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[6-Day Tour] Lhasa & Shigatse (Group, with local hotel)

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Multi-Day Tour | Group Tour

Depart: fixed dates | Book in advance: 18 days

Lhasa

Potala Palace | Jokhang Temple | Barkhor Street | Drepung Monastery | Sera Monastery | Yamdrotso Lake | Pelkor Chode Monastery | Tashilhunpo Monastery

Potala Palace (布达拉宫)

A palace was originally built at this site in 637 by the founder of the Tibetan Empire Songtsän Gampo, and even though none of that original structure remains, it's clear that the place had some spiritual draw because the Fifth Dalai Lama built the present-day Potala Palace in the same spot in the late 17th century. The massive palace was at one time the largest building in the world and remains a spectacular imposition to Lhasa's landscape today.

Jokhang Temple (大昭寺)

Jokhang Temple is the most important and sacred temple in Tibetan Buddhism and a key center of pilgrimage. The symbolic power of the site has made it one of the most politically sensitive spots within the Tibetan Autonomous Region.

Barkhor Street (八廓街)

Any trip to Lhasa will warrant a few visits to Barkhor—the religious heart and market center of the capital surrounding Jokhang Temple. The plaza itself was created and paved not too long ago by the Chinese, but its been an important site for Tibetans for far longer, with the circuit around the temple going back to the 7th century.

Drepung Monastery (哲蚌寺)

Drepung Monastery is to Tibet, arguably, what Oxford University is to Great Britain. Once the largest monastery in the world, Drepung is still the biggest in Tibet and remains one of the largest anywhere in the world if its relocated site in India is included.

Sera Monastery (色拉寺)

About 4 km (2.5 mi) north of Lhasa lies Sera Monastery, one of the three great university monasteries dedicated to the Gelukpa, or "yellow hat," school of Buddhism. Although many of the monastery's nearby affiliated hermitages were destroyed during the Cultural Revolution, Sera remains one of the oldest original structures important to Tibetan Buddhism.

Yamdroktso Lake (羊卓雍错湖)

One of Tibet's four major holy lakes, Yamdrok-tso, or "Yamdrok Lake," is located approximately 120 km (75 mi) southwest of Lhasa. Gyantse lies around 90 km (55 mi) to its west. Once atop the summit of Kamba-la Pass, take in incredible views of Yamdrotso Lake, one of the three sacred lakes of Tibet. Stretching for 72 km (45 mi), this stunning lake has long been a destination for Tibetan pilgrims. Enjoy a walk around the lake, and decide for yourself whether its reputation as a holy place rings true.

Pelkor Chode Monastery (白居寺)

Also known as Palcho Monastery and Shekar Gyantse, Pelkor Chöde is primarily known for the astonishing Gyantse Kumbum, Tibet's largest kumbum (stupa). The monastery complex also includes an ancient Tibetan fort, known as a dzong and a number of residential, administrative and religious structures.

Tashilhunpo Monastery (扎什伦布寺)

The Tashilhunpo Monastery was built in 1447 and was traditionally home to the Panchen Lama. It miraculously escaped much of the Cultural Revolution-era destruction, so it's a refreshing sight for reconstruction-sore eyes. Tashilhunpo is large enough to seem like a small walled town, and there's plenty to see. Highlights include massive collections of jewels and gold Buddha statues, the Assembly Hall and its colorful unfurled thangkas, and the shrines and thrones of each of the Panchen Lamas, many of whom are buried on site.

Details

Day 1 Lhasa arrival

Your guide will meet you at the airport or station, welcoming you with a friendly "Tashi Delek," a Tibetan greeting meaning "blessings and good luck." You'll then be driven to your hotel where you can rest for the afternoon and acclimatize to the high altitude.

Stay overnight at the Lhasa Gang-Gyan Hotel Tibet or similar.

Day 2 Lhasa (includes breakfast & dinner)

Potala Palace

• Please note: Visits to the Potala Palace are restricted to one hour due to the high number of visitors each day.

Jokhang Temple

Barkhor Street

After dinner at a local restaurant, you'll stay overnight at the Lhasa Gang-Gyan Hotel or similar.

Day 3 Lhasa (includes breakfast)

Drepung Monastery

Sera Monastery

Stay overnight at the Lhasa Gang-Gyan Hotel or similar.

Day 4 Lhasa–Gyantse–Shigatse (includes breakfast)

After breakfast at your hotel, you will depart for Gyantse.

Yamdroktso Lake

Pelkor Chode Monastery

After that you will travel by car across the beautiful green farmland of Nyangchu Valley, taking in Tibet's stunning natural landscapes, including Yamdrotso Lake and Karo-la Glacier. There will be plenty of opportunity to stop for photographs.

Eventually you will arrive in Tibet's second largest city, Shigatse, where you can enjoy some free time.

Stay overnight at the Tashi Choeta Hotel or similar.

Day 5 Shigatse–Lhasa (includes breakfast)

Tashilhunpo Monastery

In the afternoon, you will travel by car on the Nepal Friendship Highway, driving alongside the picturesque Yarlong Tsangpo River and stopping for photo opportunities along the way. You will arrive in Lhasa in the afternoon.

Stay overnight at the Lhasa Gang-Gyan Hotel Tibet or similar.

Day 6 Lhasa departure (includes breakfast)

After breakfast, you'll be transferred to the airport or station for departure.

