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Let's go to Tibet Tour

  • Price:US $400 per person
  • Duration: 11 Days and 10 Nights
  • Tour Type: Private Tour
  • Tour Pace: Comfortable
  • Departure: Flexible
  • Hi Altitude: 5,284 m
  • Physical Demand:Very High
  • Main Attractions:Potala Palace, Ganden monastery, Samye, Alpine valley, Nomad camp
  • Tour Code:TB-SA-11D
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If you are looking for an authentic cultural experience where you will spend your evenings either camping or among the locals in villages and stay at local people's homes, this is the tour for you. This tour is the most popular trekking tour in Tibet. This trekking section will take you across two mountain passes, beautiful alpine lakes and local nomads. This is originally a trekking route that pilgrims use, so you will be able to see Tibetans praying on the way. Follow the footsteps of pilgrims to experience their devout hearts. You will trek to Samye Monastery then drive to Tesdang and visit the first palace of Tibet, Yumbulakang and Trundruk monastery.

Recommended Groups: Suitable for youths, students, and young couples.

Conditions: You will have 2-3 days to adapt to the high altitude and prepare for the trekking. You do not need previous trekking experience though a relatively high level of fitness is required. You will stay in tent or local Tibetan's family during the trekking section and might not be able to take a shower.

Best time: Between May and September is the best time to take this tour. Avoid July and August as they are simultaneously the peak season and rainy season. It may be too cold and windy to do this tour in winter.

Day 1 Lhasa Arrival

Welcome to the roof of the world! You will be pick up at the airport or train station, then be escorted to your hotel in Lhasa city at the comfort of your own private vehicle. En route, enjoy the breathtaking view along the Yarlong Tsangpo River. Tibetan features can be seen along the way, including Big Buddha engravings on the hill near the road, colorful prayer flags and friendly Tibetan people.

After arrival at your hotel, the rest of the day is free for you to explore the local area and acclimatize yourself to this high altitude city at the top of the world.


Tips of today: 1. Go for some walking to acclimate the high altitude but avoid strenuous activity after arrival; 2. You’d better not have bath; 3. Drink more water, and have some fruit; 4. Have a good rest.

Day 2 Lhasa Sight seeing

After breakfast, you will firstly visit the Norbulingka Park, the former summer palace of Dalai Lama. Explore the beautiful gardens and experience one of the most holy sites in Tibetan Buddhism while soaking up the rich history. Next, come to Drepung Monastery, which was once the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery housing 10,000 monks in its heyday. Learn about the lives of Tibetan monks.

Your tour ends at Sera Monastery, where you will get the chance to experience “Buddhism Scriptures Debating”. These debates are unique to Sera and are quite famous. Enjoy the debates!


Tips of today: 1. Obey Buddhist manners and talk appropriately. 2. Feel free to ask tour guide questions about Buddhism or else; 3. Don't forget take your sun glasses and suncream.

Day 3 Wondering Lhasa

The overwhelming Potala Palace is your first stop. As the symbol of Tibet, it was built in 641 AD and was the winter palace of Dalai Lama who is Tibet’s pope. Impressive Tibetan architecture, huge golden Buddha statues, red-robed lamas and devoted pilgrims all make it a must-visit.

In the afternoon, you’ll visit the Jokhang Temple, the spiritual center of Tibet. Every day, pilgrims from every corner of Tibet trek here from long distances to worship. Finally, walk the special circular pilgrimage route as local followers always do at Barkhor Street.


Tips of today: 1. Don't climb the Potala in a rush, which may cause hard breath; 2 Please don't disturb pilgrims. You can take pictures from a distance. 3. Don't fear to bargain and compare price if you do shopping in Barkor Street; 3. If you still have energy in the evening, you can go to the square on your own in front of the Potala Palace around 8:30pm to enjoy the 2-hours music fountain for free; 4. On this day, you will be mainly outside, please bring plenty of water, a hat, sun cream, and sun glasses.

Day 4 Lhasa to Ganden Monastery

It is a short drive (1.5 hours, 45km) from Lhasa to Ganden Monastery, which lies at an altitude of 4,500m. Explore the attractions in and around the ancient town of Ganden, home to the earliest monastery of the Gelugpa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Although the monastery is mostly in ruins, it is a fascinating place. Pilgrims arrive in Ganden from all over Tibet to walk around the site of the monastery, and one can observe the rituals they perform on this ‘Kora’ around the monastery.


Tips: The broad paved road is in good condition. As Ganden Monastery is at an altitude of roughly 4,500m, be sure not to strain yourself physicaly, especially if you are still not fully acclimated. Be sure to bring snacks and plenty of water with you!

Day 5 Trek from Ganden to Yama Do

Trek: 5 hours, 17km

This is a 5 hour trek. From the highest point of the Ganden kora, trek along an ancient trail and take in scenic views of unusual beauty. Walk along a ridge of reach the ancient Hepu village. In the afternoon, you’ll walk through Ani Pagong, a narrow part of the trail that was once home to a nunnery. In the late afternoon, ascend to Yama Do.


Camp overnight at Yama Do.

Day 6 Trek from Yama Do to Tsotup Valley

Trek: 4-5 hours, 10km

This trek takes 4 to 5 hours. Early in the morning, trek from Yamo Do through a steep gully to the banks of a stream. Climb to Shug La pass and begin the descent from there through fields of glacial boulders. Tsotup Chup is actually a large stream that flows through the valley, and we will cross this stream towards the end of the trek. Camp overnight in Tsotup Chu valley.


