Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Tour

Duration6 Days
Maximum Altitude3650m (Lhasa)

Lhasa - Gyantse-Sigatse in main cities of the rich history, natural beauty and attraction on Tibet. This tour is also called Golden Route among Tibet Tours. This tour will show you most of the real highlights of Tibet, landscape, snow capes mountains, Lakes, monasteries and its ancients architecture. We together visit Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Norbulingka Palace, Sera Monastery, Barkhor squire in Lhasa. Visit Gyantse Zhong in Gyantse and next visit of second biggest monastery Tashilampo in Shigatse. Driving in the well-paved road with the highest pass of Karo La (5010m) with the panoramic view of the Tibetan Himalayas. Another attraction of biggest  Yamdrok Lake from on the way driving Lhasa to Gyantse.    

Lhasa – Gyantse - Shigatse Tour is all with driving and staying in Hotel every night. You can have choices of choosing your accommodation. Touch Kailash Travels and Tours can provide you with five-star accommodations till the basic guest house accommodations are available on this tour route.


  • Historical cities of Tibet, Lhasa Gyantse and Shigatse
  • Potala Palace, spiritual and temporal power of Tibet and palace of Dalai Lama
  • Norbulinka palace, summer palace of the Dalai Lama 
  • Jokhang temple, Holiest Tibet's temples
  • Barkhor squire,Lhasa's liveliest place and the main route for prayer wheels rotating  
  • Drepung Monastery, school of 10,000 monks
  • Tashilampo Monastery in Shigatse and Gyantse Zhong in Gyantse
  • Scenic drive with passing through higgest passes and Panaromic Hiamalayan views
  • Yamdrok Lake, Biggest lake in Tibet
Trip PlanExpand All

Your tour starts with your arrival in Lhasa today. There are two ways to arrive Lhasa-one is via Nepal and another via mainland China. If you choose to fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa you will have 1 hour 10 minutes Trans-Himalayan flight which is considered one of the most beautiful air route in the world that takes you over the Everest (8848m), Kanchenjunga (8536m) and other Himalayan peaks. If you are coming via mainland China, you might fly from any major cities or take the world’s highest train route to reach Lhasa. You will be received by our Tibetan guide at the airport/train station. Approximately 1.5 hours’ drive along 93 km road, from the airport/train station, you will reach Lhasa. It’s advisable to rest and take it easy for the remainder of the day due to Lhasa’s altitude. Overnight at hotel in Lhasa. 

Foremost, our tour begins with a visit to Sera Monastery with an experienced tour guide also working as an interpreter escorts. This is a preserved monastery of white-washed walls and golden roofs. Equally adventurous and exciting rhythm builds up while touring Norbulingka, the summer palace of the Dalai Lama. Jokhang Temple is another important sacred site which unravels more deep seated mysteries of Tibetan Buddhism. Visit to Barkhor Markets can be quite a alter from other visits as you roam around the city testing every details around the stalls and you may purchase some goods that displays Tibetan culture, custom and tradition. Overnight at Hotel in Lhasa. 

Today your visit to Potala palace and Drepung monastery will bestow invaluable insights. From the Mar Po Ri Hill where the Potala Palace, the 17th century great monumental structure stands, you can get an awesome view of entire city. Potala Palace, an immense structure, its interior space being in excess of 130,000 square meters has private quarters of the Dalai Lama, numerous grand state rooms and chapels. Your next visit will be to Drepung Monastery, a residence of Dalai Lama before Potala Palace which was built in 14th century and used to shelter around 10,000 monks some time ago. Tibetans’ immensely believe and respect this monastery. 

Following Friendship Highway, while driving past Khamba La (4794 m), you will have a break to appreciate majestic views of Yamdrok-Tso Lake, a lake deep blue in color and Nazin Kang Sang glacier standing proud at 7252m. Ahead to westwards, you come across another Karo La pass at 5045m. Glance through the road, you can see huge glaciers tumbling down into the road. After hours of driving for 261 km, you enter town of Gyantse where you will see beautifully landscaped Tibetan villages.

Gyantse prides on Gyantse Dzong and Kumbum. Gyantse Dzong is a historical fort built in the 14th century and overlooks a mesmerizing view of entire Gyantse and surrounding Nyang Chu Valley. Kumbum has large gold domed 35m high chorten(stupa ) and houses with several chapels and Tibetan Buddhist murals. Kubum means 100,000 images in Tibetan. After enjoying and exploring Gyantse, you will take a 90 km drive to Shigatse. Shalu monastery built with Han, Tibetan and Indian style architecture is about one and half hour away from Gyantse on the way to Shigatse. After a brief observation of the monastery you drive further to Shigatse, second largest city of Tibet. Tashilhunpo Monastery is the major attraction of Shigatse being one of the largest functioning monasteries in Tibet. 

Today long and continue drive back to Lhasa. You also have option to drive Nepal by one overnight stay on the way. You also have option to reach Everest Base Camp. 

Drop you either Gongar airport or Lhasa train station. End your trip  

Unable to locate what you're seeking?Reach out to our travel experts.
Customize Trip
Cost Details
  • Arrival and departure arrangement 
  • Private transportation in entire trip
  • Accommodation in hotel twin sharing rooms
  • Everest morning breakfast 
  • Tibet entrance permit and visa
  • Entrance fees in sightseeing 
  • An English speaking Tibetan guide 
  • Lunch and Dinner in entire trip
  • Air ticket or train ticket to and from Lhasa
  • Personal expenses, Insurance and medical expenses
  • Tipping to staffs
Trip Note
  • Touch Kailash Travels and Tours can provide you group Joining Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Tour. We can customise your itinerary if you are choosing private Tour. we even can add and remove days and places as per your interest. 
  • we can run this trip from both sides, Arriving direct in Lhasa or flying from kathmandu Lhasa can be the option
  • Our tour cost is based on standard 3 star hotel accommodation in Lhasa, Shigatse and in Gyantse
Essential Information
  • Tibet travelling permit take at least 10 days to be ready. so we need your passport copy before than 10 days
  • if we need to arrange flight ticket or train ticket to Lhasa, we will tell you the cost once we book it. cost can be changed as per availability
  • Tibet rules are keep changing even last hour of the trip. If rules of Tibet are changed after your confirmation booking, Itinerary can be customized even at last hour. We wont have option than following Tibet government rules.
  • Do not bring any books, magazine or any other materials related Tibet and Lamas. it is not allowed from Tibet Immigration
  • If you are starting or endng your trip to Nepal, we can handle other arrangement of Nepal as well