Top 8 Most Recommended Tibetan Tours in 2017

Tibet boasts of world-class tourist resources that are rich and unique with towering mountain ranges, tranquil holly lakes, majestic natural sceneries, raw folk customs and cultures. In this mystical land, there are sceneries and historic sites represented by Mount Everest, Yarlung Tsangpo River, Changtang National Nature Reserve, Potala Palace and Jokhang monastery, etc.

Potala Palace

Potala Palace, the landmark of Tibet tourism under a clear sky

With its innumerable tourist resources we listed below the most popular Tibet tour itineraries suggested by our guests. They are tours you will not miss if you plan an adventure tour in Tibet in 2017.

Top 1: 8 Days Lhasa to Everest Base Camp tour

This is a classic tour itinerary to visit Lhasa and Everest Base camp. It covers all the main Lhasa tourist sites such as Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street, Drepung and Sera monastery with Gyantse Kumbum and Tashi Lhunpho monastery in Shigatse.

Jokhang Temple

Jokhang Temple, the symbolic building of Tibetan Buddhism

This itinerary gives adequate time to those tourists who could not completely acclimatize to the high altitude in their first visit to Tibet. They could first stay several days in Lhasa and gradually get used to the plateau altitude and then start their journey.

During the tour you will get over Gampala pass(4790m); you will have a glimpse of Lake Yamdrok-tso (4400m) surrounded by snow-capped mountains and of spectacular views of Nyenchen Tanglha Mountains in the long distance (7191m), the highest mountain range near Lhasa. You could also stop your steps to watch Karo-la glacier and Mt. Everest, the highest mountain in the world from Everest Base Camp.

Most Recommended Everest Base Camp Tour Itinerary you can join in at best local price:

8 Days Lhasa to Everest Base Camp Group Tour

10 Days Lhasa to EBC and Namtso Lake Tour

Top 2: 15 Days Lhasa to Mount Kailash tour

Mount Kailash, the holy mountain in the eyes of Buddhism disciples, has been considered as the axis of the world by Hindus, Buddhists, Jains, and Bon sect followers. Every year thousands of Tibetan, Nepal and Indian Buddhists travel from near and afar to take a pilgrimage journey around Mt Kailash known as “kora”, a clockwise pilgrimage around the mountain’s foot. Because it is considered as holy and sacred, it could not be climbed by earthly man in the heart of religious followers. It remains its mystery to outsiders and attracts tens of thousands tourists to appreciate its beauty and religious myth every year.

Mount Kailash

Mount Kailash is the holly mountain of most Tibetans for Kora

In this tour itinerary you will sightsee all the main tourist sites in and around Lhasa and all the famous scenic spots in Mount Kailash areas including: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Bazaar, Drepung monastery and Sera monastery, Nyangchu Valley, Lake Yamdro-tso, Karo-la Glacier, Rongbuk Monastery, Everest Base Camp and Lake Manasarovar. When you arrive at the
Mt. Kailash areas, we suggest you have a Kora tour around this holly mountain and experience the cultural landscapes there; you will see Drirapuk and Dzultripuk monasteries in the forlorn wild, and get over Dolma-la pass at 5630m, the highest mountain pass in the world. We are sure you will be overwhelmed by these great natural wonders created by nature.

Most Recommended Tour Itinerary: 15 Days Kailash and Manasarova Small Group Tour

Top 3: 7 Days Lhasa to Kathmandu Overland tour

The tour covers all the main cultural landscapes and religious buildings in Lhasa such as Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Bazaar, Drepung and Sera monastery.

Then you will take our business cars to Shigatse, during which process you will see Lake Yamdrok-tso, religious buildings like the famous Pelkor Monastery, Gyantse Kumbum and Tashilunpo Monastery, one of the four biggest monasteries of Gelug Sect in Tibetan Buddhism.

