Tibet Heritage Tour – 8 Days
- Trip Code: ATH11480
- Country: Tibet
- Duration: 8 Days
- Trip Level: EasyJust about anyone can participate in one of these holidays. Minimum walking time is 2 hours and maximum walking time is approximately 5 hours a day. By the time you walk around a number of historical sites you’ll be surprised at how quickly the time passes. You do have the chance to take your time and there are plenty of places where you can rest if needed.
- Max Altitude: 5,560 m/18,241 ft
- Activity: Sightseeing
- Starts at: Lhasa
- Ends at: Lhasa
- Trip Route:
Lhasa – Tsedang – Gyantse – Shigatse – Lhasa
- Best Season: March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October and November
- Acquaintance with Tibetan cultural
- The amazing city of Lhasa
- Potala Palace, the former residence of Dalai Lama
- Explore Buddhist monasteries
- Visit to Yamdrok Lake and Karola Glacier
- Drive through splendid Tibetan landscapes
This amazing tour in the culturally rich wonderland takes the travellers to the jewels of Tibet. After an astonishing flight, take 4-hour drive across the top-of-the-world landscape to reach Lhasa, the crown jewel. Lhasa translates to the “Place of the Gods”. For over centuries, the splendid city has been the centre of the Tibetan Buddhist with the magnificent Potala Palace as the seat of Dalai Lama. We will take a drive to the places near Lhasa and the drive itself is a major attraction. We will visit many Buddhist monasteries. Part of the exploration includes: Yamdrok Lake, one of the largest sacred lakes in Tibet, and Karola Glacier, an imposing glacier at the elevation of 5,560 meters. This trip is a perfect mix of cultural and natural sightseeing in a magical land.
- Day 01 – Arrive at Lhasa (3,650 m). Overnight at a Hotel.
- Day 02 – Guided City Tour of Lhasa. Overnight at a Hotel.
- Day 03 – Drive to Tsedang (3,580 m) – 290 km/10 hours. Overnight at a Hotel.
- Day 04 – Guided Tour of Tsedang. Overnight at a Hotel.
- Day 05 – Drive to Gyantse (3,900 m) – 350 km/8 hours. Overnight at a Hotel.
- Day 06 – Drive to Shigatse (3,900 m) – 100 km/3 hours. Overnight at a Hotel.
- Day 07 – Drive to Lhasa (3,650 m) – 280 km/8 hours. Overnight at a Hotel.
- Day 08 – Transfer to the International Airport for Your Final Flight Departure.
Day 01 - Arrive at Lhasa (3,650 m)
Welcome to Lhasa! Today upon your Lhasa arrival, you will be greeted by your Tibetan guide and escorted to hotel. Rest of the day you will have a good rest to acclimatize the high altitude.
Overnight at a hotel. No meals included.
Day 02 - Guided City Tour of Lhasa
Today you will visit the famous Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street.
Potala Palace: Which is known as the cardinal landmark of Tibet and the residence of the Dalai Lama lineages. Stands 13 stories high and owes over 1,000 rooms, 10,000 shrines and 200,000 statues, the Potala Palace formed a small world in it.
Jokhang Temple: Listed on UNESCO’s World Heritage list in 2000 as part of the Potala Palace,Jokhang Temple is the ultimate pilgrimage destination for Tibetan Pilgrims. The temple is a four-storey timber complex with a golden top, with the combination of Tang Dynasty, Tibetan and Nepal architectural styles. Every day, pilgrims come from every corner of Tibet worship here, make it a perfect site for photographers.
Barkhor Street: As the oldest street in Lhasa, Barkhor Street is considered as the center of the old city, and a perfect place to learn Tibetan culture, economy, religion, and arts. The street is full of handicrafts, such as ornaments, knives, tangka, religious musical instruments, gold and silver ware, masks and a lot more. If you intend to buy some souvenirs for friends or family, Barkhor Street will be an ideal place.
Drepung Monastery: Located 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) from the western suburb of Lhasa, Drepung Monastery is known as the most important monastery of Gelugpa in Tibetan Buddhism. It is considered one of the ‘Three Great Monasteries’ (the other two are the Ganden Monastery and the Sera Monastery. Seen from afar, its grand, white construction gives the appearance of a heap of rice. As such, it was given the name ‘Drepung‘, which, in the Tibetan language, means ‘Collecting Rice.
Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast included.
Day 03 - Drive to Tsedang (3,580 m) - 290 km/10 hours
Today we will drive 290 km drive to visit Samye Monastery, then drive to Tsedang, the capital of Shannan Prefecture, located in Yarlung Valley.
