5 Days Lhasa Yamdrok Lake tour
This is a private cultural tour, it means we will assign private guide and van in each city and no other participants will be allowed to join in your group. Our private 5 day Tibet tours are designed to stretch the boundaries of ordinary travel, and will give you an intimate knowledge of the lands, culture, and people of Tibet. We create authentic cultural connections that allow you to experience the bounties on the “roof of the world,” rather than just seeing one monastery after the next. So if you’re tired of the same old tour routes companies have been using for years, let us help you discover the hidden gems of Tibet with these unique tours. Here we present suggested itinerary for Lhasa and Yamdrok Lake tour.
Surrounded by colossal mountain ranges in southwestern China, the city of Lhasa ("Place of the Buddha") is the spiritual heart of the Tibetan world. Every Tibetan Buddhist aims to visit Lhasa at least once in his or her lifetime. Lhasa rose to prominence following the founding of three large Gelugpa monasteries by Tsongkhapa and his disciples in the 15th century. Two centuries later, the Fifth Dalai Lama, Lobsang Gyatso (1617–1682) moved to Lhasa and began construction on the Potala Palace. Today, although most of the temples and monasteries of Lhasa remain active and visited by throngs of Tibetan Buddhist pilgrims, Over 1 million visitors come to Tibet each year. Lhasa tourists and pilgrims alike spend most of their time in the Tibetan Quarter, also known as the Barkhor District, which centers on the sacred Jokhang Temple. It is the second most populous city on the Tibetan plateau, after Xining, and at an altitude of 3,490 meters (11,450 ft), Lhasa is one of the highest cities in the world. The city contains many culturally significant Tibetan Buddhist sites such as the Potala palace, Jokhang temple and Norbulingka palaces.
Holy Yamdrok-Tso Lake lies in Nangartse County, about 100 kilometers southwest of Lhasa and easily accessible. Yamdrok Tso is traditionally first seen from the summit of the Khamba-la, which an altitude of 4,794 m (15,728 ft). Surrounded by high mountains, its water is so clear that you can watch fish playing within. The sky surrounding Yamdrok-Tso is clear with white clouds often "floating" above it. All of our Tibet tours can be tailor-made to allow time for a picnic or trekking along Yamdrok-Tso.
Day1: Arrival/ Acclimatization (stay in Lhasa three star hotel: Shangbala, Yak, Dhogu. Located in old town)
Day2: Lhasa sightseeing visit Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Market
Day3: Full day tour to Ganden Monastery/ Sera Monastery in Lhasa
Day4: Lhasa- Yamdrok Lake- Typical Tibetan family vist- Lhasa
Detail Itinerary from Day to Day
Day1: Arrival at Lhasa
At your arrival your Tibetan guide and driver will pick you up and transfer to the hotel in Lhasa, from the airport it is 66km and it take 1 hrs to Lhasa, from the train station it is only 15km which take 20 minutes. Take rest to acclimatize and alleviate jetlag. Overnight at Lhasa.
Day2: Lhasa sightseeing visit Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Market
Today is your first day of sightseeing on the high plateau, so we have purposely arranged only to visit Jokhang temple and Potala Palace. Overnight at Lhasa. Potala Palace is located on the hilltop site above the city of Lhasa originally hosted the meditation retreat of King Songtsen Gampo, who built the first palace there in 637 in order to greet his bride Princess Wencheng of China. Construction of the present palace began in 1645 under the fifth Dalai Lama, Lobsang Gyatso, and an important figure in Tibetan history. Known as the "Great Fifth," he unified Tibet and made the Yellow Hat sect the state religion. The White Palace was completed in 1648, after which it was used as winter quarters by the Dalai Lama. Jokhang Temple was founded in 647 by King Songtsen Gampo (r.617-49), the first ruler of a unified Tibet, and his two foreign wives who are credited with bringing Buddhism to Tibet. The king's first wife, Princess Bhrikuti (married in the 630s), was the sister of the Nepalese king, while his second wife, Princess Wencheng (married 641), was the niece or daughter of the Chinese emperor. Barkhor Street is located in the old area of Lhasa City, Tibet; it is a very ancient round street surrounding the Jokhang Temple. Combining ancient and modern, religious and everyday life in perfect harmony, Barkhor Street is indeed a must-see for all visitors. For tourists; Barkhor Street is a magical place showing the original outlook of Lhasa. The street was paved by hand-polished stone boards. A place full of religious atmosphere today many pilgrims hold the prayer wheels to walk clockwise there from dawn to dark. Also you can see some pilgrims walking or progressing body-lengths by body-lengths along the street. Even some of them are teenagers or have experienced thousands of miles' walk to reach this sacred place. The way they express their piety could make you understand the holiness of religion. Barkhor Market is one of oldest street in Tibet which is having more than seven hundred years of history. Here you can see typical house style in Tibetish and can bring some soveigner for your friends in your country or abroad.
