Shanghai Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Mt. Everest Tour

Duration:
10 Days
Route:
Shanghai-Suzhou-Shanghai-Lhasa-Gyantse-Shigatse-EBC-Shigatse-Lhasa
Season:
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Autumn
  • Winter
Tour Type:
Private Tour
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Overview

The Shanghai Lhasa Tour will take you to explore the beauty of nature, the profound history of China and the man-made wonders. You are able to visit Suzhou, a famous place in Ming and Qing dynasties. In Suzhou, you can not only appreciate the beautiful gardens but also enjoy culture and natural beauty of Tongli Water Town. Tongli, in ancient times, was a favorite place for poets, painters, Confucian scholars and government officials. You may have a chance to know the beautiful and sad stories about things that once happened in fluid Tongli. After two days of sightseeing in Shanghai, you will take a flight from Shanghai to Lhasa. When arriving at Lhasa, you are going to visit The Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Sera Monastery, etc. in Lhasa. And you can do some shopping on Barkhor Street. In addition, you can pay a visit to the monasteries such as Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery, Tashilhunpo Monastery, in both Shigatse and Lhasa. It is also a good chance to enjoy the beautiful scenery of Nature in Yamdroktso Lake and Karola Glacier. Finally, you will view the highest mountain in the world - Everest.

Daily Itinerary

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Day 1 Arrive in Shanghai

When you arrive at the airport in Shanghai, your tour guide and driver will greet you by holding your name sign at the exit, then drive you to the hotel. The rest of the day is yours to recover from the jet lag.

Stay overnight in Shanghai.

Day 2 Visiting Suzhou and Tongli Water Town

Today, you are going to Tongli Water Town. We will set out from Shanghai to Tongli Town in the early morning, which takes about 1.5hrs. In the morning, you will visit the Tuisi Garden. Although the scale of Tuisi Garden is not large, it is extremely exquisite with an elegant main hall, winding corridors, chic gardens, and poetic architecture. Then Take a Wu Peng boat to glide in the river and cross ancient bridges. The ancient town seen in that way will have a different perspective and make the trip easy.

In the afternoon, you are driving 1hr to Suzhou to visit Humble Administrator Garden, also known as Zhuozheng Garden, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built in the Ming dynasty, Humble Administrator Garden is the largest and most renowned classical landscape garden in Suzhou which contains lots of pools, meandering rock paths, little hills, old trees, and flowers. Such a beautiful place can make you feel away from the busy world. Taking a rickshaw-ride in Suzhou is regarded as the best activity for tourists, Therefore, you can take a half-hour rickshaw ride in Suzhou. Finally, you will drive back to Shanghai.

Stay overnight in Shanghai

Tongli Water Town is located in the southern suburbs of Suzhou, about an hour's drive from Shanghai.
Humble Administrator Garden
Day 3 Taking a Flight to Lhasa (3680m)

Today, you are setting out to Lhasa. Your driver and tour guide will send you to the airport. Then you are taking a flight from Shanghai to Lhasa. It will take about 7-9 hours from Shanghai to Lhasa including a stopover in Xián.

Our staff will greet you at Lhasa Gonggar Airport to transfer you to the hotel. From Lhasa Airport to downtown Lhasa, it usually takes abt 1.5hrs. After transferring to the hotel, the rest of the day is yours and you can wander around the city on your own but try not to overtax yourself. The first day's well-rest is crucial to acclimatize the high altitude. Remember to drink lots of water, eat light, and not to shower if you can help it.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Day 4 Lhasa sightseeing

After rest 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 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 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 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 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.

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

A Tibetan granny turning players at Potala Palace Square.
Many pilgrims are worshipping and performing their devotions at the gate of Jokhang.
Day 5 Lhasa sightseeing

In the morning, you are heading to Drak Yerpa, a place maybe not that famous but with its advantage. It consists of a monastery and several ancient meditation caves. Some arrow holes on the cliffs are believed to prove that the legendary hero Ling Gesar had visited this valley.

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 3pm to 5pm. It's exciting, 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 Buddha inside the monastery. Besides, the sight in the Sera monastery is splendid because you can see roses around. That's why people also call it "the court of wild rose."

