from US$2996 per person

13-day Adventure in the Western Region

Tibet

It is an adventure deep into the western region of Tibet. During the hiking, you will see famous attractions and have a insight into local people' life, It is challenging yet interesting.
Hiking Duration: about 13 Days
Starting Point: Lhasa
End Point: Shigatse

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  • Tour Code:
  • HTB-KP
  • Length:
  • Cities Visited/Stayed:
  • Tibet
  • Highlight Attractions:
  • Potala Palace, Jokhang Monastery, Barkhor Square, Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery, Norbulingka
  • Experience & Features:
  • Alinna tour route and the Everest, Lake Namtso
  • Physical Rating : 3
    (What Is It?)
    • Every CET tour is given a Physical Rating, which indicates how much physical activity is required to participate in it.
    • Rating of 1 ( ) : Always very easy to go! Sometimes getting around on your own, up and down steps and carrying your own small backpack.
    • Rating of 2 ( ) : Light walking or hiking that is suitable for most fitness levels.
    • Rating of 3 ( ) : May include moderate hiking, biking, rafting, kayaking and other activities that require only an average/moderate level of fitness to enjoy.
    • Rating of 4 ( ) : May include high altitude hiking of up to 4-6 hours per day some days of the tour or other activities that require a moderately high level of fitness.
    • Rating of 5 ( ) : High altitude trekking suitable only for those with a higher level of fitness and endurance.
  • Cultural Shock Rating : 3
    (What Is It?)
    • Every CET tour is also given a Culture Shock Rating, designed to help you choose a trip that is suitable to your travel tastes and preferences.
    • Rating of 1 ( ) : Little or no adjustment at all is required. The comforts of home are here for the most part.
    • Rating of 2 ( ) : A generally easy trip but there may be the occasional local home accommodation, remote lodging or some public transportation, simple meal or language barrier.
    • Rating of 3 ( ) : Expect an occasional cold shower and remote or even multi-share accommodation, and public transportation or train ride without shower on board…Remember though, this is all part of your CET authentic travel experience!
    • Rating of 4 ( ) : Expect to rough it here and there. This may mean a packed public bus, very remote and rustic accommodation, and no access to western-style food.
    • Rating of 5 ( ) : You are totally off the beaten track with none of the comforts of home, and are exposed to a totally foreign culture to what you are accustomed ... Sounds fantastic, doesn't it!
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Itinerary
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Day 1:Lhasa

After you arriving at Lhasa, our representative will pick you up at the airport or the railway station. You will be transferred to the hotel and have a rest. The altitude reaction will make you sick if you cannot adjust yourself to it. The height above sea level of Lhasa is 3,650 meters (10.950ft) and the oxygen content of it is only 65% of the sea level, so this environment will make many tourists have the altitude sickness. The effective methods to prevent this reaction is to keep a calm condition, drink more water, eat more fruits, take a rest and pay attention to no alcohol , no shower and less smoking.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Meals: (D)

Attraction: the landscape of valley in Lhasa
Distance: 70km (43.5miles)
Elevation: 3700m (12,139ft)
Road condition: Good
Time: about 1.5hours
Accommodation: Hotel
Tips: Be careful and protected from sunburn
 

Day 2:Lhasa

Potala Palace will be the first stop of our adventure. Situated on Potala Mountain in Lhasa, capital of the Tibet autonomous region, the Potala Palace was first built in the 7th century, for the wedding of the Tibetan king Songtsan Gompo. In 1653, the 5th Dalai Lama moved from Drepung Monastery to the palace. Thus the Potala Palace became the political center of Tibet. It is the majesty palace, with overpowering momentum and regarded as the world cultural heritage by UNESCO. After lunch, we will head for the Jokhang Monastery, “House of the Buddha” in Tibet. Its innermost shrine contains the oldest, most precious object in Tibet - the original gold stature of Sakyamuni -- the historical Buddha, which Princess Wen Cheng brought from Chang'an 1,300 years ago. For most Tibetans it is the most sacred and important temple in Tibet. They think that they can get the rebirth if they have a meet with the gold stature of Sakyamuni. Outside of the Jokhang Monastery is the famous circumambulation road -- Barkhor Street. You will have enough free time to wander on the street and buy some souvenirs and specialties.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Meals: (B/L/D)

Attraction:Potala palace, Jokhang Monastery, Barkor Street
Distance: 100km (62.1miles)
Elevation: 3700m (12,139ft)
Road condition:Good
Time: about 6hours
Accommodation: Hotel
Tips: pay attention to the security, sunburn; take the glacier cap, sun cream and drink more water.
 

