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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$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 PotalaPalace, 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 Barkhormarket, by the heart of the old town of Lhasa, visit JokhangTemple, 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 SeraMonastery, 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 Tantricdebate performed by the Sera monks. Day 03: Today we will leave the hotel around 8am drive to YamdrokTsoLake 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 PelkhorChodeTempleComplex. Then we will explore GyantseKumbum, 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 Tashilunpomonastery, 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 YarlungRiver. Day 05: Transfer to airport for departure

$9000 Outdoor Activities

EVEREST BASE CAMP TOUR

8 Days Everest base camp tour from Lhasa to Nepal via newly opened Kyirong border takes you to visit the most charming places in central Tibet including the Potala Palace, Jokang temple in Lhasa which are the world heritage listed sites and the great monasteries of Drepung and Sera where they have a very rich Tibetan culture relics and monks who are studying Tibetan Buddhist philosophy which has more than 2500 years history. 8 Days Everest base camp tour from Lhasa to Nepal takes you to the most beautiful Turquoise lake called Yamdrok lake and you will enjoy a beautiful Tibetan villages, glacier, the old town of Gyantse which was a very important town to do trade between India and Tibet in the olden days and it is the largest agricultural land in Tibet now. In Gyantse you will visit Palchoe monastery and Kubum pagoda stupa which has over six hundred years history. After Gyantse, you will continue to Shigatse, the second largest city of Tibet where it has 18 counties under it's administration and they are mostly farmers. Visit Tashi Lhunpo monastery, the seat of the Penchen Lama, the second most revered and respected Tibetan high Lama. 8 Days Everest Base Camp Tour from Lhasa to Nepal takes you to the world's highest mountain peak of Everest and it's base camp via crossing several high Himalayan Mountain ranges including Gyatsola pass and Geula or Pangla pass at over 5000mts. From the top of Geula or Pangla pass, you will have a fantastic view of five great snow mountain peaks which are Mount Everest, Mount Jo Oyu, Mount Shisha Pangma, Mount Lhotse, Mount Makalu respectively. Driving to Rongbuk monastery, the world's highest mountain and enjoying fantastic view of Mount Everest just right infront of you and then continue your journey to Kyirong border via beautiful Pekutso lake. Kyirong is the birth place of Milarepa, a great Tibetan Yogi in 11th century and there is also a sacred caved of Mila Repa which you will pass by when you drive down the Kyirong gorge. 8 Days Everest Base Camp Tour from Lhasa to Nepal finally cross the newly opened Kyirong border between China Tibet and Nepal and continue your journey through one of the most popular Langhtang valley and it's national park and getting to Kathmandu, the ancient city as well as the capital city of Nepal.

$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.

$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.