Thursday, October 22, 2015

Tibet 31/8 - 17/9 2016

Grand Tibet Adventure

31Aug 2016 - 17Sep 2016

The trip is confirmed .

Highlights -

1. Xining - Qinghai Lake

2. Train ride - Qinghai-Tibet train from Xining - Lhasa

3. Nyingtri (4D3N)
 - Bayi / Darksumtso / Lamaling Temple
- Lunang Village

4. Lhasa - Potala Palace, Jokang Temple, Bharkor

5. Namtso Lake - the largest lake

6. Yamdruk Lake (4,400) - camping one night

7. Shigatse

8. Gyantse

9. Rongbuk Monastery

10. Everest Base Camp
- OPTION to hike to the Base Camp

From Singapore, we fly to Chengdu, and then connect by flight to Xining.

The reason for flying to Xining (2,275m) to stay 2 nights is to try to acclimatize, as Lhasa is located at a plateau with an altitude of 3,490m above sea level. It had happened many times that people fly into Lhasa directly on the first day of their travel, and end up with serious mountain sickness. There are people who had to be flown out of Lhasa when it gets serious, and it affected young people as well, not just the senior people.

On this trip, I have added in Nyingtri /Nyinchi / Linzhi which is the prefecture level city, with the administrative seat at Bayi town. There are forested parks here, and beautiful lakes, as well as local village at Lunang.

No trip is complete without visiting the famous Potala Palace! We will also visit the Drepung & Sera monasteries. Then we will move onward to the two lakes - Namtso Lake as well as Yamdruk Lake.

The Potala Palace (Tibetan: པོ་ཏ་ལWylie: Po ta la, ZYPY: Bodala) in Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region was the chief residence of theDalai Lama until the 14th Dalai Lama fled to India during the 1959 Tibetan uprising. It is now a museum and World Heritage Site.
The palace is named after Mount Potalaka, the mythical abode of the bodhisattva Avalokiteśvara. The 5th Dalai Lama started its construction in 1645 after one of his spiritual advisers, Konchog Chophel (died 1646), pointed out that the site was ideal as a seat of government, situated as it is between Drepung and Sera monasteries and the old city of Lhasa. It may overlay the remains of an earlier fortress called the White or Red Palace,on the site built by Songtsän Gampo in 637.
The building measures 400 metres east-west and 350 metres north-south, with sloping stone walls averaging 3 m. thick, and 5 m. (more than 16 ft) thick at the base, and with copper poured into the foundations to help proof it against earthquakes. Thirteen stories of buildings—containing over 1,000 rooms, 10,000 shrines and about 200,000 statues—soar 117 metres (384 ft) on top of Marpo Ri, the "Red Hill", rising more than 300 m (about 1,000 ft) in total above the valley floor

                                                                     Picture - Internet

Namtso Lake
Namtso Lake is the highest lake in the world sitting at 4,718 meters (almost 3 miles) above sea level. Some 60 kilometers (37 miles) to the northwest of Damxung County seat, it is one of the three holy lakes in Tibet and is adored by the local people. During the Tibetan year of sheep, pilgrims from far away come to walk around the lake, a mission that takes over ten days to complete.
Legend has it that Namtso Lake is the beautiful daughter of nearby Bam Lake. She was married to the Nyainqentanglha Mountains. As time went by, she could not stand the frigid weather and loneliness any longer and so, with a sad heart, threw all her jewels, ornaments, and necklaces into the lake. Thus, it is said that there are boundless treasures at the bottom of Namtso Lake.
And another highlight of our trip is to enjoy one night of camping at Yamdruk Lake.
                                                                  Picture - Internet
Yamdruk Lake (From Wikipedia)
Yamdrok Lake (also known as Yamdrok Yumtso or Yamzho Yumco; Tibetan: ཡར་འབྲོག་གཡུ་མཚོ་Wylie: yar-'brog g.yu-mtsho, ZYPY: Yamzhog Yumco; Chinese: 羊卓雍錯湖; pinyin: Yángzhuō Yōngcuò Hú) is a freshwater lake in Tibet, it is one of the three largest sacred lakes in Tibet (28°56′N 90°41′E). It is over 72 km (45 mi) long. The lake is surrounded by many snow-capped mountains and is fed by numerous small streams. The lake has an outlet stream at its far western end.
Around 90 km to the west of the lake lies the Tibetan town of Gyantse and Lhasa is a hundred km to the northeast. According to local mythology, Yamdok Yumtso lake is the transformation of a goddess.
Then we will continue our journey to Shigatse, Gyantse, and Shegar. Visit Rongbuk Monastery, before we arrive near Everest Base Camp, and there is an option to go on the trek for 2 hours to reach the base camp.
We welcome for a few more people to join us on this trip.
Olevia Cheong
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