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Lhasa Overview


Lhasa is the cultural and religious heart of Tibet. Lhasa is home to Tibeta��s most famous and holiest temples. Each day, thousands of pilgrims prostrate around Jokhang Temple. Along with the famous monasteries of Sera and Drepung, Lhasa is a must see for anyone interested in Tibet! This itinerary will allow you to spend 4 full days exploring every part of the city.

Day 1: Lhasa

Welcome to Lhasa! Your guide and driver will meet you at the train station or airport and transfer you to your hotel.

Day 2: Jokhang Temple and the Barkhor Circuit

Lhasa, elevation 3650m, is the holiest city in Tibet and each day pilgrims from across the Tibetan Plateau arrive in the city to worship at one of the many temples found there. You will spend 3 full days exploring the city. The first day you will visit Jokhang Temple, the most famous temple in Tibet. From the rooftop you will see religious pilgrims prostrating in front to the Jowo Buddha statue inside the monastery. Afterwards, you will explore the endless maze of markets and restaurants that line the ancient Barkhor circuit. While exploring the Barkhor circuit, you will rub elbows with Tibetan pilgrims who are prostrating their way around the Tibetan Quarter.

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Day 3: Potala Palace and Sera Monastery

In the morning, you will visit the Potala Palace, the most recognizable structure in Tibet. Built in the year 637, the Potala Palace rises 13 stories and has more than 1000 rooms. In the afternoon, you will visit the great monastery of Sera, where monk debates take place each day. If you are interested in hiking, there is a pilgrimage circuit around the monastery that takes about an hour to complete.

Day 4: Drepung Monastery, Ramoche Temple and the Tibetan Quarter

This day you will explore Drepung Monastery. Drepung was formerly the largest monastery in the world and is still one of the 3 most important monasteries in Tibet. Below Drepung is Nechung Monastery, the former home of Tibeta��s state oracle. In the afternoon, we will visit Ramoche Temple as well as a small nunnery in the Tibetan Quarter.

Day 5: Norbulingka Palace, Tibet Museum and the Barkhor Circuit

The Norbulingka Palace served as the summer residence for the Dalai Lama lineage for 180 years. The palace is one huge beautiful garden that can be explored on foot. Afterwards, you can wander around the Tibet Museum and learn more about Tibetan medicine and art. Int he afternoon, you will have one more opportunity to explore the ancient Barkhor Circuit to finish any last minute souvenir shopping you might have left.

Day 6: Depart from Lhasa

This itinerary can be modified in any way. Contact us for prices and more information regarding this trip.

Lhasa Monastery Tour


Day 1:

Welcome to Lhasa! A�Your guide and driver will meet you at the train station or airport and transfer you to your hotel.

Day 2: Jokhang Temple and the Barkhor Circuit

Lhasa, elevation 3650m, is the holiest city in Tibet and each day pilgrims from across the Tibetan Plateau arrive in the city to worship at one of the many temples found there. You will spend 3 full days exploring the city. The first day you will visit Jokhang Temple, the most famous temple in Tibet. From the rooftop you will see religious pilgrims prostrating in front to the Jowo Buddha statue inside the monastery. Afterwards, you will explore the endless maze of markets and restaurants that line the ancient Barkhor circuit. While exploring the Barkhor circuit, you will rub elbows with Tibetan pilgrims who are prostrating their way around the Tibetan Quarter.

Day 3: Potala Palace and Sera Monastery

In the morning, you will visit the Potala Palace, the most recognizable structure in Tibet. Built in the year 637, the Potala Palace rises 13 stories and has more than 1000 rooms. In the afternoon, you will visit the great monastery of Sera, where monk debates take place each day. If you are interested in hiking, there is a pilgrimage circuit around the monastery that takes about an hour to complete.

Day 4: Drepung Monastery, Ramoche Temple and the Tibetan Quarter

This day you will explore Drepung Monastery. Drepung was formerly the largest monastery in the world and is still one of the 3 most important monasteries in Tibet. Below Drepung is Nechung Monastery, the former home of Tibeta��s state oracle. In the afternoon, we will visit Ramoche Temple as well as a small nunnery in the Tibetan Quarter.

Day 5: Lhasa-Tsetang-Yumbulagang Palace-Trandruk Temple 160kms, 3 hours

You will depart from Lhasa and drive to the Yarlung Valley, which is often referred to as the a�?cradle of Tibetan civilizationa�?. The Yarlung Valley is not very long at about 75kms, but is home to many of Tibeta��s oldest temples, monasteries and castles. Sitting along the banks of the Yarlung Tsangpo River, the Yarlung Valley is the most fertile and most densely populated area of Tibet. After arriving in Tsetang, you will explore the Yumbulagang Palace, which according to legend was the first building in Tibet. You will also visit Trandruk Temple, which is one of the largest and most important buildings remaining in the Yarlung Valley.

