Welcome to Gyantse

Lying on a historic trade route between India and Tibet, Gyantse (རྒྱལ་རྩེ་; 江孜; Jiāngzī) has long been a crucial link for traders and pilgrims journeying across the Himalayan plateau. It was once considered Tibet’s third city, behind Lhasa and Shigatse, but in recent decades has been eclipsed by fast-growing Chinese-dominated towns like Bāyī and Tsetang. Perhaps that’s a good thing, as Gyantse has managed to hang... Read More

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$945.21 Multi-day & Extended Tours

7-Night Tibet Fixed Depart Group Tour including Mount Everest Base Camp

Day 1: Arrival in LhasaThe airport shuttle bus leaves Lhasa Airport at 12:30pm and 4pm.   Overnight at Lhasa Gang-Gyan Hotel Tibet 4 star or similar  Day 2: Lhasa (B)Pickup from hotel lobby at 08:00am.  You'll visit the Potala Palace, Barkhor Street,Jokhang Temple.  Overnight at Lhasa Gang-Gyan Hotel Tibet 4 star or similar  Day 3: Lhasa (B)Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery. Drepung is the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery. Sera was famous for its debates. Overnight at Lhasa Gang-Gyan Hotel Tibet 4 star or similar Day 4: Lhasa – Gyantse – Shigatse (B)Coach to Lhasa to Shigatse via the old mountain route. You'll stop at the sacred Yamdrok Lake, pass the striking Karo-La Glacier 16,273 feet (4960 meters) above sea level, and visit the Pelkor Chode Monastery in Gyantse. You'll arrive in Shigatse, the spiritual home of the Panchen Lama.   Overnight at Tashichota Hotel Shigatse 3 star or similar Day 5 - Shigatse to Tingri to Rongbuk Coach transfer westwards on the Friendship way to Tingri. then to Rongphu Monastery Kent. It takes 8 hours on the road (350kms). On the way to Rongbuk Kloster, you’ll come across 4 high mountains capped with snow: Mt. Everest (8848meters), Makalu(8463meters), Lhotse(8516meters), Cho oyu peak(8201meters).Overnight at Rongphu Monastery KentDay 6 - EBC to Rongbuk to Tingri to ShigatseSee the sunrise from Rongpuk. Then you will be transferred by coach to Everest Base Camp. You will admire the majestic Mt. Everest and take some fantastic pictures if weather permits.  Transfer back to Shigatse.Overnight at Tashichota Hotel Shigatse 3 star or similar Day 7 - Shigatse to LhasaIn the morning, visit Tashilunpo Monastery, one of the oldest and largest Gelug sect monasteries in Tibet, Tashilunpo Monastery is also the traditional seat of successive Panchen Lama. Later today transfer back to Lhasa, drive through the green farmland of Nyangchu Valley, Overnight at Lhasa Gang-Gyan Hotel Tibet 4 star or similarDay 8 - Depart from Lhasa Airport shuttle bus leaves at 07:30 and 11:00 from your hotel. 

$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.

$350 Cultural & Theme Tours

2-Day Gyantse and Shigatse Tour from Lhasa

Day 1: Lhasa to Shigatse (No meals) An English-speaking guide will meet you at the designated location come 9:30am and begin the drive to Gyantse. Along the way, you will pass over the Gampala pass and get a glimpse of Yamdrok-tso. The Lake is surrounded by many snow-capped mountain and in the distance you have spectacular views of Holy Mount Nyenchen Khangsar, the highest mountain near Lhasa. Then, head westward along the lake and drive towards Gyantse, historically Tibet's third largest city. See the famous Pelkor Monastery, the largest stupa, then continue to Shigatse. Check-in to your hotel and relax for the night upon your arrival. Overnight: Shigatse Day 2: Shigatse to Lhasa (B)Visit the famous Tashi Lhunpo Monastery in the morning, where you will see the largest well-preserved statue of Jamapa. This monastery is the seat of Tibet's second highest incarnation, the Panchen Lama. In the afternoon, begin your 6-hour drive back to Lhasa, where you will be returned to your original meeting point.

