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Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Mt.Everest Tour

8 Days
From USD1306
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.

DayRouteAttractions & Activities
1 Arrival in Lhasa (3650m) Pick up and transfer to the hotel
2 Lhasa Sightseeing Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street
3 Lhasa Sightseeing Drak Yerpa, Sera Monastery
4 Lhasa- Gyantse- Shigatse, 360km, Approx. 6hrs Yamdroktso Lake, Karola Glacier, Pelkor Chöde Monastery
5 Shigatse - Tingri - EBC, 350km, Approx. 7hrs Tashilhunpo Monastery, Sunset of Golden Everest Peak
6 EBC - Shigatse, 350km, Approx.7hrs Sunrise of Everest Peak, Everest Base Camp, Rongbuk Monastery
7 Shigatse – Lhasa, 280km, Approx. 5.5hrs Yungdrungling Monastery
8 Lhasa Departure Send off to the airport/railway station

Daily Itinerary


This is the first day in Tibet. Your guide will greet you at Lhasa Gonggar Airport/Railway Station and transfer you to your hotel. It usually takes around 1 hour to drive from Lhasa Airport to downtown Lhasa and takes about 20 minutes from Lhasa Railway Station. Tourists could have a look at the 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 going out, you can wander 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, and do not move strenuously. It’s really useful to get acclimatized to the high altitude.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

After resting one night, today you will recover sufficiently to launch your Lhasa city tour, with close contact with Lhasa, which is the political, economic, cultural, communication and tourism center of Tibet with a history of 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 - Songtsen Gangpo in the 7th century. The gilded burial stupas of former Dalai Lamas and the meditation Cave of the 33rd great king are the most worth seeing in Potala Palace.

After lunch, you are going to Jokhang Temple, which was founded at the same time and by the same king as Potala Palace. From the outside, you can see many pilgrims prostrating in front of the temple. The most precious treasure of this temple is the statue of Buddha Sakyamuni at the age of 12.

Barkhor Street is the next destination that women love a lot. Because it’s a famous busy walking street where they can go shopping. There are many distinctive shops and stalls that sell different Tibetan stuff, like handicrafts, Thangka, and so on. Except for shopping, tourists can also join the Kora with pilgrims and locals, to explore Tibetan religious culture more deeply.


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

In the morning, you are heading to Drak Yerpa, the most famous meditation retreat near Lhasa. It's a monastery embedded in the cliff wall. Drak Yerpa is described as the "life tree" or spiritual axis of Lhasa. The site had strong spiritual power, having been visited by almost all great Tibetan masters. You can feel the power of the meditation caves here.

In the afternoon, you will pay a visit to Sera Monastery, which is one of the "great three" Gelug monasteries of Tibet. Monks debate from 3 pm to 5 pm. If the debate is not your type, you can also enjoy the three sand Mandalas and colorful rock paintings of Buddha. The sight here is splendid because you can see wild roses around. That's why people also call it "the Court of Wild Rose."

Stay overnight in Lhasa

You will go to Shigatse from Lhasa via Gyantse today. Firstly, you can have a glimpse of Yamdroktso Lake at Gampala Pass (4790m), from there you will be amazed by the breathtaking view of the holy Yamdrok Lake with its turquoise color and snow-capped mount Nyenchen Khangsar in the distance.

Then you will see the Korala Glacier when we pass it on the roadside. After that, we will arrive in Gyantse. Here we'll visit Palkhor Chode monastery. This magnificent multi-door structure is the largest stupa in Tibet, not only well known for its architecture but also for its old sculptures and paintings all around its inner walls.

Stay overnight in Shigatse

Before driving to Lhatse to have lunch, you will visit the famous Tashilhunpo Monastery, the home of Panchen Lama.

After passing Tsola Pass(4,600m) and Gyatsola Pass(5,248m), you will enter the National Nature Reserve of Mt. Everest, with countless prayer flags flying in the wind. Then you will keep ascending to Gawula Pass(5,198m), where you can enjoy the panorama of the Himalayas.

And then you will go directly to Everest Base Camp(5,200m). You can see the amazing sunset of the Golden Everest Peak at the lodging area if the weather is good.

Stay overnight at a tent camp

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 the 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

We will visit the last attraction of this itinerary today---Yungdrungling Monastery, a typical Bon religion monastery in Tibet. The monks here are very friendly to visitors. Some of them can even speak English. If you are lucky to meet the key holder, he can show you the large Dukhang(the assembly hall). Inside the house, there are the impressive thrones of the monastery's two resident Shiromo along the walls-look for the deity's characteristic swastika mace. There are also a couple of more behind the main hall that you can pay a visit to. Those chapels include the Namjya Lhakhang. Keep in mind that you should visit those chapels in an anticlockwise direction. And then, the driver will take you to your hotel in Lhasa.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Your tour ends today. Our guide and driver will collect you from your hotel and transfer you to Lhasa Airport/Railway Station for your next destination.
Tour Price and Service

From US$1306 p/p

Based on 3-star hotels for 2 people in low seasons. Price varies according to travel season, number of people and level of accommodation.


