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Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Everest Namtso Group Tour

Duration:
9 Days
Price:
From USD1240
Route:
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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Overview

This tour will lead you to explore the most featured sites of authentic Tibetan culture in the holy city of 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 (Ü-Tsang) Tibet, and discover new experiences and wonders by driving along the stunning turquoise Lake Yamdrok and enormous Nyenchen Kangsar glacier under the shinning plateau sun. Viewing Mt. Everest from Tibet, you will find that it's unobscured by other mountains and undoubtedly more magnificent than any of her Himalayan neighbors. So it's easy to feel awed by nature’s greatest achievement. Then a day excursion to the holy Lake Namtso which is not only the closest place to heaven but also to the soul.

DayRouteAttractions & Activities AccommodationMeals
1 Arrival in Lhasa (3650m) Pick up and transfer to the hotel Lhasa, 3★/4★
2 Lhasa Sightseeing Drepung Monastery, Tibet Museum, Norbulingka Lhasa, 3★/4★ B
3 Lhasa Sightseeing Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street Lhasa, 3★/4★ B
4 Lhasa – Gyantse – Shigatse, 360km, Approx. 7hrs Yamdroktso Lake, Karola Glacier, Pelkor Chöde Monastery Shigatse, 3★/4★ B
5 Shigatse - Tingri - EBC, 350km, Approx. 7hrs Gawula Pass, Sunset of Golden Everest Peak Nomad Tent(Dorm Bed) B
6 EBC - Shigatse, 350km, Approx. 7hrs Sunrise of Everest Peak, Everest Base Camp Shigatse, 3★/4★
7 Shigatse – Lhasa, 280km, Approx. 6hrs Tashilhunpo Monastery Lhasa, 3★/4★ B
8 Lhasa- Namtso- Lhasa, 460km, Approx. 6hrs Holy Namtso Lake Lhasa, 3★/4★ B
9 Lhasa Departure Send off to the airport/railway station B

Daily Itinerary

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Our staff will greet you at Lhasa Airport/Railway Station to transfer you to the hotel. From Lhasa Airport to downtown Lhasa, it usually takes about one hour; from Lhasa Railway Station, about 20 minutes. After being transferred to the hotel, you will be free for the rest of the day to wander around the city on your own but try not to overtax yourself. Your good rest on the first day is crucial to acclimatize to the high altitude. Remember to drink lots of water, eat light, and avoid strenuous activities. As the capital city, Lhasa is the political, economic, cultural, communication and tourism center of Tibet with a history of over 1300 years.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

After breakfast in the hotel, the tour guide will take you to Drepung Monastery, the biggest Tibetan monastery that housed more than 10,000 monks in the past. Drepung means Rice Heap in the Tibetan language. The entire monastery is large in scale and the white buildings cluster and cover the hillsides. It's the highest-ranking monastery in the Gelug Sect.

In the afternoon you will first visit the Tibet Museum. Here you can see life scenes, exquisite clothing, house architecture, and festival customs, etc. to explore the special and mysterious Tibetan customs. Then you will visit Norbulingka, which is a typical Tibetan-style royal garden, the summer resort of the Dalai Lama.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

  • Meals:
  • Breakfast

Today, we will go to 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 the meditation Cave of the 33rd great king of Tibet.

In the afternoon, take an easy visit to Jokhang Temple in the center of Lhasa old town. Jokhang Temple is the most sacred temple in Tibet and it is always bustling with earnest local pilgrims. After you visit the temple, you'll have time to walk around the Barkhor Street, which is one of the most devotional circuits as well as the crowded central market of Lhasa since the early days. As a symbol of Lhasa, it is also a must-see place for visitors.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

  • Meals:
  • Breakfast

From Lhasa to Gyantse is about 264km, you will pass by Khamba-la Pass (4790m), where you will be amazed by the breathtaking glimpse of the holy Yamdrok Lake with its turquoise color and snow-capped Mt.Nyenchen Khangsar in the distance. About two hours away from Yamdrok Lake, there is Karola Glacier. It isn’t a big glacier, but the white glacier looks spectacular from the highway, and it is close enough (about 300 yards).

Arriving at Gyantse, you will visit Pelkor Chode Monastery. This magnificent multi-door structure is the largest stupa in Tibet, which is not only a stupa but also has 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.

