august 11

Pilgrimage to the meditation caves of Drakyerpa, an ancient complex of temples and hermitages on the outskirts of Lhasa. O/N Kyichu Hotel (11,975’)

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august 12

Drive via the turquoise-colored Yamdrok Lake to the historic trade and pilgrimage center of Gyantse, crossing the glacier-flanked Karo La pass along the way. Visit Pelkhor Chode Monastery and the tantric chapels of the Gyantse Kumbum. O/N Gyantse Hotel (12,585’)

august 13

Day hike to Shalu Monastery, renowned for its sumptuous 14th century wall paintings and yogic practices. O/N Hotel Tashi Choden (12,585’)

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