16 Days from$6872 p/p in USD
DeparturesMay, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
Guided, Small Group
Budget, Camping, Mid Range
Discover the fascinating region of Tibet with its lofty peaks and scenic wonders; visit magnificent monastries, explore lakes and great rivers, see semi nomadic herders and wildlife. Two full days in Lhasa gives us ample time to see the Potala Palace and other highlights. We head to Gyantze and Shigatse, the original birth place of Tibet civilization, then to the most sacred of Holy Mountains in Tibet, Mount Kailash, and have the great Mount Kailash Circuit Trek. Along the way we will explore the holy lakes of Tibet, Yomdrok Lake, Lake Manasarovar and the Ghost Lake. Pass by three of the Orient’s greatest rivers, the Yaluzhangbu, the Mekom and the Indus. At the end, do a Nagri Loop tour, which goes through the remote west Tibet passing huge salt lakes and valleys of semi nomadic herders, as well as marmots, blue sheep, wild asses and antelope.
Safari types:Cultural Safari
You will visit:Lhasa, Drepung, Gyangtse, Sakya , Darchen
Wildlife:Marmot, Blue Sheep, Wild Ass, Antelope
Activities:Walking Safari, Nature Walk, Sightseeing Tour, Cultural Experience
Getting around:4x4 Vehicle
Start/end:Start/end in Lhasa
High Altitude Sickness
The average altitude of Tibet is over 3,500 m. Altitude sickness is the biggest risk for travelling in Tibet. The initial symptoms of altitude sickness are as follows: losing appetite, nausea, vomiting, insomnia/sleeplessness, dizziness, confusion, persistent headache, weakness, fatigue, heavy legs, breathlessness and breathing irregularity etc. When you suffer from altitude sickness, please consider stopping ascending; otherwise more serious problems may occur and even cause death sometimes within just a few hours. The only remedy for altitude sickness is to walk to a lower altitude.
Clothing and Equipment
Be aware that weather conditions and terrain vary significantly from one region, or even from one trail to another. Seasonal changes can significantly alter any track. These differences influence the way you dress and the equipment you carry. We can help you to prepare all the necessaries. Most trekkers choose to trek in Tibet during summer. When they arrive in Lhasa, capital of Tibet, they may feel very hot. But the temperature in mountain areas of Tibet is different. It may be very cold even in day time. At night, the temperature will drop to below zero. Besides, the weather may change greatly in a day. Thus, warm clothes are necessary for trekking in Tibet in summer. Even it is hot, you are not advisable to wear shorts for you might be bitten by insects in the wild. A raincoat and a rain boot are also recommended.
Price – Per Person USD
From USD 6,872 per person
The tour cost is based on three persons in one land cruiser with an extra seat for our guide
5 participants + 1 tour guide – use 2 land cruisers
6 participants + 1 tour guide – use 3 land cruisers
7 participants + 1 tour guide – use 3 land cruisers
8 participants + 1 tour guide – use 3 land cruisers
9 participants + 1 tour guide – use 4 land cruisers
10 participants + 1 tour guide – use 4 land cruisers
11 participants + 1 tour guide – use 4 land cruisers
12 participants + 1 tour guide – use 5 land cruisers
- Before you pay deposit to book the tour, we haven’t made any reservations yet. Hotels may differ from the itinerary listed.
- The visiting order of the scenic spots in the itinerary may change according to the traffic conditions and other unforeseen things.
- Tourist insurance is a must before going, please provide us the confirmation of insurance company when sign up.
- Entrance fees to scenic spots as listed in the itinerary
- Private transfers between airports, hotels and scenic spots while sightseeing during the trip by private air conditioned vehicle with a driver
- All breakfasts as indicated in the itinerary (B-breakfast)
- An English-speaking guide and driver will be provided as per itinerary
- Hotel fees are based on two people sharing one room with twin-bed. All hotels as listed in the itinerary serve daily western or Chinese breakfast
- Tibet Travel Permits
- The tour arrangements including planning, handling, operational and communication charges
- Travel Agency Liability Insurance
- International airfare or train tickets to enter or leave China
- China entry visa fees
- Lunches and dinners during the trip
- Excess baggage charges
- The medicine for the sickness or accident while on the way
- Personal expenses: expenses of a purely personal nature such as laundry, drinks, fax, telephone calls, optional activities, sightseeing or meals which are not included in the tour itinerary
- Any meals which are not specified in the tour itinerary
- Single room supplement
- Please note that the price will be much higher during the festival of Labors’ Day, National Day, spring festival
- Tips to tour guide and driver (recommended USD10-15/guest/day)
- Tourist accident insurance. NB – you are strongly suggested to buy travel and health insurance before you start out from your home country
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- Display price is usually based on two people sharing
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Day by Day Overview
Take the flight into Tibet where on arrival you will be greeted by your guide and warmly welcomed with a pure white katak scarf (prayer scarf). Then drive to Lhasa, 100 km away from the airport. On the way, you may enjoy the heart-beating highland view along the Lhasa River and stop occasionally for pictures of local villages. As you have just made a sudden ascent to 3,670 meters, transfer to the hotel for a good rest. The rest of the day is free for relaing and adjustment. We suggest taking it easy, drinking lots of water and avoiding heavy foods. Tonight you will enjoy a local characterful welcome dinner.
