• 7 Days Tibetan New Year Festival Tour
  • 7 Days Tibetan New Year Festival Tour
  • 7 Days Tibetan New Year Festival Tour
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7 Days Tibetan New Year Festival Tour

Welcome Tibetan New Year

This is the special designed deal for Tibet's New Year Festival. The Tibetan New Year 2020 will start from 25th, January and last for seven days. You are going to witness the splendid ceremony in Lhasa and enjoy the spectacular atmosphere of the most important festival. At the same time, you are also going to visit the landmarks attractions in Tibet, such as Potala Palace, Barkhor Street, Sera Monastery, Yamdrok Lake, etc.

Highlights of this tour:

  • Experience Tibetan culture and history in its most popular capital city Lhasa by visiting most famous attractions, such as Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Sera Monastery, etc.;
  • Enjoy the spectacular Cham Dancing and Tibetan Opera performed by the Buddhist monks and local people;
  •  Visit the unique Kumba in the mysterious Palcho Monastery and explore the seat of Panchen Lama in Shigatse - Tashilhunpo Monastery.

Tour Brief Information

  • Tour price:

    1. This price is based on a group of 2 adult travelers who will take our private tour and share one standard rooms in regular local 4-star hotel in lower seasons.

    2. This price is subject to change according your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities in your itinerary and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate. If you want a lower price, you can get more people to join you, or use economy class hotels.

    3. This price is only valid to March 31, 2021.

    4. Reference exchange rate of USD 1= RMB 6.9. The final quotation will be adjusted accoring to the latest real-time exchange rate.

  • Tour code: TD-FT-07A
  • Tour type: Private Customizable Tour Package
  • Destination: Lhasa / Shigatse / Gyantse
  • Duration: 7 days and 6 nights
  • Departure: You Choose!
  • Travel Theme: CulturePhotographyArchitectureFamily
  • Best Time: Winter
  • Physical Level

    Physical Requirements

    • Capable of walking short to medium distances by oneself in high altitudes. Must be capable of minor ascents and descents.
    • Capable of light walking and hiking in high altitudes. Suitable for most fitness levels.
    • Average fitness level. High altitude hiking for several hours.
    • Possibly includes high altitude hiking of up to 6 hours per day or activities of a similar nature. Requires an elevated level of fitness.
    • Features demanding high altitude treks or cycling. Only suitable for those with a high level of physical fitness and endurance.

    Note: If you have any questions concerning the requirements or the unique demands for your particular tour package, please feel free to contact one of our helpful Travel Consultants for further information.

    It's advisable to have a body check-up or have your doctor's advice before visiting Tibet. Visitors with a record of heart, lung, liver, or kidney problems must seek medical advice before making the decision to go to Tibet Also, people with any of the following problems should not go to Tibet.

    • Have already caught a cold
    • Have severe anemia
    • Have high blood pressure or severe heart disease
    • Have pneumonia, tuberculosis, tracheitis, or bronchitis
  • Tour Pace
    Leisure

    Tour Pace

    • Leisure: enjoy your tour in a slow pace, allowing plenty of time for photography, you will see the most famous attractions, and spend plenty amount of time in each destination.
    • Comfortable: enjoy your tour in a comfortable pace, you will see most popular attractions, and spend reasonable amount of time in each attraction.
    • Tight: enjoy your tour at a tight pace, as you will be able to see as many tour attractions as possible in the available amount of time.
  • Max Altitude
    5,030m

    Altitude

    High Altitude Sickness is one of the biggest challenges when travelling in Tibet. According to our experience, most people will be fine up to 3500m above sea level, as the altitude go higher up to 4500m, mild symptoms as shortness of breath, headache might occur. Adverse reactions may vary from person to person. In most cases, the symptoms are mild and will subside in several hours to several days as the body acclimatizes.

    Mild Symptoms of AMS include:

    • Headache
    • Shortness of breath with exertion
    • Rapid pulse (heart rate)
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Fatigue
    • Loss of appetite
    • Poor sleeping
    • Dizziness or light-headedness
    Definition of High Altitude

Your tour - at a glance

Day 1 Lhasa Arrival

The Day 1 is your arrival day. There will be no activities arranged. You can take a good rest or go for a leisure walking around to acclimatize yourself to the local air and temperatures.

Day 2~4 Lhasa City Tour

You will go to visit the most important attractions in Lhasa on Day 2~4, including beautiful Tsurphu Monastery, holy Buddhist sites Jokhang Temple, exotic Barkhor Street, the grandiose Potala Palace, colorful Norbulingka, Nechung Monastery and Sera Monastery.

