Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Everest Namtso Group Tour

10 Days
From $1180
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Budget join-in small group tour with fixed-departure travels along a fixed-route sharing guide & vehicle service with travelers around the world (12 Persons Maximum).

This tour will lead you to explore the most featured sites of authentic Tibetan culture in the holy city Lhasa like the world heritage Potala Palace, sacred Jokahng temple etc. After that, head straight to Gyantse and Shigatse in the west, experience the distinct culture of western (Tsang) Tibet, by driving along the stunning turquoise color lake Yamdrok and blooming Nyenchen Kangsar glacier under the sunny plateau climate, you will never waste every single minute by discovering new experiences and wonders on the way to Gyantse and Shigatse. Undoubtedly more magnificent than any of her Himalayan neighbours, Mt Everest viewd from Tibet, unobscured by other mountains, it’s hard not to feel awed by one of nature’s boldest achievement. Then a day excursion to the holy lake Namtso which is one of the three holy lakes in Tibet and the second largest alpine saline lake in Tibet with an altitude of 4,718 meters above sea level.

Day 1 Arrival in Lhasa (3680m)

Our staff will greet you at Lhasa Airport/Railway to transfer you to the hotel. From Lhasa Airport to downtown Lhasa, it usually takes about one hour; from Lhasa Railway Station, about 20mins. After transferred to hotel, the rest of the day you will be free to wander around the city on your own but try not to overtax yourself. The first day's you ll-rest is crucial to acclimatize high altitude. Remember to drink lots of water, eat light, and not to shoyou r if you can help it. As the capital city, Lhasa is the political, economic, cultural, communication and tourism center of Tibet with a history over 1300 years.

Stay overnight in Lhasa, 3★/4★

Other service: Free Lhasa Railway Station transfer at all time on first & last day, Free Lhasa Airport transfer on first & last day at times
Day 2 Lhasa sightseeing

Our guide and driver will pick you up at the hotel in the early morning and then drive to visit the Drepung Monastery which is located at the foot of the Mountain Gambo Utse, 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) from the western suburb of Lhasa, the Drepung Monastery is known as the most important monastery of Gelugpa in Tibetan Buddhism. It was founded in 1416 by Jamyang choge, one of the Tsongkhapa’s main disciples.

After lunch, you are going to visit the Sera Monastery which is located at the foot of Tatipu Hill in the northern suburb of Lhasa City; Sera Monastery is one of three famous monasteries in the city along with the Drepung Monastery and the Ganden Monastery. One of the main attractions of Sera Monastery is debating. As a part of their study, lamas must participate in debates to further their comprehension and proceed to more advanced levels of study. The debating usually is held at around 3 - 5 in the afternoon except for Sunday.

Stay overnight in Lhasa, 3★/4★

Drepung Monastery
Sera Monastery
  • Breakfast
  • Welcome Dinner
Day 3 Lhasa sightseeing

Today's tour will begin to visit the famous world heritage Potala Palace. It’s situated on the Red Hill of central Lhasa; Potala Palace is the highest ancient palace in the world, reaching 3,767.19m (12,359.55ft) at the topmost point. The most valuable collections of Potala Palace are the gilded burial stupas of former Dalai Lamas and meditation Cave of the 33rd great king of Tibet.

In the afternoon, take an easy visit to Jokhang Temple in the center of the Old Lhasa city. Jokhang temple is the most sacred temple in all over Tibet and it is always bustling with earnest local pilgrims. After you visit the temple you have time to walk around the Barkhor street which is the one of the most devotional circuit as you ll as the crowded central market of Lhasa since from a long time, in the early days it is the most famous local market but now it is changed to the tourist gift shopping center.

Stay overnight in Lhasa, 3★/4★

Potala Palace is the landmark architecture of Lhasa, Tibet
This shrine is sacred to the Sakyamuni's 8 years sculpture. Blessing by Sakyamuni himself.
  • Breakfast
Day 4 Lhasa – Gyantse – Shigatse (3840m), 360km, approx 7hrs

From Lhasa to Gyantse is about 264km, en route you will pass by Khamba-la Pass (4794m), from there you will be amazed by the breathtaking glimpse of the holy Yamdrok Lake with its turquoise color and snowcapped Mt. Nyenchen Khangsar in the distance. About two hours away from Yamdrok Lake is Karola Glacier. It isn’t a big glacier, but the white glacier is spectacular from the highway, and it is close enough (about 300 yards) to walk to from the highway. Arrival at Gyantse, you visit Kumbum stupa and Palkhor Choede monastery, this magnificent multi-door structure is the largest stupa in Tibet, it is not only you ll known for its architecture but also its old sculptures and paintings all around its inner walls. Then head to Shigatse via the fertile Nyangchu Valley, a wide agricultural plain where colorfully decorated yaks and horses are used by Tibetan farmers to till the land.

