8 Days Tibet Spiritual Loop
Tour Type: Private tour
Tour Duration: 8 Days and 7 Nights
Best Time: April to January
Overview of 8 Days Tibet Spiritual Loop
8 Days Tibet Spiritual Loop is a popular package of Tibet Universal Tours and Travel. This spiritual tour is a signature of our tour package. It is not just another sightseeing tour; but, more importantly, it is designed to provide you with a light but rewarding experience to immerse yourself into the rich Tibetan cultural religious aspects, as well as to guarantee some level of mental peace one much needs in a modern busy life.
We will start out with tours around the best-loved sights in Tibet, including the Potala Palace and the Jokhang Temple, Sera Monastery, and Drepung Monastery. We will then embark on a“loop-line extended tour”, outside Lhasa valley, with travels, first of all, to Namtso lake, which is the largest salt lake in Tibet, then to Reting Monastery, to Drigung Til Monastery thereafter, to Tidrum Nunnery and hot spring next, to Ganden Monastery, finally, before we head back from there to Lhasa.
Tour Map of 8 Days Tibet Spiritual Loop
Detailed Itinerary of 8 Days Tibet Spiritual Loop
Day 1: Arrive in Lhasa Elevation 3590 meters
- Arrive in Lhasa – collection from Lhasa airport or train station
- Escort to hotel for rest and acclimatization
- Freshen up
- Itinerary run-through with tour guide
Day 2: Explorations around Lhasa
- Explore the Jokhang temple, the“spiritual heart” of Lhasa city, and the surrounding old quarters
- Visit Sera Monastery, one of the “Great Three” Buddhist monasteries noted for their Buddhist dialectic debate session usually held in the afternoons
Day 3: Explorations around Lhasa
- Visit the Potala Palace, the fascinating landmark building in Lhasa
- Trip to and tour around a premier horticulture park – the Norbulingka Palace – which also served as the traditional summer residence of the successive Dalai Lamas
- Time permitting, drive 6 kilometers to the western suburb of Lhasa to visit Drepung Monastery, one of the “Great Three’Buddhist monasteries in Tibet
- Thereafter, visit Nechung temple, the seat of the State Oracle of Tibet – 15 minutes walk down from Drepung Monastery
Day 4: Lhasa — Namtso Distance: 250kms Elevation: 4752m
- Depart Lhasa and drive to Dhamshung valley
- A great view of 7090-meter peak of Nyenchen Thangla en route
- Drive on to Namtso lake – one of the largest salt lakes in Tibet
- Spend the rest of the day walking along the lakeshore or
- Take a walk the 3.5 kilometer pilgrimage circuit around Tashi Do temple
- Overnight stay in guesthouse in the vicinity
Day 5: Namtso — Reting Monastery Distance 190kms Elevation: 4235m
- Depart Namtso and head toward Reting Monastery
- Double back as far as Dhamshung, and take the northern route to Reting
- Reach Reting monastery, the principal seat of Kadampa lineage of Buddhism – after a good seven hours drive
- Explore around and overnight stop in the local guesthouse
Day 6: Reting — Drikung Thil — Tidrum Nunnery Distance 119kms Elevation: 4435m
- Leave Reting Monastery and drive further west
- Reach Drikung Thil Monastery, situated over a slope of long mountain ridge, overlooking a great valley below
- Drive to Tidrum valley festooned with prayer flags
- Reach Tidrum and explore around the local nunnery
- Overnight stay at local guest house at Tidrum Hot Spring, the mineral-rich waters believed to cure many ailments
Day 7: Tidrum — Ganden Monastery — Lhasa Distance: 143kms Elevation: 3650m
- Leave Tidrum and drive toward Lhasa
- Visit the Ganden Monastery – one of the principal monasteries of the Tibetan Buddhism
- Head back to Lhasa
- Rest, freshen up and undertake any last minute souvenir shopping
- Take a gentle stroll around the holy Jokhang Temple one last time
Day 8: Depart Lhasa
- Transfer to the Lhasa airport or train station
- Depart Tibet
Good to Know about 8 Days Tibet Spiritual Loop
Best Time of Visit
This tour can be done anytime from mid-April through to late October. We can arrange this journey for groups of two to ten people. Discounts available for groups of 3 or more persons.
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- All accommodations (based on double occupancy; single room supplement available)
- Breakfast in Tibet
- All ground transportation in Tibet
- All entrance fees per itinerary
- Local Tibetan guide fees
- All Tibet travel permits
- Lhasa airport pickup and drop-off
- Passport, Chinese visa fees
- Lunch or Dinner
- International airfare to Lhasa, Tibet
- Travel vaccinations
- Insurance (travel, medical, etc)
- Souvenirs or personal items such as laundry, excess baggage fees, snacks, alcohol drinks
- Photography fees inside temples and monasteries
- Gratuities to the Tibetan guide and driver
Upon joining, each participant will be sent a list of required and recommended gear for this journey that they will be responsible for.
