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*NEW* 7 DAYS TIBET WINTER SOJOURN (23 – 29 Dec 2024)

Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse

History & Culture, Off the Beaten

Highlights

  • Experience Lhasa and the majestic Potala Palace in winter alongside colorfully dressed local pilgrims and far fewer tourists.
  • Witness the magic of thousands of butter lamps lit for the Tsongkhapa Butter Lamp Festival.
  • Enjoy a private dinner at Shang Palace, featuring a blend of Sichuan, Cantonese, and Tibetan cuisine.
  • Delve deeper into Tibetan culture with a Thangka appreciation session and cultural performance.
  • Most fully inclusive arrangements and accompanied by Intriq’s Travel Concierge

Tibet has long been revered as a stunning destination, offering a unique blend of culture, Tibetan Buddhism, and breathtaking natural landscapes. In winter, experience Lhasa at its most vibrant with an influx of pilgrims from the mountains and significantly fewer tourists compared to the summer.

On this classic Tibet journey, immerse yourself in Tibetan culture with visits to the famous Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, and witness monks debating at Sera Monastery. Beyond Lhasa, cross 5000-meter passes through stunning alpine landscapes to the holy Yamdrok Lake and revered Tibetan monasteries in the townships of Gyantse and Shigatse. With clear blue winter skies providing a photogenic backdrop, this is the perfect time for a truly authentic Tibetan experience!

 

Land Tour Price

Twin Sharing: S$ 5,880 per person
Single Supplement: S$ 885 per person

SGD 5,880 Per person
Per Person

Early Bird Offer
First two bookings with deposit (limit to two rooms) will get complimentary upgrade to Potala View Executive Suite at Shangri-La Lhasa for 3 nights.

Deposit Amount

SGD 1,776/- Per person

20% deposit at sign up

7 Days 6 Nights

*Registration Closing Date
24 Sep 2024 or when tour is fully subscribed

Cancellation Charges:
Before 24 Sep 2024: forfeit deposit From 24 Sep 2024: 100% cancellation fees apply

DETAILED ITINERARY OF XINJIANG

D01
23 DEC 2024 (MON) LHASA

Lhasa
Lunch & Dinner included

Transfer: Airport to Hotel

Upon arrival in Lhasa, transfer to your hotel. 

Afternoon at Leisure

Spend the rest of the day relaxing and acclimatising in the comfort of your hotel. Due to Lhasa’s high altitude of 3,500m, it is highly recommended to take it easy and rest well for your body to gradually adjust to the high altitude. 

D02
24 DEC 2024 (TUE) LHASA

Lhasa
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included

Discover Lhasa

We begin with a visit to the Tibet Museum for an introduction to Tibetan history, politics and culture, where a rich collection of cultural relics including Tibetan manuscripts, handicrafts and colourful Tangka paintings, await exploration.

Next, visit Norbulingka, the serene summer palace of past Dalai Lamas and the largest man-made garden in Tibet. Here, explore beautifully landscaped gardens and historic palaces adorned with intricate murals and artifacts in a picturesque garden setting.

Venture to Sera Monastery, renowned as one of Tibet’s best-preserved monastic complexes. Witness the famous “Monks Debate” here, a lively Buddhist educational practice that occurs on weekday afternoons, and a fun, captivating sight for visitors.

We also visit local Tibetan teahouse, where Tibetans usually hang out with friends. Enjoy tea and snacks, and take the opportunity to interact with locals!

D03
25 DEC 2024 (WED) LHASA

Lhasa
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included

Potala Palace 

Be wowed by the majestic Potala Palace, UNESCO World Heritage site and an iconic emblem of Tibetan architectural prowess, perched at an elevation of 3,700m. Ascend its staircases to behold panoramic views of Lhasa and explore this treasury of Tibetan Buddhism, boasting a rich collection of ancient Tibetan artifacts, including frescos, stupas and Buddha images.

Please note that visiting time inside the Potala Palace and Museum is limited to 1 hour.

Jokhang Temple & Bakhor Street

Jokhang Temple is the most sacred temple in Tibetan Buddhism, housing its most revered icon, the Jowo Shakyamuni Buddha statue. Afterwards, visit Bakhor Street area in the heart of old Lhasa (originally a circumambulating circuit encircling the Jokhang Temple) for a slice of local Tibetan life!

In the evening, be enchanted by the magic of numerous butter lamps lit for the Butter Lamp Festival.

D04
26 DEC 2024 (THU) LHASA - GYANTSE

Gyantse
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included

Scenic Drive from Lhasa to Gyantse

Today, we leave Lhasa and drive over 2 spectacular high passes: the Kampa La at 4750m and Karo La at 5050m while en route to Gyantse, a meticulously preserved Tibetan old town. Also, marvel at the Karo La Glacier, a breathtaking natural wonder reputed to have remained unchanged for millennia.

