6 Day Gyantse to Shigatse

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Our 6-day overland group tour from Lhasa to Shigatse is perfect for those who have a smaller budget, yet still, want a high-quality tour of Tibet. Despite being priced for budget travelers, 5 of your five nights in Tibet are in 3-4-star Tibetan-owned hotels. We pride ourselves on being the only travel agency in Tibet that offers such high-quality hotels for a budget-priced group tour! Also, we use expert English-speaking Tibetan guides who are there to help you learn more about the uniqueness of Tibet’s culture and religion.  

This journey will start by exploring the holy city of Lhasa. You will see the main Buddhist sites in the town including Jokhang Temple, Sera Monastery, Norbulingka Palace and the Potala Palace.  You will also be able to explore the Old Town of Lhasa and rub shoulders with some of the thousands of pilgrims who are here each day. Altogether, you will spend three nights in Lhasa.

Next, you will make the scenic drive to Shigatse going via Yamdrok Lake, Karo La Glacier, and the Gyantse Kumbum Stupa.

From Shigatse, you will travel back to Lhasa via the Northern friendship highway driving near the Yarlung Tsangpo river.

On the morning of the 6th day, you will travel to the Lhasa airport or train station where the tour concludes.

Tour will be a fantastic journey that will allow you to see many of the best places Tibet has to offer!

Season Price on Group size:

April 15th to June 19th:

1 Person: 2,700 US Dollar 

2 People: 1,250 US Dollar Per Person 

3 People: 1,150 US Dollar Per Person 

4 People: 1,050 US Dollar Per Person 

5 People: 950 US Dollar Per person

6 People: 850 US Dollar Per person

June 20th to October 25th:

1 Person: 2,800 US Dollar 

2 People: 1,350 US Dollar Per Person 

3 People: 1,250 US Dollar Per Person 

4 People: 1,150 US Dollar Per Person 

5 People: 1,050 US Dollar Per person

6 People: 950 US Dollar Per person

October 26th to Next Year April 14th:

1 Person: 2,650 US Dollar 

2 People: 1,150 US Dollar Per Person 

3 People: 950 US Dollar Per Person 

4 People: 850 US Dollar Per Person 

5 People: 800 US Dollar Per person

6 People: 700 US Dollar Per person 

Notes:

Below price is two people shared one room. If Travelers prefer to have a separate room, the cost is 250 US Dollar extra. 



Tour Type: Small Group

Group Size: 1 to 6 People

Tour Duration: 6 Days

Price: Lowest 700 USD

    • All travel permits for Tibet
    • English speaking Tibetan tour guide
    • Pick up and drop off by airport bus
    • All transportation in Tibet per itinerary, a vehicle for the trip outside of Lhasa, taxis inside Lhasa
    • Vehicle tolls and Vehicle repairs(if necessary)
    • All administrative fees
    • All meals and accommodations for your guide
    • All lodging listed in the itinerary
    • Breakfast each morning
    • Entrance fees for the places listed in the itinerary 
    • One time welcome meal for the group
    • One box of mineral water plus shared 
    • Oxygen tank in the car
    • Transportation costs to and from Tibet
    • Chinese visa fees and passport fees
    • Lunch and dinner
    • Personal expenses (laundry, photography fees, souvenirs etc)
    • Tips to the driver and guide

Day1. Pick Up From Airport Or Train Station And Transfer To Hotel


Upon your arrival at Lhasa airport or train station, you will be greeted by your Tibetan guide, from the airport to Lhasa city is 60km, around an hour drive will take you to the holy city Lhasa. Driving along the Brahmaputra river and Lhasa river. If you take the train to Lhasa, normally you will arrive in the late afternoon or evening, 20 minutes drive will take you to your hotel in Lhasa city. Check into the hotel, have a good rest to acclimatize the high altitude.

Overnight at 3-star Shambhala Hotel or Gold star Shambhala Palace or 3-star Kyichu Hotel, located in the heart of Lhasa city with 200 meters from Jhokang Temple


 

Day2. Lhasa City Sightseeing, Visit Jokhang Temple And Sera Monastery(B)


After breakfast, you will visit the Jokhang, the holiest Buddhist temple in all of the Himalaya. Each day, many thousands of Buddhist pilgrims come here to worship. Many have traveled well over a thousand kilometers by foot to see this 1400-year-old temple. After lunch, you will visit the 600-year-old huge monastery complex of Sera. While at Sera, you watch the monks engage in entertaining Buddhist philosophical debates. In the evening, you will have free time to wander around the Old Town on your own.

Overnight at 3-star Shambhala Hotel or Gold star Shambhala Palace or 3-star Kyichu Hotel, located in the heart of Lhasa city with 200 meters from Jhokang Temple

(B)=breakfast

Day3. Lhasa City Sightseeing, Visit Norbulingka Palace, Potala Palace (B)


Today you will start your day by visiting the massive 1000 room Potala Palace, the most iconic building in Tibet. You will work your way up the steps of the Potala and then go through the most important rooms in this famous UNESCO site. After lunch, you will explore the beauties of the summer palace of Dalai Lama ( Norbulingka Palace ) after visiting many monasteries, its a great option to visit summer palace where Travelers can visit more than three palaces. In the late afternoon and evening, you will have free time to explore Lhasa on your own.

Overnight at 3-star Shambhala Hotel or Gold star Shambhala Palace or 3-star Kyichu Hotel, located in the heart of Lhasa city with 200 meters from Jhokang Temple

(B)=breakfast

Day4. Lhasa Yamdrok Lake Karo La Glacier Gyantse Shigatse


You will depart Lhasa in the early morning and drive through the scenic Yarlung River Valley towards Yamdrok Lake. Yamdrok is one of Tibet’s 4 main holy lakes and is regarded as one of the most beautiful lakes in the Himalaya. From the Kamba La Pass, you get a panoramic view of this spectacular lake with the nearby mountains. Next, you will drive along the lake shore to Nankartse, where you will stop for lunch. Next, you will begin ascending again to the stunning Karo La Glacier. Here, you can get an up-close view of Mt. Nojin Kangtsang and the glaciers coming off of it.

We visit the Ralung monastery, which was once the biggest Buddhist college in Tibet and home of many great Tibetan Yogis from Drukpa Kagyu sect including Jetsun Ling Repa, Jetsun Tsangpa Gyare, Jetsun Tsang Nyon, Jetun U Nyon, Jetsun Drukpa Kunley. They are no tourist and sometimes not even locals so Ralung monastery is one of the most peaceful monasteries with beautiful landscape.

Your next stop is the pleasant town of Gyantse where you will visit the massive Gyantse Kumbum Stupa as well as the Pelkhor Chode Monastery. You will then continue to Shigatse, elevation 3840 meters, and stay at the 4 Star Gesar Hotel. Total driving distance is 350 kilometers. Total driving time is 7 hours

Overnight at 4-star Gesar hotel

(B)=breakfast

Day5. Shigatse Lhasa


After breakfast, you will exploreShigatse. You will then follow the beautiful Yarlung River back to Lhasa. The distance from Shigatse to Lhasa is 270 kilometers and the driving time is around 6 hours.

Overnight at 3-star Shambhala Hotel or Gold star Shambhala Palace or 3-star Kyichu Hotel, located in the heart of Lhasa city with 200 meters from Jhokang Temple

(B)=breakfast

Day6. Depart Lhasa


Morning Lhasa airport or train station dropping off, the time comes to say your farewells to your guide and driver, end the trip.

 

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