Stay overnight in Shigatse

  • Meals:
  • Breakfast

In the morning, you will leave Shigatse to Lhatse, a small town located 150 km from Shigatse, and you may have lunch in a local restaurant. After a short rest, you will go ahead to Tingri. You will pass Tsola Pass(4,600m), and Gyatsola Pass(5,248m). In the late afternoon, you enter Mt. Everest National Nature Reserve, with countless prayer flags flying in the wind. You can enjoy the panorama of the Himalayas at Gawula Pass(5,198m). Then you'll drive along the New Zigzag road to Everest Base Camp(5,200m) 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)

  • Meals:
  • Breakfast

When you get up, you will see a striking view of luminous peaks highlighted by the sun and definitely, which 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

In the morning, drive to visit the Tashilhunpo Monastery which was founded by the First Dalai Lama in 1447, the monastery's structure was expanded by the Fourth and successive Panchen Lamas. Tashilhunpo has been 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

  • Meals:
  • Breakfast

In the morning, we drive to the holy Namtso Lake. On the way to Namtso, you will have a far view of the Nyenchen Tanglha Mountains. Enjoy the view of the vast grassland and spectacular natural scenery.

You'll arrive at Namtso Lake after passing NagelaPass(5150m). When standing at the famous Nagela Pass, you can see the stunning view of holy Namtso Lake. Being the second largest salt lake in China, Namtso covers a total area of more than 1900 square kilometers, the furthest depth being more than 33m. Namtso is also the highest altitude salt lake in the world with an elevation of 4,718 meters. Besides, you can enjoy the view of the Sky-Road railway with snowy mountains background. In the late afternoon, you will drive back to Lhasa.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

  • Meals:
  • Breakfast
Your tour ends today. Your guide and driver will drop you at Lhasa airport or railway station for your next stop.
  • Meals:
  • Breakfast

Cost & Calendar

All prices are in US Dollar / Person

Economic Class (3-Star Hotels)

2024-07-01 ~ 2024-08-31 2024-09-01 ~ 2024-10-10 2024-10-11 ~ 2024-10-31
USD1330 USD1310 USD1240

Comfortable Class (4-Star Hotels)

2024-07-01 ~ 2024-08-31 2024-09-01 ~ 2024-10-10 2024-10-11 ~ 2024-10-31
USD1470 USD1400 USD1340

Schedule

Starting DatePrice FromBookedBook Now
2024-07-26 USD1330 open for booking Book
2024-07-29 USD1330 open for booking Book
2024-08-02 USD1330 3 Book
2024-08-05 USD1330 open for booking Book
2024-08-09 USD1330 open for booking Book
2024-08-12 USD1330 open for booking Book
2024-08-16 USD1330 open for booking Book
2024-08-19 USD1330 open for booking Book
2024-08-23 USD1330 open for booking Book
2024-08-26 USD1330 2 Book
2024-08-30 USD1330 open for booking Book
2024-09-02 USD1310 open for booking Book
2024-09-06 USD1310 open for booking Book
2024-09-09 USD1310 open for booking Book
2024-09-13 USD1310 open for booking Book
2024-09-16 USD1310 open for booking Book
2024-09-20 USD1310 open for booking Book
2024-09-23 USD1310 open for booking Book
2024-09-27 USD1310 open for booking Book
2024-09-30 USD1310 open for booking Book
2024-10-04 USD1310 open for booking Book
2024-10-07 USD1310 open for booking Book
2024-10-11 USD1240 4 Book
2024-10-14 USD1240 open for booking Book
2024-10-18 USD1240 open for booking Book
2024-10-21 USD1240 open for booking Book
2024-10-25 USD1240 open for booking Book
2024-10-28 USD1240 open for booking Book
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2024-11-29 USD 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.

Discount Policy

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

Option A:3 or More from You Join Together$30 Off / 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

