Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Mt.Everest Tour

Duration:
8 Days
Destination:
Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse – EBC - Shigatse - Lhasa
Season:
  • Spring
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  • Autumn
  • Winter
Tour Type:
Private Tour
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This is one of our two most popular packages. This itinerary covers nearly all primary attractions of Tibet, such as The Potala Palace, Barkhor street, Jokhang Temple, etc.. Besides, tourists can see a wonderful view of holly lake Yamdroktso and Karola Glacier. In the end, the most exciting thing is to spend one night in Everest Base Camp, from where you can get a close-shot of Mt. Everest, the highest mountain in the world.

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. 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 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

The original Potala Palace was built by the King Songtsan Gampo for his bride in 637 AD, and it was rebuilt by the fifth Dalai Lama.
khang Temple has a beautiful golden roof, which will attract you when you get close to it. The golden roof of Jokhang Template. Ancient wooden beams and rafters can be found under the roof.
Day 3 Lhasa sightseeing

In the morning, you are heading to Drak Yerpa, a place may not be that famous but with its own advantage. It consists of a monastery and a number of ancient meditation caves. There are some holes that kind of arrows left in the cliffs are believed to prove that the legendary hero Gesar of Ling had visited this valley.

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.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Drak Yerpa was built by Songtsan Gampo, the first emperor of a united Tibet, in the 7th century for his wife.
Sers Monastery, a best place to see the colorful debates on Buddhist doctrines
Day 4 Lhasa- Gyantse(4040m)- Shigatse(3840m), 360km, approx 6hrs

You will go to Shigatse from Lhasa via Gyantse today.

Firstly, you can have a glimpse of Yamdroktso Lake during the way to Gampala 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. We shall visit Pelkor Monastery with Gyantse Kumbum and then see the Gyantse Fortress from a distance.

It normally takes one and a half hours to drive from Gyantse to Shigatse.

Stay overnight in Shigatse

Bathing in sunshine, Yamdrok lake is dispalying its dazzling beauty to visitors both home and abroad
The white glacier is spectacular from the highway
Day 5 Shigatse -Tingri -Rongpuk–EBC(5200m), 350km, aprox. 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 tent camp in summer (May- Oct.)

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

Tashilhunpo Monaster was founded by the First Dailai Lama in 1447
Tashilhunpo Monastery covers an area of nearly 300,000 square meters
Day 6 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

The best time to travel to Mt. Everest would be May, June, Sep and early Oct. EBC is relatively less windy and clear.
To celebrate Sakyamuni’s birth, Saka Dawa Festival is held in Rongbuk Monastery on every April 15th according to Tibetan calendar. You can watch monks do Tibetan dances there.
Day 7 Shigatse–Lhasa, 280km, approx 6-7hrs

We will visit the last attraction of this itinerary today---Yungdrungling Monastery, a typical Buddhist monastery. And then, the driver will take you to your hotel in Lhasa. It costs 6-7 hours because of the speed-limit regulation.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Yungdrungling Monastery
Yungdrungling Monastery
Day 8 Lhasa departure
Your tour ends today. Our guide and driver will collect you from your hotel to transfer to Lhasa Airport/Railway Station for your next destination.

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Apol***

2018-06-27

8 days Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Mt.Everest Tour

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nance

In your inquiry, you mentioned that there are two of you are interested in our 8 days Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Mt.Everest Tour, which is a private tour. Frankly speaking, the cost of a private tour for two travelers would be a little bit expensive. For people less than five, we usually suggest them join our small group tours to keep the cost down. So, how about having our 8 days Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Mt. Everest Group Tour? Here is the brief itinerary, 

Anne***

2018-05-10

8 Days Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Mt.Everest Tour We're interested in joining this tour on 27th May. Can you quote for two single rooms? Looking forward to hearing from you soon. Kind regards, Anne Marie

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nance

Due to Tibet's unique background, apart from a Passport and a Chinese Visa, all foreign tourists allowed to enter Tibet must have Tibet Permits. We need your passport and China visa copies to apply for them from Tibet Travel Bureau usually 12-working days before the tour starts. So you need to book this tour with us now so that we can surely get your Tibet permits before your departure date. 

As you have two people, I recommend you join our 8 days Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Mt. Everest Group Tour on May 27th, which you can share the total cost of tour guide, car fee with other travelers in this group. Here is the brief itinerary, 

cind***

2018-04-24

From Chengdu fly into Lhasa ow tkt, then take the 8day Lhasa-overland tour, fly home from Lhasa

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Caroline

In your inquiry, you mentioned that you would like to join our 8-day Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Mt. Everest Group Tour which is our most popular tour package. Please check the following itinerary as below.

I need more information before quoting.

1. When will you do this tour? Different month, the price is different as well.

2. What kind of accommodation would you like to get? The comfortable (4-star), or the economy class (3-star) hotel?

It will be so much appreciated to have all the answers.

 

Xiu ***

2018-04-06

- chengdu to lhasa by train around 12 September 2018- 8 days in tibet- two adults to join a group, one on new zealand passport, one on australian passport- fly out around 20 September Please give a quote thanks

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Caroline

In your inquiry, you mentioned that there are two of you would like to join our 8-day Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Mt. Everest Group Tour from September 12-19. Itinerary and quotation I have sent to your email. It will be so much appreciated to have all the answers. If you have any further questions or doubts, please let me know without hesitation.  Look forward to hearing from you!

Thom***

2018-02-12

I would like to depart Cheng Du on April 6 and arrive in Lhasa on the same day. I think the 8 day tour including Everest would the most suitable. I have the following questions.1.) Can I enter Tibet with my Chinese tourist Visa?2.) What weather can I expect in early April?3.) Do recommend Train or air transportation from Cheng Du?4.) What would the cost of the 8 day tour be?Thanks

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nance

Due to Tibet's unique background, apart from a Passport and a Chinese Visa, all foreign tourists allowed to enter Tibet must have Tibet Permit. We could surely get your Tibet permit including other necessary permits after you book the tour with us. We need your passport and China visa copies to apply for it from Tibet Travel Bureau.

Actually, it's not really cold in most areas like Lhasa, Shigatse, Gyantse, etc in early April. You will feel moderate at most of the time. It would be up to 59℉ due to the intensive sunlight. During the night, it will decrease to as low as 48.4℉ even in Lhasa city. If you are going to Mt. Everest, you will feel the change of the temperature along the way. When you get to the peak of a mountain, you may see it's snowing, while after going down, you will feel it's warm. To EBC, I suggest you take down jackets, hats, scarf, sunglasses, etc. as the wind is very strong, you need something to keep you warm and cover your face.

Yes, There is a direct train from Chengdu to Lhasa (Z322) open on EVEN day (EVEN refers to 2nd, 4th, 6th, 8th, 10th, etc.) in April. It takes about 36 hours. So I recommend you take a flight from Chengdu to Lhasa so that you can depart Chengdu on April 6 and arrive in Lhasa on the same day.

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