Central Tibet Cultural Tour

9 Days
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The central Tibet cultural tour is one of the richest cultural Tibet tour. This Tibet tour shows you the holy Lhasa city, the cultural heart of Tibet and also the Buddhist pilgrimage center of Tibet. As usual, you will do sightseeing tour around Lhasa by visiting the highlights of Lhasa city including the Potala Palace and Jokang temple which are the world's heritage sites. Visit Drepung and Sera monasteries which are the biggest Tibetan Buddhist universities. This Tibet tour will lead you to Samye monastery through a new different travel route by taking a loop from Lhasa to Samye monastery via Ganden monastery and Olka Cholung monastery. This is a completely new Tibet tour route to Tsetang and Samye monasatery by taking Lhasa to Nyingtri highway until you reach Ganden monastery and then continue to the east for hundred more km distance, then turn right from the main high way and drive across the mountain pass and reach Olka Cholung monastery which is a very sacred retreat center, founded in 14th century by Tsongkapa, the founder of the Gelukpa school. On the way, you will enjoy extremely beautiful view of Tibetan traditional villages surrounded by their marvelous green barley field, nomad camps and their livestock including Tibetan Yak, beautiful Yarlung valley and it's fertile land.On the way, visit Zangri Kangmar monastery and it's sacred cave of Machik Labdron, a great female Yogi who used to take meditation in the cave. Nowadays, it is a small unique and quite monastery. Tibet tour continuously lead you to Tsetang town which is the cradle of Tibet where the first Tibetan castle, Yumbu Lhakang, first temple called Traduk temple, the first monastery called Samye monastery. Travel from Tsetang to Gyantse, visit Palchoe monastery and Kubum Pagoda stupa which has more than six hundred years history. From Gyantse to Shigatse, visit Tashi Lhunpo monastery which is the second largest city of Tibet and the seat of the Penchen Lama.
Days Trip Outline Daily Activity Accommodation Guide & Driver Meal
01 Arrival in Gongkar airport and travel to Lhasa. (3650m/60Km) Yarlung Tsangpo,Kyichu river, Lhasa city. Jokang temple Hotel in Lhasa Local Tibetan BB
02 Lhasa sightseeing tour Potala Palace, Jokang temple, Bharkor Bazzar Hotel in Lhasa Local Tibetan BB
03 Lhasa sightseeing tour Drepung and Sera monasteries Hotel in Lhasa Local Tibetan BB
04 Lhasa to Tsetang (3600m/160km) Visit Ganden monastery, Olka Cholung monastery, Zangri Kangmar hermitage, Tsetang Hotel in Tsetang Local Tibetan BB
05 Tsetang to Samye (3600m/50km) Visit Yumbu Lhakang, Traduk temple and Samye monastsery Hotel in Gyantse Local Tibetan BB
06 Samye to Gyantse (3950m/290km) Kampala Pass, Yamdrok lake, Karola glacier, Gyantse Hotel in Shigatse Local Tibetan BB
07 Gyantse to Shigatse (3900m/90km) Visit Palchoe monastery, Kubum Pogoda stupa, Tashi Lhunpo monastery Hotel in Lhasa Local Tibetan BB
08 Shigatse to Lhasa (3650m/290km) Bharmaputra river or Yarlung Tsangpo, Lhasa Hotel in Lhasa Local Tibetan BB
09 Lhasa to Gongkar airport (3600Mts/ 45Km ) Lhasa Kyichu valley, ancient city

Inclusive

  • Accommodation as mentioned in the Tibet tour program above
  • All entry fees to the sites and monasteries mentioned in the Tibet tour program
  • Breakfast for entire Tibet tour
  • All necessary Tibet tour entry and road permits
  • 1 English speaking Local Tibetan travel guide
  • Tibet tour transportation by one good conditioned mini van or bus according to the group size
  • Yamdrok lake conservation fee
  • Karola glacier conservation fee,
  • Oxygen in the vehicle incase needed.

Exclusive

  • Both international and domestic flight ticket
  • Lunch and dinner
  • China Tibet visa
  • Service of Nepal or mainland China side,
  • Nepal visa
  • Insurance including personal, medical, travel and evacuation insurance
  • Personal expenses such as (alcoholic beverages, laundry, phone call, etc
  • Any extra cost in the event of landslides and personal nature expenses need to be paid by clients themselves
  • Day 1 Arrival at Lhasa Gongkar airport and transfer to Lhasa.(3650Mts/ 60Km ) Hotel on B.B

    You will be warmly welcome by our Tibetan guide and driver and accompany you to the holy city of Lhasa along with the view of Bharmaputra, known as Yarlung Tsangpo in Tibetan and a giant stone carved Buddha with more than a thousand years history.

