Tour Lhasa and take in the majesty of Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, the legendary Drepung monastery, historic Sera monastery and more. Journey on to the magnificient Lake Basum Tso in Eastern Tibet, explore Bayi in the Eastern heartland and return to Lhasa at the end of an unforgettable tour.
Tour Duration: 9 days
June – September
Tour Price Per Person ( please see what's included and what's not ):
Based on a 9 day tour:
1,950 US dollars per person, for groups of 2 to 4 people
1,700 US dollars per person, for groups of 5 to 10 people
350 US dollars
The following itinerary is based on a 9 day tour:
Day 1: Arrival
Pickup at Lhasa airport, drive to a comfortable hotel in Lhasa. The rest of the day is free, to explore Lhasa on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2: Lhasa sightseeing:
Jokhang Temple and Sera Monastery
Jokhang Temple is the holiest temple in all of Tibet. Barkhor, the market adjacent to the temple, is a haven for shopping. One can buy exotic items like yak skulls encrusted with corals and rubies, traditional hand-woven cloth, traditional hand-carvings in stone, hand-crafted leather, exquisite bronze items, and much, much more.
Sera Monastery dates back to the 15th century. It is located a few miles outside Lhasa. It is well-preserved; its architecture a symphony of white-washed walls and golden spires. From about 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. daily, lamas debate various points from their traditional scriptures in the courtyards – a very unique sight, and not to be missed if you are there at that time. Overnight at the hotel in Lhasa.
Day 3: Lhasa sightseeing:
Potala Palace and Drepung Monastery
Potala Palace is a massive palace-fortress that towers over the city of Lhasa, and has done so from the 7th century. The first sight of the Potala is truly awe-inspiring. Potala Palace is the very acme of Tibetan culture, religion and architecture.
Drepung monastery was the world's largest Buddhist monastery, once home to over 10,000 monks. The white lime-washed walls of the monastery shine from a hilltop about 8 km from Lhasa. It is an easy walk up the hill to the monastery. Assembly halls and chapels of great solemnity can be found within its walls. Along with Sera, it is one of two greatest monasteries of the Gelugpa ("Yellow Hats") sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Overnight at the hotel in Lhasa.
Day 4: Lhasa sightseeing:
Explore the Norbulingka Palace, where the Dalai Lamas resided during the summer. During this day, you may also want to visit Tsapalakhang medicine temple, Ramoche monastery, the Blue Buddha or any of Lhasa's other special places of interest.
Day 5: Lhasa to Basum Tso
Drive from Lhasa to Basum Tso. Its name means 'green lake' in Tibetan. It is a holy lake, particularly for the Nyingma sect. It is also known as Cuogao Lake. Lake Basum Tso is vast - about 18 km long - and covers an area of 27 square km. It lies at an altitude of 3,700 metres (12,136 feet) above sea level. At its deepest, the lake is 120 metres deep.
The lake is situated 300 kilometres east of Lhasa, 20 km from the Sichuan-Tibet Highway. It is located in Gongbugjianda County, in a deep valley of the river Bahe. Rainfall, as well as the melting snow of snow-capped peaks all around the lake, replenish its waters, so the lake does not freeze in winter. The scenery around the Basum Tso is truly stunning, with extensive green banks of birches, pine trees, cypress, black maple and azaleas creating a dramatic contrast to the snow-capped mountains that hug its shores.
Day 6: Basum Tso
Stay by the lakeside and savour the pristine environment and magnificient scenery.
Day 7: Basum Tso to Bayi
Drive from Basum Tso to Bayi town.
Day 8: Sightseeing in Bayi town
Bayi was once a simple settlement called Lhabagar. It is now a thriving town with a population of about 14,000, and is the seat of the regional Nyingchi government. It lies at an altitude of 2,900 metres (9,512 feet), surrounded by beautiful forests, blessed with abundant rain and a pleasant, temperate climate. The Nyang river flows on the southern side of the town. It is a base for wool and timber production and has contributed much to Tibet's economic development. Some ancient villages can still be seen on the slopes around Bayi, alongside groups of new villas that stand proudly among red birch trees in the nearby mountains.
Day 9: Bayi to Lhasa
Drive from Bayi back to Lhasa to catch your flight out of Tibet.
Tour Prices quoted include the following:
- All accommodation as listed
- Airport -hotel-airport transfers in Lhasa
- Sightseeing and entry fees for Potala palace, Jokhang temple , Sera monastery, Drepung monastery, breakfast in Lhasa, and meals while camping
Tour Prices DO NOT include:
- All visa fees (The required Tibet Permit fee is approximately 114 US dollars - we will advise you of the exact cost for this, and any other required visas or permits at the time of your booking / enquiry)
- Flight cost from your home country to Nepal or China (entry points into Tibet)
- Flight cost to Lhasa from Nepal or China (It is possible to fly to Lhasa from these cities in China: Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Canton (Guangzhou), Chongqing, Kuming, Xian, Xining or Chengdu. It is also possible fly to Lhasa from Kathmandu, Nepal. As a price guide, the flight cost from Kathmandu to Lhasa is approximately 399 US dollars, but we will advise you of the exact cost for your flight from China or Nepal to Lhasa at the time of your booking / enquiry).
- Travel and medical insurance
- All meals except breakfast in Lhasa
- Emergency evacuation
- Personal spending money for sovenirs, extra sightseeing, laundry etc
- Meals other than breakfasts in Lhasa, and those provided during camping
- Expenses arising from events outside the control of Everest Kailash Treks & Tours and/or their agents and suppliers, such as trip delays / trip extensions because of inclement weather, equipment failure. illness or other causes beyond our control
- No refunds can be made for any unused services or accommodation on the trip