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The Most Popular Tour in Tibet - 9 Days

Explore the best scenic locations, famed historical sites, popular monasteries, holy lakes and old towns in this Tibet tour.
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$ 2190 USD
  • Potala Palace -Built in the 17thcentury, Potala Palace provides amazing views of the entire city and houses
  • Samye Monastery
  • Jokhang Temple
  • The word ‘Namtso’ literally means ‘heavenly lake’
  • Drepung Monastery, which was built in the 14th century
  • Yamdro-Tso Lake
Group size: Minimum 2 people Max-Altitude: 5,010m/16,432ft
Destination: Tibet   
Arrival on: Lhasa, Tibet Departure from: Lhasa, Tibet
Meals: Breakfast during the entire tour
Accommodation: Standard hotels

Trip Introduction

“The Most Popular Tour in Tibet” comprises the prime Tibet tourist attractions worth visiting at least once in a lifetime. Your trip will take you past glittering turquoise lakes Yamdrok-Tso, which is one of the 3 largest sacred lakes in Tibet, and Nam-Tso, which is the highest saltwater lake in the world. Besides Potala palace and Jokhang temple, you will visit other major highlights including Samye monastery, the first Buddhist monastery in Tibet, and Drepung monastery, the largest monastery in the world. You will get a chance to visit the first palace of Tibet, Yumbu Lhakhang, and the largest stupa in Tibet, Kumbum pagoda. You will also visit the ‘electricity town’ Yangbajing, a lush green valley lying at the heart of the world’s highest hot springs, and Chim Phu caves, one of the most sacred retreat sites in Tibet. During your trip, you will cross a few high passes, visit old streets and towns, enjoy scenic, breathtaking mountain vistas and drive on long winding roads.

Tibet is a place that will likely change the way you see the world and it will remain with you for years to come. All the places you visit during your 9-day trip have their own history and religious significances. This popular tour in Tibet offers you a complete tour and merges the country’s most famous landmarks and sacred sites into an ideal Tibet tour package.

Included in the Cost

  • All necessary Tibet travel permits
  • Pickups and drops from airport and hotel(s)
  • Land Cruiser 4WD Toyota(No AC) or Hiace or bus for transportation
  • Accommodation in Tibet on twin-sharing basis with breakfast
  • English-speaking, trained and experienced Tibetan guide
  • All fees for sightseeing and visits to monasteries as outlined in the itinerary
  • All applicable taxes and service charges

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Lhasa and transfer to Tsedang (3,550m/11,646ft): 95km, 2 hours
Day 02: Tsedang Sightseeing: Yumbu Lhakhang, Samye Monastery, Chim Phu Caves and drive to Lhasa (3,650m/11,972ft), 180 km, 4 hours
Day 03: Lhasa sightseeing: Potala Palace, Norbulingka Palace and Tibet Traditional Hospital: 5-6 hours
Day 04: Lhasa sightseeing: Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Bazaar: 5-6 hours
Day 05: Lhasa to Gyantse (3,950m/12,956ft) via Karo La Pass and Yamdrok Tso Lake: 260km, 5-6 hours.
Day 06: Gyantse Sightseeing: Palcheo monastery, Kumbum Pagoda Stupa and Gyantse old town, then drive to Shigatse and visit Tashi Lhunpo monastery, 90km, 2 hours
Day 07: Shigatse to Namtso lake via Tagdruka-Xugula pass-Yangbajing (4718m): 420km, 7 hours
Day 08: Explore Namtso Lake and walk around Tashi Dor hermitage; drive back to Lhasa, 250km, 5-6 hours
Day 09: Final departure
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Accommodations

We will be staying at Yarlung River Hotel in Tsedang, Kyichu Hotel in Lhasa, Gyantse Hotel in Gyantse and Gesar Hotel in Shigatse.  All of the accommodations are at 2-3 star hotels. It is also possible to upgrade to a better hotel in Lhasa by paying an additional cost. All the accommodations are on a twin-shared basis. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost 470 USD.

Meals

Only breakfasts are included in this trip. We are expected to pay for lunches and dinners on our own. Breakfast will be taken in the same place we stay for the night. Similar arrangements can also be made for dinner. Lunch will be taken en route to the next destination(s). We recommend our guest(s) to budget Yuan 60 to Yuan 100(US$10 to US$16) for lunch and dinner in a single day.

