3-Day Private Tibet Tour from Qingdao: Lhasa, Yamdrok Lake and Khampa La Pass
Travel to Lhasa from Qingdao, visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple Monastery. This private 3-day tour with an expert guide includes iconic Tibetan monuments from centuries of Dalai Lamas. Explore Sera Monastery, a landmark for Buddhist scholars, and stroll through ancient Barkhor Street. Hike along the shores of Yamdrok Lake after panoramic views of the Himalayan range from Khampa La Pass. Your guide will take care of your entry visa and provide insight about Tibetan culture throughout your tour!ItineraryDay 1: Qingdao - Lhasa - Sera MonasteryStop At:
Qingdao, Qingdao, Shandong
Meet your driver at hotel lobby and get your Tibet permit from him, then head to Qingdao airport for your flight to Lhasa. Please keep the permit for the whole trip.
Duration: 1 hourStop At:
Lhasa, Lhasa, Tibet
Upon arrival at Lhasa Gonggar Airport, you will be greeted by your local guide, who will take care of your entry visa into Tibet. Your driver will transfer you to your hotel in the old part of Lhasa city to check in. Then you’re free to relax until your guided tour in the afternoon.
Duration: 1 hourStop At:
Sera Monastery, Wuze Hill , Sera Chengguan District, Lhasa 850000 China
After lunch at your hotel, your guide will take you on a private tour of Sera Monastery, located just 3 miles (5 km) north of central Lhasa. Along with Ganden Monastery and Drepung Monastery – the home temple of the Dalai Lama – Sera Monastery is considered one of the great Gelugpa monasteries in Lhasa, developed over the centuries as a renowned place of scholarly learning.
Admire the imposing complex, built in 1419 by one of the eight disciples of Tsongkhapa, founder of the Gelugpa sect. As you explore the site, your guide will explain the significance of the picturesque green and gold design, typical of Tibetan architecture. Learn about the 1959 revolt that destroyed some of the monastery structures and caused many surviving monks to seek refuge in Mysore, India, where another Sera Monastery was established.
After your private tour, enjoy dining at a good local restaurant before your guide returns you to your hotel.
Duration: 3 hours
Accommodation included: Overnight at Dhood Gu Hotel or Gor Kha Hotel in LhasaDay 2: Lhasa CityStop At:
Potala Palace, No.35 Gongqian Alley, Beijing Middle Road Cheng Guan District, Lhasa 850000 China
After breakfast at your hotel, embark on a private sightseeing tour of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Potala Palace.
As you approach Potala Palace, marvel at the 13-story fort, which dominates the Lhasa Valley at an altitude of 12,140 feet (3,700 meters). Established in the 7th century during the reign of King Songtsen Gampo, Potala Palace was built as a winter palace of the Dalai Lama. The complex, built on Red Mountain, covers 101 acres (41 hectares) 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 room and audience hall of the present Dalai Lama on the uppermost level of the White Palace. View the most sacred shrine, the Phakpa Lhakang Temple, as well as the entombed stupas of past Dalai Lamas. Marvel at the Namgyal Monastery assembly hall and its fascinating murals!
Duration: 2 hoursStop At:
Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street, Chengguan District, Lhasa 850000 China
Designated as part of the same UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Jokhang Temple Monastery is actually located in central Lhasa on about 6 acres (2 hectares) in the old part of town. A renowned pilgrimage destination for Tibetans, the Buddhist religious complex was founded by Queen Bhrikuti in the 7th century. Look with awe at the temple’s rich ornamentation, beautiful murals and harmonious integration with the striking landscape. Your guide will take you to the temple's most important chapels and point out the sacred Jowo Sakyamuni Buddha statue, which represents the Buddha at the age of 12.
Duration: 1 hourStop At:
Barkhor Street, Chengguan District, Lhasa 851500 China
Next, continue to Barkhor Street, which runs through the heart of the old city, where 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 prayer wheels and thangka, Tibetan scroll painting.
In the evening, enjoy typical Tibetan dishes at a local restaurant with your guide before retiring to your hotel.
Duration: 1 hour
Accommodation included: Overnight at Dhood Gu Hotel or Gor Kha Hotel in LhasaDay 3: Lhasa – Yamdrok Lake – QingdaoStop At:
Yamdrok Yumtso Lake, Langkazi Country, Nagarze County 851100 China
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before departing Lhasa and the Kyichu Valley toward the Khampa La Pass, reaching an elevation of 15,518 feet (4,730 meters). When you arrive at the pass, relax for a short break and enjoy stunning views of major snow-capped peaks in the eastern region of the Himalaya. From the vista point, you’ll see Norjing Gang Sang glacier and look across the turquoise waters of Yamdrok Lake.
Descending from the pass, drive close to the lake and stop for a short hike on the shore. Afterward, enjoy lunch at a restaurant by the lake before returning to the airport for your return flight to Qingdao.
Duration: 3 hours
No accommodation included on this day.
"Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 9 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability"
"Infants must sit on laps"
"No heart problems or other serious medical conditions"
"Not recommended for pregnant travelers"
"Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level"
"Not wheelchair accessible"
"All travelers will be required to submit scans of passports and Chinese visas to tour operator in order to acquire entry permits into Tibet"
"If operator cancels tour due to permit issues, customers will receive a full refund"
"Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking"
"This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate"
"Gear/equipment sanitized between use"
"Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized"
"Regular temperature checks for staff"
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Duración: 3 Days
Lugar de comienzo:
Traveler pickup is offered
Free picking up service from your city hotel or residence in Qingdao(all hotels within the city center), if you stay outside the city center, please contact us in advance to arrange to be picked up from your hotel and pay extra cost to driver.
Cancelaciones y devoluciones:
If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.