Stay overnight in Shigatse, 3★/4★

Yamdroktso Lake
Karola Glacier
  • Breakfast
Day 5 Shigatse -Tingri -Ronbuk –EBC(5200m), 350km, approx. 7hrs

In the morning, you will leave Shigatse to Lhatse, a small town located 150 km from Shigatse, and you may have lunch in local restaurant. After a short rest, you will go ahead to Tingri. You will pass Tsola Pass(4600M), and Gyatsola Pass(5248M). In the late afternoon, you enter Mt. Everest National Nature Reserve. You can enjoy the panorama of Himalaya at Gawula Pass (5198m).Then we drive along the New zigzag road to Rongpuk or the Tent Camp to stay overnight. If the weather is good, you can have a clear view of the sunset of golden Everest peak.

Stay overnight in Nomad Tent, (Dorm Bed) or Rongpuk guesthouse

Rongbuk Monastery
Rongbuk Monastery
  • Breakfast
Day 6 EBC-Shigatse

We didn’t include breakfast this morning. You will understand why when you’re at the spot. Tibetan breakfast, such as noodle, zanba, etc. abt CNY 30 is available here. You are highly suggested to bring along some cookies, instant coffee. etc. of your own.

When you get up, you will see a striking view of luminous peaks is highlighted by the sun and definitely, it is the best time to get some nice shots of the Everest sunrise.

After sightseeing, you will drive back to Shigatse and enjoy the fabulous view along the way.

Stay overnight in Shigatse, 3★/4★

everest tour
Everest Base Camp
Day 7 Shigatse – Lhasa, 280km, approx 5hrs

In the morning, drive to visit the Tashilhunpo Monastery which is founded by the First Dalai Lama in 1447, the monastery's structure was expanded by the Fourth and successive Panchen Lamas. Tashilhunpo is the seat of the Panchen Lama since the Fourth Panchen Lama took charge in the monastery, and there are now nearly 800 lamas. After that, you’ll drive back to Lhasa.

Stay overnight in Lhasa, 3★/4★

Tashilhunpo Monastery
Tashilhunpo Monastery
  • Breakfast
Day 8 Lhasa- Namtso(4718m) ,250km, approx. 5 hrs

In the morning, we drive to the holy Namtso lake along the Qinghai-Tibet. On the way to Namtso, you will have a far view of NyenchenThanglha Snow Mountain. Enjoy the view of the vast grassland and spectacular natural scenery.

You'll arrive at Namtso Lake after pass NagelaPass(5150m), it covers a total area of more than 1900 square kilometers, being the second largest salt lake in China. At an elevation of 4718 meters, it is also the highest altitude salt lake in the world, the furthest depth being more than 33m. Besides, you can enjoy the view of Sky-Road railway with snow mountain background; while standing at the famous Nagela Pass, you can see the stunning view of holy Namtso Lake. If the weather is good, you will have a chance to enjoy the marvelous sunset view of the lake.

Stay overnight at Namtso Guest house

Namtso Lake
Namtso Lake
  • Namtso Guest house
  • Breakfast
Day 9 Namtso- Lhasa,250km, approx. 5 hrs

In the morning, enjoy the sunrise of the lake at the shore and do leisure trek around Tashi Island. After that, we will go back to Lhasa. On the way, you will visit Yampachen Hot Spring (The price includes the entry fee, but excludes bathing Fee, $8-$15/person for different pools). Yampachen lies just south of the Nyainqêntanglha Mountains, famous for Yampachen Hot Springs, at an altitude of 4290–4500m making it the highest altitude set of hot springs in China. Both indoor and outdoor swimming pools have been set up here, in which visitors can enjoy a bath.

Stay overnight in Lhasa, 3★/4★

Yampachen hot springs
Yampachen hot springs
Day 10 Lhasa departure
Tour ends today. Tour guide and driver will drop you to the Lhasa airport or railway station for your next stop.
  • Breakfast
Other service: Free Lhasa Airport transfer on first & last day at times, Free Lhasa Railway Station transfer at all time on first & last day

All prices are in US Dollar / Person

Economic Class (3-Star Hotels)

2017-04-01 ~ 2017-06-30 2017-07-01 ~ 2017-10-10 2017-10-11 ~ 2017-10-31
$1180 $1260 $1180

Comfortable Class (4-Star Hotels)

2017-04-01 ~ 2017-06-30 2017-07-01 ~ 2017-10-10 2017-10-11 ~ 2017-10-31
$1300 $1400 $1300

Discount Policy

You can enjoy one or both discount policies below, if you situation fits the terms.

