BEST TIBET TOUR
Tibet Tour Packages, a journey of a life time, at the roof of the world with exciting adventure on route, crossing over 4,800 to 5000 meter passes with stunning picturesque scenery of the landscape, rural villages, people, monasteries and breathe-taking views of range of snow capped mountains. This is truly a stunning trip starting with a panoramic flight over the gigantic Himalayas, a tour of great historical cities of Lhasa, Tsedang, Gyantse and Shigatse in the comfort of the spacious land cruiser and standard Hotels that Tibet has to offer.
In Tsedang, we visit the Samye Monastery, Chim Phu caves and Yambulakhang palace. Gyantse offers us to visit Khumbum Stupa, Phalkot Monastery and Gyantse Dzong(fortress). Next, we will do touring to stunning Potala and Norbulingka Palaces, Tibet Museum, Barkhor Bazar along with a Tibetan monasteries like Sera, Drepung and Jhokhang temple. We also explore the beautiful and amazing lake Namsto Lake (4,718m. / 15, 479 ft) of Tibet. Furthermore, we will head to Shigatse and visit Shalu and Tashihunpo monasteries. All the places we visit during our trip have their own history and religious significance. During our trip period we also cross a few high passes while being in constant company of the Himalayas.
Tibet Tour Packages
Day 01: Arrival in Lhasa and transfer to Tsedang (3,550m. / 11,646ft).
Day 02: Tsedang to Lhasa (3,650m. / 11,972ft) via Samye Monastery, Chim Phu caves and Yambulakhang palace.
Day 03: Lhasa sightseeing: Potala Palace, Norbulingka Palace and Tibet Museum.
Day 04: A day excursion to Namtso Lake.
Day 05: Lhasa sightseeing: Sera Monastery, Jokhang Temple, Drepung Monastery, and Barkhor Bazaar.
Day 06: Lhasa to Gyantse (3,950m. / 12,956ft) via Karo La Pass and Yamdrok Tso Lake.
Day 07: Gyantse to Shigatse (3,900m. / 12,795ft) via Shalu Monastery.
Day 08: Shigatse to Lhasa (3,650 m/11,972ft).
Day 09: Final departure.
From a direct flight from Nepal, get to enjoy around an hour long trans-Himalayan flight, considered to be the most beautiful air route in the world. Our flight takes us over world’s highest mountain Everest (8,848m.), Khanchenjunga (8,536m.) and other everasl peaks and glaciers. After arrival in Lhasa, you will be meet with the staff of Visit View Nepal Trek who will take you to the respective hotel in Tsedang. After check-in, we will do some rest and relax for our proper acclimatization. Overnight in Tsedang.
Day 02: Tsedang to Lhasa (3,650m. / 11,972ft) via Samye Monastery, Chim Phu caves and Yambulakhang palace: 150 km, 8-10 hours
Today, we will head to Lhasa through Samye Monastery, located in the north bank of the Yarlung Tsangpo River. It is one of the oldest and first Buddhist monastery founded by Guru Rimpoche in 770 A.D. Next, we will visit the Chim Phu caves, used as a long term retreats by those who wish to meditate in peace. Furthermore, we will visit the beautiful Yambulakhang palace which is roosted dramatically on a pinnacle above the Yarlung river valley and fasten great views of the entire region. We will back to Lhasa for overnight stay.
Day 03: Lhasa sightseeing: Potala Palace, Norbulingka Palace and Tibet Museum: 5-6 hours
Today we begin with sightseeing, visiting beautiful Potala and Norbulingka Palaces, buuilts in the 17th century. Just enjoy and be amazed with the views of the entire city and houses the private quarters of the Dalai Lama provides by the Potala Palace. Norbulingka Palace, one of the largest man-made garden in Tibet used as the summer palace of the Dalai Lama. Then, we will visit the museum, which has a permanent collection of around 1000 artifacts related to the cultural history of Tibet. Overnight in Lhasa.
Day 04: A day excursion to Namtso Lake: 8 hours
After breakfast, we will take a 4 hrs. drive to Namtso Lake (4,718m/15,479ft), 240 km. to the northwest of Lhasa. Today, we observe the grandeur of the world’s highest salt water lake of its size, provides chance to acclimatize to the high altitude. The word ‘Namtso’ literally means ‘heavenly lake’. With its deep blue water and the fact that it is surrounded by the amazing Himalayan ranges, we realize that the name given to the lake is indeed a perfect match. After admiring the beauty of the lake, we drive back to Lhasa. Overnight in Lhasa.
Day 05: Lhasa sightseeing (Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Bazaar): 5-6 hours
After breakfast, we will explore Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Bazaar. Drepung Monastery, built in the 14th century, which has provided a sheltered around 10,000 monks in the past but as of now there has been quite a declination resulting on only a ffew hundreds. The history, culture, and religious beliefs of the Tibetan people are strongly concentrated and centered in this marvelous monastery. Next, we will visit Sera Monastery which is a preserved monastery of white-washed walls and golden roofs. Jokhang Temple is another important sacred site which unravels more deep-seated mysteries of Tibetan Buddhism. We further wander through Barkhor Bazaar (market), with its open air stalls, shops and crowd of pilgrims, it is the nerve center of Lhasa. Overnight in Lhasa.
Day 06: Lhasa to Gyantse (3,950m. / 12,956ft) via Karo La Pass and Yamdrok Tso Lake: 325km, 5-6 hours
After breakfast, our scenic drive take us to Gyantse crossing the Khamba La Pass (4,794m.) with a brief stop to appreciate the beauty of the Yamdrok Tso (Turquoise Lake), one of the three largest sacred lakes in Tibet. Soon, we come across another pass, The Karo La Pass (5, 045m.). On the way, we can enjoy the views of huge glaciers tumbling down into the road before reaching Gyantse. Gyantse offers us to visit the Khumbum Stupa, Phalkot Monastery and Gyantse Dzong (Fortress), one of the best preserved dzongs. Overnight in Gyantse.
