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12 Days Chongqing, Lhasa, Nyingchi and Tsedang Tour

Tour Route: Chongqing - Lhasa - Nyingchi - Gyatsa - Tsedang - Lhasa

Trip Overview:

Chongqing is the first stop of this 12-day tour. Here, you can visit distinctive Hongya Cave, stroll in the Ciqi Kou, sightsee ancient Buddhist grottoes. Besides, don’t forget to taste delicious hot pot. Then, taking a flight to Tibet. The landmarks of Lhasa are must-see. In addition, on the way from Lhasa to Nyingchi and Tsedang, you can take a prefect photo of Basomtso Lake, marvel at the 2500-year old king cypress, immerse in beautiful Lulang Forest, and so on. 

  • Tour Code: TTO-CT-CLNT12

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  • Tour Type: Private tour with private guide and vehicle

  • Time to Visit:

Highlights:

  • Visit Hongya Cave to enjoy distinctive buildings of Chongqing and taste hot pot.
  • Tour the world-famous Dazu Rock Carving.
  • Get impressed by the brilliant Potala Palace, revered Jokhang Temple, and more important monasteries in holy Lhasa.
  • Follow monks, mendicants and fellow pilgrims around the Barkhor Street, Lhasa’s fascinating medieval pilgrim circuit.
  • Take a prefect photo of Basomtso Lake, the largest lake in eastern Tibet.

Daily Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Chongqing

As you arrive in Chongqing, our local guide will be expecting you at the airport or railway station. Later, the guide will escort you to your hotel. After you check in, the rest of the day is for you to have a good rest or explore the surroundings yourself.

Stay overnight in Chongqing.

Day 2: Chongqing Sightseeing: Three Gorges Museum, Ciqi Kou (Porcelain Village), Hongya Cave

In the morning, you will visit Three Gorge Museum, Local in the Yuzhong District of Chongqing, which is a museum about the Three Gorges and Chongqing. You can view many statues, ceramics and bronze relics here. And you can also see a lot of photographs which give you a chance to learn about the historical of Chongqing.

In the afternoon, head to Ciqi Kou. Here, you can stroll in traditional cobbled streets, buy some souvenirs, taste delicious foods, and enjoy the river view at the end of streets.

In the evening, you will go to Hongya Cave. Hongya Cave is a witness of Chongqing's history and a symbol of Chongqing's spirit. You can taste hot pot and local snacks and enjoy the stunning night view of Jialing River here.

Stay overnight in Chongqing.

Day 3: Chongqing Sightseeing: Dazu Rock Carving

Dazu Rock Carving located in Dazu district, Chongqing. It is one of the world's eight grottoes and inscribed on World Heritage List. The carvings date back as far as the 7th century AD. It integrates the essence of the sculpture art of the three religions: Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism, and becomes a bright pearl of Chinese grotto with its distinctive nationalization.

Stay overnight in Chongqing.

Day 4: Fly from Chongqing to Lhasa

Today, you will go to Lhasa by flight. After arrive in Lhasa, tour guide will pick you up at airport and escort you to your hotel. Then, you can have a good rest to acclimatize to the high altitude.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day 5: Lhasa Sightseeing - Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street

After breakfast, we go to the Potala Palace, a golden feather upon the roof of the world, which Tibetans proudly claim to be the prime miracle since the creation of this world. It is visible from any distance, with the golden roof shinning in the sun, spend one hour wondering around the inside of this magnificent building exploring the rooms previously used by the Dalai Lama and the many Buddhist icons within.

In the afternoon we go inside of the Jokhang Temple. The Jokhang, like most of the larger temple structures have numerous individual temples within it dedicated to specific enlightened beings, protectors, high lamas, or saints. Images, both sculpted and painted, are everywhere. Every inch of wall and ceiling is brightly painted with images of clouds, beings, mandalas, or decorative patterns. Colorful silk banners, three stories high, hang in various places. Color, pattern, and images crowd in around you. The central image inside the building is a 30-foot high gilded image of Maitreya Buddha.

Then stroll around the back alleys of the Barkhor Street of Old Lhasa. The streets smelled of yak butter and incense while hordes of pilgrims shuffled along the main Kora (circumambulations) around Jokhang Temple. If someone just walked at a normal pace, one kora would take about 15-20 minutes.

