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Lhasa-Gandan Monastery-Tsedng-Yamdroktso Lake-Gyantse-Shigatse-Lhasa+Yambajing+Namtso Lake
(TE-011) Tibet 9 days classic panorama tour
Lhasa-Gandan Monastery-Tsedng-Yamdroktso Lake-Gyantse-Shigatse-Lhasa+Yambajing+Namtso Lake, 9-day classic tour will take you to
appreciate the panorama Tibet, with its unique high altitude, unique highland landscapes, exotic culture and friendly people. This tour take you
to view the highlights in Tibet within shortest time.
Day 01 Arrive in
Lhasa (D)
Arrive in Lhasa, rightly one of the most featured and dreamt-about cities in the world, not only limited accessibility
for its remoteness and its high altitude at 3,650 meters, but also the mysterious Tibetan religion. In Tibetan, Lhasa
means the Holy Land or the Buddha Land. The guide will meet you at Konggar Airport, and transfer you to Lhasa city
with about 1.5 hours' driving (100km). On arrival at the hotel, rest and acclimatize yourself to the local time and
altitude. (D)
Day 02 Lhasa

The first day of sightseeing starts from Lhasa's cardinal landmark- Potala Palace, a structure of massive portions.
Its towering image has already appeared on various occasions, but your first sight of the Potala will still be an awe-
inspiring moment. It takes at least a good 2-hour to visit those rooms, halls and chapels. Some 2km to the east of
the Potala is the most revered religious structure and the holiest temple in Tibet - Jokhang Temple. Bustling with
worshippers and redolent with mystery, the Jokhang is an unrivalled experience. The quadrangle of streets
surrounding the Jokhang is the Barkhor Market - Lhasa's most interesting pilgrimage circuit. This area of the Old
Town is both the spiritual heart of Lhasa and the main commercial district for Tibetans. The rest of day is free.

Day 03 Lhasa-
Gandan Monastery
-Lhasa (B,L,D)
Today's highlight is to visit the Gandan Monastery, about 60km to the east of Lhasa. Gandan Monastery is one of
the three great temples of Lhasa, also the top temple of the Six Gelug Sect temples (Yellow Hat Lamaism). The
name of Gandan means "love, happiness, and satisfaction". It was built in early 15th century by Tsong Khapa (the
founder of Gelug). At its peak, it had a registration of more than 4,000 monks. Although it was almost completely
demolished during the Cultural Revolution and nearly all buildings were reconstructed later, the cultural relics have
lost more or less. If you are interested in Tibetan Buddhism, here is a choice you can't miss. (B,L,D)
Day 04 Lhasa-
Tsedang (B,L,D)
TsedangDrive to Tsedang, located by Yarlung Valley, it is the capital of Shannan
Prefecture. Today's highlight is the visit of Yonbulakhang and Changzhu
. Yongbulakang is the earliest palace in Tibet, on the Zhaxiciri
Mountain. The first impression of Yonbulakhang gave people is always
very big built, precipitous and uncommon, because surrounded by the
wilderness and field ridge. Changzhu Temple, located at the south bottom
of Gongri Mountain, is famous for its "Pearl Tangka", on which paints the
image of Kwan-yin Bodhisattva. Thangk is two meters long, 1.2 meters
wide. Totally, cost 26 liang pearl, and it's also embedded with diamonds,
coral and other precious jewelry. (B,L,D)
Day05 Tsedang-
Yamdroktso Lake-
After breakfast, head for Yamdroktso Lake. It's mostly mountain road, winding and bumpy, even thrilling somewhat.
After about 3.5 hours' driving, climbing over the snow pass of Kambala (5030m), the dazzling Yamdroktso just lies
several hundred meters below the road, and in clear weather is a fabulous shade of deep turquoise. Far in the
distance is the huge massif of Mt. Nojin Kangtsang (7191m). After down from the mountain, there's about 30km
road along lakeside, with barley fields on the other side of the road. A nice walk by the lakeside can be a great joy.
Leaving Yamdroktso is as spectacular as arriving, since you'll cross the 5045m Karola, with its awesome roadside
views of the Nojin Kangtsang Glacier. With the Glacier scene still exciting you, after about 90km, you get to Gyantse.
There stands the 35m-high famous Kumbum Stupa, packed with exquisite Tibetan sculpture and paintings, a
stunning architectural wonder in Tibet. Stay overnight in Gyantse. (B,L,D)
Day06 Gyantse-
Proceed 98km to Shigatse and visit Tashihunpo Monastery, the new Palace
of Panchen Lama. Tashihunpo's magnificent outside may make you gaps in
admiration, its inside just offers you more religious tranquility and sincerity.
Then, drive back to Lhasa. Miles away from Shigatse, you can already see
the gold tops of Tashihunpo Monastery shinning under the sun. (B,L,D)
Day07 Lhasa
Sightsee of the Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery and Norbulingka in Lhasa. Drepung Monastery, the largest
and richest monastery in Tibet, was founded in 1416 by a disciple of Tsong Khapa under the patronage of a noble
family and later enlarged by the Fifth Dalai Lama. Nowadays it stands as Tibet's most important and largest
monastic university in Tibet. Norbulingka Park (Treasure Garden) was built in the 1740s during the reign of the
seventh Dalai Lama. Later it was renovated and enlarged and became the Dalai Lama's Summer Palace. Sera
Monastery is located a few miles to the north of Lhasa, is one of the three largest monasteries. (B,L,D)
Day08 Lhasa-
Namtso Lake-
Trip to Yambajing thermal spring, which is loacated 120km in the north of Lhasa, greeting with the beautiful scenery
of Tibetan northern grassland on the way. Proceed to Namtso Lake, lying at the foot of Nyainqentanglha Mountain,
which is the highest lake in the world, considered as the holy lake in Tibet. You will feel comfortable in your private
tour car or bus in which you will spend around 6 or 7 hours, and you can stop anywhere you like to take photos, just
tell your driver or guide. (B,L,D)
Day09 Depart from
Pack up your luggage and transfer to the airport for leaving. TOUR ENDS! (B)

