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Tibet 8 Day Tour: Lhasa & Everest Base Camp
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Tibet 8 Day Tour: Lhasa & Everest Base Camp

  • English English
  • 8 days
  • Hotel pick up

Discover the best of Tibet on this incredible eight-day tour. Explore Buddhist monasteries, admire spectacular Himalayan landscapes and hike up to Everest Base Camp. An unmissable experience!

Tibet 8 Day Tour

Day 1: Lhasa

Having arrived at Lhasa Airport or the main train station, you'll be picked up and transferred to your hotel, where you'll be left to rest and relax in preparation for your adventure. Lhasa has been the religious and administrative capital of Tibet since the 17th century, making it the ideal place to begin your 8-day tour of this fascinating region.

Day 2: Lhasa

Today, you'll embark on a guided tour of some of Lhasa's most important cultural sites. Visit the Potala Palace, the former residence of the Dalai Lama and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Discover the history of this important Tibetan site as you explore the museum currently located there.

Continue your route around Lhasa to the Jokhang Temple, a Buddhist temple located in the famous Barkhor Square area of the city. As well as admiring the art and architecture of the sanctuary, including the gilded bronze statue of Sakyamuni Buddha, you'll hear all about the myths and legends surrounding it.

Finally, you'll delve deeper into the Barkhor district, following the pilgrimage walk that thousands of devoted Buddhists take to the Jokhang Temple. Take in the lively atmosphere of pilgrims and locals wandering through the streets.

At the end of the day, you'll enjoy a delicious welcome meal in a typical local restaurant: the perfect introduction to the traditional tastes of Tibet.

Day 3: Lhasa

After a hearty breakfast in your hotel, you'll be ready for a day exploring the "great three gompas", or the three most important Gelug Buddhist monasteries in Tibet. The first stop on your guided tour of these unmissable sanctuaries will be Dreprung Monastery. Founded in the 15th century, this is the largest of all of Tibet's monasteries, and is big enough to house more than 7000 monks.

Next, you'll visit Ganden Monastery. Explore what has been rebuilt of the hilltop complex which, while once able to support up to 5000 Buddhist monks, was completely destroyed by the People's Liberation Army in the 1959 Tibetan Uprising, and by the Red Guard in 1966. 

You'll then be taken to Sera Monastery, where you'll have the opportunity to learn more about Buddhism attending a debate between monks.

Day 4: Lhasa – Gyantse – Shigatse

Today, you'll leave Lhasa behind and head to the town of Gyantse. The journey will take you through some of the most spectacular landscapes imaginable. Dramatic mountains overlooking the piercing blue Yamdrok Lake, at a height of 14,570 feet (4,440 metres) above sea level, make for a breathtakingly beautiful image that you'll remember forever.

Arriving in Gyantse, you'll be taken to explore the famous Palcho Monastery, also  called Pelkor Chode. Three different Tibetan Buddhist sects share the sacred hilltop complex. Admire the contrast of the white, red and gold architecture against the mountains, the statues of Buddha and the impressive stupa.

After around an hour and a half's drive, you'll reach Shigatse, where you'll spend the night after an intensive day.

Day 5: Shigatse – Rongbuk

Having enjoyed breakfast at your hotel in Shigatse, you'll set off for Lhatse, a small town where you'll make a stop for lunch (not included), before heading on to Shekar. If weather conditions permit, you'll be able to catch your first glimpse of the "Roof of the World", Mount Everest.

Continuing on your approach to the world's tallest mountain, you'll arrive at Rongbuk Monastery. Located in Basum Township, not far from Everest Base Camp, the Buddhist sanctuary is considered to be the highest-elevated monastery in the world.

You'll spend the night in a large tent located at the feet of the incredible Mount Everest, a truly unique location.

Day 6: Rongbuk – Everest Base Camp – Shigatse

Wake up first thing in the morning to make the most of your privileged accommodation watching the sunrise over Mount Everest, an unparalleled image that you'll never forget. You'll then have the awe-inspiring opportunity to climb up to Everest Base Camp: choosing to hike the 2.5 mile (4 km) route or catching a bus instead.

After a memorable morning, you'll make the return journey to Shigatse, where you'll spend the night.

Day 7: Shigatse – Lhasa

After breakfast at your hotel in Shigatse, you'll pay a visit to the Tashi Lhunpo Monastery, another of Tibet's important historic and cultural sites. The enormous gilt statue of Jampa, the Future Buddha, is just one of many highlights of the sacred site.

Having explored the monastery complex, you'll head back to Lhasa, where you'll stay for the final night of your tour.

Day 8: Lhasa

Following breakfast, it'll be time to say goodbye after an unforgettable eight-day Tibetan adventure. You'll dropped off at Lhasa Airport or train station, with memories to last a lifetime.

Accommodation

This 8-day Tibet tour include 7 nights accommodation:

  • Lhasa (4 nights): Three star hotel with breakfast.
  • Shigatse (2 nights): Three star hotel with breakfast.
  • Rongbuk (1 night): Camping in a tent.

Food

Your 8-day tour of Tibet includes breakfast every day except in Rongbuk, plus a welcome dinner on the second day. The rest of your meals are not included and should be paid separately.

Important information

  • To enter Tibet, you will need a special travel permit. In order to arrange your permit, we will ask for photocopies of your valid passport and your Chinese visa, and you'll then be sent your Tibet Travel Permit within approximately 8 working days. You will have to carry your travel documents with you at all times while in Tibet.
  • The pick up service from the airport or train station takes place at 9:30 am, 1:30 pm or 4:30 pm. Likewise, the return transfer to these locations is at 6:30 am, 8:30 am or 12:30 pm. If you require a pick up or drop off service outside of these time, you'll incur a supplementary charge of 38 USD (train station transfer) or 61 USD (airport transfer).

Pricing information

The price indicated is per person either sharing a double room, or in their own room. If you are travelling alone, you may select the double room option and we will allocate you to share with another person on the tour.

Price

Double room Single room
8 day tour
US$ 850
US$ 1,010

8 day tour

  • Double room

    US$ 850
  • Single room

    US$ 1,010

More Information

Duration

8 days.

Language English

The tour is exclusively in English.

Included

Tibet Travel Permit.

Pick up and drop off at Lhasa Airport or Train Station (selected times).

Pick up and drop off at hotels.

English speaking guide.

6 nights hotel accommodation plus 1 night camping in a tent.

Breakfasts (except in Rongbuk).

Welcome dinner on the second night.

Oxygen bottle.

Entrance to all monuments visited.

Bottled water throughout the tours.

Insurance.

Not included

Chinese visa.

Additional food and drinks.

Pick up and drop off service outside of indicated hours.

When to book?

Book as soon as possible to guarantee availability, especially during public holidays and festivities.

You can book up to 42 days before (Lhasa local time) if there are still places available.

Ticket

Once your booking has been confirmed, you will receive an email containing your booking voucher. Please print it out or download on your smartphone/tablet to show on the day of the activity.

Frequently asked questions

  • Q - How to book?

    A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.

If you still have more questions, check out our section on frequently asked questions. If you need help to book an activity or have any enquiries, please contact us.

Accessibility

No (not suitable for people with reduced mobility).

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US$ 930
No hidden fees or surcharges
Free cancellation up to 21 days before

Cancellations

Free! Free cancellation up to 21 days before the day of the activity. If you cancel under this time or do not show up, you will not be refunded.