Best Time to Travel

Spring (March and April), summer (May, June and July) and autumn (August, Sept and Oct) are the best seasons for this wonderful journey.

Trip Start Dates and Cost

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Day 01: Arrival in Lhasa and transfer to Tsedang (3,550m/11,646ft): 95km, 2 hours

We arrive at Gonggar Airport in Lhasa either by taking a direct flight from Nepal or via mainland China. If we decide to fly from Nepal, then we get to enjoy a beautiful hour-long trans-Himalayan flight that takes us over Everest (8,848m), Kanchenjunga (8,536m) and other Himalayan peaks and glaciers. If we choose to go to Lhasa via mainland China, we may fly from any of the major Chinese cities or take the world's highest train route to Lhasa. Upon our arrival in Lhasa, a representative from Himalayan Glacier will escort us either from the airport or the train station to our designated hotel in Tsedang. We are advised to take plenty of rest for the remainder of the day for proper acclimatization in order to minimize altitude sickness. Overnight in Tsedang.

Day 02: Tsedang Sightseeing: Yumbu Lhakhang, Samye Monastery, Chim Phu Caves and drive to Lhasa (3,650m/11,972ft), 180 km, 4 hours

In the morning, we visit Yumbu Lhakhang, the first palace in Tibet, which was built in the 2nd century for the first Tibetan king Nyatri Tsenpo, who descended from heaven, as believed by the Tibetans. Then, we visit Samye monastery, the first Buddhist monastery of Tibet built in the 8th century by Guru Rimpoche, and with a 1200-year-old history. A unique monastery amidst breathtaking scenery, Samye is a major highlight and one of the most notable and marvelous places to visit in Tibet. Next, we visit the Chim Phu caves, located just above the Samye monastery, which is used as a long-term retreat for those who wish to meditate in peace. We continue our drive to reach Lhasa. Overnight at Lhasa.

Included meals:Breakfast
Day 03: Lhasa sightseeing: Potala Palace, Norbulingka Palace and Tibet Traditional Hospital: 5-6 hours

We begin exploring Lhasa visiting the beautiful Potala and Norbulingka Palaces, better known as Winter palace and Summer palace respectively. Built in the 17th century, Potala Palace provides amazing views of the entire city, and houses the private quarters of the Dalai Lama. Norbulingka Palace houses what is considered to be the largest man-made garden in Tibet. Next, we visit the Tibet Traditional Hospital, which is the center for the treatment, training, research and production of Tibetan medicine. Overnight in Lhasa.

Included meals:Breakfast
Day 04: Lhasa sightseeing: Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Bazaar: 5-6 hours

After breakfast, we visit Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Bazaar.  Drepung Monastery, which was built in the 14th century, is the world’s largest monastery and believed to have sheltered around 10,000 monks in the past, but as of now there has been quite a declination resulting in only a few hundred. The history, culture, and religious beliefs of the Tibetan people are strongly concentrated and centered in this marvelous monastery.  Sera Monastery is a preserved monastery of whitewashed walls and golden roofs.  The main attraction to visit this monastery is to see the monks debating which is held from 3-5 pm every day apart from Sundays. Jokhang Temple is another important sacred site which unravels more deep-seated mysteries of Tibetan Buddhism. Inside you can see the statue of Buddha Sakyamuni when he was twelve-years old.  We further stroll through Barkhor Bazaar (market). With its open air stalls, shops and crowds of pilgrims, it is the nerve center of Lhasa. Overnight in Lhasa.

Included meals:Breakfast
Day 05: Lhasa to Gyantse (3,950m/12,956ft) via Karo La Pass and Yamdrok Tso Lake: 260km, 5-6 hours.

Today, we take a scenic drive to Gyantse. On the way we cross the Khamba La Pass (4,794m) with a brief halt to savor the beauty of the Yamdrok Tso (Turquoise Lake), one of the three largest sacred lakes in Tibet and the beautiful Nazin Kang Sang glacier (7,252m). Soon, we come across another pass, The Karo La Pass (5,045m). From our vehicle, we can enjoy views of huge glaciers tumbling down into the road before reaching Gyantse. Overnight in Gyantse.

