The mild and pleasant climate in centralTibetmakes this area available for toursts year around. This route offers the epitome ofTibetwith some of the most impressive visions: snow-capped mountains and holy lakes, splendid monasteries and palaces, original villages and unsophisticated people. With the better road conditions and accommodations along the way, it is now the most popular route.
Day01Arrive Lhasa Flight to Lhasa, transfer to Lhasa in the afternoon. The guide will meet you , and transfer you to Lhasa city with about 1 hours driving (100km). On the way, you’ll get greeted by Nie Tang Budda image engraved in the mountain face. After arrive inLhasa, rest and acclimatize. Overnight inLhasa.
Day02Lhasa.The first day of sightseeing starts fromLhasa's cardinal landmark- Potala Palace, a structure of massive portions. It takes at least a good 2-hour to visit those rooms, halls and chapels. Some2kmto the east of the Potala is the most revered religious structure inTibet .Jokhang Temple. Bustling with worshippers and redolent with mystery, the Jokhang is an unrivalled experience. The quadrangle of streets surrounding the Jokhang is the Barkhor- Lhasa's most interesting pilgrimage circuit. This area of theOldTownis both the spiritual heart ofLhasaand the main commercial district for Tibetans. Overnight inLhasa
DAY03 :Lhasa. About8kmwest of centralLhasa is the Drepung, once world’s largest monastery with about 10,000 monks. This day’s sightseeing begins with these white monastic buildings piled up on the hillside. Walking up to the hill is a pleasant thing, an easy break from the solemn ambience inside the halls and chapels. At the plat roof of hillside, you can have very good views of the wholeLhasacity and the distant mountains. Drepung is one ofLhasa’s two great Gelugpa monasteries, the other is Sera. Around5kmnorth of centralLhasa, Sera may not be as grandiose as Drepung, but is more serene surrounded by many small temples. The “Buddhism Scriptures Debating in Sera is very famous. Overnight inLhasa.
Day04 Lhasa-Yamdroktso-Shigatse. Yamdroktso(4441m), one ofTibet's three holy lakes, is located110kmoutside ofLhasa. It's mostly mountain road, winding and bumpy, even thrilling somewhat. After about 3 1/2 hours' driving, climbing over the snow pass of Kambala(5030m), the dazzling Yamdroktso just lies several hundred meters below the road Far in the distance is the huge massif of Mt. Nojin Kangtsang(7191m). Visit the Old Town of Shigatse after arrive, a great place to wander around: Nicely decorated Tibetan houses and interesting
Day05 Shigatse-Lhasa. Miles away from Shigaste, you can already see the gold tops of Tashilhunpo shinning under the sun. While Tashilhunpo's magnificent outside leaves you gasp in admiration, the inside of this monastery introduces you more religious tranquility and sincerity. Drive backLhasa. Overnight inLhasa
Day06 Leave Lhasa. Pack your luggage and get ready for leaving.
Includes: 1. the Alien's Travel Permit, 2. 1 Non-Ac jeep/van for tour transportation, 3. accommodation based on twin-bed room in hotels with breakfasts 4. 1 English-speaking guide, 5. mentioned sightseeing entrance fees, 6. airfare Shanghai-Lhasa train tickets Lhasa-Shanghai ((hard sleeper))
Excludes: tips, not mentioned meals, personal expense
Notes: 1. Departure may be advanced one day due to flight schedule re-arrangement. 2. Hotels are subject to change, but will remain the same standard. 3. Potala Palace get a limitation 800 paxs per day to protect the heritage of history. The sequence of sightseeing suppose to be adjust according the situation of entrance permission.