On this tour, you will be staying in the comfortable and pleasant boutique or highly-rated 3-star Tibetan-owned hotels in Lhasa. Accommodation elsewhere will be tents or best locally available guesthouses. Toilets are usually outside and are not always as hygienic. Showers are often unavailable or only available at local shower house.
Participants must be in good health and physically fit to be able to spend each day walking around towns, villages and monasteries with their own equipment. Though you will be doing a lot of walking each day, no trekking is required. Ascent to higher elevations will be slow and gradual to reduce the risks of altitude-related illness. This tour is not recommended for those who have severe asthma or who have had problems with high elevation in the past.
Tibet Universal Tours and Travel puts great importance on the promotion of responsible and sustainable tourism practices. It incorporated into our day to day base tour service performances. So, we always strive to ensure that our tour service delivery will have a maximum quality. Furthermore, we also strive to the minimum level of negative social, economic, environmental and cultural impacts. Following outlined points are some of our representative measures undertaking in our routine job performances. In addition, these thoughts to be essential for a sustainable touristic development in Tibet.
Whenever and wherever possible, we extend charitable support to disadvantaged groups in remote Tibetan villages. For instance, utilizing the certain percentage of our annual company income we engage in social works. Therefore, we purchase and distribute warm winter clothes for children from rural Tibetan primary schools. As a result, they can keep them warm and happy during cold winter.
Moreover, we believe that every person deserves access to quality healthcare. So, we extend our help on medical expenses to those serious patients who are from remote and rural Tibetan villages. Because they cannot afford to pay their medical treatment when the treatment costs go beyond the local medical insurance coverage.
In support of contributing to the local economy and we give the local population a central role in the touristic economic development of their own territory. Therefore, we always strive to ensure that the economic benefits of tourism should go for local communities. So, poverty alleviation by generating financial benefits for both local people and private industries. For instance, we always use locally owned ground transportation and accommodation (i.e. hotels, lodges, and guesthouses). Furthermore, we also recommend local eateries, restaurants, and stores to our guests.
In addition, we are an indigenous local Tibetan travel agency based in Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet. 100% of our travel company employees are staffed and escorted by professional local Tibetans including local tour guides and drivers. So, this has created employment and job security opportunities for many educated and inspired Tibetans.
Tibetan Buddhist reality is profoundly ecological, and Buddhism itself is an ecological religion. It powerfully expresses human identification with nature. Buddhists believe that all things, including humans, exist by their interrelationship with all other parts of nature. Therefore, thinking of one's self as isolated from the rest of nature is being unrealistic.
Respect for life and the natural world
Giving the facts that Tibetans love and respect for life and the natural world. Therefore, to minimize the environmental impact created by tourists, we follow environment-friendly policies. So, we maintain the size of tour groups to have minimal impact on flora and fauna in an area. The necessary carbon emissions that we generate by our footprints of travel to the tour destinations cannot be overlooked. Therefore, we regularly actively participate in carbon reduction or offset activities such as tree planting. Our tour guides, drivers, and logistics staff are aware of waste management. Moreover, we advised them to dispose of all rubbish generated by themselves responsibly and recycle wherever feasible.
Safegurds for the Environment friendly tourism
Make the best use of the winter tourist low season, we deliver training workshops on environmental protection. Moreover, the training also includes the preservation and first aid training. So, we arrange it for all our company management staff, tour guides, and drivers in order to increase their knowledge. As a result, they can understand the importance of environmental protection and ecotourism.
Request to Visitors:
- Be considerate of the communities and environment you visit.
- Don’t litter, try to carry your own shopping bag to avoid plastic garbage problem. Many Tibetan local villages do not have environmentally sound garbage disposal systems. Therefore, pack garbage out to a larger town where there is a facility.
- Try to avoid excessive use of plastic bottles. Travelers are requested to bring a reusable water bottle. In addition, we will arrange and supply your drinking water in a bigger container.
- Reduce energy consumption. Unplug your mobile phone charger, turn off the lights
Conserve water. Take shorter showers.
- Always ask before taking photographs. So, if someone says no, respect their wishes.
- Educate yourself about the place you are visiting and the people.
- Respect cultural differences. Moreover, learn from it! People in different places do things differently. So, don’t try to change them. And, enjoy them.
- Support the local economy. Therefore, buy locally made souvenirs, eat at local restaurants. Furthermore, enjoy the local culture.
- Support responsible tourism organizations. Because those travel operators who publicly are aiming to make tourism more responsible.