Take a deep exploration in exotic Tibet to visit roof of the world –Himalayas. Visit the cultural Lhasa and drive along the southwest to visit Yomdrok Lake, Tashilunpo Monastery and Mt.Everest. This short 8 days join-in tour will be your once-a-life experience.
Tour Type: Group Tour
Best Season: All seasons
From $1,839 USD p/p
Explore Potala Palace and temples in Lhasa
Watch famous monks debating in Sera Monastery
Admire magnificent Mt. Everest and Rongbuk Monastery
Your guide will pick you up at the airport or train station. Then you will be transferred to your hotel. Have a good rest and get accustomed to the high altitude.
Note: We need at least 20 days to apply the travel permit to Tibet. If you want to book the tour, please confirm at least 20 days before your travel date.
Potala Palace, Barkhor Street, Jokhang Temple
After breakfast,you will head to Potala Palace which is the power center of old Tibet.
Potala Palace is the former winter home of Dalai Lama, a vast and awe-inspiring maze of corridors. Stairs will lead you to countless rooms of richly decorated statues, tombs, murals and antiques. You will climb past the White Palace into the Red Palace.
In the afternoon, you will visit Jokhang Temple which is the oldest and holiest temple in Tibet. This 4-storey, golden-roofed temple is the heart of Tibetan Buddhism. Many locals pray regularly in the temple.
Then, you can visit Barkhor Street on your own, which was built about 1,300 years ago. The Barkhor (pilgrims' circuit) is found in the heart of Lhasa, encircling the Jokhang Temple. In the past, it was a designated circumambulation circuit, "a saint's road" in the eyes of Tibetans. Many people call the Barkhor "the window of Tibet" as it exhibits typical Tibetan life. It is a best place to take cultural photos.
Good to Know
On Potala Palace Square, you can take panorama photos of Potala Palace.
There are many stairs in Potala Palace to climb.
You can have lunch in food markets near the palace. There are many distinctive food in Lhasa.
Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery
On the third day, you will visit two monasteries.
Drepung Monastery lies in west of Lhasa under Mt. Drepung Monastery used to be the living palace of Dalai Lamas before the reconstruction of Potala palace. Located in the northern suburbs of Lhasa, Sera Monastery is a complex of 4 structures; the Great Assembly Hall and three colleges. It was founded in 1419 by Jamchen Chojey of Sakya Yeshe of Zel Gungtang (1355–1435), a disciple of Tsongkhapa. It is one of the three main monasteries of Lhasa where the monks "famous daily debates" take place.
Good to Know
Starting at 15:00 from Tuesday to Saturday, there is a debate about Buddhist doctrines among the monks at Sera Monastery. The debating is a necessary way of learning sutras and scriptures. Visitors can watch the debate, but do not disturb them.
The Palgor Chorten, Our guide and driver will escort you from Lhasa to Shigatse, Yomdrok Lake, Overlook for the Karola Glacier
We will drive for about 360km to appreciate beautiful scenery on day 4.
After breakfast, you will head to Shannan Prefecture of Tibet, the cradle of Tibetan civilization and visit one of the three holy lakes in Tibet - Yomdrok Lake (3,900 meter above the sea level). Dotted with a dozen islands and abundant in natural resources, Lake Yamdrok has the highest power station in the world, and is also the largest habitat for water birds in Tibet, attracting countless swans and gulls every summer.
On the road, you will appreciate Karola Glacier (4,960m). Located on the boarder of the Langkazi County and the Gyangze County in the Shannan Prefecture of Tibet, the Karola Glacier has an area of 9.4 sq km. Get a close look on the road and then you will continue head westward to Gyangze County.
In Gyangze County, we will visit the famous Pelkor Monastery the structural style of which is very unique. It is reputed as the lord of Tibetan stupas and famous for architecture, sculpture, and mural painting art. After that, continuing driving for about one and half hours, we will arrive at Shigatse.
Stay overnight in a hotel in Shigatse.
Good to Know
Sometimes, the road to Yomdrok Lake will be closed for bad weather or other situations. Then we cannot see Yomdrok Lake and Karola Glacie. We will drive along China-Nepal highway to Shigatse (not the same road to Yomdrok Lake) and then to Gyangze County to visit Pelkor Monastery. After that we will get back to the hotel in Shigatse.