Samye Monastery: Located in the quiet piedmont area of the Shannan Region, the Samye Monastery is the first temple to be built in Tibet and the first complete with the three Buddhist jewels of Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. With these unique features, this splendid temple has become an attraction for visitors from near and far.
Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast included.
Day 04 - Guided Tour of Tsedang
Today, you will will visit Yumbulangkang Palace, Trandruk Monastery.
Yumbulakang Palace: Lying 12km southwest of Tsedang Country, it is regarded as the first palace of Tibet’s history and one of the oldest buildings in Tibet. The castle is divided into front and rear precincts. The front is a 3-storey building while the rear is dominated by a tall tower, like a castle, standing on the top of the Watchtower, you will get the panoramic view of the entire valley.
Trandruk Monastery: Located 5km south of Tsedang, Trandruk Monastery is one of the earliest Buddhist monasteries in Tibet. According to legend, the monastery could only be built after Songtsen Gampo turned into a roc and conquered an evil dragon. The name “trandruk” means roc conquering a dragon.
Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast included.
Day 05 - Drive to Gyantse (3,900 m) - 350 km/8 hours
Today we have to drive to Gyantse. On the way, we will pass over the Gampala pass (4790 m), and tourists will have a visit of Yamdrok Lake and Karola Glacier.
Yamdrok Lake: Which is one of the 3 most sacred lakes in Tibet. It is a lake of 72 km long, fed by numerous small streams and surrounded by snow covered mountains. The two long arms of water, making it look like a scorpion from the sky. According to legend, Yamdrok Lake is the transformation of a goddess.
Karola Glacier: At 5,560m above sea level, and with an area of 9.4 sq km, this imposing glacier is visible from the highway which links Lhasa and Shigatse. The glacier has been divided into black and white layers due to smoke pollution from motor vehicles, which gives a distinctive colors to this great glacier.
Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast included.
Day 06 - Drive to Shigatse (3,900 m) - 100 km/3 hours
Today we will visit the famous Pelkor Monastery, then drive to Shigatse for overnight.
Pelkor Chode Monastery: Founded in 1418, Pelkor Chode Monastery is the main monastery in Gyantse of Tibet. The highlight inside is the Kumbum, which has 108 chapels in its four stories. As an important center of the Sakya sect of Tibetan Buddhism, In 1904, the Gyangtse town and the Pelkor Chode Monastery were attacked by British army, although most of the damage was later restored, bullet holes from this attack still remain in the monastery.
Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast included.
Day 07 - Drive to Lhasa (3,650 m) - 280 km/8 hours
Today we will visit Tashilumpo Monastery and then we will drive back to Lhasa.
Tashilunpo Monastery: As one of the Six Big Monasteries of Gelugpa sec, Tashilunpo Monastery is the manjor attraction in Shigatse and regarded as the Tibetan Buddhist centre of Rear Tibet. Founded by the First Dailai Lama in 1447, the monastery was expanded by successive Panchen Lamas. Covering an area of nearly 300,000 square meters and accommodating 800 lamas, Tashilhunpo monastery is a must-see spot for travelers and buddhist followers and plays a very important role for Tibetan Tourism.
Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast included.
Day 08 - Transfer to the International Airport for Your Final Flight Departure
Today our guide will send you to train station or airport for your next destination. Your lifetime Tibet tour is completed now.
- The price per person for the small group journey is fixed as stated below. A group booking of 10 or more people is subjected to a maximum discount with the availability of free trip for one person. If your group is much larger, please contact us to discuss about the discount. There is also the option of private and tailor made journey best suited for you, your family and friends! Start dates are your arrival date in Tibet whereas the End dates are the returning date from Tibet. Check Availabile Dates:
Date (Start - End) Price (Per Person) Sat, 22 Dec - Sat, 29 Dec USD 2,300 INQUIRE NOW Sat, 29 Dec - Sat, 5 Jan USD 2,300 Sat, 29 Dec - Sat, 5 Jan USD 2,300
- We understand that some clients want their adventure trek/trip to be a private affair, so that it would enable them to spend some of their memorable moments with their near and dear ones at their own Schedule. Considering this, Ace the Himalaya organizes private journeys as well. Please choose your own departure date.
- You can also use this tour as a base for a tailor-made itinerary. For example, we could add more time exploring Lhasa or visit Everest Base Camp. To discuss your ideas or to get some suggestions from one of our travel consultants, please fill in our tailor-made request form.
