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12 Days Lhasa-Nyingchi-Yamdrok Lake-Shigatse-Mt.Everest-Namtso Lake Tour

Price from USD 1250 p/p

March to October Best Time
12 Group Size
5200 Max Altitude
Nyingchi, Basumtso lake, Lulang forest,Kadinggou,Everest base camp, Yamdrok lake, Namtso lake

This route covers almost all important highlights in Tibet including Kading gou, sejiala pass, lulang forest, Basumtso lake, Potala Palace, Johnkang temple, Bakor street, Yamdrok lake, Kharola glacier, Gyantse kumbum , Tashilunpo monastery, Rongbuk monastery, Mt.Everest base camp, Namtso lake. It is the perfect choice if a traveler want to include as many places as possible.

Day 1: Arrival Lhasa
Day 2: Lhasa – Kadinggou – Nyingchi
Day 3: Nyingchi – Segrila Pass - Lulang Forest - Basumtso
Day 4:Basumtso – Cuozong Temple – Jieba Village – Lhasa
Day 5: Lhasa City tour- Lhasa Traditional Handicraft Art Center, Sera Monastery
Day 6: Lhasa City Tour -Potala Palace, Canggu Temple, Barkhor Street
Day 7: Lhasa - Yamdrok Lake – Karola Glacier – Shigatse
Day 8: Shigatse→Gawula Pass→Rongbuk Monastery→EBC
Day 9: Everest Base Camp- Gyatso La Pass– Shigatse-Tashilumpo Monastery
Day 10: Shigatse - Nimu - Mountain Donggula - Yampachen Grassland in northern Tibet – Damxung County
Day 11: Damxung-Namtso Lake – Jokhang Temple– Lhasa
Day 12: Lhasa Departure
Itinerary Details

Day 1  Arrival Lhasa

Altitude: 3650m   Distance: 100km, about 1.5 hours’ drive

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

Meals: None

Accommodation: Standard/Comfort hotel in Lhasa

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.

Day 2 Lhasa – Kadinggou – Nyingchi

Altitude: 2800m   Distance: 420km, about 8 hours’ drive

Kadinggou (about 1 hour tour)

Kadinggou is known as "Heaven on Earth". Walking into the gorge, we can see the ravine is long and deep, accompanied by the sound of gurgling water from far and near into the virgin forest. There are high mountains and deep valleys, strange peaks and rocks, towering old trees, and even bamboo forests here.

Lalin Expressway (The most beautiful highway in China)

As part of the Sichuan-Tibet high-level highway and Yunnan-Tibet high-level highway, relying on the magnificent natural landscape of the snow-covered plateau, there are snow-capped mountains, forests, and grasslands along the way. Slow down the road to take pictures of the scenery!

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Standard/Comfort hotel in Nyingchi

Kading gou-Nyingchi of eastern TibetKading gou-Nyingchi of eastern Tibet

Day 3 Nyingchi – Segrila Pass - Lulang Forest - Basumtso

Altitude: 2800m   Distance: 320km, about 6 hours’drive

After breakfast, we will drive to Sejila Mountain. If the weather is fine, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the Namjagbarwa (Namcha Barwa) from a distance in Segrila Pass (the specific viewing effect depends on the weather conditions). The Lulang Forest area is covered by numerous different types of trees that are inhabited by many cuckoos, found here in their native habitat. Among all of the trees we will still be able to find broad meadows filled with herds of cattle around the small villages in the area. We will visit a viewing platform in the Lulang Forest that will give us great views of Namche Barwa (peak elevation 7756 meters), Gyala Pelri, and other high snow-capped mountain peaks. After that, we drive to Basumtso for the night.

Food Arrangement-Lulang Stone Pot Chicken

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Basumtso lake resort or similar

Lulang forest-Nyingchi of eastern TibetBasumtso lake- Nyingchi- eastern Tibet

Day 5 Lhasa City tour- Lhasa Traditional Handicraft Art Center, Sera Monastery

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 MonasterySera Monastery  

Day 6 Lhasa City Tour -Potala Palace, Canggu Temple, Barkhor Street

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.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Standard/Comfort hotel in Lhasa

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 better 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.

Potala PalaceBakor street

Day 7 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.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Standard/Comfort hotel in Shigatse

Yamdrok lakeShigatse city

Day 8 Shigatse→Gawula Pass→Rongbuk Monastery→EBC

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.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: EBC tent or guesthouse

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.

On the way to Everest base campEverest base camp

Day 9 Everest Base Camp- Gyatso La Pass– Shigatse-Tashilumpo Monastery

Altitude: 3650m   Distance: 380km, about 8 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.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Standard/Comfort hotel in Shigatse

Everest base campShigatse Tashilunpo monastery

Day 10 Shigatse - Nimu - Mountain Donggula - Yampachen Grassland in northern Tibet – Damxung County

Altitude: 4700m   Distance: 330km, about 6 hours’drive

Yampachen: Far View

Located in Damxung County and 90 kilometers northwest of Lhasa, Yampachen is the first wet steam field developed in mainland China and the highest geothermal power station in the world.

Grassland in northern Tibet

It is located among the Kunlun Mountains, Tanggula Mountains and Gangdise Mountains.It is not only a paradise for wildlife, but also a culturally place with rich sedimentary layers.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Standard/Comfort hotel in Damxung

Lhasa riverNamtso lake

Day 11 Damxung-Namtso Lake – Jokhang Temple– Lhasa

Altitude: 3650m   Distance: 350km, about 7 hours’drive

Namtso Lake

Today is a great day for witnessing Tibet’s natural beauty. Namtso Lake, one of the famous Tibet tourists’ attractions, is one of the 3 holy lakes in Tibet, playing an important role among Tibetans. On the way to namtso the road conditions is very good and comfortable. Start from Lhasa around 280 km you will arrive at a scenic point call Nyenchen Thankghula pick (the height is 7162m) and this mountain is the one of the holiest mountain in Tibet. At that moment you will have time to view that mountain and you are standing around at 4800m when that time you can show your photographic skills to that mountain. After that some times on the way also you will see some of the nomads families are roaming on the grass land of the north Tibet. Also on the way to Namtso lake there are lots of real Tibet yak, sometimes if you are lucky you will see some of the wild animals like wild donkeys, wild yaks, wild rabbits and wild fox ext. then also you will pass the pick called Laken La (the height of Laken La 5190m).

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.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Standard/Comfort hotel in Lhasa

Namtso lakeTibetan teahouse

Day 12 Lhasa Departure

Altitude: 3650m   Distance: 100km, about 1.5 hours’ drive

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.

Meals: Breakfast only

Accommodation: None

Price Guide

Service Inclusions
1 Transportation :7-17 seats regular tourist buses according to group size.
2 Accommodation- 3 star hotel on twin share basis
3 Meals
a. All breakfasts
b. One featured meal: Tibetan welcome banquet in Lhasa;
4 Professional English speaking Tibetan tour guide
5 Entrance ticket
6 Tibet Permits
7 Travel Insurance 
8  airport/train station Pick up and Drop off 
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

Service Exclusions                                                                                               
1 Single Room Supplement
2 Personal Expenses 
Laundry, drink, fax, telephone call, optional tour activities, etc.
3 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.
4 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.
5 Transportation 
Flight/Train tickets in and out of Tibet

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