A SACRED JOURNEY THROUGH TIBET

An 11-day Journey Through the Ancient
Lands & Monasteries of Tibet

Join Sarah Grace and Matthew Kocel for this Pilgrimage of a Lifetime as we journey through Tibet's Monastic Buddhist Land, steeped in Sacred Tradition. Together, with a local guide, we will visit ancient monasteries, local villages & communities, mountain ranges, and Sacred Glacier lakes throughout Tibet's vast landscape. Sarah and Matthew will guide us through Healing Sound & Somatic experiences throughout the journey for an integrated balance of exploration, awe and restoration.

JUNE 12 - 22, 2020

Sacred Investment: $5,000 (shared); $5888 (single)
Includes 5-Star Accomodations, All Meals, All Activities

To Register, Contact Somatic Sanctuary:
EMAIL: office@somaticsanctuary.com
805.633.9230

 
 

Itinerary Overview

This tour includes all the main attractions of east, middle and west of Tibet, and gives tourists a panoramic view of forests, glaciers, rivers and lakes and give you a deep understanding of Tibetan culture by visiting almost all the major monasteries and palaces in different areas of Tibet.

Day 1 From China to Arrive in Lhasa

Day 2 Lhasa Tour Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street and Sera monastery

Day 3 Lhasa to Gyantse Visit Yamdrok Lake, Karo Glacier, and Gyantse Kumbum to Shigatse

Day 4 Shigatse to Sakya

Day 5 EBC to Shigatse

Day 6 Shigatse to Lhasa

Day 7 Sightseeing in Lhasa city

Day 8 Lhasa to Nyingchi and Visit Basum Lake

Day 9 Nyingchi Tour - Cypress Forest, and Mt. Namjia Bawa to Lhasa

Day 10 Sightseeing in Lhasa

Day 11 Depart from Lhasa Airport


Daily Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Lhasa

When you arrive in Lhasa, we will greet you and take you to the hotel . Enroute we will view the Yarlung Tsangpo River/ Bhrmaputra river (the Longest and largest river in Tibet) and the Lhasa river.

Once we arrive in Lhasa, we will take rest and acclimatize. If you feel to, you are welcome to visit the Potala square, where you will enjoy the fountain, the colorful city and take amazing photos of the local Potala area.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

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Day 2: Lhasa Tour -Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street and Sera monastery.

Today's tour will first bring you to the Potala Palace, the winter palace of the Dalai Lama. It has been used since the 7th Century by the 33rd great king of Tibet. The most valuable collection is the gilded burial stupas of past Dalai Lamas and meditation Cave of the 33rd great king of Tibet.

After lunch we will head to Jokhang temple, which was founded by the 33rd great king of Tibet in the 7th century, in order to promote the Buddhist religion. Inside you can see the statue of Buddha Sakyamuni at the age of twelve, perhaps the single most venerated object in Tibetan Buddhism. Around the temple, is Barkhor street where you can do kora (circling the Barkhor street) with pilgrims and locals, with the option of souvenirs. In the afternoon, we will visit the Sera Monastery - one of the “three great” Gelug monasteries of Tibet and was founded in 1419 by Jamchen Chojey, one of the Tsong Khapa’s main disciples. Here we will get to witness the Monks debating in the later afternoon.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

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Day 3: Lhasa to Gyantse (3950m) and Visit Yamdrok Lake, Karo Glacier, and Gyantse Kumbum to Shigatse (3900m)

Today we will travel from Lhasa to Gyantse to the Yamdrok Lake, Karo Glacier, and Gyantse Kumbum to Shigatse. In the morning, we will drive from Lhasa to Shigatse . Enroute, we will drive over the Gampala pass (4790m), where we will have a glimpse of Yamdrok-tso. This Lake is surrounded by many snow-capped mountains, with a spectacular view of Holy Mount Nyenchen Khangsar, (7191m) the highest mountain near Lhasa. Gyantse was historically Tibet's third largest city (after Lhasa and Shigatse).

In Gyantse, we will visit the famous Pelkor Monastery (also known as Gyantse Kumbum). The Kumbum has nine floors and each tier has unique chapels. It is considered the largest stupa in Tibet. We will then drive towards Shigatse and stay overnight.

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Day 4: Shigatse to Sakya (4300m) and Everest Base Camp (5200m)

We will begin our day in Shigatse with a visit to the famous Tashi Lhunpo Monastery, where you can see the world’s largest and most well-preserved statue of Jampa (future Buddha). This monastery is the seat of Tibet's second highest incarnation, the Panchen Lama. The group then the group drives towards the Sakya county where we will visit the famous Sakya Monastery, which was founded in 1073, and is the principal monastery of the Sakya sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Sakya monastery consists of two parts, the northern and southern monastery. The Northern monastery was only visible as a ruin, whereas the Southern monastery was built like a fortress, surrounded by a moat. In the afternoon, we will drive towards E.B.C. From Tingri to E.B.C., we will take a mountainous road, passing the wild grasslands, and cross the torrent and lofty mountains. Depending on visibility, we will have a glimpse of 4 mountains, that are 8000m and higher.

We will enjoy our final stay at Everest Base Camp and stay overnight.

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Day 5: EBC (5200m) to Shigatse (3900m)

From Rongphu, the vantage point for watching Mt. Everest, we will have a full view to enjoy the morning sunrise over the top of the magnificent snow-capped mountain.

We will then explore Rongphu Monastery which is the highest monastery in the world (5000m) and belongs to the Nyingma sect.

