Welcome to Shigatse
Tibet’s second-largest town and the traditional capital of Tsang province, Shigatse (གཞི་ཀ་རྩེ་; 日喀则; Rìkāzé) is a modern, sprawling city, with wide boulevards humming with traffic (even in the pedestrian-only street). As you drive in across the plains, the site of the Potala-lookalike Shigatse Dzong, high on a hilltop overlooking the town, will probably fire your imagination, but the fort is empty and most of what... Read More
Top experiences in Shigatse
Small-Group 8-Day Best of Tibet Tour with Everest Base Camp Adventure
Day 1: Arrival in LhasaYou will be picked up at the airport upon arrival and transferred to your hotel where you will rest and adjust to the higher altitude. Group Tour free pick up time is 10:30am and 3pm. If your flight time is different, you will need to take the airline shuttle bus. Accommodation by yourself. Day 2: LhasaYour attraction today is Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple. Standing in the "roof of the world", Potala Palace is not only a magnificent building with palaces and monasteries, but also Tibet’s largest and most complete ancient palace buildings. This unbelievable structure has been used as the home of the Dalai Lama for centuries, and is filled with thousands of well-preserved artifacts, marvelous statues, beautiful paintings, religious objects, etc. Visit Jokhang Temple, a Buddhist temple in Barkhor Square that is considered one of the most sacred and important temples in Tibet. Afterwards, continue to nearby Barkhor street to see the Barkor, a popular devotional circumambulation for pilgrims and locals. Overnight: hotel by yourselfDay 3: LhasaToday, you will visit Drepung and Sera Monasteries. Drepung means “rice heap.” It was the residence of the Dalai Lamas until the Great Fifth Dalai Lama constructed Potala Palace. Founded in 1416, Drepung Monastery is one of the "great three" Gelukpa university monasteries of Tibet. In the afternoon, you will visit Sera Monastery to enjoy the monk's debate. Overnight: hotel by yourselfDay 4: Lhasa - Shigatse (174 mi/280 km, 4-5 hours)Enjoy the views of Tibetan city streets and beautiful rural landscapes during the 4 to 5 hours ride to Shigatse. You will visit Tashilhunpo Monastery,in Tibetan,it means "all fortune and happiness gathered here" or "heap of glory". Overnight: Gesar Hotel or Shigatse Manasarovar HotelDay 5: (B) Shigatse - Mt. Everest Base Camp (212 mi/340 km, 6-7 hours)Rise early to embark on a 7 to 9 hours road trip to Mt. Everest Base Camp (17,060 ft/5,200 m) via Shegar. Enjoy magnificent landscapes along the way and the view of majestic Mount Everest. Overnight: Nomad Tents Day 6: (B) Everest Base Camp - Shigatse (212 mi/340 km, 6-7 hours)Today, you will trek on the trail along Mt. Everest Base Camp for about 2.5 to 5 miles (4 to 8 kms) to view the peak of Mt. Everest. After the hike, you will return to Shigatse. Overnight: 4-star Gesar Hotel or similar Day 7: (B) Shigatse - Gyantse - Karola Glacier - Yamdrok Lake - Lhasa (218 mi/350 km, 7-9 hours)You will set off for a day of sightseeing, visiting Karola Glacier, Lake Yamdrok, Palcho Monastery and Kumbum Pagoda, returning to Lhasa by 6:30 pm. A group dinner will be served around 7:30 pm. Overnight: hotel by yourselfDay 8: Final departure, free airport drop off time is at 7:30am and 1pm
5-Night Central Tibet Monastery Tour to Lhasa, Gyantse, and Shigatse
On arrival at Lhasa airport, catch the airport shuttle to spend the night at your Lhasa hotel: your tour operator can recommend accommodation to you, or you may have your own ideas. You'll spend the next two days on a guided tour in and around Lhasa by climate-controlled vehicle, visiting highlights including Barkhor Street, Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Drepung Monastery, and Sera Monastery. On day three, you'll travel from Lhasa to Shigatse by way of Yamdrok Lake, the Karo-La Glacier, and Pelkor Chode Monastery, spending the night in Shigatse. On day four, you'll visit the Tashilhunpo Monastery before returning to Lhasa through the Nyang-chu river valley. After a night in your Lhasa hotel, connect to your departing flight with a morning airport shuttle.
