7 nights and 8 days---Lhasa city tour plus-treking (Drigung Ti Monastery-Tetsong Hotspring)
tour type: easy culture tours plus hiking
duration: 8 days
cost: inquire now
hiking trip to drigung ti monastery, then through a wild, unpopulated area, to finally reach the de zhong hot spring.
drigung ti monastery is the main monastery of gagyu sect of the white denomination, which is one of the four major denominations of tibetan buddhism, (as for tibet buddhism-gagyu sect, please read the introduction below). it is located on the top of a mountain by the xue rong river, which is in men ba township, medro gongkar. it has a picturesque landscape that looks like a painting of mountains, rivers, and clouds when viewed from a distance. many people travel great distances to reach drigung ti monastery, where they seek to be blessed by drigung fa wang, the top religious leader in this monastery. the gate to heaven will be opened to those pilgrims who have been given such blessings. it is believed that after death the spirit can fly directly to heaven through this gate. zhi gong fa wang is regarded as the most powerful person in making this possible. drigung sky burial site is world-famous, and it is the biggest in tibet, also the second largest in the world. after visiting the monastery, one can hike through a natural area that begins from a valley near jing da ge village to the east of the zhi gong ti monastery.
*you can start this trip entering from kathmandu, in nepal side, as well as from beijing, shanghai, chengdu, canton (guangzhou), chongqing, kuming, xian, xining all these cities in china side by air or available trains for your convenience.
itinerary ( lhasa-drigung monastery-tetsong hot spring)
day 01 - arrival in lhasa by air or train
day 02 - in lhasa
day 03 - in lhasa
day 04 - lhasa- drigung monaostery-men ba township
day 05 - pasture near jing da ge village - zha re pasture
day 06 - zha re pasture - de zhong hot spring
day 07 - de zhong hot spring - lhasa
day 08 - take flight or overland train tour for your next destination
day 1 - arrival in lhasa by air or train
once you arrive at gonggar airport or lhasa train station, an easy one hour or half hour drive will take you to your final destination of the traditional hotels (kailash hotel, dhood gu hotel, kyichu hotel, yak hotel or shambala hotel, etc) or guesthouses. the remainder of the day can be spent relaxing and exploring some of the many sights in lhasa.
day 02 - in lhasa
on this second day morning we will take an easy visit to jokhang temple. this temple is the most revered shrine in all of tibet and is constantly bustling with devout worshippers. we will also be given the opportunity to shop in barkor, the crowded central market of lhasa. in the afternoon we will visit is sera monastery, a fifteenth century sprawl of golden roofs and whitewashed walls. this well preserved monastery is located just a few miles north of lhasa and is home to several hundred monks. its famous debating activities are happening 3-4pm quite regularly every day, so remind our guide not to miss it.
day 03 - in lhasa
a trip to tibet would not be complete without experiencing the vital potala palace. this palace is lhasa's cardinal landmark and is a wonder of eastern architecture. your first site of this massive structure will be a magical moment remembered for years to come. it has been a palace since the fifth or sixth century and was once home to the dalai lama. this truly amazing day will ended with a visit to the drepung monastery. once the world's largest monastery, housing 10,000 monks, drepung monastery lies hidden in rocky ridges just beyond the city. surprisingly much of the building was left untouched throughout so many hundred of years.
day4 - lhasa-drigung monaostery-men ba township
lhasa - zhi gong ti monatery - pasture (campground) near jing da ge village, men ba township.
we set off from lahsa and reach zhi gong ti monastery. we will visit the monastery and experience its profundity. after leaving the monastery, we will travel through a wild area. we will walk along the valley near jing da ge village located to the east of zhi gong ti monastery, and through some groves of trees to finally reach the campground (the pasture near jing da ge village). this route formerly served as a passageway for pilgrims in ancient times.
day 5 - pasture near jing da ge village - zha re pasture.
we will experience some wild scenery while hiking through an area that is unpopulated. we will experience marvelous views of the north tibetan plateau.
day 6 - zha re pasture - de zhong hot spring.
we will see wetlands and snow-capped mountains, as well as a site that used to function as a place for carrying out important religious rites. after a hike through a valley with steep cliffs on both sides, we will reach the de zhong hot spring, our final destination.
day 7 - de zhong hot spring - lhasa.
bathe yourself in the de zhong hot spring to feel refreshed, and then return to lhasa.
climate: sub-frigid zone; changeable weather.
degree of difficulty in terms of road conditions: intermediate and manageable.
the views along the hike are highly worthy of your admiration, and the hike itself is highly worthy of your exploration.
day8 take flight or overland train tour for your next destination
your driver and the car will transfer you to the airport or lhasa train station, your tibet tour ends.
note: we have a professional trek leader with rich outdoor experience and the necessary equipment.
buddhist sects and characteristics--- gagyu sect:
gagyu sect : the gagyu sect, founded in the 11th century, stresses the study of tantrism and advocates that tantrist tenets be passed down orally from one generation to another. hence the name gagyu, which in the tibetan language means "passing down orally.'' marba and milha riba, the founders of the gagyu sect, wore white monk robes when practicing buddhism , leading to the name white sect. in the early years, the white sect was divided into the xangba gagyu which declined in the 14th and to 15th centuries, and the tabo gagyu. the tabo gagyu was powerful and its branch sects were either in power in their respective localities or otherwise dominant amongst feudal forces.