Day 1.Arrive In Lhasa
You will be met at the Lhasa airport or train station by your Tibetan guide and transferred to the 4 star Tashinota Kangsang Hotel, elevation 3600 meters. You can then explore the nearby Old Town of Lhasa and the markets lining Barkhor Square.
Overnight in 4-star Tashinota hotel
Day 2. Lhasa City Sightseeing, Visit Jokhang Temple And Sera Monastery(B)
After breakfast, you will visit the Jokhang, the holiest Buddhist temple in all of the Himalaya. Each day, many thousands of Buddhist pilgrims come here to worship. Many have traveled well over a thousand kilometers by foot to see this 1400-year-old temple. After lunch, you will visit the 600-year-old huge monastery complex of Sera. While at Sera, you watch the monks engage in entertaining Buddhist philosophical debates. In the evening, you will have free time to wander around the Old Town on your own.
4-star Tashinota Kangsang Hotel
Day 3. Lhasa City Sightseeing, Visit Drepung Monastery, Potala Palace (B)
Today you will start your day by visiting the massive 1000 room Potala Palace, the most iconic building in Tibet. You will work your way up the steps of the Potala and then go through the most important rooms in this famous UNESCO site. After lunch, you will explore Norbulingka Palace and Ramoche Temple.
Norbulingka is the Summer Palace of Dalai Lama, they are three palaces inside the Norbulingka.
Ramoche Temple is famous across Tibet for the 8 years old statue of Buddha Shakyamuni and is a great place to observe Local Tibetans. In the late afternoon and evening, you will have free time to explore Lhasa on your own or do some souvenir shopping.
4-star Tashinota Kangsang Hotel
Day 4. Lhasa - Drak Yerpa Meditation Cave - Ganden Monastery - Drigung Till Monastery - Tidrum Nunnery Hot Spring [4,400m], 150Km, Around 5-6hours Drive (B)
After breakfast, we drive through Nachen la pass and drive into Yerpa valley and visit Drakyerpa meditation caves of great masters including King Srongtsen Gonpo, Guru Rinpoche, Atisha, Lalung Paldor. The meditation cave was built during the 7th century by the King Srongtsen Gonpo’s Tibetan princess to study and practice Buddha Dharma.
After Drakyerpa, we drive to Ganden monastery. The first monastery of Geluk school in Tibet. Ganden monastery was built in 1419 by Je Tsongkhapa. The kora hike around Ganden monastery is a beautiful way to enjoy the nature and valley with villages and river.
From Ganden, there is around 70km to Drigung till monastery, which is the main monastery of Drigung Kagyu school in Tibet. The best sky burial in Tibet is located at Drigung till monastery but it is only allowed to visit for local Tibetans.
There is a Yogi in Drigung monastery namely Gelong Tashi Rapten, sometimes when the Yogi is not in meditation, Travelers can visit him for a blessing. After Drigung we drive to Tidrum nunnery hot spring. A small Nyingma Kagyu nunnery with a pure clean hot spring. Travelers can choose to spend a night in Tidrum nunnery guest house to spend more time with locals and enjoy the hot spring with the local Tibetans.
Overnight in Guest house in Tidrum nunnery
No private bathroom and no shower
Breakfast in the nunnery Restaurant
Day 5. Tidrum Nunnery - Siji Lhatso Lake - Woka Choelong Monastery - Hidden Beauties Woka Valley - Sangri Monastery - Tsetang [3,100m], 400Km, Around 7-8hours Drive (B)
Today we drive from Tidrum nunnery towards east to Siji Lhatso Lake, where we will witness the beautiful nature with different colors of flowers and mountains and grassland. We then drive to Woka valley to visit the Woka Choelong monastery. Once Tibetan master Je Tsongkhapa spends few years at Woka choelong to practice the Buddha Dharma. He practices prostration and mandala on hard stone, which the prints of his hand and body is still on the stone for a blessing.
