Tibet Exploration (T11E)

Tibet Exploration (T11E)


Visit the “Roof of the World” in a 11 day tour though Tibet. Start your trip in the Sichuan city of Chengdu, known for pandas and spicy hotpot. Then set off into Tibet to see the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Lake Yamdrok, and Tashilunpo Monastery in Shigatse.

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Day 1: Chengdu

Arrive in Chengdu. Your will meet your tour guide and check in your hotel accommodation. For details of airport to hotel transportation,please contact your travel representative.

Day 2: Chengdu

Your first stop is the CHENGDU BREEDING AND RESEARCH BASE OF THE GIANT PANDA. Called a “living fossil,” the giant panda is one of the most primitive species in the world. There are now only about 2,000 giant pandas in the wild. The Chengdu Breeding and Research was built for the artificial breeding of giant pandas. Afterwards, visit the JINSHA SITE MUSEUM. This museum was built to protect, study, and display the archaeological finds of Jinsha Site, which was discovered by archaeologists in February 2001. The site is thought to date back about 3,000 years ago. 63 sacrificial spots, 6,000 pieces of precious relics, over 70 building spots, and 3 centralized cemeteries were unearthed here. Later, wander along the KUAN-ZHAI LANE, one of the oldest streets in Chengdu. Enjoy Sichuanese cuisine for dinner. (B/L/D)

Day 3: Chengdu - Nyingchi (10170 ft)

Nyingchi, a city located in the lower reaches of Yarlung Tsangpo River, is renowned for its scenic beauty. LULANG FOREST SEA, situated in the southeast of Nyingchi County and the northern side of the Yarlung Tsangpo River, is a typical plateau mountain meadow located in a panhandle about 15km long and 1km wide. In summer the whole area is covered in flowers. It is also one of the best spots to see the NAMJAG BARWA (Nanmche Barwa), the easternmost mountain in the world over 7,600 meters. (B/L/D)

Day 4: Nyingchi  - Lhasa (10,950 ft)

BAKSUM TSO LAKE lies in a deep valley at an altitude of 3,538 meters (11,607 feet). Surrounded by mountain ranges and lush trees, the lake is like an emerald embedded in a valley. The local Tibetan people see this as a holy lake of the Nyingmapa (Red) Sect. Admiring the reflection of the snow mountain in the clean and clear water is quite fantastic. (B/L/D)

Day 5: Lhasa 

Visit POTALA PALACE. At 13 stories tall, this was once the home of the Dalai Lama and now houses many Tibetan artifacts and Buddhist art. The palace is separated into two sections: the White Palace and the Red Palace. The entrance to the White Palace has a triple stairway, with the middle set reserved only for the Dalai Lama. Be prepared to climb the structural base’s 2000 steps to reach the palaces. The view of Lhasa and the relics inside the palace are well worth the climb. Then, visit NORBU LINGKA, a lovely park where many summer palaces were built for the Dalai Lamas to reside. (B/L/D)

Day 6: Lhasa  - Tsetang (9,600 ft)

Visit the TIBET MUSEUM, which houses artifacts found in Tibet dating back to prehistoric times. Board your bus for the city of TSETANG, one of the largest cities in Tibet. You will see the Yarlung Tsangpo River along the way. At 1800 miles long, this is one of the major rivers in Asia and provides irrigation and transportation for local Tibetans. The river flows out of Tibet and joins the Ganges in India. Visit SAMYE MONASTERY, the first Buddhist monastery in Tibet. Founded during the 8th century, this monastery was the site of a public debate that determined the Indian school of Buddhism would be followed in Tibet. (B/L/D)

Day 7: Tsetang 

CHANGZHUG MONASTERY is the largest and most important of the surviving royal foundations in the Yarlung Valley. It is said to have been founded in the 7th century under King Songtsän Gampo. The most important treasure of Tradruk is a thangka embroidered with thousands of pearls which is said to have been made by Princess Wencheng herself. It depicts Wencheng as the White Tara. Then, visit YUMBU LAKHANG, an ancient palace that is considered the first building in Tibet. According to legend, Yumbu Lakhang was built in the second century BC for the first king of Tibet. Climb (or ride one of the many horses stationed below the palace) to the palace for some impressive views of the Tibetan countryside. The palace became a shrine under the reign of the fifth Dalai Lama, and so houses many golden statues of the Buddha. (B/L/D)

Day 8: Tsetang - Lake Yamdrok (14,400 ft) - Gyangtse (13,255 ft) - Shigatse (12,585 ft)

Today visit LAKE YAMDROK, one of the four holy lakes in Tibet. Many Tibetans make pilgrimages to the lake, which they consider to be the transformation of a goddess. This beautiful lake reflecting the surrounding snow-capped mountains is unforgettable. On your bus tour to the Shigatse city, stop at Gyangtse and visit the KARUOLA GLACIER. You can even see this amazing glacier from the road. Spend your night in Shigatse. (B/L/D)

Day 9: Shigatse - Lhasa

Today, visit the TASHILUNPO MONASTERY, which is the largest Yellow Hat Sect monastery in Tibet. Board your train cabin on the Lhasa- Shigatse Railway. (The tour arrangement may be changed according to the train schedule.) Completed in 2014, the railway is 253 km long. This high-elevation railway will improve the transportation conditions in western Tibet and thus carbon emissions from commercial trucks, buses and automobiles will be greatly reduced. Enjoy the train scenery as the train continues on to Lhasa for about 3 hours. (B/L/D)

Day 10: Lhasa 

Visit BARKHOR STREET, the oldest street and market in Lhasa. Numerous shops offer all sorts of arts and crafts for the souvenir hunter. Visit SERA TEMPLE. There you can see the resident monks discuss scripture in the open air courtyards. (B/L/D)

Day 11: Lhasa Gonggar Airport - Home

Fly home or on to your next destination. (B)