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Lhasa Tour

Hidden Gems of Tibet: A 9-Day Epic from Urban Lhasa to Tranquil Namtso

Embark on a mesmerizing 9-day journey through Tibet, the “Roof of the World,” where mystique and tradition converge. This expedition invites you to explore the secrets of this sacred and remote land, where captivating landscapes, deep cultural heritage, and spiritual wonders await. From the vibrant city of Lhasa to the hidden treasures of Nyingchi and the pristine beauty of Yamdrok Lake, Tibet beckons you to experience the adventure of a lifetime.

Tibet: Where Magic and Tradition Collide

Tibet, often referred to as the “Roof of the World,” has captivated travellers for centuries. This mystical land is considered by many to be a sacred pilgrimage destination. With its awe-inspiring plateau scenery, profound religious devotion, warm Tibetan hospitality, and time-honoured customs, Tibet stands as one of the most isolated and enchanting places on Earth.

Nyingchi: The Hidden Gem – Tibet’s Fairyland

While iconic Tibetan destinations like Mount Everest are renowned, Nyingchi remains a hidden gem, offering an expedition into Tibet’s enchanting fairyland. Nestled in the eastern part of Tibet, Nyingchi boasts a unique landscape, featuring wonders like the Yarlung Zangbo Grand Canyon and the picturesque Lulang Forest.

Join us on this extraordinary journey and uncover the mysteries of Tibet, where every moment is a captivating adventure waiting to be discovered.

Day 1: Arrival in Lhasa – Acclimatization

As you touch down in Lhasa, our friendly guide will be there to extend a warm welcome. We’ll ensure your comfortable transfer to the hotel. Today is all about acclimatizing to the high altitude and the unique climate of Tibet. Take it easy, explore the city at a relaxed pace, and avoid any strenuous activities. Your journey has just begun, and there’s so much to discover in the days ahead.

Day 2: From Lhasa to Nyingchi – A Journey to Paradise


Experience a remarkable journey from Lhasa to Nyingchi, a place often described as “Heaven on Earth.” This scenic drive will take you through the awe-inspiring Lalin Expressway, renowned for its breathtaking vistas of snow-covered peaks, lush forests, and sprawling grasslands. Here’s what you can expect on this unforgettable route:

Lalin Expressway Delights

  • Spectacular Scenery: The journey begins with a drive along the famous Lalin Expressway, where you’ll be treated to mesmerizing views of towering snow-capped mountains, enchanting forests, and expansive grassy plains.

Discover Kadinggou – Nature’s Masterpiece

  • God of Wealth Lake, Sijin Latso: Our first stop is the pristine Sijin Latso, a hidden gem untouched by commercial development. Immerse yourself in its untouched natural beauty, surrounded by rhododendron-covered hills, herds of yaks, and adorable wildlife. Sijin Latso’s untouched charm is sure to captivate your heart.

Enchanting Niyang River Valley

  • Natural Wonders: As we journey on, the stunning Niyang River Valley unfolds before your eyes. This picturesque landscape features the Benri Divine Spring, the Niyang River Observation Deck, and the confluence of two majestic rivers—the Niyang River and the Brahmaputra River. Be prepared to be charmed by their beauty.

A Glimpse of Paradise in Qiang Na Township

  • River Confluence: Qiang Na Township is where you’ll witness the awe-inspiring confluence of the Niyang River and the Brahmaputra River. This natural wonder is a sight to behold, and you’ll have the perfect vantage point to take it all in.

The Allure of Tanniang Sand Dunes and Yarlung Zangbo Grand Canyon

  • Unveiling Nature’s Artistry: Your journey continues with captivating views of the Tanniang Sand Dunes, a unique natural wonder. Finally, we arrive at the Yarlung Zangbo Grand Canyon Scenic Area, where you’ll be surrounded by the grandeur of nature’s artistry.

As you embark on this scenic adventure, be prepared to be awestruck by the beauty of Tibet’s landscapes. Nyingchi truly lives up to its reputation as a slice of paradise on Earth.

Day 3: nyingchi’s Alpine Charms

Prepare for a day filled with the natural splendour of Nyingchi, often likened to the enchanting landscapes of Switzerland. Your adventure includes:

Segrila Pass – A Glimpse of Majestic Namjagbarwa

  • Breathtaking Vistas: Your journey begins with a visit to the Segrila Pass, where you’ll be treated to panoramic views of the distant Namjagbarwa Peak. This majestic mountain’s beauty is sure to leave you in awe.

Lulang Forest – Nature’s Lush Haven

  • Verdant Beauty: Next, immerse yourself in the lush embrace of Lulang Forest. Here, you’ll wander through enchanting greenery, and the serene atmosphere is perfect for relaxation.

Basumtso – A Natural Wonderland

  • Snow-Capped Peaks and Crystal Lakes: Your day concludes at Basumtso, a national forest park renowned for its stunning snow-capped mountains, pristine lakes, and ancient temples. This picturesque destination promises a glimpse of Tibet’s unspoiled natural beauty.

