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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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$479 Cultural & Theme Tours

Temples and landscapes in Tibet 5 days

Day 01: Pick up from Lhasa airport, transfer to hotel. Rest and acclimate to the high altitude. Day 02: Today after breakfast we'll pick you up from your hotel lobby around 9am, head to the center of the city and visit Potala Palace, the 13-storeyed edifice was among the world’s tallest buildings prior to the advent of the 20th century skyscraper, and the grandest building in Tibet. In terms of global perception, it is this relic of Tibet’s past, present, and future national aspirations, more than any other, which uniquely symbolizes Tibet, like the Great Wall in China or the Vatican in Italy. After the visit we will go east to the Barkhor market, by the heart of the old town of Lhasa, visit Jokhang Temple, which is Tibet’s most sacred shrine, the focal point of pilgrims from the entire Tibetan plateau. After lunch time, we will head north of the city about 10 minutes to Sera Monastery, located at the base of Mt. Purbuchok, which forms part of the watershed between the kyi-chu and the penpo-chu rivers, the Monastery is found in 1419, watch the Tantric debate performed by the Sera monks. Day 03: Today we will leave the hotel around 8am drive to Yamdrok Tso Lake about 110 kilometers, the sacred lake (4408 meters) is revered as a talisman, supporting the life-spirit of the Tibetan nation. The visitors from Lhasa and Tsedang will enjoy the unforgettable vista of its pincer-shaped expanse of turquoise water.  We will continue drive west about 180 kilometers to Town of Gyantse, the town has preserved much of its old-world atmosphere, and Tibetan rural life continues here, virtually unchanged, against a back drop of magnificent 14-15th century fortresses and temples.  First we will visit Pelkhor Chode Temple Complex. Then we will explore Gyantse Kumbum, one of Tibet’s outstanding artistic achievements, was built and decorated between 1427-39, which combines a terraced stupa exterior with multi-layered interior chapels. After the visit in Gyantse, we will drive west to the city of Shigatse (91 kilometers), commanding the confluence of the Nyang-chu and Brahmaputra rivers, is still Tibet’s second largest city. Day 04: After breakfast we will leave hotel around 9:30am and drive to Tashilunpo monastery, the seat of the Panchen Lamas, was founded in 1447 by The Dalai Lama I. One of Tibet’s most influential monasteries. After the visit we will drive back to Lhasa from the northern road along the Yarlung River. Day 05: Transfer to airport for departure

$9000 Multi-day & Extended Tours


ItineraryDay 1: Day 01: Kathmandu (1,300m) – Lhasa (3,650m) (B & D)Pass By: Yaowang Mountain of Lhasa, Lhasa, TibetDeparture Transport to Tribhuban Airport and Trans – Himalayan flight to Tibet (Gongaar airport) (1hr.) Drive to Lhasa (1hr.) – Full rest for acclimatization – O/N at Hotel.No meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 2: Day 02/03: In Lhasa: Two Full Days Sightseeing Tour In Lhasa (B & D)Pass By: Potala Palace, Lhasa, TibetVisit Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple & Barkhor Bazaar, Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery – O/N at Hotel.No meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 3: Day 04: Lhasa – Gyantse (3950m) 250 Km to Shigatse (3900m) 90 Km (B)Pass By: Tashilunpo Monastery, Shigatse, TibetDrive to Gyantse via Yamadroke Lake and high passes: Kora LA (5,010m) & Kamba La (4,794m) – Sight-seeing in Gyantse including Pholkor & Kumbum Monastery. PM: scenic drive to Xigatse(1.5hrs) through the typical Tibetan Countryside – Hotel.No meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 4: Shigatse (3900m) 90 Km (B)Pass By: Palkhor Monastery and Kumbum Stupa, Gyangze County, TibetVisit to Kumbum MonasteryNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 5: Day 05: Shigatse (3,900m) to Everest Base Camp (5,200m) (B)Pass By: Mt. Everest Base Camp, Tingri County, TibetDrive from Shigatse to Everest Base Camp, you will pass two high mountain passes – Gyatsola (5,200 m) and Pangla Pass (5,250m). On the way, you have opportunity to admire the fascinating view of Himalaya peaks that includes Mt. Makalu (8,463m), Mt. Lhotse (8,516m), Mt. Everest (8,848m), Mt. Cho Oyu (8,201m) and Mt. Shishapangama (8,020m) (from left to right in your view at the pass).Enjoy wonderful sunset at EBC. Most of the visitors admit that the sunset over the Everest is more fascinating than the sunrise, but since one can only go to EBC once per ticket, the group can choose to view either sunset or sunrise. It takes around 2 hours to hike to E.B.C from the guesthouse (4km). Or you can opt to drive in minibus.Rongbuk Monastery, the highest monastery in Tibet, is abode to both monks and nuns. You can explore the monastery and perceive the ongoing rituals.No meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 6: Day 06: Explore EBC (5,200m) and back to Shigatse (3,900m) (B)Pass By: Xialu Temple, Shigatse, TibetIf you don’t opt to witness the EBC sunset the day before, wake up early in the morning from magnificent sunrise view over Everest. Then, drive back to Shigatse via same route we used previously.No meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 7: Shigatse (3,900m) to Lhasa (3,650m) – 350km (B)Pass By: Lhasa Amusement Park, Lhasa, TibetAfter breakfast, you will explore the culturally and religiously revered Tashilunpo Monastery in Shigatse. The monastery is one of the six prominent yellow hat sect monastery and is the holy seat of the Panchen Lama Lineage. You can witness the majestic view of the entire monastery along with giant Jamba Buddha statue from the entrance point.Drive to Lhasa via the Northern Friendship Highway with eye-catching views and incredible scenery of the Brahmaputra River.No meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 8: Depart from Lhasa (B)Pass By: Lhasa Amusement Park, Lhasa, TibetDepartureNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.

