The Grand Himalaya 6D5N Classic Lhasa-Gyantse-Shigatse-Lhasa tour

    Never too late to save! If you just travel alone or in a small party of 2, you may find expensive to travel into Tibet as a Tibet tour is sold as a whole package including not only travel permit, but also tour guide, car with driver, hotel and etc. The main cost is on driving and tour guide due to the long distance between each place in Tibet, without any doubt that the spending will be high if car and tour guide's cost not shared. So, the best and most smart way to travel budget friendly in Tibet is to join in a group tour with like-minded people.


    Arrival & Pick-up in Lhasa and Acclimatization 
    Schedule:   Arrival in Lhasa, warm Tibetan style pick-up and transfer to hotel for acclimatization, or you can have your free time hanging out at this holy city to get the first impression of Tibet.


    Highlights:Potala PalaceJohkang TempleBackhor Street (Tour of the world heritages and Tibetan history)

    Schedule:  In the morning, visit the symbol or landmark of Lhasa-Potala Palace, the successive Dalai Lama's winter residence. In the afternoon, visit the center of Tibetan Buddhism-Jorhkang Temple, where you will come across lots of devoted pilgrimages coming from every corner of Tibet. Both sites are under the list of the world cultural heritages by the UNISCO. 


    Highlights: Drepung MonasterySera Monastery (Tour of the most important monasteries in Tibet), or Drak Yerp Hermitage

    Schedule: In the morning, we will visit Drepung Monastery which is the biggest Tibetan Buddhism College with the biggest number of monks in Tibet. The monastery used to be the winter residence of the Dalai Lama before the 5th Dalai Lama moved his residency to the Potala Palace. And in the afternoon, we will visit another influential Gelugpa Monastery-Sera Monastery, where the largest scale of scripture debating among monks is famous all across Tibet. We will watch the debate session and you may join in too with the help your guide.


    Highlights: Yamdrok Lake, Kumpa Stupa, Pelchor Monastery


    In the morning, drive to the historic town of Gyantse via Yamdrok Lake, according to local mythology, Yamdrok Lake is the transformation of a goddess, on the Gangbala Pass, you will have a clear picture of this Tibetan holy lake in turquoise, in distance you can also see the snow capped Summit of Ninjingkangsang. In Gyantse, you will find the largest stupa in Tibet-Kumpa Stupa (Ten-thousand stupa), just next to the Stupa is the Pelchor Monastery. Another important site in Gyantse is Dzong Castle which once was a battle field where Tibetan fought against British invasion.


    Highlights: Tashilumpo Monastery

    In the morning, visit Tashilumo Monastery which is the seat of Panchen Lama, the equally important religious figure in Tibet as Dalai Lama. The monastery was built by the first Dalai Lama in 1447, and inside the Monastery placed the highest statue of Buddha in Tibet which is 26.8 meters high. Afterwards, we will drive back to Lhasa; the free time is on your own.



    Tour ends, our guide and driver will drop you off at airport or railway station  in Lhasa. Welcome to Tibet next time.

    Service Includes:

    1. All travel permits required during this tour.

    2. Well maintained tourists’ vehicle throughout the tour.

    3. Local licensed Tibetan English speaking tour guide.

    4. Accomondation including breakfast as shown below.

    5. Entrance fee to all the scenic spots mentioned.

    6. Oxygen supply on the vehicle.

    7. Travel insurance only for accident.

    8. Government tax and travel agent’s service fee.

    9. One bottle of mineral water per person per day.

    Service Excludes:

    1. Airfare.

    2. Lunches and Dinners.
    (In Tibet, it’s about RMB 40-50 per meal per person if you order normal average food)
    3. Tips to driver and tour guide.
    4. Single room supplement fee if you travel alone and occupy a single room.
    5. Bank service fee when you transfer deposit to our company.

    ***Should Tibet closed due to politic or natural reasons, we wouldrefund your depositin full, however, we shall not take any responsibility of your financial loss on international or

    domestic air or train ticket cancellation penalty.

