Lhasa Shigatse Mt.Everest Namtso Tour

Duration:
10 Days
Tour Code:
H01
Season:
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Autumn
  • Winter
Tour Type:
Private escorted tour with guide & vehicle at your service exclusively and the itinerary can be tailor-made to your exact liking.

Everyone wants the best itinerary in their Tibet Tour, and this is one of the good choices. Tourists can see the most popular scenic spots of Tibet, the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Sera and Drepung Monastery in Lhasa, then Tashilhunpo Monastery and Rongbuk Monastery in Shigatse. Except for the above arrangement, there are two highlights in this route. One is the world’s highest peak, Mt. Everest, you can spend one night at the Everest Base Camp so that you can get close to it. The other one is Namtso Lake, which is one of the three holy lakes in Tibet and also the highest salt lake in the world. The great scenery will get you drawn absolutely.

Day 1 Arrival in Lhasa (3680m)

This is the first day that you enter Tibet. Your guide will greet you at airport or railway station and transfer you to the lovely hotel. It usually takes around 1.5 hours to drive from Lhasa Airport to downtown Lhasa and takes about 20mins from Lhasa Railway Station. Tourists could have a look at Yarlung Tsangpo River, the largest and longest river in Tibet on their way to the hotel. After check in, you can have a good rest first. And if you feel like to go out, you can wonder around the city. But just remember that don't take too much stuff, try to go with a light pack. Meanwhile, drink some more water. It’s really useful to get acclimatized to the high altitude.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Day 2 Lhasa sightseeing

After rest one night, today you will recover sufficiently to launch your Lhasa city tour, with a close contact with Lhasa, the political, economic, cultural, communication and tourism center of Tibet with a history over 1300 years.

At first, you will go to the Potala Palace, which is the symbolic place of Lhasa and also the winter palace of the Dalai Lama. It was built by the 33rd. the great king of Tibet in the 7th. century. The gilded burial stupas of former Dalai Lamas and meditation Cave of the 33rd great king of Tibet are the most worth seeing in Potala Palace.

After lunch, you are going to Jokhang Temple, which was founded in the same time and by the same king with Potala Palace. From outside, you can see many pilgrims making prostrating in front of the temple. From inside, you can see the statue of Buddha Sakyamuni at his age of 12.

Barkhor street is the next destination that women love a lot. Because it’s a famous busy walking street where they can go shopping. There are many distinctive shops that sell different Tibetan stuff, like handicraft, Thangka, and so on. Except for shopping, tourists can also join the Kora with pilgrims and locals, to explore Tibetan

religious culture more deeply.

There is still one more important thing---the welcome dinner, which will be arranged tonight. We hope all the tourists will enjoy this tour and have an unforgettable memory.

Optional:

You can go to visit the Tibetan handicraft art or Tibetan Traditional Medicine center if time is enough. You can also watch the Tibetan Culture Show in the evening for USD60 per person at your own expense.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Potala Palace
The golden roof of Jokhang Template. From here,  you will also have a good view of Potala Palace.
Day 3 Lhasa sightseeing

In the morning, you are heading to Drepung monastery, which means Monastery of Collecting Rice in the Tibetan language. It’s a white magnificent construction that looks also like a pile of rice in the distance. Drepung monastery is the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery, where lived more than 10 thousand monks before Tibet liberation.

In the afternoon, tourists will pay a visit to Sera Monastery, which is one of the “great three” Gelug monasteries of Tibet. Monks debate starts around 3 to 5 p.m. It’s very attractive even if you don’t understand what they are talking about at all. If the debate is not your type, you can also see the three sand Mandalas and colorful Rock Painting of Budda inside of the monastery. Besides, the sight in Sera monastery is very good because you can see roses around. That’s why people also call it “the court of wild rose”.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Drepung Monastery
Sera Monastery
Day 4 Lhasa- Gyantse (4040 m), 262km, approx 5hrs

You will go to Gyantse from Lhasa today.

Firstly, you can have a glimpse of Yamdroktso Lake during the way to Kampala pass (4790m). This is the holy lake surrounded by plenty of snow-capped mountains. And special views of Holy Mount Nyenchen Khangsar ( 7191m)---the highest mountain near Lhasa, comes out later soon.

You will see the Korala Glacier when we pass it on the roadside. After hanging pray flag at Simila Mountain pass, we will arrive in Gyantse, the third largest city in Tibet after Lhasa and Shigatse.