  • Tibet Tourism Bureau Permit and all other necessary permits to Tibet;
  • All entrance tickets fee for tourist attractions listed in the itinerary;
  • Experienced local English-speaking tour guide;
  • Travel-licensed vehicle according to group size & season as itinerary needed including gas and parking fee;
  • All lodging listed in the itinerary; it’s your decision about the accommodation class: luxury 5-star international hotel, comfortable 4-star hotel, economic 3-star hotel, or guesthouse. Please tell us your preference;
  • Breakfasts provided by hotels;
  • Pick-up & Drop-off service from Airport/railway station;
  • 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.


  • International flight to and out of China;
  • Chinese Visa/China Group Visa; (Note: we could help you by providing the hotel or domestic flight reservation copies for your Chinese Visa or the invitation letter for your China Group Visa)
  • 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.)
  • Meals 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. 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 --- 4.4%. Wire transfer --- 2%);
  • Personal expenses, like laundry, phone call, snacks, soft drinks, optional tour activities, etc.
  • Anything not mentioned in the Inclusions.

Typically Asked Questions from Our Clients

Asked by Ma***

Hi, we (2x 30 year olds and 1x 62 year old) are interested in traveling to Tibet and covering the below places. Could recommend the most suitable tour package and also provide some examples of the accommodations please. Potala Palace Drepung Monastery Jokhang Temple Tashilunpo monastery Yamdrok Lake Everest base camp Kharola Glacier Thank you.

Answered by Beatrice

Dear May***,

We can arrange a Tibet tour for you starting on 15 Oct covering all your mentioned attractions.

Asked by Clar***

like to have price quote for 4 day tour of Tibet, from Llhasa to Base Camp. Arrive Lhasa July 8 by Qinghai Lhasa train. So need hotel in Llhasa July 8 but tour starts from Llhasa July 9 to Shitgate July 10 from Shitgate to BC (like to view sunset of Mt Everest) July 11 BC to Shitgate July 12 Shitgate to Llhasa. Leave Llhasa to Xian by air July 13, Therefore, need 4 day, driving tour, 5 nights of hotel including hotel at or near BC not tent. Need 2 single occupacy rooms.

Answered by Beatrice

Dear Clar****,

If you are departing to Shigatse one day after arriving in Lhasa, there's a high risk of occurring altitude sickness. Usually we don't suggest you do that. Please consider at least 2 nights in Lhasa even if you are taking a train to Lhasa. If any of you suffer from altitude sickness, your travel will definitely be impacted.

Asked by Hoan***

I am from Montreal, Canada. I have two weeks in August for vacation. The second and third weeks of August.I like to see the Potala palace, fly to see the Everest. Do you have a tour for that? And what is the cost? Thanks.

Answered by Beatrice

Dear Hoan****, We can arrange Lhasa to Everest Base Camp tour for you. But there's no flight available from Lhasa to EBC in Tibet part. Also going to Tibet from Kathmandu is not available this year as you can only fly to Lhasa via Chengdu, which is a detour. If possible, I suggest you fly to mainland China first then go overland tour to Kathmandu.

Asked by Qian***

We are 2 adults and 1 child (16yrs) Canadian. We would like to plan to take the plane to Lhasa on Aug 12 from Guangzhou, do a visit to the Lhasa including Everst base camp(4-5 day tour?) then possibly return by train from Lhasa to Shanghai or plane if too tight. With goal to arrive in Shanghai by Aug 23rd, 2023. What do you suggest? Thank You.

Answered by Beatrice

Dear Qian***,

We can arrange this Tibet trip for you. If you are visiting EBC, it usaually takes 7 days to 9 days as you need to adapt to the high-altitude environment in Lhasa for 3 nights. Otherwise, there's a risk of acute altitude sickness since you are going to EBC, at an altitude of 5200m. From Guangzhou to Lhasa, you can take a flight with a stopover in Chengdu/Chongqing. You also can take a train from Chengdu/Chongqing to Lhasa as time is adequate.

When you get back from Lhasa to Shanghai, it's recommended to take a flight. The purpose to take a Tibet train is to accommodate the high altitude. If you have gotten used to it and already experienced the scenery of snowy Himalayans, the Qinghai-Tibet railway scenery might not so engaging anymore. Here's my recommended itinerary. Please let me know your idea.

Asked by Mr. ***

Is it possible to travel to Tibet this year, and do you have single rooms?

Answered by Zoey

Dear Wilfried,

We can help you arrange your travel to Tibet this year. And single rooms are available in Lhasa and Shigatse.

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