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Central Tibet Travel and Tour-Lhasa, Shigatse and Namtso Lake

8 days Tibet travel and tour discovers the central Tibet culture, history and nature includes Lhasa, Shigatse, Gyantse, Yamdrok and Namtso Lake. Lhasa, Gyantse and Shigatse is an important tourism and cultural center of Tibet.Lhasa City Tour visits Potala Palace, Barkhor street, Drepung Monastery and Jokhang temple. You will then drive to explore Gyantse and Shigatse via Yamdrok Lake. Yamdrok is a famous turquoise lake in the world. Gyantse is very popular for Gyantse Kumbum monastery and Xigatse is so popular for Tashilhumpo Monastery.8-day travel and tour to central Tibet has designed to enjoy cultural and natural beauty of central Tibet. Tibet is a jewel in the Himalayas as it is massive, exotic and unique with scenic and amazing heritage and historical sites. Please email us at and call or leave message on WhatsApp +977 9851023742 to book and know more about central Tibet tour information.We offer a cheap basic, budget and standard central Tibet tour cost from $1250-$1550 with fixed departure dates of 2023/2024.

Trip Facts

Tour Name: Central Tibet Travel Tour

Tour Mode: Group Joining Tour

Tour Duration: 8 Days

Tour Difficulty: Moderate

Tour Season: April to November

Trip Altitude: 3600m/4800m

Tour Cost: USD 1090- USD 1250

Mode of Transport: Flight/Car/Jeep/Van/Bus

Accommodation: Standard

Tour Start/End: Lhasa

The 8 days central Tibet tour & travel to Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse, Yamdrok and Namtso Lake.

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Central Tibet Travel Tour covers Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse and Namtso Lake. It offers epitome of Tibet with some of the most impressive visions: Potala Palaces, Jokhang temples, Drepung and Sera monastery, snow-capped mountains of Nyenchen Thangla and holy lakes Yamdrok, real Tibetan villages and nomads. Lhasa, the capital of Tibet is one of the highest city in the world with an altitude of 3600 meters and the world's highest salt lake Namtso Lake. Besides, you will have an opportunity to explore mystical Buddhist monasteries like Kumbum Stupa in Gyantse, Tashilhunpho monastery in Shigatse.

This tour offers the best alpine view of central Tibet, and also lots of chances to see distinct local culture and customs of Tibet like Lhasa, Namtso Lake, Gyantse, Shigatse and Yamdrok Lake. So we call central Tibet tour also Lhasa Namtso Shigatse Gyantse Tour.