Then tourists can visit Pala Manor, located in Banjue Lunbu village, about 4km southwest of Gyantse. It’s the main estate of Para family, the full name of Paji Lacan, which is a rich Tibetan aristocratic family in the old time. And Para Manor is the only well-preserved manor of three old Tibetan nobles so far.

Stay overnight in Gyantse

Yamdroktso Lake
Karola Glacier
Day 5 Gyantse-Shigatse(3840m), 96km, approx 2hrs

After breakfast, we shall visit Pelkor Monastery with Gyantse Kumbum and then see the Gyantse For-tress from a distance.

Gyantse Dzong, the hero city that witnesses the history of the fierce fighting. It was 1904, British troops started to attack China here, and Tibetan people defended for their homeland with simple weapons. The bloody war lasted for more than three months. This is also the basic story of the famous movie named “Red River Valley”.

The last spot of the day is Shalu monastery, the only monastery in Tibet that combines Tibetan and Chinese styles in its design.

Then we will start to go to Shigatse. It normally takes one and a half hours to drive from Gyantse to Shigatse, where we may visit the traditional barley mill and have the unique sights of barley field ( in summer).

Stay overnight in Shigatse

Pelkor Chode Monastery
Gyantse Dzong or Gyantse Fortress is one of the best preserved dzongs in Tibe
Day 6 Shigatse -Tingri -Rongpuk –EBC(5200m), 350km, approx. 7hrs

Before we drive to Lhatse to have lunch, we will visit the famous Tashilunpo Monastery, the home of Panchen Lama.

After passing Tsola Pass (4600m) and Gyatsola Pass (5248m), we will enter the National Nature Reserve of Mt. Everest, from where tourists can enjoy the panorama of Himalaya at Gawula Pass (5198m),

And then we will go directly to Everest Base Camp (5200m). You can see the amazing sunset of golden Everest peak at the lodging area if the weather is good.

Stay overnight at EBC in summer ( May- Oct.)

Stay overnight at Rongbuk monastery guest house in winter ( Nov.- Apr.)

Tashilhunpo Monastery
Rongbuk Monastery
Day 7 EBC-Shigatse , 350km, approx. 7hrs

The great sunrise of Everest Peak is far out of your imagination. Enjoy the peaceful and wonderful morning you’ve never had. After that, we will go to the Rongbuk Monastery, which is the highest monastery in the world. Then we may trek to EBC from lodging area. You can have a good look at Mt. Everest from EBC and take clear photos of it. In the end, we will start to return to Shigatse.

Stay overnight in Shigatse

everest tour
Mt. Everest
Day 8 Shigatse-Namtso lake (4600m), 380km, approx 7.5hrs

Namtso lake is one of the three most holy lakes in Tibet. It’s also the third largest salt lake in China and the highest lake in the world. The name of Namtso means “lake from heaven” in the Tibetan language. And the gorgeous landscape is really like from heaven. You can enjoy one night here, and please get up early to feel the special sunrise the next day.

Stay overnight in guestroom at the lakeside

Namtso Lake
Namtso Lake
Day 9 Namtso–Yampachen(4300m)–Tsurphu(4300m)–Lhasa(3680m), 310km, approx 6 hrs

Today may be the most relax day during this journey because tourists are going to Yampachen. Located 92km from Lhasa city, Yampachen is rich in geothermal energy and is known for hot spring bath. People enjoy the blue sky and white cloud when taking a bath in therapeutic hot spring. How romantic the feeling is!

After the bath, you will go to visit Tsurphu Monastery, the last attraction in your tour. It’s the main monastery of Karma Kargyu. And the remarkable system of Tibetan Buddhism reincarnation was originated from there.

Then after driving about 2 hours, you will get back to Lhasa.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Yampachen hot springs
Tsurphu Monastery is a gompa which serves as the traditional seat of the Karmapa, the head of the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.
Day 10 Lhasa departure
Your tour ends today. Our guide and driver will collect you from your hotel to transfer to Lhasa Airport/Railway for your next destination.

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Asked Questions from our Clients

Susa***

2017-06-02

Hi, I'm interested in the 10 day tour, but also would like to know about the cost for a private tour. There are 3 of us, myself and 2 children, age 11 and 13. I like the idea of the flexibility of a private tour, but would also be open to having anyone else join us. We would be booking towards the end of August and planning on arriving in Chengdu around August 20. Thank You, Susan

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amy

2017-06-02

Dear Susan Parsons,our 10 Days-Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Mt. Everest Namtso Tour is totally a private tour that means the tour itinerary can be adjusted according to your requirement, tour departure date can be settle based on your schedule, private vehicle and tour guide etc working for you 3 only in the trip, very flexible. 