Day3: One day tour to Ganden Monastery / Sera monastery [4500m]
After visited all these monasteries, you may want to explore more nature. Morning drive about 60 km eastwards to Ganden Monastery, which ranks the first among the six largest monasteries of Gelugpa. In addition to its magnificent architecture and religious importance, there is a extremely fabulous view on top of the Ganden Wangpo Hill, and Kyichu valley is behind Ganden monastery, it is strongly suggested to hiking around the monastery and take a bird's-eye view of the valley. Early afternoon drive back to Lhasa to visit Sera monastery for its famous monks debating between 3pm to 5pm (not available on Sunday). Overnight at Lhasa. Ganden means: "joyful" and is the Tibetan name for Tushita, the heaven where the bodhisattva Maitreya is said to reside. It was the original monastery of the Gelugpa order, founded by Je Tsongkhapa himself in 1409, and traditionally considered to be the seat of Gelugpa. It was the original monastery of the Gelugpa order, founded by Je Tsongkhapa himself in 1409, and traditionally considered to be the seat of Gelugpa administrative. The Ganden Tripa or 'throne-holder of Ganden' is the head of the Gelugpa School. Tsongkhapa preserved body was entombed there in a silver and gold encrusted tomb by his disciples in 1419. Being the farthest from Lhasa of the three university monasteries, Ganden traditionally had a smaller population with some 6,000 monks before 1959 (although Waddell reports an estimate of about 3,300 in the 1890s and there were, apparently only 2,000 in 1959.At this time there are about 300 monks. Ganden Monastery consisted of two principal original colleges, Jangtse and Shartse, meaning North Peak and East Peak respectively. The three main sights in the Ganden Monastery are the Serdung, which contains the tomb of Tsongkhapa, the Tsokchen Assembly Hall and the chapel where Tsongkhapa traditionally taught. The monastery houses artifacts which belonged to Tsongkhapa. It contained more than two dozen major chapels with large Buddha statues. The largest chapel was capable of seating 3,500 monks. Sera Monastery: at the foot of Tatipu Hill is located in the northern suburb of Lhasa City. It is one of three famous monasteries in Lhasa along with the Drepung monastery and the Ganden monastery The Sera Monastery is dedicated to the Gelugpa or Yellow Hat Sect, a branch of Tibetan Buddhism, founded by Tsongkhapa. Jamchen Chojey, one of Tsongkhapa disciples built the monastery in 1419 during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). The monastery was named Sera which mean wild rose in the Tibetan language, because the hill behind it was covered with wild roses in bloom when the monastery was built. The monastery is magnificent and covers an area of 114,946 square meters (28 acres). Its main buildings are the Coqen Hall, Zhacang (college) and Kamcun (dormitory). Scriptures written in gold powder, fine statues, scent cloth and unparalleled murals can be found in these halls. Colorful debates on Buddhist doctrines are held here and these employ a style distinctive from those at Lhasa's other famous monasteries.
Day4: Lhasa- Yamdrok Lake [4300m]
Tibetan local family visiting / Lhasa, 260KM, 4hrs drive. Morning drive up to Kampala pass[4794m], you will have a glimpse of Yamdrok-Tso and spectacular views of Holy Mount Nyenchen Khangsar in the distance, the turquoise colored Lake Yamdrok Yumtso is one of the three holy lakes in Tibet. Here we will arrange you to visit one local Tibetan family, and you will get an opportunity to see their customs and how they live, and you will be invited to have butter tea or sweet tea by the hospitable host. Afternoon drive back to Lhasa. Overnight at Lhasa. Yamdrok Lake is the abbreviation of Tibet Yamdrok Yumtso Lake. Yamdrok in Tibetan means the Pool of Swan, one of top four holy lakes (Namtso Lake, Yamdrok Lake, Lake Manasarovar and Qinghai Lake) in Tibetan region. The whole lake is a heavenly lake indeed because of its location roughly on the top of mountain ranges(an altitude over 4500 meters above sea level), and the whole shape of the lake is quite long and narrow, and seems like the intestines of sheep. Repeatedly, the height of Yamdrok Lake above sea level is 4410 meters, and 130 kilometers long from east to west, and 70 kilometers wide from south to north. The lakeshore is over 250 kilometers, and the total area of this lake is 638 square kilometers. The depth is from 20 meters to 40 meters. Yamdrok Lake as a salt water lake is the largest inland lake on the north side of Himalaya Range. Annually, the whole lake gets iced since November. By the way, there are more than 20 miles on the lake.
Day 05 Lhasa airport /train station dropping off;
Your guide and driver will see you off at the airport or train station, end the trip. Tibet warm heartily welcome you back home forever. We would love to send you all the best wishes for your continue happy journey.