$900 Kid Friendly

Kathmandu to Lhasa Overland Budget Tour (Fixed Departure Every Saturday) 8D7N

ItineraryDay 1: Day 1: Kathmandu- Nepal Tibet Border: Kyirong - Kyirong Town (2800m)Stop At: Jilongzhen Shun'an HostelHighlights: Nepal to Tibet Border – Kyirong crossingWe will send you to Kyirong border at 8am in the morning with Jeep, and you will arrive at Kyirong border from Kathmandu at around 2pm. After 150Km drive from Kathmandu, you will arrive at Nepal Tibet Kyirong Border (It was newly opened for tourists on August 2017). Your Tibetan guide and driver will pick you up at the border and make the necessary immigration paper work. You will continue the driving to Kyirong town, which is 20km away from the border. Today, you will travel 170km in total on a rough road. MUST KNOW: Tibet Kyirong border was opened for foreign travelers starting August 2017, and is the only border connecting Nepal and Tibet.Kyirong is 2800m above sea level, 755 km from Lhasa through Shigatse and it is only around 170km from Kathmandu.Zhangmu border was totally closed after April 2015 earthquake, and open for lorries and trucks only. Not for foreign travelers.Duration: 10 hoursNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Kyirong HotelDay 2: Day 2: Kyirong (2800m) - Peikutso Lake (4600m) - Dingri (4300m) - Lhatse (4050m)Stop At: XianjueHighlight: First sight of Mt Everest and crossing the highest pass – Gyatsola (5200m)After breakfast, you will start your journey to Lhatse, which is 347km. You will drive pass the the most sacred cave of Milarepa Yogi which dates back to the 11th century and also the birth place of Milarepa. We will drive through Kyirong Pass (4900m), and drive along the beutiful Peikutso Lake (4600m) and continue to Old Dingri (4300m) which is 180km from Kyirong(2800m). The scenery is beautiful with Shisha Bangma snow mountain on the right and Peikutso Lake on the left . If the weather is nice, you can see the clear faces of the giants on the Himalaya Range – Mt. Everest(8848m), Mt. Shishapangma(8012m), Mt. Qowowuyag (8201m), Mt. Lhotse (8516m), Mt. Mayalu(8463m). The beautiful Peikutso Lake can be seen easily too. You will be driving on the Friendship Highway and reach Lhatse after crossing the highest pass called Gyatsola at the elevation of 5200mt.Duration: 12 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Farmer HotelDay 3: Day 3: Lhatse (4050m) -Shigatse (3900m)Stop At: Lama Palace, Shigatse, TibetHighlights: Drive through Gyatchu La (5220m) – Highest Pass en route to LhasaYou will start your scenic drive at around 9.30am from your hotel. We will drive through Gyatchu La (5220m), the highest pass en route to Lhasa and you will meet a lot of beautiful villages and amazing landscape. On the way – visit Shakya Monastery. You will have your lunch at Shigatse, check in hotel. And, we will head for the sightseeing of Tashi Lhunpo monastery. Tashi Lhunpo Monastery, founded in the year of 1447 by the 1st Dalai Lama. It is a historic and culturally important monastery in Shigatse, the second-largest city in Tibet. It is famous as the seat of successive Panchen Lama, who is another leader of Tibetan Buddhism. The monastery is an interesting sprawling amalgam of traditional Tibetan monastic style halls, chapels and other structures connected by precipitous steps and narrow cobblestone alleys.Duration: 12 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Everest Mansarovar HotelDay 4: Day 4: Shigatse (3900m) - Gyantse (3950m)Stop At: Gyantse HotelHighlights: Scenic drive + Palchoe Monastery and its Kubum Pagoda StupaYou will start your tour at around 9am from your hotel and then drive to Gyangtse – the third largest city in Tibet. Have lunch in Gyangtse and check in hotel. We will Palchoe Monastery and Kubum Pagoda Stupa. In the afternoon, explore the old town of Gyangtse. Palchoe Monastery is founded in the year 1436. This monastery is famous for its