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Lhasa Shigatse Everest Base Camp Sakya Tour

7 Days
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This itinerary combines the EBC tour with Sakya Monastery, the main monastery of the Saga sect of Tibetan Buddhism. First of all, you can visit Lhasa for the world-famous attractions from Lhasa, such as Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street, etc. Passing through the Tashilhunpo Monastery in Shigatse, you will see the majestic Himalayan peaks and arrive at the base camp of Mount Everest. In addition to the awe-spiring Mount Everest, the world's highest monastery, Rongbuk Monastery, is also worth seeing. Finally, you will travel to Sakya County to visit Sakya Monastery, where you can admire the exquisite murals and amazing collection of scriptures. On the way back to Lhasa, you can visit local Tibetan families and experience more Tibetan daily life.

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-Shigatse(3840m)- Lhatse(4050m), 420km, Approx. 8hrs Tashilhunpo Monastery
4 Lhatse -Tingri - Everest Base Camp, 190km, Approx. 5hrs Sunset of Golden Everest Peak, Rongbuk Monastery
5 EBC-Sakya(4316m)-Shigatse, 350km, Approx. 7hrs Sunrise of Everest Peak, Everest Base Camp, Sakya Monastery
6 Shigatse – Lhasa, 280km, Approx. 7hrs Tibetan Family Visit
7 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

Today you will leave Lhasa and head to Lhatse via Shigatse. After breakfast, there will be a long time driving along the road due to the strict speed limited regulation. You can take some photos on the road.

When you arrive at Shigatse, you will visit the famous Tashilunpo Monastery, the home of Panchen Lama. It's the largest monastery in Shigatse and one of the four Gelug monasteries in Tibet. Then you will go to Lhatse county.

Stay overnight in Lhatse

After one night's rest, you are going to the world-known Everest Base Camp(5,200m) today. You will pass old Tingri first. Then you will arrive at Rongbuk Monastery (5,154m), which is the highest monastery in the world. You can get a great view of Mt. Everest from there. And if the weather is good, the amazing sunset of golden Everest peak will get you intoxicated.

Stay overnight at Everest Base Camp

Then we can drive you to EBC from the tent camp, it remains only 4km. You can have a good look at Mt. Everest from EBC and take clear photos of it. The great sunrise of Everest Peak is far out of your imagination. Please get up early to enjoy the peaceful and wonderful morning you’ve never had.

After that, you will go back to Shigatse via Sakya County. There are many different Tibetan Buddhism monasteries in Sakya County, the most famous one is Sakya Monastery, the main monastery of Sakyapa. It was built in Tubo Dynasty, the wall is colorful with red, white and cyan paint. That’s why Sakyapa is also called Colorful Buddhism.

After 3 hours of driving, you will arrive in Shigatse and spend one night there.

Stay overnight in Shigatse

We will start to go back to Lhasa today. It takes 6-7 hours to get to Lhasa from Shigatse with the speed-limited regulation. But the view is good along the road, so, get your camera ready. And it's better to prepare some snacks to bring along.

On the way to get back to Lhasa in the afternoon, you can visit local Tibetan families to enjoy a happy time with these hospitable people.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Visit a Tibetan Village
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$1347 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 Saka***

Hello, I am 1Pax and would like to travel in I would require Tibet travel permit. Can you please send a customized and shortest itinerary covering Lhasa, Shigatse, Namso or Yamdrak lake
Potala Palace, Tashilhunpa, Jokang, Sera and Gerdan and Semya monestries. I will book hotels and arrange Chinese visa myself. Thank you.

Answered by Merry

Dear Saka****,

We can arrange 7 days Lhasa-Shigatse-Namtso private tour on 8 April for you. Here is the itinerary for your reference. If you arrive in Lhasa in the morning, we can arrange Sera Monastery in the afternoon. 

Day Route Attractions & Activities
1 Arrival in Lhasa (3650m) Pick up and transfer to the hotel
2 Lhasa Sightseeing Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street
  Lhasa - Drak Yerpa – Ganden(3800m)-Lhasa, km, Approx hrs Drak Yerpa, Ganden MonasterySamye Monastery
3 Lhasa- Gyantse- Shigatse, 360km, Approx. 7hrs Yamdroktso Lake, Karola Glacier, Pelkor Chöde Monastery
4 Shigatse - Tingri - EBC(5100m), 350km, Approx. 7hrs Tashilhunpo Monastery, Sunset of Golden Everest Peak
5 EBC-Sakya(4316m)-Shigatse, 350km, Approx. 7hrs Sunrise of Everest Peak, Everest Base Camp, Sakya Monastery
6 Shigatse – Lhasa, km, Approx. 7hrs Holy Namtso Lake
7 Lhasa Departure Send off to the airport/railway station

Asked by Fran***


could you please let me know if you can arrange a trip with the following details:

In Lhasa, I will book my own hotels, for the other locations, I need you to arrange hotels for me.

Sep 11: Arrival in Lhasa (booked my own hotel)
Sep 12: Lhasa city with Potala Palace (booked my own hotel)
Sep 13: Trip to Shigatse
Sep 14: Trip to Everest Base Camp
Sep 15: Return to Shigatse
Sep 16: Return to Lhasa (booked my own hotel)
Sep: 17: Flight from Lhasa

Also, is this enough time for me to get the Tibet permit (I already have my Chinese visa)?

Answered by Jennie

Dear Fran****,

Thank you for sending us an inquiry! 

We can arrange the 7-day Lhasa Shigatse Everest Base Camp Sakya Tour for you on 11 September. It will take 5 working days to apply for the Tibet Travel permit along with your China Visa and passport scan. After we help you obtain it, we will express it to your hotel in other cities in China then you can carry it board on the plane. 

Asked by Lana***


Can you please let me know the price for a private tour for two people. We would be coming from Shanghai and would fly to Xining to get the train to Lhasa.

Answered by Beatrice

Yes, we can arrange this Lhasa Shigatse Everest Base Camp Sakya Tour for you. July and August are the peak tourist season so the price is higher than that of the ordinary season. If you want to keep the cost down, you may find two or more friends to share the vehicle and tour guide cost with you.

Asked by max ***

what time of the year best to travel, please quote price including flight, how long is the flight, we are looking for 10-14 days tour

Answered by Catherine

In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to visit Tibet. The 8 Days Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Mt. Everest Group Tour is highly recommended. Generally speaking, from April to November is suitable for travel in Tibet. April and November are the best time to EBC.

Asked by Rach***


Myself and a friend would like to do the 7-day Lhasa Shigatse Everest Base Camp Sakya Tour. Unfortunately, we don't have any flexibility - we can only travel between the 1st and 7th October 2019 due to work (we are teachers). On the upside, we already have Chinese visas.

I look forward to hearing back from you.

Best wishes,

Rachael Robertson

Answered by Catherine

In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to do 7-day Lhasa Shigatse Everest Base Camp Sakya Tour from Oct.1 to 7th. This is a private tour. For travelers less than 5, we usually suggest them to join our small group tour to keep the cost down. I recommend below tours departing on Oct.1st for you. If you still prefer the 7 days Lhasa Shigatse Everest Base Camp Sakya Tour, we can arrange it for you. Here is the itinerary of 8 Days Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Mt. Everest Group Tour. You can take evening flight to leave Lhasa on Day 7.

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