Upon your arrival at Lhasa airport, you will be greeted by the local guide. Check into hotel and have a good
rest to acclimatize the altitude.
The moment you step into Tibet, What is the most important for you to remember is that doing everything
Slowly: walking slowly, speaking slowly, thinking slowly. It is normal getting the typical symptoms like
headache, dizzy, feels of to be disgusted, vomit and etc. Normally, you will be okay on the second day. If the
situation is getting worse, tell the guide or our local stuff immediately.
After breakfast at the hotel, head to visit Potala Palace – the highest palace architecture in the world, on the way climb to the entrance gate, you can take an overlook of the whole Lhasa city, in sunshine, clear sky, really nice; get the knowledge of Tibet political, history and religion. In the afternoon, visit Jokhang Temple, the real “Lhasa” in the eyes of the local Tibetans; Then take stroll in Barkhor Street, here you can experience the local style, picking up those interesting things in Tibtan style, Nepal style, Indian style, all up to you.
Accommodation: Lhasa Heritage hotel or Similar (Twin bed room with private bathroom)
1. Limited number of visitors is to 2,300 per day. In addition, visitors can only visit at the specific time printed on the admission ticket, and visits earlier or later than that time is denied.
2. Tickets to see the Potala Palace are almost sold out therefore it is recommended to buy tickets days in advance.
3. There are many steps at Potala Palace, walking slowly is advisable to avoid possible altitude discomfort.
4. Visitors should respect the rules while visiting. Do not wear hats, wear revealing clothes or step on thresholds.
5. It is forbidden to take photos inside the Potala Palace.
6. Security control is available at the entrance. Explosives, flammables, knives, cigar lighters and water are not allowed to bring into the Potala Palace.
Today you will be arranged to visit Drepung and Sera Monastery. Drepung Monastery is on the hillside west of Lhasa, once world’s largest monastery with about 10,000 monks. Walking up to the hill is a pleasant thing, an easy break from the solemn ambience inside the halls and chapels. Later, we will go to visit Sera Monastery. The highlight will be watching the monk’s debating inside the shady courtyard behind the main temple. Every day except Sunday, hundreds of red-robed monks assemble in small groups and practice their debating skills.
After breakfast, you will be transferred to outskirt of Lhasa city for the exciting hiking.
Today's hiking is about 25km in length with moderate road condition and many things to do along. You will firstly take the stone steps upalong the white wall of Sera Monastery, and hike to visit the Qupsang Nunnery which is the largest nunnery in Tibet with peaceful landscape. Then keep hiking to the top of mountain where you will rest for a while to visit the Tashi Chöling Monastery. Amazing panoramic views of Lhasa city is the fabulous rewarding to your efforts. After the rest, you will hike about 2~3 downhill to the Pabonka Monastery which is one of most ancient Buddhist sites in Lhasa region. It was built by the King Songtsen Gampo in the 7th century, also said to be the place where the Tibetan Characters were created. Your today's hiking will finish here. Be escorted back to Lhasa city.
Optional shorter hiking route for those prefer energy-saving hiking (about 20km)- abandon the hiking from Sera Monastery to Qupsang Nunnery.
Today is free for you until your tour guide transfer you to the airport in time for your flight or drop you off at Lhasa train station.
Tips of Today: 1) please pack your luggage carefully, especially for small things like camera charger, power adaptor, mobile phone, phone charger, wallet and towel; 2) If your flight is arranged in the afternoon, please make sure you check out the hotel before 12pm.
All travel permit and all other necessary permits for this trekking;
All entrance ticket fees for all tourist sites listed in the itinerary;
Knowledgeable English-speaking local tour guide;
Personal comfortable, clean and safe vehicle with reliable local driver; vehicle ranging from 4WD land cruiser to minibus depending on the group size;
All lodging listed in the itinerary;
All meals listed in the above itinerary;
One shared big Oxygen tank in the car;
Tourist accident/casualty insurance;
First aid kit;
Flight or train to and out of Tibet;
Domestic flight/train to Tibet not listed in the itinerary. (We can provide you the domestic flight/train ticket booking service at the BEST discount price; please contact us our travel experts for the details.)
Meals not specified in the itinerary; usually it costs about USD3-15 per person for one meal in TAR (Tibet Autonomous Region).
Tips and gratitude to tour guide and driver;
Personal expenses, like laundry, phone call, snacks, soft drinks (please do the best to avoid the alcoholic beverages during your trip), optional tour activities, etc.
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