Attractions; Fertile Yarlung valley-ancient Tibet capital, Samye monastery.
Today we will drive southern part of Tibet to Samye monastery, we will stop at Tsedang for lunch and from there it is only 50km drive to Samye monastery, Samye monastery is the 1st ever Buddhist monastery in Tibet which was build in 7th century during the regime of King Trisong Desen, it fairly existed for centuries despite of culture revolution and other means of destruction in different period of time, the Manadala design monastery is beautifully located at the Northern bank of the Brahmaputra river, in the small valley mingled with villages around, visit Samye Tsuglhak Khang at the arrival and you may have a short hike up on the Hepu hill close from the monastery, Hepu hill has a very prominent historical value as in the 7th century when Samye monastery was first built, lots obstacles by Bon devils made it failed several times, finally Indian Guru Padmasambhava had controlled all the devils on the Hipu hill and punished with a stone rainfall. Overnight at Samye monastery guest house.
DAY 02. SAMYE-CHIMPU HERMITAGE-TSEDANG, 2hrs, 50km.
Attractions; Chimpu nunnery, Yogis in the caves, Yumbo Lhakang, Tramduk monastery.
Today we will drive back toward Tsedang, en route we will drive to Chimpu hermitage, there were several caves that Guru Rinpoche and Khangdo Yeshi Tsogyal(one of three consorts of Guru) mediated in the 7th century and since then it became very famous for retreatants and hermits from different part of Tibet, after visiting the nunnery at the bottom of the hill we will hike up through the caves to experience the life of Tibetan yogis, you may get chance to interact with some yogis if you are lucky. Afternoon drive back to Tsedang, Tsedang is the cradle of Tibetan civilization and capital of Tibet prior to Lhasa, so we will visit the 1st King’s palace Yumbu Lhakang there, which is only few kilometer south of the town. Overnight in Tsedang.
DAY 03. TSEDANG – LHASA AIRPORT SEND OFF, 101km, 1 hrs.