Tibet Highland Expedition

Amdo and Lhasa Culture Tour

This itinerary is newly desighned by Highland Expedition since Qinghai railway completed in 2007.

Amdo is home to the 14th Dalai Lama & is also the birth place of Tsongkhapa,the founder of the Gelukpa School of Tibetan Buddhism.Traversing the expansive grasslands of Amdo,we visit the famous Labrang & Kubum monasteries, one of the most important Gelukpa monasteries in the Tibetan world.We also visit Kokonor Lake,the largest salt water lake on the Tibetan high plateau & the bird island.From Xining by (Train)Shangrila Express to Lhasa,the forbidden city & the ultimate pilgrim destination for Tibetan Buddhist all over.

Highlights:

Duration: 16days
Destination: Beijing,Lanzhu,Labrang Monastery, Xining, Nagqu, Lhasa.
Maximum Altitude: 5350m
Best Season: Jan,Feb,March,Aprill,May,June,Aug,Sept,Oct,
Photo Spot: Beijing,Labrang,Koko Nar lake,Damxong,Lhasa.

Day01:BEIJING FLY TO LANZHU, (1520 m)
The capital city of Gansu province & an important trading post on the ancient Silk Road. Visit the Gansu Provincial Museum. O/N Hotel.

Day02:LANZHU TO XIAHE(Labrang)
With an elevation of 2900 m above sea level, Xiahe is located at the edge of northeast Qinghai-Tibet plateau. Most of the residents are Tibetan. You'll visit the most siginificant Lamaist Monastery in the northeast of Tibetan civilization - Labrang Monastery. The monastery is one of the 6 leading Gelukpa monasteries in the Tibetan world,as well as you can visit Ganja Natural caves and Songkok grassland which is far away from town 15km.

Day03:XIAHE TO XINING VIA XUNHUA (140 + 110KM) 3000 MDrive to Xining. En route visit Xunhua, birthplace of 10th Panchen Lama. Xining, is the provincial capital of Qinghai, a city with the majority of the inhabitants Tibetans.

Day04:XINING TO KOKO NAR LAKE, 200 KMOn
The way to Koko Nor Lake you'll stop to visit Kubum Monastery. The monastery is one of the six leading Gelukpa Monasterieis in the Tibetan world. It is also the birthplace of Tsongkhapa, the founder of Gelukpa School. You'll reach Kokonor lake after pass over the Riyue mountain (sun & moon mountain). We will also visit the Bird Island on the western side of the Lake Kokonor.

Day05:KOKO NAR LAKE TO XINING, 190 KM
You'll have a short trekking along the lake in the morning. The lake is the largest inland salt water lake in China and covers an area of 4500 sq kms, and 3193 m above sea level. Then drive back to Xining in the afternoon.

Day06:XINING TO LHASA (3650 M), 90 KMS
Transfer to Train Station 24hrs to Lhasa (By Shangri La express)

Day07:Lhasa Train Station (Meet the local guide and transfer to Hotel)

Day08:SIGHTSEEING
We will have two full days in the holy city of Lhasa to make excursions to the following places: The Jokhang Temple, the principal Buddhist temple in Lhasa. The temple, known for its large gold image of Sakyamuni Buddha, was first constructed in the 7th century. The Norbulingka, a richly decorated complex located in a beautiful garden setting, is the traditional summer palace of the Dalai Lamas. Drepung Monastery, is one of the largest Tibetan monastic universities. The Monastery used to have 8,000 monks who were taught in the traditions of Vajrayana, Mahayana and Sutrayana, the three vehicles of Tibetan Buddhism. We will also visit the Barkor bazaar, the bustling market in Lhasa, a colorful congregating place for Tibetan merchants. Potala Palace, the winter palace of the Dalai Lama, is reputed to contain 1,000 rooms, & is considered as one of the world's most remarkable buildings. Sitting at top of a mountain overlooking Lhasa, the Potala contains hundreds upon hundreds of magnificent thangkas, frescoes, and images.

Day09:LHASA TO AIRPORT
Early morning breakfast at hotel & transfer to Gongar Airport to connect flight to KATHMANDU/CHENGDU/XINING.(Those going via overland to Nepal border will continue with the trip as follows:)

Day10 LHASA-GYANGTSE (3990 M), 350 KMS
Drive via Yamdrok, the Turquoise Lake to Gyangtse across Kampa la pass 5050 m & Karo la (5045 m)passes. Visit Kubum stupa & Pelkor Chode Monastery.

Day11 GYANGTSE-SHALU-SHIGATSE (3860 M), 90 KMSDrive to Shigatse. En route visit Shalu Monastery.Visit Tashilhunpo Monastery, the seat of Panchen Lama who is the 2nd in the Buddhist religious hierachy & Shigatse Market.

Day12 SHIGATSE-SAKYA-SHEGAR/DINGRI (4350 M)
Drive to Shegar across Tsoula pass (4500 M) & Gyatso la pass (5220 M). En route visit Sakya Monastery.

Day13 SHEGAR-RONGBUK(5050 M)
Drive via Pangla pass (5200 M) to Rongbuk Monastery, world's highest monastery situated at 5200 M. O/N Rongbuk Guest House.

Day14 EVEREST BASE CAMP
We have the option to hike or drive to Everest Base Camp. Rongbuk Guest House.

Day15 NYALAM After watching sunrise over Everest,we drive on to Nylam. Nylam Guest House.

Day16 NYALAM-ZHANGMU-KATHMANDU
Drive to Zhangmu & on to Kathmandu.En route visit Milarepa Cave.We descend from the high arid Tibetan plateau into the lush greenery of Nepal.
* Sightseeing tour as per above programs.
* Land Transfer by TOYOTA Landcruiser.
* Supporter Truck.
* Tibet travel permit.
* Tibetan English speaking guide during the tour
* Twin sharing accommodation as per tour program
* Staff insurance
* Monasteries entrance fees and Grassland fee/Pax and Vehicles,Kailash Kora fee.
* Cold drinks alcoholic beverages,
* Lunch & dinner (besides camping section),
* Nepal visa,
* Nepal Re- entry visa,
* Travel insurance,
* Tips for guide.
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