Roof of the World & Shoton ‘Yogurt’ Festival (8D7N)

 

 

Suitable Month:

August

 

Trip Type:

This is a sightseeing trip Sightseeing

This is a festival trip Festival

 

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Lhasa, which means “place of the gods”, is one of the highest cities in the world. You will arrive just in time to witness the Shoton (Yogurt) Festival. Being the largest and most mysterious festival on the roof of the world, Shoton Festival serves as a showcase to rooted tradition, appealing culture and great piety of the Tibetan people.

While in Lhasa, visit the 369 years old grand Potala Palace where it used to be the chief residence of the 14th Dalai Lama until 1959. Aside from Potala Palace, you will get to soak in the atmosphere in centuries old monasteries during the Shoton Festival as there will be plenty of activities going on.

As we move further away from Lhasa, you will come across spectacular landscapes, sacred lakes, nomad families and old town market! It will be a journey of many surprises.

Join us on this sacred journey in 2014 (Year of Horse) as we explore Lhasa and see for yourself the largest celebrated festival in Tibet. Full of cultural treasures, remarkable Buddhist monasteries, this adventure truly is an once-in-a-lifetime experience.

 

Itinerary 

Day 1: Arrival in Lhasa (3,650m)Bakhor street in Lhasa

  • Reach Lhasa mid-noon and check in hotel. The rest of the day is free and easy for you.

 

Meals provided: -

Stay: 3-star hotel, Lhasa

 

Day 2: Lhasa City Tour

  • Potala PalaceToday is for acclimatization.
  • In the morning, visit the symbol or landmark of Lhasa, the Potala Palace – the chief residence of the Dalai Lama until the 14th Dalai Lama fled to Dharamsala, India, during the 1959 Tibetan uprising.
  • In the afternoon, visit the centre of Tibetan Buddhism – Jokhang Temple, where you will come across lots of devoted pilgrimages coming from every corner of Tibet. For most Tibetans, it is considered the most sacred and important temple in Tibet.
  • After Jokhang Temple, walk around the Bakhor street which is one of the most devotional circuit as well as crowded central market of Lhasa. During the old days, it is the most famous local market but now it is changed to tourist gift shopping centre.

Meals provided: Breakfast

Stay: 3-star hotel, Lhasa

 

Day 3: Shoton Festival Experience

  • Shoton Festival at Drepung MonasteryToday we will attend the once in a year Shoton festival ceremony at Drepung Monastery in the morning. There will be hundreds of local Tibetan in long queue to see the Giant Buddha Thangka display. Drepung monastery was once the world’s largest monastery that housed for more than 10,000 monks and was once the resident of the Dalai Lama prior to Potala Palace.
  • After the festival at Drepung Monastery, visit the Norbulingka palace to experience the very festive moods of Tibetans and see the Tibetan opera performance.
  • The amazing day will end with a visit to the Sera Monastery – another influential Gelugpa Monastery. Built in the 15th century, Sera Monastery is home to several hundred monks from different part of Tibet. Watch the famous Buddhist philosophical debates among the monks which happen every day in the afternoon. You may join in the fun with the help your guide.

Meals provided: Breakfast

Stay: 3-star hotel, Lhasa

 

Day 4: Lhasa – Gyantse (3,900m) via Yamdrok Lake

  • Yamdrok Yumtso LakeDrive from Lhasa to Gyantse today.
  • On the way, visit Yamdrok Yumtso Lake, one of the largest holy lakes in Tibet. The water is very clear and in the color of blue for reflecting the sky.
  • After lunch, we will pass by Kharola Glacier (5,560m). It isn’t a big glacier, but the white glacier is spectacular from the highway, and it is close enough to walk to from the highway.
  • Drive further and take time to visit Palcho (or Pelkor Chode) Monastery in Gyantse, the main monastery in Gyantse. It is most notable for its 108 chapels in its several floors and the old Dzong or fort.
  • Rest for the night in Gyantse.

Meals provided: Breakfast

Stay: 2-star hotel, Gyantse

 

Day 5: Gyantse – Shigatse (3,860m)

  • Tashilumpo MonasteryDrive from Gyantse to Shigatse – the second largest city in Tibet.
  • While on the way to Shigatse, visit the Tibetan Barley Flour spinning room as well as visit a local family.
  • Reach Shigatse about lunch time for your lunch.
  • After lunch, visit Tashilumpo Monastery. Take a Kora of Tashilumpo Monastery where you will get whole town view from top of the Kora road.
  • Lastly, visit Shigatse old town market where you can get to see the locals as well as purchase local Tibetan products if you wish.

