10 days Eastern Tibet south route to Rawok - Tso tour
This journey begin from the ancient holy city Lhasa and its historical and religious sightseeing, then drive through Sichuan-Tibet route towards east and northeast respectively, holy Lake Draksum Tso, Rawu Lake and natural sceneries is beautiful part of the trip. Nonetheless, snowcapped peaks of Namchabava and amazing glaciers are can be seen along the road. Rawu is the destination of the trip and then retrace back to Lhasa.
Upon arrival at Lhasa airport or train station, to be met and transferred to your hotel in Lhasa. Afternoon have a good rest to acclimatize the high altitude. 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 sacred shrine in Tibet and located at the heart of Lhasa old town, 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 the Tibetan world, multitudinous pilgrims are circumambulating and prostrating in their strong faith. Overnight at Lhasa.
Today you will be arranged to visit Drepung, Sera monasteries and Summer Palace - Norbulingka palace. 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. Norbulingka is the summer palace of Dalai Lama, you can visit the residences of different lineages of the Dalai Lama. The park is crowded with picnickers and traditional activities during the Shoton (Yogurt festival) in August. Overnight at Lhasa.
After breakfast, drive from Lhasa to Bayi, cross over Mila Pass (5,100m), enjoy the scenery along the Niyang River. Afternoon visit Draksum Tso, also known as Basum-Tso. The holy lake is beautified by its surrounding landscapes from green & forested mountains to snow capped peaks and the site is also connected to the semi-mythical ruler of the Kham region and Guru Rinpoche. The joint board floating bridge is the only way to the Tsodzong island and visit the Tsodzong Monatery amid of the trees, most probably the highest attraction of this site. Then retrace the way to the Highway that joins at Pahe village and continuous drive 79km further to Bayi. Overnight at Bayi.
Drive to visit Cypresses Park, afterwards drive to Pomi. On the way you will pass the Serkhym-la over 4500m, have a good views of Namche Barwa(7756m) and Gyala Pelri. After the Serkhym-la the road descends past gorgeous alpine valleys lined with rhododendron bushes into the Rong-chu valley, that is the Lunang forest and more other snow capped peaks are part of the day's interest. Overnight at Pomi.
Morning drive from Pomi to Midui Village, 10KM from Pomi, trek to visit Midui Glacier, the most beautiful Glacier in China(3-4hours trek). Afternoon drive from Pomi to Rawok, you will enter the most beautiful part of this tour, the landscape along the road varies from snow mountains, glacier to lakes and pasture. Overnight at Ranwu local guest house.
Morning drive to visit Ranwu lake near Rawu, which is surrounded by glaciers and snow mountains. Thawed snow makes the body, the water appears in different colors in different seasons. Walk around at the lake on your own. Late afternoon drive back to Pomi. Overnight at Pomi.
Drive back from Pomi to Bayi, overnight at Bayi.
Drive back to Lhasa along Niyang river, overnight at Lhasa.
Your guide and driver will see you off at the airport or train station, end of the trip.