Lhasa, Gyantse and Shigatse Tour - 7 Days

Duration7 Days
Trip GradeEasy
Maximum Altitude3656
Group Size2
Best TimeMarch to Nov

A 7 days Tibet tour covering Lhasa, Gyantse and Shigatse offers an amazing journey through some of the most significant cultural and historical sites in Tibet. Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet, is your starting point. It sits high in the Himalayas and is known as the "Place of the Gods." Here, you can explore the majestic Potala Palace, which was once the winter residence of the Dalai Lama. The palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an architectural marvel with its grand structure and beautiful interiors. Another key attraction is Jokhang Temple, the spiritual heart of Tibet, where you’ll see many devoted pilgrims. The bustling Barkhor Street around the temple offers a lively mix of shops and street vendors selling traditional Tibetan crafts and foods.

After Lhasa, you travel to Gyantse, a smaller yet historically rich town. Gyantse is famous for its stunning Pelkor Chode Monastery and the Kumbum Stupa. The Kumbum is a unique structure with multiple levels, each filled with beautiful chapels and murals. Gyantse provides a more intimate look at Tibetan culture and history, with fewer tourists and a more relaxed atmosphere. The town also offers a glimpse into traditional Tibetan life and stunning views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.

The next stop is Shigatse, the second-largest city in Tibet. Shigatse is home to the Tashilhunpo Monastery, which is the seat of the Panchen Lama, another important figure in Tibetan Buddhism. The monastery is an expansive complex with golden-roofed structures and a large statue of the Maitreya Buddha. In Shigatse, you can also explore the local markets and enjoy the vibrant local culture. The city is an excellent place to learn more about Tibetan Buddhism and its rich history.

Throughout the tour, the drives between these cities offer breathtaking scenery. You’ll pass high mountain passes, pristine lakes like Yamdrok Lake, and vast plains dotted with nomadic herders and their yaks. The natural beauty of Tibet is as compelling as its cultural heritage.

This 7 days Tibet tour provides a rich blend of religious sites, historical landmarks, and stunning landscapes, giving you a comprehensive experience of Tibetan life and culture.

Top Highlights


  • Potala Palace: This majestic, fortress-like palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the former winter residence of the Dalai Lamas, offering stunning views and rich history.
  • Jokhang Temple: The most sacred temple in Tibet, it's a spiritual heart for Tibetan Buddhists, with an atmosphere filled with devotion and centuries-old traditions.
  • Barkhor Street: Encircling the Jokhang Temple, this vibrant market street offers a lively mix of shops, stalls, and traditional Tibetan culture, perfect for souvenirs and local food.


  • Gyantse Kumbum: A unique and intricate stupa with nine tiers, housing thousands of Buddhist murals and statues, offering a fascinating glimpse into Tibetan art and spirituality.
  • Pelkor Monastery: Located next to the Kumbum, this monastery is a peaceful place blending different sects of Tibetan Buddhism, with beautiful architecture and serene surroundings.


  • Tashilhunpo Monastery: The traditional seat of the Panchen Lamas, this large and significant monastery features golden statues, ancient scriptures, and a tranquil atmosphere, set against stunning mountain views.
  • Scenic Routes and Natural Beauty
  • Yamdrok Lake: On the way from Lhasa to Gyantse, this turquoise lake is one of Tibet's most beautiful and sacred bodies of water, surrounded by snow-capped mountains.
  • Karola Glacier: Also on the route to Gyantse, this glacier provides breathtaking views and a glimpse of Tibet’s high-altitude natural beauty.
  • Kamba La Pass: Offering panoramic views of the Himalayas and the winding road below, this high mountain pass is a thrilling part of the journey from Lhasa to Gyantse.
Trip PlanExpand all

Upon arrival at Lhasa’s Gonggar Airport or the Lhasa Railway Station, you will be greeted by your local guide. The transfer to your hotel will offer your first glimpses of the stunning Tibetan landscape and architecture. As you settle into your hotel, it’s advisable to take it easy to acclimatize to the high altitude. This first day is for rest and gentle exploration around the vicinity of your hotel. Overnight stay in Lhasa.

