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9 DAYS EASY ACCLIMATIZING HISTORIC AND SPIRITUAL JOURNEY

The nine Days Easy Acclimatizing Historic and Spiritual Journey is an incredibly beautiful adventure suited even for those who don’t want to visit high altitude areas. We will start in Lhasa, the capital of Tibet. You will visit UNESCO World Heritage sites: Potala Palace, the winter residence of the Dalai Lamas, and 7th century Jokhang Temple. On the next day, we will spend time in Sera and Drepung Monasteries. Both monasteries are some of the largest and the most important in Tibet.

After that, we will take the scenic road to Tsedang, the cradle of Tibetan civilization. We will see Yumbulakhang, the first fort in Tibet, and Samye Monastery – the first Buddhist monastery in Tibet.

We will continue journey to see majestic Yamdrok lake and explore Palcho monastery and Kumbum stupa in Tsedang. After that, we will make the last stop in Shigatse to visit Tashi Lhunpo monastery before returning to Lhasa.

Yumbulakhang the oldest building in Tibet

Main Attractions: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Drepung and Sera Monasteries, Barkhor Street, Yumbulakhang, Samye Monastery, Trandruk Monastery, Yamdrok Lake, Palcho Monastery, Kumbum Stupa, Tashi Lhunpo Monastery

Duration: 9 days

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

Maximum Elevation: 4,794 m/ 15,730 ft

Best Time to Travel: Year-round

DETAILED ITINERARY

View on Bakhor Street in Lhasa

Day 1 – Arrival in Lhasa

You arrive at the Lhasa Gonggar airport or the train station. The airport is 62 km/ 39 miles away from the city, and it takes approximately 1 hour to get to the hotel from there. On the way to Lhasa, you will enjoy beautiful views of the mountains. The train station is located in Lhasa, and we will only need a short transfer to the your hotel.

Depending on the time of your arrival, you might have some free time to spend in Lhasa. Our guides will be happy to advise you on what you can do in Lhasa. After you check in the hotel, you are welcome to explore the city, visit nearby temples, do some shopping, try delicious Tibetan food in one of the local restaurants, or just take a rest.

Walking around Barkhor street can be an excellent choice for your first day in Lhasa. You will join crowds of pilgrims, local Tibetans, and monks circumambulating the Jokhang temple.

Most importantly, on your first day in Tibet, relax, enjoy your day and allow some time for acclimatizing.

Potala Palace seen from the Chak Pori Hill in Lhasa Tibet

Day 2 – Lhasa city tour: Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple (Walking Tour)

We are visiting the two most important religious sites in Tibet.

The Potala Palace was the seat of the Dalai Lamas since the 7th century. We will go inside and spend approximately 1.5 – 2 hours there. You will see many of artifacts.

In the afternoon you will have lunch. If time permits, you can walk around the Potala Palace and joins many Tibetans.

After that, we will walk towards the Jokhang temple. It was build in the 7th century to display the Jowo Shakyamuni Statue of the 12-year-old Buddha at the time bore the enlightenment. The statue was created at the time when historical Buddha lived. It is elaborately decorated with gold, jewels, and precious stones.

After visiting the temple, we recommend you walking around the Barkhor street.

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Day 3 – Lhasa city tour: Drepung and Sera Monasteries

We are visiting the two most important monasteries in the capital.

First, we will visit Drepung monastery which once was the biggest monastery in the world with over 10,000 monks living there. It was the residence of Dalai Lamas before the Potala Palace was built. We have lunch after the visit.

In the afternoon we are visiting Sera Monastery. It was founded by Tsongkhapa’s disciple in the 15th century. Nowadays it is famous for monks debate that you can witness. Debates are an essential part of learning and understanding Buddhism. Monks gather in the courtyard in the shade of trees to refine their knowledge.

