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14 Day Tibet Tour From Nyingchi to Lhasa

14 Day Tibet Tour From Nyingchi to Lhasa

Date: May to Oct

Price: Upon Request

Trip Focus: Nature+Tibet lake

Status: Open to Booking

Route: Chengdu-Leshan-Chengdu-Nyingchi-Lhasa-Gyantse- Shigatse-Lhasa

Trip Code: N006



Day 1. Arrive Chengdu
Day 2. Chengdu -Panda Base
Day 3. Chengdu-Leshan
Day 4. Chengdu-Linzhi
Day 5. Linzhi
Day 6. Linzhi-Lhasa
Day 7. Lhasa
Day 8. Lhasa to Gyantse
Day 9. Gyantse
Day 10. Gyantse to Shigatse
Day11. Shigatse to Lhasa
Day 12. Lhasa-Namtso-Lhasa
Day 13. Lhasa
Day 14. Depart Lhasa

Dates and Prices

Upon Request


Day 1.Arrive Chengdu 
After a pickup from the Shuangliu International Airport in Chengdu, your group will have the opportunity to rest in preparation for the next day. You’ll have time to explore if you’d like.

Overnight in Buddha Zen Hotel

Day 2.Chengdu-Chengdu panda base(17km from downtown) (B/L/D) 
We’ll spend the morning in Chengdu’s panda base seeing both red pandas, giant pandas and possibly the newborn baby pandas.
After lunch at local restaurant, we’ll visit People's Park where you can immerse yourselves in Sichuan’s unique local culture including mahjong tables, ear cleaning, dancing, Taiji exercises, match-making etc. Then we’ll stroll to the nearby Kuanzhai Alley, a neighborhood built exclusively for Manchurian officers by combining the northern architecture style and southern architecture style.

Overnight in Buddha Zen Hotel

Day 3.Chengdu – Leshan (160 KM 2h) - Chengdu (B/L/D)
After an early breakfast, we will depart to Leshan (2h) to visit the Leshan Giant Buddha. Those who are comfortable with hiking are recommend taking a hiking trail to the Buddha that also features the Mahao Cave Tomb, Fishing village, and the scenic Wuyou Monastery. On the way back to Chengdu we can either enjoy a light hike in the tea plantations or drive to Huanglongxi Ancient Town.
For your convenience, we suggest that you stay at a hotel near the airport. The next morning, our team will take you back to the airport for your flight.

Overnight in Chengdu Airport Express Hotel

Day 4..Chengdu - Linzhi (B/L/D) FlightsCA44310620-08153U86930640-0835
Chengdu airport see off . We take an early morning flight to Linzhi, upon arrival, pick up by our guide, we drive to Lulang Forest Sea(80km,1.5h) and enjoying the beautiful scenery there.
With an altitude of 3700 m, Lulang Forest Sea is a typical plateau-mountain-meadow narrow strip land with a length of 15 kilometers and an average width of 1 kilometer. The whole forest sea of Lulang consists of green bushes, buzzed spruces and pine trees on two flanks and in middle is a neat and uniform meadow, on which are winding streams, murmuring springs, and diversified blooming wild flowers of Primula, Grass Plum Flower, etc. with the addition of dotted wooden fences, wooden houses, wooden bridges of peasants and herdsmen live there in sequence, the Lulang Forest Sea composes a quite peaceful and graceful picture.
If you are interest we can pay a visit to the Giant Cypress Park. According to the estimation, the age of this giant cypress is as long as 2000-2500 years. It is a sacred place in the minds of local Tibetan people. It is said that he bon priest Xinjaomibao‘s life tree is the ancient cypress, so the biggest and oldest trees in the forest are always hung with wind horses.
Today we will enjoy the famous chicken cooked in stone pot in Lulang. Then we drive back to Linzhi and check in at our hotel.