Option A:3 or More to Join the Same Group $30 / person
Option B:Tour in Apr~Oct
  • To book 6-month prior tour starts 8% Off / person
  • To book 3-month prior tour starts 4% Off / person

Booking Policy

Confirmed Dates12-working-day prior
Dates Listed as 1st traveller 1 Person, 75-day prior
2 Persons or above, 45-day prior
Dates Not Listed as 1st traveller1~2 Persons, 90-day prior
3 Persons or above, 45-day prior


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2017-06-30 $1180 4 Book
2017-07-03 $1260 open for booking Book
2017-07-07 $1260 open for booking Book
2017-07-10 $1260 open for booking Book
2017-07-14 $1260 open for booking Book
2017-07-17 $1260 open for booking Book
2017-07-21 $1260 open for booking Book
2017-07-24 $1260 open for booking Book
2017-07-25 $1260 2 Book
2017-07-28 $1260 open for booking Book
2017-07-31 $1260 open for booking Book
2017-08-04 $1260 open for booking Book
2017-08-06 $1260 2 Book
2017-08-07 $1260 open for booking Book
2017-08-11 $1260 1 Book
2017-08-14 $1260 open for booking Book
2017-08-18 $1260 open for booking Book
2017-08-19 $1260 2 Book
2017-08-21 $1260 open for booking Book
2017-08-25 $1260 open for booking Book
2017-08-28 $1260 open for booking Book
2017-09-01 $1260 open for booking Book
2017-09-04 $1260 open for booking Book
2017-09-08 $1260 open for booking Book
2017-09-11 $1260 open for booking Book
2017-09-12 $1260 3 Book
2017-09-15 $1260 open for booking Book
2017-09-18 $1260 open for booking Book
2017-09-22 $1260 open for booking Book
2017-09-25 $1260 3 Book
2017-09-29 $1260 open for booking Book
2017-10-02 $1260 open for booking Book
2017-10-06 $1260 open for booking Book
2017-10-09 $1260 open for booking Book
2017-10-13 $1180 open for booking Book
2017-10-16 $1180 open for booking Book
2017-10-19 $1180 1 Book
2017-10-20 $1180 open for booking Book
2017-10-23 $1180 open for booking Book
2017-10-27 $1180 open for booking Book
2017-10-30 $1180 open for booking Book

No desired date of departure? Please send us an inquiry and we will try to arrange your tour according to your plan.

Our Service


*Lodgings: 7 Nights, twin room en suite in 3★/4★;

                  2 Night, dorm bed at GUESTHOUSE or NOMAD TENT;

*Meal: 7 Breakfasts & 1 Welcome Dinner

*Travel-licensed vehicle according to group size & season as itinerary needed including gas and parking fee;

*Free Lhasa Railway Station transfer at all time on the first & last day;

*Free pick-up from airport to hotel at 10:00 am,14:00 pm and 17:00 pm on the first day;

*Free drop-off from hotel to airport at 7:00 am,9:30 am and 12:30 pm on the last day;

*Guide: experienced local English-speaking tour guide

*Attractions: all entrance fee mentioned in itinerary

*Permit: Tibet Tourism Bureau Permit (TTB); Alien's Travel Permit(PSB) to be applied in Shigatse with your original passport which takes abt 30mins;

*Travel Agency Liability insurance;

*Government Tax;

*Express delivery fee of Permit (eg. SF. Express)

*Food & lodgings for guide & driver;

*Oxygen tank for emergency use;

*One bottle of mineral water per person per day;


*Private Lhasa Airport transfer if your flight isn’t within our free service time, USD 60/vehicle/time.

*Flight or Train

*China Visa

*Breakfast on Day 06, Lunch, Dinner

*Optional sights

*Super-fast express delivery of Tibet Entry Permit (eg. China Air Express) 

*Additional days caused by unexpected nature disasters. eg. Land Slide, Avalanche, etc.

*Gratuities to guide and driver according to your budget and level of satisfaction.

*Personal expenses

*Personal travel insurance

*Anything not listed in INCLUSIONS


*Tibet Tourism Bureau Permit (TTB) usually takes about 12-working-day to apply. If you couldn’t provide the required docs & info on time, an extra abt USD 50~80/permit will be charged;

*We reserve the right to change the itinerary order and attractions in Lhasa;

*If you prefer to book your own hotels over those included in our group tour, pls meet the rest of the group at their daily hotel on time. We don’t include the transfers to your own hotels;

*We need to pickup and dropoff all tour members of the group on first & last day from Lhasa Airport/Railway, thus there may not always have guide presence but driver;

*Due to the special nature of Tibet travel, any unforeseeable and unavoidable objective circumstances, including but not limited to natural disasters, war, terrorism, riot, civil commotion, strikes, public health emergencies, government action, major traffic jams, delay or cancellation of flight/train, attractions temporarily closed. etc., resulting in change of itinerary, the increased cost will be paid by travellers; if any attraction visits has to be cancelled due to the same reasons above, GTT wont be hold responsible for refund except certain attraction entrance fee which will be solely decided by GTT.

