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10 Days Tibet Tour
10 Days / 09 Nights
Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse (Xigatse) - Xegar - Rongbuk - Xegar - Shigatse - Lhasa


Day 01: Lhasa (Arrival)
Upon arrival at Gongor airport at Lhasa, transfer to the hotel in Lhasa. Rest of the day free for acclimatization.

Day 02: Lhasa

In the morning after having breakfast proceed for a full day sight seeing tour of Lhasa city covering Sera monastery, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street. Sera is more like a small town on the outskirts of Lhasa at the base of Tatipu hill. It is the main teaching monastery and one of the three great Gelukpa Universities - once housing more than 5500 monks. Here one can see the young novices learning scriptures in the Debating Garden. After visiting the Sera Monastery you will drive to visit the Jokhang temple. Jokhang temple was built in the 7th century A D and houses the most prized Buddhist relic, a 1300 year old Sakyamuni Buddha statue. The main section of the temple is topped with golden roofs found nowhere else except in Tibet. After visiting the temple you will have a walk in the Barkhor Bazaar. It is a lively and colourful market where you can bargain over such treasures like ornate long bladed knives, prayer wheels and exquisite jewellery.

Day 03: Lhasa

In the morning after having breakfast you will visit the Potala Palace. Potala Palace is the dominant landmark of Lhasa situated at a heights of 117 meters above the sea level. The construction of this palace was started on the red hill in 1645 under the 5th Dalai Lama. An immense building, 13 storeys high with walls 3 meters thick contains over 1000 rooms, 10,000 shrines and 200,000 statues. It was both the residence of the current Dalai Lama and tomb of the former head of state. The Potala Palace is full of elaborate art work and frescos that tell many stories. After the visit of Potala Palace you will visit the Norbulingka Summer palace. On the banks of the Kyichi River, there is a tree and flower filled pard known as the Norbulingka or the Jewel Park. Covering a total area of 360,000 square meters, the park was originally laid out in the year 1750. Norbulingka was also the summer palace of the Dalai Lamas (8th to 14th). The small palace of the 13th Dalai Lama is an odd mix of traditional Tibetan architecture and modern paraphernalia. In the evening you will visit the Drepung Monastery. This monastery is situated in the west suburbs of Lhasa city. It was formerly the largest and richest monastery in the world with 10,000 monks. Of particular interest is the medieval monk's kitchen with its great cauldrons of steaming barley 'stamp' sitting on top of huge earthen stoves and tented by saffron robed monks wielding massive ladles. From the roof of the monastery one can enjoy the natural beauty of the Lhasa valley.

Day 04: Lhasa - Gyantse

In the morning you will drive to Gyantse. Gyantse was earlier the Tibet's third most important city, lying in the Nyangchu valley and along the main routes from India and Nepal to Lhasa. In former times it was a fort, the centre of Tibet's wool trade and a gateway to the outside world. You will have an overnight stay at the hotel in Gyantse.

Day 05: Gyantse - Shigatse (Xigatse)

In the morning after having breakfast visit Phalkor monastery and Kumbum Stupa. Later in the afternoon drive from Gyantse to Shigatse. Shigatse is Tibet's second largest city. It is the administrative centre for 18 countries in southern and western Tibet. Besides the rich cultural heritage, Shigatse has an abundance of native fruits and products. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel in Shigatse. In the evening visit the Tashilhunpo Monastery and the market of Shigatse. Tashilumpo monastery is the seat of the Panchen Lama. The monastery, built in 1447 by a nephew of Tsong Khapa once housed over 4000 Monks, but now there are only 600. After visiting the monastery you will visit the market of Shigatse. In the market there are more than 300 stalls selling local produce as well as colourful and elaborate handicraft, accessories, antiques and porcelains.

Day 06: Shigatse - Xegar (about 245 km)

Today you will drive from Shigatse (Xigatse) to Xegar. Xegar is a new Chinese commune built at the foot of the ruins of Xegar Dzong, and is 7 km from the main road. With a population of 3000, its importance lies in the fact that it is the center of this large and remote country and also because it is the base from where expeditions to Mt. Everest and other peals are launched.

Day 07: Xegar - Rongbuk (about 105 km)

Today you will drive from Xegar to Rongbuk. Rongbuk Monastery was founded in 1902. This is the largest monastery of the region and had once over 500 monks and nun. It is located at the foot of the Rongbuk Glacier, near Mt. Everest's north face Base camp. A couple of centuries before the complex was built, a small group of nuns in meditation huts braved the severe conditions regularly experienced at this sobering altitude of 4980 m. In Rongbuk we also explore the Mt. Everest's Base Camp.

Day 08: Rongbuk - Xegar (about 105 km)

Today we drive back from Rongbuk to Xegar. Evening free for leisure in Xegar.

Day 09: Xegar - Shigatse (about 245 km)

Today we drive back from Xegar to Shigatse. Evening free for leisure in Shigatse (Xigatse).

Day 10: Shigatse - Lhasa

In the morning drive from Shigatse (Xigatse) to Lhasa (3650 m). Upon arrival transfer to the hotel in Lhasa. Rest of the day free for leisure in Lhasa.

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