Our Service

INCLUSIONS

* Lodgings: 7 Nights, twin room en suite in 3★/4★;
                  1 Night, dorm bed at GUESTHOUSE or NOMAD TENT;
* Meal: 7 Breakfasts;
* Travel-licensed vehicle according to group size & season as itinerary needed including gas and parking fee;
* Lhasa Railway Station transfer at all times on the first & last day;
* Pick-up from Lhasa Gonggar Airport to your hotel at 9:30 am, 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm on the first day;
* Drop-off from your hotel to Lhasa Gonggar Airport at 8:30 am, 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm on the last day;
* Guide: experienced local English-speaking tour guide;
* Attractions: all entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary;
* Permit: Tibet Tourism Bureau Permit; Alien's Travel Permit to be applied in Shigatse with your original passport which takes about 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 can help you book the domestic flight/train ticket at the BEST price. Please contact us for details.);
* If you miss the free transfer schedule due to flight delay or cancelation, then you are required to pay a private transfer from USD 80/vehicle/time;
* 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 the gratuity 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. You are suggested to tip each of them 5-10 USD/day in total;
* All the commission and tax charged by PayPal, Bank, and government when making payment. (e.g. PayPal --- 4.4%. Wire transfer --- 2%);
* 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 handling fee will be charged. Please consult your travel consultant for details;
* 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 pick up and drop off all tour members of the group on the 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 travelers; if any attraction visit has to be canceled due to the same reasons above, GTT won't be held responsible for a refund except for certain attraction entrance fees which will be solely decided by GTT;
* Single Supplement: our quote is based on twin rooms. For single travelers, a single supplement is required at the time of booking. If later we manage to match you with another traveler to share the twin room, the single supplement will be refunded;
* The accommodation condition on Everest is kind of basic due to the geographic and climatic situation. As we try to bring you the best tour experience, the double room of Rongbuk Monastery guesthouse will be our first choice for you to stay overnight there. However, there are limited numbers of those rooms, which are not accepted a reservation in advance, especially during the peak tourist season. Thus, when the standard rooms run out, we would arrange all the group members to stay in the multiple bedded rooms of Rongbuk Monastery or the nomad tent at the EBC tent area. Both of them provide dorm beds only. If you don’t want to share the room with others, you could pay the price difference for the vacant beds;
* All members of the same group must be with the same tour guide during the whole trip. So all members must follow the same itinerary and visit the same attractions. If anyone requests to change the scheduled arrangement for own reasons, you need to get permission from other members and accept the possible payment change if any;

Typically Asked Questions from Our Clients

Asked by Deni***

Which trip is 'easy', not 'moderate to strenuous'? We would like about 10 days exploring.

Emily
Answered by Emily

Dear Deni****,

We can arrange a Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Everest Namtso Group Tour for you. This itinerary is easy and is suitable for most travelers. I can open a group departure date on 1 Oct. By the way, there is a National Day from 1 Oct to 7 Oct, so I suggest you consider avoiding the peak season.

Asked by Fran***

Hello
I would be interested in the
Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Everest Namtso Group Tour from 16/08. Also, I would land in Beijing on 11/08, would you also be able to help me in finding train tickets (no flight) to Lhasa? If you let me know the itinerary and duration (e.g. direct train vs. stops..) options, would be helpful for me to understand how to organize myself in the days before the trip would start.
Thank you!

Merry
Answered by Merry

Dear Fran****, 

For 9 days Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Everest Namtso Group Tour, we can open one on 16 August for you but it needs further confirmation. We can help you book the train tickets from Beijing to Lhasa which departs at 19:53 daily and takes about 40 hours. You can take the train on 14 August and arrive in Lhasa at 11:36 am on 16 August.

 

Asked by Ruth***

Hi, would like to enquiry if we are able to travel to tibet on mid of march ?

Jennie
Answered by Jennie

Dear Ruth****,

We can arrange the Tibet private tour for you in mid-March. We can arrange the group tour all year except for February and March. Please kindly note, that the road to Namtso is likely to freeze in March, I suggest you consider other attractions.

Asked by Nhiê***

Hi,
I am considering travel to Tibet from 25April to 4May. I plan to arrive Tibet at 14:05 local time on 25April and depart at 11:00 on 4May. It is about 9 days, 8 nights in Tibet. Could you pls recommend the tour schedule with my duration in Tibet.

In addition, I am Vietnamese, so do I need visa for china and Tibet or just apply vise for Tibet.

Many thanks.
Chris

Jennie
Answered by Jennie

Dear Nhiên***,

1. We can arrange the 9-day Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Everest Namtso Tour for you. Currently, we don't have group departure on 25 April but we can open one for you and wait for other tourists to join.

2. We will help you apply for the Tibet Travel Permit along with your passports and China Visa. It usually takes 20 days. Please offer your China Visa to us in early April.

 

Asked by Be***

Hello, I wish to check on this itinerary whether is there a tour going on from 17th December onwards. I am travelling alone, so I will appreciate if you can provide the total cost based on single room for the entire trip.

beatrice
Answered by Beatrice

Dear Ben****,

Thanks for sending us another inquiry!

For Namtso Lake, since it's located at an altitude of 4700M, our groups don't go there in winter as it's likely to get canceled due to the heavy snow. We usually run group tours to Namtso from April to October.

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