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Tour code: RET-LT05

8-Day Culture Heart of Tibet Tour Tsedang, Lhasa, Shigatse


All Year Around






Culture & Minorities

 Easily Schedule your flight or train to Lhasa from Chengdu/Beijing/Xi’an/Xining/Shanghai

  Visit the earliest monastery of Tibet at Samye & Yambulakhang Monastery, believed to be the earliest building 

    in Tibet.and other sights in Yarlung Valley

  Explore one of the most historic, holy Potala Palace

  Pass through the breathtaking natural scenery of the Tibetan plateau, such as tuiquoise Yamdrok Lake

  Gain insight about Tibetan culture and history from your friendly local Tibetan guide.

  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Important Info

Tsedang, Samye, Shannan

Tsethang is the forth largest city in Tibet and is lcoated in the Yarlung valley. Tsedang has been the capital of the Yarlung region since antiquity and was the seat of the ancient emperors of Tibet and as such a place of great importance. In the 19th century, it is said to have comprised some 1,000 houses, a bazaar, a gompa and a fort. As the capital of Shannan, it is the second-largest settlement in the historical Tsang region. It lies at elevation of 3,100 metres above sea level and has a population of approximately 52,000 persons it is only about 4km to the northest of the town of Nedong and they have now essentially merged into one city. Tsedang is situated near the flank of Mount Gongbori (3400 m) where many ancient ruins are located. It is known as the cradle of Tibetan's civilization--Samye.

samye Monastery, Tsedang                

Samye Monastery or Samye Gompa is the first Buddhist monastery built in Tibet. It was probably first constructed between 775-9 under the patronage of King Trisong Detsen of Tibet who sought to revitalize Buddhism, which had declined since its introduction by King Songtsan Gampo.Samye Monastery is laid out on the shape of a giant mandala, with the main temple representing the legendary Mount Meru in the centre.

According to legend.Yumbulakhang Palace was the first building in Tibet and the palace of the first Tibetan King, Nyatri Tsenpo. Yumbulakang stands on a hill on the eastern bank of the Yarlung River in the Yarlung valley. 

See more pic. 

samye Monastery  Samye, Tsedang

Yongbulakang  Yamdrok Tso 

Day 01:  Arrival in Lhasa . Lhasa Gonkar Airport--Tsedang

Redearth tour staff will greet you at Lhasa Airport to transfer you to Tsedang. 2 hr drive. Check into our hotel.  It is essential to take it easy today, to acclimate to the altitude..  

Day 02:  Tsedang

This first day tour in Tibet is also where the Tibetan civilization and monastic institutions began. Expore Chongye valley and burial sites of the Tibetan Kings. Visit Yumbulakhang, which believed to be the first building fortress in Tibet. Nearby visit 7th century Tadruk Temple. Finally drive to visit the first Buddhist monastery in Tibet--Samye Gompa.

Day 03:  Drive acorss Yamdrok Tso to Gyantse

Drive south,climb up to Kambala pass (4794m) and drive along the shores of dazzlingly turquoise green Yamdrok Lake, also an oasis for migrating wildlife , Islets within the lake are home to flocks migratory birds and grazing land for the nomads. Cross Karo la pass (5010m).which boast spectacular views and descend into Gyantse. Arrive in the late afternoon at Gyantse, One of Tibet's most traditional towns.

Day 04:  Gyantse--Shalu Monastery--Shigatse

See the famed Gyantse Kumbum, that rises over four symmetrical floors, topped by a gold dome. Visit Pelkor Chode Monastery, just next door and drive up to the Gyantse Dzong, for breathtaking views of the surrounding conutryside. After lunch,dirve to Shigatse, visiting Shalu monastery en-route.

Day 05:  Shigatse--Lhasa

Visit Tashilunpo Monastery, one of Tibet most vibrant and breathtaking monasteries, the seat of the Panchen Lames. We explore the elaborate temple and monastery complex and enjoy watching the pilgrim activity around the monastery. Time allowing, join pilgrims in the long circumanbulation path around the monastery. Leaving Shigatse, we take the direct road to Lhasa, following Yarlung Tsangpo river valley.

