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Lhasa Gyangtse Shigatse Group Tour (GO3)

After sightseeing in Lhasa head straight to the coiling scorpion-lake of Yamdrotso before heading and the glacier-draped Karola pass to Gyantse with its must-see Pelkor Chöde Monastery with Gyantse Kumbum. A 90mins drive away is Shigatse, with its impressive Tashilump Monastery, one of the Six Big Monasteries of Gelugpa (or Yellow Hat Sect) in Tibet.

Tour Route

Lhasa-Lhasa Suburb-Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse-Lhasa

Tour Program

Day 01: Arrival in Lhasa 
Our staff will greet you at Lhasa Airport/Railway to transfer you to hotel. From Lhasa Airport to downtown Lhasa, usually takes abt 1.5hrs; from Lhasa Railway Station, abt 20mins. After transferred to hotel, the rest of the day you will be free to wander around the city on your own but try not to overtax yourself. The first day’s well-rest is crucial to acclimatize high altitude. Remember to drink lots of water, eat light, and not to shower if you can help it. For our free Lhasa Airport/Railway transfer, pls
check the Inclusions for the information of our free Lhasa Airport/Railway transfers.
Overnight in Lhasa, 3★/4★

Day 02: Lhasa Suburb (B+D) 
Highlights: Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery 
Today you will visit totally 2 attractions in Lhasa suburb. In the morning, we will arrange you to see Drepung Monastery. In the afternoon, we will visit Sera Monastery. You will stay long hour on sightseeing today under the fierce sun of Tibet, do arm yourself with sunglasses/ hat/ sunscreen.
Also a welcome dinner will be held tonight to introduce you to the whole gang that you are going to travel with. We have customers from all over the world. Shall be fun to meet people from different countries, culture and background.
Located abt 8km west of central Lhasa, Drepung Monastery was once one of the world’s largest monasteries. The word Drepung literally translates as ‘rice heap’, a reference to the huge numbers of white monastic buildings that once piled up on the hill side. 
Sera Monastery is located in the northern suburb of Lhasa City. The monastery was named Sera which means wild rose in the Tibetan language, because the hill behind it was covered with wild roses in bloom when the monastery was built. From of Mon ~ Fri, every afternoon, you ll be able to see monks debating at Sera Monastery.Overnight in Lhasa, 3★/4★

Day 03: Lhasa City (B) 
Highlights: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street
This morning, visit Potala Palace. It is more than 3,700 meters above sea level and it is the highest palace in the world! At the top the palace called golden roofs, you can have a bird-eye view of the whole of Lhasa. In the distance there are undulating mountain ranges, the beautiful Lhasa River, tracts of fields, tree-shaded villages and the glistening Jokhang Temple.
Afternoon, visit Jokhang Temple, it is the first built during the period of Sontsan Gambo in the 7th century, features Buddhist prayer wheels, reclining deer, golden sutra streamers. You'll find that many Pilgrims pray before the monastery.
The circuit around it called Barkhor Street, a famous local handmade crafts market, which is a good place to purchase souvenirs.
Overnight in Lhasa, 3★/4★

Day 04: Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse (B) 
Highlights: Yamdrok Lake, Karola Glacier, Pelkor Chöde Monastery with Gyantse Kumbum
Yamdrotso Lake: dazzling Yamdro-tso(elev 4441m) is normally first seen from the summit of the Kamba-la(4700m). The lake lies several hundred meters below the road, and in clear weather is fabulous shade of deep turquoise. Far in the distance is the huge massif of Mt. Nojin Kangtsang(7191m).Karola Glacier: Mt Nojin Kangsang stands tall with an elevation of 7,191m between Gyantze County and Nagarzê County, with several snow-capped mountains over 6,000m surrounding it. Mount Nojin Kangsang is the most accessible glacier site on the Tibetan Plateau. The famous Kharola Glacier (elev 5,560m) is below the south ridge of Nojin Kangsang.
Pelkor Chöde Monastery with Gyantse Kumbum: the sprawling compound in the far north of town houses Pelkor Chöde Monastery and the monumental Gyantse Kumbum, a chörten filled with fine paintings and statues. Both are deservedly top of the list on most travellers’ must-sees. Palkhor lies at the foot of Dzong Hill. It is well-known for its Kumbum, which has 108 chapels in its four floors. The multi-storied Kumbum Stupa was crowned with a golden dome and umbrella, surrounded with more chapels filled with unique religious statues and murals.
Overnight in Shigatse,3★/4★