Then according to the tour itinerary, you will stop to visit Rongphu Monastery, the highest monastery in the world (5000m) and then be transferred to border-Gyirong Port, along the route you will pass Nyalam Tong pass (5,150m) where the Friendship Highway connects Kathmandu, Nepal and Lhasa. And at Gyirong Port you will depart China and into the territory of Nepal and finally come to Kathmandu.

Lake Yamdroktso

Lake Yamdroktso is a holly lake in Tibetan’s hearts

Though lasts only 7 days, this tour covers all major tourist sites in Lhasa and in Shigatse and will offer you a complete impression of Tibet’s religion, cultural treasures, and dreamlike landscapes.

Most Recommended Tour Itinerary: 7 Days Lhasa to Kathmandu Overland Small Group Tour

Top 4: 10 Days Everest Base Camp and Lake Namtso tour

This is a classic tour itinerary to visit Lhasa, Everest Base camp and the holy Lake Namtso favored by most of our guests. The tour covers all the main cultural landscapes and religious buildings in Lhasa such as Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Bazaar, Drepung and Sera monastery.
Then you will take our business cars to Shigatse, during which process you will see Lake Yamdrok-tso, religious buildings like the famous Pelkor Monastery, Gyantse Kumbum and Tashilunpo Monastery, one of the four biggest monasteries of Gelug Sect in Tibetan Buddhism.

In Everest Base Camp, you will have enough time to sightsee Rongphu Monastery, the highest monastery in the world (5000m) and it belongs to Nyingma sect.

EBC

Mount Everest Camp, the transfer station for mount climbers

Tourists can see many natural sceneries like sacred Lake Yamdrok-tso and Karo-la glacier with magnificent views of Mt. Everest, the highest mountain in the world. Namtso Lake is the second largest alpine salt lake in Tibet at an altitude of 4,718 meters above sea level. Its natural beauty will take your breath away upon your eyes on it.

Most Recommended Tour Itinerary: 10 Days Lhasa to EBC and Namtso Lake Small Group Tour

Top 5: 6 Days Lhasa and Namtso Lake tour

This is another classic tour itinerary to visit Lhasa and the holy Lake Namtso. The tour covers all the main cultural landscapes in Lhasa such as Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street, Drepung and Sera monastery.

The highlight of this tour is one of the must-see attractions in Tibet the sacred Lake Namtso. It is the second largest alpine salt lake in Tibet at an altitude of 4,718 meters above sea level. You will see the stunning beauty of the lake and admire the lake as the works created by nature.

Lake Namtso

Lake Namtso is a blue pearl embedded in Tibetan plateau

A tourist noted: “Lake Namtso is one of those rare places on Earth where you feel the beauty of Nature as something material. You can drink in cool air and feel the wind caressing your cheeks and admire mountains in a place where you feel reluctant to leave.”

Most Recommended Tour Itinerary: 6 Days Lhasa and Lake Namtso Small Group Tour

Top 6: 5 Days Lhasa to Samey Monastery, three major monasteries and Lake Yamdrok tour

This trip covers all the major tourist sites in and around Lhasa. These cultural and religious sites include Potala palace, Jokhang temple, Drepung and Sera monastery. Except these traditional tourist sites we will take you to some other scenic spots such as the Yarlung Tsangpo River as you head to Samye monastery, the first Buddhist monastery built in Tibet and also the very first monastery to have monks; Ganden Monastery, the main seat of Gelug sect at an elevation of 3800m above sea level where you could see the Great Tsongkapa’s meditation cave and the beautiful view of Lhasa valley; Lake Yamdrok-tso, one of three sacred lakes in Tibet 4400m above sea level with a stunning view of holy Nyenchen Tanglha Mountains and rich pasture land of local herdsmen.

Yarlung Zangbo River

This is the Yarlung Tsangpo River you will see as you heading to Samye monastery

For more information on short tours around Lhasa please click:5 Days Short Visit to Samye Small Group Tour;5 Days Lhasa and Yamdrok Lake Small Group Tour

Top 7: Tour Tibet from other cities in China

Tibet Vista offers a whole package of China Tibet Tour including Beijing, Shanghai, Xi’an, Lhasa, Shigatse, Chengdu, Guilin, Hongkong, Yangtse River, etc. All the tours are carefully designed according to tourists’ different interests and requirements. Some focus on cultural experience and some on natural scenery sightseeing. We also offer mixed cultural exploration and natural sightseeing tours. You will have to see various time-honored and profound Chinese cultures and its vast and spectacular landscapes.

