Tibet Tour

Treasures of Tibet

Visit Tibet with Original World Travel and experience the colorful, fascinating Tibetan culture as we explore the towns of Lhasa, Gyantse and Shigatse.  A brief flight over the Himalayas, during which you may be able to see Mt. Everest, takes us to Lhasa, the political, economic and cultural center of the region.  On this Tibet tour, we will have the privilege of exploring Tibet’s most revered temples and monasteries, including the massive Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple, bustling with pilgrims and the 8th c. Samye Monastery. A unique monastery and village rolled into one, Samye is a highlight of a visit to Tibet.  The Tibet tour also visits the Sera Monastery, whose setting is one of the prettiest in Lhasa, hugging the ridge that forms the northern wall of the Kyi Chu Valley. Founded in 1419, Sera Monastery is one of the “great three” Gelukpa university monasteries in Tibet.

As we drive between the towns you will see some of the most stunning mountain scenery, with soaring Himalayan peaks covered in snow, turquoise blue lakes, and prayer flags fluttering at the mountain passes.

TIBET TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Mingle with monks and pilgrims at Tibet’s working monasteries and temples
  • Tour the Potala, the former home of the Dalai Lama
  • Cruise the Yarlung to magnificent Samye Monastery
  • Enjoy stunning views of turquoise Lake Yamdrok Tso
  • Explore ancient temples and palaces in the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal
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Monks during Buddhist festival

  • 1
    Day 1-4: Meet in Kathmandu

    Tour the three ancient cities of Kathmandu Valley: Kathmandu City, Patan and Bhaktapur. We also visit small villages, ancient shrines and observe rural life.

  • 2
    Day 5: Fly to Lhasa

    On arrival, drive to Tsedang. We visit Yambu Lakhang, the oldest known dwelling in Tibet, dramatically situated above the valley. Next is a visit to the magnificent and unique 8th century Samye Monastery. The first floor is of Tibetan architectural style, the second Han style and the third Indian style

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    Day 6-8: Lhasa

    Visit Jokhang Temple, Potala Palace, Kangyur Stupa and Norbulingka, the former Summer Palace of the Dalai Lama. Browse the Barkhor square and market around Jokhang Temple, and interact with nomads and pilgrims. Excursion to Drepung and Sera Monasteries.

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    Day 9: Yamdrok Lake-Gyantse

    Drive to Kampa La Pass 4793m to view turquoise Yamdrok Tso, one of Tibet's sacred lakes.

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    Day 10: Shigatse

    In Gyantse, visit Pelkor Choede Monastery which accommodates the three sects of Tibetan Buddhism and the renowned Kumbum, with its extraordinary multifaceted architecture. Depart to Shigatse, stopping en-route at Shalu, the only monastery in Tibet known to possess a significant collection of 14th century Newari style murals.

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    Day 11: Shigatse - Lhasa

    Visit the great Tashilhunpo Monastery, the seat of the Panchen Lama, originally built in 1447. Return to Lhasa. This evening you can explore Barkhor Bazaar.

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    Day 12: Fly to Kathmandu

    Tour Old Kathmandu and Boudanath Stupa.

  • 8
    Day 13: Depart
  • Trip Length

    13-day trip begins and ends in Kathmandu, Nepal

  • Dates

    April 1-13, 2019
    October 17-29, 2019

  • Land Cost

    FROM $3850 April tour
    FROM $4185 Oct tour
    $200 discount if booked with Bhutan tour

  • Accommodations

    4-star hotel in Kathmandu Best available traditional guesthouses in Tibet

  • Group Size

    4-12 guests

  • Included Meals

    daily breakfast and lunch in Nepal, all meals in Tibet

  • Extend Your Trip

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Lhasa, Tibet, China

Gyantse, Xigaze, Tibet, China

Shigatse, Tibet, China

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