Kubum Pagoda Stupa, a magnificent stupa and symbol of the monastery. The Myriad Buddha Stupa consists hundreds of chapels arranged in layers, housed 100,000 images of Buddhas.Duration: 12 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Yuthok HotelDay 5: Day 5: Gyantse (3950m) - Yamdrok Lake (4441m)- Lhasa (3650m)Stop At: Potala Palace, Lhasa, TibetHighlights: 3 x mountain passes + Yamdrok LakeYou will start your tour at around 9am from your hotel. We will drive towards Lhasa via 3 big mountain passes named:Simi La Pass (4200m) – The pass is unique due to the presence of countless colorful Tibetan flags decorating the rock faces (more than others). The wind through here is enough that the flags wave in the wind in extraordinary patterns.Karo La Pass (5035m) – Located between Between Yamdrok and Gyantse.Kampa La Pass (4794m) – Located between Lhasa and Gyantse, views of Yamdrok Lake.Karo La is the highest pass among them which is over 5035m with it’s most beautiful glaciers, beautiful Yamdrok Lake can be seen as coral color from the top of Kampa La Pass. You will have your lunch at Nakartse country which located between the Yamdrok Lake and Karo La glaciers. Yamdrok Lake(4441m) is known as one of “Three Holy Lakes” in Tibet. The water is as clean as crystal, a view which no words can describe, see it yourself! Drive to Lhasa after the visits, and we will overnight in Lhasa.Duration: 12 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Gang Gyen HotelDay 6: Day 6: Sightseeing tour in Lhasa (3565m): Visit Potala Palace, Jokang Temple and Bharkor Bazar!Stop At: Potala Palace, Lhasa, TibetAfter breakfast, we will visit the must go attraction in Tibet – Potala Palace. It is known as the highest palace in the world standing on the Red Hill of Lhasa. The Potala Palace is a house of Tibetan history, culture, religion and art. There are two attractions for you to visit in the afternoon – Jokhang Temple & Barkhor Street. First, you’ll visit the Jokhang Temple. As the house of the Buddha, Jokhang is the holiest destination for all Tibetan pilgrims; as the spiritual center of Tibet. Jokhang Temple is the perfect place for you to experience the devotion of Tibetans. Last activity is wandering around the crowding Barkhor Street. You can choose to take part in the religious activities with the locals, to do a bit of souvenir shopping, to eat street food, or just wandering around on the street. Bharkor street is the most colourful market in Tibet and is best place to do shopping.Duration: 12 minutesMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Gang Gyen HotelDay 7: Day 7: Sightseeing tour in Lhasa (3565m): Visit Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery!Stop At: Drepung Monastery (Zhebang Si), Lhasa, TibetAfter breakfast, we will drive about 30 minutes to visit the Drepung Monastery. This monastery has a history of more than 500 years. It used to be the largest monastery in the world with totally 10000 monks. Many precious stupa, sculptures, paintings, Thangka…are displayed in the hundreds chapels. And the annual Shoton Festival is organized here. In the afternoon, you will visit Sera Monastery, which is famous for its “Buddhism Scriptures Debating”. It is only 3km away from Lhasa city. The main attraction to visit this monastery is to see the monks debating which hold from 3-5Pm everyday except Sunday.Duration: 10 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Gang Gyen HotelDay 8: Day 8: Lhasa (3565m) - Departure!Stop At: Lhasa Railway Station, Doilungdeqen County, TibetHighlight: Bye Bye Tibet!After breakfast, you will carry on your onward journey either by train to Chengdu, by flight to Kathmandu, or by flight to any part of the world! We will drop you to either train station or airport! Bye Bye!Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.

$50 Sightseeing Tickets & Passes

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.