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Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Mt. Everest Group Tour – 8 Days (G04)Enquiry

This is the ultimate tour for the more adventurous. Explore Lhasa before conquering long distances and high altitudes to visit one of the world’s most famous tourist destinations – Everest Base Camp.

Lhasa – Gyantse – Shigatse – Everest Base Camp – Lhasa

Drepung Monastery OR Drak Yerpa, Sera Monastery, Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkor Street, Tashilhunpo Monastery, Gyastsola Pass, Gawu La Pass, Rongbuk Monastery, Everest Base Camp, Gyantse Kumbum, Karo La Pass, Yamdrok Lake

Itinerary Day By Day

Day 1 – Arrival in Lhasa

Lhasa is the capital of Tibet and is located at an altitude of 3,650 metres. Because of its remoteness it has long been a ‘must see’ place for adventurous travellers. It has over 1300 years of cultural and spiritual history and is a centre for Tibetan and Buddhist culture in China.
Upon arrival at Gongkar Airport you will be met by your local guide and driver. The airport is located 70 kilometres from Lhasa so you will have the opportunity to enjoy some magnificent scenery on the way to your hotel. The remainder of the day is for relaxing and acclimatizing to the altitude. Don’t overexert yourself, including showering. Eat only a light meal and have plenty of rest. This is crucial to acclimatizing to the high altitude.
If you are arriving by train then the transfer to your hotel only takes about twenty minutes. Please read the inclusions for information about the free airport/railway transfers.

Overnight in Lhasa. (3658m)

Meals: No meals provided

Day 2 – Lhasa

Attractions: Drepung Monastery OR Drak Yerpa, Sera Monastery(Please note that the operators retain the right to choose which attraction is visited.)

Your day’s tour will begin at Drepung Monastery, the largest of all Tibetan monasteries which at its peak was the largest monastery of any religion in the world with 7,700 monks in attendance. Dating from 1416 it was known for its high standards of academic excellence.

Alternatively you will visit the Drak Yerpa Caves which is over the Nachanla Pass (4500m). This is one of the holiest sites around Lhasa and was built by Songtsan Gampo (the first king of a united Tibet) to honour his wife in the 7th century. At one time there were 108 mediatation caves and 300 monks in the area. There is a famous Tibetan saying – “Lhasa is the shrine of Tibet and Drak Yerpa is the shrine of Lhasa. Not seeing Drak Yerpa in Lhasa is like making a dress without a collar.”

Gradually small temples were built around the original caves and you can climb up the hillside to visit them. You might need to walk slowly as the altitude is higher here than in Lhasa. Besides visiting the temples you can admire the stunning view back down the valley.

Today’s tour concludes at the magnificent Sera Monastery. The main attraction here is watching the debating monks. Every weekday afternoon there is a debate about Buddhist doctrines in the shady courtyard behind the main temple. The red robed monks gather in small groups to practice their debating skills in a very dynamic and lively manner. Tourists are welcome to watch quietly and respectfully from the edges.

In the evening a welcome dinner will be provided where you will have the chance to get to know the rest of your tour group better.

NB Because of the altitude the Tibetan sunshine is very strong. Make sure that you bring plenty of sun protection including hat, sunglasses and sunscreen.

Overnight in Lhasa

Meals: Breakfast at your hotel, dinner

Day 3 – Lhasa

Attractions: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street

No tour to Lhasa is complete without visiting the Potala Palace and that is where your tour will begin today. The Potala Palace is one of world’s most famous buildings and it is an impressive sight as it towers above Lhasa. The Red Palace contains various chapels and mausoleums for previous Dalai Lamas while the White Palace was the living quarters for successive Dalai Lamas and their tutors. Altogether it is a vast awe inspiring maze of corridors and rooms full of articles pertaining to Tibetan history, religion, culture and arts.

The Jokhang Temple is Tibet’s spiritual centre and the ultimate pilgrimage destination for Tibetan Buddhists. It was originally built in 647AD and has been added to over the years making it a mix of Han, Tibetan and Nepalese architectural styles. You will see many pilgrims prostrating themselves at the entrance.

Finish your day with a lap around the Barkor Street ‘kora’ or pilgrim circuit. It is a photographer’s paradise with marvellous wares for sale to crowds of exotically dressed pilgrims. Spiritual souvenirs and pilgrim accessories line the circuit and you can buy anything Tibetan from yak butter to prayer flags and turquoise jewellery. It is a place you can return to again and again for continually changing experiences. Out of respect for the pilgrims you should always move in a clockwise direction.

