- Day 01: Fligth to Beijing / Lanzhou and drive to labrang, 2900mts, 325Km. Night in Civil aviation hotel
Arrival in Lanzhou airport and drive directly towards labrang monastery. The road condition from Lanzhou to Labrang is a very good high way and you will see villages of Chinese Muslim, many small mosques in the village that you will see on the way, a white stupa, and some Tibetan families just before reaching Labrang or Xiahecounty.
- Day 02: Labrang, visit and night in same hotel
In the morning, You will visit the Labrang Tashi Kyil , the largest monastery in Amdo. It was founded in 1709 by the first JamyangZhepa which was regarded as an emanation of Master Tsongkhapa , the founder of the Gelugpa school . You will also discover the printing house of the monastery where you see the traditional method of printing using carved wooden blocks . The sacred texts will be printed and used in monasteries in the area. You then visit the nunnery of RabgyaSaltenling and a temple ngakpas( secular order of Buddhist practitioners ) . You can finally walk around the monastery with pilgrims.
- 03: Drive to Repkong , 2500mts, 180Km and night in Nuoerbang hotel or similar
After breakfast, you will take a nice road driving to Rebkong( Tongren in Chinese ) through woodlands and rich pastures with the distant mountain range AmnyeNyemri . Along the way , you can also see herds of yaks and sheep. Arrival in Rebkong. The Rebkongcounty is a pretty big county and it has more trees, more warmer than Xining or Labrang. It is very popular to Tibetan Thangka arts and there is a town otherside of the river of the county called SengeShong. It is full of Thangka school monastery where you can visit the Thangka painting.
and afternoon, visit RebkongRongwoGonchenDechenChoekorling. It was a Sakya monastery originally and later it was converted into Gelukpa. The monastery has a Lama called RebkongKyepgon Rinpoche he was the 8th reincarnation of RebkongKyebgon Rinpoche. The monastery has around 720 monks nowadays. The monastery has a chapel of TamdrinLhakang, Assembly hall, dedicated to the statue of Tsongkapa, Kedrupje and Gyeltsabje as the main object of the monastery. The wall was covered by the cloth wall painting which depicts the life story of the Bhuddha. There are many more chapels of Manjushiri, protector daities, several college, 11 meter maitreya outside the courtyard of the monastery.
- 04: Drive Rebkong-Jyakyong monastery- Kumbum, 2500mts,220Km and night at Tsongka hotel
Today, you will be driving through some beautiful Amdofarmers villages including the birth place of GedunChoepal, a famous Tibetan artist and poet in early 20th century as well as the birth place of another famous Tibetan artist called DundrupGyel in the late 20th century.
On the way, visit VisitJakhyungShedrublingmonastery , an important Gelug monastery of Amdo overlooking the Yellow River. Jakyung monastery is the first monastery of Tsongkapa, the founder of the yellow hat school. Lama Tsongkapa studied there since he was 7 years old.
Arriving Kubum monastery and stay in Tsongka hotel, just opposite of the monastery.
- 05: Drive directly to Tso Ngonpo lake or Kokonor lake, 3150mts,155Km. Nuit at ShangrilaXiangcun hotel or similar
After the breakfast, we went to visit Kubum monastery. Kubum monastery was built in around 16th century by SherrapTsundruGyeltsen. The main object of the monastery is the golden stupa of Tsongka pa and the Maitreya chapel.
After the sightseeing, we drove to Qinghai lake and there are around 155Km from Kubum to Tsoka at southern part of Qinghai lake. Tsoka is at the elevation of 3150mts above sea level.
- 06: Excursion to Kokonor and night on spot Same hotel
After the breakfast, explore around the lake, walking around and enjoying the local bazar at Tsoka.
- 07: Drive to Lhasa by Qinghai highway ( Kokonor lake-Golmud, 2780mts, 565Km.
Today you will drive along beautiful grassland, desserts and sand dunes and some nomad camps. Arrival in Golmud. Golmud is the city inhabited by Chinese Hui nationality where they practice Muslim.
- 08: Drive to Lhassa, Golmud-( Golmud-Totohe, 4000mts,458Km. Night in guest house
Early morning, start your journey and will drive along beautiful desserts and sand dunes and the main scenery for your today's journey is the most famous Tibetan antelopes.
- 09: Drive to Lhassa( Totohe- Nakqu-Namtso, 4718mts, 404Km Guest house
The scenery for today's journey will be very similar to the above day unless you will cross the highest pass for your journey called Thang go la Pass 5700Mt above sea level.
