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Land of Snows - Tibet Culture ExplorerTour Name:         Land of Snows - Tibet Culture Explorer
Tour Code:          M80D274
Duration:            10 Days & 9 Nights
Destination:        Lhasa, Tsetang, Gyantse, Shigatse, Mt.Everest, Sakya
Features:            Start a journey to the Land of Snows - Tibet. As we travel on the Tibet Plateau, discover the culture highlights at Lhasa, Tsetang, Gyantse and Shigatse, find out monasteries at secluded mountains and river valleys, visit inviting Tibetan village, hike beside dazzling alpine lake and explore the majestic Everest, word's highest mountain.
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Day01

 Lhasa

Arrive in Lhasa, be met and transferred to hotel. Free at own leisure for altitude acclimation. N/A  Lhasa Kyichu Hotel

Day02

 Lhasa

Visit Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and walk on the holy Barkhor Circuit. B, L  Lhasa Kyichu Hotel

 Day03

Lhasa

Visit Drepung Monastery, Norbulingka Park and see monk debating at Sera Monastery. B, L  Lhasa Kyichu Hotel

 Day04

 Lhasa - Tsetang

Drive along the Kyichu River and cross the Yarlung Tsangpo to visit Samye Monastery, transferred to Tsetang. B, L Tsetang Hotel

 Day05

 Tsetang - Gyantse

Visit Traduk Monastery, Yumbulakhang Castle in the Yarlung Valley, hike along holy lake Yamdrok. Drive to Gyantse.  B, L Yeti Hotel
   Day06

 Gyantse - Shigatse

Visit Pelkor Chode Monastery and Kumbum Chorten, excursion Shalu Monastery, free market in Shigatse. B, L Shigatse Manasarovar Hotel
   Day07

 Shigatse - Shegar

Visit Tashilunpo Monastery, drive to Shegar, en route visit splendid Sakya Monastery, and talk with monks.  B, L Mt.Everest Hotel
   Day08

Mt.Everest Base Camp

Transferred to explore the Base Camp of Mt.Everest, rest at Rongbuk, drive back Shegar at night.  B, L Mt.Everest Hotel
   Day09

 Shegar - Lhasa

Set off in the morning for Lhasa and on the way visit a local Tibetan family. B, L, D  Lhasa Kyichu Hotel
   Day10

 Lhasa

Transfer to airport for departure flight. Trip ends. B  N/A




Day01 Arrival Lhasa
You will be greeted and received by your Tibetan guide and driver with Hadda (snow white silk ribbon for Tibetan to greet distingue guests). Transferred to your hotel in the city and free at own leisure to acclimatize to the altitude.


Day02 Lhasa (B, L) Potala Palace
Today you will have a full day guided tour in Lhasa. You will first of all visit Potala Palace, which was originally constructed in 637 by Songtsen Gampo, the first king of the united Tibet, and later expanded and served as the winter residence of the Dalai Lamas as well as the religious-political nexus of traditional Tibet. Then you will admire Jokhang Temple, the center of the Tibetan Buddhism and the sacred land of Buddhist followers where thousands of pilgrims come for worship everyday. Walk on the holy Barkhor Circuit and do some shopping if desired. 
 


Day03 Lhasa (B, L)Monks at Drepung Monastery,Lhasa,Tibet
Visit Drepung Monastery the sacred land of Gelug Sect, which was established in 1416AD and the second, third and fourth Dalai Lama once resided in. After that you will be transferred to Norbulingka Park, the former Summer Palace of the Dalai Lamas. Additionally you will be transferred to visit Sera Monastery, which was created in AD1419 and has always been an important Buddhist seminary. Here in Sera, you have chance to see the grand occasion of the Buddhist monk debating at one big courtyard. Lunch served at a good local restaurant and dinner will be arranged at your hotel.


Day04 Lhasa - Samye - Tsetang (B, L)Samye Monastery in Lhoka,Tibet
Check out in the morning and drive out for Tsetang. We will enjoy nice views along the river basin of the Yalung Tsangpo River. On the way visit Mindrolin Monastery. It was built in the late 10th century and had its current name when it was rebuilt in 1677. It is one of the three great monasteries of the Nyingma Sect. Today's highlight is the excursion to the Samye 40km west to Tsetang. Samye Monastery is at the foot of Mt. Haibusi, on the north bank of the Yarlung Tsangpo River in Jialang County. Being the 1st monastery, belongs to the Nyingmapa and Sakyapa Sects, Samye Monastery was built in 761. The monastery had been combined the Chinese, Tibetan and Indian styles, in the centre of the monastery is a big square 3-storey hall with a floor space of over 8,900 square meters.

 
Day05 Tsetang - Yamdrok Lake - Gyantse (B, L)Sheep herds at Yamdrok Lake in Central Tibet
In the morning drive to Gyantse along the Kyichu River. On the Kamba La (4.796 m) have a fantastic view of the holy lake Yamdrok Yumtso (4441 m), one of the three holy lakes in Tibet and the largest habitat of waterfowls in south Tibet. The Yamdok Yumtso, one of the three largest lakes of Tibet, lies about a hundred kilometers' distance to the southwest of Lhasa, is within Langkamu county, with an area of 638 square kilometers and a coastal line of 250 kilometers. The deepest point is 60 meters. To the interior of the lake ten or so hilly islands stand independently one from the other which give homes to flocks of wild ducks. A lot of colorful ducks and geese are swimming on the surface of the lake. There is also plenty of natural fodder for the fish in the lake. The lake has a fish reserve of about 300 million kilograms. That is why it is called "the Fish Store of Tibet". The coast of the lake is an ideal pasture. All these make an intoxicating quite picture. Then drive over the 5, 010 m high Karo La and the Simi La to Gyantse (approx. 3.950 m).