Overnight in Linzhi Mingzhu Hotel

Day 5.Linzhi (B/L/D)
After breakfast, our party will travel to Basum Tso lake; known as the “Tibetan Switzerland”. Surrounded by snow-capped peaks and expansive forests, Basum is known for its primitive beauty and tranquility. Covering 26 square kilometers, the dark blue, mirror-like surface reflects the tall mountains and green plants along the lakeshore. Combining beautiful scenery and amazing legends, Basum Lake is such a holy and spectacular landscape to explore. Once we have finished viewing Basum, we will head to Lhasa (Linzhi to Lhasa 465km,6.5h)while enjoying the scenery of the Niyang river.

Overnight in Linzhi Mingzhu Hotel

Day 6.Linzhi-Lhasa (B/L/D)
After breakfast we will visit Potala Palace; regarded as one of Tibet’s most iconic landmark. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Potala Palace is the highest place in the world. Because of its spectacular stylism, it is honored as one of the world’s greatest architectural feats. Cultural heritage enthusiasts will be able to enjoy the various UNESCO sites located in this breathtaking city (Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Norbulingka, etc.)
In the afternoon, we will visit Monastery Jokhang and Baku Street. Jokhang Temple is the spiritual center of Tibet. Built in 647 by Songtsen Gampo, it has a history of more than 1,300 years. The temple is the fine product of Han, Tibetan and Nepalese architecture techniques. Visitors will be treated to the sight of various exotic and sacred sculptures. Jokhang Temple also houses many invaluable cultural relics. Every year, the Great Prayer Festival is held here. Barkhor Street is the oldest street in Lhasa and runs through the center of the old city, having been preserved to protect its century-old traditions and aesthetic. It's a must-see for visitors wanting to learn about Tibetan culture, economy, religion, and arts.

Overnight in Tangka hotel

Day 7. Lhasa (B/L/D)
In the morning, our group will head to Tsetang (3500m altitude, 180km, 3.5h.)
After eating breakfast, drive to Samye monastery. In addition to being the first monastery built in Tibet (Circa Tubo Kingdom 742-798 BC), Samye monastery is first to feature the three Buddhist jewels (Buddha, Dharma and Sangha.) It is renowned for the distinct art style of its buildings, vivid murals, and other ancient relics stored within its wall. The three-story Wuzi hall is the soul of the whole monastery. All of the layers follow different styles; the bottom Tibetan, the middle Han and the top Indian.
Then we will visit Yumbu Lakhang. Known as the first Tibetan palace, it was originally built for Nyatri Tsenpo, the first king of Tibet (2nd century BC.) As a result, this place has become the Tibetan kings' palace since then. During the reign of Songtsen Gampo, it became the summer palace for him and Princess Wencheng. After Songtsen Gampo moved the capital to Lhasa in the 7th century, the palace became a Gelugpa monastery during the reign of the fifth Dalai Lama.

Overnight in Tangka hotel

Day 8. Lhasa to Gyantse (B/L/D)
We drive to Tsetang (3500m altitude, 180km, 3.5h) via Samye monastery .
After breakfast, drive to Samye monastery. Samye Monastery is the first monastery built in Tibet (reigned 742-798 of the Tubo Kingdom) and the first complete with the three Buddhist jewels of Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. It is renowned for the characteristic art of its buildings and the vivid murals as well as other ancient relics stored within them.The three-story Wuzi Hall is the soul of the whole monastery. Its design is very special. All of the layers follow different styles, the bottom Tibetan, the middle Han and the top Indian.
Then we will visit Yumbu Lakhang. Yumbu Lakang is famed as the first Tibetan palace. It was originally built for Nyatri Tsenpo who was the first king of Tibet in the 2nd century BC and it has become the Tibetan kings' palace since then. During the reign of Songtsen Gampo, it became the summer palace for Princess Wencheng and him. After Songtsen Gampo moved the capital to Lhasa in the 7th century, the palace became a Gelugpa monastery during the reign of the fifth Dalai Lama.

