Lhasa, Gyantse and Shigatse 7 Days / 6 Nights
Classic Circuits of Tibet
March to November
Best Time For Travel:
Trip Over View
Lhasa, Gyantse and Shigatse are the places that attract most of the Tibet travelers. Lhasa, which means "sacred earth" in the Tibetan language is used to be the most reclusive city on earth and remained shrouded in mystery and secrecy until early 20th century. Today, Lhasa has gone through a vast technological change but the mystique still exists in the palaces of the Dalai Lamas, monasteries and Tibetan quarters. After 3 days touring in and around Lhasa, you will be properly acclimatized and you will set out on the China (Tibet)-Nepal friendship highway. You will exit Lhasa by crossing Tsangbo Bridge and will wind up to Kamba La ( 15,700ft), offering dazzling views of the Himalayas as well as Yamdrok Tso - the turquoise green water lake several hundred feet below. Follow the bank of Yamdrok Tso for more than 40 miles before and you will reach Nangkartse, a small Tibetan roadside-town and have a chance to take a side trip to Samding Monastery of Bodong sect, 5 miles off the highway in the lakeshore.
The road again climbs over Karo La (16,500 ft) and heads towards Gyantse. Visit Kumbum Stupa - the landmark of Gyantse and adjoining Pekor Chode Monastery. Then, time permitting, you could hike up to the Dzong, overlooking the Gyatnse town. From Lhasa to Gyantse, its about 6 and ½ hrs drive by 4 WD. Shigatse - the second largest city of Tibet is 50 miles further and is a 2 hr drive. En route, time permitting, you may visit the prominent Shalu Monastery which is an amalgamation of Tibetan, Nepali and Chinese architecture. Shigatse - largely a Chinese commercial town has little to offer the culture-hungry tourists but Tashilunbo Monastery - the principal seat of Panchen Lama is one of the highlights of this trip. From Shigatse, return to Lhasa via the northern route also called theNew Road, following the Yarlungdzangbo River. If you have an interest in ancient Bon religion, you can visit Yungdrungling monastery.
Day 01: Flight to Lhasa (11800ft) the capital city of Tibet.
Day 02-03: In Lhasa.
Day 04: Drive to Gyantse via Yamdrok Tso.
Day 05: To Shigatse.
Day 06: Return to Lhasa via New Road, following the Yarlungdzangbo River and visiting Yundrungling Monastery in Tradruk.
Day 07: Departure.
Day 01: Flight to Lhasa (11800ft) the capital city of Tibet
Take a rest for acclimatization. In the evening, we are invited by our representative for warm welcome dinner with a Tibetan cultural performance.
Day 02-03: In Lhasa
Visit Dalai Lama's Potala and Norbulinghkha Palaces, Drepung and Sera Monasteries, Jorkhang temple, Traditional Tibetan Hospital, Barkhor street etc .
Day 04: Drive to Gyantse via YamdrokTso
Go over two high passes, Kamba La (15,700 ft) and Karo La (16,500ft). En route sightseeing of Drolma Lakhang Monastery and Samding Monastery on the shores of Yamdrok Tso Lake.
Day 05: To Shigatse
Visit the highlights of Gyantse, such as: Pelkor Chode Monastery and Kumbum Stupa, then in the afternoon drive to Shigatse - the second largest city of Tibet after Lhasa. After refreshments, visit Tashilunbo Monastery - the principal seat of Panchen Lama.
Return to Lhasa via New Road , following the Yarlungdzangbo River and visiting Yundrungling Monastery in Tradruk.
Day 07: Departure
Transfer to Gongar airport for your flight to onward destination.
- Accommodation on twin sharing.
- Daily Breakfast.
- All transfers and sightseeing by a private air conditioned car or coach.
- Sightseeing admission fees.
- English speaking Tour Guide.
- Tibet Travel Permit.
- International and internal air fares.
- Airport Taxes.
- Chinese visa fee.
- Lunch and dinner except as indicated..
- Travel & Health Insurance.
- All extra expenses caused due to nature or unforeseen events.
- Excess baggage charges.
- Optional tipping to local staffs, hotels etc.
- Items of a personal nature (sodas, alcoholic beverages, laundry, telephone etc).