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.
Based on 4-6 People
(excluding international air)
Custom Dates and Prices Available • 1.800.670.6984 OR 775.832.5454
ITINERARY at a Glance
Tour Wenshu Yuan, Panda Breeding Center and Sichuan Opera School
Fly to Lhasa; drive to Tsetang
Explore Yarlung Tsangpo Valley; cross the river to Samye and Yongbulakang
Tour Mindroling Monastery; continue to Gyantse; Views of Yandruk Tso
Visit Kumbum and monastery as well as Peljor Chode Monastery
Drive to Shigatse and participate in the kora
Drive back to Lhasa; walk in the Barkhor
Explore the Jokhang, Potala, and Sera
Visit Drepung and Norbulinka
Fly back to Chengdu or other destination