The Soul of Tibet

The Soul of Tibet


The Soul of TibetDay 01: Arrival in Chengdu
Arrival in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province, pick up and transfer to hotel and then free time. O/N in 3 star hotel.

Day 02: Flight Chengdu - Tsedang
In the early morning transfer to airport and fly to Tsedang (3600 m), and after arrival at the Gonggar airport drive directly to Tsedang on the Yarlung-Tsangpo river junction. In the afternoon a rest at hotel to acclimatize to the new environment is essential because of the sudden ascent from 500m above sea level to an altitude of over 3,700 meters (12,139 ft). O/N in 3 star hotel. (B)

Day 03: Tsedang - Samye - Tsedang
In the morning, drive along and then cross over the Yarlung Tsangpo River by small ferry to visit the magnificent Samye monastery built in the late 8th century. It is the first monastery in Tibet that possessed the three essences of Buddhist monastery: Buddha, Scripture and Monk. The original building is no longer intact due to destruction caused by wars and natural disasters, but the monastery has been rebuilt each time and still remains the symbol of Tibet's national identity. The grand building complex was structured in the model of the boundless universe regulated by the Buddhist scripture. Its main building is a three-story tower with an interior influenced by Tibetan, Han and Indian styles. In the afternoon you drive to Yarlung valley to visit Yumbulakhang, a reconstruction of Tibet's oldest palace originally established on this site by the founder of the Yarlung dynasty - Nyatri Tsenpo during the 1st century BC. O/N in 3 star hotel(B/D)

Day 04: Tsedang - Yamdrok Tso Lake- Gyantse
In the morning leave Tsedang for Gyantse. Travelling by jeep along the Friendship Highway, on the way, we cross the Khamba La (4794 m) and the pass the Karo La (5045 m). We will also see the holy lake of Yamdrok Tso (4441 m), one of the three holy lakes in Tibet and the largest habitat of water fowls in south Tibet. There enjoy the unforgettable vista of its spear-shaped expanse of turquoise water, with the mysterious Mt. Donang Sangwari (5,340m) on the peninsula beyond, and the snow peaks of Nojin Gangzang (7,191m) in the distance. The lake and the Yarlung-Tsangpo River (3570) is separated by a mountain and the shortest distance between them is only 6 kilometers. The 800m height difference contributes a rich water resources to this region. Many Tibetans believe that the life of Tibet will no longer continue when the lake dries up. In Gyantse you will visit Pelkor Chode Monastery as well as the splendid Kumbum Stupa (100-Thousand-Buddha Pagoda) nearby, both of them built in the15th century and situated in the northwestern edge of Gyantse.

This typical Tibetan Buddhist monastery is the only one large building complex in Tibet that old monastery and stupas are completely preserved and characterized as symbol of a monument. It is recorded 14,000 kilograms of bronze was used to make the 8-meter-high sitting statue of Sykamoni Buddha housed in the grand hall of the temple. The 8 story Stupa is 42m high and 62m in diameter contains a total of 76 chapels with wonderful murals revered by art scholars around the world. In the afternoon reach Shigatse (3800 m), the second largest town with 40,000 inhabitants in Tibet and the traditional capital of the Tsang. O/N in 3 star hotel. (B/D)

Day 05: Gyantse to Shigatse
Drive to Shigatse, there you will visit Tashilunpo monastery of Gelukpa sect, the seat of the Panchen Lama built in 1447 and one of the six grand monasteries in Tibet. The monastery houses a giant statue of the Maitreya Buddha, the biggest gilded statue of Maitreya (Bouddha of the future) in China, and a tomb of the 4th Panchen Lama containing masses of jewels and gold. In Tibet Buddhism, Panchen Lama is just the embodiment of Maitreya Buddha. Supposed to get up early, have a chance of listening to the morning prayers in the Grand Hall of Tashilhumo Monastery, and seeing lamas rushing around pouring yak butter tea into endless rows of cups. O/N in 3 star hote.(B/L)

Day 06: Shigatse to Lhasa
After breakfast take a 6-hour drive along the Brahmaputra River to Lhasa(3650 m). O/N in 3 star hotel. (B)

Day 07: Lhasa
In the morning visit Potala, which was originally constructed in 637 by Songtsen Gampo, the first king of the united Tibet, and later expanded and served as the winter residence of the Dalai Lamas as well as the religious-political nexus of traditional Tibet. The crowds of pilgrims, innumerable magnicent murals, Buddhist statues, scriptures and rare treasuers altogether creat a dense religious and art atmosphere that impresses every visiter. In the afternoon visit Jokhang monastery, the center of the Tibetan Buddhism and the sacred land of Buddhist followers where innumerable pilgrims come for worship everyday. The temple, built in 647, is the earliest wood-and-masonry structure still existing in Tibet. Walk on the Barkhor street surrunding Jokhang, a big free market with its prolific stalls for selling local specialties. O/N in 3 star hotel. (B/L)

Day 08: Lhasa
In the morning visit Drepung monastery the sacred land of Gelukpa sect., which was created in 1416 and the second, third and fourth Dalai Lama once resided in. In the afternoon visit Sera monastery, which was created in 1419 and has always been an important Buddhist seminary. As rose are planted everywhere in the monastery, it is also called “the court of wild rose”. Today still 200 lamas live in there. O/N in 3 star hotel. (B/L)

Day 09: Flight Lhasa-Chengdu
In the early morning transfer to the airport and fly back to Chengdu. Then connecting flight. End of our services