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We had a wonderful time in Tibet. We have learned a lot about this unique destination because of the wonderful guide Degyi who is so knowledge and always available towards our tours. We stayed at the Shangri-La Hotel Lhasa, and we would never imagine a Tibet travel could be so nice and amazing without the help of Degyi.

Also, thanks a lot to our Tibetan driver Mr.Wongdun for his safe driving and a good sense of service along the way.

We shall return Tibet in the near future!

P.B. and A. A - Europe
Tibet Travel

June 2018 (Private Tibet Journey from Kathmandu)



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Central Tibet Discovery - Lhasa & Mt.Everest LoopTour Name:         Central Tibet Discovery - Lhasa & Mt.Everest Loop
Tour Code:          M98D250
Duration:            12 Days & 11 Nights
Destination:        Lhasa, Ganden, Drigung, Terdrom, Reting, Namtso, Shigatse, Sakya, Mt.Everest Base Camp, Gyantse, Tsetang
Features:            Central Tibet, or U-Tsang, one of the three culture division of Tibet, is traditionally the center of Tibetan civilization. Mt.Everest is the world's highest mountain. The Lhasa & Mt.Everest Loop will take you to the beautiful outskirts of Lhasa, crossing the plateau to the Base Camp of Mt.Everest, on the way you will visit two of Tibet's most sacred lakes, Namtso and Yamdrok, additionally an excursion to Samye Monastery will leave you long-lasting memories.
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Arrive in Lhasa, be met and transferred to hotel. Free at own leisure for altitude acclimation. N/A Lhasa Kyichu Hotel



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



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


 Lhasa - Terdrom 

Leave for Terdrom, drive to visit Ganden Monastery, then onwards to Drigung Monastery for the sky burial ground, enjoy therapeutic hot springs at Terdrom. B, L, D Shambhala Source


 Terdrom - Reting

Explore Terdrom Monastery and head out to Reting, visit Reting Monastery upon arrival. B, L, D Local Lodge

 Reting - Shigatse

Drive to Namtso Lake, walking at the shore and transferred to Shigatse over two high passes. B, L Shigatse Manasarovar Hotel

 Shigatse - Shegar

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

 Mt.Everest Base Camp

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


Leave for Gyantse, have lunch break in Shigatse, visit Shalu Monastery on the way to Gyantse.  B, L Yeti Hotel

 Gyantse - Tsetang

Morning visit Pelkor Chode Monastery and Kumbum Chorten , drive along the Yamdrok Lake and Yarlung Tsangpo to Tsetang.  B, L Tsetang Hotel


Excursion to Samye Monastery, Yumbulakhang Castle in the Yarlung Valley and Traduk Monastery.  B, L Tsetang Hotel


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

Day01 Arrival LhasaLhasa,Tibet
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 debating at Sera Monastery.
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 - Terdrom (B, L, D)Drigung Monastery,Tibet
This morning you will get ready for your tour outside of Lhasa. You will meet with your guide and be transferred to Terdrom Monastery approx. 150km east of Lhasa. First of all you will reach Drigung Monastery that is noted for its sky burial ground in Tibet. The Drigung Mandala, the famous celestial burial platform around Tibetan areas, is just located at the back of the temple in the mountain. Terdrom Monastery is a sacred site with a history dating back to the 8th century when Padmasambhava and his consort, Yeshe Tsogyal, meditated here for seven years. The area around Terdrom is full of wonderful sights, including therapeutic hot springs, towering limestone cliffs, remote hermitages, and nomadic yak herders. 

Day05 Terdrom - Reting (B, L, D)Reting Monastery,Tibet
After breakfast you will leave for Reting Monastery. Reting Monastery is the ancestor temple of the Kadam Sect, which had the origin from Atisha and was formally established by Atisha's disciple. Upon arrival Reting you will visit the monastery. Due to the religion and political influence of the Reting Rinpoches, this monastery is one of the key Buddhist monasteries in entire Tibet. Overnight at a local primitive lodge.

Day06 Reting - Namtso - Shigatse (B, L)Namtso Lake,Tibet
Leave in the early morning for Namtso. Pass by the 5,150-meter Lhachen La and reach the Nam Tso or Tengri Nor (heaven lake in Mongolian) along the newly paved way and set up camp at Tashi Dorie peninsula. With an area of 1,940 square kilometers, the Namtso Lake is largest salt-water lake of Tibet. In the lake, there are 3 islands, which is an ideal habitat for all kinds of aquatic life. One of the islands is made of calcareous sandstone. It is characterized by the stone pillars, natural stone bridges and the stalactite caves. The beaches of the lake are a beautiful natural pasture. Wild life is having a good time there. The Tashi Monastery on the Tashi peninsula, which stretches into the lake, is still wreathed by incense and the sound of dawn bell and dusk drum. In the Sheep Year of Tibetan calendar, thousands of pilgrims undergo the hardships to pay their homage to the holy lake. Also visit the nomads in yak hair tents who have been living on the pastures between the holy Nam Tso and Nyenchentangla. You will admire the heavenly lake and visit local nomad camps if possible. Later of the day you will be transferred via Yangpachen and two high passes southwards to Shigatse, Tibet's second largest city.

Day07 Shigatse - Sakya - Shegar (B, L, D)Sakya Monastery,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, D)Mt. Everest Base Camp,Tibet
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 - Gyantse (B, L)Shalu Monastery,Tibet
You will drive to Gyantse today. Have a lunch break in Shigatse. You will take a side way to Shalu Monastery. 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.

Day10 Gyantse - Yamdrok - Tsetang (B, L)Pelkor Chode Monastery,Tibet
In the morning visit Pelkor Chode Monastery and the splendid Kumbum Stupa (100-Thousand-Buddha Pagoda) close by. 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. Afterwards you will depart for Tsetang. The first hours will be a leisure drive along the 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 you will mostly drive along the south bank of the Yalung Tsangpo River to Tsetang.

Day11 Tsetang (B, L)Samye Monastery,Tibet
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. Then you will proceed to the Yarlung valley to visit the Yumbulakhang, the castle perched dramatically on a pinnacle above the valley is the oldest known dwelling in Tibet, reputedly the home of the Yarlung Kings. The view from the castle is just spectacular. Afterwards you will drive back Tsetang to see Traduk Monastery, the earliest family chapel of the Tibetan kings which was founded by King Songtsan Gampo in the 7th Century.

Day12 Depart Tsetang (B)
Transfer to airport for your departure flight. Journey ends.

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), Aliení»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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