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Lhasa Tour

7 Days
Lhasa
Lhasa, Gyangtse, Shigatse,
Min Age : 4
Max People : 10000

Discover the “Golden Route” of Tibet: Lhasa, Gyantse and Shigatse Tour

  • Historical Significance: Known as the “Heroic City,” Gyantse proudly stands as a symbol of resistance against the British invasion in 1904.
  • Cultural Immersion: Immerse yourself in Tibetan rural culture in Gyantse, Shigatse. Explore local markets and experience the unique lifestyle of this region.
  • Scenic Landscapes: Witness the stunning landscapes and get a glimpse of authentic Tibetan rural life.

Explore Shigatse: Tibet’s Agricultural Heartland

  • City Insights: Shigatse, Tibet’s second-largest city, is a key agricultural centre showcasing the region’s economy.
  • Monastic Marvels: Explore Pelkor Chode and Tashilunpo Monasteries, the latter famous for its huge gilded Buddha and as the Panchen Lamas’ home.

Ideal for Varied Travel Groups

  • Wide Appeal: This tour is perfect for families, seniors, youth, students, and photographers, offering a diverse range of experiences.
  • Fitness Level: Moderate fitness is advised due to crossing the 5,010m Karola Pass, though most activities are below 3,900m.

Travel Conditions and Best Times

  • Road Journey: The journey from Lhasa to Gyantse (255km, 5-6 hours) traverses rugged terrain and mountains. Stops at Yamdrok Lake, Karola glaciers, and a Tibetan family visit to ensure a comfortable pace.
  • Good Infrastructure: The route from Gyantse to Shigatse and back to Lhasa features well-maintained, paved roads.
  • Year-Round Availability: The tour is available all year, with May, June, September, and October being highly recommended. Winter months are colder but still viable for travel.

Brief Itinerary of Lhasa Shigatse Tour

Day 1 Lhasa Arrival

Embark on a mesmerizing journey as you arrive in Lhasa, a city perched at 3650 meters above sea level. Your adventure begins right off the plane or train, greeted by a welcoming, knowledgeable tour guide ready to introduce you to the wonders of Lhasa.

The drive from the airport is a visual feast: traditional Tibetan villages dotting the landscape, the majestic Yarlung Zangbo River flowing beneath, and unique cowhide boats floating by. Check into your hotel with the guide’s help, savour a delicious Tibetan meal, and then take some time to rest in your cosy room, acclimatizing to the high altitude.

As evening falls, stroll around the spellbinding Potala Palace Square. Here, ancient palaces stand in harmony with modern fountains, almost mystical atmosphere. This leisurely walk is a perfect way to unwind and absorb the tranquil vibes of Lhasa. End your day with a peaceful night’s sleep at your hotel, letting your body and mind fully adjust to the unique plateau environment.

Day 2 Lhasa Sightseeing

Embark your Lhasa adventure with a visit to Norbulingka Park, the renowned summer palace of the Dalai Lamas. This UNESCO World Heritage site is a masterpiece of Tibetan landscape gardening and an emblem of Lhasa’s spiritual and cultural heritage. Explore its intricate gardens and immerse yourself in the tranquillity that has made it a pivotal site in Tibetan Buddhism.

Drepung Monastery

Next, delve deeper into Tibet’s religious heart by visiting Drepung Monastery. Once the world’s largest monastery, housing 10,000 monks, Drepung is a cornerstone of Tibetan Buddhist studies. The monastery’s vast complex, nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas, is a labyrinth of chapels, shrines, and monk’s quarters, offering an unparalleled glimpse into monastic life. Highlights include the Great Assembly Hall and the many stunning thangkas (Tibetan Buddhist paintings) that adorn its walls. Engage with the monks, witness their daily rituals, and feel the palpable spirituality that permeates this sacred space.

Sera Monastery

In the afternoon, a shorter but equally impactful visit to Sera Monastery awaits. Another gem of the Gelug Sect of Tibetan Buddhism, Sera is famous for its lively and intellectual debate sessions. Though your time here may be brief, witnessing the debates starting around 15:00 is an unforgettable experience, showcasing the dynamic nature of Buddhist learning.

