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Classical Amdo Tibet Tour runs from Lanzhou to Lanzhou, passing extraordinary beautiful and ancient Tibetan monasteries and best Tibet tour experiences with lots of Tibetan farmer’s villages and nomad camps on the vast grassland. he Classical Amdo tour will discover the natural landscape and the great yellow River source in Mato county, doing a day excursion to Ngoring-tso and Kyaring-tso and one of the most revered rocky caves of Drakar Tredzong.
Drive further to Rebkong county ( Tongren in Chinese ) and Labrang ( Xiahe in Chinese ). Rebkong county is also the birthplace of Gedun Chopel and Dondrup Gyel who were one of the most famous Tibetan poem and history writers. Visit Rebkong monastery and Continue Classical Amdo Tibet Tour to Labrang monastery via passing beautiful Tibetan grassland, villages and Tibetan nomad camps. Labrang monastery is the largest Gelukpa monastery in Amdo and it is one of six biggest Gelukpa monasteries in Tibet.
The tour continues to experience Tibet culture tour in Lhasa where you will see the most popular monasteries, temples and palaces in Lhasa.
Generally, the price for the offered package differs from seasons to season and groups size.
The peak season is April to Octomber and the cost is higher comparatively.
The size of the group is one important factor on the price of the tour package. We offer private tour service, group tour service as well as FIT tour package service to individual tourist.
Other factor affects the price is the hotel and transportant standard requested from the customers.
Hence, we would request you please advice if you prefer a private tour, group tour or FIT group.
What are included in the price?
Whatever price is quoted, the following lists service products are included in the price.
1. Tibet Permit
2. Guide Fee
5. All entry tickets
6. Food and meals
Day 01: Arrival Lanzhou 1300 meters 70km
Arrival at Lanzhou airport and transfer downtown city at the distance of 70Km. Lanzhou is the capital city and the largest city of Gansu province and it is located to the northwest China at the bank of yellow river. Historically, it has been a main link on the northern silk road. Lanzhou is home to 3,616,163 inhabitants and it has different ethnics living in the city including Tibetan, Chinese, MuslimHui etc.
DAY 2 Lanzhou-Drotsang monastery-GonlungJampa Ling-Huangzhong Xian,2500mts,281Km
Drotsang monastery was built six hundred years back by one of the famous Lama called Drotsang Dorje Chang who was born in the village near by Lhasa. The main object of Drotsang monastery is the statue of Dorje Chang. The site of GonlungJampa Ling was originally chosen by the 3rd Dalai Lama Sonam Gyatso and then the 4thDala Lama on wards started to build the monastery. The monastery is located in the Huzhu Xian and the majority population is Tu tribe. From Ledu to Pingan Xian is 60Km and from Pingan high way to Martsang Dark is one and half Km. From Martsang Dark to Gonlung Jampa Ling is 40Km. From Pingan Xian to the point to go to Xining and Huangzhong is 40Km and from there to Hunagzhong Xian is 30Km.
DAY 3 Kubum Monastery, 2500mts and then to Kokonor lake,3150mts ( Tsoshar),187Km.
Kubum Monastery has the statue of Jowoshakyamuni, Maitreya, GyelpoKungachaples, a statue of a white horse in the GyalpoKungaChaple which was used by the 9thPenchen Lama, the Golden stupa of Tsongka in which they preserve the original sandal wood which appeared one hundred thousand GyalwaSengeNagro when Tsongka pas was born.
There are eight stupas in the big court yard of Kubum when we enter the main entry gate. Those are the eight enlightend stupas and proir to the construction of Kubum monastery, Tsongka pa pitched the tent there and later the pillars of the tents used as the pole of the stupas and in each of the stupas, they have the pillars of Tsongkapa’s tent. There is a chaple of Buddhas of the present, past and future. In the outer courtyard of the chaple, there is a rock which resembles to the water tank which Tsongkapa’s mother used to carry water.
DAY 4 Tsoshar to Bird Island, 140Km and back to Tsoshar
Drive along the beautiful grassland and Tso Ngonpo. We can have yogurt stop on the way at beautiful nomad camp which is located at the shore of the lake.