Day 07: Gyantse to Shigatse (3,900m. / 12,795ft) via Shalu Monastery: 95km, 2 hours
Shigaste, the second largest city in Tibet. After breakfast, we begin driving towards Sigaste, stopping to visit Shalu Monastery. It is famous for its beautiful and ancient mural paintings, founded in 1040. In Shigatse, we visit the popular Tashilhunpo Monastery which holds both historical and cultural importance It was founded by Gendun Drup, the First Dalai Lama. After sightseeing in Shigatse, we will have enough leisure time for resting, which will help us with acclimatization. Overnight in Shigatse.
Day 08: Shigatse to Lhasa (3,650 m. / 11,972ft): 280Km, 4-5 hours
After breakfast, we will drive back to Lhasa but following a differ route via the Yarlung Tsangpo valley, often referred to as the cradle of Tibetan civilization. As we head towards Lhasa, one can enjoy with the views of sand dunes in Yarlung Tsangpo valley, often constantly surrounded by striking mountain vistas throughout our trip.
Day 09: Final departure
Our adventure in the Himalayas comes to an end today! If time allowes, we can engage in sightseeing or/and shopping . A representative from Visit View Nepal Trek will take you to the airport, approximately 1 hour away from the main city. It will be appreciated, trade emails with travel companions and organize photos. Have a Safe Journey!!!!!!
What are included ?
- Tibet travel permits.
- Transportation as per the itinerary, Land Cruiser 4WD Toyota(No AC) or Hiace or bus for transportation.
- Accommodation in Tibet on twin-sharing basis with breakfast.
- English-speaking, trained and experienced Tibetan guide.
- Monastery entrance fee.
- All applicable taxes and service charges.
What are not included ?
- All flight and/or train expenses (international or national).
- Chinese visa, Nepalese visa.
- International flights from Kathmandu to Lhasa or from China to Lhasa.
- Accommodation in Nepal or mainland China.
- Travel insurance.
- Meals other than breakfast in Tibet.
- Natural or political disturbance which beyond our control.
- Tips for guides and driver.
Basic equipment check list that will help you with your packing. It is always good to keep the weight of your equipment’s to a minimum.
Important documents and Official Papers
The documents provided below are a must and should be with you at all times.
- Valid passport, Airline tickets, e-tickets, etc.
- Medical insurance card(s).
- Address book, Passport size photographs.
- All necessary permit(s).
It is recommended that you make copies of your passport, visas, permits, airline tickets/schedule, travelers cheque numbers, etc. Leave a copy with someone at home and put other copy in a separate place in your luggage.
The climatic condition of Tibet is cool during summer with cold winds whereas awkwardly cold in winter. Since we will mobile place to place it is recommended you to carry warm, lightweight, hand-washable and quick-drying clothes.
- Sweater, jacket, windbreaker.
- A pair of shorts, mid-thigh or longer, Long pants.
- T-shirts and long-sleeved shirts, Undergarments.
- Bandanna or scarf, Belt, Pajamas.
- Decent swim suit, Comfortable and sturdy shoes (if possible waterproof).
- Sport bras for women, Rain jackets and pants.
- A warm cap and a sun hat with brim and chin strap.
- Comfortable, breathable socks (“Smart wool”).
- Tennis shoes or sandals.
- Soap, shampoo with conditioner, Shaving items.
- Wet-wipes, Hand sanitizer, Sun-block lotion (at least SPF 15).
- Toothbrush, toothpaste, Hairbrush, comb, mirror, nail clippers.
- Insect repellent, Small towel.
- Toilet paper, Q-tips.
- Facial tissue, Lip balm, Sunscreen.
- Tampons and sanitary napkins, Sewing kit, Baggage.
- Duffel bag or a suitcase.
- Day pack bag for daily activities and easy access.
- Waterproof plastic bags or zip-lock bags Electronics.
- Headlamp or flashlight.
- Camera, lenses, filters, memory disks.
- iPod, MP3 player, Battery chargers, plugs.
- Video camera, tapes, Tripod.
- Batteries (extra batteries are always a good idea), GPS, Alarm clock.
Note: (Plastic garbage bags are useful to protect sleeping bags, etc. from wet weather, for storage in dusty/wet environments zip-lock bags are useful). To keep electronics safe, it is recommended to use water-proof bags.
Medical supplies / First Aid
We advise you to consult doctor before the trip and take an adequate supply of any prescription medications that you use regularly. Although all medicines can be found over-the-counter medicines in Lhasa, it is difficult to obtain outside of urban areas.
- Ibuprofen, Anti-diarrhea pills.
- Band-Aids/plasters, Gauze bandages and tape.
- Iron supplements (for women), Disinfectant, antiseptic cream, antibiotic ointment.
- Throat lozenges, Vitamin supplements (available in Lhasa but of lower quality and dosage).
- Malaria pills, Anti-bio-tic, Water-purification tablets.
- Anti-histamines, Ace bandage.
- Steripen, Water filter.
- Iodine or chlorine dioxide purification tablets.
- Best UV protection sunglasses with belt.
- Eyeglasses or contacts and plenty of cleaning solution (carrying extra eyeglasses is recommended).
- Playing cards, games, books, football.
- Binoculars, Swiss knife.
- Notebook (small size recommended), pencil and pen.
- Energy bars, hard candy, snacks, and comfort foods.
- Money belt (waterproof is best), Maps, guidebooks.
- Water bottles and Camel back (useful on bumpy roads).
- Umbrella, particularly useful in the rainy season.
- Salt and pepper for bland food, flavoring for coffee or water.