Welcome to Gyantse


Gyantse’s greatest sight is Gyantse Kumbum, the largest chörten remaining in Tibet and one of its architectural wonders, but there's plenty more to see. With good hotels and restaurants, Gyantse is the town in Tibet that most warrants an extra day to explore little-visited nearby monasteries or wander the town's charming back streets.


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10-12 Days Tibet Travel Permits Pass for Flexible Tours

All foreign travelers have to have legal and valid Tibet travel permits to travel in Tibet. And there are many different types of permits while entry and travelling in Tibet. No mater where you go in and/or out of Lhasa during your time in Tibet, the Tibet travel permits must be prearranged as early as possible. Given different travel destination you may consider to visit, additional permit of Alien's travel permit maybe necessary as well. This permits pass gives travelers maximum travel flexibility to book for any additional tours, however the additional tours are limited for places of Tsetang (Yumbulagang Palace, Samye Monastery, Tramdruk Monastery, Tombs of Tibetan Kings), Lake Yamdrok, Karola Glacier, Lake Namtso, Pelkhor Monastery at Gyantse, Tashilhunpo Monastery at Shigatse, Sakya Monastery, Mt. Everest Base Camp and the Lake Draksumtso in Nyingchi in east of Tibet. If travelers's destination covers Mt. Kailash and Lake Manasarovar, please book 15-22 days Kailash travel pass at least 40 days in advance.

$380 Outdoor Activities

3-Days Lhasa Everest Kathmandu Nepal Overland Adventure of Tibet

Day1 Lhasa-Lake Yamdrok-Karola Glacier-Gyantse-ShigatseWe will visit Yamdrok Lake, one of the must-see attraction between Lhasa and Everest Base Camp. Yamdrok Lake, also called Yamdrok Yumtso, is a lake with two long arms of water, making it look like a scorpion from the sky. This shape means you can never see its shape from around it. From Gyantse, you can see one arm, and follow it until it disappears around a bend in the shore which makes it difficult to estimate the size of the lake. So never give a miss to this highlight alpine lake. Later we will pass and enjoy the Karola Glacier on the roadside. Then we will take a visit to Pelkor Chode Monastery, the main monastery in Gyantse. Pelkhor Choede in Gyantse town is located about 260 km to the south of Lhasa and 100 km to the southeast of Shigatse city.  Day 2 Shigatse-Shegar-Everest Base CampIn the morning, we will visit the home of Panchan Lama - Tashilunpo Monastery and then drive to Lhatse, a small town located 150 km to the west of Shigatse, and you may have lunch in local restaurant. After a short rest, you will go ahead to Tingri. You will pass Tsola Pass(4600m), and Gyatsola Pass(5248m). In the late afternoon, you enter Mt. Everest National Nature Reserve. You can enjoy the panorama of Himalaya at Gawula Pass (5198m).Then we drive along the New paved zigzag road to Rongpuk or the Tent Camp to stay overnight. If the weather is good, you can have a clear view of the sunset of golden Everest peak. Usually between May and October 15, we will carry on the last few kilometers to Everest Tent Camp to stay at campsite's nomad tenthouse, while from Oct.15 till end of April, we will stay at Rongbuk Monastery’s guesthouse or probably at Tashitsong town, 40 km from Everest Base Camp with lower altitude. Stay overnight in Nomad Tent or Rongbuk or Tashitsong village guesthouse subject to availability and weather conditionDay 3 EBC – Gyirong Border 370 km, Approx. 8 hrsGet local basic breakfast by yourself, and you are suggested to bring along some cookies, instant coffee. etc. of your own. You can get up early and enjoy the sunrise of Everest Peak at lodging area if the weather is good. And then, you can take the eco-bus to the Everest Base Camp. If you like trekking, you can do a short trek from the tent guesthouses community to the actual Everest Base Camp. For the 4km, it will take you about 1.5-2 hours on your physical condition. After sightseeing, we will drive to Gyirong, the border which connects Tibet & Nepal. On the way, travelers can enjoy breathtaking vista of Mt. Shishapangma and the Pekutso Lake. After passing the Ghungtang Lhamo(5236m), we will arrive in Gyirong in late afternoon.Day 4 Final Departure, tour ends once your guide and driver drop you off. All above hotel is not included.