Day 6: Tsetang-Samye Monastery-Mindroling Monastery-Lhasa 200kms, 5 hours

In the morning you will visit Samye, the first monastery in Tibet with a history of more than 1200 years. Afterwards, you will go to Mindrolling Monastery, one of the 6 main monasteries of the Nyingma sect of Tibetan Buddhism. In the afternoon, you will return to Lhasa.

Day 7: Lhasa-Ganden- Drigung Til Monastery-Tidrum Nunnery-Lhasa 270kms, 5 hours

From Lhasa you will set out for Drigung Til, which was founded in the 12th century and has around 300 monks. Afterwards, you will go to Tidrum, one of the largest nunneries in central Tibet. The nunnery is a great place to do some day hiking and has a great hot spring pool to relax in. On the return journey to Lhasa, you will visit Ganden, one of the three great monasteries in the area.

Day 8: Lhasa-Reting Monastery-Lhasa 300kms, 6 hours

This day you will drive north of Lhasa to Reting Monastery, one of the most remote monasteries in central Tibet. Sitting at 4100m, the monastery lies in a wooded area at the base of Mt. Gangi Rarwa. You will pass through several beautiful farming valleys along the way to the monastery. Afterwards, you will return to Lhasa.

Day 9: Depart from Lhasa

This itinerary can be modified in any way. Contact us for prices and more information regarding this trip.

Journey to Lhasa and Namtso Lake


Day 1:

Welcome to Lhasa! Your guide and driver will meet you at the train station or airport and transfer you to your hotel.

Day 2: Jokhang Temple and the Barkhor Circuit

Lhasa, elevation 3650m, is the holiest city in Tibet and each day pilgrims from across the Tibetan Plateau arrive in the city to worship at one of the many temples found there. You will spend 3 full days exploring the city. The first day you will visit Jokhang Temple, the most famous temple in Tibet. From the rooftop you will see religious pilgrims prostrating in front to the Jowo Buddha statue inside the monastery. Afterwards, you will explore the endless maze of markets and restaurants that line the ancient Barkhor circuit. While exploring the Barkhor circuit, you will rub elbows with Tibetan pilgrims who are prostrating their way around the Tibetan Quarter.

Day 3: Potala Palace and Sera Monastery

In the morning, you will visit the Potala Palace, the most recognizable structure in Tibet. Built in the year 637, the Potala Palace rises 13 stories and has more than 1000 rooms. In the afternoon, you will visit the great monastery of Sera, where monk debates take place each day. If you are interested in hiking, there is a pilgrimage circuit around the monastery that takes about an hour to complete.

Day 4: Drepung Monastery, Ramoche Temple and the Tibetan Quarter

This day you will explore Drepung Monastery. Drepung was formerly the largest monastery in the world and is still one of the 3 most important monasteries in Tibet. Below Drepung is Nechung Monastery, the former home of Tibeta��s state oracle. In the afternoon, we will visit Ramoche Temple as well as a small nunnery in the Tibetan Quarter.

Day 5: Norbulingka Palace, Tibet Museum and the Barkhor Circuit

The Norbulingka Palace served as the summer residence for the Dalai Lama lineage for 180 years. The palace is one huge beautiful garden that can be explored on foot. Afterwards, you can wander around the Tibet Museum and learn more about Tibetan medicine and art. Int he afternoon, you will have one more opportunity to explore the ancient Barkhor Circuit to finish any last minute souvenir shopping you might have left.

Day 6: Lhasa-Nam Tso 225kms, 5 hours

This day you will depart from Lhasa and drive to Nam Tso, Tibeta��s most famous lake. Sitting at an elevation of 4723m, the lake offers a panoramic view of the nearby Nyenchen Tanglha Range. The small monastery of Tashi Dor sits along the shores of the lake. The drive to the lake will take you past nomad yak herders who live part of the year in black yak wool tents.

Day 7: Nam Tso-Lhasa 225kms, 5 hours

You will return to Lhasa where you will have enough time to wander around the Barkhor circuit and the Tibetan Quarter to finish any last minute souvenir shopping you have to do.

Day 8: Depart from Lhasa

This itinerary can be modified in any way. Contact us for prices and more information regarding this trip.