As the day winds down, stroll through Lhasa’s bustling streets, where the city’s spiritual depth and serene lifestyle blend seamlessly. This intimate experience with Lhasa’s religious landmarks and local life is not just a journey through a city, but a voyage into the heart of Tibetan culture and spirituality.

Tips of today:

  • Obey Buddhist manners and talk appropriately.
  • Feel free to ask the tour guide questions about Buddhism or else;
  • Don’t forget to take your sunglasses and suncream.

Day 3 Wondering Lhasa

Explore the Wonders of Potala Palace

Experience the Majesty: Start your day with a visit to the Potala Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a symbol of Tibet. This architectural marvel, standing on Red Mountain, offers breathtaking views of Lhasa. As you climb the iconic 1080 steps, prepare to be awed by the palace’s grandeur, a testament to Tibetan culture and history.

Tour Highlights: Inside, discover ancient chambers and intricate artwork with a professional guide, uncovering the secrets of this former residence of the Dalai Lamas.

Immerse in the Spirituality of Jokhang Temple

Sacred Pilgrimage: In the afternoon, visit the Jokhang Temple, the spiritual heart of Tibetan Buddhism. With a history spanning over 1,300 years, it’s a must-visit for understanding Tibet’s religious fervor.

Cultural Experience: Follow the traditional kora around the temple, a practice that offers a unique insight into Tibetan devotion and beliefs.

Unwind in Lhasa’s Vibrant BaKhor Street

Cultural Shopping and Relaxation: End your day at Barkhor Street, a hub for Tibetan handicrafts and souvenirs. Here, you can find unique gifts or relax in a traditional tea house, soaking in the local ambience.

Lhasa’s Leisurely Pace: Embrace the serene lifestyle of Lhasa, letting the peaceful environment rejuvenate your spirit.

Essential Tips for Visitors

  • Potala Palace Access: Book your tickets in advance due to limited entry. The itinerary is planned around your scheduled visit.
  • Security and Regulations: Security checks are mandatory at Potala Palace. Remember, no photography is allowed inside.

Discover the heart of Tibetan culture in Lhasa, a city that blends ancient spirituality with serene living.

Day 4 Embark on a Scenic Drive to Shigatse

Morning Ascent: Gangangbala Snow Mountain

  • Elevated Beauty: Begin your day with an ascent over the breathtaking Gangangbala Snow Mountain, standing at 4,900 meters.
  • Panoramic Views: Experience awe-inspiring views and embrace the fresh mountain air.

Yamdrok Lake: The World’s Highest Freshwater Lake

  • Stunning Waters: Continue to the mesmerizing Yamdrok Lake, at an altitude of 4,400 meters, known for its stunning beauty and crystal-clear waters.
  • Spiritual Significance: Engage in the local tradition of circumambulating the holy lake, believed to bestow blessings from the gods.
  • Natural Splendor: Admire the juxtaposition of the serene lake, pure skies, and the surrounding snow-capped mountains, including the sacred Naqin Kangsang.

Karola Glacier: A Sight to Behold

  • Movie Locale: Pass by the Karola Glacier, famed as a filming location for the movie “Red River Valley”. This glacier, adjacent to the road, offers a unique, up-close glacier experience.

Gyantse: The Anti-British Hero Town

  • Historic Gyantse: Visit Gyantse, an ancient city with a rich history, known for its strategic importance in Tibet.
  • Baiju Temple: Explore the Baiju Temple, a unique Buddhist temple representing three Tibetan sects, famed for its intricate murals and carvings.
  • Nature’s Embrace: Enjoy the lush greenery of Gyantse’s forests, a refreshing change from the city’s historical monuments.

Arrival in Shigatse: Tibet’s Second-Largest City

  • Scenic Drive: After a 1.5-hour drive, arrive in Shigatse, a city known for its vibrant culture and agricultural significance.
  • Summer Splendor: If visiting in summer, witness the beautiful highland barley fields, creating a picturesque landscape of yellow and green under the blue skies.

This journey offers a unique blend of natural wonders, historical insights, and cultural immersion, making it an unforgettable part of your Tibet tour.