$980 Private & Custom Tours

Explore China Tibet 8 Days EBC Private Tour

Day 1: Arrival in LhasaYour guide greets you at the airport and transfer you to your comfortable hotel. You will then rest for acclimatization or walk around to get a first glimpse of the city on your own. Day 2: Lhasa (B)We start the tour by visiting two great monasteries in Lhasa: Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery. You will admire the fine collection of Tibetan art and architecture on display at Drepung Monastery, and observe the famous monk philosophy debate at Sera Monastery (every afternoon except on Sunday).Day 3: Lhasa (B)We start day with a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage site: Potala Palace, Dalai Lama’s winter palace. You will walk through the office and residential quarters of the great Tibetan leader and visit numerous chambers that house precious historical documents and religious objects. We then visit the revered Jokhang Temple, most famous for a statue of Jowo Sakyamuni Buddha. Once we step outside the temple, we find ourselves in the bustling Barkhor bazaar, where we can spend time exploring local food scene and finding the best handicrafts to bring home as gifts.Day 4: Lhasa –Yamdrok Lake-Karola Glacier-Pelkor Chode Monastery/Gyantse – Shigatse (B)We leave Lhasa today and venture into the mountain ranges. We will cross Kamba-la Pass at 4730m and glance at the holy lake Yamdrok below. Shortly after, we will visit Karola Glacier steps off the main road and then continue the scenic drive towards Gyantse. We will visit Gyantse Kumbum, a magnificent stupa inside Pelkor Chode Monastery. We arrive in Shigatse at the end of the day and rest well for next day’s activities.Day 5: Shigatse – Everest Base Camp (B)We leave Shigatse after breakfast and enter the great Himalayan range. We pass Gyatso-la Pass at 5248m and soon will have the opportunity to have the first glimpse of the Himalayas. We finally arrive at the base camp in the afternoon, and start a light trek to reach the food of Mt. Everest. We will watch the sun set behind Mt. Everest and then return to local guesthouse to stay there overnight.Day 6: Everest Base Camp – Shigatse (B)After more time taking in stunning views of the Everest, we head our way back to Shigatse.Day 7: Shigatse – Lhasa (B)We visit the magnificent Tashilhunpo Monastery in the morning, the seat of Panchen Lama. We then return to Lhasa via a different route and enjoy the nomadic landscape on the way. Once back in Lhasa, you can enjoy the night life in the old town and hang out with locals and fellow travelers. Day 8: Departure from Lhasa (B)Your guide will transfer you to the airport and see you off. We hope you have gathered great memory in Tibet and wish you the best on your further adventure.

$1200 Outdoor Activities

Private 6-Night Tibet Tour from Lhasa Yamdrok Lake Camping Explore China Tibet

Day 1: Arrival in LhasaYour guide greets you at the airport and transfer you to your comfortable hotel. You will then rest for acclimatization or walk around to get a first glimpse of the city on your own. Overnight: 4-star Gangyen Hotel or better one such as Tashi Nota Kangsang Hotel  Day 2: Lhasa (B)We start the tour by visiting two great monasteries in Lhasa: Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery. You will admire the fine collection of Tibetan art and architecture on display at Drepung Monastery, and observe the famous monk philosophy debate at Sera Monastery (every afternoon except on Sunday). Overnight: 4-star Gangyen Hotel or similar Day 3: Lhasa (B)We start day with a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage site: Potala Palace, Dalai Lama’s winter palace. You will walk through the office and residential quarters of the great Tibetan leader and visit numerous chambers that house precious historical documents and religious objects. We then visit the revered Jokhang Temple, most famous for a statue of Jowo Sakyamuni Buddha. Once we step outside the temple, we find ourselves in the bustling Barkhor bazaar, where we can spend time exploring local food scene and finding the best handicrafts to bring home as gifts. Day 4: Lhasa –Yamdrok Lake (B, L, D)We leave Lhasa today and venture into the mountain ranges. We will cross Kamba-la Pass at 4730m and glance at the holy lake Yamdrok below. We will march towards the lakeshore and reach the waterfront campsite near Palde village. You will take a walk through this rural village or do more hiking in the nature, before sleeping in the tent on the unique night on your trip.Day 5: Yamdrok Lake-Karola Glacier-Pelkor Chode Monastery/Gyantse – Shigatse (B)We left the camping area and return on the main route. We will visit Karola Glacier steps off the main road and then continue the scenic drive towards Gyantse. We will visit Gyantse Kumbum in the afternoon, a magnificent stupa inside Pelkor Chode Monastery. We arrive in Shigatse at the end of the day and rest well for next day’s activities. o/n Gesar Hotel or similar if late bookingDay 6: Shigatse – Lhasa (B)We visit the magnificent Tashilhunpo Monastery in the morning, the seat of Panchen Lama. We then return to Lhasa via a different route and enjoy the nomadic landscape on the way. Once back in Lhasa, you can enjoy the night life in the old town and hang out with locals and fellow travelers.  Day 7: Departure from Lhasa (B)Your guide will transfer you to the airport and see you off. We hope you have gathered great memory in Tibet and wish you the best on your further adventure.