Overnight in Lhasa

Meals: Breakfast at your hotel

Day 4 – Lhasa > Gyantse > Shigatse (7 hours driving)

Attractions: Yamdrok Lake, Karola Glacier, Pelkor Chöde Monastery and Gyantse Kumbum

Today you will depart Lhasa and drive to Shigatse. Because of enforced speed limits on the road it will take about six hours to get to Shigatse. On arrival there it is necessary to apply for the Alien’s Travel Permit with your original passport.

The morning’s drive takes you beside Yamdrok Lake, one of the three holiest lakes in Tibet. The scenery is stunning as the lake is surrounded by snowcapped peaks and there are numerous islands. According to local mythology the lake is the transformation of a goddess. At one end is a power station which is not only the largest in Tibet but also the highest in the world. Next we drive through Karo La Pass at 5100 metres. This is another photo opportunity as it overlooks the Mt Nyenchen Kangsar Glacier.

At Gyantse you will visit the Pelkor Chöde Monastery and Gyantse Kumbum which is the most famous and spectacular kumbum in the region. A kumbum is a type of multi-storied Tibetan chapel which represents a three dimensional path to the Buddha’s enlightenment. This one has multiple levels and 108 small chapels.

Overnight at Shigatse (3836m)

Meals: Breakfast at your hotel

Day 5 – Shigatse to Everest Base Camp (10 to 12 hours driving)

Attractions: Gyastsola Pass, Gawu La Pass, Rongbuk Monastery, Everest Base Camp

There is lots of driving today as the road climbs upward towards Mt Everest and through two high passes. There will be photo stops at Gyastola Pass (5200m) and Gawu La Pass (5250m). At Gawu La pass you can see the spectacular panorama of the Himalayan Range and the glorious peaks of Mt. Makalu (8463m), Mt. Lotse (8516m), Mt. Everest (8844m), Mt. Cho Oyu (8201m) and Mt. Shishapama (8020m) – from left to right in your view at the pass.

Again because of Tibet’s rigorous speed limits on these roads the journey takes a long time so it is worth bringing some snacks along.

You will arrive at Rongbuk Monastery in the late afternoon from where there is a fantastic the view of Mt Everest. If you wish to visit inside Rongbuk Monastery there is an extra fee of 25 RMB. At around 5,000m it is the highest monastery in the world and has amazing views of the north face of Everest. Both monks and nuns live here in the same monastery and celebrate the Buddhist festivals together.

If it is summer time (usually May – Oct) you will carry on the last few kilometers to Everest Tent Camp to stay the night but if it is winter time (usually Nov – Apr) you will stay at Rongbuk Monastery’s guesthouse. Both places only offer dorm bed lodging but they also offer glorious Everest sunset views if the weather is good.

NOTE: It may be worth your while to bring an extra sleeping bag if you can as the nights are very cold here. A good torch is also essential and also some food to supplement what is on offer.

Overnight in Rongbuk/Tent Camp, Dorm bed

Meals: Breakfast at your hotel

Day 6 – Everest Base Camp to Shigatse (10 – 12 hours driving)

Attractions: Everest Base Camp

From Everest Tent Camp you have to take a special shuttle bus for the final four kilometres to Everest Base Camp at 5150m where there is a small army base and the north face of Mt Everest dominates the skyline.You can climb a small hill festooned with prayer flags to have your photo taken at the base camp marker which reads – Mt Qomolangma Base Camp. Although the views are amazing the air is thin and the wind is often cold. Be prepared.

The rest of the day will be spent driving back to Shigatse with spectacular scenery all around.

Overnight at Shigatse.

Meals: No meals provided. Buy a local Tibetan breakfast for about 30RMB or it is recommended to bring your own food.

Day 7 – Shigatse to Lhasa (5 hours driving)

Attractions: Tashilhunpo Monastery

Today you will visit the Tashilhunpo Monastery. It was founded in 1447 by the first Dalai Lama and is one of the six big monasteries of the Gelugpa or Yellow Hat sect in Tibet. It is the seat of the Panchen Lama, the second ranking person after the Dalai Lama. There you will find the biggest copper stature in the world and amazing murals.

Overnight in Lhasa.

Meals: Breakfast at your hotel

Day 8 – Depart Lhasa

Today you will have some free time in the morning before being transferred to the airport or railway station to continue your journey.