Day 3:Lhasa-Lake Namtso-Lhasa

After breakfast, we will drive to the Yangbajain hot spring, which is 90km (55.9mile) north-west of Lhasa. This hot spring is multimineral and it is said that those minerals are good for the skin disease and the arthritis. However, you must be careful that Yangbajain Area is in a very high altitude, with strong wind and low temperature, it is better to keep warm and bring some food by yourself, in case that the local foods are unacceptable. You can have an enjoyable time and get relax there. After that, we will head for the Lake Namtso, 250km (155.3miles) north to the Lhasa and 136km (84.5miles) northeast to the Yangbajain. It’s the highest lagoon in the world and the largest lake in Qinghai-Tibet plateau, located at the southwestern foot of the Nyenchen Tanglha Mountains. It owns the high compliment that Lake Namtso is a large precious mirror besetting on Northern Tibet Grassland.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Meals: (B/L/D)

Attraction:ake Namtso, Yangbajain Area
Distance: 500km (310.7miles)
Elevation: 4700m (15,420ft)
Road condition:Ordinary
Time: about 8hours
Accommodation: Hotel
Tips: Bring some small gifts like pencils or exercise book in order to get more close to the shepherd.
 

Day 4:Lhasa-Yamdrok Lake-Gyantse-Shigatse

Today we will start from Lhasa and cross the 4900m-evalation (16,076ft) Mt.Kampala. We can overlook the Kampala Radar Station and trace the old road to the highest freshwater--Yamdrok Lake. Yamdrok Lake is known as the sacred lake and according to local mythology; Yamdok Lake is the transformation of a goddess. Yamdrok Lake means Jasper Lake and also named Green Jade Lake in Tibetans; it is one of the freshwater in three Tibetan sacred lakes. The lake is surrounded by many snow-capped mountains and is fed by numerous small streams. The lake does have an outlet stream at its far western end. The water is so clear that it is safe and sweet for people to drink. Along the way, we will pass the Karula Glacier to the ancient town Gyantse, the height above sea level is about 4040m (13,254.6ft). We can take afar looking at the Palkhor Monastery and the Gyantse Tsong Burg, a ruin of an ancient fortification, located in the center of Gyantse ancient city. Palkhor Monastery is a monastery having the characteristics of Han, Tibetan and Nepali architecture. Pelkhor Choede enjoys a high status in Tibet Buddhism history because it houses three sects - Sakyapa, Kadampa and Gelugpa together. Those three sects get along well with each other though they once quarreled and fought. Driving from the Gyantse , we will arrive the Tsang region-- Shigatse, visiting the Tashilhunpo Monastery.

Stay overnight in Shigatse.

Meals: (B/L/D)

Attraction:Yamdrok Lake, Karula Glacier, Tsong Burg, Palkhor Monastery, Tashilhunpo Monastery
Distance: 380km (236miles)
Elevation: 3800m (12,467ft)
Road condition:Good
Time: about 8hours
Accommodation: Hotel
Tips: Be careful and prevent the sunburn.
 

Day 5:Shigatse–The Everest

In the morning, we will drive along the China-Nepal highway after breakfast. We will have the chance to experience the strong flavor of the Tsang ethnic custom along the Gyatso-la Pass. After climbing up several steep mountains, we will arrive at Pang la Pass (elevation is 4900m, 16,076ft), the best viewing platform to the highest peak in the world—The Everest (elevation is 8844m, 29,016ft) and the other four above 8000-meter-peaks (above 26,246.7ft). If you are lucky, you will have the valuable chance to see the banner cloud on the Everest, waving as the fire. We will arrive at the Base camp of the Everest, at where you can appreciate the most beautiful peak in the world and take some photos. At the foot of Mt. Everest is located the highest temple in the world, Rongbuk Monastery and the Rongbuk Glacier around this area is also the largest among all the glaciers here. We will spend some time in visiting them and get close to them.