$2090 Cultural & Theme Tours

7-Night Everest Base Camp and Tibet Tour

The Lhasa to Everest Base Camp to Lhasa Overland tour covers a vast tract of this ancient Tibetan land while crossing spectacular passes and through unforgettable landscapes and into the spiritual heart of the country. The mountain views and inspiring landscapes, rich Buddhist culture and history, as well as the recent economic development will make this tip a truly unforgettable experience.This trip is ideal for inquisitive travelers who want to visit the north face of the world’s tallest mountain, Everest, combined with sightseeing tours of several Tibetan townships including Lhasa. Day 1: Arrival in Lhasa (11,972ft/3,650m) Arrive in Lhasa either from a direct flight from Nepal or via mainland China. Your guide will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel. Rest and minimize altitude sickness for the rest of the day. Day 2: Lhasa sightseeing 5 - 6 hours (B)Begin sightseeing in Lhasa after breakfast. Tour the beautiful Potala and Norbulingka Palaces and the Tibet Museum.Day 3: Lhasa Sightseeing 5 - 6 hours (B)Begin sightseeing tour after breakfast. Tour Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Bazaar. Day 4: Lhasa to Gyantse (12,956ft/3,950m) 5-6 hours (B)On the way to Gyantse, cross the Khamba La Pass (15,728ft/4,794m) with a brief stop to savor the beauty of the Yamdrok Tso Lake and the beautiful Nazin Kang Sang glacier (23,793ft/7,252m). Cross Karo La Pass (16,552ft/5,045m). Enjoy views of huge glaciers tumbling down into the road. In Gyantse, visit the Khumbum Stupa, Phalkot Monastery and Gyantse Dzong.Day 5: Gyantse to Shigatse (12,795ft/3,900m): 2 hours (B)In Shigatse, visit the popular Tashilhunpo Monastery founded by Gendun Drup, the First Dalai Lama in 1447. Rest during the remainder of the day for acclimatization and the next day’s long drive. Day 6: Shigatse to Rongbuk (16,400ft/5,000m) via Sakya: 8 - 9 hours (B)On the way to Rongbuk visit Sakya Monastery. In Rongbuk, visit the Rongbuk Monastery, which is located at the foot of the mighty Everest and is the highest monastery in the world. While here, we also enjoy the stunning mountainous scenery. Day 7: Rongbuk to Lhasa with the Everest Base Camp (EBC): 9-10 hours (B)On the way to EBC enjoy spectacular views of high mountains like Cho Oyu (26,907ft/8,201m), Shishapangma (26,289ft/8,013m) and, of course, the mighty Everest (29,029ft/8,848m) also known as Mt. Chomolongma in the Tibetan side. Complete approximately a 16km round trip around the Everest Base Camp. The base camp itself is dry and barren, but the view of Everest is more than compensating. After spending some quality time at the base of the world’s highest mountain, leave for Lhasa.Note that on rare occasions due to bad weather or political riots, the local government may close down the road to the Everest base camp for safety reasons and without prior notice. Day 8: Final DepartureYour guide from Himalayan Glacier will take you to the airport or the train station for your next journey.

$750 Cultural & Theme Tours

6 Days Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Group Tour

Day 1: Arrive in LhasaWelcome to Tibet! Our Tibetan guide will pick you up from the airport or train station. Once transfer to the lovely hotel, please have a good rest first to acclimate to high altitude, avoid altitude sickness. If time is enough, and you cannot help going out, please pack as light as you can. Drink more water and do not walk too far. Try not to take a shower tonight unless you could not put up with it for real. Because if you catch a cold, it will be a big problem.Day 2: Sightseeing in Lhasa Suburb (B, D)Today you are going to visit two of the top three monasteries in Lhasa, one is Drepung, another is Sera. After having breakfast in the hotel, we are heading to the first attraction of this trip. Drepung Monastery is the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery, which was used to house more than 10,000 monks in the past. In the afternoon, you will visit Sere Monastery, where you can watch the well-known sutra – debate, which is also the highlight of today’s journey. In the evening, there will be the second highlight – the welcome dinner! You can eat the authentic Tibetan food, enjoy a happy time!Day 3: Sightseeing in Lhasa (B)After two days of acclimatizing, you will visit three significant tourist spots today. Having breakfast in the hotel as well, then go to the Potala Palace, the symbol of Lhasa City. After that, we will go to Jokhang Temple. With a history over 1300 years, it has the supreme position in Tibet, and it is the center of Lhasa Kora route. The outside of it is our last attraction today – Barkhor Street. It is an old market and walking street as well. You can buy some Tibetan stuff in the distinctive shops or do kora with the locals.Day 4: Lhasa- Gyantse(4040m)- Shigatse(3840m) (B)Today we will go to Shigatse via Gyantse, both of which are important cities in Tibet. It takes around 6hours to cross these 360 kilometers by car due to the speed-limited regulations. On the way, you will see the Lake Yamdroktso, one of the top three holy lakes in Tibet. From the sky, it looks like a turquoise earring on the highland. But on the road, you cannot see the panorama but only a part of it, which is beautiful enough to get you intoxicated. Passing by Yamdroktso, you will see the Karola Glacier from distance. Finally, you will visit Pelkor Chöde Monastery when arriving in Gyantse.Day 5: Shigatse-Lhasa (B)Today we will go back to Lhasa after visiting Tashilunpo Monastery, which is the largest monastery in Shigatse. It’s regarded as the home of Panchen Lama. And it is called “the small Potala Palace” due to its resplendent and magnificent structure. Then you will return to Lhasa. Here we offer 2 options, one by car, another by train. When you reach Lhasa in the evening, you can go out to wander in the city if you still have time.Day 6: Depart from Lhasa (B)Today you will go to your next destination. Sincerely wish you a good trip and welcome to Tibet again!