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Higher Limits Trek

A Special Tiber Fall Tour - 12 Days

This tour has been specially created to give visitors a full insight into the culture of Tibet and its amazing landscapes. The most incredible sights of Tibet are included in this well-organized program which allows tourists to not only cross rapidly the Tibetan plateau but to immerge yourself completely in the mystery of this Asian High Land.

HIGHLIGHTS:
* A 12 day excursion to all the legacies of Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse, Namtso Lake, Tsedang, Yarlung, Samye and Drak Yerpa Caves.
* English speaking Local Tibetan Guide
* Comfortable transportation / hotels with Tibetan character wherever possible
* complete hassle free Chinese (Tibetan) travel documentation

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Lhasa (3660m) & drive to Tsedang (3550m) – 183 km
Day 02: In Tsedang – Yarlung Valley and Samye Monastery
Day 03: Tsedang-Lhasa via Mindroling
Day 04: Lhasa Sightseeing
Day 05: Lhasa Sightseeing 
Day 06: Day excursion to Namtso Lake
Day 07: Day tour to Ganden and Tsurpu
Day 08: Gyantse (3950m) 261 km
Day 09: Drive Gyantse – Shigatse (3900m) 90 km
Day 10: Drive Shigatse to Lhasa (280km)
Day 11: Day excursion to Drak Yerpa caves
Day 12: Depart Lhasa

Cost Include

  • Hotel accommodation in twin sharing room on bed & breakfast basis in the respective hotels in Lhasa & en route. However, for the 1st two night’s hotel accommodation in all tours for first, medium and budget hotels will be in guest houses with dormitory.
  • Transportation by normal comfortable mini-coach/coach/Jeep as per group size & comfortable mini-coach/coach in Nepal as well.
  • Sightseeing with a good English speaking Tibetan guide as per itinerary.
  • Entrance fees to monasteries & monuments.
  • Airport/Hotel/Airport transfers.
  • Fly ticket Kathmandu- Lhasa- Kathmandu

Cost Exclude

  • Any arrangements in Kathmandu.
  • Airport taxes.
  • Insurance, Medical Expenses, Emergency evacuation / rescue in any form.
  • Any expenses arising due to landslides, political disturbances, strikes or any other reasons beyond our reasonable control.
  • Any visa fees.
  • All expenses of personal nature such as drinks, laundry, tips and donation etc.
  • Any other expenses which are not mentioned on price include section.

NOTE: Depending on the road condition, we may have to use the Land Cruiser. If Land Cruiser is used while driving, the supplement cost clients have to pay this amount directly on the spot.

Day 01: Arrive Lhasa (3660m) & drive to Tsedang (3550m) – 183 km
You will be met at Gongkar Airport by your Tibetan guide. After immigration formalities take a 1.5-hour drive along 93 km road leading to Lhasa lying at an altitude of 3650 meters. A 2-hour drive from Lhasa passing through barley and wheat fields brings you to the third largest city in Tibet, Tsedang. En route Tsedang you stop at Nyethang, a temple built in 10th century by Atisa, an Indian Buddhist. The temple contains interesting artifacts and hold significant importance in Tibetan Buddhism

Day 02: In Tsedang – Yarlung Valley and Samye Monastery
Today you visit Yarlung Valley .According to ancient Tibetan history, Tibetan civilization originated from Yarlung valley. Over there you can spot massive burial mounds of Tibetan Kings. Today’s sights also include Tandruk monastery, a 7th century monastery, which holds a fantastic carved wooden altar, interesting relics and murals.

Yambulakang, the castle perched dramatically on a pinnacle above the valley, is the oldest known dwelling in Tibet, reputedly the home of the Yarlung Kings. The view from the castle is awesome.

The tour continues to the west of Tsedang, along the Tsangpo River on a boat to Samye Monastery. Samye Monastery, founded in 779 AD, is in a green valley among barren mountains surrounded by a village. Samye Monastery is one of the most imposing sights of Tibet. Built between 763 and 75 AD and modeled on the University of Otantapuri in India, it was planned as a representation of the universe.