$580 Cultural & Theme Tours

4-Day Tibet Tour With Everest Base Camp

Day 1: Lhasa -Gyantse - Shigatse You will be picked up from Gang-gyan Hotel Lhasa in the morning around 9:30am, then travel with your tour guide from Lhasa to Gyantse. On the way, the group will pass by the Gampa La Pass, which is the highest pass in Tibet; and you will have a glimpse of Yamdrok Tso Lake, it is surrounded by many snow-capped mountains. From here, you will have the spectacular views of Holy Mount Nyenchen Khangsar which is the highest mountain near Lhasa at 23,592 feet (7191m).Then, you will head westward towards the city of Gyantse and drive along the Yamdrik Tso Lake. Gyantse was Tibet's third largest city (after Lhasa and Shigatse). In Gyantse, you will visit the famous Pelkor Monastery and Gyantse Kumbum.Overnight: Shigatse Zangba Hotel or similarDay 2 : Shigatse - Rongbuk monastery (B)You will start your day by leaving Shigatse and head to Lhatse, it is a small town of a few thousand people in the Tibet Autonomous Region in the valley of the Yarlung Tsangpo River in Lhatse County, and your lunch will be served here at your own expense.Next, drive to Shegar, which is famous for the Shelkar Chode Monastery, founded in 1266 by a Kagyu lama, but it has been a Gelugpa monastery since the 17th century, and formerly had some 300 monks. If the weather is clear enough, you will be able to see Mt. Everest from here. After another 4 to 6 hours, you will arrive at Rongbuk Monastery. Overnight: in a tent or Rongbuk Monastery guest house.Day 3: Rongbuk monastery - Everest Base Camp - Shigatse You will start today by watching the sunrise from Rongbuk Monastery, it is a perfect site to view the highest Everest and has a sense of untouched beauty for its quietness.Today, you have the option to choose a 5 miles (8 km) trek from your tent to the base camp, or you have the option to get to the base camp by taking the local bus at your own expense. After visiting the base camp, you can visit the Rongphu Monastery, which is the highest monastery in the world at 16,404 feet (5000m) high, and belongs to Nyingma sect. After that, driving back to Shigatse, where you will spend the night and enjoy your dinner at your own expense.Overnight: Shigatse Zangba Hotel or similarDay 4: Shigatse - Lhasa (B)You will start your day by heading to the Tashilunpo Monastery, which is the seat of Tibet's second highest incarnation, the Panchen Lama. Afterwards, you will be driven back to Lhasa through Friendship Highway. The whole ride is about 175 miles (280km), it will take about 6 hours to get back to Lhasa. Your tour will end by dropping you off at your accommodations in Lhasa.

$720 Multi-day & Extended Tours

5-Night Central Tibet Culture Small Group Tour

Day 1: Arrival in LhasaYou will be picked-up at the airport or train station and transferred to your hotel. After check-in, you can take a rest. The rest of the day is free for you to explore the city.  Overnight at Lhasa 3-star or 4-star hotel (Option).Day 2: Lhasa Day Tour (Potala Palace and Borkor Street) (B,D)First you will visit the Potala Palace - the winter palace of Dalai Lama. It has been used since the 7th century. The most valuable are gilded burial stupas of past Dalai Lamas and meditation Cave. Then head to Jokhang temple which was founded by the 33rd great king of Tibet in the 7th century, in order to promote the Buddhist religion. You can also do kora (circling the Barkor street) with pilgrims and locals and buy the souvenirs. Overnight at Lhasa 3-star or 4-star hotel (Option). Day 3: Lhasa Day Tour (Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery) (B)You will visit Drepung monastery which was one of the “three great” Gelug monasteries of Tibet and was founded in 1416 by Jamyang Choge, one of the Tsongkhapa’s main disciples. Ganden palace is used as Dalai lama’s palace in Drepung before moving to the Potala palace. Afternoon you will visit the Sera Monastery which is also one of the Gelug monasteries, and was founded at 1419 by Jamchen Chojey. Make sure not to miss the Monks debating at around 3 - 5 in the afternoon. Overnight at Lhasa 3-star or 4-star hotel (Option).Day 4: Lhasa - Shigatse (B)You will drive from Lhasa to Gyantse. On the way, you will pass the Gampala pass (4790 m), and get a glimpse of Yamdrok-tso (4400m), which is surrounded by many snow-capped mountains. Then you will drive west towards Gyantse. In Gyantse, you will visit the famous Pelkor Monastery and Gyantse Kumbum. After one and a half hour's drive, you will arrive in Shigatse, which is the second largest city in Tibet. Overnight at Shigatse 3-star or 4-star hotel (Option).Day 5: Shigatse - Lhasa (B)Today, you will visit Tashilunpo monastery of Gelug Sect, the seat of the Panchen Lama, built in 1447. The monastery houses a giant statue of the Maitreya Buddha - the biggest gilded statue of Maitreya (Buddha of the future) in the world and a tomb of all the Panchen Lama, containing jewels and gold. In the afternoon, you will drive back to Lhasa, which will take around 6 hours. Overnight at Lhasa 3-star or 4-star hotel (Option).Day 6: Depart from Lhasa (B)You will be transferred to the airport or train station.

$2495.36 Classic

Tibet Adventure

Take part in rituals and haggle for a bargain in the markets. From modern Beijing, travel back in time across scenic countryside to Tibet on this well-packed overland adventure. Witness the splendour of the Potala Palace and the majesty of remote monasteries and then celebrate the journey to Kathmandu. Wake up to views of Everest and enjoy a window into the heart of this remote land. A local guide and CEO will show you the region’s hidden gems and make sure your trip burns brightly in your memory long after you've climbed down from the roof of the world.