Stay Overnight in Lhasa.

Day 6: Lhasa Sightseeing - Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery

In the morning, you will have a tour for Drepung Monastery, the ever-largest monastery with more than 10 thousand monks, Buddhist debates often occur there. Seen from afar, its grand, white construction gives the monastery the appearance of a heap of rice. As such, it was given its name which, in the Tibetan language, means Monastery of Collecting-Rice. Learn about the lives of Tibetan monks there.

In the afternoon, you are going to visit Sera Monastery, have a little hike for the beautiful valley scenery nearby and picnic there. Sera monastery 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. You may have the chance to watch the famous Monks Debate (usually from 15:00 to 17:00) before returning to Lhasa.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day 7: Lhasa (3650m) to Nyingchi(3100m)

Today, head to Nyingchi along the National Highway G318. On the way, you will pass through Mila Pass (5013m). And you will visit Basomtso Lake, which is the largest lake in eastern Tibet. It is located in Gongbo’gyamda County. Covering 26 square kilometers, Basomtso Lake surrounded by snow-capped peaks and virgin forest.

Stay overnight in Nyingchi.

Day 8: Nyingchi Tour - Great Cypress Nature Reserve Area and Lulang Forest

Today, you will firstly visit Great Cypress Nature Reserve Area, located 15 kilometers southeast of the Bayi Town. Here, you can see a 2500-year old king cypress, which is about 50 meters tall.

Then, you are about to Lulang Forest. Lulang Forest is a typical plateau mountain meadow. It is composed of dense spruce and pine trees with a uniform meadow in the middle. The streams meander in the meadow, and villages are dotted. Like the meaning of its name in Tibetan, a place that will make you forget your home, the beauty of Lulang Forest make you unwilling to leave.

Stay overnight in Nyingchi.

Day 9: Nyingchi to Gyatsa

Today, drive to Gyatsa from Nyingchi. On the way, you will visit Lamaling Monastery, which is hidden in the dense forest in the mountains, and surrounded by clouds and mists. It looks like a paradise.

Stay overnight at Gyatsa.

Day 10: Gyatsa to Tsedang

Today, head to Tsedang. Tsedang is reputed as "the cradle of Tibetan Civilization". You will firstly visit Yumbu Lakhang. It is said that Yumbu Lakhang was the first building in Tibet and the palace of the first Tibetan king. Then you are going to Trandruk Temple, which is the second of Tibet's earliest geomantic temples after the Jokhang.

Stay overnight at Tsedang.

Day 11: Tsedang Tour: Samye Monastery

Today, you will visit Samye Monastery. Samye monastery is the first Buddhist monastery to be founded in Tibet, and it is the first monastery houses three Buddhist jewels of Buddha, Dharma and Sangha.

Stay overnight at Tsedang.

Day 12: Depart from Lhasa

Our guide will transfer you to the airport or train station and help you get on board.

What’s included?

1.Tibet Entry Permit

2. Comfortable, clean and safe vehicle depending on your group size with reliable local driver;

3. Admission fees of tourist sites listed in the itinerary;

4. Professional English speaking tour guide;

5. Accommodations depend on your preference. Please tell us your preferred accommodation class when submitting the enquiry, and we will arrange the best-value hotels for you.

6.All measl listed in the itinerary;

7.Tourist Accident/Casualty Insurance

What’s not included?

1. International flight to and out of China;

2. Chinese Visa

3. Domestic flight / train not listed in the itinerary (If you need ticket booking service, please leave your requirements in the Online Inruiry form.)

4.Meals not specified in the itinerary;

5.Tips to driver and tour guide, Tip as you wish

6.Personal expenses, such as laundry, phone call, optional tour activities and so on.

Trip Notes

  • 1. How to Get the Tibet Travel Permit?

    The Tibet Travel Permit is essential for any Tibet tour. We help to obtain this permit free of charge when you book your Tibet tour through us. Simply send us copies of your passport and China visa at least 20 days in advance. Once we receive your documents, we will promptly process the permit application with the Tibet Tourism Bureau. After obtaining your permit, we will notify you and send it to your hotel in mainland China.

