Tibet Classic

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Tour Details

Group Size:
1--15 pax

Travel Season:
April - Nov.

3 & 4-star hotel

Chartered car or bus


Listed in the itinerary

English-speaking guides

Entrance Fees:
Entrance for the sites stated


Tibet Classic 8 Days
This tour will let you explore the best part of Tibet in 8 days including Potala Palace, Shigatse, Sakya, Everest Base Camp with professional Tibetan tour guide.

Day 01 Fly to Lhasa

Arrival in Lhasa airport, your guide willmeet you here. Then you will take a ride along the highest river in the world—Yar Long Tsangpo River for one hour to Lhasa. You are suggested to take arest for acclimatization in the hotel today.
Overnight in Lhasa
Meals: Breakfast & lunch

Day 02 Lhasa     
Today you will visit the famous PatalaPalace, Jolkhang Temple and Barkhor Streets. Potala Palace was first built in the 7th century by the famous Tibetan king—Songtsen Gampo. The present one was built by the 5th Dalai Lama in the 17th century. The Potala is divided into Red Palace and White Palace. The red palace was for religious use and the white onefor political use. It takes whole morning to visit Potala Palace.
Then you will have lunch in the local restaurant.
Afterwards you will walk to visit Jokhang Monastery that is situated in the old section of Lhasa, and built in the 7th century A.D.by king Songtsen Gampo. It is the most sacred place in Tibet as it houses the sculpture of 12-year-old Sakyamuni that was brought by Wencheng Princess in the7th century.
Barkhor street is a big free market around Jokhang Monastery where you can purchage all sorts of Tibetan souvenirs.Barkhor Streets is also an essential pilgrim route.
Overnight in Lhasa
Meals: Breakfast & lunch

Day 03. Lhasa/Gyangtse
Drive Shigatse via Gampa La pass(4980m) which offers spectacular views of the Nojin Kangsang snow ranges and the turquoise lake  (4400m) Yamdrok,view of glacial mountain peak Nojin Kangsang (7200m) , Gyangtse township(4000m).The fertile valley of the Nyang-chu River, which is the principal tributary of the Brahmaputra in Tsang, visit Gyangtse township and Kubum monastery and sightseeing the old part of town.
Overnight in Gyangtse
Meals: Breakfast & lunch

Day 04. Gyangtse/Shigatse/Sakya
Continue driving in the Nyang-chu valley about 90 km to north via Padnam township to Shigatse city (3900m) where we will visit Pachen Lama's seat place,the great Tashilumpo monastery, a very big and complex monastery in Tibet.Afterwards continue driving to Sakya.
Overnight in Sakya
Meals: Breakfast & lunch

Day 05.Sakya/Shegar
This morning we will visit Sakya Monastery. It has a history of more than 900 years and is the leading monastery for the Sakyapa school of Tibetan Buddhism. A number of cultural relics and artifacts in the Sakya Monastery ensure that it is a historical and cultural museum, presenting its glittering past to allvisitors. Afterwards drive about 4 hours through the high pass over 5200 m to Shegar town.
Overnight in Shegar
Meals: Breakfast & lunch

Day 06. Shegar/Everest
Today we will get away from the Friendship Highway and travel towards Rongbuk Monastery near the Mount Everest Base Cam. Rongbuk Monastery is the highest monastery in the world and has been rebuilt considerably in the past decade. From Everest base camp, you can see stunning views of Everest and the surrounding Rongbuk Valley. Spend the rest of the day on exploring the Everest Base Camp.
Overnight in Rongbuk Monastery guesthouse. (Depending on weather, you might stay in Shegar rather than in Rongbuk)
Meals: Breakfast & lunch

Day 07. Everest/Shigatse
Morning time exploring to the Everest base camp, Afterwards take the same waydrive back to Shigatse. Please note the Everest view might be covered by cloudsdepending on the weather.
Overnight in Shigatse
Meals: Breakfast & lunch

Day 08. Shigatse Departure
In the morning, transfer to Shigatse Airport to catch flight from Shigatse to Chengdu. The trip concludes.
Meals: Breakfast 

The city has a history more than 1400 years which can traced back to the 7th century when the King Srongtsen Gampo moved the capital to here. Lhasa, literally the place of the Gods, is the hub of Tibet for transportation, education, religion etc. with a population of 550,000 (2013) and 83% are  Tibetans. The altitude of Lhsa is about 3600 meters, it is highly suggested to acclimatise for your first day to do nothing. You can choose flight or trains from various cities in China to Lhasa, such as Chengdu, Chongqing, Xining, Lanzhou, Beijing, Xian and Shanghai. It is a once-in-the-life experience to take the train from Xining to Lhasa, on the way you can endless snow-covered mountains, green lakes, Tanggula Range(5200 meters), yaks, etc. The climate in Lhasa is quite warm during the daytime as the sun shine is very strong, but quite chilly in the night even in Summer. In winter, it is still very nice to visit Lhasa, you can wander in the daytime around Potala Palace and Jakhang Monastery,  Barkhor Street.

Major Attactions:
Potala Palace布达拉宫
It was used by Dalai Lama in the past, and now it is the major attraction of Lhasa.  You can view the palace standing on the hill like a fortress to guard Lhasa. The earliest history can be traced back to the 7th century AD, when King Songtsen Gampo built a palace here. The layout of the Potala Palace includes the rooftop White Palace and the central Red Palace. As the entrance tickets are limited and are very difficult to acquire in Summer, you can contact us to assist you on this.

