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Cultural Heart of Tibet Tour 8 Days

Essential Highlights touring Lhasa, Yarlung, Gyantse & Shigatse

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This is one of our most popular tours of Tibet. It covers the most popular sights of “U” and the Tsang region of central Tibet.

Start your tour of Tibet from Tsedang, a great starting point, as it is lower slight lower in altitude (3150 meters above sea level and Lhasa is at 3490 meters); this helps you acclimatize better to high altitude conditions. Visit the earliest monastery of Tibet at Samye; visit Yambulakhang, believed to be the earliest building in Tibet. Visit Chongye and other sights in Yarlung Valley.

Then drive to Gyantse passing the turquoise blue Yamdrok Tsho Lake. Visit sights in Gyantse, Shigatse and travel overland to Lhasa, the cultural and historical capital of Tibet.

As this route is frequented by tourists, the accommodation options are greater and of a higher standard than other tours in Tibet.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Tibet –Tsedang (D) Arrive by flight to Lhasa Gongkar airport. Meet and transfer to Tsedang, 2 hr drive. Check into our hotel. It is essential to take it easy today, to acclimate to the altitude.
Overnight in hotel.

Day 2: Excursion to Samye & Chongye Valley (B/D) This first day in Tibet is also where the Tibetan civilization and monastic institutions began. Explore Chongye Valley and burial sites of the Tibetan Kings. Visit Yumbulakhang, which believed to be the first building fortress in Tibet. Nearby visit 7th century Tadruk temple. Finally drive to visit Samye monastery.
Overnight in hotel.

Day 3: Drive across Yamdrok Tso Lake to Gyantse (B/D) Drive across Kambala Pass and along the long shores of dazzlingly turquoise green Yamdrok Tso Lake, with spectacular vistas to Gyantse. En-route stop at villages, town and nomad camps. Arrive in the late afternoon at Gyantse, one of Tibet’s most traditional towns, little influenced by the Chinese.
Overnight in hotel.

Day 4: Gyantse – Shalu – Shigatse (B/D) See the famed Gyantse Kumbum, that rises over four symmetrical floors, topped by a gold dome. Visit Pelkor Chode Monastery, just next door and drive up to the Gyantse Dzong, for breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside. After lunch, drive to Shigaste, visiting Shalu monastery en-route.
Overnight in hotel.

Day 5: Shigaste – Lhasa (B/D) Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet has both modern buildings and a delightfully whimsical jumble of monasteries and Dzongs in the old Tibetan quarter. Visit Tashilhunpo Monastery, one of the few monasteries virtually untouched by Cultural Revolution. In the afternoon drive along the Yarlung valley to Lhasa.
Overnight in hotel.

Days 6 & 7: Lhasa (B/D) During the next two days, visit the 7th century Jokhang Temple, Tibet’s holiest site. Take a walk in a clock-wise circuit or Kora around the temple grounds, along with the stream of humanity. Stroll through Barkhor market square. Visit the World Heritage, formidable site of Potala Palace in the morning. Later drive west to Drepung Monastery. Visit the traditional Tibetan hospital of Mentsekhang. Visit Norbulingka, a tranquil and shady retreat, which was the former summer palace of Dalai Lamas. Visit new Tibet Autonomous Region Museum with its galleries of Prehistoric Culture, Tibetan Arts, Thangka Painting, and Folklore and Culture. Visit Sera Monastery, possibly during their theological debates. Visit nunnery, many other smaller temples and monasteries, rarely visited by Westerners, hidden in the back alleys of the old quarter.
Overnight in hotel.

Day 8: Departure (B) Departure transfer to the airport in time for your departure flight to next destination.

  • Trip Price From US$ 1330 | See Details

  • Trip AccommodationHotels of different catagory See Details

  • Group SizePrivate with your Own Group

  • MealsWelcome dinner on arrival.
    Breakfast & dinner through out the tour.

  • RouteTsedang-Samye-Gyantse- Shigatse-Lhasa

  • Trip TypeCultural Tour

  • Trip SeasonsMid Febuary till November

  • Best MonthsMay, June, July, August, September, October

  • Good MonthsMarch, April, November

  • Lean MonthsJanuary, February, December

Prices & Dates

Prices are provided based on travel dates and number of participants.  This is a daily departure trip that can be taken privately or join in as a group.

Below is an average cost based on Group sizes. Prices vary slightly for peak and lean seasons:

  • $1,330 Per Person for groups  4 and above.
  • $1,430   Per Person for group of 3 members.
  • $2065Per Person for 2 travelers.
  • $3,745   for single traveler including single room supplement.
  • Extra $$353 as single room supplement.

