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 popular 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 great scenery will get you drawn absolutely.

Day 1 Arrival in Lhasa (3680m)

This is the first day that you enter Tibet. Your guide will greet you at 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 wonder 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 in the same time and by the same king with 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.
khang Temple has a beautiful golden roof, which will attract you when you get close to it. The golden roof of Jokhang Template. Ancient wooden beams and rafters can be found under the roof.
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 was the largest monastery in Tibet, with over 10,000 monks. Now, this monastery houses about 700 monks.
Sers Monastery, a best place to see the colorful debates on Buddhist doctrines
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

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 Gyantse-Shigatse(3840m), 96km, approx 2hrs

After breakfast, we shall visit Pelkor Monastery with Gyantse Kumbum and then see the Gyantse For-tress 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(5200m), 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 (5200m). 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.)

Standing on the entrance of Tashilhunpo,visitors can see the grand buildings with golden roofs and white walls
At the site of Rongbuk Monastery, you can view the highest mountain of the world brightly shining and clearly sparkling. The snowy peak seems happily to touch the blue sky.
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), 380km, approx 7.5hrs

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 one night here, and please get up early to feel the special sunrise the next day.

Stay overnight in guestroom at the lakeside

Namtso Lake
Namtso Lake
Day 9 Namtso–Yampachen(4300m)–Tsurphu(4300m)–Lhasa(3680m), 310km, approx 6 hrs

Today may be the most relax day during this journey because tourists 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

Yampachen hot springs
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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Bomb***

2018-05-12

Hi there, I'm Bombi. I am planning to go to Kathmandu, Nepal at the end of this month for volunteering for two weeks. Then, I'd like to travel to Tibet via by air or bus (if available) from June 17 or 18 for 7 to 10 days. I'll have to come back to Kathmandu then leave for Canada at the end of June. I'd like to know the full price in Canadian $ for this itinerary and the departure dates. Since I'm travelling by myself (maybe my friend will join me but it's not confirmed at this moment), I'd like to join other group if possible to reduce costs. Thank you.

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nance

From Nepal to Tibet, you are required to apply for China Group Visa at China embassy in Nepal with our assistance even if you have had China Visa already. After you book your Tibet tour with us, we will send an official invitation letter for you to our partner in Kathmandu. After your arrival in Kathmandu, our Nepali partner will meet you for your original passport. With invitation letter, your original passport and one photo(passport photo size with white background), our Nepali partner could help you get your China Group Visa there within 3 working days.

According to your request, I recommend you join our 7 days Lhasa Mt. Everest Kathmandu Overland Group Tour, here is the itinerary, 

yous***

2018-05-05

dear sirs ill come to shanghai in september 7 and will saty in china till sep 19 in sep 30 im planning to fly from lhasa to mongolia can you pls find me a date between sep 18 or 19 so ican join the tour to tibet of 10 days if you dont have tours in these dates pls inform me what dates you have so i can change my plan accordingly also pls inform me the price of this tour thanx yousif

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Caroline

In your inquiry, you mentioned that you would like to join our 10-day Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Everest Namtso Group Tour. So far, we have two set groups in September. One is on 7th. another is on 21st. Are you able to join any one of them?

leon***

2018-03-20

arrive chengdu on 3/11, transportation tibet-chengdu (1 way of train & 1 way of flight), tibet permit application, no shopping spot

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Caroline

In your inquiry, you mentioned that there are five of you would like to visit Tibet on 3/11. Is this November 3rd.? Please advise! And please check the following itinerary you are interested, which is a private tour.

Stev***

2018-03-20

Hi..I have booked a tour in April what currency should I carry and is credit card ok to use..Thanks Steve

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Caroline

https://www.greattibettour.com/tibet-travel-tips/money-in-tibet-1537 Please go to this link for "money in Tibet".

Don-***

2018-03-06

Hello, I am planning my trip to Tibet. I am interested in your 10 days tour. Do you have any available slot for tour starting on 20 April?

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Caroline

In your inquiry, you mentioned that you would like to join our 10-day Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Everest Namtso Group Tour on April 20th. We do have a set date on April 20th. But it requires at least 45 days booked in advance for more than two travelers.

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