Get ready to be captivated by Nyingchi’s alpine charms as you explore these magnificent wonders. This is a day when nature’s splendour takes centre stage.

Day 4: Spiritual Journey and Village Charms

Prepare for another day of discovery as you explore spiritual sites and picturesque villages in Tibet:

Cuozong Temple – A Sacred Island Retreat

  • Island Sanctuary: Begin your day with a visit to the ancient Cuozong Temple, nestled on an island in the scenic Basumtso area. Here, you’ll witness unique Tibetan worship practices and the serene ambience of this sacred place.

Jieba Village – A Fairytale Setting

  • Charming Village Stroll: Venture into the fairytale-like Jieba Village, where traditional Tibetan culture comes to life. Stroll through its charming streets and immerse yourself in the local way of life.

As the day unfolds, you’ll experience the spiritual essence of Cuozong Temple and the enchanting allure of Jieba Village before returning to Lhasa. This journey promises a blend of cultural immersion and natural beauty.

Day 5 Lhasa City Tour: A Cultural and Historical Adventure

Potala Palace: This magnificent palace is a landmark of Lhasa and a masterpiece of Tibetan architecture. Formerly the winter residence of the Dalai Lama, it stands on Marpo Ri Hill, 130 meters above the valley floor. Its imposing structure houses numerous chapels, stupas, monks’ quarters, and intricate murals, making it a treasure trove of Tibetan history and culture.

Canggu Temple: While not as widely known as Potala Palace, Canggu Temple offers a more intimate glimpse into Tibetan Buddhism. It’s a place of quiet reflection and religious significance, often frequented by locals for prayer and worship.

Barkhor Street: This bustling street encircles the sacred Jokhang Temple and is the heart of the old town of Lhasa. It’s a lively market area where you can witness daily life in Tibet. Expect to see a mix of pilgrims, market stalls selling everything from prayer wheels to local handicrafts, and small eateries offering traditional Tibetan fare.

Remember to respect local customs and traditions, especially when visiting religious sites. Dress modestly, follow any photography restrictions, and always walk clockwise around temples and stupas. Enjoy your cultural journey in Lhasa!

Day 6 Lhasa Tour: Discover Yamdrok Lake, Karola Glacier, and Shigatse


Embark on an unforgettable Day 6 of your Lhasa tour, venturing beyond the city to explore some of Tibet’s most stunning natural wonders and landscapes. This journey takes you from the breathtaking Yamdrok Lake to the awe-inspiring Karola Glacier, culminating in the historic city of Shigatse.

Experience the Serenity of Yamdrok Lake

Yamdrok Lake: A Natural Wonder

Nestled amidst the Himalayas, Yamdrok Lake is one of Tibet’s three holy lakes, renowned for its mesmerizing turquoise waters. The lake is a spiritual and natural landmark, offering spectacular views and a serene atmosphere. Mount Nyenchen Khangsar: The lake’s backdrop is the magnificent Mount Nyenchen Khangsar, Tibet’s highest peak. This stunning vista is a photographer’s dream and a must-see for nature lovers.

Marvel at the Karola Glacier

Karola Glacier: A Glacial Masterpiece

As you journey towards Shigatse, the Karola Glacier presents an extraordinary sight. This massive glacier, easily accessible from the road, is a powerful testament to the natural beauty of the Tibetan landscape.

Photography and Exploration: The glacier offers a unique opportunity for visitors to witness and capture the raw beauty of Tibet’s glacial terrain.

Day 7: Spiritual and Natural Wonders of Shigatse and Northern Tibet


Tashilunpo Monastery: A Spiritual Haven

Start your day in Shigatse with a visit to the Tashilunpo Monastery, the traditional seat of the Panchen Lama. This monastery is not just a religious site but a living museum of Tibetan culture and history. Its intricate architecture and sacred artworks offer a profound insight into Tibetan Buddhism.

Northern Tibet Grassland: Exploring the Vastness

Journey through the Northern Tibet Grassland, a vast expanse that is a paradise for wildlife enthusiasts and culture seekers. This area is known for its stunning landscapes, rich biodiversity, and the unique lifestyle of nomadic herders.

Day 8: From the Serenity of Namtso Lake to the Devotion at Jokhang Temple


Namtso Lake: A Natural Sanctuary

On your way back to Lhasa, stop at Namtso Lake, one of Tibet’s three holy lakes. Renowned for its crystal-clear waters and majestic mountain backdrop, Namtso is a place of unparalleled natural beauty and spiritual significance.

Jokhang Temple: The Heart of Tibetan Buddhism

Conclude your day with a visit to the revered Jokhang Temple in Lhasa. This temple is a focal point of Tibetan Buddhism, attracting pilgrims from all corners of Tibet. Its rich history and spiritual ambience provide a fitting end to your Tibetan exploration.

Day 9: Farewell to Lhasa


Leisure and Departure:

Spend your final day in Lhasa at your own pace. Relax, reflect on your journey, or explore any missed sights. Ensure you’re packed and ready for departure, checking out from your hotel by noon.

