Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Mt. Everest Group Tour

Duration:
8 Days
Price:
From $850
Destination:
Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse - EBC - Shigatse – Lhasa
Season:
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Autumn
  • Winter
Tour Type:
Group Tour
Group Size:
Max 12
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This is our most popular itinerary, which is also a once-in-a-lifetime experience to view the highest mountain in the world - Mt. Everest, with 8848m above sea level. After spending your first 3 days in Lhasa city for main tourist sites visiting, you will get ready to start the journey to Everest. You’ll stop by holy Yamdrok Lake, the glistening Karola Glacier and Khumbum Stupa in Gyantse and Shigatse. From there you’ll go up to over 5000 meters and spend a night at Everest Base Camp. If weather permits, you can enjoy the beautiful sunset and glorious sunrise before return to Lhasa.

Day 1 Arrival in Lhasa (3680m)

Taking flight into Tibet will give you a panorama of the snowy Himalaya Mountains Or 1-2 days of train riding over the high plateau by crossing Tanggula Mountains with beautiful sceneries along the way. Once you arrive, our local Tibetan tour guide and driver will greet you at Lhasa Airport/Railway to transfer you to the hotel. From airport to downtown Lhasa, it takes about 1.2hrs; 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 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 Suburb

Today’s first attraction is to visit Drepung Monastery which is the world's largest monastery that housed for more than 10,000 monks; it was the resident of the Dalai Lama. After lunch, you will continue to visit the Sera Monastery which was founded in 1419 by Tsongkapa's disciple Jamchen Choeje. The most attractive thing of Sera Monastery is Buddhist Scriptures debating held in the courtyard between 15:00 - 17:00 from Monday to Saturday.

Stay overnight in Lhasa, 3★/4★

Drepung Monastery is one of the three greatest Gelug university gompas in Tibet.
Sera Monastery  is one of three famous monasteries in the city
  • Breakfast
  • Welcome Dinner
Day 3 Lhasa City

In the morning our guide will meet you at the hotel and first take you to visit famous Potala Palace, the cardinal landmark of Tibet and the masterpiece of Tibetan architecture, it was first built by 33rd King Songtsen Gangpo in the 7th century and rebuilt it later in 17th century by 5th Dalai Lama, now it is a museum and world heritage site.

In the afternoon, we will go to visit Jokhang Temple in the center of the old Lhasa city. Jokhang Temple is one of the most sacred temples in all over Tibet and it is always bustling with earnest local pilgrims since from early days. After that you will take a walk around the Barkhor street which is the one of the most devotional circuit as well as crowded central market of Lhasa, Barkhor Street is located in the old area of Lhasa City Tibet, it is a very ancient round street surrounding the Jokhang Temple and the locals are always proud of it. As a symbol of Lhasa, it is also a must-see place for visitors.

Stay overnight in Lhasa, 3★/4★

Tibetan traditional handicrafts can be found in Barkhor Street, such are prayer wheels, Buddhist statues, carpets, and thangkas.
The life-sized statue of the Jowo Shayamuni of age 12 can be seen in Jokhang Temple, it is recognized as the holiest object in Tibet.
  • Breakfast
Day 4 Lhasa- Gyantse(4040m)- Shigatse(3840m), 360km, approx 6hrs

We will pass by Kampala pass (4794m) on the way from Lhasa to Shigatse and visit Yamdrok Lake. Covering 638Km², Yamdrok Lake is one of the three largest sacred lakes in Tibet. The lake is surrounded by many snow-capped mountains and is fed by numerous small streams. 

Later we will pass and enjoy the Karola Glacier on the roadside. It is about 300m from the main highway with easy access on your way to Gyantse.

Then visit the main monastery in Gyantse - Pelkor Chode Monastery. Pelkhor Choede in Gyantse town is located about 230km to the south of Lhasa and 100kmto east of Shigatse. The monastery is a short walk from the heart of the town.