Our guide and driver will escort you from Shigatse to Dingri, Rongbuk Monastery(with Mt.Everest)
The drive journey takes about 7 hours from Shigatse to Mt.Everest Base Camp pass through Dingri county.
A journey to the Mt. Everest Base Camp is a both physical as well as psychological challenge to visitors, but it will definitely reward you with the most unparalleled views: a panorama of Himalayan peaks. You will appreciate that how powerful the nature is.
Enjoy the natural sceneries along the road, you will visit Rongbuk Monastery which is the highest temple at an altitude of 5,100 meters (16728 feet). At night, you can count stars in the sky.
Stay overnight in Rongbuk Monastery.
Good to Know
Passport, Tibet Permit and Travel Certificate will be checked. Remember to bring all of them.
You will spend almost a whole day in a driving car. Please tell your guide if feel uncomfortable because the altitude will higher than Lhasa.
The road condition after the sign of Everest Natural Reserve is not much good.
Everest Base Camp, Our guide and driver will escort you from Dingri to Shigatse
Weak up early, you will see the amazing sunrise in Everest Base Camp. You will take the most magnificent sunrise photos. Appreciate the unique scenery there.
Mt. Everest, also called Mount Qumulangma in Tibetan Language, is the highest peak on Earth and probably the most coveted mountain in adventurous travelers’ eyes. On May 8, 2008, the Olympic Torch for the 2008 Beijing Olympics was taken to the peak of Everest and lit by a group of Chinese mountaineers, making it the first time ever for the Olympic torch to be lit on the "top of the world".
After photo hours, we will go back to Shigatze. On the way back, we will pass the Yarlung Zangbo River originating from the north slope of the Himalayas. The river flows ceaselessly over half of the whole Tibetan Plateau. The scenery is also unmatchable.
Stay overnight in Shigatze.
Good to Know
About 10 hours drive the day.
Tashilunpo Monastery, Our guide and driver will escort you from Shigatse to Lhasa
After breakfast, we will drive back to Lhasa.
On the way, you will visit Tashilunpo Monastery. It was founded in 1447 by Gyalwa Gendun Drup (1st Dalai Lama), and is a historically and culturally important monastery. The name of the temple means that all fortune and happiness gather here. Painted in red and white, the buildings offer a grand and majestic view.
Tashilunpo Kloster represents the Tibetan super architecture art in the Last Tibetan spirit. A 26-meter-high statue of the Maitreya Buddha (Jamba Chyenmu) sits on the ground inside the monastery. The statue was cast of 6,700 ounces of gold and over 115,000 kg of copper, making it the biggest copper Buddhiststatue in the world.
Hotel to airport Transfer (Lhasa)
After breakfast, you will be transferred to airport or railway station. We will be more than happy to help you book tickets.
Good to Know
Free shuttle service to pick up/drop off tourists between hotels and Gongga airport twice a day is only available for the following period of time.
Pick-up from airport at: 10:00 am; 13:30 pm; 17:00 pm
Drop-off to airport (From hotel to airport) at: 06:30 am; 08:00 am; 12:00 pm
All the shuttle service from/to the train station on the date of tourists' arrival and departure would be free.
International Airfare or Train Tickets to enter or leave China.
China Entry Visa Fees.
Excess Baggage Charges.
Any meals that are not mentioned in the tour itinerary.
Single Room Supplement.
Good to know
The arrangement may change when come across bad weather or any other emergency.
People who have severe hypertension, heart disease or terrible cold are not recommended to visit Tibet.
Tibet is on plateau, most visitors will have altitude sickness. It is a normal phenomenon. Rest for a while, you will be more accustomed to plateau and your altitude sickness will begin to ease up. If you still feel awful, you can take some medicine, like Gao Yuanan and rhodiola or take oxygen.
Remember not to eat too much. On the first day in Tibet, try not to take a shower which will speed up blood circulation and increase your requirement for oxygen.
Sunlight in Tibet is strong and weather is wet. You should take sunglasses, suncream, lip balm and etc.
From April to November is recommended to Tibet.
You will spend much time in car, and sometimes you may not have meal on time. You can bring some snacks or cookies to eat.
Sichuan cuisine is the main food in Lhasa, Shigatze and Shannan. Food will be spicy. You can order food according to your taste, but food there cannot compare to one in other places.
For an authentic travel experience, contact one of our travel advisors. Our local experts are always ready to create a hassle-free tour for you.