Journey to Everest Base Camp


Day 1:

Welcome to Lhasa! Your guide and driver will meet you at the train station or airport and transfer you to your hotel.

Day 2: Jokhang Temple and the Barkhor Circuit

Lhasa, elevation 3650m, is the holiest city in Tibet and each day pilgrims from across the Tibetan Plateau arrive in the city to worship at one of the many temples found there. You will spend 3 full days exploring the city. The first day you will visit Jokhang Temple, the most famous temple in Tibet. From the rooftop you will see religious pilgrims prostrating in front to the Jowo Buddha statue inside the monastery. Afterwards, you will explore the endless maze of markets and restaurants that line the ancient Barkhor circuit. While exploring the Barkhor circuit, you will rub elbows with Tibetan pilgrims who are prostrating their way around the Tibetan Quarter.

Day 3: Potala Palace and Sera Monastery

In the morning, you will visit the Potala Palace, the most recognizable structure in Tibet. Built in the year 637, the Potala Palace rises 13 stories and has more than 1000 rooms. In the afternoon, you will visit the great monastery of Sera, where monk debates take place each day. If you are interested in hiking, there is a pilgrimage circuit around the monastery that takes about an hour to complete.

Day 4: Drepung Monastery, Ramoche Temple and the Tibetan Quarter

This day you will explore Drepung Monastery. Drepung was formerly the largest monastery in the world and is still one of the 3 most important monasteries in Tibet. Below Drepung is Nechung Monastery, the former home of Tibeta��s state oracle. In the afternoon, we will visit Ramoche Temple as well as a small nunnery in the Tibetan Quarter.

Day 5: Lhasa-Yamdrok Lake-Gyantse 260kms, 5.5 hours

You will travel from Lhasa to Yamdrok Lake, one of Tibeta��s holiest and most beautiful lakes. Yamdrok Lake sits at 4450m and is an amazing turquoise color. The 7191m Mt. Nojin Kangtsang can be seen in the distance. After visiting the lake, you will drive to the mid-sized town of Gyantse. Gyantse, elevation 3950m, is famous for its massive hilltop military fort and for the Pelkor Chode Monastery, which has the tallest Tibetan Buddhist stupa in Tibet.

Day 6: Gyantse-Shigatse 90kms, 1.5 hours

In the morning, you will depart Gyantse for Shigatse, Tibeta��s second largest city. Shigatse, elevation 3840m, is home to the Tashilhunpo Monastery. Along with exploring the monastery, you can also hike the ancient pilgrim circuit along with hundreds of Tibetan worshippers.

Day 7: Shigatse-Sakya-Shegar (New Tingri) 290kms, 6 hours

This day you will depart Shigatse and drive to Sakya Monastery. Sakya Monastery, elevation 4310m, was established in the year 1268. Its fortress-like appearance is unique among monasteries in Tibet. From Sakya, you will drive to the small town of Shegar, also known as New Tingri. In Shegar, elevation 4330m, you can explore the Shegar Monastery as well as hike up to the remains of the old Shegar Dzong.

Day 8: Shegar-Rongbhu Monastery-Everest Base Camp 125kms, 4 hours

From Shegar, you will set out for Mt. Everest Base Camp. You will cross over the Pang La pass, which rises to nearly 5200m. The pass has a sweeping view of the Himalaya Mountains. Eight kilometers before Everest Base Camp is Rongbhu Monastery, the highest monastery in the world at 5000m. After visiting Rongbhu, you will continue on to Mt. Everest Base Camp, which lies at 5200m.

Day 9: Everest Base Camp-Lhatse 195kms, 5 hours

This day you will begin the journey back to Lhasa. Leaving Everest Base Camp, you will drive to the mid-sized town of Lhatse. In Lhatse, elevation 4020m, you can visit the small monastery of Lhatse Chode.

Day 10: Lhatse-Lhasa 420kms, 8.5 hours

You will return to Lhasa where you can explore the Tibetan Quarter once last time to find that perfect last Tibetan souvenir.

Day 11: Depart Lhasa

This itinerary can be modified in any way. Contact us for prices and more information regarding this trip.

Journey to Nepal Border via Mount Everest


Day 1:

Welcome to Lhasa! Your guide and driver will meet you at the train station or airport and transfer you to your hotel.

Day 2: Jokhang Temple and the Barkhor Circuit

Lhasa, elevation 3650m, is the holiest city in Tibet and each day pilgrims from across the Tibetan Plateau arrive in the city to worship at one of the many temples found there. You will spend 3 full days exploring the city. The first day you will visit Jokhang Temple, the most famous temple in Tibet. From the rooftop you will see religious pilgrims prostrating in front to the Jowo Buddha statue inside the monastery. Afterwards, you will explore the endless maze of markets and restaurants that line the ancient Barkhor circuit. While exploring the Barkhor circuit, you will rub elbows with Tibetan pilgrims who are prostrating their way around the Tibetan Quarter.

