Lhasa Shigatse Mt.Everest Namtso Tour

Duration:
10 Days
Destination:
Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse - EBC - Shigatse - Lake Namtso - Lhasa
Season:
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Autumn
  • Winter
Tour Type:
Private Tour
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Everyone wants the best itinerary in their Tibet Tour, and this is one of the good choices. Tourists can see the most famous scenic spots of Tibet, the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Sera and Drepung Monastery in Lhasa, then Tashilhunpo Monastery and Rongbuk Monastery in Shigatse. Except for the above arrangement, there are two highlights in this route. One is the world’s highest peak, Mt. Everest; you can spend one night at the Everest Base Camp so that you can get close to it. The other one is Namtso Lake, which is one of the three holy lakes in Tibet and also the highest salt lake in the world. The magnificent scenery will get you drawn entirely.

DayRoute
1 Arrival in Lhasa (3680m)
2 Lhasa sightseeing
3 Lhasa sightseeing
4 Lhasa- Gyantse (4040 m), 262km, approx 5hrs
5 Gyantse-Shigatse(3840m), 96km, approx 2hrs
6 Shigatse -Tingri -Rongpuk –EBC(5100m), 350km, approx. 7hrs
7 EBC-Shigatse , 350km, approx. 7hrs
8 Shigatse-Namtso lake (4600m)-Dangxiong, 440km, approx 8.5hrs
9 Dangxiong–Yampachen(4300m)–Tsurphu(4300m)–Lhasa(3680m), 180km, approx 4hrs
10 Lhasa departure
Day 1 Arrival in Lhasa (3680m)

This is the first day that you enter Tibet. Your guide will greet you at the 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 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. 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. the 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 at the same time and by the same king as 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 busy 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.

Optional:

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.
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 3 Lhasa sightseeing

In the morning, you are heading to Drepung monastery, which means Monastery of Collecting Rice in the Tibetan language. It’s a white magnificent construction that looks also like a pile of rice in the distance. Drepung monastery is the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery, where lived more than 10 thousand monks before Tibet liberation.

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. Besides, the sight in Sera monastery is very good because you can see roses around. That’s why people also call it “the court of wild rose”.

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 4 Lhasa- Gyantse (4040 m), 262km, approx 5hrs

You will go to Gyantse from Lhasa today.

Firstly, you can have a glimpse of Yamdroktso Lake during 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

Yamdroktso Lake is a freshwater lake in Tibet
The white glacier looks spectacular for visitors passing by.
Day 5 Gyantse-Shigatse(3840m), 96km, approx 2hrs

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 the fierce fighting. It was 1904, British troops started to attack China here, and Tibetan people defended for 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. 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 field (in summer).

Stay overnight in Shigatse

Pelkor Chode Monastery
Gyantse Dzong or Gyantse Fortress is one of the best preserved dzongs in Tibe
Day 6 Shigatse -Tingri -Rongpuk –EBC(5100m), 350km, approx. 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 (5100m). You can see the amazing sunset of golden Everest peak at the lodging area if the weather is good.

Stay overnight at EBC in summer ( May- Oct.)

Stay overnight at Rongbuk monastery guest house in winter ( Nov.- Apr.)

“Tashilhunpo” means “Auspicious Sumeru” in Tibetan language
Rongbuk Monastery is a monastery of Nyingmapa. It is founded by Ngawang Tenzin Norbu in 1902, distinctively housing both monks and nuns.
Day 7 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

The best time to travel to Mt. Everest would be May, June, Sep and early Oct. EBC is relatively less windy and clear.
It is nice to watch the sunrise and the sunset at EBC. And if you couldn’t fall asleep at night, it is worthy to enjoy a spectacular starry sky on a clear night.
Day 8 Shigatse-Namtso lake (4600m)-Dangxiong, 440km, approx 8.5hrs

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 of Namtso means “lake from heaven” in the Tibetan language. And the gorgeous landscape is really like from heaven. You can enjoy amazing sunset here, then we will drive you back to Dangxiong or Yampachen according to time.

Stay overnight in guestroom in Dangxiong or Yampachen

Namtso attracts many tourists from home and abroad with its unique charm.
Enjoy your visual feast at Lake Namtso.
Day 9 Dangxiong–Yampachen(4300m)–Tsurphu(4300m)–Lhasa(3680m), 180km, approx 4hrs

Today may be the most relax 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 hot spring bath. People enjoy the blue sky and white cloud when taking a bath in therapeutic hot spring. How romantic the feeling is!

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

Then after driving about 2 hours, you will get back to Lhasa.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Tsurphu Monastery is a gompa which serves as the traditional seat of the Karmapa, the head of the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.
Tsurphu Monastery is about 65 km west of Lhasa.
Day 10 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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An***

2019-07-01

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?

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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.

vict***

2019-05-23

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.

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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.

Sara***

2019-05-06

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. Thanks

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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. 

ROCI***

2019-04-27

I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE THE COST OF AN ABOUT 10 DAYS IN OCTOBER IN TIBET AND ASK YOU IF YOU HAVE A TRIP FOR A FEW DAYS IN BHUTAN ALSO. THANKS

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beatrice

In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to have 10 days Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Everest Namtso Tour in October. Yes, we can arrange it for you. But it's a private tour, for travelers less than 5, we usually suggest they join in a group tour with the same itinerary. What do you think? 

Dale***

2019-03-17

Want to arrive in Lhasa May 15th. 10 day private tour to include Everest Base Camp. Can you accommodate this? Tibetan guides? If you can please respond so we can put trip together. Thank you.

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beatrice

In your inquiry, you mentioned you prefer 10 days private tour including EBC. All of our tour packages include the accommodation, however, if you want to assign any hotel or book it by yourself, we can also arrange it for you. And, our of our guides are Tibetan guides, who know Tibet very well. 

I will quote you after you confirm the itinerary. Besides, please help me with the following information.
1. What's your nationality?
2. How many people in your group?
3. What kind of accommodation would you like to get? The comfortable (4-star), or the economy class (3-star) hotel?

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