Tour Code:CN-TBT01
6 Days Essence Tibet Tour – Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse
Duration:6 Day(s)
Price from:(per person)

CNY 4600

Departure/Pick-up from:


Main Destination :Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse
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Departure Date:You Decide !

Why we suggest this tour itinerary? 

The mild and pleasant climate in central Tibet makes this area available for tourists year around. This route offers the epitome of Tibet with some of the most impressive visions: snow-capped mountains and holy lakes, splendid monasteries and palaces, major cultural center cities, original villages and unsophisticated people. With the better road conditions and nice accommodations, it is now the most popular route for Tibet Tour.  

Lhasa, literally meaning “Holy-Land”, the heart and soul of Tibet, has history of more than 1,300 years. It rose to prominence as an important center of administrative power in the 7th century AD, when Songtsen Gampo, a local ruler in the Yarlung Valley, continued the task of unifying Tibet. Songtsen Gampo moved his capital to Lhasa and built a palace on the site that is now occupied by the Potala.  


The fifth Dalai Lama also made Lhasa his capital. He built his palace, the Potala, on the site of ruins of Songtsen Gampo’s 7th century palace. Lhasa has remained Tibet’s capital since 1642, and most of the city’s historical sights date from this second stage of the city’s development.  


Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet, is another political, economic and religious center other than Lhasa. Shigatse has been the seat of the Panchen Lama - the second most important Lama in Tibet, who is traditionally based in Tashilhunpo Monastery.


Main Tourist Attractions in the Itinerary:

Potala Palace (UNESCO World Heritage), Jokhang Temple (UNESCO World Heritage), Barkhor, Drepung Monastery,Sera Monastery, Tibet Museum.   



Yamdroktso Lake, Nojin Kangtsang Glacier, Kumbum, Palcho Monastery. 


Tashilhunpo Monastery 


Lhasa River, Yalung Tsangpo River 


Experience in the Itinerary:  

* Visit the most famous monasteries and palace in Tibet to know the history, customs and religion there. 

* Enjoy the fascinating beauty on the Yamdroktso Lake – one of the three holy lakes in Tibet.

Day 1
Arrival in Lhasa by Train or Flight in the Late Afternoon or Night
Dining:Not included in the quotation
Accommodation:In Lhasa

Your private guide, car and driver will meet you at Lhasa Railway Station or Lhasa Gongga Airport and take you directly to your hotel in downtown Lhasa. Relax and enjoy the fantastic scenery along the Lhasa River on the way.   


Lhasa River Valley

Overnight in Lhasa. 


You are advised to take a good rest, eat simply, and drink some water on the arrival day to acclimatize.

Day 2
In Lhasa
Dining:Not included in the quotation
Accommodation:In Lhasa

Heavenly Palace Tour

The first day of sightseeing in Lhasa starts from Lhasa’s cardinal landmark – Potala Palace, a structure of massive portions. Its towering image already appearing on various occasions, but your first sight of the Potala will still be an awe-inspiring moment. 


Your guide knows the best spots for taking photos of the Potala. 


Some 2 km to the east of the Potala is the most revered religious structure in Tibet – Jokhang Temple - the most sacred temple in Tibet, which attracts pilgrims from all parts of Tibet to prostrate themselves in front of the temple. Bustling with worshippers and redolent with mystery, the Jokhang is an unrivalled experience. 


- The views of the Potala Palace from the rooftop of Jokhang Temple is breathtaking. Your guide will definitely take you there for great photos. 


The quadrangle of streets surrounding the Jokhang is the Barkhor – Lhasa ’s  most interesting pilgrimage circuit. This area of the Old Town is both the spiritual heart of Lhasa and the main commercial district for Tibetans. 


More about Potala palace at Wikipedia: 

More about Jokhang Temple at Wikipeida:

More about Barkhor at Wikipedia:

Day 3
In Lhasa
Dining:Not included in the quotation
Accommodation:In Lhasa

Buddhist Wonderland Tour

Today you will visit Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery and Tibet Museum.  