  • Day 2-3 Sightseeing tour in Lhasa, Potala Palace, Jokang temple, Bharkor Bazar, Drepung and Sera monasteries. Hotel on B.B

  • Day 4 Lhasa-Gaden monastery-Ruthok-Olka-Tsetang, 3600Mts/205Km Tsetang hotel on BB

    Today you will be driving to Tsetang at the distance of 205Km. you will follow the main road to Nyingtri from Lhasa and visit Ganden monastery on the way. Ganden is the mother monastery of the Gelukpa school of Tibetan Buddhism and the monastery has over six hundred years history. Continue your Tibet travel to the east and pass by Medro Gongkar county. After around 45Km from the county, you will reach Ruthog hot spring from which we turn right and take another 45Km to Olka and the road has been paved now. On the way, we can see some nomads with their animals including Yaks, Sheep etc. Have tea at the campsite and then go to visit Olka cholung monastery. OlkaCholung monastery is the original Gelukpa hermitage founded by Tsongkapa himself, the founder of the Gelukpa sect in 14th Century. We can visit the most sacred Ozerpuk cave used by Tsongkapa for a long period of meditation. After the visit to Tsongkapa cave, drive to Tsetang. Drive down in the Olka valley at the distance of 20Km and stop for a short visit to ZangriKangmar monastery. ZangriKangmar monastery was once the residence of Tibet’s renowned 11th Century female Yogini MachikLabdron. We will continue our journey to Samye along the Bramaputrariver which is started from western Tibet where the sacred Mt Kailash is and it finally empties into the bay of Bengal.

  • Day 5 Sightseeing tour in Tsetang, Yumbu Lhakang, Traduk temple and afternoon, drive to Samye monastery (3600m/50km) Hotel on B.B

    After Breakfast, you will start Tibet travel tour from the hotel and drive to YumbuLhakang which is to the south east of Tsetang at the distance of 15 Km. Visit YumbuLhakang. YUMBU LHAKANG is the first Tibetan building, founded in 127 BC for their first King, NyatriTsenpo and it had been used as the palace by the respective Numbers of Tibetan Kings. Nowadays, the castle is transformed into a small chapel with a few monks. The chapel is dedicated to the statues of some of the most famous Tibetan kings including Sonagtsan Gampo. After the sightseeing to YumbuLhakang, we will drive back on the same valley down and visit Traduk temple on the way. Tranduk is one of the oldest temples built by king Songtsan Gampo in 7th century. Nowadays, it is a temple with many small chapels. After Traduk, you will have lunch and have some rest in the hotel. Afternoon, drive to Samye monastery. Afternoon, visit Samye monastery which is the first monastery of Tibet and it is the mother monastery of the Nyingmapa school of Tibetan Buddhism. Walk around the monastery in the evening with local pilgrims.

  • Day 6 Drive from Samye to Gyantse.(3950Mts/ 310Km ) Hotel on B.B

    Morning, visit the monks chanting in the main assembly hall of Samye monastery, then drive towards Gyantse through three big mountain passes, Kampa La, Karo La, Simila respectively. Karola is the highest pass among them which is over 5000Mts with it's most beautiful glaciers, beautiful Yamdrok lake emerged as coral color from the top of Kampala pass. You will have your lunch at Nakartse country which is just between the Yamdrok lake and Karola glaciers. Visit Palchoe monastery and Kubum Pagoda stupa.

  • Day 7 Drive from Gyantse to Shigatse. (3900mts/ 90Km ) Hotel on B.B

    You will start your tour at around 9Am from your hotel and then drive towards Palchoe monastery for a few minutes. Visit Palchoe monastery and Kubum Pagoda stupa. After the sightseeing, You will have your lunch and then continue your journey to Shigatse by passing one of the biggest farming land in Tibet where people grow barley, wheat, different kinds of vegetables.

  • Day 8 Drive from Shigatse to Lhasa (3650Mts/ 280KM ) Hotel on B.B

    You will start your tour at around 9.30 am from your hotel and drive along the Bharmaputra river with a landscape of sandy hills, villages, and Rulak Yungdrung ling at the other side of the river. You will have lunch in a small town called Nyenmo which is the border point between Shigatse and Lhasa . Free afternoon for shopping.

  • Day 9 Drive from Lhasa to Gongkar airport.(3600Mts/ 60Km ) End the trip

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Inclusive

  • Accommodation as mentioned in the Tibet tour program above
  • All entry fees to the sites and monasteries mentioned in the Tibet tour program
  • Breakfast for entire Tibet tour
  • All necessary Tibet tour entry and road permits
  • 1 English speaking Local Tibetan travel guide
  • Tibet tour transportation by one good conditioned mini van or bus according to the group size
  • Yamdrok lake conservation fee
  • Karola glacier conservation fee,
  • Oxygen in the vehicle incase needed.

Exclusive

  • Both international and domestic flight ticket
  • Lunch and dinner
  • China Tibet visa
  • Service of Nepal or mainland China side,
  • Nepal visa
  • Insurance including personal, medical, travel and evacuation insurance
  • Personal expenses such as (alcoholic beverages, laundry, phone call, etc
  • Any extra cost in the event of landslides and personal nature expenses need to be paid by clients themselves

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