DAY 5 Tsoshar-Ringmo-Chabcha-Samthang la-Horka-Xinghai-Drakar Terdzong (4100 meter) 242km
Kyamru Gompa is a beautiful monastery located at the distance 22Km from Chabcha. The monastery has around 170 monks nowadays and it is a Gelukpa monastery. Unfortunately most of the monasteries were re-built recently so most of the statues, images or chaples are new.
The AtsokGompa is located at the bank of Yellow river bend. It is also a Gelukpa monastery. From Samthang la to the junction to Xinghai Xian is 20 kilometers and then 27 kilometers to Xinghai. From Xinghai to Darkar Terdzong is 30 kilometers and we need to drive over the mountain and will see some beautiful nomad camps.
DAY 6 Darkar Terdzong-Xinghai-Wenchuan-Mato,4000mts,240Km
Visit DarkarTerdzong in the morning. DarkarTerdzong was originally a sacred mountain where there is a big cave of Guru RinpoChe. DarkarTerdzong means a man with a monkey head. After that in around 15th Century, Tsongkapa also came to the site and used to give teachings there.
You can see a big rock throne of Tsongkap while you are doing outer Kora. There are a no of sacred caves around the outer Kora and if you visit all the caves, it will take us around 5 hrs to complete the outer Kora. Drive over the pass from the junction where you get to the main road from Xinghai. This side of the pass is full of beautiful nomad camps and flocks of Yaks, Sheep. After you descend the pass for a while, you will see Mt AmnyeMachen in the distance. you reach Wenchuan after this and just before reaching Wenchuan, there is a beautiful pile of prayer flags formed into a stupa in different colours and they are building more than 20 stupas which is donted and directed by one Lama there. After Wenchuan, there is a small beautiful lake which is called Gutso.
DAY 7 Mato-Ngoringtso-Kyaringtso (4400 meters) 85km
Drive to the southwest of Mato through a grassland. You will get to the ticket checkpoint after 30 kilometers from the county capital and there is also a small high droelectronical power station. After 25 kilometers, you will get to Ngoring Tso and then continue to the monastery and all the way to the viepoint. From the viepoint, you can see Kyaringtso in the other valley. Both of those two lakes are the source of the Yellow river. You can sometimes see wilde animals such as Antelopes, Fox etc.
DAY 8 Mato-Tsogyenrawa( Huashixia )-Xining (2500 meters) 280Km
You drive along the same way back from Mato to Tsogyenrawa, you will see some wild animals such as ibex, ofx etc. From Tsogyenrawa, you drive along the rich beautiful nomad camps on the beautiful grassland. You will always confront flocks of Yaks and Sheep. You will stop at a point where you can see Amnye Machen Snow mountain. Arrival in Xining which is the capital city and the largest city of Qinghai province. It has several differnet kinds of ethnic groups including a lot of Tibetan nomads, Chinese Muslims etc. Afternoon, You will visit the museum of culture and Tibetan medicine. .
DAY 9 Rebkong, 2500mts/200Km
After breakfast, start our journey towards Rebkong county in Qinghai. You arrive in Jakyong monastery which is considered one of the biggest monastery in Rebkong area after the Rongwo Monastery in Rebkong. Jakyong monastery was originally built by Je DundrupRinchen who came from Sakya region to Amdo. After eight years of the monastery construction, the Je Tsongkapa was born in Xining Kubum.The most important object of the monastery is the golden tomb stupa of Je Dundrup Rinchen.
You continuously drive to Rebkong with more than around 130 kilometers. You go to visit Rebkong Rongwo Gonchen Dechen Choekor Ling. It was a Sakya monastery originally and later it was converted into Gelukpa.
The Rebkongcounty is a pretty big county and it has more trees, more warmer than Xining. It is said that it is very popular to Tibetan Thangka arts and in Amdo area, it is said that it’s bread is also very popular in Amdo area.
DAY 10 Rebkong to Labrang monastery (2900 meters) 105km
In the morning, You will go to visit the Sengeshong monastery, visit Sengeshong, see the Thangka painting school to see how Tibetan traditional Thangka is built. Walk around the town and interact with locals. After lunch, you will drive to Labrang monastery through many villages including the Gedun Choepel’s home town village.
