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Tibet a Buddhist Odyssey

Trip Facts

Program Code: ATH-TT05 | Duration: 15 days | Program Type: Trekking | Minimum pax: 2+ | Mode of Travel: Flight/Land | Start Trip: Lhasa | End Trip: Lhasa | Program Grading: gradegradegrade
Tibet a Buddhist Odyssey

Trip Overview

TIBET-from north of the Himalayas, Tibet beckons and is a magical country of snow-capped peaks soaring to dizzying heights. Prayer flags fluttering from high temples, villages nestled in picturesque scenery and travel cross the high Tibetan plateau with its dramatic desert and majestic mountains. It was long closed to foreign travelers; but since last few decades any one can travel through. Tibet exerted a strong pull on the imagination of the world. Tibet’s immense, stark, grand plateau, its warm cheerful people and its unique cheerful Buddhist tradition, imbued with mysticism, appeared to many the embodiment of the mythical Shangri-La. Tibet’s remoteness and its haunting beauty continue to captivate the imagination of travelers. This circuit combined with 5 nights camping.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa.
Day 02: There is no better way to begin a tour of Tibet than with the Tibet’s first monastery built in the country, Samye, an hour-route and-another-hour ferry ride and bus ride.
Day 03: After rising early, you will grab a quick breakfast. Around 7:30 AM you head back to the Barkhor and the Jokhang, spiritual center of Tibet and destination of millions of Tibetan Pilgrims.
Day 04: Today you travel to the suburbs of Lhasa to visit two of the most interesting of the Buddhist monasteries.
Day 05: After a 3 to 4 hour morning drive, you will arrive in the valley of Drigung Monastery, founded by the Khagyupas, descendants of Milarepa.
Day 06: You will take a short drive over to Terdrum, the nunnery or "ani" gompa with its hot springs attended by residences of the goddess Apchi.
Day 07: After leaving Drigung, you will head next to Reteng, a Kadampa gompa founded in the 11th century by Dromton, the chief disciple of Atisha.
Day 08 & 09: Today you cross the Nyanchhan Thangla Mountains, a range that parallels the Himalayas and is the home of the God of the North.
Day 10 & 11: Once again crossing the Nyanchhan Thangla Mountains
Day 13: You have about 50 miles to drive from Shigatse to Gyantse
Day 14: You have a long drive back to Lhasa, stopping for a beautiful lunch by the shores of the turquoise green Yandrok Tso.
Day 15: All too soon, you must catch the morning flight to Kathmandu and transfer to your hotel

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