1.The West Chapel in Potala contains five golden stupas. The gigantic central one contains the mummified body of the Fifth Dalai Lama. This stupa, built of sandalwood, is coated with 3,720 kilograms ( 8,200 pounds ) of gold ' as thick as a cow's hide' and studded with jewels, which is often addressed as No 1 Ornament in the Orient. It rises for more than three stories, 14.8 meters ( 48.5 feet) high. On the left is the funeral stupa of the Twelfth Dalai Lama, and on the right that of the Tenth. The stupas at both ends contain scriptures.
2.12-year-old Sakyamuni’s statue in Jorkhang. It is said that Buddha Sakyamuni cast his images on the rock so that the sculptor could make the statues because Sakyamuni was shining and the sculptor failed to see the Buddha. The three images are 8-year-old, 12-year-old and 25-year-old.
3.Yamataka’s statue at Drepung. The bull-headed religious protector has 9 heads, 16 feet and 24 arms, hugging his concort, which is regarded as the yidam of Geluck sect of Tibet Buddhism.
4.Namtso: by which stands Nianqingtagula, the holy mountain of the whole northern tribes.
5. EBC: which causes imagination, excitement and reverence.
Itinerary Details : Day 1:Chengdu - Lhasa by air
Arrival, pickup and transfer to a hotel near Barkhor Square. Acclimatize yourself to the high altitude(3700m) at hotel or take an easy walk in the evening to see the heart of Lhasa. You can either eat in the hotel or at a local restaurant with the help of your guide.
Day 2:Lhasa urban full day sightseeing.
Visit Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple , Barkhor Street. Overnight in Lhasa.
Potala: The massive castle was the center of old Tibet Authorities with inestimable values of art, culture and religion.
Jorkhang: The city-start construction is the final destination of all pilgrims from all sects of Tibetan Buddhism.
Day 3:Namtso Lake & Yangpachen Hot Spring
Ride to Namtso (4718m), by which stands Mt Nyainqentanglha (7114m), the Holy Mountain of the whole northern tribes, via Yangpachen, the hotspring site.Overnight by the lake.
Drive back to Lhasa (Namtso lake - Damxung - Yangpachen - Lhasa), drive back to a Lhasa hotel.
Day 5:Drepung,Hospital, Museum and Norbulingka
Breakfast in the hotel .Pickup at your hotel and visit Drepung, Norbulinkha, Tibet Museum and Tibetan Medicine Hospital. Drepung is the largest monastery in Tibet and Geluk sect assumed the reins of government here. Norbulinkha is the summer palace of Dalai Lama. The wall painting there tells of the Tibetan spiritual history while the Tibet Museum is a place that enables you to know the Tibetan history in reality. Tibetan medicine Hospital takes you into the depth of Tibetan culture: astronomy, calendar, medicine and art. You can either eat in the hotel or at a local restaurant with the help of your guide.
Day 6:Shigatse via Yamdruk and Gyangtse
380km ride to Shigaste via Yamdrok lake, Karola Glacier and Gyantse Castle. Yamdrok is one of the most sacred lakes in Tibet. Karola glacier is something that seems to be reached in some-minute walk. Gyantse is a typical Tibetan town and the Chode there is always a tourists’ favourite.Over-night at hotel.
After visiting Tashilhunpo Monastery, the seat of Panchan Lama, some 290km drive to Tingri via Sakya, the leading monastery of Sakya sect. Overnight at guest house
Some 100km drive to Ronbuk Monastery, from where you will take a yakcart and it takes another 8km to the Base camp. Overnight at guesthouse
Fly to Chengdu, end tour.
(1.)Pay cash to our tour guide upon your hotel pickup in the morning. Both Chinese RMB and USD are acceptable.
(2.)Transfer the money to tour bank account at least 2 weeks beofore your tour date.
(3.)Pay by Credit Card through Paypal. We will send you the Paypal Invoice. You just need to follow the instructions step by step .
1. exclusive use landcruiser
2. Tibetan speaking English as a guide
3. Standard rooms with breakfast at hotels according to reservation
4. Entries to attractions
5. Roundway airfare( Chengdu-Lhasa-Chengdu)
6. Tax, toll and tour insurance.
7. Permits for the tour
lunch, supper and personal expenses.
1.Minor program changes sometimes are necessary, depending on road conditions, weather and availability of room.
2.Prices and Itinerary are valid in 2010, but may vary according to your travel time and tour availability (e.g.: China special events time such as F1, Canton fair; Chinese holiday periods: April 30th - May 7th, Sep 30th to Oct 7th, and Chinese New Year period which usually falls in January.
3.Health consultation from your doctor before you come to highland(Over than 3000M).
4.As we travel in Tibet area where the economy is much more backward than other place, the food diversity is limited,so we suggest you order food by yourself or take some solid food.Most of local restaurant can only offer the simple Sichuan and Tibetan Dish.......