15-Day Small-Group Best of Tibet Tour

Cultural & Theme Tours, Your hotel in Lhasa to Lhasa

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Tibet is famous for unique scenery and culture of Lamas which allure worldwide travelers from adventure-seeking backpackers to luxury jet-setters since opening up for tourism in the 1980's. This 15-day small group tour provides an escape for your soul from the hustle and bustle and takes you to visit Lhasa, Gyamtse, Shigatse, Tingri, Rongbuk, Mount Everest Base Camp, Saga, Darchen, Dirpuk, Zutulpuk, Manasarovar, and Payang.
Day 1: Arriving Lhasa Upon arrival at the airport, take a free airport shuttle ride to Dekang Hotel (or simila). The airport shuttle service is available between 12:30pm and 3:30pm. Enjoy rest of the day at your leisure. Overnight: Dekang Hotel or similarDay 2: Lhasa and its Suburbs (B, D)Attractions for today: Drepung Monastery or Drak Yerpa, and Sera Monastery. Overnight: Dekang Hotel or similarDay 3: Lhasa (B)Today, you will visit Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, and Barkhor Street.Overnight: Dekang Hotel or similarDay 4: Gyantse (B)Drive to Gyantse in the morning to visit Yamdrok Lake, Karola Glacier, and Pelkor Chöde Monastery.Overnight: Gyantse Yeti Hotel or similarDay 5: Shigatse (B)After arriving in Shigatse, visit Tashilunpo Monastery, also know as the Heap of Glory, located at the foot of Drolmari, Shigatse. Overnight: Manasarovar Shigatse or similarDay 6: Mt. Everest Region (B)Enjoy majestic views and spend approximately 10 to 12 hours at the region. You will arrive at Rongbu Monastery in late afternoon.Overnight: Tent campDay 7: Mt. Everest Base CampToday, visit Mt. Everest Base Camp and Peikutso Lake. Mt. Everest Base Camp is the furthest point that vehicles have access to. Take a shuttle bus for the last glorious 2.5 miles (4 km) with incredibly scenery. Later, head to Peikutso Lake.Overnight: Saga Hotel or similarDay 8: Darchen Visit Darchen, previously an important sheep herding stop for nomads and their flocks. Overnight: Darchen Hotel or similarDay 9: Dirapuk (B)Today, head out to Dira-puk (Lhalung Dira) Monastery and soak up more cultural atmosphere.Overnight: Guest HouseDay 10: Mt. Kailash KoraHiking on Mt. Kailash Kora.Overnight: Guest houseDay 11: DarchenYou will visit Lake Manasarovar, a freshwater lake on the mostly saline lake-studded Tibetan Plateau.Overnight: Guest HouseDay 12: SagaRelax and enjoy riding back from Darchen to Saga.Overnight: Saga Hotel or similarDay 13: ShigatseContinue your ride back to Shigatse and stop along the way for photo opportunities. Overnight: Manasarovar Shigatse or similarDay 14: Lhasa (B)Visit a Tibetan incense workshop in Nyemo.Overnight: Dekang Hotel or similarDay 15: Departing Lhasa (B)

What’s included

  • Experienced local English-speaking tour guide
  • Ground transportation
  • All entrance fees per itinerary
  • Tibet Tourism Bureau Permit (TTP)
  • Alien's Travel Permit (PSB) to be applied in Shigatse with original copy of your passport (30 minutes processing time)
  • Military Permit
  • Travel agency liability insurance
  • Government tax
  • Express delivery service fee for permits
  • Meals as per itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)

What’s not included

  • Airfare to/from Tibet
  • Transportation from/to Lhasa Airport (free daily shuttle service is available from 12:30pm to 3:30pm)
  • Chinese Visa
  • Express delivery of Tibet Tourism Bureau Permit (e.g. China Air Express)
  • Personal expenses
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Gratuities (recommended)

Highlights

  • Multi-Day Trip
  • Small-group tour
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors

Itinerary

Day 10: Mt. Kailash Kora Hiking on Mt. Kailash Kora. Overnight: Guest house
Day 11: Darchen You will visit Lake Manasarovar, a freshwater lake on the mostly saline lake-studded Tibetan Plateau. Overnight: Guest House
Day 12: Saga Relax and enjoy riding back from Darchen to Saga. Overnight: Saga Hotel or similar
Day 13: Shigatse Continue your ride back to Shigatse and stop along the way for photo opportunities. Overnight: Manasarovar Shigatse or similar
Day 14: Lhasa (B) Visit a Tibetan incense workshop in Nyemo. Overnight: Dekang Hotel or similar
Day 15: Departing Lhasa (B)
Day 1: Arriving Lhasa Upon arrival at the airport, take a free airport shuttle ride to Dekang Hotel (or simila). The airport shuttle service is available between 12:30pm and 3:30pm. Enjoy rest of the day at your leisure. Overnight: Dekang Hotel or similar
Day 2: Lhasa and its Suburbs (B, D) Attractions for today: Drepung Monastery or Drak Yerpa, and Sera Monastery. Overnight: Dekang Hotel or similar
Day 3: Lhasa (B) Today, you will visit Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, and Barkhor Street. Overnight: Dekang Hotel or similar
Day 4: Gyantse (B) Drive to Gyantse in the morning to visit Yamdrok Lake, Karola Glacier, and Pelkor Chöde Monastery. Overnight: Gyantse Yeti Hotel or similar
Day 5: Shigatse (B) After arriving in Shigatse, visit Tashilunpo Monastery, also know as the Heap of Glory, located at the foot of Drolmari, Shigatse. Overnight: Manasarovar Shigatse or similar
Day 6: Mt. Everest Region (B) Enjoy majestic views and spend approximately 10 to 12 hours at the region. You will arrive at Rongbu Monastery in late afternoon. Overnight: Tent camp
Day 7: Mt. Everest Base Camp Today, visit Mt. Everest Base Camp and Peikutso Lake. Mt. Everest Base Camp is the furthest point that vehicles have access to. Take a shuttle bus for the last glorious 2.5 miles (4 km) with incredibly scenery. Later, head to Peikutso Lake. Overnight: Saga Hotel or similar
Day 8: Darchen Visit Darchen, previously an important sheep herding stop for nomads and their flocks. Overnight: Darchen Hotel or similar
Day 9: Dirapuk (B) Today, head out to Dira-puk (Lhalung Dira) Monastery and soak up more cultural atmosphere. Overnight: Guest House
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