Secret Monasteries, Alpine Forests, and Oracle Lakes
Starting in Lhasa, discover the famous Potala Palace, watch the Sera Monastery monks debate, and sip tea on a rooftop above the bustling Barkhor market square. Follow the Nyang River out of Lhasa to a holy lake located in an alpine forest. Walk across a floating bridge to a secret island monastery, then head back into the forest and on to the flowering Rongchu Valley. Continue on alongside the Yarlung Tsangpo River to an ancient Buddhist temple, an oracle lake, and finally to the historic sites of mandala-shaped Samye Monastery and Yumbulhakhang Palace.