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6 Days
Lhasa. Ganden, Nyingchi, Basum Tso
Lhasa. Ganden, Nyingchi, Basum Tso
Max People : 1000

Tibet River Valley tour is great for first-time visitors and is also very popular for Chinese tourists. This tour will take you to the eastern part of Tibet to discover the diversity of Tibetan landscape. You will also experience the Switzerland-like mountain ranges of Tibet. You will see a beautiful little lake called Basumtso. The surrounding hills are thick with virgin forests of pine, birch, azalea, maple and other varieties of trees.

Recommended Groups: Suitable for most groups including Families with kids, seniors, youths, and students. Especially recommended for photographers. For those who are worried about high altitude, Nyingchi is a great place to go as it is lower than many other parts of Tibet. Though not physically demanding, a reasonable level of fitness is needed.

Condition: Lhasa to Nyingchi is about a 5-6 hour drive with some of the best road conditions in Tibet. Nyingchi is a hidden gem. The altitude is lower (at 2,900m) so most people will feel more comfortable there. Tall ancient trees are everywhere. There are many exotic animals and plants that you will be able to see. The area has a unique local climate: Tourists will not suffer from high altitude sickness or feel excessive dryness or cold. They will feel like they’re in a warm gulf area.

Best time to go: Available all year round. Basumtso Lake is especially beautiful in the spring. April is the best time to visit Nyingchi area


Brief Itinerary

Day 1 Lhasa Arrival

Welcome to the roof of the world! You will be pick up at the airport or train station, then be escorted to your hotel in Lhasa city at the comfort of your own private vehicle. En route, enjoy the breathtaking view along the Yarlong Tsangpo River. Tibetan features can be seen along the way, including Big Buddha engravings on the hill near the road, colorful prayer flags and friendly Tibetan people.
After arrival at your hotel, the rest of the day is free for you to explore the local area and acclimatize yourself to this high altitude city at the top of the world.

Day 2 Lhasa Sight seeing

After breakfast, you will firstly visit the Norbulingka Park, the former summer palace of Dalai Lama. Explore the beautiful gardens and experience one of the most holy sites in Tibetan Buddhism while soaking up the rich history. Next, come to Drepung Monastery, which was once the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery housing 10,000 monks in its heyday. Learn about the lives of Tibetan monks.

Your tour ends at Sera Monastery, where you will get the chance to experience “Buddhism Scriptures Debating”. These debates are unique to Sera and are quite famous. Enjoy the debates!

Day 3 Wondering Lhasa

The overwhelming Potala Palace is your first stop. As the symbol of Tibet, it was built in 641 AD and was the winter palace of Dalai Lama who is Tibet’s pope. Impressive Tibetan architecture, huge golden Buddha statues, red-robed lamas and devoted pilgrims all make it a must-visit.

In the afternoon, you’ll visit the Jokhang Temple, the spiritual center of Tibet. Every day, pilgrims from every corner of Tibet trek here from long distances to worship. Finally, walk the special circular pilgrimage route as local followers always do at Barkhor Street.

Day 4 Lhasa - Ganden Monastery - Bayi Town

After breakfast, drive about 6 hours to Bayi town, the capital of Nyingchi area. The road condition is good. On route, you will pay a visit to Ganden Monastery which is the first Gelugpa monastery, and one of the three “great” Gelugpa monasteries in Tibet (the other two being Sera and Drepung monasteries). Founded in 1409, Ganden Monastery was traditionally considered to be the seat of Geluk administrative and political power.
Upon arrival at Bayi Town, visit a huge cypress tree over a thousand years old. Take a break and take a stroll in the surprisingly modern town.

Tip of today:
The view during the drive from Lhasa to Nyingchi is great! Be sure to take breaks to stretch your legs and take pictures.