The price provided here is an average and may be slightly less or slightly more depending on travel dates. Check with us with your travel dates.

 

Included

  • Accommodations in 3-4 star hotel as per list or similar.
  • All meals as indicated by (B/D) for breakfast, lunch and dinner respectively.
  • One dinner with cultural performance.
  • All private transfers and transportation by good quality Land Cruiser.
  • Entrance fees.
  • Local English speaking Tibetan Guide.
  • Tibet Permits.

Not included

  • Chinese Visa
  • Flights
  • Insurance for health and emergency medical services (highly recommended for Tibet).
  • Bar, beverages, optional tips, and other personal expenses

Reviews / Testimonials

  • John L
    Iowa, USA
    Oct 2018
    So we had a good trip, and we thank you for your assistance and for the arrangements. ( So we had a good trip, and we thank you for your assistance and for the arrangements.)
    5 " John L " John & Susan Pvt. Tour (Oct. 17-Oct.30,2011) Dear Ugen, We had a very good trip and were pleased with how well it all worked. If there was anything negative, I think it's that we believe it could have been a couple days shorter. But that may be at least partly personal and

    So we had a good trip, and we thank you for your assistance and for the arrangements. John & Susan Pvt. Tour (Oct. 17-Oct.30,2011) Dear Ugen, We had a very good trip and were pleased with how well it

  • Andrew Bell
    311 East 72nd Street, Apt. 4H
    Apr 2009
    Most importantly, Dawa went above and beyond to share with us what was important to him ( Most importantly, Dawa went above and beyond to share with us what was important to him)
    5 " Andrew Bell " I want to express my appreciation to Windhorse and especially to Dawa, our tour guide, for making our trip to Tibet unforgettable. Even though it has been three months since we took our vacation, the memory of the trip is still with me and brings a smile to my face

    Most importantly, Dawa went above and beyond to share with us what was important to him I want to express my appreciation to Windhorse and especially to Dawa, our tour guide, for making our trip to

  • Lisa D
    Barrington, Rhode Island, USA
    Jan 1970
    The itinerary was perfect and our guide, Nyima, (sp??) was very knowledgeable and very patient with us as we tried to get a grasp on the Tibetan culture and all the Buddhas. Again, memories none of us will ever forget. ( The itinerary was perfect and our guide, Nyima, (sp??) was very knowledgeable and very patient with us as we tried to get a grasp on the Tibetan culture and all the Buddhas. Again, memories none of us will ever forget.)
    5 " Lisa D " Hi Ugen, Just wanted to let you know what an amazing trip we had to Tibet and to say thank you for arranging everything for us. The itinerary was perfect and our guide, Nyima, (sp??) was very knowledgeable and very patient with us as we tried to get a grasp

    The itinerary was perfect and our guide, Nyima, (sp??) was very knowledgeable and very patient with us as we tried to get a grasp on the Tibetan culture and all the Buddhas. Again, memories none of us will ever forget. Hi Ugen, Just wanted to let you know what an amazing trip we had to Tibet and to say thank

  • Bridget D
    Long Beach, California
    Aug 2007
    I would like to thank you again for arranging our trip to Tibet, especially on such short notice. We had a wonderful time. ( I would like to thank you again for arranging our trip to Tibet, especially on such short notice. We had a wonderful time.)
    5 " Bridget D " Dear Postak, Tibet Tour Aug 2007 I would like to thank you again for arranging our trip to Tibet, especially on such short notice. We had a wonderful time. The bad weather I was so worried about never really materialized. It rained a few days, but only for a short time each day,

    I would like to thank you again for arranging our trip to Tibet, especially on such short notice. We had a wonderful time. Dear Postak, Tibet Tour Aug 2007 I would like to thank you again for arranging our trip to Tibet, especially on such

  • Kuldeep S
    Canada
    Jan 1970
    We had a wonderful tour of Tibet.The hotels were beautiful,the van and driver great and our tour guide Tashi was excellent ( We had a wonderful tour of Tibet.The hotels were beautiful,the van and driver great and our tour guide Tashi was excellent)
    5 " Kuldeep S " Dear Postak, We had a wonderful tour of Tibet.The hotels were beautiful,the van and driver great and our tour guide Tashi was excellent. Tashi was very knowledgeable about Tibet and Buddhism along with good command of English.The train soft seats were very comfortable but bathrooms get dirty fast and they do

    We had a wonderful tour of Tibet.The hotels were beautiful,the van and driver great and our tour guide Tashi was excellent Dear Postak, We had a wonderful tour of Tibet.The hotels were beautiful,the van and driver great and our tour guide Tashi