- 10: arrive Lhassa( Namtso-Nenang-Tsurphu monastery-Lhasa, 3650mts,310Km. Gyan gyen on BB
Am Explore Namtso lake and walk around Tashi Do hermitage where there are lots of caves and small monastery. After this return to Lhasa and free afternoon for souvenirs. NAMTSO LAKE at (4,700Meters) is one of the biggest lakes in Tibet and is 70Km long and 30Km wide.
The landscape is dominated by the snow peak of NyenchenThangla to the south west of the lake. Tashi Do hermitage stands on a promontory with more than 50 small caves including some small chapels. Pilgrims do a half hour walk (kora) around Tashi Do hermitage.
On the way, visit Tsurphu monastery which is the first monastery of Kagyupa school and it is the seat of the present Karmapa Lama.
- Day 11: Sightseeing tour in Lhasa, Potala Palace, Jokang temple, Bharkor Bazar. Tibet Heritage hotel
After breakfast, travel to Potala Palace which will take you 10 minutes from your hotel. THE POTALA PALACE is considered one of the great wonders of the world. It is held sacred by Tibetans as the former residence of successive Dalai Lamas, and is one of Tibet's most holy pilgrimage sites. A palace was originally built in the 7 th century by King SongtsenGampo, and was believed to have been nine stories high, but around the 9th century, it is believed to have been destroyed by a big fire. The present Potala Palace was constructed by the great fifth Dalai Lama in the 17 th century after he became ruler of Tibet. The Potala Palace is divided into two sections, the White Palace (completed in 1653) and Red palace (completed 1694). It has more than one thousand rooms and is thirteen stories high. The White Palace was secular in nature and mainly used for government administration, whilst the Red palace was mainly used for religious functions and still has numerous chapels, including those containing reliquary stupas of the successive Dalai Lamas which are richly decorated in gold, silver and semi-precious stones. Afternoon, visit Jokang temple and Bharkor. JOKANG TEMPLE the Jokang is Tibet’s most sacred temple, the main point of pilgrims from the entire Tibetan plateau. Located at the heart of the ancient town of Lhasa, it was built in the 7 th century by the Tibetan King SongtsenGampo’s queen Bhrikuti on a site identified by Queen Wencheng according to her geomantic calculation. The temple is 3 stories high and it is constructed with enormous chapels including the most sacred statue of BudhhaShakyamuni, enshrined. It has around 70 monks nowadays. ANCIENT BHARKOR STREET is the most sacred pilgrimage site in Lhasa and it is full of pilgrims from down till dusk. There are four huge prayer flags situated in Bhakor street which surrounds the Jokang, known respectively as GadhenDharchen in the northeast, JuyakDharchen in the west, KelsangDharchen in the southwest and SharKyaringDharchen in the southeast. The Bharkor street is the most active market in all Tibet and it is possible to purchase traditional Tibetan artifacts, religious implements, antiques, modern goods, books, music, clothing, spices, fresh meat and vegetable.
- Day 12: Drepung and Sera monasteries. Tibet Heritage hotel
After breakfast, drive to Drepung monastery which will take you 15 minutes drive from your hotel. DREPUNG MONASTERY is the largest monastery in Tibet, built in the 15 th century by JamyangChoeje who is one of Tsongkapa’s foremost disciple. The monastery is beautifully located up in a hill at the distance of 7 Km from the old section of the city and it is the biggest monastery in Tibetan Buddhism. The monastery has four main colleges with numerous small chapels and house chapels, known as Khangtsen in Tibetan. There are around six hundred monks nowadays. Afternoon, visit Sera and NorbuLingka. SERA MONASTERY was founded in around 15th century by JamchenChoeje who is another famous disciple of Tsongka pa and it is the second largest monastery of Tibet. There are three big colleges with numerous chapels and house chapels. The most attraction to visit this monastery is to see the monks debating which hold from 3-5Pm everyday apart from Sunday. NORBU LINGKA is the first summer Palace which was founded by the seventh Dalai Lama in 18 th century and the first Palace KelsangPodrang was also constructed as the same name as the 7 th Dalai Lama, KelsangGyatso. The eight Dalai Lama JampelGyatso (1758-1804) did more initiated work on the Norbulingka, expending the gardens and digging a lake which can be found south of the new summer Palace. The thirteenth Dalai Lama (1876-1933) was responsible for the three Palaces in the north west corner of the park and the fourteen the Dalai Lama built the new summer Palace in 1956. Nowadays there are some monks who are taking care of the Palace.
- Day 13: Drive from Lhasa to Lhasa Gongkar airport.(3600Mts/ 60Km )