5-Day Private Tour: Lhasa, Gyantse and Shigatse

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Day 1: Arrive Lhasa

Upon your arrival in Lhasa, your private guide will pick you up and begin the 1.5 hour transfer to downtown Lhasa. On the way to your hotel, enjoy the heart-beating highland view along the Yarlong Tsangpo river, the longest river in Tibet. After you check-in to your hotel, you have the rest of the day to spend at your leisure. Overnight accommodation at a 4-star hotel in Lhasa.


Day 2: Lhasa-Gyantse (B)

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel, then make the 7 to 8 hours drive to Gyantse via the Gampa La pass, which offers spectacular views of the Nojin Kangsang snow ranges and the turquoise lake Yamdrok. On the way, you may also view the amazing Karola glacier. Arrive in Gyangtse in the afternoon to spend the rest of your day at your leisure. Overnight accommodation at a 3-star hotel in Gyantse.


Day 3: Gyantse-Shigatse (B)

In the morning, visit the Pelkhor monastery, famous for its Kumbum Pagoda. After lunch, begin your 2-hour ride to Shigatse. While you are en route, stop to visit a local Tibetan family to experience and indulge into the daily Tibetan life. Overnight accommodation at a 4-star hotel in Shigatse.


Day 4: Shigatse-Lhasa (B)

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel, then visit Pachen Lama's seat place, the large and complex Tashilumpo monastery. Afterwards, briefly visit a charming local market. After lunch, drive back to Lhasa along the Yarlung Tasangpo River. The journey from Shigatse to Lhasa will take approximately 5.5 hours. Overnight accommodation at a 3-star hotel in Lhasa.


Day 5: Lhasa Departure (B)

On your final day, your driver will transfer you to the airport to catch your departing flight. 


A visa is required for entry into China for all nationalities except Japan, Singapore and Brunei who are allowed visa free stays under 14 days. Travellers holding APEC cards are allowed entrance visa free if their card has already been approved for China.

Under the current guidelines to get a visa you will need to provide the following:

- Letter of Invitation from a Chinese agency

- Copy of Flight tickets

- Hotel booking confirmation

- Travel Insurance (some embassies ask for this document) 

In some cases, you may be required to provide further information or documentation and if this is the case we will notify you as soon as possible.

Booking a Single Room

On this particular tour we are pleased to be able to offer travellers the option of pre-booking a guaranteed single room. Due to the variety of accommodation used on this tour, single rooms are available for a majority of the nightstops, however it would still mean sharing on any overnight trains. All of our tours are planned and operated on a twin-share basis, meaning that the standard cost is based either on individual travellers sharing accommodation with another group member of the same sex, or people who book together sharing accommodation.

Vaccinations and Your Health

We recommend that you contact your primary care physician or a travel doctor for advice on vaccinations and travel health and we advise that you check to see if your tetanus-diphtheria booster is still valid every 10 years. 


Travel insurance is compulsory for all our customers. At the start of the trip you must provide us with: the name of your insurance company, your policy number, a 18 hour medical emergency contact number, and the expiry date of the policy. You should ensure that your policy covers you for medical expenses and repatriation. If you are unable to provide all this information at the start of the trip you will not be allowed to join the trip. You can purchase insurance easily online by checking our Travel Insurance page.


One main piece of lockable baggage and a shoulder bag. Total allowance: 44lbs/20kgs. Remember, you are expected to carry your own baggage – so don’t overload yourself. It is essential that your baggage is lockable; the airline/train authorities insist on this. Please be aware, before boarding a flight in China that the Chinese authorities will only allow bottles onto aircraft if they have been checked in as main luggage. Any bottles in the hand luggage may be confiscated.


What to Expect on Tour

Itinerary Disclaimer

The information in this trip details has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. 


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