The drive to Gyantse is around 265km and will take about 7 hours, including sightseeing stops.

Yamdrok Lake

En route, we visit the beautiful turquoise lake of Yamdrok and cross rugged mountain plateaus, with the snow-capped Himalayas as the backdrop. Yamdrok Lake is one of Tibet’s three most important sacred lakes, and boasts an alpine setting with two extensive arms of water resembling the shape of a scorpion.

D05
27 DEC 2024 (FRI) GYANTSE - SHIGATSE

Shigatse
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included

Explore Gyantse

We visit Pelkor Chode Monastery, which is revered in Tibet for being a harmonious cohabitation of the three most influential sects of Tibetan Buddhism (Gelugpa, Sakypa and Kadampa). Here, we can also find the striking Kumbum Stupa, known for its 100,000 images of Buddhas.

Tashihunpo Monastery

In the afternoon, we drive to Shigatse and tour the impressive Tashihunpo Monastery, seat of Panchen Lama, second only to the Dalai Lama. Tashihunpo is the largest monastery in the Shigatse area. Within its grounds lie the tombs of the Panchen Lamas, and a colossal 26-metre statue of Maitreya Buddha (the Future Buddha).

D06
28 DEC 2024 (SAT) SHIGATSE - LHASA

Lhasa
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included

Train transfer: Shigatse to Lhasa

Enjoy a scenic ride on a high-speed train back to Lhasa (2.5h), without the hassle of bringing your luggage on board!

Thangka Painting Appreciation

A Thankgka is a Tibetan Buddhist painting, usually depicting Buddhas or mandalas. Step into the painting studio of a Thangka expert, and learn about the meticulous and painstaking process of creating Thangkas in this private Thangka appreciation session.

We end the trip with a farewell dinner with a Tibetan cultural performance!

D07
29 DEC 2024 (SUN) LHASA

Departure from Lhasa
Breakfast and Lunch included

Transfer: Hotel to Airport

Enjoy the morning at your own leisure before transferring to the airport for your departure flight.

Intriq Journey's Curated Hotels

Tour Cost Per Person

Twin Share S$ 5,880
Single Supplement S$ 885

Shangri-La Lhasa • Immersing Manor House • Hilton Shigatse • Songtsam Linka Retreat Lhasa 

LHASA

LHASA

Shangri-La Lhasa

The Shangri-La Hotel, Lhasa, offers a luxurious retreat in the heart of the Tibetan capital. Located close to iconic attractions such as the Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple, this five-star hotel offers stunning views of the Himalayas.

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Gyantse

Gyantse

Immersing Manor House

The hotel features Tibetan-style decor, and is one of the best local properties.

SHIGATSE

SHIGATSE

Hilton Shigatse

Surrounded by the mountains, this hotel is in Shigatse's city center. The famous Tashilhunpo Monastery is five minutes away, and nearby pedestrian streets feature local markets, restaurants, and shops.

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LHASA

LHASA

Songtsam Linka Retreat Lhasa

Perched on a hillside, Songtsam Linka Retreat Lhasa offers spectacular views of the nearby Potala Palace, and features Tibetan-style interiors, inspired by Lhasa natives.

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Recommended Flights

Estimated Price per Person

Economy Class S$ 2,365
Business Class S$ 6,573

Air China/China Eastern Airlines

22 Dec, Singapore – Chengdu (CA 404), 16:00 – 21:05

23 Dec, Chengdu – Lhasa (MU 5825) 12:50 – 15:20

29 Dec, Lhasa – Chengdu (MU 5826), 16:05 – 17:55

30 Dec, Chengdu – Singapore (CA 403), 09:45 – 15:00

DEPOSIT
SGD 1,776/- Per Person
EARLY BIRD PROMOTION
First two bookings with deposit (limit to two rooms) will get complimentary upgrade to Potala View Executive Suite at Shangri-La Lhasa for 3 nights.

Registration Closing Date: 24 Sep 2024 or when tour is fully subscribed

COST INCLUDES:

  • Train transfer from Shigatse to Lhasa
  • Accommodation as stated on twin sharing basis, unless on single supplement, on bed & breakfast basis
  • All transportations and shared transfers as stated on an air-conditioned vehicle
  • Service of local English-speaking guide
  • All entrance fees of sites as stated
  • Lunches and dinners with beverages in restaurants
  • All tipping to local guides, porters and other local service staff
  • Service of Intriq’s Travel Concierge throughout the trip

COST EXCLUDES:

  • International airfare and airport taxes
  • Visa and entry taxes (if required)
  • Airport transfer before or after stated travel dates
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses such as spa, laundry, telephone and bar bills

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