APRIL 1 – APRIL 8, 2020
$1100 PER PERSON
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Main Attractions: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Drepung and Sera Monasteries, Lulang Forest, Basom Tso lake, Ranwo Tso lake, Medui Glacier.
Duration: 8 days, from April 1 to April 8, 2020
Maximum Elevation: 3,650 m/ 11,050 ft
Group Tour price: $1110 per person. Additional discounts for larger groups.
The 8 days Peach Blossom Festival tour combines cultural exploration with opportunities to enjoy incredible landscapes of Tibet. We will start our tour in Lhasa, the capital of Tibet. In Lhasa, we explore Potala Palace, 7th century Jokhang temple, Sera and Drepung monasteries.
After that we will take the scenic road towards Nyingchi, the Eastern region of Tibet. Nyingchi is famous for its gorgeous natural views, where you can enjoy the sights of green lush vegetation covering mountain slopes, rivers, lakes and of course the famous peach blossom. In early spring thousands of peach trees are blooming in the region while on the background you can still see snowy mountains. This contrast attracts photographers and nature lovers alike.
Day 1 – Arrival in Lhasa
You arrive to the Lhasa Gonggar airport or the train station. The airport is 62 km/ 39 miles away from the city and it takes approximately 1 hour to get to the hotel from there. On the way to Lhasa you will enjoy beautiful views of mountains. The train station is located in Lhasa and we will only need a short transfer to hotel.
Depending on the time of your arrival, you might have some free time to spend in Lhasa. Our guides will be happy to advise you on what you can do in Lhasa. After you check in the hotel, you are welcome to explore the city, visit nearby temples, do some shopping, try delicious Tibetan food in one of the local restaurants, or just take a rest.
Walking around Barkhor street can be an excellent choice for your first day in Lhasa. You will join crowds of pilgrims, local Tibetans, and monks circumambulating the Jokhang temple.
Most importantly, on your first day in Tibet, relax, enjoy your day and allow some time for acclimatizing.
Day 2 – Lhasa city tour: Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple
We are visiting two most important religious sites in Tibet.
The Potala Palace was the seat of the Dalai Lamas since the 7th century. First, guide will take you to the Chak Pori hill to take photos of the majestic Palace. After that, we will go inside and spend approximately 1.5 – 2 hours there. You will see many of artifacts.
In the afternoon you will have lunch.
If time permits, you can walk around the Potala Palace and joins many Tibetans.
After that, we will walk towards the Jokhang temple. It was build in the 7th century to display the Jowo Shakyamuni Statue of the 12-year-old Buddha at the time bore the enlightenment. The statue was created at the time when historical Buddha lived. It is elaborately decorated with gold, jewels and precious stones.
After visiting the temple we recommend you walking around the Barkhor street.
Day 3 – Lhasa city tour: Drepung and Sera Monasteries
We are visiting two most important monasteries in the capital.
First, we will visit Drepung monastery which once was the biggest monastery in the world with over 10,000 monks living there. It was the residence of Dalai Lamas before the Potala Palace was built.
We have lunch after the visit.
In the afternoon we are visiting Sera Monastery. It was founded by Tsongkhapa’s disciple in the 15th century. Nowadays it is famous for monks debate that you can witness. Debates are a very important part of learning and understanding Buddhism. Monks gather in the courtyard in the shade of trees to refine their knowledge.
Day 4 – Driving from Lhasa to Nyingtri
Today, we will drive to Nyingchi, the Eastern Part of Tibetan Autonomous Region. For its incredibly beautiful landscape, it is often called “Tibetan Switzerland”. The road runs along the Niyang River, the longest tributary of Yarlung Tsangpo or Brahmaputra River. You will start seeing blooming peach trees on the way. There are more peach trees when we reach Gongbo Gyamada county.
Day 5 – Driving from Nyingchi to Bomi
Today, we will drive to Bomi and Lulang forest.
First, we will drive to the forest area. You will see the King Cypress, tree that is over 2,500 years old and about 50 meters high. After that we proceed to visit Gala Village. The village is located in a gorgeous valley with magnificent peach bloom.
After visiting the village we continue driving towards Lulang forest. As we cross Sekyim la Pass , you will enjoy a distant view of snowy Mt. Namjia Bawa. Once we reach Lulang forest, enjoy the walk along the high trees, wild flowers with mountain setting on the background. There are small cute villages in the valley.
We continue our way to Bomi, where you will see Peach Blossom village. Peach flowers here are larger in size than in other villages. You can also see the majestic snowy mountains in the background, creating an amazing contrast between spring and winter landscapes.
Day 6 – Driving from Bomi to Basum Tso : Basum Tso lake
Basum Lake or Basum-tso in Tibetan is sitting at 3,500 meters above sea level. The water filling the lake originates from Nyching Tanglha Mountain. Basum-tso is a dozen kilometers long. It is surrounded by snow-capped mountains, glaciers, and forested areas.
There is a small island with a temple on the lake. The wooden bridge connects the island with one of the lake shores. We will visit the temple and spend some time by the lake enjoying its beauty.
Day 7 – Basum Tso to Lhasa
In the morning, you can walk by the lake and enjoy the sunrise view. After that, we will continue our journey to Lhasa. Enjoy magnificent views of “Tibetan Switzerland” on the way.
When we arrive in Lhasa, you are welcome to explore the city, visit nearby temples, do some shopping, try delicious Tibetan food in one of the local restaurants, or just take a rest.
Day 8 – Lhasa to Airport/Train station
Please prepare in advance for your departure. It takes approximately one hour to drive to the airport and around thirty minutes to reach the train station. We will arrive at the airport three hours before your departure flight if you are traveling to Nepal and two hours before any domestic flight.
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This beautiful tour starts in Lhasa, the capital of Tibet. After that, we will drive to Nyingchi, the gorgeous region often called “Tibetan Switzerland” for its alpine lakes, dense forests, river canyons, mountains, and glaciers. We will drive to the Ranwu Tso lake, visit Lulang forest, and see the best mountains, glaciers, and views that the region has to offer.
PREPARE FOR YOUR TOUR
CARS IN TIBET
For our group tours, we use a variety of cars depending on group size and weather conditions. On some of the days, we will be driving long hours and we are trying to arrange the most comfortable car for your journey.
Here you will find photos and descriptions of cars: Transportation in Tibet