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Tibet Gandan and Samye Trekking Tour

 
 

Tibet Gandan and Samye Trekking Tour
Lhasa / Trekking / Samye Monastery / Shigatse / Lhasa

Tour code : TT-TTT01
Duration : 12 days
Seasonality :
Apr. May, Jun, Jul, Aug. Sept.
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Schedule


Day 01 Lhasa (D)
Arrive in Lhasa, the holy city of Tibet. Locked away in its mountain fortress of the Himalayas, Tibet has long had a unique hold on the imagination of the West. You are greeted by your guide and transferred to the hotel.

Day 02 Lhasa (B, L)
Potala PalaceTour starts from the religious Potala Palace built in the 7th century by the famous Tibetan king-Songtzen Gampo. The present one was built by the 5th Dalai Lama in the 17th century. It became known as the "Winter Palace" by the 1750, when the 7th Dalai Lama built the Norbulingka Park as his summer residence. After lunch, you will visit Jokhang Temple, situated in the old section of Lhasa. King Songtzen Gampo built this temple in the mid-7th century A.D. Now it is the most sacred place in Tibet. Pilgrims come here to pay homage from all over Tibet.

Day 03 Lhasa (B, L)
Drepung MonasteryFull day sightseeing takes you to Drepung Monastery. "Drepung" in Tibetan means the hill of rice because this white Monastery looks like a big hill of rice. This monastery occupies an area of 150,000 square meters with 7700 lamas and becomes the largest monastery in Asia. After that, you will visit Norbulingka Park. In 1752, the 7th Dalai Lama built the first palace in this summer palace for successive Dalai Lamas to carry out their political and religious activities during the summer season. Today Norbulingka has become a public park for picnicking, relaxing and entertainment.

Day 04 Lhasa (B, L)
This morning drive to the outskirts of Lhasa (13,907 ft) and hike up to the monastery complex - formerly one of the three great religious centers of the Gelugpa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. This unique monastery was rebuilt after the Cultural Revolution and is shaped like an amphitheater upon a hilltop. Explore the ruins around the rebuilt temples and enjoy a day hike to in the surrounding hills. A good pre-trek warm up hike with panoramic views of the ruins and the distant valleys is the high pilgrimage kora along the Angker Ri ridge top, the southern wall of the basin cradling the monastery. From the west end of this ridge the trail drops down to connect with the main pilgrim circuit around the monastery. Remember to approach either of these walks in the proper, clockwise manner that the pilgrims follow. A longer, more challenging day hike is the walk out to the unnamed peak resembling a shark's fin on the ridge beyond Angker River. Enjoy a picnic lunch and warm up hikes in this area. Overnight in a simple guesthouse.

Day 05 Trekking (B, L, D)
Continue trekking about 5 to 6 hours until you arrive at your camp, an almost 4000 ft. altitude gain. This is the last good campsite before arriving at a valley beyond Shuga La (17,188 ft). Overnight in tents.

Day 06 Trek (B, L, D)
Today's vigorous trek will be between 4 1/2 to 5 1/2 hours from your campsite to a pass (16,204 ft) and on to the broad, flat meadow where the trail meets the valley floor and is an excellent campsite. Overnight in tents.

Day 07 Trek (B, L, D)
Trek for 4 1/2 to 5 1/2 hours from (16,204 ft) to a village (12,694 ft) via a renowned pilgrimage site for Buddhists of the Nyingmapa sect. Guru Rimpoche, the founder of this school of thought, and his main disciple, Vairocana meditated here twelve centuries ago and is said to be the site where Guru Rimpoche concealed religious texts, known as terma (hidden treasures), that were discovered centuries later. The small Ani Gompa lies in ruins and above the cave is the retreat of Vairocan. Scattered around the cliffs are five or six other Buddhist caves. Overnight in tents.

Day 08 Trek (B, L, D)
Today’s 3-hour hike brings you to the Samye Monastery (11,808 ft). Tour this ancient monastery and stay here tonight. Samye Monastery was the first great Buddhist monastery in Tibet, founded in 775 A.D. during the reign of King Thrisong Detsen. Along this route you will visit two of the most historical monasteries in Tibet.

Day 09 Samye Monastery / Gyantse (B, L, D)
Samye MonasteryDrive 330 km to Gyantse via the turquoise blue Yamdrok Lake. Gyantse has survived the ravages of time occupation, and still retains its Tibetan character. Here, it is possible to “step back in time” and have a glimpse of an irretrievably lost era. Gyantse is situated at the junction of the ancient trade route between Sikkim, India and Lhasa and is the fourth largest town in southern Tibet. Stay at the local best hotel.

Day 10 Gyantse / Shigatse (B, L, D)
Visit the impressive Kumbum Chorten built in 1440. It consists of several chapels at varying levels surmounted by a dome. While doing a pilgrim circuit, you will see excellent murals on the lower tiers. Proceed to visit the imposing Palkhor Monastery whose outer walls are painted a customary red. Within it are superb works created during one of the most creative periods of Tibetan art. Here you will see corridors of murals, ancient relics, and exquisitely painted and appliquéd thangkas, mandalas, statues and paintings that are of exceptional quality and artistic significance (have a powerful flashlight handy!). Drive about 95 km to Shigatse, Tibet's second largest town. Visit the renowned Tashilhunpo Monastery, one of the largest, most vibrant living monasteries in existence. It was founded in 1447 by the first Dalai Lama, and is one of the most magnificent buildings in Tibet. It once housed over 4000 monks, but now it houses a mere 600. The Maitreya Hall, within the monastery, houses a huge statue of Buddha Maitreya. Close by is the tomb of the Fourth Panchen Lama, a lovely building topped with a golden roof. The main chanting hall contains shrines, statues and ancient thangkas. At the foot of the mountain is a large tower from which huge Thangkas are unfurled during religious ceremonies. Check into the local best hotel.

Day 11 Shigatse / Lhasa (B, L, D)
Drive about 9-10 hours across the dramatic Tibetan plateau past yak herders and nomads across the isolated fields back to Lhasa.

Day 12 Lhasa (B)
Transfer to the airport and depart. Service ends.

 
     
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