Hotel (or the same standard):
Lhasa: *** Dhod Gu Hotel   拉萨敦固宾馆
Tel: 0891-6322555     Fax: 0891-6323555

Lhasa: *** Yak Hotel  拉萨亚宾馆
Tel: 0891-6322555 (Reception)  6300008 (Central)

Lhasa: *** Tibet Gorkha Hotel   西藏廓尔喀饭店
Tel: 0891-6272222       Fax: 0891-6271993

Gyantse: *** Gyantse Hotel   江孜饭店
Tel: 0892 - 8172222  Fax: 0892 - 8172366

Shigatse: ***Xigatse Hotel    日喀则酒店
Tel: 0892-8822525        Fax: 0892-8821900

Shigatse: *** Manasarovar Hotel   日喀则神湖酒店
Tel: 0892-8839999

Shigatse: *** Shandong Hotel   日喀则山东大厦
Tel:0892 - 8826135   Fax: 0892 - 8826128

Tsetang *** Yulong Holiday Inn Hotel   泽当裕砻假日酒店
Tel: 0893- 7832 888

Please include the following services in the price:
- 8 nights Hotel overnight in 1/2 Double room.
- Lunch as mentioned above ( the meal standard in Tibet is not good, for FIT, we sugget them pay it on spot by themselves.)
- Tibet travel permit
- All Transfers by air-conditioned coach
- Experienced English speaking guide in Tibet
- Entrance fee for the sightseeing spot included in the itinerary.

-  Domestic Flight or train in/out Lhasa and airport tax
-  Tips, personal expenses
-  Transfer, guide service for “day at leisure”
-  Guide service during the plane, train or cruise

The tour price & itinerary for the Join in tour could be changed without prior notice.

2009 Jan-March Airfare in/out Lhasa

Flight between


Airfare (one way airticket excluded airport tax&excluded fuel surcharge)

First class (F)

Economy Class (Y)

Chengdu & Lhasa




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Chongqing & Lhasa




Guangzhou & Lhasa




Kathmandu & Lhasa




1. The above airfare are for one way air ticket,include the airport tax.
2. The schedule is for reference only and subject to change. Please consult for details.
The Alien's Travel Permit for Tibet
Non-Chinese passport holders must have an Alien's Travel Permit as well as a valid passport and a visa to visit Tibet. The Permit is issued
only to tour groups traveling with a Chinese tour operator and travel agency.
Please send us 2 weeks prior to your entry Lhasa for the Permit: your full name on the passport, gender, birth date, occupation and the
passport number and nationality.
Price: RMB --/ per person in 1/2 double room
≥10 person
Single Supplement
6-9 person
Single Supplement
2-5 person
Single Supplement
High Season
Shoulder Season
Low Season

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