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Classic Tibet Gande to Samye Monastery Trek in 14 Days

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 14 day(s)
Group Size: 3 - 12 people
Destination(s): China  
Specialty Categories: Archeology/History   Hiking & Trekking  
Season: March - November
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 849 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1440 US Dollar (USD)

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive Chengdu (subject to change). Transfer to hotel.

Day 2: Sightseeing in Chengdu, visit Panda’s raise center.

Day 3: Drive to airport (2000m) 1 hr. 30 minutes flight. After breakfast, we will transfer the group to Kunming then fly to Shangri-la airport or Chengdu International Airport to board Air China's Flight No. CA 408 to Lhasa at 10:25 am. Upon arrival at Gonggar Airport (3650m), the group shall be met by our local representative and transfer provided to your hotel in Lhasa. The group will reach the Hotel Lhasa at approx 5 pm. The first day will be spent resting to acclimatize with the altitude because Kathmandu is at 1200 m above sea level and Lhasa is at 3650 m. So it needs some time to acclimatize with the altitude. Overnight at Shangbala Hotel or Keychu Hotel. Includes: (L), (D).

Day 4: Morning visit Sera Monastery. Afternoon visit 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.

Day 5: Visit Potala Palace Afternoon visit Drepung Monastery and Norbulingka Palace. Potala was the winter palace of the Dalailama, 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 built in 1416 by Tsongapa's disciple Jamyang-choje, Drepung Monastery is the biggest Gelupa monastery in the west suburb of Lhasa.

Day 6: Rest day and shopping. Walk around Bharkor Street.

Day 7: Drive to Ganden Monastery. Ganden Monastery, 45 km east of Lhasa, was first built in 1409. At least 10 buildings have been restored, and the monastery looks splendid with barley fields sprawling the valley floor, which is dotted with small villages. It takes 4 days to walk from the Ganden to Samye, and this is one of the finest soft treks in central Tibet. Order the yak and yak men for next day. Overnight in Camp.

Days 8-12: Trek. Trekking to Hebu Nomad Camp 7hrs Overnight Camp then to Shugula Pass 8hrs Overnight Camp. To Under Chutula Pass 7hrs Overnight Camp. Trek to Yamalung Valley and By Tractor to Samye Monastery 7hrs. Walk to the Samye Monastery and by truck to Chimpu. Trek to Mt. Heburi. Stay in Overnight Yarlong Hotel.

Day 13: Drive to Tsethang. Drive to Yarlong valley. Excursion to the Yambulakhang and Tibetan king's Tombs.

Day 14: Drive to airport. Have the breakfast very early in the morning and drive to airport. Fly out.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

- Land Cost (land cost as itinerary has described): $1440 USD
- In-Trip Airfare Estimate (Chengdu-Lhasa) or (kathmandu to Lhasa) round way: $600USD/ $800 supplement.

Price Includes:
- Sightseeing tour as per above programs
- Land Transfer by Toyota Land cruiser
- Supporter Truck
- Tibet travel permit
- Tibetan English speaking guide during the tour
- Twin sharing accommodation as per tour program
- Camping gears, two men tent/ dining tent/ kitchen tent/ toilet tent and all kitchen gears
- Full board meal during the camping section
- Yak and Yak men, cook, helpers
- Staff insurance
- Monasteries entrance fees.

Price Excludes:
- Cold drinks alcoholic beverages
- Lunch and dinner in Chengdu and Tibet (besides camping section)
- Chinese visa
- Travel insurance
- Tips for guide, porters, driver and yak men.