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29-Day Grand Ngari Northern Route Tour

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Overview

Tour Type: Private Tour: Flexible Travel Date & Travel Routes
Guide & Driver: Chinese-English-speaking guide & air-conditioned
  • Explore the "unmanned zone" - a paradise of wild animals and birds
  • Marvel at two incredible UNESCO World Heritage Sites including Potala Place and Jokhang Temple
  • Explore Lhasa, Gyantse and Shigatse and trace the historic footprints of Tibetan Buddhism

Itinerary Day by Day

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Day1  Lhasa Airport – Tsetang
Your guide and driver will wait you at Lhasa Gongar Airport holding your name board. After pick up, transfer to Tsetang for the night. The first day's well-rest is crucial to acclimatize high altitude. Remember to drink lots of water, eat light, and not to shower if you can help it.Your guide and driver will wait you at Lhasa Gongar Airport holding your name board. After pick up, transfer to Tsetang for the night. The first day's well-rest is crucial to acclimatize high altitude. Remember to drink lots of water, eat light, and not to shower if you can help it.

Accommodation:Overnight in Tsetang

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Day2  Tsetang - Samye - Tsetang
Tsetang is the fourth-largest city in Tibet and the capital of huge Shannan (Lhoka) prefecture. Samye Monastery is located abt 30km from Tsetang. 

Accommodation:Overnight in Tsetang

sangye monastery

sangye monastery

Day3  Tsetang - Trandruk - Yumbulagang - Chongye – Tsetang, 70km, Approx 1.5hrs
Visit the major sights of Yarlung Valley in Tsetang today, of which is considered the cradle of Tibetan civilization. Trandruk Monastery is situated on the southern slope of the Mt. Gangpo Ri about two kilometers from the Tsetang Town. So far, it has a history of about 1,300 years. Yumbulagang also called "palace of mother and son", is counted as the first building in Tibet, with a history of over 2,000 years. Standing on the top of the tower house, you can enjoy the splendid panoramic view of the valley, and dream of the ancient legends of this palace. Finally, we'll go to the Chongye Valley to have a look at the burial mounds. Whilst the valley is sometimes referred to as the 'Graveyard of Imperial Kings', these burial mounds contain not only the remains of Tibetan kings, but also those of their wives and officials.

Accommodation:Stay overnight in Tsetang

drirapuk temple

drirapuk temple

Day4  Tsetang - Nang Xian - Nyingtri
Drive from Tsetang to Nyingtri via Nang Xian along Yarlung Tsangpo for abt 8hrs or so. 

Accommodation:Stay overnight in Nyingtri

lulang forest

sekyala pass

Day5  Nyingtri - Lunang - Pomi
For today’s ride from Nyingtri to Pomi, you will pass Serkhym-la (4582m), and you will have a good view of Namche Barwa (7756m) and Gyala Pelri (7151m) from a distance.

Accommodation:Stay overnight in Pomi

lulang forest

lulang forest

Day6  Pomi - Rawok
A scenic ride from Pomi to Rawoktso Lake, with tropical-looking forest along it. 

Accommodation:Stay overnight in Rawok

nyang river

ranwu lake

Day7  Rawok - Tashigang - Nyingtri
Drive back to Nyingtri today. En route, visit the gorgeous tiny rural village of Tashigang.

Accommodation:Stay overnight in Nyingtri

zhaxigang village

zhaxigang village

Day8  Nyingtri - Draksumtso - Lhasa
A hard ride today from Nyingri to Lhasa for abt 8hrs or so, en route, visit the beautiful Draksumtso Lake.

Accommodation:Stay overnight in Lhasa

basumtso lake

basumtso lake

Day9  Lhasa - Tsurphu - Yangpachen - Damxung
Head north from Lhasa along the National Highway No. 109. En route, visit Yampachen and Tsurphu Monastery. Then tour further along to stay the night at Damxung, where the only 3star-rated hotel is available near Namtso Lake. 