Stay overnight in Base camp.

Meals: (B/L/D)

Attraction:snow-capped mountains and grassland, the Himalayas
Distance: 350km (217.5miles)
Elevation: 5000m (196,850.4ft)
Road condition:Ordinary
Time: about 9hours
Accommodation: Guesthouse
Tips: Be careful and take a good rest.
 

Day 6:Everest-Saga County

After breakfast we will drive to Saga County. Saga means lovely place in Tibetans and is famous for its wildlife resources and hot spring. Going forward, we will get to the Paryang town by driving through Zhongba County. Paryang town is a small town in Tibet, showing the authentic western view. In the central town, there is a plaza for the important gathering meeting. And the outside town, a wide pasture is located between the snow-capped mountains, just like a dreaming rural painting.

Stay overnight in Saga County.

Meals: (B/L/D)

Attraction:snow-capped mountains and grassland, group of yaks, desert landscape
Distance: 450km (279.6miles)
Elevation: 4500m (14,763.8ft)
Road condition:Ordinary
Time: about 9hours
Accommodation: Guesthouse
Tips: Be careful and prevent the sunburn.
 

Day 7:Saga County–Holy Lake (Manasarovar)

After breakfast, we will proceed to the dream place-the holy lake -- Manasarovar, which enjoys the highest transparent rate among all of the Chinese freshwater lakes. People call it God’s lake so they give the name Manasarovar meaning "unbeaten” and “victory “. Buddhists believe that Lake Manasarovar is the most holy one in the world and that it is the manna granted by the Cakrasamvara (a sacred Buddha in Tibet), moreover, the water can wash troubles and evil thought away from their minds. She is the most ancient and sacred place among all the holy places of Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism. She is so perfect that she becomes the real paradise, the Shangri-La of the gods or the bliss World of all things.

Next will be the Lhanag-tso, which is also well-known as the Ghost Lake and called Rakshas. It is located at the Burang County of Ngari Diqu and at an altitude of 4574 meters (15,006.6ft). And it is next to Mapam Yumco, being a lagoon. It appears dark blue and is quite salty. No plants, no cattle or sheep could be found around the lake. It seems lifeless here. So people call it the "Ghost Lake".

Later we will get to the Mount Kailash, the well-known Holy Mountain. It is considered a sacred place in four religions: Bön, Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism. The mountain lies near Lake Manasarowar and Lake Rakshastal in Tibet. Though Mount Kailash is not the highest mountain in this region, as the peak is permanently crowned with snow reflecting the sunlight, it stands out. What’s more, unique shapes make it win full religious piety and marvel.

Stay overnight in Manasarovar.

Meals: (B/L/D)

Attraction:Lake Manasarovar, Lhanag-tso, Mount Kailash
Distance: 300km (186.4miles)
Elevation: 4500m (14,763.8ft)
Road condition:Ordinary
Time: about 6hours
Accommodation: Guesthouse
Tips: Take some solid food.
 

Day 8:Mount Kailash-Guge

After breakfast, we will depart for the Ruins of Guge Kingdom, located at a mound about 300 meters away from a village on the south bank of the River Sutlej. Existing ruins left behind is the remains since the demise of Guge. Mike. Yang, an English man, held the earliest ruins examines in 1912, he travelled up along the Sutlej and found the ruins. Since then, a lot of explorers, travelers, photographers and artists have come here to explore and visit.

In 1985, the Tibet Region Autonomous Government held a field measurements there and they found that total site area is approximately 720,000square meters (177.9acres), they recorded 445houses, 879caves, 58forts, 4underground passages, 28various pagodas, and 1 tomb; what’s more, they discovered one arsenal with weapons, one with stone pot, 11barns, 4Buddha caves, as well as a tomb in the wall and a tomb buried in ancient way. Moreover you can also appreciate the views of Monastery of Toling and the soil forest landscape.