Day 5 Shigatse – Lhasa, Natural Tranquil Journey

Morning Visit to Tashilhunpo Monastery: The Panchen Lama’s Residence

  • Spiritual Heart of Shigatse: Start your day with a visit to Tashilhunpo Monastery, the largest temple in Shigatse and a key monastery of the Gelug (Yellow) Sect of Tibetan Buddhism.
  • Architectural Marvel: Marvel at the monastery’s golden roofs and red walls beautifully laid out in the valley.
  • Monastic Life: Witness monks engaging in prayer and sutra chanting, offering a glimpse into their devout lives.

Behold the World’s Largest Maitreya Buddha Statue

  • Imposing Statue: Explore the site of the world’s largest Maitreya Buddha statue, standing at a majestic height of 28 meters.
  • Cultural Experience: Carry a sense of piety and spirituality from your visit as you prepare to return to Lhasa.

Tranquil Journey Back to Lhasa

Reflective Stop at Yarlung River Valley

  • Cradle of Civilization: On your way back, take a serene break at the Yarlung River Valley, a site of immense historical and cultural significance.
  • Natural Wonders: Embrace the panoramic views of rivers, icebergs, pastures, and alpine vegetation, all under the crystal-clear blue sky.
  • Moment of Tranquility: Stand amidst this natural beauty, letting the serene environment and the play of light and shadows through the clouds soothe your spirit.

Comfortable Return to Lhasa

  • Guided Assistance: Your tour guide will ensure a safe and comfortable journey back, accompanying you all the way to your reserved hotel in Lhasa.

This day offers a blend of spiritual enlightenment and natural tranquillity, marking a memorable conclusion to your journey through the heart of Tibetan culture and landscape.

Final Day: Farewell Tour and Departure from Lhasa

Enjoy a Leisurely Last Tour in Lhasa

  • Your Own Pace: Spend your final day in Lhasa at leisure, exploring the holy city one last time. Whether it’s revisiting favourite spots or discovering new corners, this is your time to bid farewell to this enchanting city.

Scenic Drive to Gonggar Airport or Lhasa Train Station

  • Picturesque Route: As you depart, enjoy the scenic drive along the Lhasa Valley, a fittingly beautiful end to your journey. The route to Gonggar Airport or the Lhasa train station offers one last glance at the stunning landscapes that define Tibet.

Hassle-Free Transfer and Departure

  • Convenient Transfer: Your tour guide will ensure a smooth transfer to Gonggar Airport or the Lhasa train station, in time for your flight or train.
  • End of Journey: As you leave Lhasa, reflect on the unforgettable experiences and the unique spiritual and cultural insights gained during your trip.

This final day in Lhasa provides a relaxed conclusion to your tour, allowing you to soak in the city’s essence before your departure. Safe travels and cherish the memories of your time in Tibet!

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Prices and Services

What’s included in this price?

  • Travel Documents: Includes all necessary Tibet travel and approval documents.
  • Attraction Tickets: All itinerary attraction tickets are covered.
  • Guide and Driver: Experienced English-speaking Tibetan guide and driver.
  • Accommodation: Standard rooms in three-star hotels, upgrades available.
  • Transport: Local travel and airport/train station transfers included.
  • Meals: Hotel-provided buffet breakfasts.
  • Insurance: Travel accident insurance for the trip.
  • Driver & Guide Expenses: Their meals, accommodation, and travel costs.

What’s excluded in this price?

  • Single Room Fee: Additional cost for single room occupants.
  • Visa Costs: For Chinese visa or group visa from Kathmandu.
  • Major Transport: Flights and trains to/from Tibet (booking service available).
  • Other Meals: Meals beyond the provided breakfasts.
  • Tips: Optional for guides and drivers.
  • Unforeseen Expenses: Costs from force majeure events or personal reasons.
  • Personal Spending: Anything not listed in the included fees.

Tibet Entry Letter Processing

  • Who Needs to Apply:  Foreign tourists, Taiwan
  • Required Documents: Passport, Chinese visa, Home Return Card for Taiwanese.
  • Application Fee: Free for group participants.
  • Processing Time: 7-14 working days. Submit applications at least 1 month in advance.