Day 5 Bayi - Basomtso Lake - Lhasa

Visit Basomtso Lake and enjoy the beautiful views there in the morning. Basomtso Lake, 3,500 meters above sea level, originates from Nyaching Tanglha Mountain and is a dozen kilometers long. Snow-covered mountains, glaciers and trees are reflected upon the lake’s rippling surface. There are small islands in the middle of the lake with Buddhist temples built upon them. after sightseeing, drive back to Lhasa.

Tip of today:
While not the highest destination in Tibet, be careful not to push yourself too hard, especially if you are not used to high altitudes. Take advantage of the abundant opportunities to take great pictures!

Day 6 Departure from Lhasa

Today is free for you until your tour guide transfer you to the airport in time for your flight or drop you off at Lhasa train station.

Prices and Services

What’s included in this price?

1. Private professional English-speaking tour guide.
2. Private vehicle and Luggage Transfers.
3. All necessary Tibet travel permits.
4. All accommodations, based on double-occupancy. Above three star rated hotels in towns and city. Guest house or tent in remote areas.
5. Meals, depend as noted in the itinerary.
6. Admission fees and activity expenses, as noted in the itinerary.
7. All Service Charges (the planning, handling, operational and communication charges) & government taxes.
8. Accident / Casualty Help

What’s excluded in this price?

1. China visa, all air tickets and train tickets to and from Tibet.
2. Sightseeing not listed in the itinerary.
3. Meals not listed in the itinerary.
4. Personal expenses such as laundry, drink, fax, telephone call, optional tour activities, etc.
5. Gratuities, tips to guides, drivers, bellboys, etc.
6. Excess Baggage Charges.
7. Single room supplement.

Value for money:

While the trip of a lifetime is priceless, we know value is a vital aspect for those deciding which tour to choose.

When comparing tour prices, be sure to compare like to like. Our tours are designed to ensure that our customers experience all the culture, history, and beauty that Tibet has to offer, and at a reasonable price.

A great way to ensure the lowest possible price is to invite more people on the trip. The more people in a group, the lower the price per person. (We recommend you join our group tour if you are traveling alone. Please contact our travel consultant for more information)

Booking early is also an easy way to ensure the best rate! We highly recommend you contact us at least 1 month before your planned departure date.


How many ways can I contact you ?

We offer the following contact ways:
Phone: +86-891-6348848 (24/7)
Skype: tourtraveltibet
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Can I cancel my tailor-made tour ?

Yes! If you want to cancel your tailor-made tour due to some factors, you can. But you will be liable to pay cancellation charges that are bounded by Tour Tibet cancellation policy. Please read more about Terms and Conditions.

Can I arrange my Tibet tour on my own? Is it easier and cheaper ?

No. When you plan to tour Tibet, you first need to apply for the Tibet Travel Permits, which must be entrusted to a local travel agency for application from Tibet Tourist Bureau.

Can I talk to a travel consultant in person ?

Yes! We welcome our clients to come to our company and speak with our travel consultant face to face. And then customize your Tibet tour together with you.

How can do the payment ?

Once you are satisfied with all the arrangements and your tour is confirmed, you need to pay a deposit of 20% of the total cost of your trip, via PayPal, Credit Card, Western Union, Wire Transfer.
When starting your tour, you need to finish the final payment and then start your dream Tibet tour with us!

Have to Travel on certain dates?

Because all of our tours are customizable, you can travel with us on any date you wish ( depending on flights ).
The itineraries provided on our website are the only sample, and you can change any destinations to suit your tastes and budget. Your travel consultant will provide advice and answer your questions.

Have I need travelling as a member of a group?

No. Our tailor-made trips are arranged on an individual basis, which means you are not tied to the wishes of a group and you can arrange your itinerary at your own pace.
If you are interested in a Group Tour, we do offer an arranged tour in a small group of up to 16 people.

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Family Traveller

Went to Tibet during Jan 2018, our guide was very knowledgeable about the Tibetan culture and Buddhism. He gave us great insights on all the sights and spoke good English as well. Thank You for this wonderful experience with Tour travel Tibet impression.

February 23, 2018