Devout Buddhist Appreciation

LH02: 7 Days Private Tour of Lhasa - Gyangtse - Shigatse - Lhasa
Tour Type: Private Tour, any parts of the itinerary can be customized
Guide & Driver: English-speaking guide, experienced driver with an air-conditioned vehicle
Meals: 6 western buffet breakfasts, 5 lunches

  • Visit the Potala Palace - an important symbol of Tibetan culture and history
  • Observe debating sessions of Buddhist doctrines among the Lamas in Sera Monastery
  • Marvel at the stunning views of Yamdrok Yumtso, one of the three holy lakes in Tibet
  • An in-depth visit to Gyangtse and Shigatse to experience more of the pure land
From $1199 per person Free Inquiry
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Day 1 Arrival in Lhasa
Upon your arrival, our local guide will expect you outside the Arrival Hall of the airport and transfer you to the downtown hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to adapt yourself to the high altitude of 3,650 meters above sea level. With a glorious history of over 1,300 years, Lhasa, meaning “holy land” or “the sacred place of Buddhism”, has long been the political, cultural, economic and religious center of Tibet.
 Friendly Tips

Although Tibet is in the far west of China, visitors can easily travel from Hong Kong to Lhasa via Guangzhou, which offers excellent transport links. For your information, you can take a train with the duration of about two hours from Hong Kong Hung Hom Railway Station to Guangzhou East Railway Station. There are 12 pairs of trains running daily between the two cities. The first train Z812 leaves Hong Kong at 07:25 and the last one Z802 is at 20:01. If you have never been to Guangzhou, you can take the morning train so as to have some time to explore the city a bit, and then take flight CZ3463 0810/1405 (including one hour stopover in Chongqing) to Lhasa the next morning.

For those who want to travel from Lhasa to Hong Kong after the Tibet exploration, you can take the flight 3U8658 0930/1135 to Chengdu and then connect the flight CA427 1610/1845 to Hong Kong intraday. 
Day 2 Lhasa
Drepung Monastery
Your one week Tibet tour starts from the Drepung Monastery, one of the six largest temples of the Gelug Sect of Tibetan Buddhism in China. The white buildings of Drepung Monastery scatter on the slope of the mountain, which looks like a huge pile of rice at a distance, hence the name 'Drepung', meaning a pile of rice in the local language. After having lunch, continue the private trip to  the Sera Monastery, one of the renowned Tibetan Buddhist temples of the Gelug Sect (Yellow Hat). Then visit the Norbulingka Park, a large and beautiful artificial garden.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 3 Lhasa
Potala Palace
Today's visit starts from the well-known Potala Palace. Built in the Tang Dynasty, it witnessed the great changes and development of Tibet during the past 1,300 years. The palace is composed of two parts, the Red Palace as the center and the White Palace as the wings. The White Palace is the sitting room of Dalai Lamas where there are a variety of halls and corridors, delicate Buddhist paintings and decorations. The Red Palace is the holy place to worship the Buddha. 

Then you will visit the Tibet Museum to learn more on the local culture and history. You will be impressed by the exhibition of these Buddhist scriptures and statues, ancient books, handicrafts and scroll paintings. After lunch, visit the Jokhang Temple, which was built in the Tang Dynasty and restored and reconstructed many times in the following 1,300 years. Now it has become a huge complex with the architectural styles of the Tang Dynasty, India and Nepal. Then walk along the thriving bazaar of the Barkhor Street, where you could found ancient buildings and temples, local snacks, famous restaurants and various handicrafts. You will then pay a visit to a Nunnery, a very special and spiritual place.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 4 Lhasa - Gyangtse
We will drive you to Gyangtse today. En route, stop off at the Yamdrok Yumtso Lake and Karola Glacier, which is one of the three major continental glaciers in Tibet. Yamdrok Yumtso Lake is the largest inland lake at the north foot of the Himalayas. Known as “Swan Lake” in the local language, it boasts charming landscape of crystal water, green meadow and snow-clad mountains. Arrive at Gyangtse and have a short rest in the best local hotel. Then take a stroll along the peaceful Gyangtse Old Street, where you can see the old-style houses build with cow dung.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 5 Gyangtse - Shigatse
Gyangtze Old Street
After breakfast, you will go to visit the Palcho Monastery first. The temple plays an important role in Tibetan Buddhism where the three sects - the Gelug Sect, the Sakya Sect and the Bkav-gdam Sect coexist with each other harmoniously. Here you will also see the world-famous pagoda, the Bodhi Dagoba. It is also named 'Ten Thousand Buddha Pagoda' as more than ten thousand figures of Buddha are painted in the hall. There are also a thousand clay, copper and gold statues of Buddha in the pagoda, which can be called the Museum of Buddha Statues. Later, we will drive for about one hour to Shigatse. After checking in the best local hotel and have a short rest, you will visit the largest temple in Shigatse area, Tashilhunpo Monastery, which earns its reputation for the splendid Tibetan Buddhist buildings with brilliant murals and delicate Buddhist statues. Not far from the Tashilhunpo Monastery, you will come to the New Palace of Panchen, which houses many precious historical items about Tibetan Buddhism.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 6 Shigatse - Lhasa
Today we will drive you back to Lhasa and transfer you to the hotel. Tibet is a vast land permeated with mystery and national characteristics. It takes longer to transfer from one place to another, so you will spend a lot of time on the vehicle if you explore further. But enjoy the fascinating natural scenery along the way should make for a pleasant journey.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 7 Departure from Lhasa
Today we will transfer you to the airport for your flight home and conclude the one week private Tibet tour. Have a nice trip!