Altitude and Altitude Sickness

  • Elevations: Lhasa (3,600m), Shigatse (3,800m), Everest (5,200m), Namtso (4,900m)
  • Health Considerations: Assess your health, especially if you have mobility issues, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, or asthma.
  • Adaptation: Usually takes 1-3 days. Inform your guide in case of severe discomfort.

Elevation of Major Cities in Tibet

Tibetan Toilets

  • Urban Hotels: Western-style toilets, clean and hygienic.
  • Scenic Areas: Mostly flush squat toilets; some non-flush dry toilets.
  • Remote Areas: Squat toilets in towns and hotels; find natural cover in uninhabited areas.

Tibet Weather and Clothing

  • Climate: Variable weather with significant day-night temperature differences. Rainy in summer, sunny in other seasons.
  • Dressing Method: Layered clothing is recommended. Adjust layers according to the season and weather.

Transportation to Tibet

  • Train: Qinghai-Tibet Railway; limited sleepers, difficult to book in peak season.
  • Flight: Direct flights to Lhasa or Nyingchi; altitude sickness similar to train travel. Off-season airfare discounts were available.

Tibetan Food

  • Variety: Chinese, Western, Tibetan, and Nepalese options available in cities.
  • Tibetan Cuisine: Distinct flavour, different from mainland Chinese food.
  • Vegetarian Options: Available in cities and during travel.
  • Meals: Only hotel breakfast is included in the tour fee. Other meals are at your discretion.

Value for Money

A Journey Worth Every Penny

The journey you embark on with us is more than just a trip; it’s an experience of a lifetime. While we believe that such an adventure is beyond any price tag, we also understand the importance of value for those planning their dream tour.

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for the Best Deal

 When evaluating tour options, it’s crucial to compare apples to apples. Our tours are meticulously crafted to provide a comprehensive experience of Tibet’s rich culture, profound history, and breathtaking beauty, all at a price that’s as reasonable as it is rewarding.

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One of the best strategies to make the most of your budget is to travel in a group. The larger the group, the lower the cost per person. This is especially beneficial for solo travellers – consider joining one of our group tours for both companionship and savings. For more details, our travel consultants are just a message away.

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Early birds do get the best deals! To lock in the most favourable rates, we highly recommend contacting us at least one month prior to your intended departure date. This helps secure a better price and ensures a smoother planning process for your Tibetan adventure.

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Can I Cancel My Tailor-Made Tour?

Yes, you have the option to cancel your tailor-made tour. However, be aware that cancellation charges will be applied as per the Tour Tibet cancellation policy. For detailed information, please review our Terms and Conditions.

Can I Arrange My Tibet Tour on My Own? Is It Easier and Cheaper?

Arranging a Tibet tour independently is not possible due to the need for a Tibet Travel Permit. This permit is mandatory and must be obtained through a local travel agency authorized by the Tibet Tourist Bureau.

Can I Talk to a Travel Consultant in Person?

Absolutely! We encourage our clients to visit our office and discuss their travel plans directly with our travel consultants. Together, we can tailor your Tibet tour to fit your preferences and requirements.

How Can I Make the Payment?

Once you are happy with your tour arrangements and have confirmed your booking, a deposit of 20% of the total trip cost is required. This deposit can be paid through PayPal, Credit Card, Western Union, or Wire Transfer. The remaining balance is due at the start of your tour.

Do I Have to Travel on Certain Dates?

No, you don’t. Our tours are fully customizable, allowing you to choose any travel date that suits you (subject to flight availability). The itineraries on our website are samples, and you’re free to modify any aspect to match your personal preferences. Your travel consultant is here to assist and guide you through the process.

Do I Need to Travel as Part of a Group?

Not necessarily. Our tailor-made trips are designed on an individual basis, meaning you have the flexibility to plan your itinerary according to your own interests and pace. However, if you are interested in a group experience, we offer small group tours limited to a maximum of 16 people.
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The guide was excellent. He speaks very Well English and he had endless patience with all our questions. Not only did he have a lot of knowledge about the places we went to. He also did a good job in explaining the Tibetan Buddhism.

February 23, 2018

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