Pick up from and drop off at the hotel and the airport on a private tourist vehicle
Twin-share accommodation at two-star hotels in Tibet with breakfast included (7 nights only)
All ground transportation in tourist vehicle (car/van/minibus)
Authorized English-speaking Tibetan guide
Guided sightseeing as mentioned in the itinerary
Tibet travelling permit (We will mail the permit for those who are flying from China to Lhasa and we will provide the hard copy in Kathmandu for those who traveling via Kathmandu.)
Sightseeing entrance fees for all the sites mentioned in the itinerary
Everest region entrance fee
The required number of ground staff for the tour like helpers and drivers
Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for our ground staff
All government taxes, vat and tourist service charges
All official expenses
Price Does not Include
International airfare and airport departure tax (We can book flights to enter and leave Tibet either via Nepal or China.)
Travel insurance which covers emergency rescue and evacuation (See the travel insurance page.)
Nepal entry visa if you are travelling to Tibet via Nepal (You can obtain the visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days can be obtained by paying USD 25 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days and 90 days can be obtained by paying USD 40 and 100 respectively. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos.)
Internet and telephone calls
Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks
Lunch and dinner in Tibet (Depending upon your spending habits, USD 15-20 per day is enough for one person.)
Tips for the guide (Tipping is expected.)
Any other expenses not mentioned in the Price Includes section
To enter Tibet, either you have to go via Nepal or China. There are regular flights from Kathmandu, Nepal to Lhasa except on Tuesday. And, from China, there are daily flights from Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou.
Tibet Travelling Permit:
1. If you are travelling via Nepal, we handle all the procedure to secure the visa. The processing fee is all included in the trip price.
2. If you are travelling via China, you should get the Chinese visa from the Chinese Embassy in your home/resident country. You will then need to e-mail us the scan copy of the Chinese visa. We will apply for the Tibet travelling permit. Once we receive the hard copy of the permit from the Tibetan authority, then we will mail the copy to your country or your hotel address in China. If you are flying to Tibet via China, then please consider staying one night in China. So you can collect the permit for Tibet at your hotel.
All you need to bring for this tour is simply some comfortable clothes. There is no any requirement of special equipment. However, for your ease, the following list gives you a general idea about the items needed for this trip. The most important factor to be considered while packing for this trip is the time of the year you are traveling.
The clothing you bring will need to allow for both the warmth of the days and the chill of the nights. Following items are recommended to carry on the trip for your own protection and safety.
- Sleeping bag (Optional)
- Down jacket
- Warm wool or synthetic hat that covers your ears
- Sunglasses with UV protection
- Neck warmer/scarf
- Warm gloves
- Fleece jacket
- Waterproof shell jacket and pants
- Pants (Loose jeans/khakis/cotton)
- Lightweight thermal tops and bottoms
- Liner socks
- Shoes or sneakers
Medicines and First Aid Kit
It will be better if your personalized first-aid kit includes these:
- Ibuprofen for general aches and pains
- Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea
- Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude
- Anti-infection ointments
- Lip balm
- Hand sanitizer
Miscellaneous, but Important!
- Passport and extra passport photos (3 copies)
- Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in KTM just in case if you need to change the date of your)
- Durable wallet/pouch for travel documents, money & passport
- Travel insurance policy
- Credit cards and cash
- Water bottle
This list is only a guide. While you are required to bring everything on this list, there are numerous options, brands, and versions of each piece of equipment. Use your experience and the listed features to find the best gear for you.
Note: Tight fitting, figure-hugging clothing such as those made with Lycra can often be offensive to locals, especially to women. If you find these items comfortable as a base layer, please pack something to wear on top of them.
Here's a few answers to most common Questions asked by the customers.
The Tibet Heritage Tour is suitable for the average traveler who is moderately fit, thus no previous experience is required. Some physical fitness programs such as running, swimming, hiking is recommended before you embark on this journey. Persons suffering from a pre-existing medical condition must seek medical advice/consent before considering the trek. Whilst on the tour, it is common to experience some discomfort before being fully acclimatized to high altitudes.
Yes, our airport representative will be there to greet you at the airport. S/he will be displaying your name in the signboard. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel.
We use twin-sharing rooms at two-star hotels in all the places in Tibet with breakfast included.
