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This Lhasa Shigatse group tour is well crafted and ideal for those longing for the most famous attractions in Tibet, but with limited budget. Your Tibet tour will be expanded from Lhasa to Shigatse with sightseeing at natural scenes, architecture research time and Tibetan culture experience.

Duration: 6 days & 5 nights

Destinations: Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse - Lhasa

Starting Point: Lhasa

Ending Point: Lhasa

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Upon arrival at Lhasa Railway Station or Lhasa Gonggar Airport, you will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel in the Lhasa city. It usually takes approximately 1.5hrs from the airport to downtown Lhasa, while 20mins from the railway station. The rest of the day is free time for you to acclimatize yourself to this high altitude. Have a good rest and drink plenty of water. 

Overnight in Lhasa.

Full day city tour of Potola Palace, Jokhang Temple, and Barkhor Street 

Potala Palace: with a height of 3,700 meters above sea level, it is the highest palace in the world, and a monumental building of Lhasa served as administrative center, seat of government, monastery, fortress and the home of all the Dalai Lamas from the Fifth to the Fourteenth in the past! Ascend to the top the palace named golden roofs to have a bird-eye view of Lhasa city, surrounded by majestic mountain ranges.

Jokhang Temple: first built during the reign of Sontsan Gambo 1300 years ago, the temple is one of the holiest shrines in Tibet with many pilgrims praying in front of it every day. 

Barkhor Street: it was essentially a pilgrim circuit and now has developed into a famous local handmade crafts market, where you can purchase nice souvenirs.  

Overnight in Lhasa. 

Meal: B

Potala Palace

A visit of Drepung Monastery in the morning, and Sera Monastery in the afternoon (The morning activity is subject to change in case of special situations, with two other options: Drak Yerpa or Ganden Monastery)

Drepung Monastery: it was first built in 1416 and once the largest monastery of the Gelug Sect in Tibet. 

Drak Yerpa: 30 km away from Lhasa city, it is the famous holy meditation place with a number of ancient meditation caves. There is a saying goes that: "Lhasa is the shrine of Tibet, while Drak Yerpa is the shrine of Lhasa. Not seeing Drak Yerpa in Lhasa is just like making a dress without the collar." 

Ganden Monastery: built in 1409 by Tsongkhapa, the founder of the Gelug Sect, Ganden Monastery is one of the “Three Holy Monasteries" of Gelugpa, located at the top of Wangbur Mountain, Tagtse County, 36 kilometers away from Lhasa.

Sera Monastery: Sera means wild rose in the Tibetan language. The monastery is so called because the hill behind it was covered with wild roses in full bloom when it was first built in 1419. The debating among monks is a very interesting scene of this monastery in the afternoon of weekdays. 

Overnight in Lhasa. 

Meal: B

Sera Monastery

Full day tour of Yamdrok Lake, Karo-la Glacier, Pelkhor Monastery 

After breakfast in the hotel, drive about 1.5 hours to Kambala Pass (4794 meters above sea level) for Yamdrok Lake there. Keep driving, visit Karo-la Glacier, Pelkhor Monastery later that day.  

Yamdrok Lake: Also called Yamdrok Yumtso, this freshwater lake is regarded by Tibetans as one of the three sacred lakes, and nestles into snow-capped mountains.

Karo-la Glacier: At an elevation of 7,191 meters, Mount Nojin Kangsang is the most accessible glacier site on the Tibetan Plateau. The famous Kharola Glacier (5,560 meters above sea level) is just below the south ridge of Nojin Kangsang.  

Palkhor Monastery: Located in the northeast of Gyantse, and 100 km east of Shigatse, The monastery is an architectural masterpiece of typical Lamaseries of Rear Tibet, and wonderfully houses 3 different sects of Tibetan Buddhism: Sakyapa, Kadampa and Gelugpa.  

Overnight in Shigatse. 

Meal: B

Yamdrok Lake

Head west for Tashilunpo Monastery in the morning. Drive back to Lhasa. En route, you can have a visit of Dolma Lhakhang Temple (optional)  

Tashilunpo Monastery: Tashilunpo is the largest monastery of Gelugpa sect in Rear Tibet, built in 1477 by Gendun Drebpa, the first Dalai Lama. it was expanded by the successive Lamas, and covers an area of 150,000 square meters with 57 chapels, 3600 rooms today.  

Dolma LhaKhang Temple: Located 20 km southwest of Lhasa, it is a monastery in Nyethang founded most probably by Atisha. 

Overnight in Lhasa. 

Meal: B

Tashilunpo Monastery

Transfer to the airport or train station from the hotel. Fly home or to your next destination. 

Meal: B

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1.We reserve the right to change the itinerary order of Day 02 & Day 03

2.We reserve the right to change attractions on Day 02 & Day 03, except Potala Palace.

Departure Date at Each Month

Month Tour Starting Date (The day of your first arrival in Lhasa)
Jan 02091623
Feb 1320

Prices: per person, double occupancy

MonthJanuary to AprilMayJune to JulyAugustSeptember to OctoberNovember to December
Economy Class (3-star hotel)$545$630$675$712$675$545

What's included

  • Pick-up & Drop-off

    Free Lhasa Railway Station pick-up & Drop-off at any time.
    Free Lhasa Airport Pick-up & Drop-off as following time: Pick-up: 15:00~15:20; Drop-off: 12:00

  • Guide

    Experienced local English-speaking Tibetan tour guide.

  • Meals

    Tibetan Breakfasts as listed in itinerary.

  • Vehicle

    According to group size & season as itinerary needed.

  • Accommodation

    Lhasa/Shigatse: twin room en suite matching with different tour classes.
    Rongbuk/EBC/Ngari: Drom bed in Guesthouse or nomad tent.

  • Permits

    All necessary permits as itinerary required including:
    Tibet Entry Permit (TTB);
    Alien's Travel Permit (PSB);
    Military Permit

  • Other

    Express delivery fee of Tibet Entry Permit (eg. SF. Express)
    Gas and parking fee for the vehicle.
    All entrance fee mentioned in itinerary.
    Oxygen in vehicle for emergency use

  • Visa

    Visa arrangement. Please consult the local Chinese Embassy or Consulates-General first for the tourist visa.

  • Pick-up & Drop-off

    Private Lhasa Airport pick-up & Drop off. (We offer private services with an extra costs if your flight isn’t within our free service time.)

  • Transport

    Air or Train to/from Tibet.

  • Extra Expenses

    Additional days caused by unexpected nature disasters. eg.Land Slide, Avalanche, etc.
    Gratuities for guide & driver, about USD 5/day for each of them.
    Personal expenses.

  • Other

    Lunch, Dinner, & some Breakfast.
    Optional Attractions specified in itinerary.
    Super-fast express delivery of Tibet Entry Permit (eg. China Air Express) .
    Anything not listed in INCLUSIONS.

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