AWR will be offering an 11-day set departure group tour of Tibet in 2009 that starts in Lhasa, follows the Friendship Highway, and ends in Kathmandu. Tours will start in Lhasa every Saturday April through October.
TOURS IN LHASA
Lhasa, the heart and soul of Tibet, is a city of wonders. The Potala Palace, the once governmental and spiritual center of the Dalai Lama, has been the focus of travelers for centuries. The Jokhang Temple is the spiritual heart of Tibet to which pilgrims travel hundreds of miles by foot. Surrounding it is the colorful Barkhor Kora and market. The Sera Monastery and Drepung Monastery are two of the world’s largest and most intact monasteries where monk still practice the traditional chanting and debating. Norbulingka is the former summer palace of His Holiness Dalai Lama.
The first stop along the Friendship Highway is Kampa La Pass with magnificent views of Turquoise Lake. It is one of the largest and most sacred lakes in Tibet and a great spot for getting your picture taken atop a local yak.
The next stop is Gyantse with its amazing Kumbum stupa at the Peklor Chode Monastery as well as the 14th century Gyantse Dzong (fort).
Shigatse is the second largest city in Tibet. Here, the Tashilunpo Monastery holds an 85-foot high golden Buddha and the tomb of the first Dalai Lama.
One of the highlights along the Friendship Highway is Rongbuk and Everest Base Camp. From Rongbuk, weather permitting, you can get some magnificent photos of Mt. Everest. You can hike or take a horse cart to Everest Base Camp.
You may be able to visit Milerapa’s Cave on the way to your last stop in Tibet. Zangmu is built into the side of a steep hill in a cloud forest. From here, you cross the border into Tibet.