  • Stephen S. & Greg S.
    New Jersey, USA
    Nov 2006
    Just wanted you to know that Greg and I had a terrific time in Tibet. ( Just wanted you to know that Greg and I had a terrific time in Tibet.)
    5 " Stephen S. & Greg S. " Hey Postak Just wanted you to know that Greg and I had a terrific time in Tibet. The hotel was fine and the staff was attentive (though the hotel food was not that great!). And Ten, our guide, was excellent... as were the cars and drivers. Thanks for arranging everything and getting

    Just wanted you to know that Greg and I had a terrific time in Tibet. Hey Postak Just wanted you to know that Greg and I had a terrific time in Tibet. The hotel was fine

  • Joseph B
    Indiana, USA
    Oct 2006
    Tibet was as you described both fascinating and challenging. ( Tibet was as you described both fascinating and challenging.)
    5 " Joseph B " Dear Postak, Thank you for you inquiry regarding our trip. The trip went very well, and I was quite impressed that every connection was as you had planned. The guides did their jobs well and the drivers showed their experience and abilities in dealing with both the roads and traffic. Tibet

    Tibet was as you described both fascinating and challenging. Dear Postak, Thank you for you inquiry regarding our trip. The trip went very well, and I was quite impressed that

  • Lorian Petry
    Lhasa and area - Ancient Tour - 4-19 to 4-23-06
    Jan 1970
    The people of Tibet are amazing. Everyone was so happy, kind and spirit-filled. It was inspiring just to be with them. ( The people of Tibet are amazing. Everyone was so happy, kind and spirit-filled. It was inspiring just to be with them.)
    5 " Lorian Petry " 05.20.2006 - Postak, I meant to contact you over a week ago to let you and Windhorse know that our trip to Lhasa was wonderful. Our guide Twinley and our drive, Mr. Dawa, could not have been better. Both were kind, fun, patient, and simply great people. Twinley truly knows all about

    The people of Tibet are amazing. Everyone was so happy, kind and spirit-filled. It was inspiring just to be with them. 05.20.2006 - Postak, I meant to contact you over a week ago to let you and Windhorse know that our trip to

  • Fanny Ip
    Hongkong
    Jan 1970
    This is a very very happy journey and I really enjoyed every moments in Tibet. ( This is a very very happy journey and I really enjoyed every moments in Tibet.)
    5 " Fanny Ip " 06/21/2006 Dear Postak, The trip is excellent , the guide and the driver takes very very good care of me through out the whole trip. They even take good care of me and help me out on the days when I am on my own. The guide can speak fluent Manadarin and

    This is a very very happy journey and I really enjoyed every moments in Tibet. 06/21/2006 Dear Postak, The trip is excellent , the guide and the driver takes very very good care of me through out

  • Cheryl & Damara
    California, USA
    Oct 2005
    Damara and I want to thank you both so much for arranging such a wonderful trip for us ( Damara and I want to thank you both so much for arranging such a wonderful trip for us)
    5 " Cheryl & Damara " Dear Ugen and Postak, Damara and I want to thank you both so much for arranging such a wonderful trip for us. What we thought would be a once in a lifetime trip has left us both anxious for more. We were sorry to lose the treking part of our trip

    Damara and I want to thank you both so much for arranging such a wonderful trip for us Dear Ugen and Postak, Damara and I want to thank you both so much for arranging such a wonderful trip for

  • Joe B Laos
    Jan 1970
    Tibet was certainly different and it was a great pleasure for me to have visited there ( Tibet was certainly different and it was a great pleasure for me to have visited there)
    5 " Joe B Laos " Dear Postak, The arrangements all went fine, I found it difficult to cope with the altitude for some reason but my partner had no great problem with this. Tibet was certainly different and it was a great pleasure for me to have visited there. Due to work committments I could not

    Tibet was certainly different and it was a great pleasure for me to have visited there Dear Postak, The arrangements all went fine, I found it difficult to cope with the altitude for some reason but my

  • Jan W
    Victoria, BC - Canada
    Jan 1970
    We had a wonderful time in Tibet. It was magnificent. ( We had a wonderful time in Tibet. It was magnificent.)
    1 " Jan W " Tibet Everest Base to Nepal Hi, Postak and Ugen! We had a wonderful time in Tibet. It was magnificent. Our driver and guide were fabulous, and we had a great time in their company. Everything went perfectly, with the exception of Paul developing altitude sickness at the base camp of Mount Everest,

    We had a wonderful time in Tibet. It was magnificent. Tibet Everest Base to Nepal Hi, Postak and Ugen! We had a wonderful time in Tibet. It was magnificent. Our driver and