Trip Type : Group Tour
Mountains view of Tibet

Expedition to Tibet’s Far West

WildChina
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Travel Style: For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
21 days
From: $ 1,000 $ 48 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Visit Lhasa's Potala Palace
  • Hike downhill to Chupsang Nunnery
  • Visit the Nenang monastery

Short Description

WildChina has specially prepared this itinerary for travelers who want to go above and beyond the typical itinerary. This journey is an expedition to unearth the hidden sites that the gorgeous land of Tibet has to offer. Walk in the shade of the pyramid-shaped Tholing Monastery, and breathe in the crisp fresh air in front of an uninterrupted view of the Himalayan border stretching between India, Tibet, and Nepal. Join the pilgrimage route in Gyantse and explore the vast Changtang plateau and the nomad camps that often settle there. Take in the scenic sights and mellow sounds of Tibetan villages and their farming lands and the crystal blue Lake Mansarovar. They are sights far removed from coastal eastern China, and ones that truly allow you to Experience China Differently.

Stride Take

Little-traveled far western Tibet is ripe for discovery; walk among nomads and camp by a lake on this rugged but memorable journey.

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Lodging Level Basic - 2 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Xining
End City Lhasa
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Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive in Xining:   

Fly into Xining | Meet & greet your Xining WildChina guide & private chauffeur | Head to your hotel to rest at your leisure | Visit the Xining Muslim quarter | Transfer to your overnight train to Lhasa

Overnight Train (B, L, D)

Day 2 - Xining - Lhasa:   

All day on the train | Arrival in Lhasa | Meet & greet your Tibetan WildChina guide & private chauffeur | Transfer to hotel to relax and freshen up

Tibetan-style Hotel (B, L, D)

Day 3 - Lhasa:  

Visit Lhasa's Potala Palace | Join locals in prayer at the Jokhang Temple | Make your way along Barkhor Street pilgramage route

Tibetan-style Hotel (B, L, D)

Day 4 - Lhasa:   

Make your way past imposing granite outcrops to Pabongka Monastery | Hike downhill to Chupsang Nunnery | Walk the outer kora around the Sera monastery | Picnic lunch | Witness monks debate age-old scripts in monastery courtyard

Tibetan-style Hotel (B, L, D)

Day 5 - Lhasa: 

Drive to Tsurphu (120km) | Visit the Nenang monastery | Make your way to and explore the Tsurphu monastery | Return to Lhasa

Tibetan-style Hotel (B, L, D)

Day 6 - Lhasa - Yamdrok Lake - Gyantse:

Drive to Gyantse (270km) | Pass through mountain passes as high as 5,000m in the Nyochen Kansang Mountains | Visit the Palchoe monastery and the famous Kumbum Stupa | Walk the the pilgrimage route in Gyantse (3,950m)

Local Guesthouse (B, L, D)

Day 7 - Gyantse - Shigatse:   

Morning prayers at the monastery | Drive to Shigatse (90km), built around the Tashi Lhunpo Monastery | Walk the pilgrimage route around and visit the local markets

Local Guesthouse (B, L, D)

Day 8 - Shigatse - Sangsang:

Drive to Sangsang at an elevation of 4,250m (322km) | En route, visit the Sakya Monastery, the chief seat of Sakya Tibetan Buddhism Lineage

Camp (B, L, D)

 Day 9 - Sangsang - Saga - Dargyeling:   

Follow the road towards Kailash (325km) in breathtaking landscapes | Camp near Dargyeling at an elevation of 4,700m

Camp (B, L, D)

Day 10 - Dargyeling – Mansarovar Lake:   

Make your way to Kailash (318km) and cross the highest pass of Mayumla (5,240m) | Witness an uninterrupted view of the Himalayan border stretching between India, Tibet, and Nepal | Pitch your tent at Lake Mansarovar (4,560m) | Rest below the Sacred Peak of Kailash

Camp (B, L, D)

Day 11 - Mansarovar Lake – Tirthapuri:

Drive to Tirthapuri (120km) | En route, visit the Guru Gyam monastery, a Bon monastery in the Kailash area | Explore the ancient Kingdom of Shangshung at Kyunglung | Arrive at Tirthapuri (4,430m) | Bathe and relax in the natural hot springs

Camp (B, L, D)

Day 12 - Tirthapuri – Tholing:

Drive across the Jiangla Pass (one of the highest of the journey at 5,100m) to the Guge Kingdom (210km) | Rest at Tholing (3,650m)

Local Guesthouse (B, L, D)

Day 13 - Tholing – Guge Kingdom:   

Discover the citadel of Guge and explore the incredible Buddhist art remainders at Tsaparang | Visit the monastery of Tholing, the most significant monastery in far west Tibet

Local Guesthouse (B, L, D)

Day 14 - Tholing - Dungkar Piyang Valley:   

Drive to the secret valley of Dungkar Piyang (80km) and its monasteries with gorgeous Buddhist paintings | Rest at your campsite in Dungkar Piyang Valley

Camp (B, L, D)

Day 15 - Dungkar Piyang Valley – Manasarovar Lake:

Drive back to Manasarovar Lake (250km) and set up camp close to the Chiu monastery (4,560m) | Visit the Chiu monastery | Enjoy the hot springs

Camp (B, L, D)

Day 16 - Excursion to Kailash:

Drive to Tarpoche (50km), the starting point of the Mt Kailash kora and the holy place of the Saga Dawa festival | Add a prayer flag to the giant flagpole for a close view of Mt Kailash | Return to camp grounds | Rest or explore around the lake in the afternoon

Camp (B, L, D)

Day 17 - Mansarovar Lake - Saga:

Drive back to Saga (462km) through the Changtang plateau past nomad camps and herds of gazelles or kyang (wild donkeys) | Set up camp at Saga (4,600m)

Camp (B, L, D)

Day 18 - Saga - Shigatse:

Drive back to Shigatse (430km) | After passing several mountain passes and plateaus, enjoy landscapes of Tibetan villages and farmlands

Local hotel (B, L, D)

Day 19 - Shigatse - Tsedang:

Take the highway to Tsedang, the birthplace of Tibetan civilization, along the Bharmaputra River (340km) | Visit the Mindroling monastery | Visit Yumbu Lhakang, the first castle of Tibet, and Tradduk Temple, the first temple of Tibet

Local Hotel (B, L, D)

Day 20 - Excursion to Samye:

Drive to Samye monastery along the Bharmaputra River (50km) | Visit the first Tibetan Buddhist monastery built in the 11th century | Enjoy the special Samye Dhode festival amidst the devout pilgrims

Local Hotel (B, L, D)

Day 21 - Shigatse - Tsedang:

Your WildChina guide & private chauffeur will see you off to the Lhasa Gongkar Airport for your flight home | Journey ends

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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Intimate Group - 12 max

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