The Drepung Monastery was established in 1416 by Tsong Khapa (the founder of Gelugpa Sect, the most important sect of Buddhism in Tibet)s disciple Jamyang Qoigyi, who was versed in both Esoteric and Exotoric Buddhism and became the first Kampo (head lama) there. With the support of plutocrats, it developed as the richest monastery of Gelugpa and became the mother temple of Dalai Lamas. In 1546, the third Dalai was welcomed as the first Living Buddha into the monastery. At the invitation of Mongolias king, he went to Qinghai Province to preach. He was dignified with the title the third Dalai Lama the first and second Dalai were entitled, too. It is the very place that the second, third, and the fourth Dalai Lama held the Sitting-in-Bed Ceremony, as well as the residence of the fifth Dalai before his nomination by the government of the Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911). Supported by the Army of the first Emperor of Qing Dynasty in Beijing, 5th Dala Lama became the king for both monks and common people in whole Tibet and moved to Potala Palace from Drepung Monastery. 

More about Drepung Monastery at Wikipeida:  


Sera Monastery lies at the foot of a mountain in the northern outskirts of Lhasa. It was founded in 1419 by Jamchen Choje, one of the eight disciples of Tsong Khapa, the founder of Gelugpa Sect, the most important sect of Buddhism in Tibet, covering an area of 114,964 square metres. The structure is imposing, picturesque, and splendid in green and gold. Sera Monastery, together with Ganden Monastery and Drepung Monastery in Lhasa, are reputed as the Three Great Monasteries of Tibet. It is very famous for The “Buddhism Scriptures Debating” in the Buddhist Collage in the Monastery. 

More about Sera Monastery at Wikipeida: 


Located in the west of Lhasa city, the Tibet Museum covers an area of 23,508 square meters (5.8 acres) including the exhibition area of 10,451 square meters (2.6 acres). The museum is equipped with modern facilities to ensure quality service for visitors and safety and efficient administration of the museum itself. Here exhibits are introduced in Japanese, English, Tibetan, and Chinese, in order to accommodate visitors from all over the world. 

More about Tibet Museum at Wikipedia:


Day 4
Lhasa-Yamdrok Lake-Gyantse–Shigatse
Dining:Not included in the quotation
Accommodation:In Shigatse

Today’s drive is around 360km / 6.5hrs . 


Yamdroktso Lake (4441m), one of Tibets three holy lakes, is located 110km outside of Lhasa. The road to it is mostly mountain road, winding and bumpy, even thrilling somewhat. After about 3.5 hours driving, climbing over the snow pass of Kambala (4730m) when you can view some major white peaks in the eastern regions of Himalaya to the south and the young Norjing Gang Sang Spiritual Snow Mountain Range to the west, the dazzling Yamdroktso Lake just lies several hundred meters below the road, and in clear weather is a fabulous shade of deep turquoise. Far in the distance is the huge massif of Mt. Nojin Kangtsang (7191m). 



Descending from the Lookout, down close to the lake and driving passing the local nomadic and farming villages as far as to the western edge of Yamdrok lake where you have your lunch break at Nagar Tse. After lunch continue your scenic driving to Karo La Pass (5050 metres ) where you have your first high altitude adventure experience of Norjing Gang Sang Glacier Peak.


Then you will arrive in Gyantse city (3850 m). You will visit the local historical and the cultural centers, The Palkhor Chode Monastery including the Kumbum Stupa (the only survival with such distinctive structure and the thousands of art works ). Then you will drive through Nying Chu Valley, passing local farming Tibetan villages. Arrive at Shigatse (3800 m high) in the evening. (It will take around 2 hours from Gyantse to Shigatse by car.)


More about Yamdrok Lake at Wikipedia: 

More about Palkhor Chode Monastery at Wikipedia:

Day 5
Dining:Not included in the quotation
Accommodation:In Lhasa

Today’s drive is around 280kms / 5hrs


In the morning, You will visit the second most important temple in Tibet, Tashilhunpo Temple. Afterwards drive back to Lhasa, taking the main-friendship high way by the side of the Yalung Tsangpo River and Enjoy the breathtaking scenery on the way.


