Essential Tibet

Lhasa, Gyantse & Shigatse

From £2200 in low season
From £3000 in high season

based on 7 nights inc. flights

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* Pricing is a guideline only and excludes special offers. Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.

Price includes:

  • Internal flights

  • Accommodation

  • Private transfers

  • Daily experiences

  • Daily Breakfast

per person based on two sharing. 
Please note that the cost of the itinerary will be higher during peak periods of travel, over Chinese National Holidays.

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  • Visit in Winter to beat the crowds and enjoy a different take of Tibet as the nomads gather in Lhasa for its annual pilgrimage.

  • The trip is carefully planned with specially chosen hotels, private vehicles and guides with oxygen supply readily available during the trip to ensure our adventure in Tibet is as comfortable as possible.

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Perched high on the ‘roof of the world’, Tibet experiences a diverse plateau climate, with temperatures decreasing as you increase in altitude and latitude. Lhasa is pleasant year-round, with warm summers and chilly winters, but plenty of sunshine year round. Interestingly, most of the rain falls at night, making exploring the city a joy even during the rainier summer months. Due to its extreme altitude, Tibet experiences the strongest solar radiation in China, so you can expect plenty of sunshine! The winter months are predictably cold, with a surprising lack of snow for such a mountainous region. Temperature variations in a 24-hour period can be startling, often showcasing ‘four seasons in one day’ so be sure to pack plenty of layers for your Tibetan adventure.

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We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 020 3993 8476 to start planning your holiday.


Tibet has long been known as the holy place of China and one of closest place to Heaven. This trip brings you into the heart of Tibet, Lhasa, Gyantse and Shigatse, and explore the diversities of the mysterious region.

  1. Fly into Chengdu

  2. Days 1-2: Chengdu, China

    Spend your first night at Chengdu Airport Hotel.

    Accommodation: Chengdu Airport Hotel (1 night)

  3. Depart Chengdu and fly into Lhasa

  4. Days 2-5: Lhasa

    Discover the capital Lhasa with a visit to the bustling markets, Jokhang monastery and the outskirts of Lhasa. Not to be missed is the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Site of Potala Palace that houses many Tibetan Buddhism artefacts.

    Accommodation: Shangri-La Hotel, Lhasa (3 nights)

  5. Days 5-6: Gyantze

    Drive along spectacular landscapes and the holy Yamdrok lake to arrive at the well-preserved and rustic old town of Gyantse. Enroute, we make a stop at the Pelkor Chode Monastery and the Kumbum that showcases stunning unique architecture from the 13th to 15th century. Explore the majestic pagoda and its colourful murals.

    Accommodation: Gyantze Hotel (1 night)

  6. Days 6-7: Shigatse

    The next day, transfer to Shigatse and enroute visit the Pala Manor, owned by one of richest family in Tibetan history and wander along the large compounds to see the lavish rooms of Tibetan nobles. The last stop of the day is to the impressive Tashilungpo Monastery, seat of the Panchen Lama, second to the Dalai Lama.

    Accommodation: Gesar Hotel (1 night)

  7. Days 7-8: Lhasa

    Stay the last night in Lhasa before transferring to the airport for your flight home.

    Accommodation: Shangri-La Hotel, Lhasa (1 night)

  8. Fly home from Lhasa


  • Cultural and Historical Lhasa

    Dive into the culture and history of Tibet today! Visit Potala Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore Barkhor Square, the bustling market of old Lhasa and visit Jokhang monastery, the most important religious activity centre for Tibetan Buddhism.

  • Evening Princess Wencheng Show

    Enjoy an outdoor live action drama performance narrating the story of Princess Wencheng of Tang Dynasty's marriage with the Tibetan King 1,400 years ago.

  • Ganden Monastery

    Visit Ganden Monastery and explore the largest and oldest temple among the six renowned temples of Gelugpa. You may wish to hike up the hill to soak-up breath-taking panoramic views of the surrounding Kyi-Chu Valley.

  • Pala Manor and Tashilungpo Monastery

    Transfer to Xigatze and enroute visit Pala Manor, a well-preserved serf manor owned by the famous noble Pala family and gain an insight into the lifestyle of the wealthy landowning people. Explore the treasures of the remarkable Tashilungpo Monastery.

  • Pelkor Chode Monastery and the Kumbum

    Drive to Gyantze and enjoy a spectacular view of Karo La Glacier with its snow peaked mountains contrasted with blue sky and gorgeous turquoise waters. Visit the Pelkor Chode Monastery and the Kumbum with its stunningly unique architecture.

  • Yamdrok Lake Day Trip from Lhasa

    Enjoy a spectacular view of Kampa La and Karo La Glacier with its snow peaked mountains contrasted with blue sky and gorgeous turquoise waters. Continue to Yamdrok Lake and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.


Lhasa, Gyantse & Shigatse

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