Day 1: Arrive in Lhasa (3650m).
Arrive in Lhasa either by flight or train. Tibetan guide will greet, receive you there and drive to your hotel. You may view the Yarlung Tsangpo River / Brahmaputra River (the Longest and largest river in Tibet) and Lhasa River on their way to Lhasa.  Take a rest to acclimatize in high altitude after check in hotel.  It also possible to walk around Potala Square, and get amazing photos of Potala Palace. Overnight in Lhasa.
Day 2: Lhasa Tour - Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, and Barkhor Street.
Breakfast, and sightseeing tour first visit the Potala Palace is the winter palace of the Dalai Lama. Tibet Potala palace has 1000 chambers, the gilded burial stupas of former Dalai Lamas and meditation cave of the 33rd great king of Tibet. After lunch, tour to Jokhang temple built by the 33rd great kind of Tibet in 7th century to promote the Buddhist religion. Barkhor Street is the local Tibetan street around Jokhang temple; you can walk with pilgrims and locals, and shopping local Tibetan souvenirs there.
Day 3: Lhasa Tour - Drepung and Sera Monastery.
In the Afternoon, we visit Sera Monastery, one of the “great three” Gelugpa monasteries of Tibet built in 1419 by Jamchen Chojey, one of the Tsongkhapa’s main disciples. The Monks debate at around 3 - 5 in the afternoon is the main attraction of Sera Monastery. Stay overnight in Lhasa
Day 4: Lhasa to Namtso Lake (250km, 5 hours)
Breakfast and drive to Namtso Lake enjoying views of the snow mountain ranges, lots of nomads tent with grazing yak and sheep densely-populated around the mountain side. Namtso Lake is the heavenly one of the four holy lakes of Tibet also known as the highest salt lake. You can do a very relaxing trekking around the lake side and Island. To spend a night at lake shore is fantastic to see the stars. Stay overnight in Namtso Guest house
Day 5: Namtso Lake back to Lhasa via Yangpachen (230km, 5 hours)
Enjoy the clear morning at the lake shore, and it is also possible to trek along the lake shore to Tashi Dor Island to explore the meditation caves. Drive to Dumxung to have lunch, and continue drive to Lhasa via Yangpachen hot spring to have both indoor and outdoor swimming pool filled with hot springs water. Stay overnight in Lhasa
Day 6: Lhasa - Shigatse (3900m, 318km,6 hrs) via Yamdrok Lake, Karo Glacier, Gyantse.
Breakfast, and drive to Shigatse via Gyantse and Yamdrok Lake. On the way driving to Xigatse, we cross Gampala pass (4790m), it offers a glimpse of Yamdrok Lake (4400m) and the surrounding snow capped mountains. Drive to Gyantse through the westward along the lake, and lunch at Gyantse, the third largest historical city of Tibet, and we visit Pelkor Monastery known as Gyantse Kumbum and then continue drive to Xigatse, the second largest city in Tibet. O/N at hotel in Shigatse.
Day 7: Shigatse - Lhasa (3650m, 318km,6 hrs) with Tashilhunpo Monastery visit
Morning: Breakfast and visit Tashilunmpo monastery of Gelug Sect, the seat of the Panchen Lama built in 1447. The monastery houses a giant statue of the Maitreya Buddha, the biggest gilded statue of Maitreya, the future Buddha in world and a tomb of all the Panchen Lama containing masses of jewels and gold. In the afternoon: we drive back to Lhasa on the friendship Highway. The whole distance is almost 280km and it takes 6 hours along the Yarlung Tsangpo River, the Longest and largest river in Tibet) .Stay overnight in Lhasa.
Day 8: Lhasa Airport or Train Station.
Breakfast and Tibetan tour guide will transfer you to the airport or train station and help you get on board.  Say good bye to Tibet Himalayas and Lhasa.

Cost Includes:

  • Airport pick up and departure transfer
  • Tibet travel permit and all other necessary permits to Tibet
  • All entrance ticket fees for all tourist sites listed in the itinerary
  • English-speaking Tibetan local tour guide shared in your group
  • Comfortable, clean and safe vehicle with reliable Tibetan local driver; vehicle ranging from 4WD land cruiser to minibus depending on the group size
  • Tourist accident/casualty insurance
  • First aid kit
Cost not Includes:
  • Flight or Train ticket
  • Lunch and dinner during Tibet tour, it costs about USD 3-15 per person for one meal in Tibet.
  • Tips for tour guide and driver
  • Personal expenses, like laundry, phone call, snacks, soft drinks (please do the best to avoid the alcoholic beverages during your Tibet trip), optional tour activities, etc.
  • Tibet China group paper visa.

Trek Gear List: No need to bring unnecessary trekking equipment with you for Central Tibet Travel Tour. The following trekking equipment and gears are recommended before Lhasa Kailash Tour. Most of the trekking equipment what you will need can be rented or purchased  in Nepal either in Kathmandu or Lhasa at cheap price. We will help you with the necessary arrangements. Except your day pack all the luggage will be carried by porters. There is an allowance of 15 kg per person. Additional personal items not needed for the trekking part of the trip can be stored in the storage room of hotel without extra cost.
Sun hat or scarf
Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
Sunglasses with UV protection
Lower Body:
Under Garments
Hiking shorts
Lightweight cotton long pants
Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
Fleece or wool pants (seasonal)
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
Thin, lightweight inner socks
Thick, warm wool hiking socks
Hiking boots with spare laces
Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
Gaiters for hiking in winter to the base camp
Upper Body:
Light and expedition weight thermal tops
Fleece jacket or pullover
Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
Down vest and/or jacket
Lightweight gloves
Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal)
Sleeping bag rated to zero DC
Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
Trekking Bags/Duffel bag
Basic First Aid Kit
Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry inside trek bag
Day pack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
Trekking Poles
Water bottle (2) or camel bag
Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet papers etc)
Ear Plug (who know some people on group are snoring)
1 medium sized quick drying towel
Tooth brush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
Nail clippers
Face and body moisturizer
Feminine hygiene products
Small mirror
Personal Hygiene:
Wet wipes (baby wipes)
Tissue /toilet roll
Anti bacterial hands wash
Trail Map/Guide book
Journal & Pen
Pencils and small notebooks
Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble
Modest swim suits (for Kathmandu)

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