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Tour Route SG006A: Lhasa - Lake Namtso - Gyantse - Shigatse
Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Namtso Tour offers the epitome of Tibet with some of the most impressive visions: Potala Palaces, Jokhang temples, Drepung and Sera monastery, snow-capped mountains of Nyenchen thanglha and holy lakes Yamdrok , real Tibetan villages and nomads. Lhasa is one of the highest cities in the world with the altitude of about 3600 meters, the world highest salt lake Namtso. Besides, tourists will also visit the mystical Buddhist monasteries of the kumbum stupa in Gyantse, tashi lhunpho monastery in Shigatse.
Day 1: Arrive in Lhasa, get the first impression of Tibetan daily life
Welcome to the roof of the world!
When you arrive in Lhasa either by train or flight, your guide will
greet you and take you to your hotel and move to visit the Yarlung
Tsangpo River/ Bhamaputra river (the Longest and largest river in Tibet)
and Lhasa river. After arriving in Lhasa, you can take a rest and get
acclimatized. If you feel to go out, then you can go to the Potala
square, where you will enjoy the fountain with different colors and get
amazing photos of the Potala and scenery around.
Day 2: Lhasa Tour - Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street
Today's tour will first bring you to the Potala Palace, the winter palace of the Dalai Lama. It has been used since the 7th Century by the 33rd great king of Tibet. The most valuable collections are the gilded burial stupas of past Dalai Lamas and meditation Cave of the 33rd great king of Tibet.
After you take lunch and 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. Inside you can see the statue of Buddha Sakyamuni at the age of twelve, perhaps the single most venerated object in Tibet Buddhism. Around the temple Barkhor street where you can kora (circling the Barkor street) with pilgrims and locals and buy the souvenirs.
Stay overnight in Lhasa.
Day 3: Drepung and Sera Monastery
In the morning have a tour for Drepung Monastery, the ever largest monastery with more than 10 thousand monks, Buddhist debates often occur there. Seen from afar, its grand, white construction gives the monastery the appearance of a heap of rice. As such, it was given its name which, in the Tibetan language, means Monastery of Collecting-Rice. Learn about the lives of Tibetan monks there.
The afternoon is spent touring Sera Monastery, have a little hike for the beautiful valley scenery nearby and picnic there, in the afternoon, visit Sera monastery, which was created in 1419 and has always been an important Buddhist seminary. As rose are planted everywhere in the monastery, it is also called “the court of wild rose”. Today still 200 lamas live in there. Catch the famous debate session of the monks before returning back to Lhasa.
Stay overnight in Lhasa.
Day 4: Lhasa(3650m)-Namtso Lake(4718m) via Nyenchen Thanglha Ranges
Today, we continue to drive to Namtso Lake and all the way you can see Nyenchen Thanglha snow mountain ranges and lots of nomads’ tent with grazing yak and sheep densely-populated along the mountain side. Namtso Lake is the Heavenly lake which is one of the four holy lakes of Tibet and also the highest salt lake. You can do a very relax trekking around the lake side and Tashi Island. To spend a night at lake shore is a fantastic plan to see the stars.
Stay overnight in Namtso Guest house
Day 5: Namtso(4718m) - Lhasa(3650m) via Yangpachen hotspring
Day 6: Lhasa - Shigatse(3900) via Yamdro Lake,Karo
7: Shigatse (3900m) - Lhasa (3650m) with Tashi Lhunpho Monastery
Day 8: Depart from Lhasa
The guide will transfer you to the airport or train station and help you get on board.
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