The mild and pleasant climate in centralTibetmakes this area available for tourists year around. This route offers the epitome ofTibetwith some of the most impressive visions: snow-capped mountains and holy lakes, splendid monasteries and palaces, original villages and unsophisticated people. With the better road conditions and accommodations along the way, it is now the most popular route.
DAY01:Lhasa. Flight toLhasa, transfer to Lhasa. The guide will meet and transfer you toLhasacity with about 1hoursdriving (60km). On the way, you’ll get greeted by Nie Tang Budda a Budda image engraved in the mountain face. After arrive inLhasa, rest and acclimatize. Overnight in Lhasa.
Day02LhasaThe first day of sightseeing starts fromLhasa's cardinal landmark-Potala Palace, a structure of massive portions. It takes at least a good 2-hour to visit those rooms, halls and chapels. Some2kmto the east of the Potala is the most revered religious structure inTibet.Jokhang Temple. Bustling with worshippers and redolent with mystery, the Jokhang is an unrivalled experience. The quadrangle of streets surrounding the Jokhang is the Barkhor- Lhasa's most interesting pilgrimage circuit. This area of theOldTownis both the spiritual heart ofLhasaand the main commercial district for Tibetans. Overnight inLhasa(B)
Day 03:Lhasa-Namtso-Lhasa Driveto Namtso about240Kmaway fromLhasa. Namtso, theSkyLake, is like a crystal gem inlaid on the vast Qiangtang Plain. The Nyaiqen Tanglha mountain range, with peaks over7000m, towers over the lake to the south. Thawed snow from this range makes the body of the lake, so the water is a miraculous shade of turquoise blue, and there are magnificent views of the nearby mountains. The wild open spaces are intoxicating and dotted with the tents of local nomad herders. Drive back toLhasa. Overnight inLhasa. (B)
Day04:Lhasa. About8kmwest of centralLhasais the Drepung, once world's largest monastery with about 10,000 monks. This day's sightseeing begins with these white monastic buildings piled up on the hillside. Walking up to the hill is a pleasant thing, an easy break from the solemn ambience inside the halls and chapels. At the plat roof of hillside, you can have very good views of the wholeLhasacity and the distant mountains. Drepung is one ofLhasa's two great Gelugpa monasteries, the other is Sera. Around5kmnorth of centralLhasa, Sera may not be as grandiose as Drepung, but is more serene surrounded by many small temples. The 'Buddhism Scriptures Debating' in Sera is very famous. Overnight inLhasa(B)
Day05 Lhasa-Yamdroktso-Shigatse. Yamdroktso(4441m), one ofTibet's three holy lakes, is located110kmoutside ofLhasa. It's mostly mountain road, winding and bumpy, even thrilling somewhat. After about 3 1/2 hours' driving, climbing over the snow pass of Kambala(5030m), the dazzling Yamdroktso just lies several hundred meters below the road Far in the distance is the huge massif of Mt. Nojin Kangtsang(7191m). Visit the Old Town of Shigatse after arrive, a great place to wander around: Nicely decorated Tibetan houses and interesting(B)
Day06 Shigatse-Lhasa. Miles away from Shigaste, you can already see the gold tops of Tashilhunpo shinning under the sun. While Tashilhunpo's magnificent outside leaves you gasp in admiration, the inside of this monastery introduces you more religious tranquility and sincerity. Drive backLhasa. Overnight inLhasa(B)
Day07 LeaveLhasa. Pack your luggage and get ready for leaving.
Includes: the Alien’s Travel Permit, transportation by non-AC coach/jeep, hotels based on twin-bed room, 4 star in lhasa 3 star shigatse 1 night in dorm-style guesthouse based on single bed, English-speaking guide, Mentioned sightseeing entrance fees, Airfare shanghai-lhasa round way
Excludes: tips, other personal expenses
Notes: Potala Palace get a limitation 800 paxs per day to protect the Historical Heritage. The sequence of sightseeing suppose to be adjust according to the situation of entrance permission. And meanwhile all the tour guide get a limitation of their explanation and interpretation in Potala. InTibet, tourist vehicle are not installed with Air-Condition as AC consumes gas, which is not good to environment.