There is also a middle school called GedunChoepelschool built by the supporters of Gedunchoepel from outside the world. The road condition is very good that it only took us 2hrs drive for 105 Km distance from Rebkong to Labrang.
Afternoon, walk around Labrang monastery and enjoy staying with locals and pilgrims.
DAY 11 Labrang monastery
You will visit Labrang monastery which was founded in 1709 by Jamyang Shepa. Labrang is the most important Buddhist site in Amdo region and it is one of the six largest Gelukpa monasteries in Tibet.Labrang Monastery is situated at the strategic intersection of two major Asian culture, Tibetan and Mongolian. In the early 20th century, it housed several thousand monks.
The elevation of Labrang is over 2900 meters. Labrang monatsery has main assembly hall, medical college, SengeNagro chapel, Tsongkapa chapel, Manjushiri chapel, Tara chapel, Dukkar chapel, Avaloktasvara chapel, Protector chapel, Tara chapel and Gungthang Rinpoche stupa etc.
DAY 12 Labrang to Lanzhou (1300 meters) 325km
After about two hours away, you take a boat which takes you to the site of the caves of Kumbum Jampa meaning ” 100,000 Jampa ” in Tibetan.
You will discover a site of great artistic value. A statue of 27 meters high is particularly impressive. After visiting this site, you go to a small Tibetan temple , where there are only three monks and where one would spend hours having tea and chatting with the passing pilgrims .
DAY 13 Lanzhou to Lhasa (Elevation 3,650 Meters)
Your assigned tour specialist will come and pick up either from the airport. It takes about 45 minutes to drive from the airport to the downtown.
It is important to take a good rest and take plenty of water for the first day. The first day of the trip is to help you to get acclimatized to the environment and adjust the jet lag.
DAY 14 Lhasa: Norbulingka, Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery
The day starts with Norbulingka Palace – the summer palace of The Dalai Lama. You will see the palaces built in a very traditional and beautiful ways that attract the local as well as international tourists.
Drepung Monastry is around 15 minitues in car and it is the biggest monastery in Tibet. The monastry used to be the center of different institues in the history. The monastry today hosts hundred of monks and it can even host meals for thousand of people at one time.
Your lunch is arranged in a local Tibetan restaurant at Drepung monastry. You are recommended to drink a lot of Tibetan butter tea which is believed to be very helpful for acclimatization.
Your afternoon destination is Sera monastery. The monastry is very popular for its Buddhist philosophy study and many domestic and international tourists visit the monastry to grab the opportunity to see the Buddhist debate there.
DAY 15 Lhasa: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street
The third day of the tour requires some level of energy and you should be fine with it after light tour of the first two days. You are now to move toward Potala Palace in the morning. The palace is considered as one of the wonders and it used to be the winter palace of The Dalai Lama. The palace is covered with white and red paint symbolizing religion and administration.
Post lunch destination is Jokhang – Mecca of Tibetan Buddhist. The temple hosts the only twelve years old Sakyamuni image in the world. Tibetans from all corner of the autonomous regions worship the image. The outer circle of the temple is called Barkhor street which is the only way to circumbrance of the temple.
DAY 16 Departure
A team of Tibet Trip Hub will visit you at the hotel and offer Tibetan Khata and thanking you for choosing Tibet Trip Hub to visit Tibet. Your tour specialist will later accompany you till either to the airport or railway station.
A very beautiful and memorable trip with a very good guide. He was very knowledgeable and reliable. I would definitely recommend him to friends travelling to Tibet.
Pemste and his team provided us with a world-class trip. He spent time finding out what we wanted to do in Tibet before arranging our wonderful family trip to Lhasa and Everest Base Campt (EBC). We learned about Tibet, Buddhism, and life in the Himalayas. The staff was very well spoken and the drivers very safe. Best of all, we saw extradinary sights. Our family is grateful that so much attention was given to our comfort and enjoyment. There is no substitute to visiting a country with locals who can answer questions and explain local culture.