Accommodation:Stay overnight in Damxung

yangbajain

yangbajain

Day10  Damxung - Baingoin
Drive from Damxung to Baingoin for the night. Baingoin, a small county north of Namtso Lake where usually visited by foreigners.

Accommodation:Stay overnight in Baingoin

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tibet tour

Day11  Baingoin - Nyima
Drive from Baingoin to Nyima enjoy the solitude and the rural sights of Tibet. 

Accommodation:Stay overnight in Nyima

bange

bange

Day12  Nyima - Dungtso - Gertse
Drive the remote section of Tibet from Nyima to Gertse, en route, visit Dungtso.

Accommodation:Overnight in Gertse

dangqiongco

dangqiongco

Day13  Gertse - Gegye
It's an 8hr-drive from Gegye to Gertse. The initial landscape is a dreamy blur of lake and sky, cut by salt rings and brooding mountains of rust, mustard, turmeric and green barley. 

Accommodation:Overnight in Gegye

geji

geji

Day14  Gegye - Ali
<span>Drive from Gegye to Ali. Ali, also known as Shiquanhe, is the capital of Ngari prefecture, where you be able to clean up with hot shower and have a decent meal.&nbsp;</span>

Accommodation:Overnight in Ali

pangongtso

Day15  Ali - Zanda
From Ali to Zanda is a scenic ride takes abt 6hrs or so, passing Laling-la (5330m).

Accommodation:Overnight in Zanda

zhada

zhada

Day16  Zanda - Tsaparang - Zanda(4000m) - Darchen (4600m), 260km, Approx 5hrs
Tsaparang is abt 18km west of Zanda, in the valley of Langchen Tsangpo, Sutlej River, the 'elephant river', which rises west of Manasarovar and continues over the border with India into Ladakh and finally Pakistan. After sightseeing, drive to Darchen for the night.

Accommodation:Overnight in Darchen

zhada

zhada

Day17  Darchen - Kailash - Darchen
Darchen is the starting point of Mt Kailash Kora for pilgrims, but you will take the local shuttle bus here today to sightseeing Mt Kailash instead. 

Accommodation:Overnight in Darchen

mt kailash

mt kailash

Day18  Darchen - Manasarovar (4588m), 30km, Approx 1.5hrs
Head from Darchen to the sapphire-blue holy Lake Manasarovar, which is abt 1hr or so. 

Accommodation:Overnight in Manasarovar

lake manasarovar

lake manasarovar

Day19  Manasarovar - Payang - Saga
Enjoy the ride back with leisure. Our vehicle will stop along the ride for you to take photos.

Accommodation:Overnight in Saga

shishapangma

shishapangma

Day20  Saga - Rongphu(4980m) - EBC (5200m)
Drive from Saga to Everest Base Camp, en route visit the highest monastery of the world, Rongphu Monastery.

Accommodation:Overnight in EBC

gama valley trekking

mt everest

Day21  EBC - Tingri - Lhatse
After sightseeing, drive to Lhatse for the night. Lhatse is pretty much a one-street town, at elevation of 3950m.

Accommodation:Overnight in Lhatse

mt everest

mt everest

Day22  Lhatse - Sakya - Shigatse
Head from Lhatse to Shigatse today, and a detour to visit Sakya Monastery, which is abt 25km off the southern Friendship Highway, accessed via a good dirt road through a petty farming valley.

Accommodation:Overnight in Shigatse

shigatse tashilunpo monastery

shigatse tashilunpo monastery

Day23  Shigatse - Gyantse
Travelling from Shigatse to Gyantse will lead you through the fertile Nyangchu Valley, a wide agricultural plain where colourfully decorated yaks and horses are used by Tibetan farmers to till the land.

Accommodation:Overnight in Gyantse

gyantse dzong site

gyantse dzong site

Day24  Gyantse
Lying on a historic trade route between India and Tibet, Gyantse (elev 3980m) has long been a crucial link for traders journeying to the Himalayan plateau, with its small-town charm and laid-back atmosphere. 