Overnight in Tsetang hotel

Day 9.Gyantse (B/L/D)
The morning of the ninth day, we will head to Gyantse (3950m above sea level, 340km, 7h), stopping along the way to visit Mindroling monastery. This monastery is surrounded by mountains on all sides creating a beautiful culmination of cultural and natural beauty.  
From there we will drive pass Yamdrok (4441m above sea level.) Yamdrok Yumtso Lake lies to the south of Yarlong Tsangpo river and is known as one of three holy lakes in Tibet. It is the largest lake in the southern Himalayan foothills with an area of about 638 square kilometers (about 246 square miles.) Additionally, its average depth is roughly 20-40 meters (about 11-22 fathoms) and the deepest point is almost 60 meters (about 33 fathoms) below the surface.
Then we will pass Karola (4200m), and view Karola Glacier, one of Tibet's three major continental glaciers. This glacier covers an area of 9.4 sq. km. and its imposing presence is visible from the highway linking Lhasa and Shigatse.

Overnight in Gyantse hotel or Yadi Garden hotel

Day 10. Gyantse to Shigatse (B/L/D)
Today we will find a place for you to participate in the making of yak butter tea with local people. Tibet is the traditional homeland for the Tibetan people who like to drink both yak butter tea and sweet milk tea. Known locally as “po-cha” by the people of Tibet, it is made from churning tea, salt and yak butter. Tibetan monks and citizens are said to be able to drink up to 60 small cups a day for helping to stay hydrated and for nutrition. It is also used a soup dish.
Then we will visit Palcho, monastery. Palcho Monastery enjoys a high status in Tibet Buddhism history because it houses three sects; Sakyapa, Kadampa and Gelugpa. Those three sects get along well with each other even though they once quarreled and fought. The Bodhi Dagoba, the main assembly hall, murals and Zhacang (hall for the monks) in the monastery are the most renowned. Then we drive to Shigatse (3850m,altitude, 100km 2h).

 Overnight in Zhaxiquta hotel

Day11.Shigatse to Lhasa (B/L/D)
Today we will visit one of the Six Big Monasteries of the Yellow Hat Sect of Tibetan Buddhist in Tibet, Tashilhunpo Monastery. Known as the “Heap of Glory”, it is located at the foot of Drolmari Shigatse (Tara's Mountain.) Founded by the First Dalai Lama in 1447, the monastery's structure was expanded by the fourth and successive Panchen Lamas.After exploring the monastery, we head back to our hotel accommodation in Lhasa (280km ,5h).

Overnight in Tangka hotel

Day 12.Lhasa-Namtso-Lhasa (B/L/D)
To start the day, we will drive to visit Namtso (round trip with 445km;8-9h.) Located in Nagqu Prefecture, about 260km from Lhasa and 60km from Damxung County. Namtso lake means 'the holy lake' in the Tibetan language. With over 30km from north to south and over 70km from east to west, Namtso Lake covers a total area of more than 1,900 square kilometers, being the second largest salt lake in China. At an elevation of 4,718 meters, it is also the highest altitude salt lake in the world, the furthest depth being more than 33m.

Overnight in Tangka hotel

Day 13. Lhasa (B/L/D)
Norbulingka (the Summer Palace), literally "Garden of Treasure" in Tibetan, was originally built since 1740s (era of the Seventh Dalai Lama). Every summer Dalai Lamas moved from the Potala Palace to Norbulingka to handle official business, hence it is also seen as "the Summer Palace of Lhasa".
In the afternoon, we will visit Zhayeba Temple. Zhayeba temple is the temple of the Nyingma school, one of the four notable Tibetan retreat places. It was first built in the 7th century and has a history of 1500 years.

Overnight in Tangka hotel

Day 14.Depart Lhasa (B) 
On the final day, our team will escort you to the airport in Lhasa for your flight. This will conclude the tour.
Recommended flights from Lhasa to Beijing : CA4126;09 :20-13 :15;TV9815 ;10 :00-13 :35;


 Tibet Tour From Nyingchi to Lhasa


Tibet Tour From Nyingchi to Lhasa


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Great trip in Chengdu & Tibet with AbsolutePandaTour!
Reviewed July 30, 2019 via mobile
We did a 13-day tour in Chengdu & Tibet with AbsolutePandaTour in July 2019. Nice organization, good sense of service and adaptability. Really appreciate the quality and the professionalism of the staff with a special thank to Melinda and our local guide Pubu & driver Tangtu! Highly recommend AbsolutePandaTour!
Date of experience: July 2019

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