An eight day tour of central Tibet

Join the MACO Museum of Asian Art and Culture

on a unique trip to central Tibet,

Lhasa And Beyond, the first of many

study adventures.


The Jowo of Arcidosso: a beautiful replica of the most sacred statue of Buddha Sakyamuni in Lhasa

About MACO

The Museum, which is a part of the International Dzogchen Community, is the home of the Namkhai Collection and was inaugurated by Prof. Namkhai on the 10th of December 2016, in Arcidosso. We have scheduled this first study tour to coincide with the period around which Prof. Namkhai will be in Chengdu and Beijing this summer.

The overall goal of the Museum of Asian Art and Culture of Arcidosso, in organizing this type of activity is to offer people interested in the research of Prof. Namkhai, a concrete way to deepen their understanding of Tibetan culture.

At the same time, this type of initiative represents one way for us to render Prof. Namkhai’s Museum Project self sustaining, by helping to raise funds to support the Museum and its activities.



Yumbu Lakhang

The Tour 

Jacobella Gaetani, the group leader, is an author and translator, who earned her degree at the Orientale University in Naples, Italy where she was a student of Prof. Namkhai. Jacobella speaks Tibetan, English, French, German and Italian. She has traveled widely in Asia. Her various publications include the Temple of the Great Contemplation: The Gonpa of Merigar.

The Tibetan tour company we are working with are very competent. We traveled with them during a field trip we organized for the Museum last summer.


Day 1

Departure from Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province and arrival in Lhasa and rest in a 4 star hotel.




Day 2

Visit Lhasa “the city of the gods”: the Potala the majestic seat of the Daila Lamas, and the Lukhang Temple the secret temple of the 5th Dalai Lama and the temple of Jokhang and its most venerated statue, the Jowo. 


Potala, Lhasa


Day 3

Depart from Lhasa for Shigatse, once the capital of the central region of Tsang which lies at the confluence of two main rivers, the Brahmaputra and the Nyangchu. Visit to Tashilunpo monastery, the seat of the Panchen lamas and Zhalu monasery.


Zhalu monastery


Yarlung valley


Day 4

We will visit the nearby Kumbum Stupa of Gyantse built in the year 1427. From Gyantse we will visit one of the most sacred Tibetan lakes, Yamdrog lake. On the south bank of the Tsangpo river we will visit Mindroling, one of the six major monasteries of the Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism, founded by Rigzin Terdak Lingpa in 1676.




Day 5

We will visit Yumbu Lakhang, According to legend, the first palace in Tibet and seat of the first Tibetan King Nyatri tsang po of the Yarlung dinasty situated in the Yarlung valley, considered to be the cradle of Tibetan civilization.


Yarlung valley


Day 6

We will visit Samye the first Buddhist monastery founded by Padmasambhava in the 8th century,




Day 7

Return to Lhasa and visit the Barkor old town center and market. 


Barkor, Lhasa


Day 8

Return flight to Chengdu


Jinli Street, Chengdu

Travel tips



One of the important factors that people visiting Tibet should consider before booking their trip concerns altitude sickness.  The most common symptoms of altitude sickness are a sense of tiredness and shortness of breath during the first few days of your visit to Tibet. Other symptoms may include headaches, dizziness and insomnia. These uncomfortable feelings generally disappeared after one or two days. People with heart diseases, high blood pressure or respiratory illnesses should consult their doctor before traveling to Tibet.

There are many guides online regarding altitude sickness, but in order to adapt to highland climate quickly, it is important to not exert yourself during the first few days of the trip and stay hydrated. The hotels that we will be staying in offer tanks of oxygen if needed. In extreme cases, it is necessary to return to lower elevations.


MACO, Arcidosso

Contact us


+39 389 203 2920