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LHASA CITY - Four day minimum FRIENDSHIP HIGHWAY STOPS
1. Potala Palace
(tickets must be purchased the day before)
(Lhasa to Mt. Everest Base Camp or Nepal via the Friendship Hwy or vice versa)
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2. Jokhang Temple
(9am-noon & some afternoons)
Ghantse

3. Barkhor Kora & Market

Mount Quomolangma/ Mt. Everest
4. Norbulingka (Summer Palace) Shannon & Yamdrok Lake
5. Ramoche Temple Natchu
6. Sera Monastery Namtso Lake and area
7. Drepung Monastery Khasa - Zhangmu
   
   
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ALTITUDE SICKNESS
TIBETAN CULTURE, CUSTOMS, RITUALS, TABOOS
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LHASA DAY TRIPS  
These trips can be completed within a day from Lhasa and return.  

HOT SPRINGS TIBET
NATURAL THERMAL POOLS
MEDICINAL CURATIVE SOAKS

TIDRUM NUNNERY
MEDICINAL HOTSPRINGS
YAMBAJAN HOT  SPRINGS
Tidrum Nunnery and the medicinal hot-springs is about a four hour drive from Lhasa. Hire a private driver for the day or make this a part of a longer journey. Going by way of Namtso Lake first, you can do a loop past Drigung Til, Tidrum Nunnery and Ganden Monastery.

The hotsprings are about a half hour drive from Drigung Til Monastery. The Tidrum Nunnery and hotsprings is just northwest of the monastery. It has fantastic hot springs in a narrow gorge at the confluence of two streams. This small nunnery is related to Yeshe Tsogyel, the wife of King Trisong Detsen. The Kandro-la, the resident spiritual leader of Tidrum nunnery, is considered a reincarnation of Yeshe Tsogyel.

Concrete free, these hot springs are truly curative and relaxing. Men and women have separate bathrooms for changing. The best part is the fee. If things haven't changed when you go, it's only 5RMB per person to enjoy the hot springs and the nunnery is free. Some nunneries will offer free accommodations in certain circumstances. Whatever you do, don't get rushed by your driver or guide. This is a place to relax, forget about your watch and soak up the healing waters.
 

Boiling on the cold Tibetan plateau, Yambajan Hot Springs is 87 kilometers away from Lhasa. It is situated in a basin at the foot of Nyainqentanglha Mountains to the northwest of Lhasa. With 7000 square meters, Yambajan Hot Springs enjoys super hot hot springs, boiling springs and even geysers, if you are lucky enough to see them shoot into the sky. The hot spring in Yambajan, which contains high content of sulfured hydrogen, is therapeutic to many chronic diseases. Morning is the best opportunity to experience the white haze and thermal steam, creating a scene of fantasia. Bathing is available in open-air swimming pools after cooling the boiling water to tolerance levels is accomplished via open-air cisterns.
Sitting there in ultra comfort gazing out at snow-capped mountains is truly luxurious, especially after a lot of traveling, sitting in jeeps and walking. In winter it's quite romantic to bath under the snowfall and listen to the avalanches of nearby glaciers. In summer the landscape is rich with natural wild flowers and green pastureland.

With the snow-capped mountains in the distance, it is really an enjoyment to have a hot-spring bath in the swimming pool. Especially in winter, it is very pleasant and romantic to enjoy the heavy snowfall by bathing in the hot spring. These hydrothermal wells are also used to generate electricity in this area, the plant here being the largest in China. It's 30 Yuan per person so plan on spending half a day. Bring your own suit and footware.

 

 
 

 
       

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