    In exceptional cases, our staff can personally deliver the permit to you at the airport or railway station. With years of experience in handling Tibet Travel Permit, we assure you a smooth visit to Tibet by ensuring the acquisition of your permit.

  • 2. Where to Stay in Tibet?

    Accommodation facilities and services in Tibet might not match those found in the coastal and central parts of China. However, there's a diverse range of hotel options available. However, you can choose from a wide range of hotel options. In big cities like Lhasa and Shigatse, from cheap and clean youth hostels to distinct Tibetan-style 3-star and international 5-star luxury hotels, you will find one that suits your interests and budget.

    As you travel to remote areas of Tibet, such as EBC and the Mount Kailash region, the accommodations tend to be more basic. Some may have air-conditioning in the hotel, while others may only offer electric blankets in the guesthouses. Nonetheless, we always handpick cozy and safe accommodations for you along your itinerary in Tibet, ensuring a pleasant night's stay for your Tibet tour.

  • 3. How about the Guiding and Tipping in Tibet?

    Our English-speaking guides are natives of Tibet with good knowledge of Tibetan culture, history, and Buddhism. Most are trained to offer Western-standard service. Throughout your stay in Tibet, we will monitor your health and provide prompt assistance to you. If you encounter any trouble, please do not hesitate to contact them or our customer service manager.

    Travelers' tipping to Tibetan guides and drivers is seen as extra gratitude for their excellent service, much like what you do in the West. Normally, a tipping amount of 7 USD per day is acceptable. The basic principle is rewarding good service with fair pay.

  • 4. How are the Toilets in Tibet?

    Undoubtedly, for many Western tourists, using toilets in Tibet can be a challenging experience. Therefore, it's advisable to moderate your expectations. If you travel to Lhasa by Tibet train, both western-style and squat toilets are available onboard. Staying in hotels rated above 3 stars in cities like Lhasa and Shigatse ensures access to standard Western flush toilets, eliminating any discomfort.

    However, when visiting attractions like Yamdrok or Namtso or outdoor sites like EBC, you're likely to encounter smelly and unclean pit toilets. It's recommended to carry sufficient toilet paper for such occasions.

  • 5. How is the Weather in Tibet? What to Pack for Visiting Tibet?

    One of the notable weather features on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau is the significant temperature fluctuation between day and night. In Lhasa, the annual temperatures range from -2℃ to 12℃ (spring), 9℃ to 22℃ (summer), 7℃ to 19℃ (fall), and -7℃ to 9℃ (winter). Ensure proper clothing, such as thermal tops, a fleece jacket, breathable underwear, a down jacket, jeans, a beanie, and other essentials.

    Moreover, essentials like sunscreen, lip balm, and sunglasses are crucial to shield yourself from the intense, blinding sunlight of the plateau. Staying hydrated by drinking more water and including vegetables in your diet is advisable to prevent dehydration during your travels in Tibet.

  • 6. How to Prevent from Altitude Sickness in Tibet?

    For first-time visitors to Tibet, whether arriving by flight or train, allowing ample rest is crucial for quick acclimation to the high altitude in Lhasa. Avoid rushing to explore the streets or attractions independently. Walk at a slower pace and refrain from exerting yourself by running or jumping. Spending at least two days in Lhasa before venturing to places like Shigatse or Namtso allows for better acclimatization. If you experience any discomfort, inform your guide, and they will assist you.

  • 7. Are There some Dos and Don'ts while Touring Tibet?

    Photography is generally prohibited in monasteries. If you wish to capture images of Tibetan pilgrims, kindly seek their permission or maintain a considerable distance while taking photos. Swimming and fishing are prohibited in the sacred lakes of Tibet. Avoid discussing sensitive topics like politics. According to policy, international tourists are not permitted to travel alone in Tibet.

    While navigating Barkhor Street, adhere to the custom of walking clockwise. Refrain from exploring unfamiliar trails. Take proactive steps to preserve Tibet's delicate ecosystem.

    Given that Tibetan Buddhism profoundly influences the lives of Tibetans, always show reverence and respect for their unique customs. If uncertain about any practice, it's advisable to seek guidance from your tour guide before proceeding.

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