6 days Tibet historical tour with Yarlung Valley and hiking
At your arrival your Tibetan guide and driver will pick you up and transfer to the hotel in Lhasa, it is only 68km and two hrs from the airport, from 15km which take 20 minutes. Take rest to acclimatize and alleviate jetlag. Overnight at Lhasa.
Today is your first day of sightseeing on the high plateau, so we have purposely arranged only to visit Jokhang temple and Potala Palace. Jokhang temple is the most scared shrine in Tibet which was built in 7th century and located at the heart of old town in Lhasa, the circuit around it called Barkhor street, which is a good place to purchase souvenirs. Potala Palace is the worldwide known cardinal landmark of Tibet. The massive structure itself contains a small world within it. Mostly it is renowned as residence of the Dalai Lama lineages (Avalokiteshvara). Both of them are the focal points of pilgrims from entire Tibetan world, multitudinous pilgrims are circumambulating and prostrating in their strong faith. Overnight at Lhasa.
Today you will be arranged to visit Drepung monastery in the morning and Sera monastery in the afternoon. Both Drepung and Sera monasteries are Gelugpa (yellow hat) sect monastic colleges. Drepung monastery was the seat of the Government prior to Potala, it was once the world largest monastery in the history with 10,000 monks hailed from different monasteries all over Tibet. Sera monastery is famous for its Buddhism philosophical debate practice, the clapping sound and aggressive expression of the monks are well worth to see. Overnight at Lhasa.
Today drive to Samye monastery through Tsedang downtown, at the arrival visit the monastery and explore around the Madala designed monastery, if there is time hike up the Hepu hill which is not so far from it. Samye monastery is the 1st ever Buddhist monastery in Tibet which build in 7th century. Overnight at Samye monastery guest house.
In the morning drive to the Chimpu Temple at the hill foot, then trek up the hill by visiting some hermitage caves where some monks and nuns meditating, afternoon drive back to Tsedang and enjoy hot shower at the hotel. Overnight at Tsedang.
Your guide and driver will see you off at the airport, end the trip.