Tibet Winter Special Tour

Winter shows you the best of Lhasa and around

This tour has been designed to give you a full insight into the culture of Tibet and its amazing landscapes. The most incredible sights of Tibet are included in this well-organized program which allow you to not only cross rapidly the Tibetan plateau but to immerge yourself completly in the mystery of this Asian High Land.

Special departure date to discover and experience the Tibetan New Year while in Lhasa.

Winter Special Tour of Tibet highlights important landmark in and around Lhasa. We will take you to Samye Monastery, Namtso Lake and major cities of Tibet including Gyantse and Shigatse that lie on Friendship Highway.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 1 Arrive Lhasa (3660m) & drive to Tsedang (3550m) - 183km
  • Day 2 In Tsedang - Yarlung Valley & Samye monastery
  • Day 3 Tsedang - Lhasa via Mindroling - 200km
  • Day 4 Lhasa Sightseeing
  • Day 5 Lhasa Sightseeing
  • Day 6 Day excursion to Namtso Lake
  • Day 7 Day tour to Ganden and Tsurpu
  • Day 8 Gyantse (3950m) 261 km
  • Day 9 Drive Gyantse - Shigatse (3900m) 90 km
  • Day 10 Drive Shigatse – Lhasa (280 km)
  • Day 11 Day excursion to Drak Yerpa Caves
  • Day 12 Depart Lhasa

Detailed Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Arrive Lhasa (3660m) & drive to Tsedang (3550m)- 183 km

    You will be met at Gongkar Airport by your Tibetan guide. After immigration formalities take a 1.5-hour drive along 93 km road leading to Lhasa lying at an altitude of 3650 meters. A 2-hour drive from Lhasa passing through barley and wheat fields brings you to the third largest city in Tibet, Tsedang. En route Tsedang you stop at Nyethang , a temple built in 10th century by Atisa, an Indian Buddhist. The temple contains interesting artifacts and hold significant importance in Tibetan Buddhism.

  • Day 2

    In Tsedang –Yarlung Valley and Samye Monastery

    Today you visit Yarlung Valley .According to ancient Tibetan history, Tibetan civilization originated from Yarlung valley. Over there you can spot massive burial mounds of Tibetan Kings. Today’s sights also include Tandruk monastery, a 7th century monastery, which holds a fantastic carved wooden altar, interesting relics and murals. Yambulakang, the castle perched dramatically on a pinnacle above the valley, is the oldest known dwelling in Tibet, reputedly the home of the Yarlung Kings. The view from the castle is awesome. The tour continues to the west of Tsedang, along the Tsangpo river on a boat to Samye Monastery. Samye Monastery, founded in 779 AD, is in a green valley among barren mountains surrounded by a village. Samye Monastery is one of the most imposing sights of Tibet. Built between 763 and 75 AD and modeled on the University of Otantapuri in India, it was planned as a representation of the universe. .

  • Day 3

    Tsedang-Lhasa via Mindroling

    Traveling from Tsedang to Lhasa you stop at Mindroling, a 10th century monastery, rebuilt in 1676 and highly reputed for its contribution towards astronomy, astrology, medicine and calligraphy. The murals on the wall have special significance and show the typical Tantric arts. Another distinctive feature of Mindroling monastery is the fact that the monks who reside there can have wives and children. .

  • Day 4

    Lhasa Sightseeing

    Today you will be taken for a sightseeing tour to Lhasa. On your awe-inspiring visit to Sera monastery, you are introduced to the important aspects of Buddhism. After lunch, you pay a visit to Norbulinka, the summer palace of the Dalai Lama. Jokhang temple provides yet another exciting and educative tour. Wandering around Barkhor market is another major highlight of the day. .

  • Day 5

    Lhasa Sightseeing

    In the morning, after breakfast, you will set off to view the majestic Potala Palace, which towers above the city of Lhasa. You get to see an overwhelming array of intricate Tibetan murals, temples, stupas, and the tombs of the eight Dalai Lamas. After lunch, you will be taken on a visit to beautifully landscaped Drepung monastery. At the monastery you can observe nuns and monks chanting and performing religious discourses. .