Meals provided: Breakfast

Stay: 3-star hotel, Shigatse

 

Day 6: Shigatse – Namtso (4,720m)

  • Namtso LakeToday, drive to Namtso Lake to see the beauty of this heavenly lake which is one of the biggest lake (also a salty lake) in Tibet, 4,720m above sea level.
  • Arrive in Namtso close to lunch time where we will eat in the Tibetan restaurant where you get the real Yak meat which is locally killed and very fresh.
  • After lunch, follow the guide to take the circumambulation of Tashi Dor Island. Tashi Dor is peninsula protruding into Namtso Lake from its south-eastern corner. On the peninsula is a small monastery and several hermit caves. Nomadic herders frequently camp on the peninsula while many species of migratory birds make their home there.
  • Spend the night beside Namtso Lake where you can view the beautiful lake under the starry night.

Meals provided: Breakfast

Stay: Guesthouse near Namtso Lake

 

Day 7: Namtso – Lhasa

  • Tsurphu MonasteryDrive back to Lhasa.
  • Visit Tsurphu Monastery – the residence of Gyalwa Karmapa. Tsurphu Monastery was completely destroyed during the Cultural Revolution in the mid 1960′s and resume rebuilding of the monastery in 1980 by the His Holiness the 16th Karmapa, Rigpe Dorje while living in exile in India.
  • On the way, you are going to stop for some different attractions as well.

Meals provided: Breakfast

Stay: 3-star hotel, Lhasa

 

Day 8: Departure Lhasa

  • Free time till your flight time and transfer to the airport to board the flight back home, bringing back nice memories of Tibet that can last for a long time.

Meals provided: Breakfast

 

Note: Numerous factors such as weather, road conditions, the physical ability of the participants, etc., may dictate itinerary changes either before departure or while on the tour. We reserve the right to change this schedule in the interest of the trip participants’ safety, comfort and general well-being by informing the principal agent and with their approval.

 

Tour Price

Please contact us for pricing.

** Prices quoted are for LAND TOUR only. Please refer to package exclusions for more details.

Highlights

  • In awe with the magnificent of Potala Palace
  • Soak in the atmosphere at Lhasa as you visit centuries old monasteries
  • Witness the magnificence of Shoton Festival
  • Marvel at the stunning beauty of Namtso and Yamdrok lakes
  • Interact with local Tibetans

Package Inclusions

  • 4 nights’ accommodation based on Twin/Double sharing room with breakfast at 3-star hotel (china standard) in Lhasa
  • 1 night accommodation based on Twin/Double sharing room with breakfast at 2-star hotel (china standard) in Gyantse
  • 1 night accommodation based on Twin/Double sharing room with breakfast at 3-star hotel (china standard) in Shigatse
  • 1 night guesthouse in Namtso Lake
  • All necessary permits require to enter inside Tibet
  • English-speaking local Tibetan guide
  • Airport or train station pick-up in Lhasa
  • Well maintained tourist vehicle with experienced driver from arrival till to departure
  • Welcome dinner with the cultural show
  • Two bottles of mineral water each day for each person

Package Exclusions

  • International airfare (Singapore – Chengdu – Lhasa – Chengdu – Singapore) and airport tax
  • Train ticket to and fro Lhasa
  • Chinese Visa fee (if applicable)
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses (e.g. drinks, mineral water, liquors, laundry, shopping, cigarettes, telephone calls and etc.)
  • Lunch and dinner not mentioned in above itinerary (estimate SGD6 per meal)
  • Any expenses arising out of unforeseen circumstances like flight delay / cancellation / hike in fare, strike or any other natural calamities or any emergency evacuation expenses
  • Tips or gratuities to driver/guide
  • Optional tours

Flight Recommendations

Important Note: Please note that flight information is purely for information purposes. We do recommend our customers who signed up with us to take the same flight though.

 

Singapore to Chengdu:

Air China (CA 404) 0200hrs – 0630hrs

 

Chengdu to Lhasa:

Air China (CA 4112) 1300hrs – 1500hrs

 

 

Lhasa to Chengdu:

Air China (CA 4111) 1600hrs – 1800hrs

 

Chengdu to Singapore:

Air China (CA 403) 2000hrs – 0040hrs (+1)

 

 

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