This 2 day tour is an eventful excursion outside Lhasa. It gives travelers the opportunity to enjoy a combination of important Tibetan cultural heritage and natural wonders. Over the course of the two days, you will visit several high status Tibetan Buddhist monasteries. Pelkor Choede Monastery in Gyantse uniquely houses three Tibetan Buddhism Sects and showcases the best Tibetan paintings inside. Tashilhunpo Monastery in Shigatse has a magnificent structure and is the seat of Panchen Lama. On our way, we will also stop by one of the three holy lakes in Tibet, Yamdrok Lake. Not far away only steps off the main route is the magical Karola Glacier. In a word, the 2 Days Gyantse Shigatse Tour offers great value to travelers and will ensure you an unforgettable time.
2 Days Yamdrok Gyantse Shigatse Tour Highlights
Day 1 Lhasa-Shigatse(350km) Visit Yamdrok Lake, Karola Glacier, Pelkor Chode Monastery. Overnight in Shigatse.
Day 2 Shigatse-Lhasa(280km) Visit Tashilhunpo Monastery and enjoy Tibetan Plateau landscape.
What you can expect
Day 1: Lhasa-Yamdrok Lake-Karola Glacier-Gyantse-Shigatse(340 km) We will leave Lhasa in the morning around 9 am. Our local Tibetan English tour guide and driver will pick you up from Lhasa Ganggyan Hotel parking lot on Beijing East Road in the historic center. If you have a special request for meetup location we can happily accommodate that as well. Our adventure into the grand Tibetan plateau starts today! We head west towards the second largest city in Tibet, Shigatse. On our way, we cross Kampala Pass (4797 m) and then Karola Pass (5050 m). We will first encounter the stunning holy lake of Yamdrok-Tso and then Karola Glacier only steps off the main road. We will visit Pelkhor Chode Monastery in Gyantse that houses the most important Tibetan paintings in Kumbum Stupa, and the majestic Gyantse Dzong (fortress) that overlooks the valley. We will finally reach Shigatse before dinner. Overnight in Shigatse Gesar Hotel or similar one.
Day 2: Shigatse-Lhasa(280km) We visit the prominent Tashilhunpo Monastery in Shigatse. Built in the 15th century by the first Dalai Lama, it has since been the seat of Panchen Lamas, the second highest incarnation only after Dalai Lama. We recommend that you do a Kora pilgrimage around the monastery. After spending some time exploring the local market, we will set out on your 6-hour drive back to Lhasa.