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Day 01 Arrival Lhasa
Welcome to Tibet at Gonggar Airport ! Lhasa, the capital of China's Tibet Autonomous Region, has a history of more than 1,300 years. It is the political, economic, cultural and transport center of the region. Lhasa covers an area of close to 30,000 square km. It has a downtown of 544 square km and a population of 400,000; 140,000 of its people live in the downtown area. Lhasa is home to the Tibetan, Han, and Hui peoples, as well as many other ethnic groups, but the Tibetan ethnic group makes up 87 percent of the total population.
Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the hotel. Here, air is extremely pure and the sky is deep blue. This day would be kept for your acclimatization. It is advisable to drink plenty of water and have a good sleep for next day’s program.
Day 02 Lhasa sightseeing
Visit Potala Palace and Jokang Monastery today, then walk on the Barkhor street surrounding Jokhang, a big free market with its prolific stalls for selling local specialties.
Day 03 Lhasa sightseeing
Visit Drepung Monastery for the whole morning, later after lunch, visit Sera monastery. We can do the Sera Kora walk of about 1 hr and then catch the famous debate session (if the debate session is in process) of the monks before returning back to Lhasa.
Day 04 Lhasa/Reting
Monastery Overnight at Reting Monastery Guesthouse
In the morning head for Reting Monastery 180 kilometers north to Lhasa. Reting Monastery lies in the midst of an cypress forest. It was established in 1057 by Drom Toenpa, Atisha’s most important pupil. In the afternoon visit the Reting Monastery or villages down the Kyichu River valley.
Day 05 Reting/Nam Tso Overnight in Tented Camps [B+L+D]
In the morning drive on rugged road before reaching the Qinghai - Tibet Highway. Pass by Damxung town and the 5,150-meter Lhachen La before reaching the Nam Tso or Tengri Nor (holy lake in Mongolian) along the newly paved way and set up camp at Tashi Dorie peninsula. Nam Tso, the biggest salty lake of Tibet, is 70 kilometers long from east to west and 30 kilometers wide from north to south, covering an area of 1,920 square kilometers with an altitude of 4,700 meters above sea level. It is said the holy lake and the holy mountain Nyenchentangla are a loving couple who altogether guard the vast pasture and cattle. Explore the Tashi peninsula walking around the holy hill, the cliffs of which have eroded over the centuries. Also visit the nomads in yak hair tents who have been living on the pastures between the holy Nam Tso and Nyenchentangla.
Day 06 Nam Tso/Yanpacheng Overnight in Tented Camps [B+L+D]
Head for Yanpacheng. Cross over the Lhachen La and stop at Damxung to have lunch. Afterwards drive for about 2 hours along the Qinghai - Tibet Highway to come to Yanpacheng. Visit the monastery of Yanpacheng, once the seat of Sharmapa Lama, a reincarnated Living Buddha of the Kargyu lineage and the holder of the Gilt Red Hat. Yanpacheng is 90 km north of Lhasa and is rich in terrestrial heat and densely distributed with various fountains, geysers, hot springs, boiling springs as well as hot-water lakes. One may enjoy a bath in an indoor swimming pool, which is supplied by fresh hot springs of Yanpacheng.
Day 07 Yanpacheng—Darjeeling Overnight in Tented Camps [B+L+D]
Early morning, start trekking by the Shigatse - Golmud Highway (Qinghai - Tibet Highway) for about 4.5 hours to the Darjeeling Monastery (approx. 4.450 m). If possible, attend a prayer ceremony in the monastery and set up camp nearby the beautiful nun monastery.
Day 08 Darjeeling—Nangba Overnight in Tented Camps [B+L+D]
Trek on the expanded pastures with herds of yak and sheep; walk through valleys and small villages; cross over short hills. Trek about 5 hours and reach Nangba (approx. 4.950 m) to set up camp for the overnight stay.
Day 09 Nangba— Valley near Laten La Overnight in Tented Camps [B+L+D]
Leave Nangba and trek over highland pastures with herds of yak and sheep; keep on trekking upward to get across the Lhasar La (5.340 m), which is only recognized by a protruding rock. On the way cross over brooks; walk down a valley; climb a short distance to a pass and then descend to a high valley close to Laten La (approx. 5.050 m). Though the trekking time is about 8 hours, the journey is not hard and the campground is very beautiful.
Day 10 Valley near Laten La —Tsurpu Overnight in Tented Camps [B+L+D]
Pass a small village; walk down along a good road with many mani stones besides. After approximately 3.5 hours, your last camp will be pitched in. In the afternoon trek to the nearby mountain, where there are many mediators in caves. From the top of the mountain a fantastic valley is viewed.
Day 11 Tsurpu/Lhasa
Visit Tsurpu Monastery and later drive to Lhasa Tsurpu Monastry: Since 1992 the master monastery of the Karma Kagyu Sect had been presided by Urgyen Thinley Dorje the 17th Karmapa. Tsurpu was established in 1189 by Duesum Khyenpa, a pupil of Gampopa and the first Karmapa. He introduced the principle of reincarnation into Tibet. He told his disciples that he would reincarnate and pointed out the location of the second Karmapas reborn. In contrast to Yellow Caps (Gelug) the Karmapa Kagye are regarded as the Black Hat and the Karmapas the holder of this sect. The monastery was restored in 1984. In the individual temples there are statues of the different Karmapas. The 16th Karmapa Rigpe Dorje (1924-1981) had traveled to Europe and America to spread Tibetan Buddhism in west and later left for Sikkim in 1958.
Day 12 Lhasa/Gonggar
Airport ( Leave Tibet) [B]
In time, transfer to the airport/train station for your onward journey to the next destination / back home. Thank you very much for choosing Oriental Vacations and Journeys for your Tibet Tour !
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