 Barkhor Street

Tibet Vista offers a whole package of China Tibet Tour no matter where you are

Most Recommended China Cities Getting to Tibet: 
* Beijing and Tibet Tours
* Shanghai and Tibet Tour
* Chengdu and Tibet Tours
* Xining and Tibet Tours

For more cities, like Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Xi’an, …. read here: China Tibet Train Tour

Top 8:Various Tibet adventure tours

Trekking tour in Tibet

Tibet provides great opportunities for trekkers due to its unique geographic conditions such as its towering mountains, crystal clear lakes, sacred monasteries, vast grasslands, national parks and primitive forests. Trekkers could enjoy stunning panoramic views of the land and its cultural landscapes during their trekking while achieving spiritual sublimation via body exercise. It is a wonderful lifetime experience that you can’t get anywhere else on earth. You can sense the subtle and harmonious relationship of people with nature once you step on the highland.

 trekking tour

Tourists having a trekking tour around Mount Kailash

Most Recommended Tour Itinerary for a trekking tour: 10 Days Shalu to Nartang Trek

For more trekking tours in Tibet please read here: Tibet Trekking Tours

Biking tour in Tibet

For cycling enthusiasts Tibet always has so much to offer for its vast territory and varied plateau topography. Most of the roads across the Tibetan Plateau have improved greatly over recent years and the popular cycling routes are now paved roads fairly fit for cycling. As one of challenging cycling destinations, there are some cycling routes most favored by cyclists, such as Lhasa to Ganden Monastery cycling Tour, Lhasa to Namtso Lake Bike Tour and Central Tibet Bike Tour. These cycling routes are located at relatively lower altitudes with small difficulties, giving cyclists chances for body exercise while experiencing local cultures and religious works, thus making the cycling so popular and interesting.

 biking tour

Several tourists having a biking tour in a rugged road along a river

For more cycling tour in Tibet please consult: Most Classic Tibet Cycling Tour Routes

Photography tour in Tibet

Here in Tibet there are many natural materials for a photographer to snap pictures such as its mountainous landscapes, crystal clear lakes and rivers, mysterious Tibetan Buddhism, unique ethnic cultures and customs. All provides chance for you to press your camera button and record the beauty of nature in Tibet.

To take some fine pictures, you should be capable of finding proper places and time to do so in addition to merely eyes to discover the beauty itself. Monasteries in Lhasa, frescos and stone sculptures in different temples, thick woods and vibrant forests, river valleys, old castles and Guge Kingdom relicses, peach blossoms in Nyingchi, glaciers and wild animals, grasslands, nomadic tribes, village huts, pastoral country life of common Tibetans, all these and more offer you so many materials for a photographic tour in Tibet.

a man taking photo

A man is taking photos in front of a glacier

Most Recommended Tour Itinerary for a photographic tour:5 Days Lhasa Small Group Tour with Three Major Monasteries

Conclusion

What listed above are top 8 Tibet tour itineraries most favored by our previous tourists and most frequently operated by our travel agency. Join the program and you will enjoy yourself and have a once-in-a-life Tibet tour you will never forget.

So if you’re ready to an Adventure Tour to Tibet

1.) enjoy the mind-blowing Himalayas

2.) trek to the foot of Mt. Everest, the world’s summit

3.) explore mysterious Tibetan Buddhism

4.) appreciate the beauty of holy Tibetan lakes

5.) experience divine kora around holy Mt. Kailash

6.) witness exotic Tibetan culture

7.) taste Tibetan, Nepali, Indian cuisine

8.) look for a paradise of photography

9.) have safari on the roof of the world

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