Tibet Experience

(Departures July, August & September)
The striking beauty of this part of the world is brought to life by the smiles of its people. With a complex past, the Tibetan culture is thriving and genuinely unique. Uncover some of the secrets of the history and spirit of this mysterious land on a once in a lifetime journey. Wander through remarkable monasteries and come upon soaring cliff-top palaces. Vibrant local streets and bustling markets give way to meaningful Buddhist rock paintings. See a seldom visited Tibetan nunnery. Tibet Experience is an unforgettable adventure!

Day 1 – 2 Chengdu
Meet your tour leader in Chengdu for a welcome drink and tour briefing. A touching start to your adventure is the Giant Panda Research & Breeding Base, a chance to see these endangered animals. In the afternoon, your flight to spellbinding Lhasa awaits.
Hotel: Tifu Sunshine

Day 3 – 5 Lhasa
At 3,600 metres above sea level, Lhasa is one of the highest cities in the world. It is the spiritual heart of Tibet, and your journey begins at the most significant site, the Jokhang Temple. Join the endless stream of pilgrims in walking the kora, a spiritual pilgrimage circuit around the temple. From the roof, witness spectacular vistas across the city. Wander cloistered monasteries and the hallways and chambers of the iconic Potala Palace. The Tibet Museum offers a great insight into the culture, before you meander through the narrow lanes and then stop for sweet milk tea in a local Muslim teahouse.
Hotel: Thang Ka

Day 6 – Yamdrok Lake & Gyantse
Pass local nomad camps and herds of yak and sheep, with breathtaking views across the great expanse of the Tibetan Plateau and beautiful mountainous scenery, as you travel to Yamdrok-tso, a sparkling turquoise lake flanked by snowcapped peaks. Encounter the astonishing way of life in this remote region as you stop en route at a family home to share a steaming cup of yak butter tea. Finish this alluring trip in delightful Gyantse.
Hotel: Gyantse

Day 7 – 9 Shigatse & Tsedang
The Kumbum is a massive stupa that dominates the town. Explore its chambers that overflow with ancient murals, Buddha images and statues, and then be enlightened by the local Beichu Monastery. Cross to Tibet’s second largest city and amble through the streets of the thriving Old Quarter in Shigatse, the seat of the Panchen Lama. Discover the Tashilhunpo Monastery, one of the very few monasteries that remain undamaged after the Cultural Revolution. Gaze out upon the stunning Yarlung Valley on a full day’s drive to Tsedang. Share a charming ferry ride with pilgrims on the way to Samye Monastery and climb to the fairytale Yumbulagang Palace, perched on a cliff-top above the town.
Hotels: Shigatse, Tsedang

Day 10 – 11 Chengdu
Return to Lhasa. Squeeze in some last minute shopping before a chance to farewell your new friends with a final meal.
Hotel: Tifu Sunshine

Day 12 – Depart Chengdu
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

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