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8 Days Lhasa-Yamdrok Lake-Shigatse-Mt Everest Tour

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TOT: 8 Days Lhasa-Yamdrok Lake-Shigatse-Mt Everest Tour
Tour Type: Group Tour: Fixed Travel Date & Maximum 12 People in one group
Guide & Driver: Chinese-English-speaking guide & Experienced driver
  • Fixed departure time – the best choice for travelers preferring to join a group tour
  • See one of the three sacred lakes of Tibet - Yamdrok Lake
  • Face the challenging visit to Mount Everest Base Camp, enjoy the sunset and sunrise at EBC
From $884 p/p Free Inquiry
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Day 1  Arrival in Lhasa Sincere greetings & airport-hotel transfer.

Upon your arrival at the Lhasa airport, your tour guide will greet you and escort you to your hotel and help you get checked in. You will have the rest of the day and evening to rest and relax to become acclimatized to the higher altitude of Tibet.

Travel Tip:

With its much higher elevation, some visitors may experience symptoms of altitude sickness. We recommend taking everything slowly, getting plenty of rest the first day and staying very well hydrated by drinking plenty of water to minimize the effects of the high altitude. Usually, you will fine by the second day, but if you do experience severe and/ or worsening symptoms, please contact your tour guide or a member of our staff immediately. 

Accommodation: Standard/Comfort hotel in Lhasa

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Day 2  Lhasa City tour- Lhasa Traditional Handicraft Art Center, Sera Monastery (B)

Altitude: 3650m

This day will give you the opportunity to fully immerse yourself in Tibetan culture as you will be involved in the hands-on process of the traditional Tibetan handicrafts, we will learn how to make a simple traditional Tibetan cuisine in a typical Tibetan setting. Dishes will include making Tsampa (roasted barley) with butter and cheese, enjoy Tibetan butter tea and other tasty Tibetan treats. After that, we will take you to the treasure house of Tibetan culture which will teach you all about various Tibetan costumes, such as making Tibetan incense, the methods behind Tibetan calligraphy and the secrets of block printing. The whole journey takes around 2 hours.

Then we will move on to visit the holy Sera Monastery, which is held in the courtyard almost every day between 3:00pm and 5:30pm. Please note that in case of some special monastery activities such as the Dharma Meeting or the reception of VIPs, the monk debates may be canceled that day. After our visit to the monastery, feel free to stroll around the streets of Lhasa as you absorb the atmosphere and spirit of the devoted Tibetan people, or you may return to your hotel to rest and relax from this wonderful Tibetan cultural experience.
Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Standard/Comfort hotel in Lhasa

sera monastery

sera monastery

Day 3  Lhasa City Tour -Potala Palace, Canggu Temple, Barkhor Street (B)

Altitude: 3650m  

Potala Palace

Initially built in 641 AD and listed as a world heritage site in 1994, the Potala Palace is the most popular tourist attraction in Tibet. The halls, murals, statues and mountain views will make you shocked even if you are not a Buddhist.

Canggu Temple

Located in the city of Lhasa Tibet, Canggu Temple enjoys a high reputation in Tibetan Buddhism. This temple is not only a Gelug temple of Tibetan Buddhism but also the only nun temple in Lhasa. There are some tea houses, restaurants, clinics  nearby. Most of them are charitable , with high in quality and low in price.

Barkhor Street

Located near the Jokhang Monastery, the Barkhor Street was only a place for Buddhists to do a religious circumambulation in ancient times. Nowadays, tourists can buy exquisite souvenirs on the street, such as handicrafts, costumes, tea, prayer wheels and Tibetan incense.

Tips for Visiting Potala Palace

1. The number of visitors to the palace is strictly limited to 2,300 per day. Visitors can only visit during the time specified on the admission ticket.

2. Admission tickets to visit the Potala Palace are sold out almost every day, so it is strongly recommended to book your tickets several days in advance.     

3. There are many steps at the Potala Palace, so it’s best to take it slowly to avoid possible altitude discomfort.

4. Visitors should respect the rules while visiting. Do not wear hats, wear revealing clothes or step on thresholds as these actions violate local customs.

5. Photography and the taking of videos are forbidden inside the Potala Palace.

6. A security search will be taken place at the entrance to the palace. Explosives, flammables, knives, lighters and even water bottles are not allowed inside the Potala Palace.

Accommodation: Standard/Comfort hotel in Lhasa

potala palace

barkhor street

Day 4  Lhasa - Yamdrok Lake - Karola Glacier - Shigatse

Altitude: 3650m   Distance: 380km, about 7 hours’drive

This morning we’ll take a drive up to the Kampala Pass (elevation 4797 meters) where you’ll have a glimpse of Yamdrok Lake down below as well as spectacular views of the holy Mount Nyenchen Khangsar in the distance. You will want to have your camera at the ready for the turquoise waters of Yamdrok Lake, which is one of the three holy lakes of Tibet, and the beautiful Mt. Nyenchen Khangsar glacier as seen from the Karol la Pass. Later on we’ll be able to visit the Karola Glacier.

