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Tibet Discovery Tour

Lying on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau of the southwest border of China, the average height of the whole Tibet region is more than 4,000 meters above sea level, for which Tibet is known as "Roof of the World". The highest peak of Tibet, also the highest in Himalayas and in the whole world, is Everest Peak, which is as high as 8,846.27 meters above sea level.

Tibet is one of the world's most extraordinary destinations. although a part of China, Tibet has a unique culture of all there own. It is mainly inhabited by Tibetans, a minority nationality of old and mysterious people. Tourist attractions include the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Jokhang Temple, Nam Tso Lake, and a number of Buddhist sacred places.

Day 1 Lhasa (B, L)
Upon arrival in Lhasa at the Gongga airport, the Capital of Tibet, take another 1.5-hour-drive to the city proper (3650 m). On the way you will enjoy the spectacular scenery, and the typical Tibetan villages as well as the Yak-skin-boat cruising on Yalung Tsangpo River. In Lhasa, visit to Ani Sangkung, the famous and only Nunnery. Afterwards, back to the hotel for adapting to the high attitude. It is helpful to take things easy for the first few days, and try to drink some water just and now. Overnight at 3*Gorkha Hotel

Day 2 Lhasa (B, L, D)
In the morning visit Potala Palace, which was originally constructed in 637 by Songtsen Gampo, the first king of the united Tibet, and later expanded and served as the winter residence of the Dalai Lamas as well as the religious-political nexus of traditional Tibet. The crowds of pilgrims, innumerable magnificent murals, Buddhist statues, scriptures and rare treasures titleogether create a dense religious and art atmosphere that impresses every visitor. In the afternoon visit Jokhang monastery, the center of the Tibetan Buddhism and the sacred land of Buddhist followers where thousands of pilgrims come for worship everyday. The temple, built in 647, is the earliest wood-and-masonry structure still existing in Tibet. Walk on the Barkhor street surrounding Jokhang, a big free market with its prolific stalls for selling local specititleies. Overnight at 3*Gorkha Hotel

Day 3 Lhasa - Gandan Kora - Dark Yerba - Lhasa (B, L)
After breakfast, drive to Gandan monastery to the northeast of Lhasa. Ganden monastery, established by Tsong Khapa who is founder of gelug sect as the first Gelug monastery in the 15th century when he carried out the religious reform in Tibet, is the greatest and the oldest of the six Gelug Sect's monasteries, which is called one of "the three principal monasteries' (the other two are Dreprung Monastery and Sera Monastery). I is located at the top of Wangbur Mountain, Tagtse County, 36 kilometers from the Potala Palace in Lhasa, at an titleitude of 4,300m. At its peak, it had a registration of more than 4,000 monks. You'll trek around Gandan via the road of Kora, fortunately, you can meet with many pilgrims along the way. Afterwards head for the Dar yerpa, there many holes for meditation. Back to Lhasa in the afternoon.

Day 4 Lhasa - Nam Tso (B, L, D)
Drive for 4 hours northward through the vast Qiangtang Grassland to Nam Tso Lake. On the way cross over the grand Nyenchentangla Range and conquer Kyogche La Pass (4900 m) up to Damxung, a small but important station on the Qinghai-Tibet Highway which starts from Golmud of Qinghai province and ends in Lhasa. Have lunch at Damxung and then drive another 60 kilometers to Nam Tso Lake. Meaning "Heaven Lake" in Tibetan, it is one of the three holy lakes of Tibet and the highest lake in the world with an elevation 4,718 meters above sea level. With a length of 70 kilometers from west to east and a width of 30 kilometers from north to south, it covers an area of 1,920 square kilometers. Nam Tso is acclaimed to be the largest lake in Tibet and the second largest stitley lake in China. Plains, grasslands, swamplands and sand beach are spread abroad by the lake. The lake plains with overgrowing grass provide an ideal place for the wild animals such as wild ass, yellow goat, black bear, fox and rabbit. Nam co is a famous Holy land. The Tsashi Monastery on the Tsashi peninsula, which stretches into the lake, is still wreathed by incense and the sound of dawn bell and dusk drum. In the Sheep Year of Tibetan calendar, thousands of pilgrims undergo the hardships to pay their homage to the holy lake. 1N at simple guesthouse or in tent

Day 5 Nam tso- Yambajian - Lhasa (B, L)
In the morning, drive back to Lhasa, on the way, visit the famous Yambajian, a town approximately 87 kilometers (54 miles) north-west of Lhasa, halfway to Damxung in Tibet. The town lies just south of the Nyainqentanglha Mountains, in an upland lush green valley surrounded by the tents of nomads with grazing yak and sheep populating the hillside. It is the site Yangpachen Monastery, which was historically the seat of the Shamarpas of Karma Kagyu and the Yangbajing International Cosmic Ray Observatory. The region is rich for its geothermal energy. Yangbajian Hot Spring is located 110km northwestern to Lhasa city. Various hot springs in this area contains much mineral elements which is good for hetitleh. Today, Yangbajin becames a wellknown travel resorts around Lhasa. Back to Lhasa in the afternoon and rest in hotel.

Day 6 Departure
After breakfast, we'll drive you to airport o railway station. End of trip.

Note: The package price is USD1280 per person for a group of 2-6 pax. It includes local ground transportation in a private Toyota 4500 or Mitsubishi Pajero, accommodation as specified, all meals, admission fees and Tibetan English-speaking guide service throughout trip. The single supplement is USD145 (See: Policy of Payment).

The quotation does not include flight tickets into and/or out of Tibet, personal expenses and/or gratuity to the driver and guide.

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