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
B-- Breakfast L-- Lunch D-- Dinner
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DestinationsLuxury HotelsStandard Hotels
LhasaShangri-La Hotel Tashipozhang Hotel
GyangtseGyangtse Hotel Gyangtse Hotel
ShigatseGasar Hotel - VIP BuildingGasar Hotel - VIP Building
Tour Prices
With Luxury Hotels
2-3 travelers4-5 travelers6-9 travelers
With Standard Hotels
2-3 travelers4-5 travelers6-9 travelers
  • Prices are per person in US Dollars based on double occupancy.
  • Any part of the itinerary e.g. tour length, activities & hotels can be tailored to your individual interests.
Price Includes
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfasts
  • Lunches as itinerary specifies
  • Private English-speaking guide
  • Private driver & air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entrance fees to tourist sites
  • Tibet Travel Permit
Price Excludes
  • Airfares of arrival and departure
  • Entry visa fees
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips or gratuities for guides and drivers
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Questions & Answers
Asked by Daphne from MALAYSIA | May. 25, 2019 18:50Reply
Can children below 5 go on this trip?
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Answered by TravelChinaGuide | May. 26, 2019 17:56

This trekking adventure small group tour is a kind of high strength exercise. Therefore, it is not recommended for children under the age of 12 to participate in this tour. Thanks for your attention!
Asked by haryanto kasih from INDONESIA | Mar. 15, 2019 01:08Reply
Do a couple (husband & wife) need to bring extra/more Oxy ?
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Answered by Joanna | Mar. 17, 2019 18:58

It depends on the physical condition of each person, so there is no fixed standard for reference. I kindly suggest you keep warm and prevent from getting cold during your trip in Lhasa. What's more, as I know there are local pharmacies in Tibet sell oxygen, you may ask your tour guide to accompany you to buy. But if you have severe altitude sickness, you should go to the hospital in time.
Asked by Koay | Dec. 21, 2017 19:40Reply
I’d like to experience the train ride to or from Lhasa. How about the train ride from Lhasa to Xi’an
It is a very long train ride and I’m not sure how the kids will do. Is there an option to do the train ride part of the way and fly the other part? Is the entire train ride very scenic?
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Answered by Wendy | Dec. 21, 2017 19:46

The train from Lhasa to Xi'an takes about 33 hours. It is quite a long time. Your children may feel bored for such a long journey. To save the time, you may consider to take the soft sleeper train from Lhasa to Xining(about 21 hours) and then take the high speed train from Xining to Xi'an(about 4.5 hours).
Asked by Alison | Jun. 28, 2016 02:40Reply
Can we visit Lhasa on our own?
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Answered by Lexi | Jun. 28, 2016 02:40

Foreigners are not allowed to visit Tibet on their own. You should find a travel agent to handle your Tibet tour from the airport pick-up until the see-off service.
Asked by shaim from INDIA | Apr. 11, 2016 11:37Reply
I am a indian student in Xuzhou,Jiangsu. Can i go to lhasa my own as a tourist?
I've heard that foreigners must have to go to there with tourist package only. Is it true?
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Answered by Ronald | Apr. 11, 2016 22:05

As far as I know, foreign tourists are not allowed to enter Lhasa on their own. You will have to take tour with an agency if you want to travel there.
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