Here if we are lucky, we can ask a more for short teaching, which Guide can translate.
After we drive to Sangri monastery near Lhoka town. We then drive to Tsetang for a night.
3-star Post hotel
Day 6. Tsetang - Samye Monastery - Chimpuk Meditation Cave -Yemalung Meditation Cave [4,200m], 150 Km, Around 4-5 Hours Drive (B)
We drive to Yumbulakang Palace to witness the first palace and first field in Tibet, which dates back to around 3rd 4th century. After we drive to Samye monastery. We will visit Chimpuk meditation cave and Yemalung meditation cave for few hours hike on the hill plus if we have merit, we can get a chance to meet Yogis for a blessing and if they are not in meditation, we can chat with them about Buddha Dharma. We will also visit the nunnery at Chimpuk meditation cave and spend few minutes with the nuns for a blessing.
Later we will visit Samye monastery, which is the first monastery in Tibet, built during the 8th century by King Trisong Deutsen and Guru Rinpoche and Kenchen Shewatso.
Overnight in Guest house
No private bathroom and no shower
Day 7. Samye — Yamdrok Lake — Samding Nunnery — Karo La Glacier - Ralung Monastery — Gyantse - Shigatse [3,900m], 420Km, Around 7-8hours Drive (B)
Today we drive towards the south to Yamdrok lake through Gambala pass ( 4900 meters ) we stop near the lake for a short hike and have some time near the lake. We drive to Samding nunnery, which was one of the important nunneries in Tibet with less tourist.
We drive to Karo la glaciers to witness the beauties of Mount Nojin Kangtsen (7400 meters)
After the glaciers, we will turn to Ralung monastery, which is one of the main monasteries of Drukpa Kagyu school in Tibet. It was once the home of Yogis and one of the bigger Buddhist school in Tibet.
Ralung monastery is very peaceful with almost no tourist and sometimes not even locals so one of the best places to visit the less tourist monastery in Tibet. We can get the blessing of Drukpa Kagyu mastery Je Tsangpa Gyare.
We then drive to Gyantse, where we will visit the Palkor chode monastery and Kumbum stupa with 100 thousands images of Buddha for a blessing.
Then along the Friendship southern Hwy drive to Gyantse, visit the famous stupa - Gyantse Kumbum, one of the most stunning architectural wonders in Tibet. Late afternoon drive to Shigatse via visiting Shalu monastery along the way, which has one of the best wall painting in Tibet.
Overnight at 4 star Gesar Hotel
Day 8. Shigatse / Namtso Lake [4,700m], 420Km, Around 7-8hours Drive (B)
After breakfast then drive to Nyemo valley to see nomads and farmers and nature, No tourist (this will be highlight for the day so you can spend lots of time and then drive to Yangpachen hot spring pool and you can decide to go in or not by paying entrance fees directly at there and drive to Damxung, on the way you will see Mt. Tanggu-la (7500m) and drive through grasslands to Namtso lake, “Heavenly Lake.” Before getting to the lake we will drive through the (Largen la pass (5200m) see the view of the lake from far and then still drive about 35km and we will reach the Lake. On the way, we will see Nomads around Namtso lake and stay overnight at a lake for sunset, sunrise, and stars at the night.
Overnight in Sheep guest house
No private bathroom, No Shower
Day 9. Namtso / Lhasa [3,595m], 250Km, 4hours Drive
Enjoying the sunrise at Namtso Lake, walk a little bit near the lakeside, afternoon drive back to Lhasa.
Happy nomads family dwelled their cozy yak wool tent on the grassy pastures and some close to the road are visitable for having a new experience, before reaching Lhasa the fertile valleys are nice looking with villages and their orthogonal fields.
Overnight at 4-star Tashinota hotel
Day 10. Lhasa Airport / Train Station Dropping Off
Morning Lhasa airport or train station dropping off, the time comes to say your farewells to your guide and driver, end the trip.