A boat across the Yarlung Tsampo River, Tibet’s first monasteries, snow-covered Himalayas, monks debating religious fine points, walking with pilgrims, sunrise prayers at Lhasa’s Jokhang – a never-to-be-forgotten journey to a unique destination!

Buddhism in Tibet has a long and glorious history dating back to 700 AD and the conversion of King Songtsen Gampo. This very special cultural tour traces the origins of the Buddhist legacy from Yambulakhang, the oldest known dwelling in Tibet, and Samye, Tibet’s first monastery, and where Tibet’s first monks were trained and ordained west to the towns of Gyantse and Shigatse, and then back to Lhasa, the center of the Tibetan mandala. Along the way, you can enjoy the incredible art of Gyantse’s Kumbum, wander the pilgrim route around Shigatse’s Tashilumpo Monastery, taste salt tea and Tibetan momos, wonder at how the architecture mirrors the mountains, and truly get inside the culture of Tibet.

Dates and Land Cost

Starting at $3650.00 per person (based on 4-6 people)

Dates: Sunday, May 17, 2015 - Wednesday, May 27, 2015 (Saga Dawa Festival) and Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - Friday, August 14, 2015 (Drepung Festival)

Please note: Custom dates and prices available

Trip Concepts

  • Cultures and Crafts
  • Religion and Pilgrimage Sites

Customized Travel

This is not just a slogan - it's the way we do business.

If this trip itinerary isn't exactly what you want or if the group departure dates don't quite fit your timeframe, we would be thrilled to create a personalized trip that matches exactly what you, your friends or your family wish to do. Since its inception in 1988, Myths and Mountains has been a pioneer in the field of customized and solo travel. We know that there's no such thing as "one itinerary fits all," and we're committed to matching your particular trip to your dreams.

So, go back and look at the itinerary carefully. Check what you like and don't like and give us a call. We'll ask you lots of questions designed to help us understand your travel style, budget, interests, and wishes, and then we'll channel all our global connections, in-depth destination knowledge, and decades of travel planning experience into creating an extraordinary adventure filled with unforgettable experiences. Our custom trips are not just standard "packages" adjusted to fit your travel dates - they're individually tailored itineraries, as unique as you are.

Here's how we will collaborate with you:

1. Read through the itineraries that interest you and think about what you like and don't like, the dates, other places you might want to visit or other activities.

2. E-mail us at or call us at 800-670-6984 to let us know your thoughts.

3. Talk with us about what worked and did not work in the programs you were considering, where you want to go, your timeframe, travel companions, budget, special interests and travel style.

4. We will send a brief sketch and approximate land cost based on our discussion, for you to review that includes the suggested changes we discussed.

5. Based on your feedback of the sketch, we will rework your itinerary according to your guidelines. Should you wish to talk with previous travelers who have asked us for customized itineraries, we are happy to give you references.

6. Review the new program. If it works, we will usually ask for a deposit: 25% of the cost, 50% if you are 120 days out. At that point, we will confirm all of the reservations and guides, send you a full packet of preliminary information and prepare your formal, personalized, detailed daily itinerary.

After all, it's your unique vacation. Invite your family. Bring your friends. Dream big. Then call us and let us make your dream a reality.

Itinerary At A Glance

Day 1 Arrive Chengdu
Day 2 Tour Wenshu Yuan, Panda Breeding Center and Sichuan Opera School
Day 3 Fly to Lhasa; drive to Tsetang
Day 4 Explore Yarlung Tsangpo Valley; cross the river to Samye and Yongbulakang
Day 5 Tour Mindroling Monastery; continue to Gyantse; Views of Yandruk Tso
Day 6 Visit Kumbum and monastery as well as Peljor Chode Monastery
Day 7 Drive to Shigatse and participate in the kora
Day 8 Drive back to Lhasa; walk in the Barkhor
Day 9 Explore the Jokhang, Potala, and Sera
Day 10 Visit Drepung and Norbulinka
Day 11 Fly back to Chengdu or other destination

Contact Us

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Myths and Mountains is THE adventure travel company for the discerning and inquisitive globe-trotter seeking a hand-crafted, life-changing experience. With more than 25 years of expertise in designing award-winning trips focusing on cultures and crafts, religion and pilgrimage sites, environment and natural history and natural healing and traditional medicine, we promise adventures beyond the guidebooks, excellence beyond expectations, and guaranteed departures.

Want a custom-designed trip just for you and your friends? It's our specialty! Welcome to a remarkable experience - Myths and Mountains style!