Lhasa – Tsedang – Samye | Royal Penguin Adventures

Lhasa – Tsedang – Samye

This is an introduction tour of Tibet culture covering the capital Lhasa and Tsedang, which is considered the birthplace of Tibetan civilization.

Lhasa, literally meaning “Holy-Land”, is the heart and soul of Tibet, has history of more than 1,300 years. It rose to prominence as an important center of administrative power in the 7th century AD, when Songtsen Gampo, a local ruler in the Yarlung Valley, continued the task of unifying Tibet. Songtsen Gampo moved his capital to Lhasa and built a palace on the site that is now occupied by the Potala. The fifth Dalai Lama also made Lhasa his capital. He built his palace, the Potala, on the site of ruins of Songtsen Gampo’s 7th century palace, Lhasa has remained Tibet’s capital since 1642, and most of the city’s historical sights date from this second stage of the city’s development.

Tsedang, located by Yarlung Valley, is the capital of Shannan Prefecture. It is reputed as “the cradle of Tibetan Civilization”, mainly for two reasons. First, the mild weather and fertile land in Shannan gestated the great Tibet dynasty. Second, it’s the birthplace of the first Tibetans who were said to be the offspring of a monkey and a demoness. So Tsedang literally means “monkey’s playground”. By visiting these two legendary cities, you cannot only explore Tibet’s origins, but also enjoy the spectacular landscape of Yarlung Tsangpo Valley.

1 pax: $3,570

2-4 pax: $3,260

5-8 pax: $2,960

9+pax: $2,780

Duration: 12 days
Max elevation: 3,650 m
Activity: tour
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Brief Itinerary

Day 1:
Arrival in Kathmandu (1315m)

Day 2:
Sightseeing in Kathmandu

Day 3:
Flight Kathmandu – Lhasa (3,650m): 1 hr

Day 4:
Lhasa sightseeing (Potala Palace and Johkang Temple)

Day 5:
Lhasa sightseeing (Sera Monastery and Drepung Monastery)

Day 6:
Lhasa – Xigatze (3900m)

Day 7:
Xigatze- Gyantse (3950m)

Day 8:
Gyantse- Tsedang (3400m)

Day 9:
Tsedang- Samye- Tsedang

Day 10:
Tsedang- Kathmandu via Lhasa Airport

Day 11:
Kathmandu Sightseeing

Day 12:


  • Accommodation in Kathmandu in Aria Boutique Hotel & Spa/ Royal Penguin Boutique Hotel & Spa, double occupancy, with breakfast
  • Accommodation in hotels in Tibet, double occupancy, with breakfast
  • English speaking tour guide in Kathmandu & Tibetan guide in Tibet
  • Transportation as per the itinerary by Jeep
  • Sightseeing entrance fees in Kathmandu
  • Tibet Group Visa Fee
  • Entry fee to mentioned sightseeing places in Tibet
  • All necessary permits
  • All Government taxes

Not included

  • Travel Insurance
  • Lunch and Dinner
  • Nepal re-entry visa fee
  • Liquor beverages (hard and soft drinks)
  • Expenses of personal nature, phone calls, laundry etc
  • Gratuity to staff
  • Any extra cost not mentioned in “Included” section