Day 3: Potala Palace and Sera Monastery

In the morning, you will visit the Potala Palace, the most recognizable structure in Tibet. Built in the year 637, the Potala Palace rises 13 stories and has more than 1000 rooms. In the afternoon, you will visit the great monastery of Sera, where monk debates take place each day. If you are interested in hiking, there is a pilgrimage circuit around the monastery that takes about an hour to complete.

Day 4: Drepung Monastery, Ramoche Temple and the Tibetan Quarter

This day you will explore Drepung Monastery. Drepung was formerly the largest monastery in the world and is still one of the 3 most important monasteries in Tibet. Below Drepung is Nechung Monastery, the former home of Tibeta��s state oracle. In the afternoon, we will visit Ramoche Temple as well as a small nunnery in the Tibetan Quarter.

Day 5: Lhasa-Yamdrok Lake-Gyantse 260kms, 5.5 hours

You will travel from Lhasa to Yamdrok Lake, one of Tibeta��s holiest and most beautiful lakes. Yamdrok Lake sits at 4450m and is an amazing turquoise color. The 7191m Mt. Nojin Kangtsang can be seen in the distance. After visiting the lake, you will drive to the mid-sized town of Gyantse. Gyantse, elevation 3950m, is famous for its massive hilltop military fort and for the Pelkor Chode Monastery, which has the tallest Tibetan Buddhist stupa in Tibet.

Day 6: Gyantse-Shigatse 90kms, 1.5 hours

In the morning, you will depart Gyantse for Shigatse, Tibeta��s second largest city. Shigatse, elevation 3840m, is home to the Tashilhunpo Monastery. Along with exploring the monastery, you can also hike the ancient pilgrim circuit along with hundreds of Tibetan worshippers.

Day 7: Shigatse-Sakya-Shegar (New Tingri) 290kms, 6 hours

This day you will depart Shigatse and drive to Sakya Monastery. Sakya Monastery, elevation 4310m, was established in the year 1268. Its fortress-like appearance is unique among monasteries in Tibet. From Sakya, you will drive to the small town of Shegar, also known as New Tingri. In Shegar, elevation 4330m, you can explore the Shegar Monastery as well as hike up to the remains of the old Shegar Dzong.

Day 8: Shegar-Rongbhu Monastery-Everest Base Camp 125kms, 4 hours

From Shegar, you will set out for Mt. Everest Base Camp. You will cross over the Pang La pass, which rises to nearly 5200m. The pass has a sweeping view of the Himalaya Mountains. Eight kilometers before Everest Base Camp is Rongbhu Monastery, the highest monastery in the world at 5000m. After visiting Rongbhu, you will continue on to Mt. Everest Base Camp, which lies at 5200m.

Day 9: Everest Base Camp-Old Tingri 80kms, 3 hours

This day you will depart the Everest region for the small town of Old Tingri, elevation 4335m. Along the way, you will pass Mt. Cho Oyu, the 6th highest mountain in the world. This route will also pass through a few small villages which you can stop at and explore.

Day 10: Old Tingri- Dram (Nepal Border) 185kms, 5 hours

From Old Tingri, you will drive to Dram, the last town before the Nepal border. Along the way to Dram, you will cross over the Tong La pass at 5000m. This pass has an amazing sweeping view of the Himalaya mountains. In Dram, you will go through immigration and enter into Kodari, the first town on the Nepal side of the border.

This itinerary can be modified in any way. Contact us for prices and more information regarding this trip.

Journey to Mount Kailash


Day 1:

Welcome to Lhasa! Your guide and driver will meet you at the train station or airport and transfer you to your hotel.

Day 2: Jokhang Temple and the Barkhor Circuit

Lhasa, elevation 3650m, is the holiest city in Tibet and each day pilgrims from across the Tibetan Plateau arrive in the city to worship at one of the many temples found there. You will spend 3 full days exploring the city. The first day you will visit Jokhang Temple, the most famous temple in Tibet. From the rooftop you will see religious pilgrims prostrating in front to the Jowo Buddha statue inside the monastery. Afterwards, you will explore the endless maze of markets and restaurants that line the ancient Barkhor circuit. While exploring the Barkhor circuit, you will rub elbows with Tibetan pilgrims who are prostrating their way around the Tibetan Quarter.

