Day 01: Kathmandu / Lhasa (KTM is 1200m above sea level. Lhasa is 3650m. So it needs some time to acclimatize the altitude.)
Day 02: Sera monastery; Jokhang temple & Barkhor Street (Sera is the second biggest Gelupa Monastery in the north suburb of Lhasa, which was built in 1419 by Tsongapa¡¯s disciple¡ªSakya-yeshi. Situated at the heart of the oldest section of the Lhasa city,Jokhang , one of the oldest temples in Tibet, was built in the 7th century by the 33rd king¡ªSontsanganbu. Barkor is the middle pilgrimage circuit around Jokhang temple.)
Day 03: Potala palace; Drepung monastery & Norbulingka (Potala was the winter palace of the Dalai lama, which was originally built in the 7th century by the king Sotsen Gampo and rebuilt to the present size by the 5th Dalai lama in the 17th century. Built in 1416 by Tsongapa¡¯s disciple¡ªJamyang-choje, Drepung Monastery is the biggest Gelupa monastery in the west suburb of Lhasa. Built in the mid-18th century by the 7th Dalailama, Norbulingka, the Jewel park was the Dalai lama¡¯s summer palace, it covers 100 acres with palaces, pavilions and a zoo.
Day 04: Drive Lhasa to Gyantse Gyantse hotel (Gyantse lies 260kms southwest of Lhasa on the Northern bank of Nyang Chu River. It takes around 8 hours to reach Gyantse crossing the Kamba La Pass (4800m) where the beautiful Yamdrok Tso will be seen and the Karo La Pass (5010m) where the year-around glacier will be seen. Gyantse has been known as a heroic town since Tibetans resisted the Young husband¡¯s British Expedition to Tibet in 1904.)
Day 05: AM: Visit Gyantse kumbum & Pelkor Chode (Phalkor monastery was built in the 15th century by the local chieftain Ramtan Kasom under the guidance of the first Panchan lama.)
PM: Drive to Shigatse with Tashilunpo monastery Shigatse htl (Shigatse is the second biggest city in Tibet, 90KMs away from Gyangtse. The famous Tashillunpo monastery in Shigatse, seat of the Panchan Lama, one of the six important Gelupa monasteries in China, was built in 1447 by the first Dalailama. )
Day 06: Drive to Tsedang via Samye monastery. Tsedang hotel (It is 340kms from Shigatse to Tsedang. It takes about one and half hours to reach Samye monastery by crossing the YarlungTsampo River on a ferry. Built in the 8th century by an Indian Buddhist master¡ªPadhamsambhava, Samye monastery was designed on the plan of Odantpuri temple,covering a total of 25000 square meters of land)
Day 07: The king's tumb; YumbuLhakhang & Chamzhu (The king¡¯s tomb is 70KM from Tsedang town in the Chonje valley. Yombulakhang, the first palace for the first king in Tibetan history, is 15KM away from Tsedang town. The mountain slope palace was originally built in the second century, but the replica was rebuilt in the 1980s. Built in the 7th century by the king Sontsan Gambu, Chamdrok is one of the oldest temples in Tibet, 4KM away from the Tsedang hotel)
Day 08: Fly to Kathmandu.
|Duration||07 NIGHTS/08 DAYS|
|Best time to travel||March to May, October to December|