AM: After breakfast, visit the 14th century Gyantse Dzong, or fort. It is worth the stiff 20 minutes climb to its upper limits, more for the amazing views of Gyantse, the monastery, Nyang Chu valley. Some of the Dzong’s buildings can be entered and explored, sometimes to upper floors by means of rickety wooden ladders.
Also visit the Pelkhor Chode Monastery. Located near the Khumbum, it was founded in the 15th century. It has been remarkably well preserved and many of the statues and paintings inside it date back to the time of its founding.
PM: After the sightseeing tour, drive to Xigatse (2 hours). Upon arrival, check in at the hotel for refreshment and rest.
In the late afternoon go on a sightseeing tour of Panchen Lama’s Tashilhunpo Monastery founded in 1447 AD by Gendun Drup, the first Dalai Lama. It is the seat of the Panchen Lama who is second to the Dalai Lama in Tibetan Buddhist Hierarchy.
Dinner and overnight at hotel in Xigatse.