Someone who claims to be an expert in China travel thinks the itinerary below is seriously demanding. Also altitude is tougher in December and especially visiting the Potala on the 1st day – will be very hard on us. Ganden is at 4300 meters (Lhasa is at 3600m) – should be done on the 4th day instead.
Anyone who has any input would be appreciated!
DAY 01 26 DEC (MON) CHONGQING / LHASA
Fly Chongqing/Lhasa CA 4420 1355/1620 – Daily (2h 25m)
Upon arrival, be met and transfer to hotel for 3 nights stay.
DAY 02 27 DEC (TUE) LHASA
This morning, we start our tour with Potala Palace - listed as a UNESCO world heritage site.
In the afternoon, you cover Jokhang monastery
DAY 03 LHASA 28 DEC (WED)
Today, we make an excursion to Ganden Monastery. 60km (2hours) from Lhasa.
Have a picnic lunch and drive back to Lhasa to visit Sera Monastery. Our last stop is Lhasa Museum before returning to hotel.
DAY 04 29 DEC (THU) LHASA / YAMDROK LAKE / LHASA
Drive about 2.5 hours to Yamdrok Lake crossing high mountain passes of nearly 5000m. In the afternoon, return to Lhasa and have the rest of the day at leisure.
DAY 05 30 DEC (FRI) LHASA / SHENZHEN
Free at leisure until your transfer to the airport for flight back to back to Shenzhen.