Stay at Ganggyan hotel
Since we have just made a sudden ascent from lowland to an altitude of over 3,700 meters (12,139 ft), today’s itinerary is not so tight. Visit Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery, and Norbulingka. Drepung is about 8 km west of central Lhasa, once the world’s largest monastery with about 10,000 monks. This day’s sightseeing begins with these white monastic buildings piled up on the hillside. Walking up to the hill is a pleasant thing, an easy break from the solemn ambiance inside the halls and chapels. You can have very good views of the whole Lhasa city and the distant mountains.
Sera Monastery sits at the foot of the mountains. One of the three main Gelupka monasteries in Lhasa, Sera is an important spiritual center for Buddhist monks. If we are lucky enough, we could watch the Lamas in their traditional theological exercise of lively debating. It is recognized as ‘the summer palace of Dalai Lamas”.’ ‘Norbu Linka’ means beautiful gardens. This garden covers an area of 36 hectares and it is the annual vacation home for the 7th to the 14th Dalai Lama, who would move here from the Potala Palace to this summer palace and spend most of their summer here.
Stay at Ganggyan hotel
We will visit the Potala Palace, landmark of Lhasa and spiritual symbol of Tibet. You will join many pilgrims on your way to the top of a hill where this 13-storey architectural wonder is perched upon. The approach to the Potala is not easy, and requires climbing many steep steps, so we take it slowly and allow ourselves to leisurely enjoy the Palace and its surroundings. We enjoy strolling through its winding corridors and peaking in some of its thousand rooms, and can only imagine what life here was once like.
In the afternoon, we visit the Jokhang Temple, the spiritual center of Lhasa. As we make the inner circuit around the courtyard, spinning numerous prayer wheels as we go, we are swept up in the energy of the devout. From the roof top, we get stunning views of the Potala and the snow capped peaks off in the distance. Around the Temple runs the Barkhor, a holy circuit which pilgrims undertake and a bustling commercial market. The rest of the time is left free for you to venture around Bakhor market, where you will feel you are right at the heart of Tibet.
Stay at Lhasa hotel
Morning drive up to Kampala Pass (5,030m), you will have a glimpse of Yamdrok Tso Lake on the way and spectacular views of Holy Mount Nyenchen Tanglha in the distance, which are wonders of the day. Lying at the south foot of the uninterrupted snow-capped Himalayas, the turquoise colored Lake Yamdrok Tso appears like a holy sapphire and evokes solemnity. In clear weather, the reflection of sunshine in different depths lends the lake gorgeous and mysterious colors. Tibetans here believe that it is a dwelling place of the spirits that protect the people. Every year, many devotional followers would come here for pilgrimage. Then along the highway drive to Gyangtse, visit the famous Gyantse Kumbum. Gyangtse is very famous for its giant architectural stupa in Tibet.
Stay at Yeti hotel
At Gyantse, in the morning, go to visit the Pelkor Monastery and Tashilhunpo Monastery. Pelkor Monastery was built when different religious sectors conflicted neck and neck in Tibet so it occupies a stunning position in the history of Tibetan Buddhism and features a mixture of pagoda and monastery. The most symbolic architecture in the monastery is the Kumbum Stupa, which is composed of nine layers of nearly 77 temple halls with numerous Buddha statues in halls and murals. The mural paintings are the wonders of the stupa that mostly date back to its original time, there are around 108 cells all around the stupa and every cell has different paintings and statues inside.
