Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Everest Namtso Group Tour

Duration:
10 Days
Price:
From $1180
Destination:
Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse - EBC - Shigatse - Lhasa - Lake Namtso - Lhasa
Season:
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Autumn
  • Winter
Tour Type:
Group Tour
Group Size:
Max 12
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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 Jokhang 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
Jokhang Temple
  • 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
  • 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)

2018-04-01 ~ 2018-06-30 2018-07-01 ~ 2018-10-10 2018-10-11 ~ 2018-10-31
$1180 $1260 $1180

Comfortable Class (4-Star Hotels)

2018-04-01 ~ 2018-06-30 2018-07-01 ~ 2018-10-10 2018-10-11 ~ 2018-10-31
$1300 $1400 $1300

Discount Policy

You may only enjoy one of the advantageous policy, not both.

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 5% Off / person
  • To book 3-month prior tour starts 3% 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

Schedule

Starting DatePrice FormBookedBook Now
2018-04-04 $1180 open for booking Book
2018-04-08 $1180 open for booking Book
2018-04-10 $1180 3 Book
2018-04-11 $1180 open for booking Book
2018-04-20 $1180 open for booking Book
2018-04-23 $1180 open for booking Book
2018-04-27 $1180 open for booking Book
2018-04-30 $1180 open for booking Book
2018-05-05 $1180 open for booking Book
2018-05-08 $1180 open for booking Book
2018-05-11 $1180 open for booking Book
2018-05-14 $1180 3 Book
2018-05-18 $1180 open for booking Book
2018-05-23 $1180 open for booking Book
2018-05-25 $1180 open for booking Book
2018-05-28 $1180 open for booking Book
2018-06-01 $1180 open for booking Book
2018-06-04 $1180 open for booking Book
2018-06-08 $1180 open for booking Book
2018-06-11 $1180 open for booking Book
2018-06-15 $1180 open for booking Book
2018-06-18 $1180 open for booking Book
2018-06-22 $1180 open for booking Book
2018-06-25 $1180 open for booking Book
2018-06-29 $1180 open for booking Book
2018-07-02 $1260 open for booking Book
2018-07-06 $1260 open for booking Book
2018-07-07 $1260 open for booking Book
2018-07-09 $1260 1 Book
2018-07-13 $1260 open for booking Book
2018-07-16 $1260 open for booking Book
2018-07-20 $1260 open for booking Book
2018-07-23 $1260 open for booking Book
2018-07-27 $1260 open for booking Book
2018-07-30 $1260 open for booking Book
2018-08-03 $1260 open for booking Book
2018-08-06 $1260 open for booking Book
2018-08-10 $1260 open for booking Book
2018-08-13 $1260 open for booking Book
2018-08-17 $1260 open for booking Book
2018-08-20 $1260 open for booking Book
2018-08-24 $1260 open for booking Book
2018-08-27 $1260 open for booking Book
2018-08-31 $1260 open for booking Book
2018-09-03 $1260 open for booking Book
2018-09-07 $1260 open for booking Book
2018-09-10 $1260 open for booking Book
2018-09-14 $1260 open for booking Book
2018-09-17 $1260 open for booking Book
2018-09-21 $1260 open for booking Book
2018-09-24 $1260 open for booking Book
2018-09-28 $1260 open for booking Book
2018-10-01 $1260 open for booking Book
2018-10-05 $1260 open for booking Book
2018-10-08 $1260 open for booking Book
2018-10-12 $1180 open for booking Book
2018-10-15 $1180 open for booking Book
2018-10-19 $1180 open for booking Book
2018-10-22 $1180 open for booking Book
2018-10-26 $1180 open for booking Book
2018-10-29 $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

INCLUSIONS

*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;

*Two bottles of mineral water per person per day;

EXCLUSIONS

* International flight to and out of China;

* Domestic flight/train to and out of Lhasa; (We’d like to book the domestic flight/train ticket at the BEST price. Please contact us for details.)

* Lunch & Dinner are not included but we will recommend some good ones for you according to your requirements. Usually, it takes 3-10 USD per person for each meal.

* While Gratuities for guide and driver is NOT mandatory, it is expected. Based on their service, you can tip them on the last day of the tour. Each of you is suggested to tip them 5-10 USD/day in total;

* Personal expenses;

* Anything not mentioned in the Inclusions.

