Tibet Sampler

The highlights of this stirring journey are the holy city of Lhasa and the remote monasteries and sacred refuges hidden in the heart of the forbidding Tibetan Plateau. With an average elevation of 2.5 miles, this region has been home to humans for at least 11,000 years. Admire the treasures of Tibetan culture on the “Roof of the World” and respond to the atmosphere of centuries of Buddhist practices.

8 Day Trip

  • Private Journey
    Minimum of 2 Travelers
  • Travels to:
    China, Tibet
  • Flexible Essential:
    Lhasa via Tibetan Plateau to Lhasa

8 Day Trip

  • Private Journey
    Minimum of 2 Travelers
  • Travels to:
    China, Tibet
  • Flexible Essential:
    Lhasa via Tibetan Plateau to Lhasa

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MIR Signature Experiences on this Tour
  • Bargain with local Tibetans in the Barkhor Market
    Bargain with locals in the Barkhor Market, striking deals on everything from prayer wheels to coral jewelry....
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  • Drive through the Tibetan highlands to sacred Yamdrok Lake
    Drive from Lhasa through the Tibetan highlands to sacred Yamdrok Lake, said to be the incarnation of a goddess....
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  • Visit two-and-a-half-mile high Pelkhor Chode Monastery
    Visit imposing two-and-a-half-mile high Pelkhor Chode Monastery, founded in the early 15th century; the complex originally housed 15 monasteries and the...
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  • See the glittering gold roof of 15th century Tashilhunpo Monastery
    Drive to Shigatse to see the 15th century Tashilhunpo Monastery with its 80-foot statue of the seated Maitreya Buddha and the imposing exterior of white, red...
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Why Travel with MIR on this Tour
  • Over two decades of Tibet travel experience
  • Travel programs such as the California Agricultural Leadership Program and the American Museum of Natural History have chosen MIR to guide them to Tibet
  • Twice named one of National Geographic Adventure’s “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth”
  • On-the-ground support and quality you can trust
  • Personalized travel planning from start to finish
  • Guides and tour managers whom clients rave about
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Itinerary & Highlights at a Glance

Days 1-2: Tsetang

Arrive in Lhasa and drive to Tsetang in the breathtaking Yarlung Valley, home of Tibet’s early kings. Visit 8th century Samye, one of the country’s first monasteries, and Yumbulagang, its first palace.

Highlights

  • Samye Monastery, Tibet’s first monastery, built in the 8th century by King Trisong Detsen
  • Yumbulagang, considered the oldest building in Tibet and the first palace
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Days 3-4: Lhasa

Visit the massive UNESCO-listed Potala Palace rising in splendor above Lhasa, and Norbulingka, formerly the summer residence of the Dalai Lamas. Circle the Jokhang Temple, Tibet’s most sacred place. Visit Sera Monastery, home to about 400 monks, and Pabonka, atop a flat-topped granite outcropping. Just down the mountain is Chupsang Nunnery, where some 80 nuns chant and meditate.

Highlights

  • UNESCO-listed Potala Palace, with thousands of altars and statues
  • Jokhang Temple, the most sacred site in Tibet since the 7th century
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Days 5-8: Gyantse, Yamdrok Lake, Shigatse, Lhasa

Between Lhasa and Gyantse, pass by sacred Yamdrok Lake, said to be a goddess incarnate. Crossing 16,500-foot Karo La Pass, descend into Gyantse to admire the remarkable Kumbum Stupa, its 70 chapels adorned with thousands of frescoes, statues and paintings. Continue to Shigatse’s Tashilhunpo Monastery, its imposing exterior topped with a dazzling golden roof. On the way back to Lhasa and the journey’s end, contemplate the sweeping views under the limitless sky.

Highlights

  • Sacred turquoise Yamdrok Lake, a place of pilgrimage
  • Gyantse, almost two and a half miles high
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Tour Dates & Prices
Trip Length: 8 Days

Land Tour Price, Per Person
based on double occupancy

  • 2 Traveler Minimum $2,695
  • Single Supplement $425

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Trip Length: 8 Days

Land Tour Price, Per Person
based on double occupancy

  • 2 Traveler Minimum $2,895
  • Single Supplement $495

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Group Size

Pricing is based on a minimum of 2 travelers on this trip. Call for solo trip pricing.

Private trip prices vary by season and are subject to hotel availability for your travel dates. Hotel upgrades, additional nights and solo traveler prices are available on request.

What’s Included

On Your Tour

  • Shared accommodations in superior tourist class hotels in the cities. Call for hotel upgrade prices.
  • 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 5 dinners, per the itinerary. Several meals are left independent to give travelers a chance to explore on their own.
  • Restaurant tips for included meals.
  • Local guides in each city.
  • One arrival and one departure transfer. (Additional arrival and departure transfers available at additional cost.) MIR will arrange for travelers to be met upon arrival and seen off on departure, whether we make your air arrangements or not.
  • Transportation throughout itinerary by private vehicle.
  • Guided sightseeing tours and entrance fees as outlined in itinerary.

Before Your Tour

  • Complete pre-departure information including detailed packing list, reading list, insurance information, visa kit. Assistance booking your custom flight arrangements (on request; please note that international air fare is not included in the land tour cost).
  • Touring with MIR handbook with country-specific information, maps, and travel tips.
  • Final document packet including luggage tags, final updates, and more.
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Prepare for Your Trip

International Airfare

MIR's in-house, full-service air department will gladly assist with your air travel needs.

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Reading List

MIR recommends reading up before you leave home. So settle back in your armchair with some of our favorite books about our favorite places.

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Visas

Most MIR programs require one or more visas, and each visa requires a completely blank page in your passport. Visa information for this particular tour is listed in the Detailed Descriptive Itinerary.

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Travel Insurance

Stay a Little Longer…

MIR can arrange for an extended program in Tibet or nearby Mongolia, China, Siberia, or Eastern Russia. All of MIR’s destinations are open to you, and all can be attached to this program. Please contact MIR for more details about exciting options for extended travel.

Or, choose from one of these suggested itineraries:

Is this Trip Right for You?

While the accommodations are generally comfortable superior tourist class hotels, please keep in mind that remote parts of Tibet such as Gyantse and Shigatse (and to a lesser extent Lhasa itself) may not be up to the standards North American travelers expect. In general in the region, services are improving; nevertheless, you may encounter problems with plumbing, bureaucratic service, road conditions, unpaved sidewalks, uneven surfaces and steps, the availability and style of public restrooms, and the variety of locally available foods.

A full list of details about the rigors of this tour are explained in the Detailed Descriptive Itinerary.

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