Jokhang Monastery大昭寺
In 7th century, King Songtsen Gampo go married with 2 girls, one was from Nepal. the other one was from China. The Chinese Wencheng princess brought the statue of Budda which was made as per Buddha´s 12-year-old image, which was stored in the temple  late on.  Jokhang means chapel of the Jowo. It is the most revered temple in Tibet by all Tibetan Buddhists as it housed the holy statue here.

Bakhor Street 八角街
Around the Jokhang Monastery, the street is called Bakhor that is the commercial center of Lhasa from the ancient to now, filled with various shops selling different goods.  But the most impressive kora, pilgrim circuit, is clockwise around the Jokhang Monastery. You can immerse into the crowd of pilgrims in the later afternoon.

Shigatse is the second largest city in Tibet Autonomous Region, China , with a population of 92000, about 250 km (160 mi) southwest of Lhasa and 90 km (56 mi) northwest of Gyantse. It is the administrative centre of the modern Shigatse Prefecture in Tibet.
The city is located at an altitude of 3,840 metres (12,600 ft) at the confluence of the Yarlung Tsangpo (aka Brahmaputra) river and the Nyang River in west Tibet. Shigatse has a history that can be traced back more than 600 years, and it is an ancient holy city of the traditional seat of Panchen Lama, one of the spiritual leaders in Tibet.
Shigatse is the most colorful area in Tibet with vast grasslands, fertile fields in river valleys, flourishing semitropical jungles and snowfields at high altitudes. The famous scenery spots include Xiqin Spring, Yatung Spring, Yongzelucuo Lake, Tashilumpo Monastery, Palkor Monastery in Gyantse, Sakya Monastery, Pingcuolin Monastery, Juenang Monastery, Pala Manor and etc.

Travelers are advised to read the Trip Notes before your China tours.
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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.
Luggage - We suggest you to take one main piece of lockable baggage and a shoulder bag. Total allowance: 44lbs/20kgs. Don’t overload yourself, because you have to carry your own baggage.
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.
Accommodation - Each tour lists the hotel standard, you can check it before your booking, The hotels are selected for convenience of location, comfort or character, and can range differently from tour to tour. In some remote areas, accommodation may be of a lower standard and may not have all western amenities. Please note that there is no international classification system for hotels, and differences and quality do exist between the European Countries and China, though it is marked 4 or 5 star hotel.
In bigger cities and large towns the standard is similar although on a lesser scale. In small towns or villages where tourism is less prevalent, the hotels we use are smaller and facilities are more limited, though we generally stay in the best place in town. Rooms will still be en suite but rooms can be basic. Plumbing and electricity supplies can be somewhat erratic and although the welcome is warm, service levels may be less efficient than you may be used to.
Booking a Single Room – Silkroadtrips are pleased to offer travellers the option of pre-booking a guaranteed single room.  Kindly note our single supplement do not include sharing cabins on the overnight trains or cruises. 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.
Aboard the overnight sleeper train, berths are usually in 1st class ‘soft sleeper’ lockable compartments for 4 which have 2 sets of bunks with clean bedding provided. WC and washbasins are provided for shared use at the end of each carriage. Hot meals and snacks are sold to your berth on all overnight journeys. In times of large demand we may have to travel in 2nd class ‘hard sleeper’ which consists of sectioned off compartments for 6,leading off an open plan carriage.
Bullet trains are getting popular, it is very modern with a high velocity of 300km per hour. There are western toilets, dinning car on the bullet trains, and normally for short distance running 1—8 hours.
You can check in 20 kg baggage and carry 5kg hand bag with you while boarding a flight in China. 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.

Eating is always an important part of the tours. Each tour of Silkroadtrips has listed the included meals, please check it on-line. Our professional guide will always arrange the meals at clean local restaurants to taste different food with different budget approximately from CNY20 to CNY200 per person per meal. Please check our webpage for Chinese Cuisine as below.
Tipping - If you're happy with the services provided then a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. Tipping is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across China and other Asian countries. We recommend that any tips are given to the intended recipient by a member of your group, rather than collected and passed on by the group leader.
The following amounts are based on local considerations and feedback from our past travellers:
Restaurants: Tipping is not common practice at restaurants in China or Tibet.
Tour guides: Throughout your tour you may at times have local guides or national guide. We suggest CNY10-15 per person per day for guides.
Porters: In some hotels a porter may offer to carry your bag to your room. We suggest CNY5 per bag for porters.
Drivers: You may have a range of drivers on your trip. Some may be with you for a short journey while others may be with you for several days. We would suggest that you tip only those more involved with the group (for example those that help you with your bags etc). CNY5-10 per person per day is generally appropriate.
Optional Extras - Our standard tours are planned to be as fully inclusive as possible. However, from time-to-time you may be suggested to join optional tours/sightseeing in addition to the standard sightseeing planned for that city. Such options are at an additional cost, with prices ranging from 20-200 CNY per person. If you do not wish to take part in any optional extras, you will have the option of enjoying some free time at leisure or to return to the hotel.
Personal Expenses - Kindly check the inclusions for your tour, you will need to take some extra money to cover drinks, laundry and souvenirs, plus any additional sightseeing that may be offered to you. Based on the advice of previous customers an approximate amount of $250 per week should be sufficient; however for those that can’t resist a bargain, consider allocating a higher amount.
Electricity Supply & Plugs
China operates on a 220V and uses a combination of US/European and Chinese style plugs in most hotel rooms. You can buy an international adaptor before the tour

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