9-Day Tibet spiritual Lakes hikes tour

Tibetan and Potala

9-Day Tibet spiritual Lakes hikes tour

Join us on our 9-day Group Tour to experience the wonders of breathtaking nature, highland hikes, stunning lakes, Tibetan spirituality, and warm hot springs. We'll start by exploring the charming Old Town of Lhasa and mingle with the friendly pilgrims who flock here daily. We'll spend three nights here, soaking up the atmosphere. Get ready for a fantastic journey exploring the enchanting cities of Lhasa, Gyantse, and Shigatse.

Next, we will journey through Nyemo Valley to explore undiscovered villages and traditional Tibetan incense houses. We will then continue through the picturesque valley to reach Damxung town for an overnight stay. The following day, we will marvel at the breathtaking Namtso Lake at an elevation of 4700 meters, taking the opportunity for a brief hike around its shores before returning to Lhasa. We'll also visit the Drigung Til monastery and Tidrum nunnery hot springs from Lhasa, where we'll unwind in one of Tibet's most authentic hot springs. Join us on this unforgettable adventure. The Trip Advisor rating system has awarded us with a 5-star rating. Join us for an unforgettable adventure!

Group Price & Size

1,380 US dollars Per Person

Minimum 4 People to 9 People 

Single room occupancy supplement: 300USD (hotels only)

Day1. Arrive in Lhasa (3700m)

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, at an elevation of 3600 meters. You can then explore the nearby Old Town of Lhasa and the markets lining Barkhor Square.

Overnight at the 4-star Shambhala Hotel or Gold-star Shambhala Palace, located in the heart of Lhasa city, 100 meters from Jokhang Temple.

Potala Palace

Day2. Lhasa Sightseeing (3700m)

After breakfast, you will visit the Jokhang, the holiest Buddhist temple in the Himalayas. 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 massive 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 alone.

Overnight at the 4-star Shambhala Hotel or Gold-star Shambhala Palace, located in the heart of Lhasa city, 100 meters from Jokhang Temple. (B)=breakfast

Day3. Lhasa Sightseeing (3700m)

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, made in the 18th century by the seventh Dalai Lama.

Overnight at the 4-star Shambhala Hotel or Gold-star Shambhala Palace, located in the heart of Lhasa city, 100 meters from Jokhang Temple. (B)=breakfast

Day4. Lhasa / Gyantse / Shigatse

You will depart Lhasa in the early morning and drive through the scenic Yarlung River Valley toward Yamdrok Lake. Yamdrok is one of Tibet’s four leading holy lakes and is regarded as one of the most beautiful lakes in the Himalayas. You get a panoramic view of this spectacular lake with the nearby mountains from the Kamba La Pass. Next, you will drive along the lakeshore to Nankartse, where you will stop for lunch and visit the Samding nunnery with the grand home of Samding Dorje Phakmo, a female practitioner. It is said that the first Samding Dorje Phakmo has never lied down in her whole life, even at 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 most prominent Buddhist college in Tibet and home of many great Tibetan Yogis from the Drukpa Kagyu sect, including Jetsun Ling Repa, Jetsun Tsangpa Gyare, Jetsun Tsang Nyon, Jetsun U Nyon, Jetsun Drukpa Kunley. They are no tourists and sometimes not even locals, so Ralung Monastery is one of the most peaceful monasteries with beautiful landscapes. After Ralung, we drive through the beautiful valley, enjoying the views of lovely villages and arriving at our next destination, the pleasant town of Gyantse. Late afternoon travel to Shigatse with a driving duration of 1 hour 10 minutes through the beautiful farming culture in Tibet. ( 310km ) 8hrs ( 3950m)

Overnight at 4-star Gesar Hotel Deluxe Room. (B)=breakfast

Shigatse Tashilhunpo Monastery

Day5. Shigatse / Nyemo Valley / Damxung

After breakfast, drive to Nyemo Valley to see nomads and farmers and nature; there are no tourists (this will be a highlight for the day, so you can spend lots of time and then drive to Yangpachen hot spring pool and you can decide to go to or not by paying entrance fees directly at there and move to Damxung on the way you will see Mt. Tanggu-la (7500m)and stay a night in a 2-star hotel. 360km ) 7hrs ( 4400m)