Day 03: Tsedang-Lhasa via Mindroling
Traveling from Tsedang to Lhasa you stop at Mindroling, a 10th century monastery, rebuilt in 1676 and highly reputed for its contribution towards astronomy, astrology, medicine and calligraphy. The murals on the wall have special significance and show the typical Tantric arts. Another distinctive feature of Mindroling monastery is the fact that the monks who reside there can have wives and children.

Day 04: Lhasa Sightseeing
Today you will be taken for a sightseeing tour to Lhasa. On your awe-inspiring visit to Sera monastery, you are introduced to the important aspects of Buddhism. After lunch, you pay a visit to Norbulinka, the summer palace of the Dalai Lama. Jokhang temple provides yet another exciting and educative tour. Wandering around Barkhor market is another major highlight of the day.

Day 05: Lhasa Sightseeing
In the morning, after breakfast, you will set off to view the majestic Potala Palace, which towers above the city of Lhasa. You get to see an overwhelming array of intricate Tibetan murals, temples, stupas, and the tombs of the eight Dalai Lamas. After lunch, you will be taken on a visit to beautifully landscaped Drepung monastery. At the monastery you can observe nuns and monks chanting and performing religious discourses.

Day 06: Day excursion to Namtso Lake
Today you will be taken on an excursion to one of the most beautiful places in Tibet, the Namtso Lake.  In Tibetan, Namtso means ‘Heavenly Lake.’ It is one among the three holy lakes in Tibet. Namtso Lake is at an altitude of 4720 m. It covers a vast area of about 757 square miles. The crystal-clear water of this lake and the scenic beauty of its surrounding are sure to leave you spellbound.

Day 07: Day tour to Ganden and Tsurpu
Today you will be taken to two very famous monasteries, Ganden and Tsurpu. Ganden monastery was founded in 1409 by Je Tsongkapa, the founder of the Gelupka (Yellow Hat) sect.  This monastery is the first Gelug monastery in Tibet. It lays 57 km east of Lhasa.

Besides its typical Tibetan style, it is three times as large as Potala Palace. The Tsurpu monastery situated at an altitude of 4300m has a history of 800years. Located high in the tributary of the Tolung Valley, the huge temples and chanting halls of Tsurphu monastery has been rebuilt from the rubble of the Cultural Revolution.

Day 08: Gyantse (3950m) 261 km
After passing through beautiful valleys and colorful Tibetan villages you arrive in the town of Gyantse. In Gyantse you will visit the Gyantse Dzong and Gyantse Kumbum. The Dzong is a fort dating from the 14th century. From there you can enjoy the spectacular views of Gyantse and the surrounding Nyang Chu Valley.

The Kumbum is a large gold-domed Stupa and its many small chapels house an impressive array of Tibetan Buddhist murals. En route you will be escorted to visit Shalu Monastery founded in 11th century and noted for its 14th century murals which fuse Chinese, Mongol and Nepalese style.

Day 09 Drive Gyantse – Shigatse (3900m) 90 km
After exploring Gyantse, you will take a 90 km drive to Shigatse. Having driven to an average altitude of 3900 m, you find yourself at Shigatse, second largest city of Tibet. Tashilhunpo monastery being one of the largest functioning monasteries in Tibet is a major attraction of Shigatse.

Day 10: Drive Shigatse to Lhasa (280km)
After hearty breakfast at hotel you will be guided to explore the local market and the Tashilhunpo Monastery. This monastery is one of the largest functioning monasteries in Tibet and there is much to explore within its high surrounding walls. After detailed visit of Shigatse you will drive via shorter road to Lhasa.

Day 11: Day excursion to Drak Yerpa caves
The Drak Yerpa caves are about an hour’s drive to the northeast of Lhasa. Songtsen Gampo meditated here, as did Padma Sambhava and several of his disciples. The site is strongly associated with Jowo Atisha and the early Kadampa masters.

Day 12: Depart Lhasa
You will be transferred to the airport in time to catch your flight home.

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Your Program Duration = 12 Days
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