Accommodation:Overnight in Gyantse

gyantse kumbum monastery

gyantse karuola glacier

Day25  Gyantse - Lhasa
From Gyantse to Lhasa is abt 264km, en route you will pass by Khamba-la Pass (4794m), and with the huge massif of Mt Nojin Kangtsang (7191m) at far distance in view.

Accommodation:Overnight in Lhasa

lhasa river

lhasa river

Day26  Lhasa Suburb
Today you will visit attractions in Lhasa suburb. You will stay long hour on sightseeing under the fierce sun of Tibet, do arm yourself with sunglasses/ hat/ sunscreen, etc.

Accommodation:Overnight in Lhasa

potala palace

jokhang temple

Day27  Lhasa City
As the capital city, Lhasa is the political, economic, cultural, communication and tourism center of Tibet with a history over 1300 years.

Accommodation:Overnight in Lhasa

nurbulingka palace

nechung monastery

Day28  Lhasa Suburb
Today you will visit attractions in Lhasa suburb. You will stay long hour on sightseeing under the fierce sun of Tibet, do arm yourself with sunglasses/ hat/ sunscreen, etc.

Accommodation:Overnight in Lhasa

sera monastery2

drepung monastery

Day29  Departure From Lhasa By Flight/Train
Your tour ends today. Our guide and driver will collect you from your hotel to transfer to Lhasa Airport/Railway Station for your next destination.

Accommodation:

lhasa airport

lhasa airport

What's Included

All necessary Tibet Travel Permit. (Including Tibet Entry Permit, Alien Travel Permit, Boarder Pass
Private professional English-Speaking local tour guide
Licensed Vehicle with experienced driver
Airport (or train)pick up and drop off
Accommodation listed in the itinerary
Breakfast provided by the hotel
Tourists Accident/Casualty Insurance
A container of Oxygen for emergency use
All taxes, fees and handling charges
Lodging and meal allowance to the guide & driver
Reservation fee for visiting Potala Palace
2 bottles of drinking water per person per day
Meals not specified in the itinerary (All lunches & dinners)
All Entrance tickets to the sightseeing places
Flight/Trian tickets in and out of Tibet
Personal expenses such as laundry, drink, fax, telephone call, optional tour activities, etc.
Any losses incurred from the force majeure factor like government control, natural disaster etc.
Tips to the guide & driver ( Tips is not required but expected)
Single room supplement

Additional Info

Alterations of Itineraries

The travel date, service items, itinerary and number of visitors, visitors’ ID information, etc. can be modified free of charge 30 days or more before the trip. If the visitor needs to make a second modification, an additional service fee of 5% of the deposit will be charged. Every time the content of the travel contract is modified, the company reserves the right to re-quote.

Cancellation Policy

Once the deposit is paid, your trip is confirmed. If you need to change or cancel your itinerary, please contact your travel consultant by email, phone, instant messenger, etc. There will be a charge for Cancellation or modification. The policy is as follows:

1. Notice of trip cancellation due to personal reasons before the trip starts
Cancellation 30 days or more before the trip starts, 10% penalty of the deposit.
Cancellation 29-15 days before the trip starts, 20% penalty of the deposit.
Cancellation 14-7 days before the trip starts, 30% penalty of the deposit.
Cancellation 6-2 days before the trip starts, 50% penalty of the deposit.
Cancellation within 48 hours prior to the trip starts, no refund of your deposit.

2. Trip cancellation due to irresistible factors before the trip starts

If you have to cancel the itinerary due to irresistible reasons such as traffic, weather, politics, etc., the deposit will be fully refunded by the company (for loss related to air ticket/train ticket, please take reference of the first item).

Reviews

 Sharu
Travel Date:May 11th 2018

From the airport pickup time to the train station drop of, we enjoyed a five star service. I was welcome in a Tibetan way with Hada and Tibetan greetings, and our guide was careful with my itinerary and flight schedule, very thoughtful.