Stay overnight in Shigatse.

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Day 6: Shigatse(3900m) to Lhasa (3650m) Drepung Monastery.

Drive back to Lhasa on the friendship Highway. The whole distance is almost 280km and it takes 6 hours along the Yarlung Tsangpo River/Bhamaputra river (the Longest and largest river in Tibet). In the afternoon we will visit Drepung monastery which is one of the “three great” Gelug monasteries of Tibet and was founded in 1416 by Jamyang Choge, one of the Tsongkhapa’s main disciples. We will visit Ganden palace, which is used as the Dalai Lama’s palace in the Drepung, before moving on to the Potala palace.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

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Day 7: Sightseeing in Lhasa city.

Have a good rest while visiting old town Lhasa at your leisure.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

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Day 8: Lhasa to Nyingchi and Visit Basum Tso Lake.

Today we will drive along the National Highway No. 318 from Lhasa to Bayi Town (Nyingchi). On the way, we will drive over the Mila pass and reach Kongpo Gamda town. We will then head to the Basum Tso lake, 360km east of Lhasa. Basum Tso Lake, situated at 3,500 meters above sea level, originates from Nyching Tangha Mountain and is 12 kilometers long. Snow-covered mountains, glaciers and trees are reflected upon the lake’s rippled surface. There are small islands in the middle of the lake with Lamaist temples built upon them.

We will then continue to drive along the Nyiyang River and head to Bayi town and stay overnight.

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Day 9: Nyingchi Tour - Cypress Forest and Mt. Namjia Bawa to Lhasa(3100m)

Today, we will visit the Great Cypress Nature Reserve area, which is 15 kilometers southeast of the Bayi Town. The king cypress tree in the reserve is about 50 meters tall and 2,500 years old. We will then drive to Sekyim la Pass (4720m) and enjoy the great Mt. Namjia Bawa (7,700m) in the distance. Continuing on, we will drive to the Lunang Forest (3700m elevation). This forest is a typical highland meadow, inhabited by spruce and pine. Magnificent views of Castle Peak, distant clouds, snow-capped mountains and endless forest, offer a beautiful pastoral landscape. We will then head to Basum Tso lake, 360km east of Lhasa. Basum Tso Lake is 12 kilometers long, 3,500 meters above sea level and originates from Nyching Tangha Mountain. Snow-covered mountains, glaciers and trees are reflected upon the lake’s rippled surface. There are small islands in the middle of the lake with Lamaist temples built upon them. We will then drive back to Lhasa.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.


Day 10: Sightseeing in Lhasa city.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

 
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Day 11: Depart from Lhasa Airport.

The guide will transfer you to the airport and help you get on board.


Services Included:
Tibet travel permit and all other necessary permits to Tibet. All entrance ticket fees for all tourist sites listed in the itinerary. Personal knowledgeable English-speaking Tibetan local tour guide; Personal comfortable, clean and safe vehicle with reliable Tibetan local driver; vehicle ranging from 4WD land cruiser to minibus depending on your group size. All lodging listed in the itinerary, ranging from 5-Star Intl. hotel and at times economic 3-Star, for our mountain stays. 2 meals a day. Tourist accident/casualty insurance. First aid kit.


Services Excluded:
International flight to and out of China; Chinese visa (Note: we could help you with the Chinese visa application, like providing the invitation letter, presenting the hotel or domestic flight reservation copies, etc that you may need. ) Domestic flight/train not listed in the itinerary. (We can provide you the domestic flight/train ticket booking service at the BEST discount price; please contact us our travel experts for the details.) Meals not specified in the itinerary; usually it costs about USD3-15 per person for one meal in TAR (Tibet Autonomous Region).



To Register, Contact Somatic Sanctuary:
office@somaticsanctuary.com
805.633.9230

About the Facilitators

Sarah Grace

 
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Sarah is a Registered Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist, Authorized Continuum Movement Teacher, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner and conscious Birth Doula. She has been deeply involved in Pre- & Perinatal somatic therapies and has a passion for facilitating a connection to the Inherent Health that is our birthright. Sarah is the founder of Somatic Sanctuary in Ojai, California.
SomaticSanctuary.com


Matthew Kocel

 
 
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Known as the 'Cosmic Throat Singer', Matthew Kocel's sonic transmissions dissolve the boundaries of time and space, giving direct experience of the oneness of all things. Recognized as an emerging leader in the world sound healing movement, Matthew travels the globe to share this musical medicine for the Earth.
OmShaman.com


Karma San

 
 
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He comes from a cultural heritage and educational family in Amdo, Tibet, and he is a devout Buddhist. He was bathed in a living environment with strong culture, belief and artistic atmosphere from an early age. He was a practitioner of Tibetan culture communication and belief, who had a stable personality, intelligent humor, real and natural national personality and cultural heritage.

For more than a decade, he shared his wisdom in different ways, such as human tourism, nature, and art, and led people around the world to experience the human nature, faith, and fresh air of Tibet. Feeling the wonder and fusion of traditional and modern life, he is also a photographer and cameraman, recording the humanities, nature and aesthetics of life with vision. Let us follow the Tibetan people's pious beliefs and great wisdom energy, deeply experience the harmony of body, heart and spirit, and deeply explore our fundamental knowledge of the world in which we live.

 

To register and for more information, contact Somatic Sanctuary:
email: office@somaticsanctuary.com
805.633.9230

 
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