Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Tour 6-Day(CL04)
Overview: This 6-day Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Tour is an all-time-favourite among tourists, which covers the most prominent sights in central Tibet with the highlights of Tsang: Yamdrok Lake, Karola Glacier, Pelkor Chöde Monastery with Gyantse Kumbum, and Tashihunpo Monastery. From Lhasa, head out on the southern Friendship Hwy, which takes you over the Kamba-la Pass to the shores of Yamdro-tso Lake, then on to Nangartse, Gyantse, and Shigatse. Then return to Lhasa via the Northern Friendship Hwy. This itinerary is relatively low in difficulty which can be accomplished by anybody, and there are different hotel rates in Lhasa & Shigatse, providing guestrooms with private bathroom, a hot shower every night is guaranteed which isn’t always the case for Tibet travel.
||Route||Distance/Driving Hrs||Daily Activities|
|D1||Arrival in Lhasa||50km/1.5hrs||Transfer from Lhasa Airport/Railway|
|D2||Lhasa【3650m】||50km/1.5hrs||Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery, Norbulingka Park|
|D3||Lhasa【3650m】||50km/1.5hrs||Potala Palace, Zang Gyab Lukhang Park with Lukhang Temple, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Plaza|
|D4||Lhasa【3650m】> Gyantse【4040m】> Shigatse【3850m】||360km/7hrs||Yamdrok Lake, Kharola Glacier, Pelkor Chöde Monastery with Gyantse Kumbum|
|D5||Shigatse【3850m】> Lhasa【3650m】||280km/5hrs||Tashihunpo Monastery, Local Tibetan Family Visit|
|D6||Departure from Lhasa||50km/1.5hrs||Transfer to Lhasa Airport/Railway|
Upon your arrival in Lhasa, either by flight or train, your Tibetan guide & driver will be at Lhasa Airport/Railway to greet you then take you to your hotel in downtown Lhasa. From Lhasa Railway, the ride is abt 20mins; From Lhasa Gongkar Airport, 1.5hrs via the new express way and Gala Shan tunnel. En route, you will have a good view of Yarlung Tsangpo River and Lhasa River. Guide will help you check in hotel and set up a picking up time for tomorrow before leave. You will have the rest of the day all to yourself, but a good rest is highly suggested, as the first day’s well-rest is crucial for you to acclimatize the high altitude of Tibet.
Day 02: Lhasa
Sights: Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery, Norbulingka Park
About 8km west of central Lhasa, Drepung Monastery was once the world’s largest monasteries. The word Drepung literally translates as ‘rice heap’, a reference to the huge numbers of white monastic buildings that piled up on the hillside.
Approximately 5km north of central Lhasa, Sera Monastery was one of Lhasa’s two great Gelugpa monasteries, second only to Drepung. Between 3pm~5pm (not weekends), monk debating is usually held in Sera Monastery’s debating courtyard.
Norbulingka Park, literally ‘the Jewelled Park’, is a palace and surrounding park in western part of Lhasa, served as the summer palace of Dalai Lamas. Part of the ‘Historic Ensemble of Potala Palace’, Norbulingka Park is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and was added as an extension of this Historic Ensemble in 2001. Norbulingka Park was built by the 7th Dalai Lama and served both as administrative centre and religious centre. It is a unique representation of Tibetan palace architecture.
Day 03: Lhasa
Sights: Potala Palace, Zang Gyab Lukhang Park with Lukhang Temple, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street
Lhasa’s cardinal landmark, Potala Palace is one of the great wonders of world architecture. Potala Palace is a structure of massive proportions, with over 1000 rooms, and an awe-inspiring place to visit. The complex of Potala Palace, comprising the White and Red Palaces with their ancillary buildings, is built on Red Mountain in the centre of Lhasa Valley, at an altitude of 3,700m.
Zang Gyab Lukhang Park, situated right behind Potala Palace, Zang Gyab Lukhang Park is a lovely place where locals and tourist hang out, with a lovely lake built during the construction of Potala Palace. And there is a small and little-visited temple in a small island in the lake, called Lukhang Temple.
Jokhang Temple is the most revered religious structure in Tibet, thick with the smell of yak butter, the murmur of mantras and the shuffling of pilgrims. In front of the entrance to Jokhang is a forecourt that is perpetually crowded with pilgrims polishing the flagstones with pilgrim prostrations all year long.
Barkhor Plaza, a quadrangle of streets that surrounds Jokhang Temple at Lhasa Old Town. Barkhor Plaza is an area unrivalled in Tibet for its fascinating combination of sacred significance and push-and-shove market economics. Barkhor Plaza is both the spiritual heart of the Holy City Lhasa and the main shopping district for Tibetans.
Day 04: Lhasa > Gyantse > Shigatse
Sights: Yamdrok Lake, Karola Glacier, Pelkor Chöde Monastery with Gyantse Kumbum
In the morning depart Lhasa for Gyantse. The dazzling Yamdrotso Lake (4441m) is normally first seen from the summit of the Kamba-la Pass (4700m). Yamdrotso Lake lies several hundred meters below the road, and in clear weather is fabulous shade of deep turquoise. Far in the distance is the huge massif of Mt. Nojin Kangtsang (7191m). Yamdrotso Lake is 130km long from east to west and 70km wide from north to south with a total perimeter of 250km and the surface area of 638 sq km, average depth of 20-40 meters. Yamdrotso Lake is the largest lake at the north foot of the Himalayas.
Mt Nojin Kangsang stands tall with an elevation of 7191m between Gyantze County and Nagarzê County, with several snow-capped mountains over 6000m surrounding it. Mount Nojin Kangsang is the most accessible glacier site on the Tibetan Plateau. The famous Kharola Glacier (5560m) is below the south ridge of Mt Nojin Kangsang, a little away from Yamdrotso Lake, on the way to Gyantse.
When the 14th-century Gyantse Dzong pops into view, you know you reached Gyantse (3980m), the third largest city in Tibet. The sprawling compound in the far north of Gyantse houses Pelkor Chöde Monastery, founded in 1418. The red-walled Pelkor Chöde Monastery was once a compound of 15 monasteries that brought together three different orders of Tibetan Buddhim – a rare instance of multidenominational tolerance. Commissioned by a Gyantse prince in 1427 and sitting inside Pelkor Chöde Monastery complex, Gyantse Kumbum is Gyantse’s foremost attraction. The 32m-high chorten, with its white layers trimmed with decorative stripes and its crown-like golden dome, is awe-inspiring. But the inside is no less impressive, and in what seems an endless series of tiny chapels you’ll find paintings after exquisite painting (Kumbum means ‘100,000 images’).
Afterwards drive from Gyantse to Shigatse through the fertile Nyang-chu Valley, a wide agricultural plain where colourfully decorated yaks and horses are used to by Tibetan farmers to till the land.
Day 05: Shigatse > Lhasa
Sights: Tashihunpo Monastery, Local Tibetan Family Visit
Shigatse (3840m) lies 90km northwest of Gyantse, Tibet’s second-largest city. Here we will visit the largest functioning religious institution in Tibet, Tashihunpo Monastery, covering 70,000 sq meters, essentially a walled town in its own right. It’s huge golden statue of the Future Buddha is the largest gilded statue in the world.
Afterwards drive back to Lhasa which is abt 280km away. En route, visit a local Tibetan family. Get to know the real Tibetan people and their lives.
Day 06: Departure from Lhasa
The last day of your tour in Tibet. According to your train/flight time, our guide and driver will come over to your hotel to pick you up then transfer to Lhasa Railway/Airport. End of service!