TIBET – 7 days in Lhasa: a Tibet itinerary & sensible journey suggestions – Chris Journey Weblog

In the course of the previous years I made many journeys to China and every time I wished to go to Tibet. It was throughout my China journey along with my son in 2015 that lastly I visited Tibet. I began with him within the Yunnan province the place we spend 14 days after which we continued for 7 full days to Tibet. With a half day earlier than and after for arrival and departure making it 7 in complete for our Tibet itinerary. To go to Tibet there are some things to remember and on this article I gives you some sensible suggestions. I may also share with you my itinerary which doesn’t embrace the arrival and departure day. Benefit from the roof prime of the world with me.

Tibet itinerary day 1: The Jokhang Temple

The Jokhang Temple is probably the most sacred place of the Tibetans and the middle of Buddhism in Tibet. Inside you will notice a maze of corridors and small prayer rooms whereas butter candles are burning all over the place giving the air a really explicit odor. It needs to be visited with a information as he can clarify all you need to know. After the go to to the temple the information left us so we may go discover extra across the Jokhang Temple by ourselves. It’s a gorgeous space to observe the Tibetan pilgrims. A superb begin of a Tibet itinerary and to get even higher used to the altitude.

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TIBET – My first expertise in Lhasa: a half day on the Jokhang Temple

Tibet itinerary day 2: Drepung and Sera monastery

Each the Drepung and the Sera monastery are situated on the outskirts of Lhasa. They kind an ideal day journey initially of a Tibet itinerary because the altitude doesn’t improve to a lot. Within the morning it’s finest to start out on the Drepung Monastery as on the Sera Monastery within the afternoon the monks will debate. You shouldn’t miss that half! Each monasteries are one of many three fundamental Gelukpa monasteries in Tibet. A go to to every lasts about 3 hours and the spotlight of the day is to see the monks debating on the Sera Monastery.

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TIBET – Drepung and Sera monastery in Lhasa with monks debating

Tibet itinerary day 3: Yamdrok Lake, Karola Glacier and Samding Monastery

The third day marked the primary journey outdoors of Lhasa which is unattainable to do with out a information and driver. The drive to Yamdrok lake is a really scenic drive via a protracted street of hairpins. It’s one of many three largest holy lakes in Tibet. The surroundings is in contrast to some other I had seen earlier than. Snow-capped mountain tops at a distance and clear blue waters of the lake within the entrance. Simply handed the lake is the Karola Glacier at an altitude of over 4330 meters. I felt the air getting extra skinny there nevertheless it was bearable. After the glacier I visited the Samding Monastery which isn’t visited by many vacationer and offers a peak into the extra native lifetime of the monasteries. One tip: ask the information to take you to a neighborhood restaurant and never one of many vacationer locations. It was a protracted day however properly value it.

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TIBET – Yamdrok Lake tour from Lhasa and the Karola Glacier and Samding Monastery

Tibet itinerary day 4: Ganden Monastery and Drak Yerpa

The Ganden Monastery is the pinnacle of the Gelugpa motion inside Buddhism in Tibet. It’s situated at a excessive altitude over 4000 meters. In case you are as much as it, it’s attainable to stroll across the mountain prime however as I had additionally Drap Yerka and a neighborhood village as stops at present I couldn’t stroll it. The monastery accommodates the tomb of the founder which is roofed in gold. It was additionally attention-grabbing to see the printing of Buddhist texts. Drak Yerpa predates the Tibetan Buddhist motion and is alleged to be the oldest meditation website in Tibet. It consists of an unlimited quantity of meditation caves and never an enormous monastery like the opposite locations. After the go to I visited a neighborhood small Tibetan city simply down the street.

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TIBET – A day journey from Lhasa to Ganden Monastery and Drak Yerpa

Tibet itinerary day 5: Namtso Lake

Namtso Lake is likely one of the different three massive holy lakes of Tibet. This 20-65-million-year previous lake is a 5 hour drive away from Lhasa. Sure; it’s value to go for a day journey as you want simply 2-3 hours on the website. You possibly can’t stroll round it; you possibly can take a look at it. Snow-capped mountains encompass the lake which really don’t look tall however you rapidly overlook you might be already standing at 4500 meters excessive. There are alternatives to remain in a single day there however except you journey additional into Tibet I recommend to make the day journey. The go simply earlier than the lake at 5190 meters’ excessive was the best level I visited throughout this journey. It’s fairly robust at such altitudes. The scenic drive is a gorgeous one already making it value to go.

