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6 Days Lhasa-Gyantse-Shigatse Tour

6 Days Lhasa-Gyantse-Shigatse Tour
Visits: Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse - Lhasa
Days: 6 days Group size: 2-12 pax Price: $677
Highlights: Potala Palace; Jokhang Temple; Drepung Monastery; Sera Monastery; Lake Yamdrok; Pelkhor Monastery; Tashilunpo Monastery
Our "Golden Route" tour will take you further to two cities besides Lhasa: the “Heroic Town” Gyantse and Tibet’s second largest city Shigatse. Explore the unique beauty of the tranquil turquoise waters of Yamdrok Lake. You’ll also have a chance to visit Tashilumpu, the home of the Panchen Lama.

Itinerary Details Date & Price Includes & Excludes

Note: B=Breakfast, D= Dinner 

Day 1 First impression of Tibet

Blue sky, clear air, snowcapped mountains in the distance, shy smile people, less oxygen supply, all these will show you are arriving at the holy land city of Lhasa. Your tour guide will welcome you outside of the airport or train station with the holy ‘hada’. Start your exploration in Tibet! 

Overnight in Lhasa

Potala Palace
Potala Palace

Tips: The airport in Tibet you are landing is the Gonggar Airport, which is around 68km away from Lhasa city, taking around 1 & 1/2 hours; the train station is 15km away and taking 20min driving. 

Minor headache, loss of appetite, sleepy could be the common symptom on the first arriving day. Take it easy, drink more water or fruit juice, have very good rest, take some anti-AMS medicine if needed. Better acclimatization for the high altitude is to ensure you have a wonderful trip for the following days. 

Day 2 Lhasa landmark wonders [B+D]

Once you step on the holy city, you cannot move your eyes from the massive white red structure - the Palace of Potala. It is not only the cardinal landmark of Tibet; it is the traditional residence of the Dalai Lama. 

Jokhang Temple is the most scared shrine in Tibet which was built in 7th century and located at the heart of old town of Lhasa. The circuit around it called Barkhor Street. The bustling street is the lively place where you can see how the Tibetans daily life is.

 

Overnight in Lhasa

Jokhang Temple
Jokhang Temple

Tips: Barkor Street is a good place to purchase souvenirs. Tibetan knives, carpet, little stuff…ask if the shop can ship it if needed. It is also the place for local people to getting together, tea houses are scattered all around, find one and seated in the corner, strong yak butter tea combine with the Tibetan incense smell, you will find yourself lost in the roof of the world. 

Day 3 Lhasa Buddhism exploration [B]

Today we are going to explore two of the most important monasteries in Tibet. Around 8km west Lhasa, theDrepung monastery, was once the largest monastery in the world. It will be good experience to follow the pilgrims’ pace here. Later in the afternoon, we will drop a visit to . 5km north Lhasa, Sera is another important Gelugpa monastery in Lhasa (other than Drepung). 

Overnight at Lhasa

Drepung Monastery
Drepung Monastery

Tips: Drepung is also famous for the dramatic unveiling of a giant thangka during the Shoton Festival (first week of 7th lunar month, usually happened either in July or August.) 

The highlight at Sera is the lama debating, which is the daily practice between the monks with questions and answers of what they have learned every day. Usually it starts from 3pm and ends at 5pm Monday till Saturday (unavailable on Sundays). The schedule could also be changed during the festivals or big events in the monastery.

Day 4 Moving west forward to Shigatse [B]

Today we will start the trip early in the morning. At the Kambala Pass (4794m), you will get the first sight of the holy lake - Yamdrok tso. We will follow the bank of the lake and driving another 30 min to the town of Nangartse.It is a town for tourists to stop, English set menu, cola, soda, and coffee, all are telling you it is an ‘international’ small town at the remote corner of Tibet. 

We are driving on the southern Friendship Highway, watching the views of snowcapped mountains, small local villages, green farmland on the valley of barren hills, leisure moving yaks on the road, children lying against the wall & watching the tourists passing by, they are wondering where they are coming from, what the outside world like… After 270km (4.5 hours’ drive), we will arrive the ancient Gyantse Town. Visit the stupa of Gyantse Kumbum, which is renowned as the most stunning architectural wonder in Tibet. Taking another 90km drive, we will reach our final destination – Shigatse, the second largest city of Tibet. 

Overnight in Shigatse

Yamdrok Lake
Yamdrok Lake

Tips: It is 360km from Lhasa to Shigaste via Gyantse, taking around 6 hours’ drive. The well paved asphalt road makes driving easier. The weather can be changeable on the plateau, one warm coat or Jacket will be highly suggested to take even you are coming in the summer. And to lighten your trip, you can leave large luggage at the hotel in Lhasa.   

Day 5 Discover the 2nd largest city of Tibet [B] 

Start the visit in the morning sun for the Tashilunpo Monastery. Tashilumpo kora, which provides a great view of whole Shigatse city, is the extra bonus here.  After a short stay here, we will start moving back to Lhasa. Don’t worry, you are taking a different way and enjoy the graceful Brahmaputra River nearby.  

Overnight in Lhasa

Tashilunpo Monastery
Tashilunpo Monastery

Tips: The group will take the northern Friendship Highway back to Lhasa city, 250km, 4 hours’ drive. You will probably get back to Lhasa early in the afternoon, take your time and enjoy the Lhasa city on your own. 

Day 6 Departure [B]

Today is your last stay in Tibet. If your flight or train leaves late in the afternoon, you will have a whole free morning on your own. Joining in the murmuring pilgrims at Barkor or Lingkor, or just seated by the window and enjoy a cup of yak butter tea to collect the last smell for your memorable tour in Tibet. 

Your tour guide and driver will come to pick up for your flight or train out of Lhasa. It is the time to say your goodbye to the holy land. The trip ends.

Note: B=Breakfast, D= Dinner 

Price Quotation:

3-star Hotel Jan. to Mar. Apr. to Jun. Jul. to Aug. Sept. to Oct. Nov. to Dec.
price/person (USD) 685 731 838 808 700
price/person (CNY) 4450 4750 5450 5250 4550
4-star Hotel Jan. to Mar. Apr. to Jun. Jul. to Aug. Sept. to Oct. Nov. to Dec.
price/person (USD) 715 785 915 862 738
price/person (CNY) 4650 5100 5950 5600 4800

Group Tour Departure Dates for 2017
Apr   7    10   13  17  20   23  27  30 
May 2  4  7   11  15  20  23  27 
Jun 3  5 10 13 15 20 23 27
Jul 2  6 8 11 14 18  20   29 
Aug 1  5 8 12 15  18  22  30 
Sep 2  4 9 12 16  23   28   30 
Oct 2  5 8  12  17  21  24  28 
Nov 4  9 14  18  23  28     
Dec 12 16 21  26   30       

What's included in this price?
Transport: Private minivan or minibus with driver
Lhasa airport / train station pick-up and drop-off
3 star hotel or similar class in Lhasa & Shigatse
Buffet breakfast from the hotel
Local English-speaking Tibetan guide
All personal entrance tickets
All necessary Tibet permits
One welcome dinner in Lhasa
What's excluded in this price?
Lunch and dinner
Tips for the guide and driver
All airfare, air tax or train ticket fare
Service fee charged from the bank for the payment
Personal expenses such as laundry, drinks, phone calls, etc.
Extra expenses of additional days caused due to unexpected events

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