Max Altitude: 3650 m Accommodation: Hotel

Your first full day in Lhasa begins with a visit to the magnificent Potala Palace. This UNESCO World Heritage Site was the winter residence of the Dalai Lamas and is an architectural marvel perched atop Marpo Ri Hill. You will explore its grand halls, chapels, and museums, witnessing the spiritual and cultural heritage of Tibet.

In the afternoon, visit the Jokhang Temple, the most sacred temple in Tibet, which houses the revered Jowo Shakyamuni statue. This temple is a vibrant center of pilgrimage, and you’ll see devotees making their way around the temple in prostration.

Next, stroll through Barkhor Street, a bustling marketplace surrounding the Jokhang Temple. This area is perfect for soaking in the local culture, shopping for traditional crafts, and enjoying local cuisine. Overnight stay in Lhasa.

Accommodation: Hotel

On your second day of sightseeing, you’ll visit Drepung Monastery, once the largest monastery in the world and an important center of learning. Wander through its large assembly halls and ancient chapels.

In the afternoon, head to the Sera Monastery, renowned for its lively monk debates held in the courtyard. These debates are a unique aspect of Tibetan Buddhism and offer fascinating insights into monastic education.

Afterwards, visit the Norbulingka Palace, the former summer residence of the Dalai Lamas. This beautiful park and palace complex is a peaceful retreat with lovely gardens and pavilions. Overnight stay in Lhasa.

Accommodation: Hotel

Today, you will embark on a scenic drive from Lhasa to Gyantse. The journey covers approximately 265 kilometers and takes you through some of Tibet’s most picturesque landscapes. Along the way, you’ll cross the Kamba La Pass (4794 m), offering stunning views of Yamdrok Lake, a turquoise gem surrounded by snow-capped mountains.

Continue your journey, passing the Karola Glacier and the charming Tibetan villages. Arrive in Gyantse, a town known for its historical significance and serene atmosphere. Check into your hotel and rest. Overnight stay in Gyantse.

Max Altitude: 3950 m Accommodation: HotelDistance: 265 km

In the morning, explore the highlights of Gyantse, starting with the Gyantse Kumbum. This impressive multi-tiered stupa is filled with chapels housing an array of Buddhist murals and statues. Adjacent to the Kumbum is the Pelkor Monastery, a unique complex that blends different sects of Tibetan Buddhism.

After exploring Gyantse, continue your journey to Shigatse, Tibet’s second-largest city. The drive is a relatively short 92 kilometers, offering more scenic views of the Tibetan plateau. Upon arrival in Shigatse, check into your hotel and relax.

In the afternoon, visit the Tashilhunpo Monastery, the traditional seat of the Panchen Lamas. This expansive monastery complex features golden-roofed buildings, stunning statues, and a tranquil atmosphere perfect for contemplation. Overnight stay in Shigatse.

Max Altitude: 3900 m Accommodation: HotelDistance: 92 km

After breakfast, begin the return journey to Lhasa, covering approximately 280 kilometers. The drive will take you through more of Tibet’s breathtaking landscapes, offering a chance to reflect on the experiences of the past days.

Arrive back in Lhasa in the afternoon. Use the remaining time to explore any places you might have missed or simply relax and enjoy the serene environment. Perhaps take a leisurely walk around the city, soaking in the unique atmosphere. Overnight stay in Lhasa.

Accommodation: HotelDistance: 280 km

Your final day in Tibet starts with breakfast at the hotel. Depending on your departure schedule, you might have some free time for last-minute shopping or a casual stroll around the city. Your guide will transfer you to Lhasa’s Gonggar Airport or the railway station for your onward journey, marking the end of a memorable adventure in Tibet.

This 7-day tour offers a rich blend of cultural, historical, and natural experiences, providing a comprehensive overview of Tibet’s unique heritage and stunning landscapes.

