Tibet Tour Reviews 2015
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Group Code: TCTS20150426
Travelers Name: Jose and friend
Tibet travel time: April 26 to May1, 2015
April 26th Sunday Day1: arrival Lhasa by flight from Chengdu 3U8697 (Sichuan airline-Terminal 1), 12:25-2:25pm---free afternoon in Lhasa on your own
Your local guide will meet you upon your arrival in Tibet and will escort you to Lhasa. On the way, you will enjoy the heart-stopping views along the Yarlung Tsangpo River (the longest river in Tibet). After arrival at your hotel, the rest of the day will be free for you to explore the local area and acclimatize yourself to this high altitude city at the top of the world.
Accommodation: The St. Regis Hotel
April 27th Monday Day 2: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street and Sera Monastery
The first day of sightseeing starts from Lhasa's cardinal landmark- Potala Palace, a structure of massive portions. Its towering image is shown on all travel literature, but nothing can compare to your first sight of this incredible, amazing wonder of the world. It is absolutely awe-inspiring and you will be enchanted as you visit the rooms, halls and chapels of the palace.
In the afternoon, we will visit the Jokhang Temple which is the spiritual Centre of Tibet. Every day, pilgrims from every corner of Tibet trek here from long distances to worship. The temple is the product of Han, Tibetan and Nepalese architectural techniques. Finally we will visit Barkhor Street which is the oldest street in this very traditional Tibetan city. In the afternoon we are going to visit Sera Monastery.
Accommodation: The St. Regis Hotel
April 28th Tuesday Day 3: Lhasa-Lake Yamdrok-Karola Glacier--Gyantse-Shigatse
Today you will drive about 350KM to Shigatse. Take a look at Yamdrok Lake on the way and overlook Kora Glacier. Yamdrok Lake is a coiling, many-armed body of water shaped like a scorpion. It doubles back on itself on the western side, effectively creating a large island within its reaches. For Tibetans, it is one of the four holy lakes of Tibet. And the home of wrathful deities. The lake lies several hundred metres below the road, and in clear weather is a fabulous shade of deep turquoise. Far in the distance is the huge massif of Mt. Nyenchen Kangtsang (7191m).
In the afternoon, you will arrive in Gyangtse and go for the tour of Gyangtse monastery Palkhor Temple, built in the 15th century, it is situated in the west of Gyantse Town with mountains enclosing form three sides of the east, west and north. Its uniqueness is that its three sects of Buddism-Sagya, Nyingma and Gelugpa stayed harmoniously under one roof.
After visiting Palkhor Monastery, drive further about 90KM towards Shigatse. Upon arrival there, directly check in at the hotel and rest when it is about dinner time.
Accommodation: Qiaomu Langzong Hotel (a new and the only 5 star standard hotel in Shigatse city)
April 29th Day 4: Shigatse-Lhasa
Shigatse which is the second largest city in Tibet. It’s also the home-town of Panchen Lamas. In the morning, you will drop a visit of Tashilhunpo monastery. Tashilhunpo, sprawls on the hillside of Mt. Nicer, southwest of Shigatse, and covers an area of about 300,000 square meters. There are many valuable and rare historical articles in the monastery. After the visit, drive towards Lhasa via Yarlung River (Brahmaputra River)? It is a 6 hours ride.
Accommodation: Accommodation: The St. Regis Hotel
April 30h Day 5: Lhasa Free day
Accommodation: Accommodation: The St. Regis Hotel
May1st Day 6: Exit Tibet from Lhasa—fly to Chengdu by MU5474 12:55-3:55pm
Free morning for shopping, to buy some souvenirs for your families and friends. Departure transfer to the airport and say good-bye to Tibet.
Tibet Ctrip Travel Agency Recommended Highly 2015
Trip Code: TCTS20150423-p2
Tibet Travel Date: April 23-27, 2015
Traveler's Names: Lauren and Ashley
Traveler's Natioality: USA
Itinerary: Shangri-la-Lhasa+Lake Yamdrok-Lhasa-Beijing
Tibet trekking review April 2015
Tibet trekking review is presented by Linda and Luke from UK in ealry April, 2015. Here below is the bird view of the trekking and cultural tour itinerary. Follow this link to read further about their Tibet trekking experience.
