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[6-Day Tour] Lhasa & Shigatse (Group)

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With Accommodation | Group Tour

Departure dates fixed (see booking calendar)

Lhasa

Potala Palace | Jokhang Temple | Barkhor Street | Drepung Monastery | Sera Monastery | Yamdrotso Lake | Pelkor Chode Monastery | Tashilhunpo Monastery
Overnight at: Lhasa Gang-Gyan hotel Tibet | Shigatse Tashi Choeta hotel

This remarkable group tour will take you to three of Tibet's most fascinating ancient cities: Lhasa, Gyantse and Shigatse. Start your journey in Lhasa, Tibet's intriguing capital where you'll visit the magnificent Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and the city's most sacred monasteries. Pass the picturesque Yamdrotso Lake Lake on your way to Gyantse, once an important gathering place for traders and pilgrims crossing the Himalayan plateau. Your journey will come to an end in Tibet's second largest city, Shigatse, where the sacred Tashilhunpo Monastery awaits.

Details

Day 1 Lhasa airport/station pickup

Your guide will meet you at the airport or train 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 (Bùdálā Gōng, 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.

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

Jokhang Temple (Dàzhāo Sì, 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 (Bākuò Jiē, 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.

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 (Zhébàng Sì, 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 (Sèlā Sì, 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.

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 (Yángzhuó Yōngcuò, 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 (Báijū Sì, 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.

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 (Tǎshílúnbù Sì, 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.

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/station for your 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 the details

English-speaking tour guide

One bottle of mineral water p.p. per day

Admission fees, meals and transportation as listed in the details

What is excluded?

1) Personal expenses, optional items and anything else not specifically mentioned

Important Notes

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.This tour has to be booked at least 18 days in advance of its official starting date. While booking, please be ready to provide the following information:
-Arrival & departure flight/train number, date and city of departure (if required).
-Preferred method of receiving your TTP from the options below:
-(i) Delivery (please provide a delivery address and contact details).
-(ii) By fax / digital copy by email (only if you arrive by train and your departure city is not from Xi'an, Lanzhou or Chongqing). The TTP needs to be printed out and shown at the train station.
-(iii) Original TTP in person at the airport (extra fee of CNY 300 applies).
*Original TTPs are required at the airport and the Xi’an/Lanzhou/Chongqing train station. A copy of your TTP is only acceptable if you arrive in Tibet via train and your departure city is not from Xi'an, Lanzhou or Chongqing.

4.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. In order for us to handle this tour as an "independent travel group," this tour cannot be booked individually and only group bookings are acceptable. (Additional charge applies. Please ask Ctrip for more details.) 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.
*Due to uncertain circumstances in Tibet, TTP applications may not be successful. We will inform you of your application status at least seven 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.

5.If you need to cancel this trip, please submit your cancelation in written form and email it to us. Cancelation refunds will be calculated from the date we receive your written cancelation. Cancelation charges and refunds shall be calculated in accordance with the following terms and conditions and the company's cancelation policy:
-Any applicable refunds will be processed within 15 days of receipt of your written cancellation.
-The cancelation/modification fee is 20% of the order price (applied on per order basis) if canceled more than 30 days in advance, 40% if canceled 15–29 days in advance, 60% if canceled 8–14 days in advance and 100% if canceled 0–7 days in advance.
-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.
-Ctrip reserves the right to cancel a tour to Tibet when applications for Tibet permits are refused due to political events, political disorder or government requirements. Usually these types of situations are unpredictable and the government does not inform the public in advance or provide reasons for change of requirements. If this should occur, you will be offered an alternative departure date or tour. If we are not able to agree upon a suitable alternative, you will be entitled to cancel the reservation and receive a full refund of the tour price, except for the cancellation fees charged by airlines and railway companies if applicable.

6.We offer a free shuttle service between Gongga Airport and your hotel on your arrival and departure dates. These free pickup and drop-off services are usually available twice a day at the following times:
1) Airport–Hotel
-Around 12:20 p.m. (for flights arriving before 12:00 noon)
-Around 4:00 p.m. (for flights arriving before 3:40 p.m.)
2) Hotel–Airport
-Around 7:30 a.m. (for flights departing Lhasa between 9:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
-Around 11:00 p.m. (for flights departing Lhasa after 1:00 p.m.)
*If a shuttle service is required at different times than mentioned above, your date of arrival is different than agreed upon in the details, or if you miss the free shuttle service as a result of flight delay, airport pickup and drop-off can still be arranged at a fee of RMB 400 per vehicle (max. 4 passengers).
3) Train Station pickup & drop-off
-All shuttle services between the train station and hotel on your arrival and departure times are free of charge, except if your arrival or departure date is different than the agreed time on the details.In this case, a fee of RMB 250 per vehicle (max. 4 passengers) will be charged for train station pickup.

7.The average altitude in Tibet is over 3,200 m (10,500 ft) above sea level, with some areas as high as 5,000 m (16,400 ft). Because of potential health risks at these altitudes, 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.

8. Time arrangements described in itineraries are subject to change. Guides reserve the right to change arrangements according to weather, transportation and other variable conditions. However, in such cases, Ctrip shall not change any services that have already been booked.

9. If you opt to join only part of this activity, you forfeit the right to join subsequent parts, as well as the right to receive a refund for any part of the activity that you miss.

10. All listed meals are Chinese food. Please notify us ahead of time for any dietary restrictions (allergies, vegetarian, kosher, etc.).

11. By default 2 people will share a room. For groups of odd numbers, 3 people will be required to share a room unless single supplement is paid. To request a single room, please make a note in the "additional request" section while booking online or inform us by email at thingstodo@ctrip.com.

12. Please ensure personal and travel information is entered correctly. Ctrip will not refund any losses that result from incorrect and missing information.

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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.

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