Stay overnight in Shigatse, 3★/4★

Yamdroktso Lake is a freshwater lake in Tibet
The white glacier is spectacular from the highway
  • Breakfast
Day 5 Shigatse - Tingri - 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.

If it’s summertime (usually May~Oct), we will carry on the last few kilometers to Everest Tent Camp to stay the night; if winter time (usually Nov~Apr), we will stay at Rongbuk Monastery’s guesthouse. Both places have but only dorm bed lodging available. Both places you can see the glorious Everest sunset if the weather is good.

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

At the site of Rongbuk Monastery, you can view the highest mountain of the world brightly shining and clearly sparkling. The snowy peak seems happily to touch the blue sky.
Rongbuk Monastery is a monastery of Nyingmapa. It is founded by Ngawang Tenzin Norbu in 1902, distinctively housing both monks and nuns.
  • Breakfast
Day 6 EBC - Shigatse, 350km, approx 6hrs

You can get up early and enjoy the sunrise of Everest Peak at lodging area if the weather is good. And then, we can drive you to the Everest Base Camp. After sightseeing, we will drive back to Shigatse and enjoy the fabulous view along the way.

Stay overnight in Shigatse, 3★/4★

The best time to travel to Mt. Everest would be May, June, Sep and early Oct. EBC is relatively less windy and clear.
Since there is a very simple post office at EBC, you can send postcards  from this highest place to your families, your friends, and even to yourself.
Day 7 Shigatse - Lhasa, 300km, approx 5hrs

In Shigatse, we will visit Tashilunpo Monastery the home of Panchen Lama, it was founded by the 1st Dalai Lama in 1447, is a historic and culturally important monastery in Shigatse and also the second-largest city in Tibet. It located on a hill in the center of the city, the full name in Tibetan of the monastery means "all fortune and happiness gathered here" or "heap of glory". Drive back to Lhasa from Shigatse along the friendship way, the northern way to Lhasa. On the way, you’ll see the Yarlung Tsangpo valley.

Stay overnight in Lhasa, 3★/4★

Standing on the entrance of Tashilhunpo,visitors can see the grand buildings with golden roofs and white walls
“Tashilhunpo” means “Auspicious Sumeru” in Tibetan language
  • Breakfast
Day 8 Depart from Lhasa

Today your guide and driver will escort you to the airport or railway station for your next destination. Before your departure, we will appreciate if you can spend a few minutes to evaluate our services either by filling the feedback form or simply send us an email when you back home. Your whole trip officially ended.

  • 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)

2018-07-01 ~ 2018-10-10 2018-10-11 ~ 2018-10-31 2018-11-01 ~ 2018-12-31
$1020 $910 $850

Comfortable Class (4-Star Hotels)

2018-07-01 ~ 2018-10-10 2018-10-11 ~ 2018-10-31 2018-11-01 ~ 2018-12-31
$1090 $950 $870

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 Dates 12-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
2018-07-20 $1020 open for booking Book
2018-07-23 $1020 5 Book
2018-07-27 $1020 open for booking Book
2018-07-30 $1020 open for booking Book
2018-08-01 $1020 5 Book
2018-08-03 $1020 6 Book
2018-08-06 $1020 open for booking Book
2018-08-10 $1020 1 Book
2018-08-13 $1020 open for booking Book
2018-08-17 $1020 2 Book
2018-08-20 $1020 open for booking Book
2018-08-24 $1020 2 Book
2018-08-25 $1020 1 Book
2018-08-27 $1020 2 Book
2018-08-31 $1020 open for booking Book
2018-09-03 $1020 open for booking Book
2018-09-07 $1020 open for booking Book
2018-09-10 $1020 open for booking Book
2018-09-14 $1020 4 Book
2018-09-17 $1020 open for booking Book
2018-09-21 $1020 open for booking Book
2018-09-24 $1020 open for booking Book
2018-09-28 $1020 open for booking Book
2018-09-29 $1020 2 Book
2018-10-01 $1020 open for booking Book
2018-10-05 $1020 open for booking Book
2018-10-08 $1020 open for booking Book
2018-10-12 $910 2 Book
2018-10-15 $910 3 Book
2018-10-17 $910 1 Book
2018-10-19 $910 2 Book
2018-10-22 $910 2 Book
2018-10-26 $910 open for booking Book
2018-10-29 $910 2 Book
2018-11-02 $850 open for booking Book
2018-11-09 $850 open for booking Book
2018-11-16 $850 open for booking Book
2018-11-23 $850 open for booking Book
2018-11-30 $850 open for booking Book
2018-12-07 $850 open for booking Book
2018-12-14 $850 open for booking Book
2018-12-21 $850 open for booking Book
2018-12-28 $850 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: 6 Nights, twin room en suite in 3★/4★;

