This is a 8 days overland tour around central Tibet which includes the first monastery "Samye Monastery", "Yambu Lagang" the first Palace built in Tibet, Tibetan king's tomb in Yarlong Valley, Next Day overland to Lhasa via Ganden Monastery from where you can get beautiful view of Kyichu Valley on the top of Mt. An Gyu Ri During the day hiking at Ganden monastery and travel you will witness high passes and nomads life. Lhasa is the Campital city of Tibet. Tibetan recorded history began in 127 BC when the first emperor Nyatri Tsenpo was crowned.
During the first half of the 7th century AD, the 33rd Tibetan king, Srongtsan Gampo created an empire that largely corresponds to the present-day extension of the Tibetan cultural realm (incorporating Tibetan-speaking areas in India, Nepal, and China's Sichuan, Qinghai and Yunnan provinces as well as the Tibetan Autonomous Region itself). At that time, Tibetan society was presumably the culture of nomadic warriors, somewhat comparable perhaps to the 11th century conquering Mongols. These warriors were in constant territorial warfare with their neighbours, China's Tang dynasty and the Uighur northern tribes, and at times even with Persia.
The Tibetan royal court moved regularly throughout the country, from summer camp to winter camp. Far from the Yarlung valley where many Tibetan kings were customarily buried, emperor Srongtsan founded Lhasa as Royal camp site in ca. 633. Originally the city had been named Rasa, meaning simply "fortified city". Various factors contributed to the establishment of Lhasa as semi-permanent royal capital. Two of the five queens of Srongtsan fulfilled an ancient prophecy by bringing Buddhist images and ritual knowledge to Tibet. Apart from Srongtsan's own palace (at the site where today's Potala Palace stands), the capital of Rasa consisted of several Buddhist temples and shrines, the queen's palaces, and presumably quarters for servants, labourers, warriors and merchants. Several imperial strongholds are known to have existed in different parts of Tibet during the flourishing of the empire period (7th-9th century). Sierra Club Members at Ganden Monastery.
Day 1: Fly to gangar airport and drive to Tsethang. Arrival in Lhasa airport and drive to Tsethang Overnight Snow Pigeon Hotel (98 km).
Day 2: Excursion to the Yarlong Valley. Next morning visit Yarlong Valley and King's tombs and Yambulagang,Tardik Monastery Overnight Snow Pigeon Hotel (50 km).
Day 3: Drive to Samye Mnastery. This morning drive to Samye Monastery and hike on Mt.Hebu Overnight Snow Pigeon Hotel (50 km).
Day 4: Drive to Lhasa. Drive to Lhasa overnight Shangbala and Keychu Hotel (162 km).
Day 5: Sightseeing. AM: Visit Sera Monastery, PM: Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street, Sera is the second biggest Gelupa Monastery in the north suburb of Lhasa, which was built in 1419 by Tsongapa's disciple Sakya-yeshi. Situated at the heart of the oldest section of the Lhasa city, Jokhang, one of the oldest temples in Tibet, was built in the 7th century by the 33rd king Sontsanganbu. Barkor is the middle pilgrimage circuit around Jokhang temple. Overnight at Keychu Hotel and Shangbala hotel.
Day 6: Sightseeing. AM: Visit Potala PM:Drepung Monastery and Norbulingka. Potala was the winter palace of the Dalai Lama, which was originally built in the 7th century by the king Sotsen Gampo and rebuilt to the present size by the 5th Dalai lama in the 17th century. Built in the mid-18th century by the 7th Dalailama, Norbulingka, the Jewel Park was the Dalai lama's summer palace, it covers 100 acres with palaces,pavilions and a zoo. Drepung monastery is built in 1416 by Tsongapa's disciple Jamyang-choje, Drepung Monastery is the biggest Gelupa monastery in the west suburb of Lhasa. Overnight at Keychu Hotel.
Day 7: Drive to Ganden Monastery. Lhasa to Ganden day trip 70 km. Hike on mountain where you can get excellent view of Monastery and Keychu valley and back to Lhasa Overnight Shangbala and Keychu Hotel (70 km).
Day 8: Drive to airport. Also you can extend the trip to Nepal Border. Departure from Lhasa (62 km).
- Duration: 8 days
- Destination: Tsethang, Samye
- Maximum Altitude: 3650 m
- Best Season: Jan, Feb, March, Aprill, May, June, Aug, Sept, Oct
- Photo Spot: Samye, Sera, Jokhang.
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