Day 05: Shigatse - Lhasa (B)
Highlights: Tashilump Monastery
For the trip back to Lhasa from Shigatse, we have two solutions which will be decided by Great Tibet Tour.
Option A: Drive from Shigatse – Lhasa;
Option B: Train from Shigatse – Lhasa; Guide will accompany you to taxi to Shigatse Railway to take this train to Lhasa. Pick up by vehicle from Lhasa Railway then transfer to hotel

Tashilunpo Monastery is one of the Six Big Monasteries of Gelugpa (or Yellow Hat Sect) in Tibet. Also called the Heap of Glory, the monastery is located at the foot of Drolmari (Tara's Mountain), Shigatse. Founded by the First Dailai Lama in 1447, the monastery's structure was expanded by the Fourth and successive Panchen Lamas. It covers an area of nearly 300,000 square meters. The main structures found in the monastery are Maitreya Chapel, Panchen Lama's Palace and Kelsang Temple. Tashilhunpo is the seat of Panchen Lama since the Fourth Panchen Lama took charge in the monastery, and there are now nearly 800 lamas.
Overnight in Lhasa,3★/4★

Day 06: Departure from Lhasa (B)
Your 6-day Lhasa Gyangtse Shigatse Group Tour ends today. After breakfasts, you will be free for the morning. Our staff will collect you at your hotel to transfer to Lhasa Airport/Railway.

Tour Ends

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"We were very pleased to avail ourselves of the services of M/s Overland Escape, Fort Road, Leh, Ladakh, during the Fourth Regional Workshop of the UNESCO supported " Development of Cultural and Eco-tourism in the Mountainous Regions of Central and South Asia" project, held in Ladakh between 25th and 30th August 2003. As provider of logistical services in Delhi and support for workshop in Ladakh, we were very appreciative of the services provided by Mr. Tundup Dorjey (Overland Escape) arranging accommodation, transportation and other necessary services all helping to ensure a successful and productive workshop. We wish M/s Overland Escape all the best for their future business operations."

Francis Childe, Chief of Section for Europe. Asia and the Pacific Division of Cultural Heritage, UNESCO



Preparing and back office: almost perfect (except little remarks, see below Guiding (Namgyal): could not be better, perfect Trekking crew: could not be better, perfect, especially again Tulak Horse driver: excellent and very kind Drivers: all drivers drove safely and comfortable. Friendly, if for us to fast, immediately reaction on admonition Hotels and guesthouses: 1. Leh, Hotel Lha-ling-kha: good middle class hotel, friendly, meals rather good, from expect of situation quiet but loud Indian guests 2. Pangong Retreat: Luxury tents, meals good – not excellent, mostly friendly, situated a bit crowded but good lake view, hot shower only in morning instead of late afternoon/early evening. 3. Hunder Sand-dunes-view: best of all, marvelous garden, good rooms with much place, quiet, excellent meals, very kindly, very recommendable 4. Likir, Hotel Lhukhil: friendly, quiet, situated above grain-field, meals good – better than 2013 5. Thimosgang, Hotel Namra: a little uppity, personal: 1 working, 2 standing around, And room: bathroom from neighbor spends light all the night, bad sleep, meals good, would prefer stop in Hemis Shukpatshan this hotel was against the itinerary. Would not recommend one’s more, 6. Lamayuru: Hotel Moonland: New hotel is a building lot, new rooms quickly made, will be quickly defect, balcony with good view to Gompa and mountains, kitchen in old hotel rather good, crew friendly 7. Hotel in Kargil: not bad for this city, behavior of personal not comparable to Ladakhi, meals ok. 8. Srinagar: Houseboat. Hill toors Khaliq Wangnoo: Excellent equipment for 40 years boat, excellent waiter Achat, good kook, bathroom not very clean, Organizer Selim (?): loud, little obtrusive, looks not so much for guests, but brings them to expensive shops and encashs his provision. Double booking by Overland Escape causes confusion, compared with earlier stays: very loud and long muezzin speeches by loudspeakers, dogs, during day: motorboat-waterski 9. Delhi: Pride Plaza: check in from arrival to entering room needs 75 min: You should send in advance: all dates of travelers, who are the couples etc, Confusion with booking MAP. Well styled hotel with 1 working person on 5 standing around, very good rooms, excellent clean bathrooms, loud Indians around, excellent buffet, expensive separate lunch, and full 20 min waiting on luggage when checking out. Flights: both flights happened without problems, 15 kg luggage to Leh is not enough. (Charging additional) Flight-transfers and meetings at airport: perfect, all on time Excursions in Leh with monk-guide: excellent knowledge’s, speaks to fast and with accent, so often we were not able to follow him, too many details, but he tried his best Shikara excursion: was marvelous except with presence of organizer Delhi excursion: perfect, excellent guide Thank you again to all who made our tour to a tour with very positive reminders

Werner



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