April9 took afternoon train from Yichang to Chongqing city, train leaves after 5 pm (thus you do have enough time in Yichang for connection)
April 10 Day01- Arrival at Lhasa by flight from Chongqing CA4420, 1:05pm-3:45pm or similar flight if late booking, have a good rest in the afternoon.
Accommodation: Snow Heaven Hotel (Xueyu Tiantang International Hotel) or Tibet Ganggyan Lhasa Hotel
April11 Day02 (B+D) Lhasa
Sightseeing in Lhasa, visit Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple & Barkhor Market.
Accommodation: same as above
April12 Day03 (B+D) Lhasa
Sightseeing in Lhasa, visit Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery. O Accommodation: same as above
April13 Day04 (B+L+D) Lhasa / Tsurphu Monastery
Driving from Lhasa to Tsurphu Monastery, takes about 2 hours, and the altitude will up to 4480m. Today you will be spent acclimatizing further and visiting this Tsurphu Monastery. Overnight at Tsurphu monastery.
April14 Day05 (B+L+D) Tsurphu Monastery / Leten, trekking 4 hours, 11km
A spectacular first day of trekking up a green valley crisscrossed with mountain streams. Be on the look out for various species of mountain goats. Several small nomadic communities camp here for the summer herding months, and you may have a stop into a yak-hair tent for a cup of salt butter tea or some fresh yak milk! Crest the ridge top four hours later, emerging onto a high plateau with a scattering of rock-enclosed huts, and look for a flat area for camping. From day one, the scenery is breathtaking,classic Tibetan beauty.
April15 Day06 (B+L+D) Leten / Bartso, trekking 5-6 hours, 15km
Have your first small pass, the Damchen Nyingtri, bear to the left at the cairns at the crest, and descend into a magical valley of lichen-coated boulders, meandering streams and expansive, powder-blue sky. Three hours later, you will cross the Lasar La and descend into the Yangpachen valley, with its wide open plateaus, spiky grass hummocks and tundra-like parched, cracked patches of earth, and head towards Bartso. The views of Brize (translated as female yak herder) and Tarze (horse keeper) are superb, and you will feel safe in the care of the local mountain god, Nyenchen Tanglha. Camp near Bartso, a drokpa (nomad) village of five or six houses, surrounded by the juniper used for incense all over the Tibetan world.
April16 Day07 (B+L+D) Bartso / Dorje Ling Nunnery, Trekking 4 hours, 15km
Leaving the village of Bartso behind, head towards a wide trail leading across the valley and over another ridge, from where you will be rewarded with views of Nyenchen Tanghlha (7111m), the holiest mountain in central Tibet. Emerge at Tajung village, and then climb gently up rolling hills where young nomadic boys and girls picnic on the plateaus as they watch their yaks and sheep graze. The vistas are, again, just amazing! Mid-day, you should reach the small Djore Ling Ani Gompa (nunnery),near which you will set up camp. It is possible that these nuns, some of the friendliest in Tibet, will drag you into the gompa s tea-house and pass around a heaping plate of yak meat (use the bowie knife provided to hack a piece off) before getting into the requisite photo session.
April17 Day08 (B+L) Dorje Ling Nunnery / Yangpachen Monastery / Yangpachen Hotsprings / Lhasa, trekking 4 hours, 14km
Today walking for three or four hours, following the ox-bow Nyango Chu River snaking its way through the grassy valley, and head for Yangpachen Gompa. This old Kagyupa monastery, with Tibetan mastiffs keeping guard, overlooks part of the Trans-Himalaya range. Landcruiser will wait for at monastery, pick up to have a hot springs at Yangbachen, then drive back to Lhasa. check in Ramche Hotel (which is near Jokhang Temple and Ramche Temple)
April18 Day09 Lhasa airport dropping off, end the trip.
Tibet Travel Agency Review April 2015-Real Traveler
Tour Codes: TCTS-20150406
Traveler's name: John Wright
Travel dates: April 6-8, 2015
I had a great time on my one day tour of Lhasa. Sonam was very knowledgeable and friendly. He answered all my questions well and almost full of additional information. I will definitely be using your company again If I ever come back to Tibet again. Read further Tibet Ctrip Tour now!