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.
15-Day Small-Group Best of Tibet Tour
Day 1: Arriving Lhasa Upon arrival at the airport, take a free airport shuttle ride to Dekang Hotel （or simila). The airport shuttle service is available between 12:30pm and 3:30pm. Enjoy rest of the day at your leisure. Overnight: Dekang Hotel or similarDay 2: Lhasa and its Suburbs (B, D)Attractions for today: Drepung Monastery or Drak Yerpa, and Sera Monastery. Overnight: Dekang Hotel or similarDay 3: Lhasa (B)Today, you will visit Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, and Barkhor Street.Overnight: Dekang Hotel or similarDay 4: Gyantse (B)Drive to Gyantse in the morning to visit Yamdrok Lake, Karola Glacier, and Pelkor Chöde Monastery.Overnight: Gyantse Yeti Hotel or similarDay 5: Shigatse (B)After arriving in Shigatse, visit Tashilunpo Monastery, also know as the Heap of Glory, located at the foot of Drolmari, Shigatse. Overnight: Manasarovar Shigatse or similarDay 6: Mt. Everest Region (B)Enjoy majestic views and spend approximately 10 to 12 hours at the region. You will arrive at Rongbu Monastery in late afternoon.Overnight: Tent campDay 7: Mt. Everest Base CampToday, visit Mt. Everest Base Camp and Peikutso Lake. Mt. Everest Base Camp is the furthest point that vehicles have access to. Take a shuttle bus for the last glorious 2.5 miles (4 km) with incredibly scenery. Later, head to Peikutso Lake.Overnight: Saga Hotel or similarDay 8: Darchen Visit Darchen, previously an important sheep herding stop for nomads and their flocks. Overnight: Darchen Hotel or similarDay 9: Dirapuk (B)Today, head out to Dira-puk (Lhalung Dira) Monastery and soak up more cultural atmosphere.Overnight: Guest HouseDay 10: Mt. Kailash KoraHiking on Mt. Kailash Kora.Overnight: Guest houseDay 11: DarchenYou will visit Lake Manasarovar, a freshwater lake on the mostly saline lake-studded Tibetan Plateau.Overnight: Guest HouseDay 12: SagaRelax and enjoy riding back from Darchen to Saga.Overnight: Saga Hotel or similarDay 13: ShigatseContinue your ride back to Shigatse and stop along the way for photo opportunities. Overnight: Manasarovar Shigatse or similarDay 14: Lhasa (B)Visit a Tibetan incense workshop in Nyemo.Overnight: Dekang Hotel or similarDay 15: Departing Lhasa (B)
8-Night Tibet Hiking and Horseback Riding Tour
Day 1: Arrive at LhasaUpon arrival in Lhasa, your guide will meet and transfer you to the downtown hotel. Walk around Barkhor street in the evening with local pilgrims at your leisure. Overnight: Rama Karpo Hotel or similarDay 2: Visit Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street (B)In the morning, visit Potala Palace, Johkang Temple and wander into Barkor Street. Overnight: Rama Karpo Hotel or similarDay 3: Visit Drepung and Sera Monasteries (B)Visit two of the largest gelugpa institutions, Draping and Sera Monasteries, which were founded in the 15th century. Sera Monastery is known for its Buddhist monk debate in religious philosophies. Overnight: Rama Karpo Hotel or similarDay 4: Pabongkha to Sera Monastery Day Hiking (B)Visit Pabongkha Monastery, an important historical monastery dating back to 7th century. Pabongkha is the place where Tibetan calligraphy had firstly designed by Tonmi Sambhota. You will hike over the active "Sky burial" to Tashi Choling monastery and then continue to Takten Mediation Cave (13,780ft). Have lunch here (packed lunch) and