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6 Days Central Tibet Tour

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TIBET VISTA

Tibet Local Travel Agency

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6 Days Central Tibet Tour

Enjoy this 5-night tour that will introduce you to central Tibet and take you to the three biggest ancient cities: Lhasa, Gyantse and Shigatse. By visiting these places, you will get an overview of Tibet's religion, cultural treasures, and dream-like landscapes. The highlights of this tour will be the Tibetan architectural treasure, the Potala Palace, Jokhang and Sera, Holy Yamdrok Lake and Karo glacier as well as Tashilumpo Monastery which stores the biggest copper Buddha statue in the world.

DAY 1

Arrival in Lhasa

You will be picked-up at the airport or train station and transferred to your hotel. After check-in, you can take a rest. The rest of the day is free for you to explore the city.

Lhasa
DAY 2

Lhasa Day Tour (B,D)

First you will visit the Potala Palace - the winter palace of Dalai Lama. It has been used since the 7th century. The most valuable are gilded burial stupas of past Dalai Lamas and meditation Cave. Then head to Jokhang temple which was founded by the 33rd great king of Tibet in the 7th century, in order to promote the Buddhist religion. You can also do kora (circling the Barkor street) with pilgrims and locals and buy the souvenirs. Read more

Lhasa
DAY 3

Lhasa Day Tour (B)

You will visit Drepung monastery which was one of the “three great” Gelug monasteries of Tibet and was founded in 1416 by Jamyang Choge, one of the Tsongkhapa’s main disciples. Ganden palace is used as Dalai lama’s palace in Drepung before moving to the Potala palace. Afternoon you will visit the Sera Monastery which is also one of the Gelug monasteries, and was founded at 1419 by Jamchen Chojey. Make sure not to miss the Monks debating at around 3 - 5 in the afternoon. Read more

Lhasa
DAY 4

Lhasa - Shigatse (B)

You will drive from Lhasa to Gyantse. On the way, you will pass the Gampala pass (4790 m), and get a glimpse of Yamdrok-tso (4400m), which is surrounded by many snow-capped mountains. Then you will drive west towards Gyantse. In Gyantse, you will visit the famous Pelkor Monastery and Gyantse Kumbum. After one and a half hour's drive, you will arrive in Shigatse, which is the second largest city in Tibet. Read more

Shigatse
DAY 5

Shigatse - Lhasa (B)

Today, you will visit Tashilunpo monastery of Gelug Sect, the seat of the Panchen Lama, built in 1447. The monastery houses a giant statue of the Maitreya Buddha - the biggest gilded statue of Maitreya (Buddha of the future) in the world and a tomb of all the Panchen Lama, containing jewels and gold. In the afternoon, you will drive back to Lhasa, which will take around 6 hours. Read more

Lhasa
DAY 6

Depart from Lhasa (B)

You will be transferred to the airport or train station.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Lhasa
Day 4
Location Shigatse
Day 5
Location Lhasa
Hotel Lhasa Ganggyan Hotel

TRIP PACKAGE

Package Includes

  • Tibet travel permit and other necessary permits needed.
  • Transport: Transfer between airport/train station and Lhasa city; Lhasa city sightseeing transfer between tourists attractions and hotels
  • Admission fee of tourist sites listed in itinerary, shown in Bold
  • Professional Tibetan English speaking tour guide for Lhasa tour
  • Comfortable Class Hotels: 4-star facility sharing twin room with breakfast buffet
  • Travel Agency Service Charge
  • Tourist Accident/Casualty Insurance
  • Welcome Dinner

Package Excludes

  • Lunches and dinners
  • Single-supplement
  • Gratuities (recommended)

More Information

  • 1.Please note, you will only be allowed to enter Tibet with Tibet Travel Permit. The local supplier will help you to apply for this, but be sure you have a passport which is valid for at least 6 months and a Chinese visa before your booking. Their contact information will be included on your voucher that will be received after booking
  • 2.Please book at least 20 days in advance. This time is needed around 7-14 business days to process your Tibet permit. Any booking made after the time will not be confirmed

REVIEWS

6 Reviews

Kevin, United States

My tour guide was Cho Don - Small. She was an amazing tour guide. Worked hard to accommodate what the entire group wanted. One of the biggest highlights of the trip was having the chance to personally have lunch and tea with a monk. I'd highly recommend booking your tibet dream vacation through Tibet Vista. Read more

Nick, China

Life-changing experience You hear a lot of cliches about how unique Tibet is but when you go you realise it's true. Right from when you get off the plane there is a special feeling in the air (literally, because you're 3,600m above sea level in Lhasa) and you suddenly feel a million miles away from the rest of the world. The people are so calm, open and friendly, and it's just fascinating to see a place where Buddhism (or indeed any religion) is so woven into the fabric of everyday life. The landscape throughout was the most breathtaking of any I've seen and, while there are a lot of monasteries to visit, each one has its own charm and surreal atmosphere so the equivalent of "temple fatigue" that you can get in a lot of East Asia doesn't really apply. One of the peculiarities of Tibet is that as a foreigner you are obliged to be accompanied by a licensed tour guide and a driver at all times and you need to be ready to produce your Tibet traveller's permit at various checkpoints and sites. This wasn't as onerous as I'd expected. They recommend you take at least a day to acclimatise to the altitude when you arrive. Turns out they're right. We arrived a day late due to flight delays and so launched straight into our itinerary. We were fine at first but the guide ended up needing to rush off to get a can of oxygen for my wife as we were walking around Lhasa and then later in the day I ended up in bed for a good 15 hours with what I would describe as a cross between the flu and the worst hangover of my life. Most people are fine though, as long as you take it easy to begin with. We did an 8-day tour with Tibet Vista, starting in Lhasa, then visiting Yamdrok Lake, Shigatse and Namtso Lake. You can do this as part of a tour group. My wife and I chose to form a 2-person "group“ of our own, which obviously works out more expensive but gives you more flexibility. The company were really helpful in setting up an itinerary for us (which you have to do before you arrive due to all the government controls). Our guide, Namgyal Gyap, deserves a special mention; couldn't recommend him more highly. Right from the start he encouraged us to ask as many questions as we wanted about Tibetan culture and history (note: you need to be mindful that you are putting local people in a potentially difficult position if you insist on talking about politics given the situation in Tibet). A devout Buddhist himself, Namgyal patiently explained the relationship between the different schools of Buddhism, the meaning of the various rites and features at the monasteries, and all manner of everyday stuff that we saw happening. He even helped translate for us when we wanted to ask an old monk a few questions, and taught us to meditate. He spoke good English and had an instinctive understanding of what we (I'm British, my wife's Chinese) might find difficult/interesting. Highly recommend Tibet, and recommend looking these guys up if you do. Read more

Stephie, Singapore

An absolutely amazing experience from Lhasa to Everest Base Camp! Tibet was breath taking in every single way. Amazing views greeted us daily, from mountains to lakes and the many beautifully constructed monasteries. A place truly rich in culture and history. What made our trip even more amazing was our guide Penpa! He is very thoughtful and made sure we were well taken care of throughout our entire trip. His knowledge of all things Tibet was impressive and coupled with the many interesting stories shared, made this trip a extremely memorable one and gave us a good glimpse of TIbet and what she has to offer. Thank you Tibet Vista and Penpa for making this trip such a special one! :) Read more

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