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Private 6-Night Tibet Yamdrok Lake Camping Tour

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What to Expect
Your privately guided Tibetan adventure starts in the capital city of Lhasa, stops for a night in a small village on Yamdrok Lake, continues to Gyantse and Shigatse, and then returns to Lhasa.
The first few days are spent in Lhasa so you can become acclimated to the high altitude and see the city’s many monuments. Take it all in during sightseeing activities with your guide, as well as free time in the old city on your own. Then depart the city by private vehicle, marveling at the rural scenery with picturesque temples, monasteries, sacred lakes, small villages and snow-covered mountains.
Accommodation includes 4-star hotels in Lhasa and Shigatse, plus one night of tent camping next to Yamdrok Lake. Breakfast is included every day, as well as lunch and dinner on Day 4. All other meals are on your own, giving you the flexibility to choose where to eat; your guide can suggest options throughout your trip.
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Itinerary below for details on each day of the tour.
Day 1: Arrival in Lhasa
When you arrive in Tibet by either plane or train, your guide and driver meet you and take you to your hotel, located in the old quarter of Lhasa, near Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street. From the airport, the transfer takes about one hour; from the train station it takes about 30 minutes. After check in, relax for the rest of the day on your own.

Overnight: 4-star Gangyen Hotel or similar

Day 2: Lhasa (B)
Your first site today is Jokhang Temple Monastery, where you’ll get an up-close look at the spiritual devotion of Tibetan pilgrims who journey from across Tibet to pay homage here. Walk with your guide through the revered monastery, part of the same UNESCO World Heritage site as Potala Palace (which you’ll visit tomorrow) but located in the center of the old city. While you explore, your guide points out the green and gold ornamentation, richly decorated chapels and detailed murals. Admire the most revered Buddha statue in Tibet, the Jowo Sakyamuni Buddha, made from precious metals and glittering gems.

Just outside the temple, stroll along Barkhor Street, which runs through the heart of the old city. Soak up the timeless atmosphere of the area, where Tibetan pilgrims gather outside the temple and street vendors tend their stalls, which line the street offering everything from rugs and traditional clothing to prayer wheels and thangka (Tibetan scroll painting).

Take a break for lunch, and then join your driver and guide for a trip to Sera Monastery, just a few miles north. Sera was founded in 1419 and was known as one of Lhasa’s great Gelugpa sect monasteries, once home to hundreds of monks from all over Tibet. Your guide leads you through the large complex, explaining its history, architecture and reputation for scholarly study. Catch a glimpse of resident monks as they engage in animated Buddhist philosophical debates in the monastery courtyard (each afternoon except Sundays).

Then return to the old city for dinner and rest after a full day of sightseeing.

Overnight: 4-star Gangyen Hotel or similar

Day 3: Lhasa (B)
Begin today’s guided activities at UNESCO World Heritage–listed Potala Palace, a 13-story fort complex regarded as a Tibetan architectural masterpiece. The palace was first built in the seventh century, rebuilt in the 17th century by the fifth Dalai Lama, and served as the winter palace for numerous Dalai Lamas. It takes some stamina to walk up the many steps, but it’s well worth it in order to see the stunning buildings and some of the palace’s 1,000 rooms. Thousands of priceless treasures of Tibetan culture and the Buddhist religion are contained here, including painted scrolls, religious documents, rare sculptures and colorful murals.

In the afternoon, travel outside of Lhasa to Drepung Monastery, one of the three great university monasteries of the Gelugpa sect. At the peak of its power, Drepung Monastery educated thousands of monks, and the high lamas helped to train numerous new Dalai Lamas. Follow your guide along the picturesque cobblestone lanes around the buildings as you learn about the monastery’s history. Afterward, return to Lhasa for the evening.

Overnight: 4-star Gangyen Hotel or similar

Day 4: Lhasa – Yamdrok Lake (B,L,D)
Today, travel a total of about 90 miles (150 km) in four hours on the China-Nepal Friendship Highway, which runs along a centuries-old trade route between Tibet and India. After departing Lhasa with your guide and driver, pass by the Yarlung Tsangpo River (which becomes the famed Brahmaputra River in India), and drive southwest along the zigzagged road to Kamba-la Pass, which sits at an elevation of 15,518 feet (4,730 meters).

Take in views from above of the turquoise expanse of Yamdrok Lake, one of the largest of Tibet’s three most sacred lakes. In the distance, admire snow-capped Mt Noijin Kangsang (aka Nyenchen Kangsar), which stands 23,622 feet (7,200 meters) tall.

Head down toward the lakeshore until you arrive at your waterfront campsite, which is situated near Palde village. Palde is famous for its convent, Samding Gompa, the traditional home of Dorje Pakmo, the highest female lama in Tibetan Buddhism. You have the option to walk through the village and experience a slice of life in rural Tibet, or go with your guide on a short hike, if you wish.

Overnight: Tent camping near Palde village, on Yamdrok Lake

Day 5: Yamdrok Lake – Gyantse – Shigatse (B)
Rise early to experience an authentic moment in rural Tibetan Buddhist culture — walk over to the convent to watch the villagers walk kora, offering incense and prayers as they circle the convent.

Afterward, have breakfast and drive to Gyantse, climbing high mountain passes and traversing scenic valleys populated with yaks, sheep, shrines and villages. Stop for a photo op at Karo-la Pass, elevation 16,900 feet (5,150 meters), and gaze at Mt Noijin Kangsang and the Karola Glacier. The glacier extends almost all the way to the road, making it one of the most accessible glaciers in the region.

When you reach Gyantse, tour the magnificent Pelkhor Chode Monastery (aka Palcho Monastery) and Gyantse Kumbum, a stupa that’s regarded as one of Tibet’s cultural wonders. The monastery’s 108 chapels are filled with colorful murals and sculptures, and from the upper levels, you can admire views across the valley.

Continue to Shigatse and enjoy a relaxing evening.

Overnight: 4-star Gesar Hotel or similar in Shigatse

Day 6: Shigatse – Lhasa (B)
In the morning, tour the renowned Tashi Lhunpo Monastery, built in 1447 by the first Dalai Lama. Tashi Lhunpo is home to the second most important spiritual leader of Tibet, the Panchen Lama. Remarkably intact, the weathered buildings of this extensive Buddhist complex are surrounded by cobblestone alleys that you can explore with your guide.

Head inside the complex to see the Panchen Lama's Palace and stunning Maitreya Temple, built as an honorary home for a towering golden Buddha. From your guide, learn how the monastery functions, and perhaps have a moment to observe the daily routines of the monks.

Drive back to Lhasa in the afternoon — about a 5-hour drive. When you arrive, you have free time to wander around Barkhor Street and enjoy your last evening in Tibet.

Overnight: 4-star Gangyen Hotel or similar

Day 7: Departure from Lhasa (B)
After breakfast, your guide and driver take you to the airport or train station for your departure from Tibet, ending your unforgettable 6-night experience.
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Thanks a lot for taking me to see plenty of Tibet aspects. Special thanks to Tsela, who is my guide and takes me around Tibet. Without his guiding with deep and wide knowledge and professionalism, my trip in Tibet has only a few learnings! とても楽しい旅行でした。他のツアー参加者にも恵まれ、一生物の旅行になりました。今まで30ヶ国以上旅行に行きましたが、どこにも劣らない大自然、どこにも似つかない独特なチベットを楽しめました。

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  • Duration: 7 days
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  • Languages Offered: English
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