Day 06:  Lhasa 

Today you will visit totally 2 attractions in Lhasa suburb.  Morning, we will arrange you to see Drepung Monastery,Visit Norbulingka, a tranquil and shady retreat, which was the former summer palace of Dalai Lamas. Visit new Tibet Autonomous Region Museum with its galleries of Prehistoric Culture, Tibetan Arts, Thangka Painting, and Folklore and Culture In the afternoon, we will visit Sera Monastery; Drepung Monastery was built in 1416 and is the largest monastery of the Gelug Sect. Sera Monastery means wild rose in the Tibetan Language, because the hill behind it was covered with wild roses in bloom when the monastery was built. From Mon-Sat,every afternoon, you'll be able to see monks debating at Sera Monastery.

Day 07:  Lhasa

After breakfast at your hotel, embark on a great sightseeing tour of the UNESCO World Heritage-listedPotala Palace and its Jokhang Temple Monastery, as well as nearby Barkhor Street. Around midday, your guide will accompany you to a local restaurant for lunch. As you approach Potala Palace, marvel at the 13-story fort, which dominates the Lhasa Valley at an altitude of 3,700 m ,Established in the 7th century during the reign of King Songtsen Gampo,Potala Palace was built as a winter palace of the Dailai Lama.The complex,built on Red Mountain,covers 101 acres and includes many sutras and painted scrolls--a treasure of traditional Tibetan culture and Buddhism.Pass through the massive walled gates and turrets with your guide and visit the private rooms, shrine rooom an audience hall of the present Dalai Lama on the uppermost leavel of the White Palace. Designated as part of the same UNESCO world Heritage Ste, the Jokang Temple is acturally located in central Lhasa on about 6 acres in te old part of town. A renowned pilgrimage desination for Tibetans, the Buddhist religious complex was founded by Queen Bhrikuti in the 7th century.Look with awe at the temple's rich ornamentaion, beatiful murals and harmonious integration with the striking landscape. Next continue to Barkhor Street,which runs through the heart of the old city,wheree life has changed little over the centuries. As you walk in a clockwise direction along the circuit, you'll find stalls selling everything from traditional Tibetan clothes to knives to prayr wheels and thangka,Tibetan scroll painting etc.

Day 08:  Departure

After breakfasts, you will be free for the morning. Our staff will collect you at your hotel to transfer to Lhasa Airport/Railway


  •    Accomodation as listed or similar  (7 Nights twin room en suite in 3★/4★), let us kown if you want 
  •       upgrade your hotel.
  •     7 breakfasts,  1 welcome dinner in Lhasa

  •  ●    Airport pick-up and drop-off
  •      Transportation by minivan or tourist bus depending upon the groups size

  •      Local English-speaking Tibetan guide

  •      Entrance fees for sights, parks, restricted areas covered by the trip

  •       Tibet Travel Permit and other necessary  doc.  click to see how to apply your Tibet Travel Permit

  •      Travel accident insurance


  •  Chinese visa
  •    Flight/Train into or out of Lhasa   
  •  Single Supplement
  •    Optional tips and gratuities
  • ●   Personal expenses such as laundry, drinks, internet access, fax, telephone calls etc.
  • ●   Payment transaction commission charged by bank or third-party
  • ●   Anything doesn't listed in the inclusions

  •   The certain refund policy should be subject to current circumstance, so we will notice the 

  •     details at the time of booking

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  •    An extensive amount of walking is involved; comfortable walking shoes are recommendeds
  •    Due to the special political circumstance, any unforeseeable and unavoidable objective situation, including 
  •      natural disasters, war, terroismm riot, strikes, public health emergencies, governmen action major traffice 
  •      jams, delay or cancellation of flight/train, attractions templorarily closed  etc.resulting in change of itinerary 
  •      or cancel the whole tour, the cost will be paid by traveller.
  •   Get a special price if you have more than 5 people join in the group