                  1 Night, dorm bed at GUESTHOUSE or NOMAD TENT;

*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;

*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;

* All the commission and tax charged by PayPal, Bank, and government when making payment. (e.g. PayPal --- 4.2%. Wire transfer --- 7%);

* 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, 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

Sylv***

2018-07-17

We will have at least 4 people planning to join the trip around June 2019. 1) What is the 4 star hotel in Lhasa, the first 3 nights and last night, you will be booking for us? 2) What about the charge if we want to book our own hotels? 3) Will there be drop off and pick up from the airport on the first day and last day if we book our own hotel? 4) We may want to spend one more day in Lhasa by ourselves after we come back from EBC. Will there be a drop off for us at the airport? 5) Can you help us to purchase train ticket, so we take train back from Shigatse to Lhasa? Thank you. Sylvia Cheng

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Caroline

In your inquiry, you mentioned that (at least) four of you would like to join our 8-day Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Mt. Everest Group Tour in June 2019. 

Heid***

2018-07-16

Hello My boyfriend and I might be interested in your "Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Mt. Everest Group Tour" Starting the 6th of august, is it possible to add the skytrain from Xining? What would the total price then be? Thank you! Kind regards Heidi Melin

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Caroline

I am sorry that we don't have any set group yours on 6th. August. As I mentioned before, according to our booking policy, we need to get the deposit at least 45 days before the tour starts if we open a new group for you. 

So, the best is to join the one on 8th. And you can take the train from Xining to Lhasa on 7th. Please check if you are okay with the schedule.

Fran***

2018-07-12

We like to arrive by plane at September 3th and want to leave after the Tour by train to Xining and finally to Chengdu. Best regars Frank

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Caroline

In your inquiry, you mentioned that two of you are interested in our 8-day Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Mt. Everest Group Tour. So far, we don’t have a group tour starts on 3rd. September. I am wondering if you could join the one on 14th. Sept.?

Math***

2018-07-11

Want to join small group to Tibet and base camp at Everest. . Your 1-8 day trip look great- please quote in S.A. currency (rand)

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nance

Here is the brief itinerary for your interested 8 days Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Mt. Everest Group Tour, 

Robi***

2018-07-06

Hi, I'm interested in the 8 day Lhasa Gyantse tour and am in pretty good shape. If I'm not used to the altitude will I be ok? Also is beginning of Oct in season for tour?

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nance

For high altitude sickness, we suggest that travelers with a severe cold, a high fever, acute or chronic pulmonary diseases, severe cardiovascular diseases should avoid traveling to regions with a high altitude. Most travelers to Tibet will suffer from at least some symptoms which will generally disappear through acclimatization in several hours to several days. After 1 or 2 days acclimation in Lhasa, almost all of them can adapt to the local environment and these symptoms will disappear. And, we have equipped oxygen tank and medical kit for emergency use. For this group tour, the altitude in Lhasa city is 3680m, after starting from Lhasa city, your altitude will gradually rise to 5100m till Everest Base Camp. The arrangement of the itinerary is based on your acclimation, so you will not feel uncomfortable. Don’t worry about it! : )

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