Day 5~6 Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse - Lhasa

On the Day 4, you will drive to Shigatse via Gyantse. On route, you will visit the beautiful Yamdrok Lake, Karola Glacier and Palcho Monastery. On the Day 5, you will firstly visit the Tashilhunpo Monastery, then drive back to Lhasa.

Day 7 Lhasa Departure

Today is free for you to leave Lhasa City.

Itinerary Details - Day by Day

Day 1 Lhasa Arrival

Welcome to the roof of the world! You will be picked up by local tour guide at the airport hall or train station, and then be escorted to your hotel in Lhasa city in a private vehicle.

After arrival at your hotel, the rest of the day is free for you to explore the local areas and acclimatize yourself to the air, temperature and high altitude of Lhasa.

High Altitude Acclimation Tips: 1) Go for some leisure walking to acclimate the high altitude but avoid strenuous activity after arrival; 2) you’d better not have bath, in case of catching a cold; 3) Drink more water, and have some fruit; 4) Have a good rest.

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Day 2 Lhasa - Tsurphu Monastery ( B )

Today’s theme is to drop the “old year” off. So after breakfast, you will be transferred to Tsurphu Monastery which is about 70km away from Lhasa city, located in a peaceful beautiful valley. Tsurphu Monastery (4500m) is the seat of Karma branch of Kagyu sect of Tibetan Buddhism. The monastery built by the founder of Karma Kagyu Sect in 1187 whose birthplace is Kham in Sichuan Province. Karmapa is the leader or abbot of Karma Kagyu. There have already had 17 Karmapas ruled in the Tsurphu Monastery since 12th century.

On every Tibetan New Year’s Eve, monks in Tsuphu Monastery will organize many religious and cultural activities to farewell to the finishing year. The most featured activity is a wonderful dancing called Charm which is performed by monks wearing masks.

Drive back to Lhasa for accommodation.

  • Tsurphu Monastery
  • Tsurphu Monastery Ceremony of New Year in Tsurphu Monastery

Day 3 Lhasa ( B )

Today is the first day of Tibetan New Year. It is time to renew yourself with a new look both inside and outside. You will get up early and be companied by your tour guide to made the first pray and blessing in the spiritual center of Tibet – Jokhang Temple. Feel the devoted pilgrimage of locals, and enjoy the brilliant architectural arts in the temple. After the visit, get out the temple to join the crowding locals to walk the Barkhor Street Kora.

In the afternoon, you are going to visit the most famous landmark in Lhasa – Potala Palace. ake the challenge of climbing up to Potala Palace (3,700m above sea level) and get a great view of Lhasa’s urban areas. Great photographic opportunities along the way up as you will have a great view of the traditional Tibetan architecture. Hear the story of the Dalai Lamas and see chapels that the Dalai Lamas studied, rested and worked in. Pass former Dalai Lamas’ graves which are decorated with beautiful treasures.

  • Local Tibetan Girl Girls are dancing to celebrate the New Year
  • Tsurphu Monastery People gathered in Potala Palace to celebrate the New Year Festival

Day 4 Lhasa ( B )

On the second day of New Year, you will be firstly taken to a bustling park for local people gathering and hanging out – Norbulingka, the former summer palace of Dalai Lama. During New Year Festival, local Tibetans bring their families and friends here for gathering. Next, you will be transferred to a special Buddhist site - Nechung Monastery. Usually on the second day of New Year, highly respected lamas in the monastery will give blessings for locals and pilgrims. The monastery is also a famous college for Buddhism study. The mural paintings in the monastery are very impressive.

Your tour ends at Sera Monastery, where you will get the chance to experience “Buddhism Scriptures Debating”. These debates are unique to Sera and are quite famous. Enjoy the debates!

Tips: Today, you will be driven to the outskirt of Lhasa City. The drive is not long, all within half hour. The road condition is good. A little walking or climbing is involved. Please bring some water with you. Don't forget sun glasses and sun-cream.

