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Budget Tibet Tour: Namtso+Shigatse 7 days
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Tibet Landscape and Cultural Discovery Best Bang for Buck

7 days easy cultural andn landscape Tibet trip-"Lhasa Namtso Lake-central Tibet-Lhasa" Our agency arranged this seven-day Tibet tour program on private tour basis in the past years. For the Tibet travel season 2018, we are going to organize this golden Tibet tour on budget basis with higher quality in the market. This short trip is suitable for all ages.

7 days Golden Tibet tour itinerary: Lhasa Namtso Lake-Yamdrok Lake-Gyantse-Shigatse Budget trip outline

Day1 get to Lhasa, airport/railway station-hotel transfer, rest well for high altitude 
Day2 highlight walking tour in Lhasa:Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple & Barkhor Bazaar
Day3 Lhasa highlight trip: Tibet Museum, Norbulinka-Summer Palace of Dalai Lama and Sera Monastery
Day4 Lhasa-Yangpachen Geothermal-Damxung county-Namtso-Lake-Lhasa[500km roundtrip landscape]
Day5 Lhasa-Lake Yamdrok-Gyantse (Palkhor Monastery & Kumbum Stupa)-Shigatse (350km)
Day6 Shigatse (Tashilhunpo Monastery & Local free market)-Lhasa (280km)
Day7 Leave Lhasa for next stop

Tour Itinerary Details

7 days Tibet Landscape and Culture Discovery Tour detailed arrangements 

Day 1: Arrive in Lhasa (alt. 3680m), to be transfered to hotel, rest for altitude (final payment to be collected)   

Welcome to the “Roof of the World”. Upon your arrival in airport or station, your Tibetan native tour guide and driver will pick you up (with your name sign) and we will drive to downtown Lhasa. Check in a well chosen 3 star hotel such as Gorkha Hotel or Dhood Gu Hotel or Kyichu Hotel or similar if late booking. Have a good rest!

Travel tips:

Be altitude sickness free! Here are some suggestions for you to prevent it AMS.

  • Avoid catching a cold before entering Tibet;
  • Try to have a good sleep at the night before flying to Tibet;
  • Drink lots of water-This is a must; begin drinking more water than normal before arriving in Tibet;
  • Avoid tobacco and alcohol;
  • Avoid intense physical activity on the first couple of days after arrival in Tibet;
  • Walk slowly and drink extra fluids after getting off the airplane;
  • Light and high carbohydrate meals are recommended for more energy; Don't drink    alcohol or smoke;
  • Climb up to higher altitude slowly;
  • Avoid sedatives;
  • Prepare some medicines as per doctors’ suggestion.

Day 2: Lhasa highlight city walking tour: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor streets, [B] 

Today what we will visit in Lhasa is the vital Potala Palace and the Jokhang Temple with her vicinities. Potala palace is Lhasa's most important landmark and she a wonder of Eastern architecture. Your first site of this massive structure will be a magical moment which will be remembered for your rest life time. It has been a palace since the fifth or sixth century and was once the home to the Dalai Lama. Well another visit we will take is to Jokhang Temple which locates at Barkhor Bazaar. This temple is the most revered shrine in Tibet and is constantly bustling with devout worshippers. We will also be given the opportunity to shop in Barkhor Bazaar, the crowded central market in ancient section of Lhasa where is the residence of many local people.

Day 3: Lhasa city highlight tour:Tibet Museum-Norbulinka- Sera Monastery  

After breakfast, at 9 am, we will drive to west Lhasa city, visit Tibet Museum and Norbulinka, finish the sightseeing around 12:20 and then we drive to west Beijing Road, have lunch in Steak Restaurant (you order the food by yourself). Enjoy the lunch and have about 1 hour time rest, then we will ride to visit Sera Monastery (about 30 minutes ride) where we will spend about 1 hour and 30 minutes, then we will ride slowly back to Barkhor area, 

Sera Monastery: it is at the foot of Tatipu Hill, located in the northern suburb of Lhasa City. The debating traditions in the Sera Monastery are unique among the three famous monasteries in Lhasa.Sera Monastery is one of the 'great three' Gelukpa university monasteries of Tibet, located 1.25 miles (2.01 km) north of Lhasa. The origin of the name 'Sera' is attributed to a fact that the site where the monastery was built was surrounded by wild roses (se ra in Tibetan language) in bloom. The Sera Monastery, as a complex of structures with the Great Assembly Hall and three colleges, was founded in 1419 by Jamchen Chojey of Sakya Yeshe of Zel Gungtang (1355–1435), a disciple of Tsongkhapa. After Sera Monastery, if someone of want to go to learn something about Tibetan Medicine, we can drive to Tibet Medicine Company to look around. 

