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Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Tour

Trip Price

Per Person

Total Duration:6 Days


Trip Grade:Easy


Transportation:Private Transportation


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.

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 01:Arrive in Lhasa Airport or in train station (3650 m/11972ft). Transfer and overnight at Hotel

Day 02:Sightseeing in Lhasa (3650 m/11972ft). Overnight at Hotel

Day 03:second day Sightseeing in Lhasa (3650 m/11972ft) Overnight at Hotel

Day 04:Drive to Gyantse (3950m/12956ft) -265 km. Overnight at Hotel

Day 05:Sightseeing & drive to Shigatse (3900m/12792ft) -92km Overnight at Hotel

Day 06:Drive back to Lhasa and Overnight at Hotel

Day 07:Departure to Airport or train station

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Cost Include

  • 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 

Cost Exclude

  • Lunch and Dinner in entire trip
  • Air ticket or train ticket to and from Lhasa
  • Personal expenses, Insurance and medical expenses
  • Tipping to staffs

Detail Itinerary

Day 01Arrive in Lhasa Airport or in train station (3650 m/11972ft). Transfer and overnight at Hotel 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.

Day 02Sightseeing in Lhasa (3650 m/11972ft). Overnight at Hotel 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.

Day 03second day Sightseeing in Lhasa (3650 m/11972ft) Overnight at Hotel 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.

Day 04Drive to Gyantse (3950m/12956ft) -265 km. Overnight at Hotel 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.

Day 05Sightseeing & drive to Shigatse (3900m/12792ft) -92km Overnight at Hotel 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.

Day 06Drive back to Lhasa and Overnight at Hotel 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.

Day 07Departure to Airport or train station Drop you either Gongar airport or Lhasa train station. End your trip

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

Recommendations for Yatra

Trip insurance is important documents. Touch Kailash Travels and tours do not need your insurance policy for permit and visa confirmation. it is only for your secure and immergency. make sure your insurance cover travelling up to 5600 miter altitude and cover Emmergency rescue and Medical bills.  

Oxygen level is less at higher altitudes. The inclement weather and high altitude induces certain illness generally not encountered over the plains. Headache, nausea, lassitude, lethargy, breathlessness, general uneasiness [malaise], high irritability, light loss of balance, disorientation, incoherence and insomnia are a few. It is common to all irrespective of the age, sex and physical fitness. Gradual acclimatization is the best answer. Tranquilizers, sleeping dose and strong anti-biotic must be avoided. Some of symptoms indicate that the body mechanism is readjusting to new environments. The best idea is deliberately slow down all the activities and follows the following rules:

  • Rest.
  • Relax-do not exert, be excited.
  • Reduce talking.
  • Walk slowly – adopt one third of your speed and space.
  • Keep your load light.
  • Walk for 15 minutes and rest for 5 minutes.
  • Whenever you feel uncomfortable, just stop; rest and relax.
  • Ignore the sudden outbursts of fellow pilgrims and avoid arguments.
  • Observe silence with smile.
  • Never go too high and too fast.
  • Consume plenty of liquids; never proceed with an empty stomach.
  • Chant a prayer or visualize everything around to suit your pleasant thoughts or put on the earphones and listen to your favourite music, bhajans, chanting etc.
  • Be careful not to catch a cold. It is better to be over clothed than under protected. En-route avoids taking bath or drinking water from Lake Streams or rivers, as your system is not conditioned for this.
  • Keep your boots/Ked inside tent. Protect yourself against dust and direct sunshine during the long stretches of driving. Face, feet and hands must be well protected.
  • The uneven ground, steep slope and slushy banks are full of potholes. Do not combine walking and sight seeing together.
  • Always listen to your guide or the one with experience. Never leave the group.
  • On this trip, over exertion is to be avoided and drinking plenty of fluids is recommendable. During winter, heavy warm clothing is a must.


  • Kindly consult your doctor and get yourself examined for this yatra
  • As Mount Kailash and lake Manasarovar is situated at high altitudes please start exercises like walking, jogging, yoga and other breathing exercises in order to have a successful yatra at least from a month before. 


  You are advised to own a small waist pouch or document bag to manage the following documents properly;

  • Passport with Photo copies, Photographs, Identity card, Diary for addresses, contacts, small notes etc.
  • Ball pens with spare refills Maps/Charts/Books etc.
  • Travel Cheques, credit cards & Currency.
  • Airline/Railway tickets/vouchers.
  • Any other document for personal purposes.


  • Big bag for putting your equipment and others
  • A small light trek bag
  • Water bottle / Thermos flask for hot water (1 liter).

Note: Touch Kailash Travel provide you big bag and small day carry bag for Yatra


  • Enough clothing for the whole Yatra including 3 pairs trek suits/leisure wear/jogging troushers/4 to 5tea shirts/2 polar flees one light quilted /shirts/poloneck/salwar kameez etc. Do not over load.
  • Wool socks (around 4 pairs), thick tights, wool monkey cap, scarves, warm light gloves, scarf.
  • Wool/thermal long underwear
  • Rain wear (Umbrella or Raincoat)

Note: Down Jackets and Sleeping bags will be provided on returnable basis at Kathmandu for the Yatra


  • Sports comfortable shoes/trainers (Good one Nike, Adidas etc). Have a spare one too
  • A pair of light Sleepers


  • Toileteries kit (soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toilet rolls, towels etc).
  • Sun screen lotion/cream
  • facial tissues, wet once,


  • Tourch/Candle/match box/lighter/batteries
  • Knife
  • Plastic mug
  • Dusk masks/face masks


  • Any regular medicines that you take
  • Dark Sunglasses
  • Your favourite food which will keep you going including Nuts, biscuits, powder juice
  • Kapoor/Vicks/Inhaler etc
  • Binoculars/Camera/extra batteries
  • Milk powder for tea


  • First aid kit (typical backpacking kit for minor injuries/ our guide also will carry).
  • Diamox/Aspirin/pain killers
  • Lip balm/Mustard oil/Vaseline
  • Plasters
  • TCP, salt, mint, Vicks for sore throats


Usefull Info

  • 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

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Trip Highlights

  • 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

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