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It is a short route contains stunning scenery and best culture sites. Lhasa is the cultural center of Tibet, and Shigatse is the seat of Pamchen Lama, these two cites including a great number of important monasteries, places. Namtso Lake is one of the holy lakes in Tibet, also the most gorgeous lake in snowland.

Fact File
Country Nepal/Tibet
Activities Cultural Tour
Trip Length 8 Days
Trip areas Lhasa to Kathmandu
Trip Starting Kathmandu
Trip Ending Kathmandu
Meal Plan Bed & Breakfast
Places to see Lhasa, shigatse, Namtso, zhangmu.
Main attractions Culture, Mountain, Holy place
Difficulty Guest House, Lodge
Group Size Minimum: 2, Maximum: above 2
Season Every Day


Day 01: Arrival - Lhasa(3650m)
Arrive by flight or train to Lhasa. Upon arrival in the Lhasa Gongar airport or the Lhasa train station, you will be met by your tour guide and driven to Lhasa downtown. have a rest in Lhasa to acclimatize the high altitude. Overnight in Lhasa

Day 02: Lhasa Sightseeing - Potala Palace and Johkang Temple(B)
In the morning, you will go to the most sppendid museum, the Potala Palace, and explore the grandest of its myriad chapals. see the jeweled burial chorten of past Dalai Lamas as well as statuary,frescoes and paintings. Later visit the Jokhang Temple, which is considered as the most sacred temple in Tibet, it draws tremendous number of pilgrims from all over Tibet each year for it houses a magnificent image of Sakyamuni at 12 years old. Then stroll around Barkhor, a pilgrimage circuit that encircles the Jokhang, it also serves as the biggest bazaar in Lhasa, where you can find some handicrafts, ambers, jewery,tibetan clothes,ect. Overnight in Lhasa

Day 03: Lhasa sightseeing-Sera Monastery and Drepung Monastery
Today, you will explore Tibet's two greatest monasteries, Drepung and Sera. which once housed about 10,000 monks. Drepung monastery is situated at the foothill of a mountain and was founded by Jamyang Choeje in 1416. the monastery is divided into two different colleges that is Drepung loselling and Drepung Gomang college. The Ganden podrang is famous among them as it is the government centre during fifth Dalai lama and later moved to the famous Potala palace during fifth Dalai lama. In the afternoon exploring the Sera monastery which was founded in 1419 by Tsongkapa's disciple Jamchen Choeje. The whole monastery is divided into two colleges and there are Sera 'jhe' and Sera 'may' respectively. Among them 'Tsokhang chenmo' where the monks from all the colleges assemble and pray together there. you can also see monks debating there in the courtyard at around 6-7:30 in the afternoon section. Note: if you don't feel tired, you can try for the khora(circumambling around) Drepung and Sera monastery. Your tour guide and driver will drop you back to your hotel. Overnight in Lhasa

Day 04: Lhasa/Namtso Lake (220km,4 hours driving,asphalt road in good condition)(B)
In the morning around 08:00am, our guide and driver pick you up from your hotel, then we leave Lhasa to Namtso Lake. Nyenchen Thanglha snow mountain ranges appear in front of you all the way. In summer(May to August), the sheepherders and their family move to grassland and set up their tents, you could see green grassland, groups of sheep and yaks, nomad tents by the road. Namtso Lake is the Heavenly lake which is one of the three holy lakes of Tibet and also the highest salt lake. You can do a very relax trekking around the lake side and Tashi Island.To spend a night at lake shore is fantastic, the night sky is so clean that you could see all the stars twinkling on the sky, so close to you as if you could stretch you hands to pick the stars. Namtso lake is actually the lake in the sky, it is about 5000m high lies on the highest plateau in the world. Overnight at Lake Shore Tent Guest House, dorm bed

Day 05: Namtso/Yangpachen hotspring/Lhasa (220km, 4hours driving)(B)
Enjoy the clear morning at the lake shore, you can trek along the lake shore to Tashi Dor Island to explore the meditation caves.Drive to Dumxung to have lunch. In the afternoon, you may enjoy Yangpachen hot spring(Optional, hot spring fee does not included in price) on the way back to Lhasa. Overnight in Lhasa

Day 06: Lhasa to Gyantse - Shigatse(B)
Drive about 280km to Gyantse, Passing by the green farmland of Nyangchu Valley, Yamdro-tso lakes, karo-la glacier roadside at 4960m, We move westwards to the second biggest city Shigatse, the Area spiritually hosted by Pamchan Lama. The most important attraction for today is Yamdro-tso Lake and Kubum monastery in Gyantse. From the top of the pass kangpa-la at 4700m high in clear weather, you can see the fabulous shade of deep turquoise, Yamdro-tso Lake is shaped like coiling scorpion with deep blue in colour. Kubum monastery has a 35m-high chorten (stupa) with its white layers trimmed with decorative stripes and its crown-like golden dome, is awe-inspiring. Then drive 85km to Shigatse Overnight in Shigatse

Day07: Shigatse to Lhasa(B)
Before spending about 4 hours to drive back to Lhasa from Shigatse, we will visit the largest Monastery in west Tibet, the Tashilunpo monastery, as the last but famous historic sites for your Tibet tour. Tashilunpo monastery is one of the the six great Gelukpa institutions and was founded in 1447 by a disciple of Tsongkapa, containing the world's largest gilded copper image(26m high) of future god Jampa. Drive along the Friend-ship Highway back to Lhasa. Overnight in Lhasa

Day 08 Lhasa airport dropping off
The driver will take you to airport or train station, end the service.

Inclusions / Exclusions

Price: Please contact us.

Flight ticket Kathmandu to Lhasa
Airport transfers
Hotel accommodation on twin sharing basis including breakfast
All entrance fees of monasteries
Land transfers and sightseeing as per itinerary by private vehicle
Tibet Travel Permit
English speaking guide and driver

China visa fee
Nepal re-entry visa fee
Lunch, dinner and bar bills
Personal insurances, tips and other personal expenses
Emergency evacuation
Any loss or extra cost arise due to unforeseen circumstances such as flight delays or cancellations due to weather or technical problems, accidents, road blockage due to snow fall, landslide, political reasons.

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To all Aaradhana Teams! Its been an absolute pleasure to meet you all and I am very greatful for your hospitality and all the help I have received during my stay in Nepal. I hope you will continue this …

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