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Drak Yerpa in winter.
The yard for Buddhist debates at Sera Monastery.
Day 6 Lhasa- Gyantse(4040m)- Shigatse(3840m), 360km, approx 6hrs

You will go to Shigatse from Lhasa via Gyantse today.

Firstly, you can have a glimpse of Yamdroktso Lake during the way to Gampala 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. We shall visit Pelkor Monastery with Gyantse Kumbum and then see the Gyantse Fortress from a distance.

It normally takes one and a half hours to drive from Gyantse to Shigatse.

Stay overnight in Shigatse

Bathing in the sunshine, Yamdrok lake is displaying its dazzling beauty to visitors both home and abroad
The white glacier looks spectacular for visitors passing by.
Day 7 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 tent camp in summer (May- Oct.)

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

Tashilhunpo Monastery is a historic and culturally important monastery in Shigatse
Day 8 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

Mt. Everest
Rongbuk Monastery is a monastery of Nyingmapa.
Day 9 Shigatse–Lhasa, 280km, approx 6-7hrs

We will visit the last attraction of this itinerary today---Yungdrungling Monastery, a typical Buddhist monastery. And then, the driver will take you to your hotel in Lhasa. It costs 6-7 hours because of the speed-limit regulation.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Yungdrungling Monastery
Day 10 Lhasa departure
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.

Typically Asked Questions from Our Clients

Rose***

2019-02-27

in addition to your itinerary, we would also like to go to Chengdu. Could we fly to Chengdu to start and then return to Shanghai. Sept-Oct time frame We will need twin bedded accommodations throughout. 3 or 4* hotels Please advise what you can offer as well as pricing.

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nance

Yes, you can fly to Lhasa from Chengdu, after the tour ends, you can return to Shanghai from Lhasa. In your inquiry, you mentioned that both of you are interested in our 10 days Shanghai Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Mt. Everest Tour, which is a private tour. Frankly speaking, the cost of a private tour for both of you would be a little bit expensive. For people less than five, we usually suggest they join our small group tours to keep the cost down. So how about having our 8 days Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Mt. Everest Group Tour plus 2 days Shanghai private tour?

 

Luca***

2018-12-11

Hello I am planning a tour in may m. I would like to do this itinerary : 10 Days Shanghai Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Mt. Everest Tour We would like to do it in a group. I wait the specify. Regards Luca

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Cherry

In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to have the10 Days Shanghai Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Mt. Everest Tour which is a private tour. Can we divide this private tour into two parts? 3 Days Shanghai Private Tour and 8 Days Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Mt. Everest Group Tour. We have  8 Days Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Mt. Everest Group Tour every Monday and Friday. Which departure date do you prefer?

Glor***

2018-05-30

I am interested in knowing more about this 10 day trip. I may be solo or I may have 1 person join me. I would like to join a group tour, not private. What is the cost? Maybe I will start from Chengdu, not Shanghai. Is there a lot of trekking on this trip to EBC? Currently looking around 9/17/2018-9/27/2018 or sometime around then. If the trekking is too much, what other similar trip do you recommend.

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nance

According to your request, I recommend you join our 8 days Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Mt. Everest Group tour in September. In this tour, you will drive to Everest Base camp from Lhasa by our vehicle and there is no trekking. 

Rame***

2018-05-22

I am India, but here in Shanghai. Would like to get a quote for 3star Economy accommodation basis. Train by first class soft sleeper from Shanghai to Lhasa one way. I will go to India from Lhasa via Nepal. Also 7 day over land tour from Lhasa to Nepal. Thanks

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nance

Here is the brief itinerary for 8 days Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Mt. Everest Group tour, 

Audr***

2018-01-21

Get more information before qutoation

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nance

It’s a private tour. Before I quote you, could you please kindly let me know the following info? 1. When are you going to have Tibet tour? Different season, different cost. 2. What kind of accommodation would you like to stay in? The Luxurious (5-star), the comfortable (4-star), economy class (3-star) hotel or the budget guest house? 3 May I know how old are your two children? We have some discount for children under 12 years old.

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