8 days Lhasa tour
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Lhasa ( simplified pinyin: Lāsà; sometimes spelled Lasa) is the administrative capital of theTibet Autonomous Region in the People's Republic of China and the second most populous city on the Tibetan Plateau, after Xining. At an altitude of 3,490 metres (11,450 ft), Lhasa is one of the highest cities in the world. It contains many culturally significant Tibetan Buddhistsites such as the Potala Palace, Jokhang and Norbulingka palaces.
Lhasa is part of a prefecture, the Lhasa Prefecture, consisting of 7 small counties: Lhünzhub County, Damxung County, Nyêmo County, Qüxü County, Doilungdêqên County, Dagzê
Lhasa literally means "place of the gods". Ancient Tibetan documents and inscriptions demonstrate that the place was called Rasa, which either meant "goats' place", or, as a contraction of rawe sa, a "place surrounded by a wall," or 'enclosure', suggesting that the site was originally a hunting preserve within the royal residence on Marpori Hill. Lhasa is first recorded as the name, referring to the area's temple of Jowo, in a treaty drawn up between China and Tibet in 822 C.E.
DAY 01 KATHMANDU (1300 m) - LHASA (3,650 m) By Sichuan Air
Fly (1hr.) to LHASA over crossing the highest Himalayan ranges of the world. Transfer to LHASA through the new tunnel (45 min) and check-in to your hotel. Full rest for acclimatisation.
DAY 02 IN LHASA
Full day sightseeing tour to LHASA including POTALA PALACE, JOKHANG TEMPLE & BARKHOR BAZAAR – Overnight at hotel.
DAY 03 IN LHASA
Full day sightseeing tour to LHASA including DREPUNG & SERRA MONASTERIES. Overnight at hotel.
DAY 04 LHASA - XIGATZE (3,900 m): 280 KM
Scenic drive to XIGATSE, the west of LHASA through the northern road. The drive is scenic as the road drives along the valley made by BRAHMAPUTRA river (YARLUNG TSANGPO). Overnight at hotel.
DAY 05 XIGATSE - GYANTSE (3,950 m) : 90 KM
Morning sightseeing to the PANCHEN LAMA’S TASHILHUMPU MONASTERY. Afternoon, scenic drive to GYANTSE and visit to the KUMBUM STUPA & PHALKOR MONASTERY. Overnight at hotel.
DAY 06 GYANTSE - TSEDANG (3,400 m): 291 KM
Full day picturesque drive to TSEDANG crossing over KARO LA (pass of 5,010 m), KAMBA LA (pass of 4,794 m), colourful YAMDROK LAKE and continue drive along the Tibetan lifeline river BRAHMA PUTRA (YARLUNG TSANGPO) on to TSEDANG – Overnight at hotel.
DAY 07 TSEDANG - SAMYE - TSEDANG: 50+50 KM
Early morning drive SAMYE by the side of the BRAHMA PUTRA RIVER. Explore SAMYE MONASTERY and surroundings and in the afternoon, drive back to TSEDANG. Late afternoon, visit YUMBULAKHANG & also THANDRUK MONASTERY (Time permitting) – Overnight at hotel.
DAY 08 TSEDANG - KATHMANDU: By Sichuan Air
Early morning drive (2 hrs) to GONGGAR airport for departure flight to KATHMANDU.