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Drifting On A Headwind

By Jim Harlan

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Tibet Explorer

> Asia > Tibet >

Featuring: Magnificent Tibetan Buddhist monasteries and temples, some more than one thousand years old, the colorful Lhasa marketplace, and a five-day, six-night guided trek through the world’s highest mountain range, the Himalaya.

Image source: namkhajourneys

Length: 14 days / 13 Nights

Trip Includes:

  • Roundtrip airfare from San Francisco to Lhasa
  • First-class hotel accommodations (five nights)
  • Fully-equipped, luxury campsites during your Himalaya trek (six nights)
  • All breakfasts and dinners, and 10 lunches
  • All transfers
  • All entrance fees

Itinerary Highlights:

DAY 1-2 – USA to Lhasa, Tibet
Fly to Hong Kong, Bangkok and finally, arrive in Lhasa, where you will be escorted to your room at the Lhasa Hotel for a welcome dinner and evening of relaxation after the long trip.

DAY 3-4 – Lhasa
Two full days to explore the wonders of Lhasa, including the magnificent Potala Palace, the Jokhang, Tibet’s main Buddhist temple – constructed in the 7th century, and several other spectacular monasteries and temples. We’ll also take time to wander the Barkor bazaar, offering an amazing and colorful variety of crafts and other Tibetan goods.

DAY 5-10 – Himalaya Treking
Begin a six-day trek through the lower Himalaya. We’ll drive to the Ganden Monastery for a short visit, and then head to the trailhead along a dramatic river called the Gyama Chu. Your gear will be transported by horseback, leaving only personal items and snacks for your light daypack. For the next two days, we’ll zigzag up the river valley, passing nomads and quiet villages, resting in fully outfitted campsites prepared along the way. Climbing through fields of Tibetan wildflowers, with yaks hardly noticing our passage, we will crest the Tseb La pass at over 17,000 feet. Enjoy a well-deserved rest day in a high valley between two rivers, and then descend through lush rhododendron forests along the Samye River, finishing the trek near the Samye Monastery, the first monastery built in Tibet.

DAY 11 – Tsedang
After crossing the Tsangpo River, enter the Tibetan religious center of Tsedang. Refresh yourself in your room at the Tsedang Hotel, and then spend the afternoon exploring a few of the area’s sacred sites and temples.

DAY 12 – Tsedang to Lhasa
We’ll travel overland from Tsedang, and arrive back at our rooms in the Lhasa Hotel in time for afternoon tea. Enjoy a goodbye dinner together prior to the next morning’s bus trip to the airport.

DAY 13-14 – Depart for home!
Depart for Bangkok, Hong Kong, and U.S. destinations.

Price: Call Uncommon Adventures for pricing and

The above is a sample itinerary. Uncommon Adventures specializes in custom itineraries to suit your specific desires and needs as well. Please feel free to consult us to design an adventure of your own.

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Photography courtesy of Randy Harwood Photography.