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  • Comprehensive transfer service upon arrival at Lhasa Gonggar Airport or Lhasa Railway Station to your hotel
  • Transfer service from your hotel to Lhasa Gonggar Airport or Lhasa Railway Station upon departure
  • All necessary ground transportation for the entire trip in a private vehicle, including transfers between cities and sightseeing destinations
  • Comfortable hotel accommodations with twin sharing rooms throughout the trip
  • Daily breakfast included at the hotels
  • Tibet Travel Permit and Visa arrangement fees
  • Entrance fees to all the mentioned sightseeing attractions (such as Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery, Norbulingka Palace, Gyantse Kumbum, Pelkor Monastery, and Tashilhunpo Monastery)
  • Services of an experienced, English-speaking Tibetan guide for the entire duration of the trip
  • Lunches and dinners throughout the entire trip
  • Airfare or train tickets to and from Lhasa
  • All personal expenses such as laundry, phone calls, internet access and shopping.
  • Travel insurance, including medical expenses and personal insurance coverage
  • Tipping for guides, drivers, hotel staff, and other service providers
Essential Information

Important Tips for Lhasa, Gyantse, and Shigatse Tour


  • Take It Easy: On your first day in Lhasa, rest and avoid strenuous activities to help your body adjust to the high altitude.
  • Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water to help combat altitude sickness.
  • Medication: Consider consulting your doctor about medication to prevent altitude sickness.

Health and Safety

  • Travel Insurance: Ensure you have comprehensive travel insurance that covers medical expenses and emergency evacuations.
  • Emergency Contacts: Keep a list of emergency contacts, including local guides and your country's embassy or consulate in China.

Weather and Clothing

  • Layering: The weather can be unpredictable, so dress in layers to accommodate changing temperatures.
  • Sun Protection: Bring sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat to protect yourself from the strong sun at high altitudes.
  • Comfortable Footwear: Wear comfortable, sturdy shoes suitable for walking and uneven terrain.

Cultural Respect

  • Dress Modestly: When visiting monasteries and religious sites, wear modest clothing that covers your shoulders and knees.
  • Ask Before Photographing: Always ask for permission before taking photos of people, especially monks and local residents.
  • Observe Local Customs: Be respectful of local customs and traditions, such as not touching religious artifacts or pointing your feet towards statues of the Buddha.

Money and Shopping

  • Local Currency: Carry enough Chinese Yuan (CNY) as credit cards are not widely accepted, especially in remote areas.
  • Bargaining: Bargaining is common in local markets, so don't hesitate to negotiate prices.
  • Authentic Souvenirs: Look for authentic Tibetan handicrafts like prayer wheels, thangkas, and jewelry as souvenirs.


  • Language: Learn a few basic phrases in Tibetan and Mandarin. Your guide will help with translation, but knowing some local language can be appreciated.
  • SIM Cards: Consider purchasing a local SIM card for your phone to ensure you have reliable communication throughout your trip.


  • Permits: Keep your Tibet Travel Permit and other important documents handy, as you may need to show them at checkpoints.
  • Passport Copies: Carry photocopies of your passport, visa, and travel permit in case the originals are lost.

Food and Water

  • Safe Drinking Water: Avoid tap water and drink bottled or boiled water. Be cautious with ice and uncooked foods.
  • Local Cuisine: Try traditional Tibetan dishes, but be mindful of hygiene. Stick to well-cooked foods to avoid stomach issues.


  • Respect Rules: Some monasteries and religious sites have restrictions on photography. Respect these rules to avoid offending locals or facing fines.
  • Extra Batteries and Memory Cards: Bring extra camera batteries and memory cards, as charging facilities may be limited in remote areas.

Local Interaction

  • Respect Privacy: While interacting with locals, be respectful of their privacy and traditions.
  • Gifts for Locals: If you wish to give gifts to locals, opt for items like school supplies for children rather than money.

Environmental Responsibility

  • Leave No Trace: Be mindful of your environmental impact. Dispose of waste properly and avoid using single-use plastics.
  • Support Local Businesses: Purchase goods and services from local businesses to support the local economy.

Emergency Preparedness

  • Know Your Itinerary: Keep a copy of your itinerary and contact information for your tour operator.
  • Health Precautions: If you have pre-existing health conditions, consult your doctor before the trip and carry necessary medications.