Important Booking Information

  • Tibet Visa Requirement: Foreign travellers must apply for a Tibet visa in advance. It’s recommended to book at least 20 days before departure.
  • Cancellation Policy: The Tibet travel permit process has strict policies. There are no refunds once the process begins and no refunds for cancellations within 7 days of the trip. Note that the Tibet travel permit fee (500RMB) is non-refundable.

What’s Included in Your Tour

  • All-Inclusive Permits: We handle all necessary travel permits for Tibet (excluding the Chinese visa).
  • Transport: 9 days of comfortable bus/mini-bus transportation with experienced local drivers, including pick-up and drop-off services.
  • Guidance and Insights: Professional English-speaking local tour guide to enhance your experience.
  • Access to Attractions: Admission fees for all tourist sites listed in the itinerary are covered.
  • Dining and Accommodation: Daily breakfast from Day 2 to Day 9, two featured meals, and 8 nights of comfortable lodging.
  • Additional Support: Oxygen and water supply, along with a 9-day outdoor insurance plan for your safety and comfort.

Exclusions

  • Visa and Travel Costs: Chinese visa and flight/train tickets to and from Tibet are not included.
  • Additional Options: Additional charges apply for hotel upgrades, single rooms, and personal expenses.

An Unforgettable Experience

This 9-day tour is designed to offer an immersive experience into Tibet’s heart. From the sacred sites in Lhasa to the untouched beauty of the Tibetan countryside, this journey promises not just a travel itinerary but a pathway to understanding a land rich in history, culture, and spiritual depth.

Join us for this extraordinary adventure and prepare to be enchanted by the allure of Tibet, a land that not only touches the skies but also the soul.

Tour Details

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Departure & Return Location

John F.K. International Airport (Google Map)

Departure Time

3 Hours Before Flight Time

Price Includes

  • Air fares
  • 3 Nights Hotel Accomodation
  • Tour Guide
  • Entrance Fees
  • All transportation in destination location

Price Excludes

  • Guide Service Fee
  • Driver Service Fee
  • Any Private Expenses
  • Room Service Fees

Complementaries

  • Umbrella
  • Sunscreen
  • T-Shirt
  • Entrance Fees
What to Expect

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Zürich, Switzerland

We’ll meet at 4 p.m. at our hotel in Luzern (Lucerne) for a “Welcome to Switzerland” meeting. Then we’ll take a meandering evening walk through Switzerland’s most charming lakeside town, and get acquainted with one another over dinner together. Sleep in Luzern (2 nights). No bus. Walking: light.

Day 2Zürich–Biel/Bienne–Neuchâtel–Geneva

Enjoy an orientation walk of Zurich’s OLD TOWN, Switzerland’s center of banking and commerce. Then, leave Zurich and start your Swiss adventure. You’ll quickly discover that Switzerland isn’t just home to the Alps, but also to some of the most beautiful lakes. First, stop at the foot of the Jura Mountains in the picturesque town of Biel, known as Bienne by French-speaking Swiss, famous for watch-making, and explore the historical center. Next, enjoy a scenic drive to lakeside Neuchâtel, dominated by the medieval cathedral and castle. Time to stroll along the lake promenade before continuing to stunning Geneva, the second-largest city in Switzerland, with its fantastic lakeside location and breathtaking panoramas of the Alps.

Day 3Enchanting Engelberg

Our morning drive takes us from Swiss lakes to Swiss Army. At the once-secret Swiss army bunker at Fortress Fürigen, we’ll see part of the massive defense system designed to keep Switzerland strong and neutral. Afterward, a short drive into the countryside brings us to the charming Alpine village of Engelberg, our picturesque home for the next two days. We’ll settle into our lodge then head out for an orientation walk. Our stroll through the village will end at the Engelberg Abbey, a Benedictine monastery with its own cheese-making operation. You’ll have free time to wander back before dinner together. Sleep in Engelberg (2 nights). Bus: 1 hr. Walking: light.

Day 4Interlaken Area. Excursion to The Jungfrau Massif

An unforgettable trip to the high Alpine wonderland of ice and snow is the true highlight of a visit to Switzerland. Globus Local Favorite At an amazing 11,332 feet, the JUNGFRAUJOCH is Europe’s highest railway station. Jungfrau’s 13,642-foot summit was first ascended in 1811 and in 1912 the rack railway was opened. There are lots of things to do here: enjoy the ALPINE SENSATION, THE PANORAMA 360° EXPERIENCE, and the ICE PALACE. Also receive your JUNGFRAU PASSPORT as a souvenir to take home with you. The round trip to the “Top of Europe” by MOUNTAIN TRAIN will take most of the day.

Day 5Lake Geneva and Château de Chillon

It’s market day in Lausanne! Enjoy browsing and packing a picnic lunch for our 11 a.m. boat cruise on Lake Geneva. A few miles down-shore we’ll dock at Château de Chillon, where we’ll have a guided tour of this delightfully medieval castle on the water. On our way back we’ll take time to peek into the vineyards surrounding Lutry before returning to Lausanne. Boat: 2 hrs. Bus: 1 hr. Walking: moderate.

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