9 Day Relaxing Hot Springs & Hike


Our 9-day overland group tour includes highlights Lhasa, Yamdrok Lake, Samding nunnery, Karola Glacier, Ralung monastery, Gyantse, Kumbum Stupa, Palkor Choede monastery, Shalu Monastery, Shigatse, Tashilhunpo monastery, Nyemo valley, Yangpachen indoor and outdoor hot spring pool, optional hike at Ganden monastery, Drak Yerba meditation, Tidrum nunnery meditation cave of Maha Guru Rinpoche, finally Drigung Til monastery and Tidrum Nunnery hot spring is perfect for Travelers wanting to enjoy the beauties of nature and spiritual in Tibet without too much rush. 

Tibet Travelers use high-quality 3-4 star Tibetan own hotels with expert English-speaking Tibetan tour guide and Tibetan tour Driver to share the beauties of Tibet to Travelers with care.

This Journey will start by exploring the holy city of Lhasa. You will see the main Buddhist sites in the city 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.

After arriving in Lhasa, you will travel to Ganden monastery, Drak yerba meditation caves, and Tidrum nunnery meditation cave of Maha Guru Rinpoche for an optional hike with a duration of 2 hours.

We will also travel to the Drigung til monastery and Tidrum nunnery hot spring where we will relax at one of the best hot springs in Tibet. Another hot spring in the tour includes Yangpachen hot spring. 

On the morning of the 9th day, you will travel to the Lhasa airport or train station by saying goodbye to our Tibetan tour guide and tour driver.

A fantastic journey for Travelers loving overland beauties and spiritual in Tibet with hiking in the high mountains and fresh clean hot spring.

Season Price:

November to April: 1,200 USD per person 

May to October:   1,400 USD per person

Price discount to urge more people to book this tour together:

If four people book this tour together, we will offer a discount of 300 US Dollar per person.

If three people book this tour together, we will offer a discount of 200 US Dollar per person.

No discount for one person or two people booking the tour even if the size became three people or four people. 


Below price is two people shared one room. If Travelers prefer to have a separate room, the cost is 300 US Dollar extra. 

Tour Type: 9-Day Smallest Group Tour

Group Size: Minimum 2 People and Maximum 4 People

Tour Duration: 9 Days

Price: Starting 1,200 USD

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

Day1. Arrive in Lhasa

You will be met at the Lhasa airport or train station by your Tibetan guide and transferred to the Shambhala Palace located in the Old Town of Lhasa, elevation 3600 meters. You can then explore the nearby Old Town of Lhasa and the markets lining Barkhor Square.

Overnight in 3-star Kyichu hotel in the heart of Lhasa city, 400 meters from Jokhang 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 in 3-star Kyichu hotel in the heart of Lhasa city, 400 meters from Jokhang Temple 



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

In Lhasa (3700m) we tour the Potala Palace, the winter palace of the Dalai Lama built in the 17th century by the fifth Dalai Lama, and Norbulingka, the summer palace of the Dalai Lama, built in the 18th century by the seventh Dalai Lama.

Overnight in 3-star Kyichu hotel in the heart of Lhasa city, 400 meters from Jokhang Temple 



Day4. Lhasa / Yamdrok Lake / Samding nunnery / Ralung monastery / Gyantse ( 310km ) 8hrs ( 3950m)

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 and visiting the Samding nunnery with the great home of Samding Dorje Phakmo female practitioner. It is said that the first Samding Dorje Phakmo has never lie down in her whole life even in the night, her diligence is the reason behind her spiritual accomplishment.



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.

After Ralung, we drive through the beautiful valley via enjoying the views of beautiful villages and arriving at our next stop destination at the pleasant town of Gyantse.

Overnight in 3-star Yeti hotel — Breakfast



Day5. Gyantse / Shalu monastery / Shigatse ( 110km ) 2hrs ( 3950m) (B)

After breakfast, you will visit the massive Gyantse Kumbum Stupa as well as the Pelkhor Chode Monastery. 

From Gyantse, we will drive to Shigatse via visiting the Shalu monastery on the way. One of the best monasteries in Tibet for a beautiful view of old wall paintings. 

The driving duration is 1 and a half hour for 90 km. We arrive at the Shigatse city, the second largest city after Lhasa. 

Overnight in 4-star Gesar hotel


Day6. Shigatse / Nyemo valley / Yangpachen Hot Spring / Lhasa ( 320km ) 6hrs ( 3650m)

In the morning, you will be free time in Shigatse to exploration Tashilhunpo monastery. One of the biggest Gelugpa sects collage in Shigatse region. In the Tashilhunpo monastery, you will visit the big statue of future Buddha which is the main relic of the monastery.

Travel to Lhasa via enjoying the beautiful nature at Nyemo valley and the Yarlung Tsangpo river. 

Option to go in the hot spring pool at Yangpachen. ( The entrance fee is 100-200RMB per person ) There is indoor and outdoor hot spring. 

Later travel to Lhasa from Yangpachen with a driving duration of 80km. 

Overnight in 3-star Kyichu hotel in the heart of Lhasa city, 400 meters from Jokhang Temple 



Day7. Lhasa /Ganden monastery / Drigung Til monastery / Tidrum nunnery Hot spring ( 160km ) 5hrs ( 4300m)

Today we start the day traveling to Ganden monastery, the most important monastery in the Gelugpa school of Tibetan Buddhism. The highlight will be the 1-2 hours hike from the back side of the mountain to see the whole Ganden valley. Since there is only vehicle trip on most of the tours so to make the tour special, arranging the hiking tour is one of Tibet Travelers specialty for the Travelers. The hiking route is also known as pilgrim kora route for the local Tibetans. Very few Travelers can be seen so its special. 

We will also visit the tomb of Tsongkapa and the Throne of Ganden, the Great Hall of Ganden Monastery, and Ganden Tsogchen, where monks perform prayers. 



Later we travel to Drigung Til monastery, the main monastery of Drigung Kagyu school in the Buddhism in Tibet. The monastery is famous for the best sky burial in Tibet but it is not allowed to visit for Travelers. 

From Drigung, we will travel to Tidrum nunnery Hot spring. Tidrum is the meditation area of Maha Guru Rinpoche. We have options to stay at nunnery guest house or Shambhala Palace branch hotel (8km from Tidrum nunnery).



Day8. Tidrum nunnery / Drak Yerba meditation cave hike / Lhasa ( 150km ) 5hrs ( 3650m)

After breakfast, option to hike to the meditation cave of Maha Guru Rinpoche or at the Drak Yerba meditation cave.

The duration of the hike to the meditation cave of Maha Guru Rinpoche is around 2 hours from Tidrum nunnery. This is quite a tough hike for Travelers who dont do hike normally.  Travelers can also choose to hike at Drak Yerba meditation cave or travel back to Lhasa. 

Overnight in 3-star Kyichu hotel in the heart of Lhasa city, 400 meters from Jokhang Temple 



Day9. Depart from Tibet

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

Thank you for loving Tibet Beauties! Thank you for choosing Tibet Travelers! We look forward to seeing you once again in Tibet. 


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