drink the blessed spring-water from this very cave. Continue hiking towards Sera Monastery that will charm you with bird's eyes view of Lhasa.Overnight: Rama Karpo Hotel or similarDay 5: Set out to Gyangtse (Horseback Ridring 3-4hours) (B)Drive out of Lhasa. It is nearly 69 miles to the top of Kambala pass (13,042ft) where you will have fantastic panoramic view of Yamdrok Lake and Mt. Nyenchen Gangsang. Soak up the beautiful scenery for half an hour and then ride a horse down to the lake towards the shore of Nagarze. After 3-4 hours of horseback riding experience, you will drive to Nagarze and stop for lunch. After lunch break, continue driving to Gyangtse through Karola glacier, Semi-la pass.Overnight: Jianzang Hotel or similarDay 6: Set out for Shekar (B)Visit the great Gyangtse Stupa and Pekoe Choede Monastery. Drive around (56mi/90km) to Shigatse and visit Tashi Lhunpo Monastery, the seat of Panchen Lamas. Then, you will drive another 94 miles (150 kilometers) to Lhatse.Overnight: Shanghai Hotel or similarDay 7: Drive to Rongphu Monastery (B)Drive to Rongbu Monastery (5150m), the highest monastery in the world. You will definitely enjoy your long-lasting feelings near Mt. Everest Base Camp in the rest of the evening.Overnight: Tented GuesthouseDay 8: 1-2hrs Hiking to Everest Base Camp and Drive to ShigatseBefore sunrise, you will hike around 1-2hrs to the Mt. Everest Base Camp. On the way back to Shigatse, you will visit Sakya Monastery, the largest monastery belonging to Sakyapa Sect.Overnight: Gangjian Hotel or similarDay 9: Drive to Lhasa and Transfer to Airport or Train StationYou will drive through Gorges along the Yarlung Tsangpo River to Gonggar Airport. Your local guide and driver will transfer you to the airport to catch your afternoon flight for your next destination.
5-Day Private Tour: Lhasa, Gyangtse, and Shigatse
Day 1: (No meals)Upon your arrival in Lhasa, your private guide will pick you up and begin the 1.5 hour transfer to downtown Lhasa. On the way to your hotel, enjoy the heart-beating highland view along the Yarlong Tsangpo river, the longest river in Tibet. After you check-in to your hotel, you have the rest of the day to spend at your leisure. Overnight accommodation at a 4-star hotel in Lhasa.Day 2: (B)Enjoy breakfast at your hotel, then make the 7 to 8 hours drive to Gyangtse via the Gampa La pass, which offers spectacular views of the Nojin Kangsang snow ranges and the turquoise lake Yamdrok. On the way, you may also view the amazing Karola glacier. Arrive in Gyangtse in the afternoon to spend the rest of your day at your leisure. Overnight accommodation at a 3-star hotel in Gyangtse.Day 3: (B)In the morning, visit the Pelkhor monastery, famous for its Kumbum Pagoda. After lunch, begin your 2-hour ride to Shigatse. While you are en route, stop to visit a local Tibetan family to experience and indulge into the daily Tibetan life. Overnight accommodation at a 4-star hotel in Shigatse. Day 4: (B)Enjoy breakfast at your hotel, then visit Pachen Lama's seat place, the large and complex Tashilumpo monastery. Afterwards, briefly visit a charming local market. After lunch, drive back to Lhasa along the Yarlung Tasangpo River. The journey from Shigatse to Lhasa will take approximately 5.5 hours. Overnight accommodation at a 3-star hotel in Lhasa.Day 5: (B)On your final day, your driver will transfer you to the airport to catch your departing flight.