Price Includes and Excludes

What is included?

Traditional Tibetan welcome gift (hada)

Travel agency service charge

Tibetanstyle welcome dinner

Tibet Travel Permits (TTPs)

Tourist accident/casualty insurance

Accommodation as listed in details

English-speaking guide service

One bottle of mineral water p.p. per day

Admission fees, meals and transportation as listed in details

What is excluded?

1) Single room supplement

2) Personal expenses, optional items or anything else not specifically mentioned

Important Notes

Necessary documents for TTP:
1.Please email the following documents (digital photos or scanned copies accepted) at thingstodo@ctrip.com:
1) Passport (photo page)
2) China visa
3) Signed authorization agreement
*Travelers who are 70 years of age and above also need to provide a "Health Examination Report". Please click here for more information.

2.If you are not traveling on a tourist visa (L visa), the following additional documents are required:
1) China residence permit (if on D visa)
2) Employment statement or invitation letter from a Chinese company (if on Z/F visa)
3) Study certificate provided by Foreign Affairs Office of your university/college (if on X visa)
4) Invitation letter (if on Q2 visa) issued by:
(a) A Chinese citizen (copy of their Chinese ID also requested) OR
(b) A foreign citizen living in China with a Chinese permanent residence permit (copy of inviter's passport + permanent residence permit also requested)

3.Please tell us your preferred method of receiving your TTP from the options below:
1) Delivery (please provide a delivery address and contact details).
2) By fax / digital copy by email (A printed copy of TTP is only acceptable if you arrive in Tibet via train and your departure city is NOT from Xi'an/Lanzhou/Chongqing.)
3) Original TTP in person (extra fee of CNY 300 applies). (Original TTPs are required at airport and the Xi'an/Lanzhou/Chongqing train station.)

*This tour is open to all travelers holding non-mainland-China passports who can communicate in English (with the exception of Norwegians and Bhutanese due to political concerns). Taiwanese tourists can also apply for TTPs. Hong Kong/Macau residents do not require TTPs.

*Please click here for further information on Tibet Travel Permits (TTP permits) and Alien Travel Permits (PSB permits). You can also find Tibet travel tips by clicking here.

Cancellation policies:
1.Please submit your cancelation in written form and email it to us if you need to cancel your booking. Any applicable refunds will be processed within 15 days of receipt of your written cancellation.
2.If you cancel at least 30 days prior to the scheduled date, there is a 20% cancellation fee. If you cancel 15-29 days prior, there is a 40% cancellation fee. If you cancel 8-14 days prior, there is a 60% cancellation fee. If you cancel within 7 days prior, there is a 100% cancellation fee.
3.If you are unsuccessful in obtaining a Chinese visa and cancel the tour 30 days or more before the tour's scheduled departure date, a full refund will be given, except for cancellation fees charged by airlines if applicable.
* Due to uncertain circumstances in Tibet, TTP applications may not be successful. We will inform you of your application status at least 7 days before your scheduled departure date. Unsuccessful applications will receive a full refund. We currently advise against making any non-refundable travel arrangements related to your Tibet tour until your TTP application is approved.

Pickup information:
On departure date we offer a free shuttle service between airport or station and your hotel.
2.Free pickup is available at aound 12:20 p.m. (for flights arriving before 12:00 noon) and 4:00 p.m. (for flights arriving before 3:40 p.m.).
3.Free drop-off is available at around 7:30 a.m. (for flights departing Lhasa between 9:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.) and 11:00 p.m. (for flights departing Lhasa after 1:00 p.m.)
To request a shuttle service at different times, extra fee of CNY 400 (airport) / CNY 250 (station) applies.

Those with the following conditions are strongly advised NOT to travel to Tibet:
1) Organic heart diseases & Chronic respiratory diseases
2) High risk pregnant women
3) Diabetes mellitus, hysteria, epilepsy, schizophrenia, severe cold symptoms, upper respiratory tract infections, body temperature of above 38F or below 38F with obvious physical symptoms.
4) High altitude pulmonary edema, high altitude cerebral edema, high altitude hypertension with obvious increases in blood pressure, high altitude heart diseases and high altitude polycythemia.
*Please be aware that some guests may be asked to provide a medical report to confirm their fitness for traveling at high altitudes.
*If you're unsure about any of these conditions, please consult a doctor for a physical examination. Please refer to this page for further information.
*To avoid altitude sickness, travelers should get plenty of rest, drink water frequently and avoid strenuous activity throughout their trip, particularly during their first days in Tibet. Symptoms of altitude sickness include dizziness, light-headedness, nausea and lack of energy. If encountering severe altitude sickness, travelers are advised to see a doctor and alter or shorten their trip accordingly.
*Travelers are advised to bring any regular medication in addition to bandages, anti-diarrheal medication and aspirin.
*Facilities are very basic in most Tibetan areas; food is limited and very simple. We suggest you bring some food and snacks in case the food is not to your liking.
*Vehicles in Tibet often have a raised chassis for driving on rough mountain roads, so bumpy rides are possible. For those with motion sickness, it's a good idea to pack the appropriate medicine.

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- Children: 2-12 years old and shorter than 1.2m (3 ft 11 in)

- Each child must be accompanied by at least 1 adult.

- Minimum 2 travellers for the tour to run

- Prices for group products are fixed. For private products, the bigger the group the lower the price per person.