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Welcome to TIBET – a land so rich in culture and tradition steeped in religion along the far flung unique landscape, aptly called the Roof of the World. Let the age old Tibetan mysteries cast an enchanted spell on you which hold you in thrill and excitement.
The first part of the tour takes you over the majestic Himalaya offering you the long cherished breathtaking view of the Himalayan range including MT EVEREST (8,848 m) by an hour long Trans-Himalayan flight from KATHMANDU to LHASA.
The 2nd part brings you so close to the Shangri-la of TIBET making you feel yourself as being a part of a unique culture richly woven with legends, myths, rituals and festivals when you are in LHASA: cultural capital of TIBET, later en route to the border, GYANTSE & XIGATSE: central cultural centres.
The 3rd part is the focus of this tour. It takes you to one of the remote parts of Tibet for 5 days trekking from Ganden to Samye. Ganden Monastery is the home town of Gelugpa sect (yellow hat) and Samye Monastery is the 1st monastery in Tibet which was instrumental in introducing Buddhism in Tibet. The trek, although short, gives you the feeling of being in the real Tibet with small Tibetan villages, passes, lakes, meadows perfectly lying in between two major monasteries of Tibet: Ganden & Samye.
During its last part, every descent right from Lalung La (pass of 5,050 m) starts telling you how high the plateau is along with the fascinating views of the incredible formation of the highest plateau of the world with awesomely beautiful rocks, cascades and canyons slightly hidden in the thin flying mists amidst the mighty presence of MT CHO OYU (8,201 m) & MT XISHAPAGMA (8,012 m).
In brief, your memories of this holiday in TIBET is enriched by the lingering impression of the most lavishly decorated huge monasteries & temples, saffron colored monks, ever smiling people with their typical lifestyle and above all, the challenging Himalayas.
Just join our tour. You will be fascinated!
Morning transfer to the airport. Fly (1 hr.) to LHASA by Air China CA 408 over crossing the highest Himalayan ranges of the world. Transfer to LHASA city through the new tunnel (45 min) and check-in to your hotel. Full rest for acclimatization.
Full day sightseeing tour of Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Bazaar. Overnight at hotel.
AM: visit Drepung Monastery. PM: visit Sera Monastery. Overnight at hotel.
TREK FROM GANDEN TO SAMYE (Duration 5 days):
Drive to Ganden and visit Ganden Monastery and in the afternoon, start trek from Ganden to Nomad Camp 4,150 m. Overnight camp.
End trek at SAMYE MONASTERY and visit the monastery and drive to TSEDANG, the centre of Tibetan civilization, through the bridge over the Brahmaputra river. (1 ½ hrs) Overnight Camp.
AM: Visit Yumbu Lakhang, the oldest castle in Tibet and on the way back, visit Thandruk Monastery.PM: Scenic drive to GYANTSE, the central Tibetan commercial town passing by the beautiful lake (YAMDROKE LAKE) over crossing 2 high passes of KAMBA LA (4,794 m)& KARO LA (5,010 m). – HTL
AM: visit PHALKOR MONASTERY and KUMBUM STUPA. PM: Drive to XIGATSE, another central town of Tibet where the most beautiful monastery called TASHILHUMPU MONASTERY (belonging to Panchen Lama) which will be visited in the late afternoon– HTL.
Picturesque drive to OLD TINGRI ( a typically old Tibetan township) by over crossing the high pass GYTSO LA (pass of 5220 m: the highest pass en route) – GUEST HOUSE
Scenic drive to ZHANGMU via LALUNG LA (Pass of 5,050 M) from where one can enjoy the fascinating view of MT SHISHAPAGMA (8,012 m) & MT CHO OYU(8,201 m) (weather permitting) and continue downhill drive to ZHANGMU (border town) through the amazing landscape which reveals the secrets of the wonderful formation of the Tibetan plateau around 60 million years ago. Then, after necessary border formalities at ZHANGMU (Chinese immigration) and Kodari (Nepali immigration), scenic drive to KATHMANDU through the green lush scenic Nepalese countryside. It is a bit long day today. – Transfer to your hotel.