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$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through the office and residential quarters of the great Tibetan leader and visit numerous chambers that house precious historical documents and religious objects.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.

$545 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Private 3-Night Lhasa Highlights Tour 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. O/n in 4 star hotel such as Ganggyan Hotel or Tashi Nota Khangsang 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). hotel same as above 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. hotel same as above Day 4: 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.

$225 Cultural & Theme Tours

Tibet Entry Permit Plus Jokhang Temple & Barkhor Streets and Sera Monastery Tour

Your English speaking Tibetan local guide will meet all group members at the lobby of Yak Hotel at 9:25 am with all group members name lists to be checked and reconfirmed one by one. And all clients should get to this hotel lobby at least 5-10 minutes in advance. Your Tibetan local guide will take all group members to leave at 9:30 am on time and walk together slowly to visit the must see attraction of Jokhang Temple and Barkhor streets in the whole morning between9:30 am and 12 o'clock. Jokhang Temple was founded in the 7th century by the first great Buddhist king Songtsen Gampo. As the most sacred temple in Tibet, Jokhang is situated in the heart of Lhasa city and attracts many pilgrims from around Tibet to worship and walking around. The walking around Jokhang Temple following pilgrims from all over the Tibetan plateau is a must-needed experience. After the morning guided walking tour, your Tibetan tour guide will recommend few restaurants and/or tea-houses in the downtown for your lunch options. You can enjoy your relaxed lunch till 2:30 pm and then all group members should get to the meeting point at Yak Hotel lobby again before 2:45 pm for the afternoon trip. Guide will reconfirm the group members one by one before 2:55 pm, your van/mini bus driver, your guide and all of you will leave at 3 pm for Sera Monastery. Sera Monastery is one of three great universities of Gelugpa Sect. The magnificent Sera Monastery covers an area of 114,946 square meters (28 acres). There are three main buildings which are called Coqen Hall, Zhacang (college) and Kamcun (dormitory). There are scriptures written in gold powder, fine statues, scent cloth and unparalleled murals in these halls. Colorful debates on Buddhist doctrines are held here every afternoon except for Sunday and this is distinctive from the other famous monasteries. We will enjoy the visit to the debating session of the Tibetan monks. After around 2 hours highlight sightseeing, your guide and driver will take all of you back to your hotel one by one, tour ends. Wish today's trip leaves you a wonderful Tibetan impression. You can book with the same Tibet travel expert for other easy and affordable daily excursions coming up soon. Enjoy your continual trip to Potala Palace, Norbulinka, Lake Yamdrok, etc later. Below is suggested and flexible Lhasa tour itinerary: Day 1 Arrival in Tibet, rest Day 2 Jokhang Temple, Barkhor street and Sera monastery day tour Day 3 Potala Palace+ Norbulinka or Drepung (or just Potala Palace Half day tour with half day rest) Day 4 Yamdrok Lake Day trip or Ganden Monastery day trip or Namtso Lake day trip (or 2 days tour to Gyantse-Shigatse) Day 5/6 leave Tibet for next stop

$425 Multi-day & Extended Tours

3-Night Lhasa Impression Small-Group Tour

Day 1: Arrive in Lhasa When you arrive in Lhasa either by train or flight, your guide will greet you and take you to your hotel. Tourists may view the Yarlung Tsangpo River/ Bhamaputra river (the Longest and largest river in Tibet) and Lhasa river on their way to Lhasa.After arriving in Lhasa, you can take a rest and get acclimatized to high altitude. If you feel to go out, then you can go to the Potala Square, where you will enjoy the fountain with different colors and get amazing photos of the Potala and walk around Barkor Street.Overnight: 3-star Yak Hotel or similarDay 2: Lhasa Day Tour (B,D)Today's tour will first bring you to the Potala Palace which is the winter palace of the Dalai lama. It was put to use since the 7th Century by the 33rd great king of Tibet. The most valuable collections of Potala Palace are the gilded burial stupas of former Dalai Lamas and meditation Cave of the 33rd great king of Tibet.Then after lunch, tourists 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. Inside you can see the statue of Buddha Sakyamuni at the age of twelve, perhaps the only most venerated object in Tibetan Buddhism. Around the temple is Barkhor street where you can do kora (a religious circle of a building or mountain) with pilgrims and locals, in the meantime you can buy souvenirs.Overnight: 3-star Yak Hotel or similarDay 3: Lhasa Day Tour (B)In the morning, you have a tour to Drepung Monastery, the ever largest monastery with more than 10 thousand monks. Seen from afar, its grand, white construction gives the monastery the appearance of a heap of rice. As such, it was given its name which, in the Tibetan language, means Monastery of Collecting-Rice. Learn about the lives of Tibetan monks there.The afternoon is spent touring Sera Monastery. You have a little hike for the beautiful valley scenery nearby and picnic there. Visiting Sera monastery, which was created in 1419 and has always been an important Buddhist seminary. As rose are planted everywhere in the monastery, it is also called “the court of wild rose”. Today still 200 lamas live in there. Buddhist debates often occur there. Catch the famous debate session of the monks before returning back to Lhasa.Overnight: 3-star Yak Hotel or similarDay 4: Departure from Lhasa (B)Your guide will transfer you to the airport or train station and help you get on board. Then you will take your flight to your next destination.

$1845 Air, Helicopter & Balloon Tours

Tibet Tour 6 Days

Day 1: Fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa                           You will board a scenic flight to Lhasa from Kathmandu. Enjoying the views of Nepal and Tibet Himalayas, you arrive in Gonggar Airport in Tibet Autonomous Region of China. Our local representative will receive you at the airport and will transfer you to your hotel in Lhasa. Day 2: Lhasa Tour-Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, and Barkhor Street       This day, you will be visiting Potala Palace, which is also known as the winter residence of the Dalai Lama. This palace is the most recognized and visited landmark in Lhasa. Then, you head to Jokhang Temple, which was founded by the 33rd great King of Tibet, and is home to a large statue of Buddha Sakyamuni. Surrounding the temple is Barkhor Street where you can circumambulate Jokhang Temple whilst exploring the old market. Day 3: Lhasa Tour- Norbulingka Palace, Tibet Museum and Sera Monastery   Today, you will visit Norbulingka palace, which served as a summer residence for the successive Dalai Lamas. It is also listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Then, you visit Tibet Museum, which has collections of the cultural history of Tibet. From there on, you head on to Sera Monastery where you will be able to view three sand Mandalas and a colorful rock painting of Buddha. Day 4: Lhasa Tour- Ganden Monastery and Hike Around                               The day is dedicated to exploring Ganden Monastery and its outskirts. The picturesque Ganden Monastery is one of the great three Gelug university monasteries of Tibet and comprises of 50 halls allocated for different purposes. Ganden Monastery sits on a hill with a shape of reclining elephant and faces east towards the bare and giant Tibetan hills. You will hike around the area before calling it a day. Day 5: Departure from Lhasa                                            After exploring the monasteries depicting Tibetan Buddhism, we head back to Kathmandu. The flight to Kathmandu pleases you with a great view of Lhasa and the Tibetan highlands. Enjoy your free evening in Kathmandu. Day 6: Rest/Departure from Kathmandu                                       We bid you farewell and then take you to the airport for your further departure to your country.

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