  • Sera Monastery Scripture Debating is a good way to check the knowledge
  • Norbulingka Summer Palace Pay a visit to the Dalai's Summer Palace - Norbulingka

Day 5 Lhasa – Gyantse – Shigatse ( B )

Today, you will leave Lhasa and drive about 8 hours to Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet. It may be a long journey, but there are many things to do along the road. The first site you will reach is the holy Yamdrok Lake. As the largest fresh lake in the northern of the Himalaya Mountains, it spreads about 675 square meters from south to north, like an eardrop lying in the arms of snow-capped giant mountains. Viewing from a distance, you can see fertile pastures full of yaks and sheep, and some small Tibetan villages along the lakeshore. Keeping driving not so far from Yamdrok Lake, you will see the imposing Karola Glacier towering aloft on the right side of the road.

Continuing your trip, you will get to the historical city of Gyantse. Feel hungry? Have a good lunch in the town, then go to visit the mysterious Palcho Monastery. The monks and tradition of three important sects of Tibetan Buddhism - Sakyapa, Zhalupa and Gelukpa, peacefully coexist in this monastery. Its Kumbum, which is 35 meters high and has 76 small chapels with hundreds images of Kriyatantras , is believed to be the largest such structure in Tibet.

After the Gyantse sightseeing, keep drive about 3 hours, you will arrive at your hotel in Shigatse. Have a good rest!

Tips of today: 1) wear warm clothes to prevent from cold and wild; 2) pack some food and drinks with you because you will spend much time on the road.

  • Yamdrok Lake Yamdrok Lake is as beautiful as a sapphire
  • White Pagoda of Palcho Monastery White Pagoda of Palcho Monastery
  • Karola Glaceier Get amazed by the stunning view of Karola Glaceier

Day 6 Shigatse – Lhasa ( B )

Today, before you driving back to Lhasa, you will ake a visit to the official seat of Panchen Lama - Tashilhunpo Monastery which is also the largest and most influential Gelug Monastery in Shigatse prefecture. Here you will see a giant statue of Future Buddha, the largest one of its kind on earth ( 26.2 meters high and 11.5 meters wide ), decorated with precious pearls, turquoises, corals and ambers.

Leave Shigatse and head for Lhasa. On the halfway, you will take a visit to Nyemo Tunba which was the home of Tunmi Sangbuzha who invented the Tibetan character as well as the famous Tibetan Tibetan Incense. Here in Tunba, you also have a chance to witness the process of making Tibetan Incense with water mill. At the same time, the scenery here is fabulous - ancient cypress trees, green willows, murmuring river...

Take a good rest in Lhasa city.

  • Tashilumpo Monastery Tashilhunpo Monastery is the oldest and largest Gelugpa Monastery
  • Lhasa Nimu Tunba A worker is making Tibetan Incense

Day 7 Lhasa Departure ( B )

Today is free for you until your tour guide transfer you to the airport in time for your flight or drop you off at Lhasa train station.

Tips of Today: 1) please pack your luggage carefully, especially for small things like camera charger, power adaptor, mobile phone, phone charger, wallet and towel; 2) If your flight is arranged in the afternoon, please make sure you check out the hotel before 12pm.

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Price & Service Guide

The quotation for this trip is per person

1. This price is based on a group of 2 adult travelers who will take our private tour and share one standard rooms in regular local 4-star hotel in lower seasons.

2. This price is subject to change according your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities in your itinerary and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate. If you want a lower price, you can get more people to join you, or use economy class hotels.

3. This price is only valid to March 31, 2021.

4. Reference exchange rate of USD 1= RMB 6.9. The final quotation will be adjusted accoring to the latest real-time exchange rate.

What's included in this price?

  • Private professional English-speaking tour guide.
  • Private vehicle and Luggage Transfers.
  • All necessary Tibet travel permits.
  • All accommodations, based on double-occupancy. Medium standard accommodation with attached bathroom on twin sharing basis. Guesthouse or tent in remote areas.
  • Meals, as noted in the itinerary.
  • Admission fees and activity expenses, as noted in the itinerary. Service Charge (the planning, handling, operational and communication charges) & government taxes.
  • Tourists Accident/Casualty Insurance

What's excluded in this price?

  • China visa, all air tickets and train tickets to and from Tibet.
  • Sightseeing not listed in the itinerary.
  • Meals not listed in the itinerary.
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, drink, fax, telephone call, optional tour activities, etc.
  • Gratuities, tips to guides, drivers, bellboys, etc.
  • Excess Baggage Charges.
  • Single room supplement.

Value for money:

While the trip of a lifetime is priceless, we know value is a vital aspect for those deciding which tour to choose.

When comparing tour prices, be sure to compare like to like. Our tours are designed to ensure that our customers experience all the culture, history, and beauty that Tibet has to offer, and at a reasonable price.

