Lhasa to Shigatse and Namtso Group Tour

7 Days
From $900
Tour Code:
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Tour Type:
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 Jokhang temple etc. After that, head straight to Gyantse and Shigatse in the west, experience the distinct culture of western 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. 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 abt 1.5hrs; from Lhasa Railway Station, abt 20mins. After transferred to the 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 well-rest is crucial to acclimatize high altitude. Remember to drink lots of water, eat light, and not to shower if you can help it.

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 well 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
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 abt 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, we visit Kumbum stupa and Palkhor Choede monastery, this magnificent multi-door structure is the largest stupa in Tibet, it is not only well 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 – Lhasa, 280km Option A: Drive from Shigatse – Lhasa, approx 5hrs Option B: Train from Shigatse – Lhasa, approx 3hrs

In the morning, 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.

For the trip back to Lhasa from Shigatse, we have two solutions which will be decided by Great Tibet Tour.

Option A: Drive from Shigatse – Lhasa

Option B: Train from Shigatse – Lhasa

For Option B, the guide will accompany you to take a taxi to Shigatse Railway Station and take the train from Shigatse to Lhasa. And upon your arrival in Lhasa, we will arrange you to be dropped off at your hotel. The taxi & train fare are included by GTT.

Stay overnight in Lhasa, 3★/4★

Tashilunpo Monastery
Tashilhunpo Monastery
  • Breakfast
Day 6 Lhasa – Namtso – Lhasa, 450km, approx. 9hrs

Driving from Lhasa to Namtso Lake in the morning and on the way you can enjoy the view of the vast grassland and spectacular natural scenery. In Tibetan, Namtso means 'Heavenly Lake.' It is considered one of the three holy lakes in Tibet and it is the highest altitude saltwater lake in the world. The water here is a storybook crystal-clear blue. Clear skies join its surface in the distance, creating an integrated, scenic vista. Soul of every visitor who has ever been here seeming to be cleansed by the pure water.

On the way back to Lhasa, you can visit Yampachen Hot Spring (Entry Fee: CNY 40/person; Bathing Fee: abt CNY 50~98/person for different pools) at your own expenses if the whole group agrees. Yampachen lies just south of the Nyainqêntanglha Mountains, famous for Yampachen Hot Spring, 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★

Namtso Lake
Namtso Lake
  • Breakfast
Day 7 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)

2017-07-01 ~ 2017-10-10 2017-10-11 ~ 2017-10-31 2018-04-01 ~ 2018-06-30
$1000 $900 $900

Comfortable Class (4-Star Hotels)

2017-07-01 ~ 2017-10-10 2017-10-11 ~ 2017-10-31 2018-04-01 ~ 2018-06-30
$1050 $930 $930

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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2017-08-21 $1000 open for booking Book
2017-08-25 $1000 open for booking Book
2017-08-28 $1000 open for booking Book
2017-09-01 $1000 open for booking Book
2017-09-04 $1000 open for booking Book
2017-09-08 $1000 open for booking Book
2017-09-11 $1000 open for booking Book
2017-09-15 $1000 open for booking Book
2017-09-18 $1000 open for booking Book
2017-09-20 $1000 1 Book
2017-09-22 $1000 open for booking Book
2017-09-25 $1000 open for booking Book
2017-09-29 $1000 open for booking Book
2017-10-02 $1000 open for booking Book
2017-10-06 $1000 open for booking Book
2017-10-09 $1000 open for booking Book
2017-10-11 $900 1 Book
2017-10-13 $900 open for booking Book
2017-10-16 $900 open for booking Book
2017-10-20 $900 open for booking Book
2017-10-23 $900 open for booking Book
2017-10-27 $900 open for booking Book
2017-10-30 $900 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: 6 Nights, twin room en suite in 3★/4★

*Meal: 6 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;

*On Day 5, if GTT decides to use Option B, hard-sleeper train ticket from Shigatse to Lhasa will be included by GTT

*Guide: experienced local English-speaking tour guide

*Attractions: all entrance fee mentioned in itinerary

*Permit: Tibet Tourism Bureau Permit (TTB);

*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

*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, please 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 pick up and drop off all 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 a change of itinerary, the increased cost will be paid by travellers; if any attraction visits have to be cancelled due to the same reasons above, GTT won't be held responsible for a 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, the single supplement will be refunded.

Asked Questions from our Clients

Tom ***


We are looking at 7 day trip incl Namtso Lake for 2 people ,small group plus one day at end of tour in Llhasa ; timing; commence tour on 1 or 02 May 2018. Can you please advise availability and cost. We are 71 and 68 ;fir healthy and intrepid travellers.




Dear Tom Gervay, 

According to your preference & schedule, you are highly suggested to join our 7 Days Lhasa Shigatse Namtso Group Tour, but here I could quote you based on May 2017 for your reference, if you could book this tour with us this year for May 2018 and we could just charge you the price of 2017, the price is USD900/person based on 3 star hotel double room in May, I will send you detailed price inclusions and exclusions by email soon.



We'll fly in from Beijing and then at the end of the tour would like to get the train to Xining. we can do the tour the week after (starting on the 8th) if you think we've left it too late to get our TTP's sorted out?




Dear Gayle,

We can arrange the tour for you according to your time.

Best wishes,




We arrive in Chengdu on the 23rd July and leave Chengdu on the 5th August. Are you able to include a price with return train tickets from Chengdu? Thanks




Dear Carrie Mingo, yes, it's definitely no problem to include your return train tickets cost in my quotation, I will send you by email shortly.



we are 2 people (me an australian working in hong kong, her a hong kong local) planning to go to lhasa in august. our questions are: 1. are there options for other hotels, 4* or 5* 2. can we book a tour with no hotels (in lhasa), so we can book our own lhasa hotels 3. can we stay for extra days either before or after the tour? 4. is there a tour with breaks, so we are not touring every day?




Dear Jeremy Lim, here below are my answers to your questions:


  1. are there options for other hotels, 4* or 5*


Yes, please see the below information for your reference:


4*: Jardin Secret Hotel, Four Points by Sheraton

5*: Shangri-La Hotel, St. Regis Lhasa Resort


4*: Tashi Choten Hotel, Gesar Hotel

5*: Qomo Langzong Hotel, VanRay International Resort Hotel


  1. can we book a tour with no hotels (in lhasa), so we can book our own lhasa hotels


Yes, you can do that.


  1. can we stay for extra days either before or after the tour?


Yes, it's no problem.


4. is there a tour with breaks, so we are not touring every day?


Yes, you can do that if you would like to have the private tour. For our group tours, the itineraries are fixed.


Dear Jeremy Lim, if you're interested in joining our 9 days Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Everest Namtso Group Tour and prefer to stay in the 4* hotels, the price is US$1350/Person.



Just a change from my previous message. We need to be back in Chengdu on July 19. So we are looking for a 6-8 day tour that ends on the 19th. and we would like to arrive in Lhasa 2-3 days before the tour starts.




Dear Brian Macdonald, thank you for your updated information! Noted that you would arrive in Lhasa around 11 July and need to be back in Chengdu on the 19th of July. According to your situation, I think our 8 days Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Mt. Everest Group Tour is more suitable for you. More details you can find by email.

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