 
Day06 Gyantse - Shigatse (B, L)Pelkor Chode Monastery and Kumbum, Gyante
In the morning you will explore the Pelkor Chode Monastery and the splendid Kumbum Stupa (100-Thousand-Buddha Pagoda) nearby. Built in the15th century and situated in the northwestern edge of Gyantse, Pelkor Monastery is the only one large building complex in Tibet that old monastery and stupas are completely preserved and characterized as a monument. It is recorded 14,000 kilograms of copper was used to make the 8-meter-high sitting statue of Sakyamuni Buddha housed in the grand hall of the temple. The 8-storey stupa is 42m high and 62m in diameters contains a total of 76 chapels with wonderful murals revered by art scholars around the world. Kumbum Stupa opens 8 doors, which are decorated with relief sculptures of lively flying dragons, running lions and walking elephants. It is a master-piece of the joint efforts of the Nepalese, Tibetan and Chinese. Then you will drive to Shigatse. On the way a narrow side path will take you to the ancient monastery Shalu (Xialu). The monastery is around 19km south-east of Shigatse, a few kilometers off the Shigatse-Gyantse road and is easily spotted because of its Chinese-style green tiled roof. Shalu was also a centre for training in skills such as trance walking, made famous by the flying monks. Upon arrival Shigatse you will have a short walk at a local market.

 
Day07 Shigatse - Sakya - Shegar (B, L)Sakya Monastery in Tibet
In the morning visit Tashilunpo monastery of Gelug Sect, the seat of the Panchen Lama built in 1447. The monastery is the biggest Gelugpa monastery in the Tsang regions of Tibet, sprawls on the slope of Mt. Niser, south-west of Shigatse. Tashilhunpo is associated with the Gelugpa order and is one of the six great Gelugpa institutions along with Drepung, Sera and Ganden in Lhasa and Kumbum and Labrang in Amdo. It is probably the largest functioning monastic institution in contemporary Tibet and is an impressive place to explore. Then you will drive out the city to Sakya County for a tour to the Sakya Monastery (4.280 m), the centre of the Sakyapa Sect (White Earth Order). The construction of the monastery was started in 1073 by Kung GungQuijiepuo with the order from basba. The southern founded in 1268 by a famous abbot of Sakya named Pagpa who once had ruled the whole of Tibet under the Yuan Dynasty's supervision. So it is of typical Yuan Dynasty style resembling powder or cinnabar. It has over 10,000 volumes of Tibetan books on astronomy, medicine, calligraphy, and history. Owing to its valuable and voluminous amount of Buddhist sutras and cultural remains, the Sakya Monastery is often considered as the "Dunhuang the Second". Overnight at Shegar.


 
Day08 Shegar - Rongbuk - Mt. Everest Base Camp - Shegar (B, L)Mt.Everest Base Camp from Rongbuk Monastery
In the morning drive to Rongbuk. With an altitude of 5,030 meters it is the highest temple in the world. It was said the Rongbuk Monastery had been built as early as the time of the Fifth Dalai Lama. Mount Everest, meaning "Goddess" in Tibetan is the highest mountain on earth with an altitude of 8, 848.13 meters. Its snow peak sends out silver radiance year after year. Its waist is hidden in the clouds. The optimum weather to visit Mt. Everest is from April to June, a golden period for mountaineers. Each year, a great number of brave robust mountaineers come from all over the world to visit and climb Mt. Everest, hope to fulfill a life-long wish by climbing onto and looking over from the world's highest peak. We walk 7 km to the Base Camp and do some sightseeing there. Walking or drive by horse vehicle to Rongbuk, drive back to Shegar.


 
Day09 Shegar - Shigatse - Lhasa (B, L, D)Nice Tibetan House Courtyard with Flowers
You will drive back Lhasa today. Have a lunch break in Shigatse and in the afternoon you will visit a local Tibetan family on your way back Lhasa. At night you will enjoy a Tibetan Culture Show during your dinner time at a good Tibetan restaurant. Good appetite!


 
Day10 Depart Lhasa (B)
Your guide and driver will transfer you to airport according to your flight schedule. End of your journey to the Land of Snows.



Tour costing varies upon group size, travel season and hotel accommodation levels etc. For price details please email us at info@splendidchinatours.com.



Price inclusions:
01). All accommodations based on two persons sharing one room (single occupancy is subject to supplement);
02). China internal flights with airport tax or train as stated in the program;
03). Round-trip transfers between airports or railway stations, hotels, and scenic spots in each city by private air- conditioned vehicles with experienced licensed drivers;
04). All admission fees and activity expenses as listed in the itinerary;
05). Daily meals as specified in the itinerary: B denotes breakfast, L denotes lunch, and D denotes dinner (SD signifies special dinner);
06). Services of a local English speaking guide in each city (other languages can be arranged upon request, supplement may apply);
07). Tibet local travel permits such as Tibet Entry Permit (TTB), Alien's Travel Permit (PSB) and Military Permit etc. when applicable;
08). Travel Agency Liability Insurance during the tour;
09). Governmental taxes and fees.

Price excluded:
01). International airfare to/from China;
02). Chinese Visa fees;
03). Expenses of personal natural such as laundry, telephone, drinks, mini bar etc;
04). Personal shopping, optional activities and excess baggage charges;
05). Gratuities for local tour guides, drivers and hotel bellboy etc;
06). International travel insurance;
07). Services and activities that are not mentioned in the itinerary.

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