Accommodation: Standard/Comfort hotel in Shigatse


Karola Glacier

Day 5  Shigatse - Gawula Pass - Rongbuk Monastery - EBC (B)

Altitude: 5100m   Distance: 340km, about 7 hours’ drive

After breakfast we’ll set out towards the peak of the world – Mount Everest. Departing from Shigatse you will see some of the most beautiful and unique scenery in the world – incredibly blue skies, floating high clouds, endless grasslands and the highest mountain peaks in the world. We’ll also stop by the Rongbuk Monastery – the world’s highest altitude monastery before spending the night at the Everest Base Camp.

Travel Tip:

Today’s food and lodging is poor. Due to the high altitude, it is possible that you may have some symptoms of altitude sickness. We recommend that you stay well hydrated, relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery to minimize your symptoms. 

Accommodation: EBC Tent or Guest House (Dorm bed with humble facility)

rongphu monastery

mt everest

Day 6  Everest Base Camp- Gyatso La Pass– Shigatse-Tashilumpo Monastery (B)

Altitude: 3650m   Distance: 340km, about 7 hours’ drive

We will get an early start today to cross the Gyatso La Pass, also known as the Dingri Boundary, At an altitude of 5248 meters. In the afternoon we will drive back to Shigaste to visit Tashilumpo Monastery.
Tashilumpo Monastery
Tashilumpo Monastery, the seat of Tibet's second highest incarnation-the Panchen Lama. The immense complex is a rambling warren of chapels, shrines, and halls linked by mysterious alleyways and steep staircases. At the center of the monastery is a courtyard that was used as a theater for religious dances. Just off the great courtyard in Tashilumpo’s main hall, where, like the explorer Sven Hedin, we may hear "the monks…intone a chant…enthralling, mystical, full of yearning…soothing as a cradle, intoxicating as wine, and sedative as morphia.” We'll visit this dark and evocative chamber and its many side altars, as well as a distinctive red building called the Jamkhang Chenmo, which houses a massive yet lyrical 90-foot tall statue of Maitreya, the Future Buddha, built in 1914 by the Ninth Panchen Lama while Europe was madly at war.

Accommodation: Standard/Comfort hotel in Shigatse

shigatse tashilunpo monastery

mt everest

Day 7  Shigatse-Jokhang Temple – Lhasa(By tourist bus or by train to Lhasa)(B)

Altitude: 3650m   Distance: 340km, about 7 hours’ drive

We will get an early start today to drive from Shigatse back to Lhasa.

Jokhang Temple

The Jokhang Temple is the final destination for pilgrims. A statue of the 12-year-old Sakyamuni, who lived in India in the fifth century BC, and who was the creator of Buddhism, is collected in the monastery. This is the reason why Buddhists consider Lhasa a Sacred Land.

Accommodation: Standard/Comfort hotel in Lhasa



Day 8  Depart from Lhasa Airport/Train Station Drop off (B)

Today you will have free time until your tour guide escorts you to the Lhasa train station or airport for your departing train or flight from Lhasa. This will end your tour services in Tibet.

