Eight Days in Tibet

  • Develop an understanding of Tibet's distinct culture through insightful stops, including a festival
  • Picnic along the sacred shores of Yamdrok Lake, famous for its turquoise waters
  • Iconic sites include Gyantse's 14th-century fort and splendidly tiered Kumbum
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Trip Type: Scheduled Departure & Sample Itinerary
Trip Length: 10 Days
Activity type(s): Cultural Tour
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This concise introduction to Tibet and its brave culture concentrates on the country’s heartland. After a night in Tsedang and the Valley of the (old Tibetan) Kings, we enjoy a few active days in Lhasa, where the Potala Palace, a giant testimonial to the Buddhism that—even with the country’s vicissitudes—still enriches Tibetan life. We join hundreds of pilgrims and monks to attend Samye Dolde, a joyous festival that commemorates the life of Guru Rinpoche with ritual dances and elaborate masks.

After exploring the Jokhang Temple and strolling in the city’s old quarter, the Barkhor, we slip over 15,700-foot Khampa La, whirl past the famously blue Yamdrok Tso (a natural masterpiece higher than Mount Whitney), and cross an even higher pass to Gyantse. Here we behold the magnificent giant chorten, the Kumbum, which the great traveler-writer Fosco Maraini called “a sanctuary not only for the faithful but for the whole of humanity, for the men of all times and all countries who believe in beauty and bow before the mystery of inspiration.” Before returning to Lhasa, we visit Shigatse’s town-sized Tashilunpo Monastery, seat of the Panchen lamas. In this modern era it’s possible and fruitful to visit many of Tibet’s great sights and sites in a mere eight days.


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Itinerary at a Glance

  • Day 1: arrive in Beijing
  • Day 2: fly to Tibet, drive to Tsedang
  • Day 3: Yarlung Valley, drive to Lhasa, Samye Dolde festival
  • Days 4–6: explore Lhasa
  • Day 7: Lhasa to Gyantse via Yamdrok Tso
  • Day 8: return to Lhasa via Shigatse
  • Day 9: fly to Beijing
  • Day 10: depart Beijing