Tashilhunpo Monastery, built in 1447 and the seat of the Panchen Lama, the monastery houses a giant statue of the Maitreya Buddha and a tomb of the 4th Panchen Lama, which contains masses of jewels and gold. Just close Tashilhunpo is the Old Town of Shigatse, a great place to wander around: nicely decorated Tibetan houses and interesting market and bazaar give you a vivid picture of local people’s life. At the end of visit, drive 1.5 hrs to Shigatse.
Stay at Sakya Hotel in Tashi Choetar
Tibet has a serious rule about speed-limit. From Shigatse to Sakya it’s only about 150 km or so, but the no-more-than-40km/hr regulation, and the many road checks dotted on the way, really slow us down. So today, you will take nearly 3 hrs drive to Sakya. And you will also visit Sakya Monastery and see Mt. Everest far away. Located in Sakya County southwest of Shigatse, the Sakya Monastery is the principal monastery of the Sakyapa Sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Tingri or rather Lao Tingri is the last stop before Everest Base Camp Tour.
Stay at Sakya Hotel in Tingri
This day can make you tired as you basically spend the whole day on the road driving (about 7 hours on the way). Pass by Lhatse which is located in the valley of the Yarlung Tsangpo River. From Lhatse onwards, we will be driving on rugged roads. Saga, meaning ‘Happy Land’, is a town situated along the Tsangpo River in a region crisscrossed by the upper Brahmaputra and its tributaries. The land becomes rugged, the air thinner and the sky endless and impossibly blue. Tonight, we will stay at Saga in a tent or a local guest house.
Stay at Xibu Hotel
From Saga it is 145 km to Zhongba. The road is good and the trip can be completed in 3 hours. There is also a small monastery at the western end of town on a hill. From Zhongba onwards the southern road deteriorates. There is also danger of vehicles getting stuck. But this section of the road has the typical plateau scenery and landscape – you can enjoy the panoramic views of the snow covered mountain peaks on either side of the road.
The sightseeing today will focus on another famous holy lake of Tibet, the Manasarovara Lake. From Zhongba to Lake Mansorovar is a long drive of 4.5 hours or more. There will be several river crossings and when drive past the Mayum La Pass (4,600m), the scenery is stunningly beautiful with panoramic views of the Himalayas. Then drive to the hotel in Darchen, the main gateway and the village, where you stay overnight there, located at the foot of the majestic sacred Mt. Kailash.
Stay at Himalaya hotel
Take 3.5-4hrs drive from Darchen to Ali. Free in the afternoon, you could have a time to visit Shiquanhe town.
Stay at Ying He Hotel
Take a 7-7.5-hour drive from Ali to Gertse.
Stay at local guesthouse
Take a 4-hour drive from Gertse to Tsochen.
Stay at local guesthouse
It’s a hard driving day on the road, with Gobi and broken road most of the time. Pass by Tangri Yumco. Lake Tangra Yumco is considered as a holy lake in Bon Religion followers, which was a place where the most respected Goddess Gangzhuoma of the Bon stayed according to a legend. It lies in the deep lake basin bottom, with 4,530 meters above sea level. It is said that water of the lake may change into three different colors a day.
Stay at local guesthouse
Take a 4-hour drive from Wenbu to Nyima.
Stay at Nyima Hotel
Today we will take a 5-hour drive to Banga by pass the Serling Tso which is the second largest saltwater lake in Tibet, the lake is 4,530 meters above sea level, 72 kilometers long from east to west, 22.8 kilometers wide from south to north and 40 kilometers wide at its widest point in the east. With an area of 1,640 square kilometers and a depth of more than 33 meters, Serling Tso is the largest inland lake system in Tibet. Here you will also have a chance to see Tibetan antelope.
Stay at local guesthouse
Today will be a long driving day, it’s highlight is Namtso Lake. In Tibetan, Namtso means ‘Heavenly Lake.’ It’s considered one of the three holy lakes in Tibet, is the second-largest saltwater lake in China and the highest lake in the world. As the sun rises, cloud lifts from the mountains and the scene is bathed in golden sunshine. When the weather is clear, the water is a stunning shade of turquoise and we will be surrounded by magnificent views of the nearby Mount Nyenchen Tanglha range with peaks of more than 7,000m. The wide open spaces, dotted with tents of local nomads, are breathtaking. We may also walk along the lake or climb up the hill near the lake to explore the area. After visiting the lake, we will drive back to Lhasa.
In the morning, transfer to the airport, for your departure flight.