 Sharon C
Travel Date:April 23, 2019

Tibet has been one of my top travel destinations. As a Buddhism, visiting places tapping into sacred goddess and Mother Nature becomes a dream for me to achieve. At the age of 40, I am so happy I have finally made my dream come true.

The trip planning to Tibet has never been easy for Taiwanese. To grant a permit by a trust worthy travel agent is already a hassle, my first trip plan didn’t get though two years ago. I am glad I found odyssey travel agent for my second try. The whole process started off with zero trust, trip advisor and Facebook helped me to validate its credibility, and further more I had even asked for reference check from the agent. Thanks Kay for being a nice and patient coordinator during this planning process.

With all had prepared, our group has been one of the most peaceful and harmony travel company I have been with. With years of experience, I have not been with a group of >20 until this time, apart from school and company team building. To spend 9 days with who I meet the first time and could probably the only time caused me zero worry with the brilliant tour guide Xiao Gao!

If you’ll and would like to have a joyful and unforgettable journey in Tibet, going up to the Everest base camp is definitely the only option. So is odyssey travel.

 Vladislav
Travel Date:Oct. 5th 2018

I highly recommend a tour with Asia Odyssey Travel If you want to see the best part of Tibet, you should definitely book a tour with Asia Odyssey Travel. They are very helpful with the permit application and gave me the best impression of the wonderful roof of the world. I am looking forward to seeing our lovely guide and driver again in Tibet. Wish everything goes well with Nancy and her colleagues at Odyssey.

 Ramachandran
Travel Date:Sep. 22nd 2018

We definitely recommend to book a Tibet trip through Tibet Odyssey! We had a great trip in June,exploring beautiful lakes and Mt. Everest base camp. Our guide was super patient.

 janiceinch
Travel Date:November 1, 2019

Had a 10 days trip to Tibet with Asia Odyssey. The staffs and tour guide are very nice and helpful. Kay was the person who got in touch with me, and she assisted me with all the document and trip information. Honestly, she made me a lot more comfortable with the trip since I just found this company on the internet and I wasn't sure if it was a legit thing. She also came picked me up from the airport and sent me all the way to the hotel. She is truly a sweet and warm girl! :) Besides, the tour guide and driver are very friendly, they provided a lot of information for me to understand and discover Tibet from a different angle. Overall, I had a great experience with them, and I would love to travel again with Asia Odyssey. Highly recommend people to try their service because you won't be disappointed.

 A TripAdvisor China Member
Travel Date:January 3, 2019

Most beautiful place to go! Tour guide very funny and knowledgeable. Tour guide very good on taking picture. Suggest more site seeing and less temple. Suggest to eat hot pot every night. We reach the tallest point of 5248. Make sure not to fall to sleep. Make sure to take high altitude sickness bill and travel sickness bills before going. This trip is not for everyone, but for those whose are health and want to have some advantages. Make sure to bring flu and cold medicine with you since you can get sick very easily during winter. Very cold during the winter and make sure to bring enough cloths. Bring lotions, sun glasses and gloves. Make hot water every night in hotel and put it into the drink bottle to warm your bed. Best if you take the train to go in and plane to get out. But check the weather first, if snowing make sure to take the train. Once snowing, all plane will stop flying. Most beautiful place to go! Tour guide very funny and knowledgeable. Tour guide very good on taking picture. Suggest more site seeing and less temple. Suggest to eat hot pot every night. We reach the tallest point of 5248. Make sure not to fall to sleep. Make sure to take high altitude sickness bill and travel sickness bills before going. This trip is not for everyone, but for those whose are health and want to have some advantages. Make sure to bring flu and cold medicine with you since you can get sick very easily during winter. Very cold during the winter and make sure to bring enough cloths. Bring lotions, sun glasses and gloves. Make hot water every night in hotel and put it into the drink bottle to warm your bed. Best if you take the train to go in and plane to get out. But check the weather first, if snowing make sure to take the train. Once snowing, all plane will stop flying.