Day 04 Lhasa Yangpachen Geothermal-Damxung County-Lake Nam-Tso-Lhasa (500 km roundtrip of close touch to Nature) 
To experience the natural views of Tibet is a dream of many tourists. This one day roundtrip tour will offer you great opportunity to see the real Tibet. You will see the great mountains, huge grasslands, local nomads, sheep, yaks, goats, horses, most importantly, you will feel the pure huge Lake-Nam-Tso, which is 4718m high. It is the second-largest saltwater lake in China, the first being Koko Nor (Qinghai-Lake) in Qinghai province. More and more people want to visit this holy lake. In clear weather the water is a miraculous shade of turquoise and there are magnificent views of the nearby mountains. The wide open spaces, dotted with the tents of local drokpas (Nomads) are intoxicating. On the way back to Lhasa, we can stop in Yangpachen Hot spring where we can enjoy the Hot sping service on our own if we want.

Day 05 Lhasa-Lake Yamdrok-Gyantse (Palkhor Monastery & Kumbum Pagoda)-Shigatse(280km)
Today's trip is little bit tight cuz of so much to see. We will pass the two high passes of Khamba La and Kharo La which are over 5000m, and we will bypass the beautiful and snake-like Lake-Yamdrok Tso. We can stop to ride a yak on the back of which we can get pictures of the lake and mountain peaks from a far. When get to Gyantse, We will have a quick lunch and rest little bit, then we will drive to see the Gyangtse Dzong and Pelkhor Choede Monastery & Kumbum Pagoda. The Kumbum is much more than a Stupa, as it is surrounded by numerous Tibet murals and small chapel houses. Even if you are not professional art connoisseur you will still be shocked by these ancient murals and architecture. After the visit in Gyantse we will continue another easy drive about one and half hours to Shigatse city which locates 90 km from northwest Gyangtse. Shigatse is the second Tibet's second largest city where we can have a good rest. On this day, mostly, people, especially those from west do not have any mountain sickness. o/n at hotel.

Day 06 Shigatse sightseeing then back to Lhasa 
After breakfasts around 8 am, we will take a walking visit to famous Tashilunpo Monastery,and Shigatse local free market, It is very interesting to see the differencee between ancient Tibetan culture and the modern one because there are countless amounts of sights, both modern and ancient to see in this city. Today our tour ends with a relaxing and pretty loose drive back to Lhasa, check in hotel and have good rest before leaving Tibet for next destination.

Day 07 leave Tibet for next stop   
Our Tibet guide and driver will transfer you to airport or train station for departure.
*You can begin this trip with Nepal or China.

Departures and Prices

Prices are in U.S. dollars and based on per person---Professional Tibet vacation arrangement

MonthArrival DateDeparture DateDouble OccupancySingle Supplement
April April14  April20  US$940  US$190 
April20 April26 US$950   US$190  
April26 May2 US$950   US$190  
April30 May6 US$950   US$190  
May May10  May16 US$955   US$190  
May20  May26 US$965   US$190  
May28  June3 US$965   US$190  
June June3    June9   US$975   US$190  
June15   June21  US$975   US$190  
June25   July1 US$975  US$190  
July July5  July11  US$995   US$210  
July11 July17  US$995   US$230 
 July21 July27  US$995    US$230  
 July27 Aug.3  US$995    US$230  
August  Aug.3 Aug.9  US$995     US$230  
 Aug.11  Aug.17 US$995     US$230  
  Aug.21  Aug.27  US$995     US$235  
September  Sept.1 Sept.7  US$980    US$230  
 Sept.11    Sept.17 US$980    US$230  
  Sept.21  Sept.27  US$980    US$230  
October Sept.27 Oct.3  US$980    US$230  
 Oct.2  Oct.8 US$960    US$230  
 Oct.8 Oct.14  US$960  US$230  

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Travel Services Detail

Service Included: 
1) All necessary Permits: including TTB-Tibet Entry permit;  
2) Permits delivery on regular delivery basis (3-5 days permits get to your hotel in China)
3) Accommodation: 5 nights stay in comfortable 3 star standard hotels in Lhasa (well chosen); 1 night in 3 star hotel in Shigatse city;
4) One suitable tour vehicle according to group size (ranging from 4WD or van to mini bus);
5) Meals: All Breakfasts;  
6) Local Tibetan English Speaking tour guide; 
7) Airport/station pick up (one tour guide will come to pick you up)/or station-hotel transfer;
8) Entrance Fees: All entrance fees listed in the itinerary
9) Government Tax; travel agency liability insurance;
10) China domestic flights and train ticketing (optional per your requests); 
Service not included: 
1) Other services of non-Tibet parts 
2) Private expense like laundry, IDD calls, drinks in the room, lunches and dinners, etc.
3) Extra expenses incurred due to unexpected events (flight or train delays or cancellation, personal delay for every sightseeing departure)
4) Tips for the tour guide and driver (US$20 per person is recommended but not compulsory)
Service optional upon your requests: 
1) China domestic air ticketing and hotel booking (professional and fast booking assistance);
2) Tibet outbound trains (soft sleeper berth, hard sleeper berth);
3) Add-on budget trips in China and Nepal;
4) Urgent booking and urgent permit delivery US$50 is to be paid;
5) China visa or Tibet group visa (read more about Tibet travel documents)

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