Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Mt.Everest Tour

8 Days
Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse – EBC - Shigatse - Lhasa
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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.


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.
In front of the Jokhang Temple, you can see many pilgrims are worshipping and performing their devotions.
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.
Sera Monastery has a rich collection of cultural relics
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

Yamdroktso Lake is a freshwater lake in Tibet
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” means “Auspicious Sumeru” in Tibetan language
Tashilhunpo Monaster was founded by the First Dailai Lama in 1447
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

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.
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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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



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.



Hello,I had previously been speaking with Amy regarding my trip, however she told me she is no longer with the company. My plan is to fly into Beijing from Newfoundland, Canada on April 12. I will spend 4 days in Beijing and then take the train to Lhasa, where I would like to do the 8 day Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Mt.Everest Tour. After completing the tour I plan to take the train to Xi'An and continue to visit China from there. Amy had quoted me the price of USD950/person in April and single supplement of USD170/person based on 4-star hotel king-size bedroom for the tour starting April 19. Is this still accurate? Also, I will be booking my flight to Beijing next week then applying for my Chinese Visa. In order to book the tour do I need to have my Chinese visa already? I've also been looking into booking the train from Beijing to Lhasa but having some difficulty finding it online. Does your company help with booking the train or would I need to arrange all that myself? If so, could you provide me with a site or company where I could book it?Thank you so much!Amanda Askeland



Is it possible for you to join our 8 days Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Mt. Everest Group Tour group tour on April 20th? Usually if you book a tour group with a new departure date, you need to book it 75 days prior. I guess cos it's still very early so Amy didn't tell you this when you contacted us in November. Same price as before.

For the extra day, we can arrange one-day private tour for you. You may visit Dark Yerpa, Ganden Monastery for feeling the mysterious Buddhism culture; or visit Namtso Lake - one of the top 3 holy lakes; or Norbulingka - the royal garden of Dalai Lama. What do you think? For the train tickets, to be frank, it's very hard to purchase the tickets. It's almost impossible for both you and us to get tickets on internet, so we have to get the ticket from ticket scalper by paying them very high handing fee(we will charge this fee from clients) to guarantee the ticket for you, we have NO profit at all to book any flight/train tickets for clients, we provide tickets booking service and just want our travelers could get into and out of Lhasa easily after tour booked with us.

In order to book the tour, you don't have to have China Visa already. Actually it's easy to apply for China Visa if you show your flight tickets, booked hotels, etc. as proof. Do you need to book now?



Tibet permit



Due to Tibet's unique background, apart from a Passport and a Chinese Visa, all foreign tourists allowed to enter Tibet must have Tibet Travel Permits. However, Tibet Travel Permit will not be issued for all tours from mid-February to March 31. So Tibet would be open until April 1. April 2 would be guaranteed cos we are still waiting for news if April 1 would be opened or not from the Tourism Bureau this year.






In your inquiry, you mentioned that there are four of you would like to visit Tibet in July. How about joining our 8-day Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Mt. Everest Group Tour?



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