  • Day 6

    Day excursion to Namtso Lake

    Today you will be taken on an excursion to one of the most beautiful places in Tibet, the Namtso Lake. In Tibetan, Namtso means 'Heavenly Lake.' It is one among the three holy lakes in Tibet. Namtso lake is at an altitude of 4720 m. It covers a vast area of about 757 square miles. The crystal-clear water of this lake and the scenic beauty of its surrounding are sure to leave you spellbound..

  • Day 7

    Day tour to Ganden and Tsurpu

    Today you will be taken to two very famous monasteries, Ganden and Tsurpu. Ganden monastery was founded in 1409 by Je Tsongkapa, the founder of the Gelupka (Yellow Hat) sect. This monastery is the first Gelug monastery in Tibet. It lays 57 km east of Lhasa . Besides its typical Tibetan style, it is three times as large as Potala Palace. The Tsurpu monastery situated at an altitude of 4300m has a history of 800years. Located high in the tributary of the Tolung Valley, the huge temples and chanting halls of Tsurphu monastery has been rebuilt from the rubble of the Cultural Revolution..

  • Day 8

    Gyantse (3950m) 261 km

    After passing through beautiful valleys and colorful Tibetan villages you arrive in the town of Gyantse. In Gyantse you will visit the Gyantse Dzong and Gyantse Kumbum. The Dzong is a fort dating from the 14th century. From there you can enjoy the spectacular views of Gyantse and the surrounding Nyang Chu Valley. The Kumbum is a large gold-domed Stupa and its many small chapels house an impressive array of Tibetan Buddhist murals. En route you will be escorted to visit Shalu Monastery founded in 11th century and noted for its 14th century murals which fuse Chinese, Mongol and Nepalese style..

  • Day 9

    Drive Gyantse - Shigatse (3900m) 90 km

    After exploring Gyantse, you will take a 90 km drive to Shigatse. Having driven to an average altitude of 3900 m, you find yourself at Shigatse, second largest city of Tibet. Tashilhunpo monastery being one of the largest functioning monasteries in Tibet is a major attraction of Shigatse. .

  • Day 10

    Drive Shigatse to Lhasa (280km)

    After hearty breakfast at hotel you will be guided to explore the local market and the Tashilhunpo Monastery. This monastery is one of the largest functioning monasteries in Tibet and there is much to explore within its high surrounding walls. After detailed visit of Shigatse you will drive via shorter road to Lhasa..

  • Day 11

    Day excursion to Drak Yerpa caves

    The Drak Yerpa caves are about an hour’s drive to the northeast of Lhasa. Songtsen Gampo meditated here, as did Padma Sambhava and several of his disciples. The site is strongly associated with Jowo Atisha and the early Kadampa masters..

  • Day 12

    Depart Lhasa

    You will be transferred to the airport in time to catch your flight home..


“Dear Suman,

It was an unexpected pleasure meeting you in Lhasa, I appreciated all your efforts to make this trip a great success and look forward to future travels with the professional team of Explore Himalaya.

Both the Nepalese crew with Nyima in charge and the Tibetan crew with Penba overseeing the various arrangements were excellent. There isn’t one critical comment I could make on any level and the service was always Five Star. On top of the expert ground support the skies stayed clear the entire time and everyone stayed healthy with no real problems getting the group over the Drolma La.

Your complimentary dinner at the Du Ghood on the last evening was a very thoughtful gesture and much enjoyed by all, a finishing touch to an amazing journey. A million thanks for making our 2006 Tibet trip a memorable experience of a lifetime

With Best Regards, “

- Brian Finnie, Canada

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Dear Suman, It was an unexpected pleasure meeting you in Lhasa, I appreciated all your efforts to make this trip a great success and look forward to future travels with the professional team of Explore Himalaya.

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