Lhasa Holy City and Countryside Tour
International - WEST CHINA & TIBET TOUR - Lhasa Holy City and Countryside Tour
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Itinerary

Overview

This tour is focused on the holy city and monasteries in Lhasa. To avoid the boring time in too many monasteries, we especially arrange a real family visit, Ganden kora and Drak Yerpa hill climbing out of Lhasa. You will not only feel the Tibetan Buddhism Atmosphere in the Old Town, but also hill climbing and half day kora out of the city. The tour is suitable for people who neither have much time planned in Tibet, nor want to spend all the time just in the monasteries.

Day 01 Arrive at Lhasa for acclimatization by air or train

Today's highlights:

Airport/train station transfer to hotel, Acclimatize to the High Altitude.

Details:

Fly into Lhasa or arrive in Lhasa by train. Local guide will meet you and transfer you to Lhasa. On the way, you can appreciate the heart-beating highland view along the Yarlong Tsangpo river (the longest river in Tibet and highest river on the earth with an average altitude of 4,000 meters), originating from Jiemayangzong Glacier on the northern Himalayas.

Day 02 Sightseeing in Lhasa

Today's highlights:

Potala Palace, Jokhang temple, Barkhor Street

Details:

Today, you will visit the highest palace in the world-Potala Palace which is the Dalai Lama's winter palace. It locates on the red hill, a good viewing point in Lhasa.

In the afternoon, we go to the renowned Jokhang Temple which will provide you one of your first sights of devout Tibetans. In the temple you will see the glistening Sakyamuni statue which is considered as Tibetan Buddhism's rarity.

After then, stroll around the bustling Barkhor Street.

Day 03 Lhasa-Ganden or Drak Yerpa-Lhasa

Today's highlights:

Ganden Kora, Family Visit in Countryside, Drak Yerpa

Details:

Drive to Ganden monastery, the first monastery belonged to Yellow Hat sect. You could see the countryside views there. One the way have a family visit (optional) You can have a easier or harder hike at Ganden. High kora or low kora depends on your physical condition. The high kora climbs Angkor Ri south of Ganden and then drops down the ridge to join up with the lower kora. The low kora is easier than high kora.

Drak Yerpa hermitage is one of the holiest cave retreats in Tibet. The site is deeply peaceful and has stunning views. There are many caves and retreats higher up the cliff face. There, you can have a climb on the hill. It is said that Lhasa is the shrine of Tibet, Drak Yerpa is the shrine of Lhasa. Without seeing Drak Yerpa in Lhasa is just like making a dress without the collar.

Day 04 Lhasa-Gonggar Airport or Train Station

Today's highlights:

Airport/train station transfer, Bid farewell to Lhasa

Details:

Transfer to Gonggar Airport or Lhasa Railway Station to take flight or train out of Lhasa.


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