Tibet is one of the most outstanding tourist destinations in the world. Lying on the high-altitude Qinghai Tibet Plateau, the highest plateau in the world, this unique region is a land of high mountains and lush deep valleys, of huge sacred lakes and holy monasteries, and of ancient Buddhist temples and devout Buddhist people.
A land where culture and religion are so intertwined that it is hard to tell where one ends and the other begins, Tibet is one of the most devout Buddhist regions in the world.
Tibet is well known around the world and is renowned as being the Land of Snows, the Third Pole, and the Roof of the World. Any Tibet tours in 2019 are going to be the best tour you have ever taken. With the recent reopening of the Tibet Autonomous Region to international tourism (Tibet usually closes in February and March for the Tibetan New Year festivities), there is no better time to book your Small Group Tour with us and head for the heady heights of the Tibetan Plateau.
A unique short tour of Lhasa and the surroundings, this amazing four-day trip to the Tibetan capital, the highest capital city in the world, is a short and simple trip that takes you to the best of the spiritual, religious, and cultural attractions of the city of Lhasa. One of the most beautiful cities in China, Lhasa is the home of the famous Potala Palace, the former center of the Dalai Lama’s rule in Tibet, now a major tourist attraction and the iconic landmark of the Tibetan capital.
Lhasa is also the home of the sacred Jokhang Temple, the holiest man-made site in Tibet. Built in the 7th century, this unique temple houses one f the oldest statues of Buddha in existence and is the main destination in Lhasa for Tibetan pilgrims.
The tour also gives you the chance to explore some of the other delightful attractions of the capital, including the kora route of Barkhor Street, as well as the Sera and Drepung monasteries. You can walk shoulder to shoulder with the pilgrims around the kora route and experience the unique monastic philosophical debates at the Sera Monastery.
If you are looking for a little culture on your trip to Tibet, then you will not get better than this awesome 6-day tour for short tours of the plateau. As well as including the major attractions of the capital city, including the Jokhang Temple and Potala Palace, you will get to travel outside of the city to visit some of the outlying attractions of the region in Gyantse and Shigatse.
After the first two days acclimatizing in Lhasa and visiting the local sights, you will travel out of the capital, and head towards the small city of Gyantse, to the southwest. The route to Gyantse passes alongside one of Tibet’s most sacred lakes, Lake Yamdrok, known for being the lifeblood of Tibet.
Legend says that if the lake should ever dry up, Tibet will become an uninhabitable wasteland. Gyantse is the third largest city in Tibet and is the home of the Pelkor Chode Monastery, which houses the famous Gyantse Kumbum. The Kumbum is a 32-meter high stupa that is the only one of its kind in Tibet.
After the visit to Gyantse, you will continue on to Shigatse, home to the Tashilhunpo Monastery. The monastery is the seat of the Panchen Lama, Tibet’s second highest incarnation. Shigatse is the Second city of Tibet and lies at the confluence of the Yarlung Tsangpo River and the Nyang River. After spending time touring the monastery and the city, you will be driven back to Lhasa along the Friendship Highway.
One of the most popular destinations in the world, and the pinnacle of Tibetan tourism, Mount Everest is more than 712 kilometers to the west of Lhasa, on the border between China and Nepal. In fact, the borderline actually goes right over the summit of the world’s highest mountain.
This unforgettable 8-day tour to Mount Everest and back starts with a two-day tour of the major attractions of Lhasa, before heading out on the road to visit Gyantse and Shigatse, passing by Lake Yamdrok and the pristine white Karola Glacier along the way.
While tourists are not permitted to actually climb up on the mountain, you will head out of Shigatse to the Everest Base Camp (EBC) for tourists, which lies around 14 kilometers from the summit, in a straight line. The base camp, which was recently moved back by around 2km from the original site, lies a short distance from the stunning Rongbuk Monastery, the highest Buddhist monastery in the world.
From both the base camp and the monastery, you can get the best possible views and photos of the massive peak of Mount Everest, an achievement that few people still can say they have done. After staying overnight at the base camp or at the monastery guesthouse, you will take the long drive back to Lhasa along the Friendship Highway.
Many travelers to the Himalaya region take in more than one destination on their tours, and this 8-day tour of the plateau is designed for just that. Not only will you get the best of the extended tour from Lhasa to Mount Everest, but you will also get to travel across the border into Nepal, to continue your vacation in this beautiful Himalayan country. Noted for its outstanding trekking trails, Nepal is a popular destination for travelers after visiting Tibet.
The tour includes all the sights and experiences of the tour from Lhasa to EBC, from the beautiful sights of the Tibetan capital to the stunning views at EBC. The tour follows the same route as the 8-day EBC tour above, but after visiting the world’s highest mountain, you will not head back to Lhasa.
Instead, your guide will take you along the Friendship Highway even further, to the town of Gyirong, around 24 kilometers from the Nepali border. After a night’s rest, mostly because the border closes at 5 pm, you will be taken to the new border crossing at Gyirong Port, the main crossing point for trade and tourists between Nepal and China.
The border checkpoint at Gyirong Port, after you have exited Chinese immigration, opens out onto the Resuo Bridge, which spans the Trishuli River Gorge, the natural boundary between China and Nepal. Once you have walked across the bridge and obtained your visa on arrival at Nepali immigration, you will be able to get a car, shuttle, or bus to the exotic capital of Kathmandu.
The route to the capital city of Nepal drops down from the Himalayas, through the Langtang National Park, and it takes around 6 hours to make the trip to Kathmandu and the rest of your vacation.
You can also choose customized Tibet tours and selecting specific itineraries which you prefer.