Tips: Be careful while trekking! Make sure you bring some snacks and plenty of water.

Day 7 Trek from Tsotup Chu valley to Herder's Camp

Go on an exciting 6-7 hour trekk covering 14km. Follow the Tsotup Chu towards the rocky mountain pass of Chitu La. Descend from there into the exquisitely beautiful camping grounds and fields around the tributary of the Tsotup Cho, walking through the picturesque Herder’s camp along the way. Stay overnight at the Herder's Camp.

Day 8 Trek from Herder's camp to Wango

Trek from Herder's Camp to Wango (25 km). This is a 6 hour trek. The trail widens and the walking becomes easier. Follow the trail through beautiful rivulets of water and fertile forests. There are many varieties of trees, scrubs, rhododendrons in full bloom, and vistas of meadows that will take your breath away.

There is also a desert not too far away. This part of the trek is really amazing. Along the way, you will pass the village of Changtang, and you can choose to hike to the holy Buddhist meditation site of Yamalung, an ancient hermitage.

Eventually, the trail goes to the Samye valley along a beautiful stream. Camp at a site near Samye.

Day 9 Samye and Tsetang

From the camp site a 2 hour trek takes you to Samye Monastery (14km), with spectacular views from Pisha and the vista of the Samye valley along the way. From the high point of Dragmar, explore many temples, and ruins. At Samye itself, explore one of the oldest and holiest Buddhist sites, Samye Monastery. Its ancient buildings are a Tibetan architectural masterpiece.


Drive from Samye to Tsetang, the third largest city in Tibet. Stay overnight at a hotel in Tsetang.

Day 10 Tsetang to Lhasa

Tsetang is known as “the cradle of Tibetan Civilization” for two reasons: first, its mild weather and fertile land conceived the great Tibet dynasty; second, it’s the birthplace of the first Tibetans who were said to be the offspring of a monkey and a demoness. Today you will visit the Yumbulakang and Trundruk monasteries.

According to a legend of followers of the Bon religion, Yumbulakang was erected in the second century B.C. for the first Tibetan king Nyatri Tsenpo, who was descended from the sky. Yumbulagang became a shrine and under the reign of the 5th Dalai Lama, Ngawang Lobsang Gyatso, a monastery of the Gelugpa school. Yumbulakang monastery was severely damaged during the Cultural Revolution, though it has been extensively rennovated since.

According to legend, the site where the Trandruk Monastery lies once was a large lake and an evil dragon with five heads lived in the lake. The evil dragon caused havok for the people living around the lake. In order to defeat the dragon and save the villagers, Songtsen Gampo turned into a roc and fought with the dragon, finally managing to kill it. The Trandruk Monastery was built to commemorate Songtsen Gampo's great deeds. Many pilgrims come to Trundruk monastery to worship.


Drive back to Lhasa to stay overnight.

Day 11 Departure from Lhasa

Today is free for you until your tour guide transferr you to the airport in time for your flight or drop you off at Lhasa train station.


Tips of today: 1. Please pack your luggage carefully, especially for small things like camera charger, power adaptor, mobile phone, phone charger, wallet and towel.
2. If your flight is arranged in the afternoon, please make sure you check out the hotel before 12pm.

Prices 2015
Tour codeDestinationdurationtour type1 person2-5 person6-9 personmore than 10
TB-LA-4DLhasa City 4 days Private Tours$470 $450$430$400
TB-SG-6DShigatse and Lhasa 6 daysPrivate Tours $780$750$700$650
TB-CT-7DNyingchi and Lhasa 7 days Private Tours $800$780$750$700
TB-NM-5DLhasa and Namtso 5 days Private tours $680 $650$620 $580
Price per Person: More people, you will get more discount, Extra charge applicable for not included in Itinerary

What's included in this price?

1. Private professional English-speaking tour guide.
2. Private vehicle and Luggage Transfers.
3. All necessary Tibet travel permits.
4. All accommodations, based on double-occupancy. Above three star rated hotels in towns and city. Guest house or tent in remote areas.
5. Meals, depend as noted in the itinerary.
6. Admission fees and activity expenses, as noted in the itinerary.
7. All Service Charges (the planning, handling, operational and communication charges) & government taxes.
8. Accident / Casualty Help

What's excluded in this price?

1. China visa, all air tickets and train tickets to and from Tibet.
2. Sightseeing not listed in the itinerary.
3. Meals not listed in the itinerary.
4. Personal expenses such as laundry, drink, fax, telephone call, optional tour activities, etc.
5. Gratuities, tips to guides, drivers, bellboys, etc.
6. Excess Baggage Charges.
7. Single room supplement.

Value for money:

While the trip of a lifetime is priceless, we know value is a vital aspect for those deciding which tour to choose.

When comparing tour prices, be sure to compare like to like. Our tours are designed to ensure that our customers experience all the culture, history, and beauty that Tibet has to offer, and at a reasonable price.

A great way to ensure the lowest possible price is to invite more people on the trip. The more people in a group, the lower the price per person. (We recommend you join our group tour if you are traveling alone. Please contact our travel consultant for more information)

Booking early is also an easy way to ensure the best rate! We highly recommend you contact us at least 1 month before your planned departure date.

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