    Travel Notes
    Cultural Considerations

    The Tibetans are among the easiest people to get along with in Asia.

    But still there are some cultural considerations you should pay attention to
    when you travel in Tibet.

    1.Do not photo them without permission!
    2.Always circumambulate gompas and other religious objects clockwise,

    to keep shrines and chortens to your right.

    3.Don’t touch or remove anything on an altar.
    4.Don’t take photos during a prayer meeting.  At other times always ask permission before taking photos,

    especially on using flash.  The larger monasteries charge photography fees.

    5.Don’t wear shorts or short skirts in a monastery.
    6.Take your hat off when you go into a chapel.
    7.Don’t smoke in a monastery.
    8.Don’t eat dog, donkey or horse in Tibet.
    9.Be aware that Tibetans often gesture with their lips to show a direction.

    So if a member of the opposite sex pouts at you, they are just showing you where to go.


    1.Medicines: try to bring the following medicines which will be very useful during your travel.
    Cold and flu tablets, throat lozenges and nasal decongestant.
    Aspirin—for pain or fever
    Multivitamins—when dietary vitamin intake may be inadequate.
    The temperature during daytime is around 10-25 C in Lhasa, while at night it may reach 0C.  When visit the lake or mountain, down-jacket is needed.
    Try to dress in black or other heavy color clothes since the road out of Lhasa may be very dusty and dirty.
    Jacket: a fiber-pile jacket is ideal for evening.
    Sweater: Wool or wool mix with a high neck for extra warmth.
    Headwear: wool or fible-pile ski-stly cap or balaclava for warmth.  A lightweight brimmed hat is good for sun protection .Inexpensive broad brimmed straw and elt hats are sold in Tibet's city markets.
    Cotton underwear: four or five pairs.
    Socks: at least three pairs.
    Shirts: A long-sleeve shirt made of wool, flannel, or chamois, or a track-suit top.

    A long-sleeve stay-pree cotton shirt for warmer temperature. Bring two or three T-shirts as well.

    Pants: For men, one pair of loose-fitting wool pants, wool knickers, or fiber-pile pants,

    and one pair of light-weight cotton pants. Women should wear a midcalf dress or skirt,
    though pants and knee-length knickers with socks are also acceptable. Shorts are not appropriate at any time in Tibet for men or women.

    Snack foods: Nuts, chocolate bars, granola bars, dried fruit, hard candies, beef jerky, and flavored drink mixes are much-appreciated trail treats.
    It’s very easy to get sunburnt in Tibet.  Sunburn can be more than just uncomfortable.  Among the undesirable effects are premature skin aging and

    possible skin cancer in later years.  Sunscreen with a high sun protection factor, quality sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat are good means of protection.
    Calamine lotion is good for mild sunburn.

    Those with fair complexions should bring reflective sunscreen with them.  Apply the sunscreen to your nose and lip as well.
    4.High Altitude Sickness
    Lack of oxygen at high altitudes (over 2500m) affects most people to some extent.

    The symptoms include headache, dizziness, lethargy, loss of appetite, nausea, breathlessness and irritability.

    Difficulty sleeping is another common symptom, and many travelers have trouble sleeping for the first few days after arriving in Lhasa.

    Prevention: the best prevention of Acute Mountain Sickness is to acclimate slowly.

    Don’t do too much exercises during the first few days in Lhasa.
    The following are the ways to help you acclimate to the AMS

    1.Drink extra fluids.  The mountain air is dry and cold and moisture is lost as you breathe.  Evaporation of sweat may occur unnoticed and result in dehydration.
    2.Eat light, high-carbohydrate meals for more energy.
    3.Avoid alcohol as it may increase the risk of dehydration, don’t smoke neither.
    4.Avoid sedatives.
    5.Don’t push yourself when climbing up to passes, rather take plenty of breaks.
    6.Avoid catching cold before entering Tibet.

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