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Lhasa Shigatse Mt.Everest Namtso Tour

10 Days
From USD1922
Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse - EBC - Shigatse - Lake Namtso - Lhasa
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This 10-day classic overland trip covers the best of Tibet. Tourists can visit famous landmarks in Lhasa, such as Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Sera Monastery and Drepung Monastery. Then, you will follow Landscape Avenue - Friendship Highway, pass Gyantse and Shigatse to the base camp of Mount Everest, gaze on the magnificent north face of Mount Everest - the highest peak in the world, and worship the Rongbuk - the highest monastery in the world. In addition to the above arrangements, you can also visit Namtso, which is one of the three holy lakes in Tibet and the highest salt lake in the world. The magnificent view will completely captivate you.

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 Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery
4 Lhasa- Gyantse (4040 m), 262km, Approx 5hrs Yamdroktso Lake, Karola Glacier, Pala Manor
5 Gyantse - Shigatse, 96km, Approx 2hrs Pelkor Chöde Monastery with Gyantse Kumbum, Gyantse Dzong, Shalu Monastery
6 Shigatse - Tingri - EBC, 350km, Approx. 7hrs Tashilhunpo Monastery, Sunset of Golden Everest Peak
7 EBC - Shigatse, 350km, Approx. 7hrs Sunrise of Everest Peak, Rongbuk Monastery
8 Shigatse-Namtso lake (4600m), 397km, Approx. 7hrs Namtso Lake
9 Namtso–Yampachen–Tsurphu–Lhasa, 280km, Approx 5hrs Yampachen Hot Spring, Tsurphu Monastery
10 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 Drepung Monastery, which means Monastery of Rice Heaps in the Tibetan language. It’s a white magnificent building complex that looks also like rice heaps in the distance. Drepung monastery is the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery, where lived more than 10 thousand monks in the past.

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 around 3 pm to 5 pm. If the debate is not your type, you can also see the three sand Mandalas and colorful Rock Paintings of Buddha. Besides, the sight here is quite good because you can see wild roses around. That’s why people also call it “the Court of Wild Roses”.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

You will go to Gyantse from Lhasa today.

Firstly, you can have a glimpse of Yamdroktso Lake on the way to Kampala 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.

Then tourists can visit Pala Manor, located in Banjue Lunbu village, about 4km southwest of Gyantse. It’s the main estate of Para family, the full name of Paji Lacan, which is a rich Tibetan aristocratic family in the old time. And Para Manor is the only well-preserved manor of three old Tibetan nobles so far.

Stay overnight in Gyantse

After breakfast, we shall visit Pelkor Monastery with Gyantse Kumbum and then see the Gyantse Fortress from a distance.

Gyantse Dzong, the hero city that witnesses the history of fierce fighting. It was 1904, British troops started to attack China here, and Tibetan people defended their homeland with simple weapons. The bloody war lasted for more than three months. This is also the basic story of the famous movie named "Red River Valley".

The last spot of the day is Shalu Monastery, the only monastery in Tibet that combines Tibetan and Chinese styles in its design.

Then we will start to go to Shigatse(3840M). It normally takes one and a half hours to drive from Gyantse to Shigatse, where we may visit the traditional barley mill and have the unique sights of barley fields (in summer).

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 ascend to Gawula Pass(5,198m), where tourists can enjoy the panorama of the Himalayas.

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

Stay overnight in Nomad Tent(Dorm Bed)

The great sunrise of Everest Peak is far out of your imagination. You can have a good look at Mt. Everest from EBC and take clear photos of it. 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. In the end, we will start to return to Shigatse.

Stay overnight in Shigatse

Namtso Lake is one of the three most holy lakes in Tibet. It’s also the third-largest salt lake in China and the highest lake in the world. The name Namtso means “lake from heaven” in the Tibetan language. And the gorgeous landscape is really like heaven. You can enjoy the amazing sunset here.

Stay overnight in Damxung

Today may be the most relaxing day during this journey because you are going to Yampachen. Located 92km from Lhasa city, Yampachen is rich in geothermal energy and is known for its hot spring baths. People enjoy the blue sky and white clouds when taking a bath in a therapeutic hot spring.

After the bath, you will go to visit Tsurphu Monastery, the last attraction on your tour. It’s the main monastery of Karma Kargyu. And the remarkable system of Tibetan Buddhism reincarnation originated from there.

Then after driving for about 2 hours, you will get back to 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$1922 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 Jitj***

My wife and I are interested in the above program as PRIVATE tour. Please kindly quote the price. 4 or 5 stars hotels are preferable, but 3 stars or even guest house will do if necessary.
The date of arrival is flexible.

Answered by Beatrice

Dear Jitju***, We can arrange 10 Days Lhasa Shigatse Mt.Everest Namtso Tour for you after Tibet opens on April 1st, 2023. This tour covers all of the major essences of central Tibet. Please note, accommodation in Tibet is relatively lags behind other provinces in China. Thus, the quality of accommodation is not the same as in Beijing, Shanghai or Chengdu. The 4-star accommodations are more comfortable with better facilities and environment. 

Asked by Jit ***

Please me the details and cost. How big is the size of the group? Can you arrange the Tibet Travel Permit to be delivered out of China?

Answered by Catherine

In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to have 10 Days Lhasa Shigatse Mt.Everest Namtso Tour. A tour to EBC is always available, but a 2 days tour to Namtso will not be available until April next year. When do you plan to do this tour? The cost varied from different seasons. Usually, there are 3~6 travelers in a group, max.12. We will handle all the Tibet permit for our guests. However, the permits are not allowed to be expressed out of China. We will express it to your hotel in China or hire a guide to hand it over to you at the airport. What will be your stopover city in China?

Asked by An***

I would like to do this tour: 10 Days - Lhasa Shigatse Mt.Everest Namtso Tour for 2 people. Is late August/early September or early September to mid- September okay for good weather? How much will it cost?

Answered by Cherry

We have this group tour with the departure date on Aug. 26th, Sep.2nd, and Sep.8th. Which departure date do you prefer? The cost of 10 Days Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Everest Namtso Group Tour is USD1280 p.p for 3-star hotel and USD1420 p.p for 4-star hotel.

Asked by vict***

we will arrive in lhasa on 14 june at 09:30 by train from chengdu. i want to get a tour 10 days lhasa shigatse mt.everest namtso tour. we have 11 persons which are 8 adults, 3 children. the children ages are 5 years, 6 years, 7 years. please inform me for the price and how long to apply permits to enter tibet?thank you for your attention.

Answered by Cherry

In your inquiry, you mentioned 11 of you would like to 10 Days Lhasa Shigatse Mt.Everest Namtso Tour starting on Jun.14th. We can arrange this tour for you.

We need at least 12 working days to apply for the Tibet Travel Permit for you. There is no much time left. Have you got your China Visa?

Here is the itinerary of 10 Days Lhasa Shigatse Mt.Everest Namtso Tour.

Asked by Sara***

Lhasa Shigatse Mt.Everest Namtso Tour- I would like to know the price for both the 3-star accommodation option,
and the price for the 4-star accommodation option. My preferred month is May.
I would also like to know the maximum number of people you take on this tour.
And could you please include all costs in the price or tell me any extras that may be incurred.

Answered by Cherry

In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to have the 11 Days Senior’s Everest Base Camp Tour which is a private tour. I suggest you join the 10 Days Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Everest Namtso Group Tour. We have this group tour with the departure date on May.30th. Is it available to you? May I remind you that we need at least 12 working days to apply for the Tibet Travel Permit? There are 17 working days left. 

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