Yumbulakhang the oldest fort in Tibet

Day 4 – Driving from Lhasa to Samye via Tsedang. Visiting Trandruk Monastery and Yambulakhang

It takes approximately 4 hours to drive to Tsedang from Lhasa. We will make a stop on the way by the bank of Brahmaputra River.

After applying for the permit in Tsedang, we will visit Trandruk Monastery. The monastery is one of the oldest in Tibet, dating back to the 7th century. It was constructed at the same time as Jokhang temple, and the architectural design follows a similar pattern. The monastery houses an important ancient Tara embroidery made of 29,000 pearls.

In the afternoon we will visit Yumbulakhang, the oldest building in Tibet present nowadays and the first fort. It later became a monastery. However, its design is unique for Tibet.

After visiting Yumbulakhang we will drive to Samye and stay there overnight.

Samye Monastery the first monastery in Tibet

Day 5 – Samye. Visiting the first Buddhist monastery built in Tibet

In the morning we will head towards the Samye monastery. It is the first monastery in Tibet. The monastery complex is designed in a shape of the mandala to resemble the structure of the universe.

After visiting the monastery, we will go up the Hepo Ri Hill, where centuries ago Padma Sambhava subdued the demons and helped to establish Buddhism in Tibet. From the hill, there is a splendid view on Samye, Brahmaputra river, and surrounding valley.

White yak by holy Yamdrok lake in Tibet

Day 6 – Driving to Gyantse: Yamdrok lake and glaciers.

Today we will travel on some of the most beautiful roads in Tibet on our drive to Gyantse. Be prepared to take photos of the breathtaking views as we go up to the highest point of the day – Kamba La Pass (almost 4,800 meters / 15,750 ft).

Our next stop will be at the Yamdrok Lake. It is one of the holy lakes in Tibet, and it is famous for its turquoise colored water.

After that, we will head towards Gyantse. On the way there, we will make a stop to see the spectacular Karola glaciers.

Finally, we will reach Gyantse in the evening and stay overnight in a local hotel.

Nine storey Kumbum Stupa, the largest s

Day 7 – Driving to Shigatse: Palcho Monastery and Kumbum Stupa.

In Gyantse, morning we will visit the monastery and the biggest stupa and then drive towards Shigatse. In the afternoon we will visit Tashi Lhunpo monastery, the seat of Panchen Lamas.

We will stay overnight in hotel in Shigatse.

Tibetans visiting Tashi Lhunpo monastery

Day 8 – Driving from Shigatse to Lhasa.

In the morning we will visit Tashilumpo Monastery, the seat of Panchen Lamas. This monastery was founded by the first Dalai Lama, and it is one of the most important monasteries in Tibet. You can take photos in some of the chapels for an additional fee.

We will take the Friendship Highway on the way back to Lhasa. It is the most direct route and usually takes around six hours to reach the capital. We will make several stops on the way in order to enjoy the views of the Brahmaputra River. In the afternoon, you might have some free time to prepare for your departure the next day.

Group tour near airport

Day 9 – Lhasa to Airport/Train station

Please prepare in advance for your departure. It takes approximately one hour to drive to the airport. We will arrive at the airport two hours before your domestic flight.

Tibetan women spinning prayer wheels

WHATS INCLUDED

  • All necessary Travel Permits to travel in Tibet
  • All accommodations based on double occupancy
  • Ground transportation in a clean and comfortable vehicle or taxi
  • Airport or train station pick up and drop off
  • English speaking Tibetan guide
  • All entrance fees, tickets to the attraction sites and monasteries outlined in the itinerary
  • Breakfast in hotels

ADD EXPERIENCES

why choose us?

  • Affordable group tour rates and regular departures
  • Always local Tibetan guides and authentic experience
  • Excellent reviews from our clients
  • Absolutely no forced shopping
  • Support local Tibetan businesses
It was really an amazing experience to travel with Wonders of Tibet. Their team is very professional, helpful and considerate! The itinerary is very well designed, communication is very smooth the whole time, I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to visit Tibet!

Becky, review from TripAdvisor

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