautiful Lhasa valley and crossing the Brahmaputra River (The holy River), you will pass the Kamba la pass (4794 m) to the south. While driving you will see Yamdrok Tso and will go over the Karo la pass (5010 m), that climbs between two lofty mountains Nozing Khang Sa (7223 m) and Ralung (6236 m), and will reach Gyantse. From here it is approximately two more hours to Shigatse , where we will stay for the night.

Day 05: Morning visit Tasilunpo Monastery and drive to Gyantse. Afternoon visit Palchor Choede Monastery and drive to Lhasa. In the morning you will have a guided tour to the Tashilhunpo Monasteryand the local market and at noon you will drive towards Gyantse. Here you will visit Palchor Choede Monastery including the Kumbum and then the scenic drive back to Lhasa begins. We will stay overnight in a hotel in Lhasa.

Day 06:
Final departure
In the morning you will be transferred to Gonggar airport for your flight to Kathmandu or other onward destination.

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