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 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 stationDownload 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
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High altitudes pose challenges like lower oxygen levels, inducing symptoms such as headaches, nausea, lethargy, and breathlessness. These affect everyone, regardless of age or fitness. Acclimatization is crucial; avoid tranquilizers and antibiotics. Slow down activities, rest frequently, and reduce talking. Walk slowly, keep loads light, and observe silence with a smile. Consume liquids, avoid sudden exertion, and protect against cold. Don't bathe in streams, protect against dust and sun, and follow experienced guides. Prioritize rest, hydration, and warm clothing during winter.
Wi-Fi will be accessible in Kathmandu, but as we venture into the more secluded regions of Nepal, connectivity will be restricted. The tour guide will carry a satellite phone for emergency communication. Wi-Fi connection is more accessible in the Tibet region as well, while there are no such facilities in Mansarovar, and during the Parikrama.
Options for e-sims are widely available in supported devices for cellular data, while mainstream social media including WhatsApp and Facebook are prohibited in China. The use of VPNs may allow for seamless communication with family back home.
During May to September, temperatures in Nepal and Tibet range from 10 to 22°C during the day. Despite the moderate daytime temperatures, the intense sun at high altitudes can create a much warmer sensation. Nighttime temperatures may drop significantly, reaching as low as -5°C.
As altitude increases, the body requires time to adapt to lower oxygen levels through a process known as acclimatization. Proper acclimatization is crucial for maintaining health and ensuring a comfortable journey at high altitudes. Most individuals are affected by the reduced oxygen levels at elevations exceeding 2,500 meters. Diamox (Acetazolamide) has proven to be highly effective in facilitating acclimatization and countering High Altitude Sickness. Further details will be provided closer to the journey.
Please consult your doctor and undergo a medical examination before embarking on the Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovar yatra. Given the high altitudes, it is advisable to begin exercises such as walking, jogging, yoga, and breathing exercises at least a month prior to ensure a successful journey.
The Touch Kailash Team will be providing a Duffel Bag, a 25l Backpack, and a Down Jacket (on a refundable basis), upon your arrival in Kathmandu.
Carry a small waist pouch or document bag to organize essential documents:
- Passport with photocopies
- Identity card
- Diary for addresses and contacts
- Ball pens with spare refills
- Travel cheques, credit cards & currency
- Airline/Railway tickets/vouchers
- Any other personal documents
- Big bag for equipment
- Small light trek bag
- Water bottle/Thermos flask (1 liter)
- Enough clothing for the entire journey, including trek suits, leisure wear, jogging trousers, T-shirts, polar fleece, shirts, salwar kameez, etc.
- Wool socks, thick tights, wool monkey cap, scarves, warm light gloves
- Wool/thermal long underwear
- Rainwear (umbrella or raincoat)
- Sports comfortable shoes/trainers (Nike, Adidas, etc.) with a spare pair
- A pair of light slippers
- Toiletries kit (soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toilet rolls, towels, etc.)
- Sunscreen lotion/cream
- Facial tissues, wet wipes
- Plastic mug
- Dusk masks/face masks
Personal & General Items:
- Regular medicines
- Dark sunglasses
- Favorite food for energy (nuts, biscuits, powdered juice)
- Kapoor/Vicks/Inhaler, etc.
- Binoculars/Camera/extra batteries
- Milk powder for tea
First Aid Kit:
- Typical backpacking kit for minor injuries
- Lip balm/Mustard oil/Vaseline
- TCP, salt, mint, Vicks for sore throats
This journey encompasses urban, rural, and remote areas in Nepal and Tibet, resulting in varying accommodations and amenities. Whether it's five-star hotels and guest houses or camping in the breathtaking Himalayan regions under the care of our staff, you can be confident that we will consistently offer the best possible facilities in every instance.
All Travelers must ensure that their passport is valid for a minimum of 6 months from the date of tour completion.