All breakfasts are included in our package. Your guide will help you find good restaurants with reasonable price. Must are the small Tibetan restaurants which serve authentic Tibetan food. You can try ethnic Tibetan cuisine. Have some momos or gyantok, and wash it down with a cup of salted Tibetan butter tea. Meals will either be in the hotel or at a restaurant of your choice (where available). While on the road, lunch will be at one of the many Chinese tea shops along the way which generally serve a variety of noodle and vegetable dishes and meat where available. Expect to spend around USD 15 to 20 per day for meals.
Ace the Himalaya is all about providing you with local insights, lifestyle as well as adventure. Using a variety of private transport is an integral part of our Himalayan tours, enhancing the experience!
We use private tourist vehicles for sightseeing, city tours and pickups. These vehicles are extremely sturdy, spacious and reliable and they make the journey as comfortable as possible.
The best time for Tibet Heritage Tour is between March and October.
The weather in the mountains is notoriously difficult to predict. Nights are generally cooler than the daytime. It is also important to make sure that you can stay warm and dry in just about any conditions. Expect the unexpected! Depending on the season the temperature could range from -15°C to 20°C.
Yes, we do handle all the procedure for Tibet travelling permit if you travel to Tibet via Nepal. The processing fee is all included in the trip price.
Those who are traveling from China to Tibet should get the Chinese visa from the Chinese Embassy in your home/resident country. You will then need to e-mail us the scan copy of the Chinese visa. We will apply for the Tibet travelling permit. Once we receive the hard copy of the visa from the Tibetan authority, then we will mail the copy to your country or your hotel address in China. If you are flying to Tibet via China, then please consider staying one night in China. So you can collect the permit for Tibet at your hotel.
We cater to all group sizes, while maintaining the field staff ratio to give you the best quality and experience.
Flights to and from Lhasa aren’t included in the package. However, we can book the flights for you whether you are travelling via Nepal or China.
There are regular flights from Kathmandu, Nepal to Lhasa except on Tuesday. And, from China, there are daily flights from Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou.
Laundry service is easily available at your hotels. Please note that laundry service is not included in the package price.
This facility is available in most of the places in your hotel reception by paying some service charges. Remember to bring travel adapters!
Communication in Tibet has been improved over the past few years. All the hotels we use have international IDD phone and fax services. Phone calls can also be made from public booth in bigger towns. Internet cafes are also available at bigger towns. Please check with your guide for the best cyber cafes in each town.
You can also have a roaming facility added to your mobile phone as mobile phones work fine in Tibet. If you buy a Chinese SIM card, you could stay in touch with your family and friends most of the time.
Besides Chinese Yuan, only US dollars can be accepted in Tibet. The shops that accept American currency are very limited and you might not be able to get a good deal for an exchange rate. Credit cards can only be used at some hotels. The Bank of China also accepts credit cards. ATM is not widely available. Exchanging your money to Chinese currency will be the best option for you, which can be done at the Bank of China. While changing money at the local money exchange centers, please make sure that you are accompanied by your guide and do consult him as you may easily be duped with counterfeit notes.
It depends on your spending habits. USD 15 to 20 a day will be enough to buy lunch, dinner, bottles of water, chocolates and a few drinks during the tour.
Tibet is becoming more expensive every year. There are many shops in Lhasa, Shigatse and Gyantse that sell traditional Tibetan handicrafts. We recommend you to bring extra money to spend on souvenirs.
This is a difficult thing to gauge. We have seen everything from USD 20 to USD 1000 per person for guides. Tipping is not required, but a small gesture of thanks to your guides for their help. The level of the tip should reflect the level of satisfaction from and personal involvement with your guide.
In most places bottled water is readily available. If you wish to drink normal water, you need to use purifying aid, which you need to bring with you.
Our company insures all our staff members, including guides, cooks, Sherpas and porters. Please browse though Company Information pages to view insurance details.
Here are some documents that you will need to carry with you:
· Valid Passport – must be valid for up to 6 months after you return from your tour (Keep a separate photocopy)
· Travel insurance (Keep a separate photocopy)
· Cash and Traveller’s Cheques (Keep numbers and proof of purchase separately)
· Flight tickets
· Emergency contact numbers for T/C’s, banks, insurance, family contacts
Yes, there are a plenty of options and choices to extend your holiday before or after your main trip. Please contact us for the recommendations.
No vaccinations are compulsory for traveling in Tibet, but we do recommend you are covered for diphtheria, TB, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, *malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus.
We also recommend:
· A dental check-up prior to traveling
· That you know your blood group in case of emergency
If you have any pre-existing medical conditions which might affect you on tour, you make these known to your tour leader and Ace the Himalaya at the time of your booking.