Meals: Breakfast at your hotel


Due to the special nature of Tibet travel, any unforeseeable and unavoidable objective circumstances, including but not limited to natural disasters, war, terrorism, riot, civil commotion, strikes, public health emergencies, government action, major traffic jams, delay or cancellation of flight/train, attractions temporarily closed, etc, resulting in change of itinerary, the increased cost will be paid by the traveller. If any attraction visits have to be cancelled due to the same reasons above, the tour company will not be held responsible for refund except for certain attraction entrance fees which will be solely decided by the tour company.

Because we need to pick up and drop off all tour members on Day 1 and Day 9 to either the railway station or the airport it is not always possible for there to be an English speaking guide along on each transfer. Possibly only the driver and some office staff may travel with you.

We reserve the right to change the itinerary order of Day 2 & Day 3 as well as attractions on the way to and from Everest Base Camp.

We reserve the right to change attractions on Day 2 but guarantee to visit two attractions on the day.

Departures & Price

Our quote is based on twin room occupancy. For single travelers a single supplement for lodgings is required at the time of booking. If later we manage to match you with another traveler to share the room then the single supplement will be refunded.

Prices are listed in RMB (Chinese currency) and are per person.

Group Tour Price & Details
Group Code 2017 Superior Class Tourist Class Booking Status Go !
TBGT02-1701 Jan.6 / 16 / 20 / 31 RMB6650 RMB6450 Full Enquiry
TBGT02-1702 Feb.02/09/16/23 RMB6650 RMB6450 Full Enquiry
TBGT02-1704 Apr. 3 / 7 / 10 / 14 / 17 / 21 / 24 / 28 RMB7050 RMB6800 Full Enquiry
TBGT02-1705 May. 1 / 5 / 8 / 12 / 15 / 19 / 22 / 26 / 29 RMB7050 RMB6800 Full Enquiry
TBGT02-1706 Jun. 3 / 4 / 9 / 12 / 16 / 19 / 23 / 26 / 30 RMB7050 RMB6800 Full Enquiry
TBGT02-1707 Jul. 3 / 7 / 10 / 14 / 17 / 21 / 24 / 28 / 31 RMB8250 RMB7800 Full Enquiry
TBGT02-1708 Aug.4 / 7 / 11/ 14 / 18 / 21 / 25 / 28 RMB8250 RMB7800 Available Enquiry
TBGT02-1709 Sept. 1 / 4 / 8 / 11 / 15 / 18 / 22/25 / 29 RMB7950 RMB7500 Available Enquiry
TBGT02-1710 Oct. 2 / 6 / 9/ 13/ 16/ 20/ 23/ 27 /30 RMB7950 RMB7500 Available Enquiry
TBGT02-1711 Nov.3 / 10 / 17 / 24 RMB6650 RMB6450 Available Enquiry
TBGT02-1712 Dec. 8/ 15 / 22 / 29 RMB6650 RMB6450 Available Enquiry
1. Lodgings: 6 nights, twin room with en suite in 3 star or 4 star hotel, one night in Guest house/ Dorm bed
2.Meals: 6 Breakfasts, 1 Dinner
3. Vehicle: Will be provided according to group size, season and itinerary. Gas and parking fees for the vehicle. One free Lhasa Railway Station pick up at any time on Day 1 and one free drop off on Day 8. One time free Lhasa Airport transfer at the following times: Pick-up 12:30pm and 15:30pm on Day 1, drop-off 09:00am and 12:00pm on Day 8 from your hotel.
4. Guide: Experienced local English-speaking tour guide.
5. Tickets: All entrance fees as mentioned in the itinerary.
6. Permits: Tibet Entry Permit (TTB)
7.Tax: Government Tax
8.Insurance: Travel Agency Liability Insurance
9. Delivery: Express delivery fee of Permit (eg. SF. Express)
10. Others: Food and lodgings for the guide and driver.
1. Private Lhasa Airport transfer if your flight time doesn’t fall within our free service time. Nov-Apr USD 60 per vehicle; May-Oct USD 70 per vehicle; Aug: USD 80 per vehicle.
2. Air or train travel to and from Tibet.
3. China Visa
4. Lunch, Dinner
5. Optional attractions specified in the itinerary.
6. Delivery: Super-fast express delivery of Tibet Entry Permit (eg. China Air Express)
7. Additional days caused by unexpected natural disasters. eg.Landslide, avalanche, etc.
8. Gratuities for the guide and driver, about CNY 50 per day for both of them together
9. Personal expenses.
10.Personal travel insurance.
11. Anything not listed in INCLUSIONS.