Day 3: Potala Palace and Sera Monastery

In the morning, you will visit the Potala Palace, the most recognizable structure in Tibet. Built in the year 637, the Potala Palace rises 13 stories and has more than 1000 rooms. In the afternoon, you will visit the great monastery of Sera, where monk debates take place each day. If you are interested in hiking, there is a pilgrimage circuit around the monastery that takes about an hour to complete.

Day 4: Drepung Monastery, Ramoche Temple and the Tibetan Quarter

This day you will explore Drepung Monastery. Drepung was formerly the largest monastery in the world and is still one of the 3 most important monasteries in Tibet. Below Drepung is Nechung Monastery, the former home of Tibeta��s state oracle. In the afternoon, we will visit Ramoche Temple as well as a small nunnery in the Tibetan Quarter.

Day 5: Lhasa-Yamdrok Lake-Gyantse 260kms, 5.5 hours

You will travel from Lhasa to Yamdrok Lake, one of Tibeta��s holiest and most beautiful lakes. Yamdrok Lake sits at 4450m and is an amazing turquoise color. The 7191m Mt. Nojin Kangtsang can be seen in the distance. After visiting the lake, you will drive to the mid-sized town of Gyantse. Gyantse, elevation 3950m, is famous for its massive hilltop military fort and for the Pelkor Chode Monastery, which has the tallest Tibetan Buddhist stupa in Tibet.

Day 6: Gyantse-Shigatse 90kms, 1.5 hours

In the morning, you will depart Gyantse for Shigatse, Tibeta��s second largest city. Shigatse, elevation 3840m, is home to the Tashilhunpo Monastery. Along with exploring the monastery, you can also hike the ancient pilgrim circuit along with hundreds of Tibetan worshippers.

Day 7: Shigatse-Lhatse 150kms, 3 hours

From Shigatse, you will drive to Lhatse, which lies at 4020m. In Lhatse, you can wander around the Lhatse Chode Monastery and observe the local Tibetan culture found in town.
*Alternative is to add a day or two and include Everest Base Camp

Day 8: Lhatse-Saga 300kms, 6 hours

This route will begin to take you through the nomadic regions of Tibeta��s far west. You will pass by the turquoise waters of Ngamring Lake and cross numerous river valleys before arriving in the small town of Saga, elevation 4490m.

Day 9: Saga-Paryang 230kms, 5 hours

You will continue following the upper reaches of the Brahmaputra River going through vast expanses of grasslands home to yaks and sheep before arriving in Paryang, elevation 4590m.

Day 10: Paryang-Lake Manasarovar 250kms, 6 hours

After driving through wide expanse of high altitude grasslands, you will arrive at the holy lake of Manasarovar, which lies at 4585m. Manasarovar is an important pilgrimage destination not only for Tibetans, but also for Hindua��s from India and Nepal. From the lake, you can see Mt. Kailash in the distance.

Day 11: Lake Manasarovar

You will stay a second night at Lake Manasarovar, the highest fresh water lake in the world.

Day 12: Lake Manasarovar-Darchen 35kms, 1 hour

In the late morning, you will make the short drive from Lake Manasarovar to Darchen, the starting point of the Kailash trek. Darchen sits at 4670m. In Darchen, you can stock up on supplies for the trek.

Day 13: Trek from Darchen-Dira Phug 18kms, 5 to 6 hours

Walk along beautiful rocky cliffs and take pictures of breathtaking waterfalls. Take deep breaths of fresh air. From time to time, the face of Mt. Kailash will appear. Dira Phug sits at 5050m.

Day 14: Trek from Dira Phug-Dolma La Pass 22kms, 8 hours

Hike across a valley up to the Dolma-La Pass. By the late afternoon arrive at Zuthal Puk, the cave of miracles where the Tibetan poet-saint Milarepa once stayed.

Day 15: Trek from Dolma La Pass-Darchen 14kms, 4 hours

After finishing your circuit of Mt. Kailash, your car will pick you up and take you to Darchen. Stay overnight at Lake Manasarovar.

Day 16: Lake Manasarovar-Paryang 250kms, 6 hours

You will begin the journey back to Lhasa.

Day 17: Paryang-Saga 230kms, 5 hours

Returning to Lhasa

Day 18: Saga-Shigatse 450kms, 9 hours

Returning to Lhasa

Day 19: Shigatse-Lhasa 270kms, 6 hours

Returning to Lhasa

Day 20: Depart from Lhasa

This itinerary can be modified in any way. Contact us for prices and more information regarding this trip.