Stay overnight in Guge.

Meals: (B/L/D)

Attraction:picturesque plateau
Distance: 300km (186.4miles)
Elevation: 4300m (14,107.6ft)
Road condition:Ordinary
Time: about 8hours
Accommodation: Guesthouse
Tips: Be careful and prevent the sunburn and take some solid food.
 

Day 9:Guge-Mount Kailash

After having the breakfast, we will start our return. Enough time will be there to take photos of Mount Kailash and the Holy Lake.

Stay overnight in Mount Kailash.

Meals: (B/L/D)

Attraction:the Ruins of Guge Kingdom, forest landscape, Monastery of Toling
Distance: 300km (186.4miles)
Elevation: 4500m (14,763.8ft)
Road condition:Ordinary
Time: about 8hours
Accommodation: Guesthouse
Tips: Be careful and prevent the sunburn and take some solid food.
 

Day 10:Mount Kailash–Saga County

Today we will drive back to Saga County after breakfast.

Meals: (B/L/D)

Attraction:picturesque plateau
Distance: 450km (279.6miles)
Elevation: 4400m (14,435.7ft)
Road condition:Ordinary
Time: about 8hours
Accommodation: Guesthouse
Tips: Be careful and prevent the sunburn and take some solid food.
 

Day 11:Saga County–Shigatse

After having breakfast, we will drive back to Shigatse, passing the 22nd-Daoban, Lhazê County.

Meals: (B/L/D)

Attraction:picturesque plateau
Distance: 450km (279.6miles)
Elevation: 4500m (14,763.8ft)
Road condition:Ordinary
Time: about 8hours
Accommodation: Hotel
Tips: Be careful and prevent the sunburn and take some solid food.
 

Day 12:Shigatse-Lhasa

After the breakfast, we will go to Tashilhunpo Monastery, the preaching place of Banchan Lama Great Master. Tashilhunpo Monastery is located in eastern slope of Nema Hill, west of Shigatse City. It is the largest monastery in Shigatse. It turned in to the preaching place of after the 4th Banchan Lama Great Master. It was regarded as one of Top Four Monasteries of Gem Sect of Tibetan Buddhism. The other three are Ganden Monastery, Sera Monastery and Drepung Monastery. Tashilhunpo Monastery is regarded as one of six famous Yellow Sect monasteries. After the visit, we will drive back to Lhasa via No.318 National Highway.

Meals: (B/L/D)

Attraction:Yarlung Zangbo River
Distance: 280km (173.98miles)
Elevation: 3700m (12,139.1ft)
Road condition:
Time: Good
Accommodation: Hotel
Tips: Be careful and prevent the sunburn.
 

Day 13:Departure from Lhasa

Meals: (B)


 
 
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Group Size 1 person 2-5 persons 6-9 persons ≥10 persons
Tour Cost $4632 $3756 $3232 $2996

* Price in every box above is for each person.
* Price is in US dollar. It may vary a little bit according to US dollar exchange rate fluctuation, car fuel price change and government tax adjustment, etc.
* The price is only for your reference and  it is subject to seasons, high or low.Please send us your inquiry if you are interested. 

Service Included:
A. Personal English-speaking Guide and a local to help with luggage for the hiking part
B. Experienced Driver +Private cross-country van for the driving part
C. Picnicking meals during the hiking parts

Service Excluded:
A. Gratuities, Tips to local people, the guide and driver
B. Other Personal Expenses.

How to Dress (only for reference):
Sturdy walking shoes/Sport sandals
Long, loose and comfortable pants
Shirts/T-shirts
Warm enough clothes
Fleece, Jacket, hat and gloves
Umbrella or waterproof jacket in a cloudy day or rainy day
Cover for backpack or plastic bags to keep clothes dry in case of rain 

What to Bring (only for reference):
Wet wipes / Moist towelettes
Sun hat, Sun block, Sunglasses (very important in Tibet)
Insect Repellent
Bottled Water
Small towel
Camera, film and memory chip, battery
Binoculars
Pocketknife
First-aid kit (should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking).

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