This one week Tibet highlight vacation includes culture and landscape sightseeing. For people who do not want much adventure but do want to experience the beautiful Tibet landscape and people in such a shor time, this trip fits the most.
Day 1 Arrival and transfer to Lhasa,o/n in hotel,rest
Day 2 In Lhasa,visit Potala Palace,Jokhang Temple,Barkhor Bazaar
Day 3 In Lhasa,visit Drepung and Sera Monasteries
Day 4 Lhasa-Damxung County-Lake Nam-Tso-Damxung (340 km)
Day 5 Damxung-Yangpachen-Shogula Pass (5300m)-Tadruka-Shigatse city (3900m, 280km distance, northern China-Nepal friendship Hwy)
Day 6 Shigatse city tour-Gyantse (3950m,90 km),Pelkhor Monastery-Lake Yamdrok Tso-Lhasa,o/n in hotel
Day 7 hotel-airport/train station transfer, leave Tibet for next stop
Please be noted if you do not want to have the night stop in Damxung but back to Lhasa, this case it can be further customized as below which is a famous Tibet tour route:
Trip outline for similar tour
Day1 get to Lhasa,rest well for altitude
Day2 in Lhasa:Potala Palace,Jokhang Temple & Barkhor Bazaar
Day3 in Lhasa: Drepung & Sera Monastery
Day4 Lhasa-Yangpachen Geothermal-Damxung county-Namtso-Lake-Lhasa[500km roundtrip]
Day5 Lhasa-Lake Yamdrok-Gyantse (Palkhor Monastery & Kumbum Stupa)-Shigatse (350km)
Day6 Shigatse (Tashilhunpo Monastery & Local free market)-Lhasa (280km)
Day7 Leave Lhasa for next stop
Day 1 Arrival by train or air, transfer to Lhasa, check in hotel, rest for acclimatization
Upon your arrival at Lhasa Gonggar Airport or Lhasa Newwu Train Station, your Tibetan local guide and driver will pick you up with your name sign, and then they will transfer you to Lhasa city safely. Please be not so anxious to walk much around hotel to see this that, but you do need a good rest in your hotel for needed acclimatization, otherwise you maybe under the weather little bit and easy get mountain sickness. Accommodation: 3 stars standard and centrally located hotel (or any kinds of accommodations as per your idea)
Day 02 Guided sightseeing tour in Lhasa
Today what we will visit in Lhasa is the vital Potala Palace and the Jokhang Temple with her vicinities. Potala palace is Lhasa's most important landmark and she a wonder of Eastern architecture. Your first site of this massive structure will be a magical moment which will be remembered for your rest life time. It has been a palace since the fifth or sixth century and was once the home to the Dalai Lama. Well another visit we will take is to Jokhang Temple which locoates at Barkhor Bazaar. This temple is the most revered shrine in Tibet and is constantly bustling with devout worshippers. We will also be given the opportunity to shop in Barkor Bazaar, the crowded central market in ancient section of Lhasa where is the residence of many local people.
Day 03 Guided sightseeing tour in Lhasa
After breakfasts in hotel, we will drive to west Lhasa city section (about 11km) and give a visit to the Drepung Monastery, which was once the world's largest monastery. Housing 10,000 monks, Drepung monastery lies hidden in rocky ridges just beyond the city. Surprisingly much of the building was left untouched throughout so many hundred of years.
In the afternoon, the site we will visit is Sera Monastery, a fifteenth century sprawl of golden roofs and whitewashed walls. This well preserved monastery is located just a few miles North of Lhasa and is home to several hundred monks. Its famous debating activities are happening 3-4pm quite regularly every working day, we will not give it a miss.
Day 4 - Lhasa-Damxung County-Lake Nam-Tso-Damxung (340 km)
To experience the natural views of Tibet is a dream of many tourists. This one day trip will offer you great opportunity to see the real Tibet. You will see the great mountains, huge grasslands, local nomads, sheep, yaks, goats, horses, and most importantly, you will feel the pure huge lake-Nam-Tso, which is 4718m high. It is the second-largest saltwater lake in China, the first being Koko Nor (Qinghai-Lake) in Qinghai province. More and more people want to visit this holy lake. In clear weather the water is a miraculous shade of turquoise and there are magnificent views of the nearby mountains. The wide open spaces, dotted with the tents of local drokpas (Nomads) are intoxicating. By the way, if you are interested, you can do hours meditation in the caves on Tashi Dor Island in Nam-Tso Lake. In the afternoon, we drive to stay in Damxung Jinzhu Hotel or Damxung Nyenchen Tanglha Hotel, or similar one.
Day 5-Damxung-Yangpachen-Shogula Pass (5300m)-Tadruka-Shigatse city (3900m, 280km distance, northern China-Nepal friendship Hwy) check in Manasarover Hotel, Gangjian Hotel, etc
Today is an amazing day because we will sightsee more about the Tibet Natural side. We will have a closer look at the vast plains of Changtang, nomads, animals, Tibetan landscapes, snow-covered mountains, Brahmaputra River. We may get to Shigatse at around 2 pm, take easy lunch, and then we will visit Tashilhunpo Monastery (or we leave it to tomorrow and arrange free afternoon on our own).
Day 6 - Shigatse city tour-Gyantse (3950m, 90 km), Palkhor Monastery-Lake Yamdrok-Lhasa, rest
In the morning, we take an easy walk to visit Panchen Lama's residence-Tashilhunpo Monastery. It is one of the few monasteries in Tibet that weathered the stormy seas of the Cultural Revolution relatively unscathed. We will also visit the tombs of Panchen Lamas (from the 4th to the 10th, Panchen, Tibetan meaning is Great Scholar and the title was traditionally bestowed on abbots of Tashilhunpo. After touring in Shigatse city, we drive 90 km to Gyantse and have lunch here, then visit Pelkor Choede Monastery (Gyantse Kumbum) and Gyantse Dzong, then drive along the southern route to visit Lake Yamdrok, where we take around 1 hour for shooting pictures, then we drive safely to Lhasa around 7 pm.
Day7 Fly onward to Kathmandu, Nepal or extend to China by air or train
Your personal driver and the guide will see you off to airport or train station, your Tibet tour with us ends. And hopefully it will leave you unforgettable memory in your whole life.