Accommodation: None

lhasa airport

lhasa airport

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Price Includes.
    1 Transportation
    7-17 seats regular tourist buses.
    Because overall reception capacity is relatively limited and local vehicles are relatively old in Tibet, the condition of the vehicles is not as good as that of other cities in China. Sometimes air conditioners in vehicles cannot work normally due to Tibet special climatic conditions;
    In certain part of roads, it requires limited speed (for example, It needs to take at least two driving hours to complete the appointed kilometers), so the driver will randomly choose the stopping place to rest.
    If it’s less than 4 passengers doing Lhasa city tour, we will probably arrange the tour guide to take taxi. And the taxi fee will be at the tour guide expense.
    2 Accommodation (1 twin room with breakfasts)
    See hotels options above
    3 Meals
    a. All breakfasts
    b. Two featured meals: Tibetan welcome banquet in Lhasa & The world’s highest altitude hot pot experience in EBC
    Please take care of other meals by yourself; if you give up the meal due to your own reasons, the meal fee will not be refunded. If there are travelers who are not used to dining in Tibetan areas, they can prepare their own meals.
    4 Guide
    Professional Chinese-English speaking tour guide
    5 Entrance ticket
    Traditional Handicraft Art Center/Sera Monastery/ Potala Palace/ Canggu Temple/ Yamdrok Lake/ Karola Glacier/ Rongbuk Monastery/ EBC/ EBC Environment Protection Vehicle Fee/ Tashilumpo Monastery / Jokhang Temple
    We guarantee travelers visit the first entrance of the scenic spots listed in the itinerary. If the scenic spot cannot be visited due to policy reasons or weather conditions, the ticket fees will be fully refunded.
    If the entrance ticket price is temporarily adjusted by the scenic spot or Tibet governments promotion policy in low season, we won’t add or refund the difference.
    The sceneries mentioned in the itinerary other than the above-listed spots are all passing sceneries and do not involve entrance ticket fees.
    6 Tibet Permits
    Tibet Entry Permit, Alien Travel Permit, Border Pass
    7 Travel Insurance  
    Travel Accident Insurance, Vehicle Seat Insurance, Travel Agency Liability Insurance
    8 Pick up and Drop off  
    Pick up and drop off at the airport (or train station)
    9 Oxygen and Water
    a. A container of Oxygen per person for emergency use
    b. 2 bottles of drinking water per person per day
    c. 4L Medical oxygen cylinder with car
    10 Service fees
    a. All taxes, fees and handling charges
    b. Reservation fee for visiting Potala Palace
Price Excludes.
    1 Single Room Supplement
    Two people in a room. If travelers need to stay in a single room, he must make up for the price difference for the single room.
    2 Room Loss Fee
    The room fee incurred during the itinerary change needed to be paid by own.
    3 Personal Expenses  
    Laundry, drink, fax, telephone call, optional tour activities, etc.
    4 Force Majeure
    Due to irresistible objective reasons and non-travel agency reasons (such as natural disasters, wars, strikes, etc.) or airline flight delays or cancellations, consulate visa delays, insufficient number of travelers and other special conditions, travel agency has the right to cancel or change the itinerary, everything beyond Expenses (such as visa fees, accommodation, meal and transportation fees, air ticket fees adjustments, etc.) The travel agency has the right to charge travelers additional fees.
    5 Tips to the guide and driver  
    Tips are not required but expected, we suggest 30 CNY per person per day to the guide and another 30 CNY per person per day to the driver.
    6 Transportation  
    Flight/Train tickets in and out of Tibet
Booking Information

1.The above routes accept Chinese people(people from mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan) and foreign visitors to attend the group booking, foreign guests and Taiwan tourists to Tibet, please contact us to apply for Tibet Permit!

2.Due to Covid-19, there has international travel restrictions for Tibet travel, so we can not guarantee travelers in one group are all English speakers. Our professional tour guide will provide Chinese-English service if there has English speakers in the join-in group. Therefore, we will not make any reimbursement for tour guide language reason.

3.June, July, August, September is peak season. Joining our group can guarantee the ticket of Potala Palace. The Potala Palace may be adjusted to the other days because of the current limitation of 2,300 visitors per day to protect the historic site.

4.Without affecting the original standards and scenic spots, we might change the sequences of scenic spots according to the actual situation on the day of the trip.

5.Patients with severe hypertension, asthma or heart disease should not join the group. Patients with colds should only go to Tibet after recovery.

6.Due to force majeure factors in case of landslides, mud-rock flow, avalanche, flood, earthquake and other natural phenomena influence or airline flight delay, cancel to causes such as the increase of expenses or unable to follow a normal schedule, we shall not bear the liability for compensation according to the tourism related regulations, but we will actively coordinate processing, in order to ensure a smooth trip.

7.Any failure to complete the activities during the tour due to the guests' own reasons or early departure will be considered as a waiver and the fee will not be refunded.

8.Tibet is a borderland area inhabited by ethnic minorities with limited tourist reception conditions. We hope that visitors can have reasonable expectations, respect the cultural beliefs and living habits of ethnic minorities and live in harmony with each other.

9.If there is a single room due to gender reasons, we will arrange a triple room (or double standard room with and extra bed) or fill the single room difference by the guest.

10.The shops in scenic spots do not belong to the travel agency's shopping shop arrangement. Please consider carefully.

11.Self-paid items are considered according to the time and the proportion of the approved members on the day, and no mandatory consumption is made.

Warm Tips

1.Travelers with severe high blood pressure or heart disease should not go to Tibet. Please do not bring serious colds into Tibet. Don’t go before the serious colds recovered!

2.Tibet is located in the plateau and most of the travelers might have plateau reaction. Please pay attention to rest and have proper diet (do not eat too full, because it will increase the burden of the stomach). Travelers can be appropriate to take some drugs, such as: Gaoyuan An, Rhodiola, Nuodi Kang; travelers with serious can appropriately take oxygen or hanging saline.

3.Because of the long drive in Tibet, travelers will spend a lot of time in the car, and inevitably can not eat on time, please bring some snacks and biscuits during drive.

4.Due to the special conditions in Tibet, please pay attention to keep warm. On the first day of arrival, please do not try to take a bath. Taking a bath will accelerate blood circulation and increase the body's demand for oxygen.

5.Tibet has a strong sunshine, especially dry climate, sunscreen, sunglasses, lip balm and other essential are necessary.

6.From April to November is the best time for sightseeing.

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