Note

*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

Noir***

2017-12-01

10 days tour Lhasa Shigatse Mt Everest Namtso Is it possible to have a tour starting 30th march? If no tour for a group planned we would like to have a tour for the two of us. How much would this cost? And what would be the supplement if we go in hotel 4stars? I also wanted to ask you if the train journey from chengdu is really worth it either on the way to lhasa or when leaving lhasa to chengdu. If not i guess a plane from chengu to lhas might be easier and much faster. What would you recommend?

Rita

2017-12-03

Dear Noirot,

I would like to answer your questions one by one,

1) 10 days tour Lhasa Shigatse Mt Everest Namtso Is it possible to have a tour starting 30th March?

Due to Tibet's unique background, apart from a Passport and a Chinese Visa, all foreign tourists allowed to enter Tibet must have Tibet Travel Permits. However, Tibet Travel Permit will not be issued for all tours from mid-February to March. Typically reopening for access in early April. So you can have your Tibet Tour from April 1, is that ok?

2) If no tour for a group planned we would like to have a tour for the two of us. How much would this cost? And what would be the supplement if we go to hotel 4 stars?

We have this group tour on April 4/8/10/11/20/23/27/30, 2018 with cost $1180 p.p. for 3-star hotel accommodation, $1300 for 4-star hotel accommodation.

If you want a private tour for you two, the cost for 3-star hotel is $2720 p.p. For 4-star hotel is $3078 p.p.

And the 4-star hotels we provide have a good location and good reputations with access to the internet. It makes our clients feel comfortable. What kind of equipment do you refer?

3) I also wanted to ask you if the train journey from Chengdu is really worth it either on the way to Lhasa or when leaving Lhasa to Chengdu.If not I guess a plane from Chengdu to Lhasa might be easier and much faster. What would you recommend?

Yes. Based on years of experience, I would recommend you get into Tibet by train, and out of Tibet by taking the plane. Therefore you can adopt high attitude easier and have the chance to view the amazing scenery along Qinghai-Tibet railway. Tibet train is always in high demand, not very easy to purchase unless you can book months in advance with us to guarantee it.

Juli***

2017-11-28

Could you please tell me what the single supplement costs on top of the hotel rate

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beatrice

2017-11-30

Dear Julie,

For the tour you mentioned, the single supplement is $150 for 3-star hotel accommodation. If we can find another female to share the same room with you and you don't mind that, we will refund you the single supplement later.
 
By the way, if you order the tour 3-month in advance, you will enjoy $35 off discount. What do you think?
 
 

stev***

2017-11-28

What is difference between 10 day Everest tour and 10 day Everest Group Tour ?

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amy

2017-11-28

Dear Steven, 

One is a private tour and another one is a group tour by joining other travelers. 

stev***

2017-11-27

Hi..Do you have a tour including any festivals in late march ?

Rita

2017-11-30

Dear Steve,

Foreign travelers can't visit Tibet in March because Chinese government hard-closes Tibet to foreigners from around mid-February through the month of March. Typically reopening for access in early April.

So, how about traveling Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Everest Namtso Group Tour in April? Or join a Mt.Kailash Kora during Saga Dawa Festival in June?

Could you please kindly let me know the following info?

1. What's your nationality?

2. How many people in your group or you’ll travel alone?

3. What kind of accommodation would you like to stay in?  The Luxurious (5-star), the comfortable (4-star), economy class (3-star) hotel or the budget guest house?

Kiar***

2017-11-23

I am interested in this tour in april 2018. How do I enter Lhasa from Kathmandu by train? Do I need to have a chinese visa in advance? Would you help me by getting the tibet permit? Also let me know the exact date for April to book my flight. Thanks.

Mark

2017-12-06

There is no railway between Lhasa and Kathmandu. You can only take a bus from Kathmandu to Gyirong port and from Gyirong to Lhasa. It usually takes you about 2 days. 
 
You don't have to apply for a China Visa in advance. Instead, you need to apply for a Chinese Group Visa in Kathmandu. After you book your Tibet tour with a local Lhasa travel agency, we will prepare an official Invitation Letter to give to our partner in Kathmandu. After your arrival in Kathmandu, our Nepali partner will meet you for your ORIGINAL PASSPORT + 1 HEADSHOTS. With Invitation Letter & your passport, we can obtain your China Group Visa.
 
We can surely get your Tibet permit including other necessary permits after you book the tour with us.
 
The exact dates for Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Everest Namtso Group Tour in April start on 4th, 8th, 10th, 11th, 20th, 23th, 27th, 30th.
 
By the way, could you please kindly let me know how many people are there in your group? Or are you traveling alone? What's your nationality?

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