*Single Supplement: our quote is based on twin rooms. For single travellers, single supplement is required at the time of booking. If later we manage to match you with another traveller to share the twin rooms, single supplement will be refunded.

Asked Questions from our Clients



I just want to know if we will be able to take a look at yamdrok tso from a little close?




Dear Abhimanyu Arora, according to your preference and traveling date, you could join our 10 Days-Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Mt. Everest Namtso Group Tour starting on 25th July which included Yamdroktso, you will get out of the vehicle to visit it by then, it’s such a beautiful place, so we will definitely arrange travelers to look at it very closely. 



We are 4 adults living in Kathmandu and would like to know more detailed precedures of travelling to and in Tibet, especially visa application and how long time in advance we need to start. Hang Nguyen




Dear Hang Nguyen, as you enter Tibet from Kathmandu, yes and you are required to apply for China Group Visa in Kathmandu with our assistance. After you booked your Tibet tour with us, we will prepare an official invitation letter to give to our partner in Kathmandu, then our Nepali partner will arrange to meet you for your original passport and start to process your visa application usually one week in advance with our invitation letter & all your passports, the visa will be issued in 3 working days in Kathmandu. 



I am going flying into Xian at end of march 2018 and want to catch the train to Lhasa, and then taking your 9 day tour of Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse, Everest and Namtso. My question is, how easy is it to catch a train from Xian to Lhasa, and how to get Tibet Visa? I am in China for full month of April, which would be my best time to travel to Tibet? Are you a Tibetan owned travel company? I look forward to hearing from you, your tour sounds fantastic. Jenny




Dear Jennifer, could you catch a train from Xian to Lhasa at the beginning of April (maybe around 5 April or later) instead of the end of March 2018? Actually, the foreign tourists have not been visiting Tibet in March since 2008. Happy to hear that you like our 9 days Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Everest Namtso Group Tour!


Here below are my answers to your questions:


how easy is it to catch a train from Xian to Lhasa, and how to get Tibet Visa?


I think it's no problem for us to help you book the soft sleeper train ticket from Xian to Lhasa in April. We'll arrange all the necessary permits to Tibet for you and you just need to send us the copies of your passport and China visa.


I am in China for full month of April, which would be my best time to travel to Tibet?


If that is the case, I suggest you can consider to arrive in Lhasa around 10 April.


Are you a Tibetan owned travel company?


No, but we're the leading local Tibet tour operator based in Lhasa officially licensed by the government. We design journeys of comfort and authenticity to the most amazing destinations in this highland since 2005. To ensure the tours you book on Great Tibet Tour deliver the type of experience we know you want to have – a once in a lifetime experience – we've sought out the most reputable and reliable local guides, hotels, restaurants, and transportation companies throughout Tibet. This comprehensive insider access, possessed only by locals, we live here, we know Tibet. Also Great Tibet Tour is recommended by Lonely Planet Tibet, the 8th edition, 2011---Attached is the picture for your reference.



Arrive in Lhasa July 7, depart Lhasa July 16




I am sorry to tell that there is no 9-day Namtso group tour for your traveling days. I’d like to recommend the fixed 8-day group tour on 12th July, which is similar with the 9-day group tour, other travelers will arrive in Lhasa on this day. If you want a 10-day tour, you can arrive in Lhasa on 10th July and have two free days before taking the group tour.  Can you change your travelling date to join in the below tour?The details are as following.



Good afternoon, I'm Hweiting from Malaysia. I'm interested in the 9 days Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Everest Namtso Group Tour but I will be travellng alone. I have a few enquires. 1. Where is the best place for me to enter Tibet? Nepal or China from Malaysia? 2. Do you have tours after November 2017? 3. And for the visa or permit to Tibet is it arrange by your company or ourselves? 4. and how much will everything be? Thank you.




Dear Hweiting Bao, it's ok for you to do our 9 days Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Everest Namtso Group Tour.


Here below are my answers to your questions:


  1. Where is the best place for me to enter Tibet? Nepal or China from Malaysia?


From my point of view, you'd better enter Tibet from mainland China (maybe Chengdu).


  1. Do you have tours after November 2017?


If you only can travel in/after November, I suggest you'd better join our 8 days Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Mt. Everest Group Tour as the Namtso Lake may not be visited at that time. If it's no problem for you to do the 8 days Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Mt. Everest Group Tour, you can start it on 3rd, 6th, 9th, 10th, 17th, 23rd and 24th of Nov.


  1. And for the visa or permit to Tibet is it arrange by your company or ourselves?


Regarding the Tourist Visa for China, you need to apply for it in your own country and please remember not to mention any information about Tibet in your visa application. Otherwise, your local Chinese Embassy may refuse to issue the Visa to you directly. We'll arrange you all the necessary permits to Tibet and you just need to provide us the copies of your passport and China visa.


4. and how much will everything be?



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