Overnight in a 2-star hotel at Damxung (B)=breakfast

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Day6. Damxung / Namtso Lake / Lhasa

After breakfast, drive through grasslands to Namtso Lake, “Heavenly Lake.” Before getting to the lake, we will go through the (Largen la pass (5200m) to see the view of the lake from far away and then still drive about 35km to reach the Lake. Spend the afternoon along the lakeside, and later go back to Lhasa. Happy nomad families dwelled in their cozy yak wool tents on the grassy pastures, and some close to the road were visitable for having a new experience; before reaching Lhasa, the fertile valleys are nice looking with villages and their orthogonal fields. ( 310km ) 6hrs ( 3650m)

Overnight at the 4-star Shambhala Hotel or Gold-star Shambhala Palace, located in the heart of Lhasa city, 100 meters from Jokhang Temple. (B)=breakfast

Ganden monastery

Day7. Lhasa /Tidrum nunnery Hot spring

Today, we started traveling to Ganden monastery, the most important monastery in the Gelugpa school of Tibetan Buddhism. The highlight will be the 1-2 hour hike from the backside of the mountain to see the whole Ganden valley. Since there is only a vehicle trip on most of the tours to make the tour unique, arranging the hiking tour is one of Tibet Travelers' specialties for the Travelers. The hiking route is also known as the pilgrim kora route for the local Tibetans. Very few Travelers can be seen, so it's unique. We will also visit the tomb of Tsongkapa, the Throne of Ganden, the Great Hall of Ganden Monastery, and Ganden Tsogchen, where monks perform prayers. 

Later, we traveled to Drigung Til Monastery, the main monastery of Drigung Kagyu School in Buddhism in Tibet. The monastery is famous for being the best sky burial in Tibet, but travelers are not allowed to visit it. From Drigung, we will travel to Tidrum nunnery Hot Spring. Tidrum is the meditation area of Maha Guru Rinpoche. ( 160km ) 5hrs ( 4300m)

Overnight at the nunnery guest house or the Shambhala Palace branch hotel (8km from Tidrum nunnery). (B)=breakfast

Tidrum Hot Spring

Day8. Tidrum / Drak Yerba cave hike / Lhasa

After breakfast, there is an option to hike to the meditation cave of Maha Guru Rinpoche or the Drak Yerba meditation cave. The duration of the hike to Guru Rinpoche meditation cave is around 2 hours from Tidrum nunnery. This is quite a challenging hike for Travelers who don't do hikes normally.  Travelers can also hike at Drak Yerba meditation cave or return to Lhasa. ( 150km ) 5hrs ( 3650m)

Overnight at the 4-star Shambhala Hotel or Gold-star Shambhala Palace, located in the heart of Lhasa city, 100 meters from Jokhang Temple. (B)=breakfast

Tidrum Nunnery

Day9. Depart from Tibet

As you depart from Lhasa airport or train station in the morning, it marks the end of your Tibet tour, bidding farewell to your guide and driver. We anticipate your return to Tibet in the future.

Tour Type: Group Tours

Group Size: 4 to 10 People

Tour Duration: 9 Days

Price: 1,380 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 in the itinerary 
  11. One-time welcome meal for the group
  12. One box of mineral water plus a 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

Short Itinerary

Day1.Pick up and Transfer to Hotel

Day2.Lhasa Sightseeing (Jokhang, Sera monastery)

Day3.Lhasa Sightseeing (Potala Palace, Norbulingka Palace)

Day4.Lhasa, Yamdrok Lake, Gyantse, Shigatse

Day5.Shigatse, Yangpachen, Damxung

Day6.Damxung, Namtso Lake, Lhasa

Day7.Ganden, Drigung, Tidrum nunnery

Day8.Tidrum nunnery, Drakyerpa, Lhasa

Day9.Depart from Lhasa

Tidrum Hot Spring Tidrum Nunnery

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