Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Tour

Duration:
6 Days
Destination:
Lhasa-Shigatse-Lhasa
Season:
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Autumn
  • Winter
Tour Type:
Private Tour
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After sightseeing in Lhasa head straight to the coiling scorpion-lake of Yamdrotso before heading and the glacier-draped Karola pass to Gyantse with its must-see Pelkor Chöde Monastery with Gyantse Kumbum. A 90 minute’s driving away to Shigatse, with its impressive Tashilump Monastery, it’s one of the Six Big Monasteries of Gelugpa (or Yellow Hat Sect) in Tibet.

Day 1 Arrival in Lhasa (3680m)

Tashi Delek! Our staff will greet you at Lhasa Airport/Railway Station to transfer you to the hotel. From Lhasa Airport to downtown Lhasa, it takes about 1.2 hours. It’s about 20 minutes driving From Lhasa Railway Station to your hotel. In order to adapt to the high altitude soon, you'd better have a rest and don’t do strenuous exercise. If you feel good, you can visit the Potala Palace Square, far view the Yaowang Mountain and take a panoramic view of the Potala Palace. Remember to drink lots of water, eat light and high carbohydrate foods help you adapt the high altitude better.

Stay overnight in Lhasa 

Day 2 Lhasa Suburb

After breakfast, our tour guide will first take you to visit Drepung Monastery which is the world's largest monastery that housed for over 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

Drepung Monastery has white constructions and looks like a heap of rice in the distance. Its name, “Drepung”, means “Collecting Rice” in Tibetan.
Sera Monassrey is located at the foot of Tatipu Hill in the northern suburb of Lhasa City
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

The Potala Palace stands in the ancient Lhasa for centuries and plays an important role in Tibetan people’s beliefs.
Reconstructed in Yuan, Ming, and Qing dynasties for several times, Jokhang Temple has four stories and covers an area of about 25,000 square meters now.
Day 4 Lhasa- Gyantse(4040m)- Shigatse(3840m), 360km, approx 6hrs

We will pass by Gampala pass (4794m) on the way from Lhasa to Shigatse and visit Yamdrok Lake, it is one of the three largest sacred lakes in Tibet, it’s around 70km long. 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 Pelkor Chode Monastery is the main monastery in Gyantse. Pelkhor Choede in Gyantse town is located about 230km to the south of Lhasa and 100km to the east of Shigatse. The monastery is a short walk from the heart of the town. The Friendship Highway that connects Kathmandu, Nepal to Lhasa passes through Gyantse.

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-Lhasa, 300km, approx 5hrs

Today we will go back to Lhasa; on the way we will visit the home of Panchen Lama - Tashilunpo Monastery, 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". For the trip back to Lhasa later afternoon, we will provide you two solutions which will be decided by Great Tibet Tour.

After that, we will go to visit Yungdrungling Monastery; it is a typical Buddhist monastery. 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. Inside the house 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.

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“Tashilhunpo” means “Auspicious Sumeru” in Tibetan language
Yungdrungling Monastery
Day 6 Depart from Lhasa
Today your guide and driver will escort you to the Lhasa 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, tour ends.

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Pete***

2018-01-03

Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Tour

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amy

I'm glad to hear that you are interested in taking our 6 Days Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Tour in Sep, this is a totally private tour, please kindly check the itinerary & price of it as follows:

Rich***

2017-03-12

Hi. We are a group of 4 adults arriving in Shanghai on the 27th of May. We could probably fly to Chengdu and be ready for Tibet from there on the 30th. What con you offer?

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amy

Dear Richard Alan Peters, firstly please kindly let me know how many days you like to spend in Tibet? then I could give you a tour itinerary accordingly and other further info in my email. Amy

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