9 Day Tibet Spiritual, nature, hikes, and Lakes

Tibetan and Potala

9-Day Tibet Spiritual, nature, hikes, and Lakes!

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. Then, we'll drive to Shigatse, passing by the stunning Yamdrok Lake, the Karo La Glacier, and the impressive Gyantse Kumbum Stupa. Our next stop is Namtso Lake, one of the most scenic lakes in Tibet.

We'll also visit the Drigung Til monastery and Tidrum nunnery hot spring, where we'll unwind in one of Tibet's most authentic hot springs. Join us on this unforgettable adventure!

Group Price & Size

1,380 US dollars Per Person

Minimum 4 People 

Single room occupancy supplement: 300USD (hotels only)

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


Detail Itinerary

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

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


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


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

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.

Overnight in a 4-star Gesar hotel

(B)= breakfast

Shigatse Tashilhunpo monastery

Day5. Shigatse, Nyemo Valley, Yangpachen, Damxung town ( 360km ) 7hrs ( 4400m) (B)

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. 

Overnight in a 2-star hotel at Damxung


Namtso Lake Stunning

Day6. Damxung / Namtso Lake / Lhasa ( 310km ) 6hrs ( 3650m)

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. 

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


Ganden monastery

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

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. We can stay at the nunnery guest house or the Shambhala Palace branch hotel (8km from Tidrum nunnery).


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

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. 

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


Manager Tenzin Dhondup at Tidrum nunnery with nuns

Day9. Depart from Tibet

Morning Lhasa airport or train station dropping off, the time comes to say farewell 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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