Tashilhunpo Monastery, founded in 1447 by Gendun Drup, the First Dalai Lama, is a historic and culturally important monastery in Shigatse, the second-largest city in Tibet. The monastery is the traditional seat of successive Panchen Lamas, the second highest ranking tulku lineage in the Gelukpa tradition (the most important sect in Buddhism in Tibet). The "Tashi" or Panchen Lama had temporal power over three small districts, though not over the town of Shigatse itself, which was administered by a dzongpon (prefect) appointed from Lhasa. Located on a hill in the center of the city, the full name in Tibetan of the monastery means: "all fortune and happiness gathered here" or "heap of glory".  

More about Tashilhunpo Monastery at Wikipeida:


Day 6
Leave Lhasa

Pack your baggage and say goodbye to Tibet. Transfer to the Konggar Airport in Lhasa along the beautiful Lhasa River for your return flight back to your sweet home.(If you plan to fly to Shanghai, the flight will be via Chengdu or Chongqing or Xi’an.) 


Note: Visiting time,transporting time and the duration of shows and meals in the above itinerary are for reference only and will be subject to change accoring to the real situation.

Price:  per person in CNY (Chinese Yuan )

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Single Room Supplement: CNY 800 


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Single Room Supplement: CNY 880 


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Single Room Supplement: CNY 980 

* For 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 people travel together, there will be one person staying in one room. So the single room supplement will be added on the above quotation for one person if 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 people travel together. 

Price includes:
1. Tibet Tour Permit,

2. Private van with parking fee and highway fee in Tibet.

3. 3-star standard hotel with breakfast in the itinerary (2 people stay in one room)

* But for 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 people travel together, there will be one person staying in one room. So the single room supplement will be added on the above quotation for one person if 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 people travel together.

4. Private local English speaking guide in Tibet,
5. Entrance ticket to the attractions as listed in the itinerary.
6. Tour accident insurance.


Price excludes:
Traffic to and leaving Tibet on the 1st and last day,

Lunch & dinner

Personal expenses such as drinks, shopping.


* Tips is highly appreciated but not requested.


No national guide service. 


Please Note:

1. Child under the age of 12 may have discount.

2. This tour package can be fully customizable to fit your travel plan.

3. The tour itinerary described above may change or cancel because of force majeure. If because of force majeure or any conditions and/or situation which are not under the control of Shanghai Elite Tours happens (such as the problem of airlines, train, ship, public bus and any other public traffic means, the sudden change of weather, temporary road problem…) and/or accidental situation such as tourists will endanger the personal safety and property safety problem, and/or any other accidental situation which are unforeseen, unavoidable and insurmountable by Shanghai Elite Tours, this tour can not be accomplished as scheduled, Shanghai Elite Tours will not bear the responsibility.

4. The sequence of the activities in the itinerary maybe will be changed according to the situation.

5. In principle, the working hour of the driver and guide (include meal time) is not over 10 hours. (except the service time in the itinerary is listed to be over 10 hours).

The car can only be used according to the itinerary listed in the itinerary.

6. Tourists must bring their passport (for foreign tourist) or Chinese ID card (for local Chinese) in the tour.

7. Tourists should pay attention to the safety during the tour and the during the time when tourists arrange the activities themselves (such as during the meal time, shopping time, rest time, go to toilet and taking bath at hotel and so on…)

8. Shanghai Elite Tours is NOT a medical institution, and can only provide the tour and/or trip and/or conference service (if any). Every tourist should also know the health situation of them own, and tourists should guarantee their health condition can meet the needs of this tour.

9. Guide and/or driver represent Shanghai Elite Tours only when the guide and/or driver serve tourists according to the Itinerary. If tourist asks guide and/or driver to add more service item and this kind of item does not been approved by Travel Service Company in written form, Travel Service Company will not take any responsibility to the added item.

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