Multi-Day Tour | Private

Expedition to Tibet's West - China (21 days)


Xining, China To Lhasa, China

Valid for Departures Now Through: 01 Dec 2018


Day 1
Xining, China
Sapphire Hotel Dinner

- Upon arriving at Xining airport, your WildChina guide will meet you in the arrival hall with your chauffeur and private vehicle ready to take you to your hotel for check-in

Day 2
Lhasa, China
Xining, China
Overnight train Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

- In the morning, explore the Museum of Tibetan Medicine to gain a deeper understanding of Tibetan culture and Tibetan Buddhism

- In the afternoon, transfer to the train station for your train to Lhasa (D:

15h25/A: 14h25 +1)

Day 3
Lhasa, China
Four Points by Sheraton Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

- Arrive in Lhasa at 14:25

- At Lhasa train station (3,650m), your WildChina Tibet guide will meet you in the arrival hall with your chauffeur and private vehicle on standby

- Transfer to your hotel to check in and rest

Day 4
Lhasa, China
Four Points by Sheraton Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

- Visit Potala Palace, Tibet’s defining religious landmark, a grand masterpiece of white, crimson and gold famed for being the former residence of the Dalai Lama

- Stroll around the gilded Jokhang Temple, which attracts a large number of pilgrims due to it being considered the most sacred temple in Tibet

- Join the crowds at the bustling market stalls in Barkhor Street, a stopalong the pilgrimage route

Day 5
Lhasa, China
Four Points by Sheraton Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

- Be greeted by the phrase “om mani padme hum” as you visit Pabongka Monastery

- Hike downhill to Chupsang Nunnery, home to over 80 red-robed nuns

- Walk alongside local pilgrims along the kora (pilgrimage route) around Sera Monastery, taking a break to partake in a picnic lunch

- Witness monks animatedly debate Buddhist philosophy in Sera Monastery’s courtyard

Day 6
Lhasa, China
Four Points by Sheraton Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

- Drive to Tsurphu (120km) along the beautiful remote valleys and villages of Tolung county

- On the way, visit Nenang Monastery

- Make your way along the stream, reaching Tsurphu Monastery, seat of the Karmapas and built in 1180

- Explore the different halls and relics of the Tsurphu Monastery

- Return to Lhasa

Day 7
Gyantse, China
Yamdrok Tso, China
Lhasa, China
Gyantse Hotel Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

- Drive to Gyantse (270km), following the shores of the holy Yamdrok Lake (4,488m)

- Pass through high passes (above 5,000m) in the Nyochen Kansang Mountains

- Visit Palkhor Monastery and the famous Kumbum Stupa, built over eight levels housing 75 chapels adorned with murals revered by art scholars around the world

- Walk with locals along the spiritual and relaxing pilgrimage route in Gyantse (3,950m)

Day 8
Shigatse, China
Gyantse, China
Shigatse Hotel Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

- Take part in morning prayers at the monastery- Drive to Shigatse (90km), located 3,900m above sea level

- Admire the vast complex of golden roofed buildings and traditional white walls that is Tashi Lhunpo Monastery, seat of the Panchen Lama (the second highest ranked Lama)

- Follow the pilgrimage route and visit the bustling local markets

Day 9
Saga, China
Shigatse, China
Saga Botra Guest House Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

- En route to Saga, visit Sakya Monastery, which houses a staggering array of classical books, relics and precious mural paintings

- Continue along the road to Saga (4,600m) through the high Tibetan plateau, reaching more than 4,000m in altitude, between the Himalayasand Brahmaputra (Tsangpo)

Day 10
Saga, China
Local Guesthouse Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

- Continue to Kailash (318km) and cross the highest pass of Mayumla (5,240m)

- Witness an uninterrupted view of the Himalayan border stretching between India, Tibet, and Nepal

- Settle into your guesthouse at Lake Manasarovar (4,560m), the highest fresh water lake in the world.

Day 11
Saga, China
Local guesthouse Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

- Travel towards Tirthapuri (68km) and visit the Guru Gyan, Bon monastery on the way

- Explore the ancient Kingdom of Shangshung at Kyunglung

- Relax in Tirthapuri’s natural hot springs as steam fills the barren landscape around you

Day 12
Toling, China
Saga, China
Local Guesthouse Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

- Drive to the Guge Kingdom (252km) across the enormous Jiangla pass (5,100m) while overlooking a unique landscape

- Rest at Tholing (3,650m)

Day 13
Toling, China
Local guesthouse Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Tholing & Guge Kingdom

- Explore the ruins of the Guge Kingdom amidst a backdrop of craggy mountains and explore the Buddhist art relics at Tsaparang

- Visit Tholing Monastery, considered to be the best example of Guge Buddhist art

Day 14
Toling, China
Local Guest House Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day tour to Dungkar Piyang

- Drive 80km to the secret valley of Dungkar Piyang (4,000m), home to monasteries brimming with over 1,100 years of history

- Rest at your guesthouse close by the sandy peaks of Dungkar Piyang Valley

Day 15
Toling, China
Tarchan, China
Local Guest House Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

- Drive 250km back to Manasarovar Lake and check into your local hotel close to Chiu Monastery (4,560m)

- Visit Chiu Monastery, also known as the “bird monastery,” and peek into its tiny chapel, which is only 8m by 10m

Day 16
Tarchan, China
Himalayan hotel Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

- Drive 50km to Tarpoche, the starting point of the Mount Kailash kora and the location of the Saga Dawa festival which celebrates the life of Buddha

- Add your own prayer flag to Tarpoche’s giant flagpole with a dramatic view of Mt Kailash (6,714m).

- Rest or explore the lush surroundings of the lake in the afternoon

Day 17
Saga, China
Tarchan, China
Saga Hotel Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

-  Travel back to Saga (462km) through the Changtang Plateau, past nomad camps and herds of gazelles and wild donkeys

Day 18
Saga, China
Shigatse, China
Local Guest House Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

- Drive back to Shigatse (430km)

- Enjoy the scenery whizzing past you: mountain passes, plateaus, Tibetan villages and farming lands

Day 19
Tse Dang, China
Shigatse, China
Local Guest House Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

- Travel to Tsedang (340km), the birthplace of Tibetan civilization, alongside the Brahmaputra River

- Visit Mindroling Monastery, one of the six major monasteries in the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism

- Visit Yumbu Lhakang, which according to legend was the first building in Tibet, and explore the heavily adorned hall of Tradduk Temple, Tibet’s first temple

Day 20
Tse Dang, China
Local Guest House Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Excursion to Samye

- Get up early and drive to Samye Monastery (50km) along the Brahmaputra River

- Visit the first Tibetan Buddhist monastery (3,650km) built in the 11th century

- If your travels happen to coincide with the Samye Dhode festival, watch monks performing ritual dances while wearing Buddhist masks amidst a crowd of pilgrims

Day 21
Tse Dang, China
Lhasa, China
None Breakfast

Your WildChina guide and chauffeur will escort you to Lhasa Gonggar Airport in your private vehicle an help you check in for your departure flight

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Embark on an exploration of the Tibetan Kingdom on this adventurous three-week journey off the beaten path. Winner of National Geographic's 50 Tours of a Lifetime in 2014, this expedition will take you deep into Tibet's far west. From the majesty of Lhasa's Potala Palace to the frescos and old temples of the ancient Guge Kingdom, this journey will be an opportunity to truly immerse yourself in the mysterious lands of Tibet. Breathe in the crisp, fresh air of Tibet while stopping by isolated monasteries home to red-robed monks, following in the footsteps of pilgrims by embarking on a pilgrimage route, camping beneath the stars and bathing in hot springs.

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