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TIBET – A day journey to the holy Namtso lake from Lhasa

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Tibet itinerary day 6: Potala Palace and minor temples

The Potala Palace is the icon of Tibet on the rooftop of the world and doubtless recognized to most vacationers. Its development began within the 17th century on the highest of a 7th century previous basis. Guests are restricted and also you do have to go by a information to see the Potala Palace. It’s a gorgeous a part of the Buddhist tradition in Tibet and along with the Jokhang Temple a UNESCO World Heritage Web site. It’s finest visited within the morning after which you’ll, alone or with information, discover another small temples scattered in Lhasa. Don’t overlook to drink buttermilk on the nunnery.

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TIBET – A day in Lhasa: Potala Palace & minor temples

Sensible suggestions for visiting Tibet

To go to Tibet there are some things to remember as a result of a go to will not be like each different nation. When you observe the next sensible suggestions I’m positive you’ll have an excellent keep.

Tibet and China Visa

A visa is required for China. When you arrive to Tibet from China and return to China afterwards this isn’t a second entry to China. Tibet is taken into account a part of China thus a single entry visa for China will do. You then want a journey allow to enter Tibet. For the itinerary above a TTB (Tibet Tourism Bureau) allow is adequate however for those who make a tour via Tibet different permits is perhaps required. Don’t worry as you can’t journey alone (see beneath) and your tour operator will care for all permits.

Tour information & unbiased journey

Unbiased journey in Tibet will not be attainable besides for those who would keep solely in Lhasa. Even for a go to to Lhasa you’ll require to rearrange the journey via a tour company who may also organize for you the allow to enter Tibet. You possibly can, nonetheless, completely organize the lodge your self as I did. I booked the Intercontinental Lhasa Paradise with loyalty factors whereas it was on the promotional checklist of IHG Rewards Membership. To present this a worth: I paid roughly 15-20USD per evening together with breakfast for the very best 5-star property in Tibet. Inside Lhasa you might completely wander round alone however to go to for instance the Potala Palace you would wish the information to enter with you. For journeys outdoors of Lhasa you require a information who will accompany you and deal with all of the examine factors. On the scenic spots you possibly can then wander round your self with out information for those who want. The character spots I visited with out information however the temples he joined to additionally give background data.

Altitude illness

Altitude illness is usually a major problem in Tibet if you’re not used to the heights. I recommend so as to add minimal 2 days earlier than the journey to acclimatize except you go to different locations earlier than. As I visited the Yunnan province for nearly two weeks I obtained used to an altitude of about 2600 meters already. With Lhasa at 3600 meters this remaining adjustment was very straightforward with out issues. When you nonetheless arrive from sea degree, please pay attention to altitude illness. When you really feel sick, headache or dizziness than seek the advice of a physician instantly. Most lodges have oxygen chambers to make use of as Tibet has simply 40% of oxygen in comparison with sea degree.

Clothes and native customs

Relying of the season you journey you must convey heat clothes. I’m all the time scorching so even within the sunshine at 10-15 levels I can put on shorts. The very best factor is to take layers so you possibly can gown and take off garments when it’s too scorching. If you go to temples ensure you gown modest. Don’t discuss politics with locals. Respect the Tibetans, even for those who suppose your way of life is best. When you respect, then you definately in all probability get much more smiles in return.

The above itinerary for Tibet is simply an instance nevertheless it does cowl the whole lot you are able to do from Lhasa with out staying in a single day. I need to return sooner or later to Tibet and do an overland tour to Nepal. Possibly subsequent yr as I’ve already flights booked to Nepal however I would change this to a 2 week Jordan street journey. I hope with these sensible suggestions you possibly can plan your journey to Tibet rigorously. I’m positive you’ll get pleasure from and you probably have questions on visiting Tibet or China don’t hesitate to ask them within the feedback beneath.

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