A great way to enjoy the lowest possible price is to invite more people to join your trip to share the travel experience as well as the tour expense. The more people in a group, the lower the price per person. (We recommend you join our group tour if you are traveling alone. Please contact our travel consultant for more information)

Booking early is also an easy way to ensure the best rate! We highly recommend you contact us at least 1 month before your planned departure date.

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Hi Wendy,

Thanks for your email requesting some feedback about our recent trip to Tibet.

We really did have a great time and made some wonderful memories.

We found the whole experience of arranging the holiday with you via email very easy and enjoyable.  We always received prompt and clear responses to all our queries that supported us with decisions about the holiday itenary and arrangements and through the visa and permit process.  The train journey booking went very smoothly. Thank you for this.

The tour in Tibet was excellent. We were very happy with the range of places we visited and the standard of the hotel.

Our guide Tenzing and our driver Mr Chao were both really friendly,helpful and reliable. Tenzing's English was excellent and his knowledge extensive.  He was very patient and happy to ask our many questions!

Thank you again - We would definitely recommend booking a holiday to Tibet with you to any of our friends.

Best wishes

Lynn

 November 22, 2019
Hi Wendy,

As my travel consultant, you answered my questions fast and patient enough. Satisfied with the tour you arranged for me. Good choice of activities on the limited time we had overall. Local guides and drivers were excellent, and we felt very safe and looked after at every stage, including pick-ups and drop offs. Hotel choices excellent.

Kind regards

Stephen

 November 20, 2019
Hi Mike,

Thanks for your email, I have return and well. It was a good trip.

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Useful Trip Notes

  • 1. Tibet Permits
    There are several permits required to visit Tibet. Tibet Entry Permit, issued by Tibet Tourism Bureau, is the most important one which has to be obtained before your trip because you must have it to take your flight/train to Tibet. To get the permit, you have to book a Tibet tour with us, and send us your passport and Chinese visa about 20 days in advance, and then let us apply for the permit (all Tibet permits can only be applied by travel agency). If you travel to other prefectures like Shigatse, Nyingchi, Shannan, etc, you also have to obtain an Alien Travel Permit. If you travel to Mount Everest, you have to obtain a Border Permit. (Tibet Discovery, with office in Lhasa, has always kept up with the latest news on Tibet Permits. Traveling with us, all your permits are guaranteed as long as you are qualified to the requirements.)
  • 2. Available Months to Visit Tibet
    Generally speaking, months from April to October are recommended. Other months are usually very cold, and possible have heavy snow, especially in regions like Mount Everest, Mount Kailash, Namtso Lake, etc.
  • 3. High Altitude Sickness
    The average altitude of Tibet is about 4000 meters above the sea level (Lhasa: 3700m; EBC: 5200m; Namtso: 4718m). You may suffer a bit from High Altitude Sickness in the beginning days of your Tibet trip if you haven’t had rich high plateau travel experience. But don’t worry too much, the high altitude can be acclimatized usually in 2~3 days. Our suggestion is to take a physical examination and get suggestions from your doctor, and also bring some medicines to prevent from High Altitude Sickness before your trip. While in Tibet, you should keep warm all the time, avoid strenuous activities, drink more water and eat more vegetables and carbohydrates. You’d better not take showers during the first two days after your arrival at Tibet. If you don’t feel well, get help from your tour guide or go to the hospital without any delay.
  • 4. How to Go to Tibet
    Basically you have two options – flight and train. Currently, you can take a flight to Lhasa from Beijing(4.5hrs), Xian(3.7hrs), Chengdu(2.5hrs), Chongqing(3hrs), Kuming(3hrs), etc. Among all these cities, Chengdu and Xian have more frequent flights to Lhasa.
    If you a train travel, you can take a train to from Beijing(40.5hrs), Xian(32hrs), Chengdu(43hrs), Shanghai(47hrs), Chongqing(42hrs), Lanzhou(25hrs), Xining(22hrs), Guangzhou(54hrs).
  • 5. Packing and Wearing Ideas
    Firstly you can’t forget your passport and Chinese Visa. A large backpack and a smaller one are recommended (the smaller one can be used for daily activities). Also bring the necessary medicine you need. Other stuffs like sunglasses, snow glasses, hats, lip balm, sun block are recommended.
    As for wearing, you are suggested to dress in layers (both thin and thick jackets). Down jacket is necessary in Spring and Autumn. A pair of durable and comfortable shoes is necessary.

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  • 1. based on double occupancy
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