But if you like someone else to join you by sharing cost, you could think about joining our 9 Days-Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Mt. Everest Namtso Group Tour

Shah***

2017-06-01

Your itinerary is perfct. We are 2 Hus and Wife ( 73 & 72 ), we are healthy but have both knees operated. so we can walk on strait surfac for 2 km but on rough road it is difficult....pl.advise. Is road to Everest b c....rough or well paved? Since we are edged we are worried about back pain. Pl, advise. we liked your suggestion to stay overnite at Namsto lake....what kind of accomodation provided and how much cold it will be? After tour we want to stay for 2 more days around Bakhang, Barkot are....4* accomodation How high POTALA PALACE....IS THRE A ELEVATOR?. We heard that there are 2500 dteps...if so than we cannot climb up..is there a way? We want to see Tibetian cultural how. Pl. guide. We are planning @ 9th Oct 2017.

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penny

2017-06-08

Dear Shah Mayur R, noted that 2 of you had both knees operated. Please don't worry, you no need to do much walk during your whole trip in Tibet even if at the Everest Base Camp. Actually, there is a section of the road from Tingri to Rongbuk Monastery is rough, but you can stay in the 4WD vehicle and I think that should be ok for you.

I'm afraid you have to stay in the guest house at Namtso Lake, but we can arrange you a twin room with the air conditioning to make you feel comfortable. In Oct, the temperature is about 8~12℃ in the daytime at Namtso Lake and it'll be colder (about -5~0℃) at night.

The altitude of Potala Palace is about 3750m and its height is about 110m. There are no the elevators and have more than 900 steps. I think it's no problem for you to climb up the Potala Palace. You can walk slowly with your guide, no need to hurry.

Please check the itinerary I designed for you in the email and let me know if you like it.

Sere***

2017-05-23

Hi We have a group of 4 from Singapore planning to go Tibets on either Sept or Oct 17. Your existing 8 & 10 days itinerary looks interesting. Please advice the price for the above mentioned month and will it be too cold to travel during this 2 month? How much different if we were to have private tour that is just the 4 of us. Appreciate your early reply. Thank you.

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amy

2017-05-26

Dear Serene Lim, as you are a group of 4 people, taking a private tour is better than a group tour because private tour is more flexible and the price will be not much different to a same group tour if you are over 4 people by sharing cost. 

The weather is quite comfortable with sunshine from May to Oct in Tibet, but still a little bit cold in the morning and evening, so 2 warm down jackets are still necessary in Sep or Oct. 

DATO***

2017-05-21

To visit all tourist sights in tibet. To stay in 5 star hotel. To have dinner shows or folklore dancing we will fly from Kuala Lumpur. Group size 15/20

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penny

2017-05-23

Dear Dato Gnanarajah Ayathurai, according to your requests, I've sent you an itinerary for your reference. If you don't like it, please kindly let me know your further demands and I'll redesign for you. Otherwise, please tell me when you plan to do this tour so that I can quote you accordingly, thank you!

Alan***

2017-05-21

Hi there, Me and my partner are interested in your Lhasa 10 days tour (tour code H01) as well as the group tour code G06. We want to find out: 1) Does your company provide services to book the train ticket from Chengdu? We are willing to pay extra for it 2) Do you guys have tour that goes to Guge Kingdom? We are comparing the two different tours. Could you please kindly advise on the 2 questions above and provide the full cost of the trip We are planning to travel on 28/8/17. Many thanks Alan

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amy

2017-05-25

Dear Alan Tan, yes we provide both flight & train tickets booking service, so we could help you book your train Chengdu-Lhasa, it takes around 43 hours. But please kindly note: the train tickets between Chengdu & Lhasa is available every other day, tickets are available on EVEN NUMBER date in Aug such as on 20th, 22nd or 24th etc in Aug. 

Yes, we have tour that includes Guge Kingdom, it about 20km west of Zanda Ali in Tibet, but it takes at least 15-16 days by vehicle if still including Mt.Everest in the itinerary and can be private tour only as well. 

I will email you soon with detailed itinerary and cost of our 9 Days-Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Mt. Everest Namtso Group Tour(G06) & 10 Days-Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Mt. Everest Namtso Tour(H01) as you required. 

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