Included meals:Breakfast
Day 06: Gyantse Sightseeing: Palcheo monastery, Kumbum Pagoda Stupa and Gyantse old town, then drive to Shigatse and visit Tashi Lhunpo monastery, 90km, 2 hours

In the morning, we visit Palchoe monastery (also known as Pelkor Chode Monastery or Shekar Gyantse), founded in the 14th century by the 1st Panchen Lama and local chieftain Kusang Rabten. Then we see Kumbum Pagoda Stupa (hailed as the "King of Pagoda"), which was also built in the 14th century. It is the largest and the most significant stupa in Tibet. Then, strolling around Gyantse old town which consists of old Tibetan traditional houses, we drive to Shigatse. Here, we will visit Tashi Lhunpo Monastery, the home of Panchen Lama, which was founded by Gendun Drup, the 1st Dalai Lama in 1447.  The monastery is located on a hill at the center of Shigatse city, the second largest city in Tibet.  Overnight in Shigatse.

Included meals:Breakfast
Day 07: Shigatse to Namtso lake via Tagdruka-Xugula pass-Yangbajing (4718m): 420km, 7 hours

We start our journey driving from Shigatse along the Brahmaputra river with a landscape of sandy hills and villages. From Tagdruk, we will leave the main road and drive off road crossing the Xugu La pass until we reach Yangbajing from where we can have a beautiful view of Nyenchen Thangla mountain. Though not as famous as other scenic spots in Tibet, Yangpachen attracts visitors for its unique resources: hot springs. After a short drive, we finally reach Namtso lake. Overnight in Namtso Lake.

Included meals:Breakfast
Day 08: Explore Namtso Lake and walk around Tashi Dor hermitage; drive back to Lhasa, 250km, 5-6 hours

After breakfast, we witness the grandeur of Namtso lake, the world’s highest saltwater lake. The word ‘Namtso’ literally means ‘heavenly lake’. With its deep blue water and the fact that it is surrounded by the amazing Himalayan ranges, we realize that the name given to the lake is indeed a perfect match. We then visit Tashi Dor hermitage and hike around the peninsula, which houses more than 50 hermit caves including some small chapels. Nomadic herders frequently camp on the peninsula, and many species of migratory birds make their home there. Then we drive back to Lhasa. Overnight in Lhasa.

Included meals:Breakfast
Day 09: Final departure

Our adventure in the Himalayas has come to an end today, leaving behind remarkable memories about this popular tour in Tibet. There is nothing to do but trade emails with travel companions and organize photographs. If time permits, we can engage in last minute shopping or stroll around. A representative from Himalayan Glacier will take us to the airport or the train station for our next journey.

Included meals:Breakfast
Not really satisfied with this itinerary ? Make your own Customize it !

Important Note

Your safety is of paramount concern while traveling with Himalayan Glacier. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.

Route Map

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Included in the Cost

  • All necessary Tibet travel permits
  • Pickups and drops from airport and hotel(s)
  • Land Cruiser 4WD Toyota(No AC) or Hiace or bus for transportation
  • Accommodation in Tibet on twin-sharing basis with breakfast
  • English-speaking, trained and experienced Tibetan guide
  • All fees for sightseeing and visits to monasteries as outlined in the itinerary
  • All applicable taxes and service charges

Not Included in the Cost

  • All flight and/or train expenses (international or national)
  • Chinese visa
  • Nepalese visa
  • International flights from Kathmandu to Lhasa or from China to Lhasa
  • Accommodation in Nepal or mainland China
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals other than breakfast in Tibet
  • Tips for guides and driver

Accommodations

We will be staying at Yarlung River Hotel in Tsedang, Kyichu Hotel in Lhasa, Gyantse Hotel in Gyantse and Gesar Hotel in Shigatse.  All of the accommodations are at 2-3 star hotels. It is also possible to upgrade to a better hotel in Lhasa by paying an additional cost. All the accommodations are on a twin-shared basis. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost 470 USD.

Meals

Only breakfasts are included in this trip. We are expected to pay for lunches and dinners on our own. Breakfast will be taken in the same place we stay for the night. Similar arrangements can also be made for dinner. Lunch will be taken en route to the next destination(s). We recommend our guest(s) to budget Yuan 60 to Yuan 100(US$10 to US$16) for lunch and dinner in a single day.

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