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11 Days Tibet Photography Tour

11 Days Tibet Photography Tour

(TPT001) Lhasa - Shigatse - EBC - Namtso - Lhasa


Standing at the roof of the world, Qinghai-Tibet Plateau creates a unique Tibetan nationality due to its unique natural conditions. Their unique religious beliefs help to create splendid Tibetan culture center around Tibetan Buddhism. Either stunning natural landscape or profound & unique religious culture is a fatal attraction for any photographers. This is a classic photography tour with high accessibility, covering Lhasa, Shigatse and other towns center around human landscapes; Yamdrok lake, Namtso lake and other well-known holy lakes in Tibet; and the highest peak in the word – Mt. Everest. The highlights and attractions in this tour are highly representative.

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Lhasa

Arrive in Lhasa and rest for acclimatization. As some travelers may suffer from altitude sickness, it is necessary to have a good rest on the first day.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day 2: Shoot the Highlights in Lhasa

Shoot the majestic Potala Palace at sunrise and sunset. The best shooting time is around 6:50 am. Photographers must get up around 5 o’clock and get to Chakpori, and the best photography place is Potala. Potala Square is also a great shoot spot.

Photographers can visit Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street to take some photos of pilgrims or local life before taking sunset pictures at the Potala Square around 8:45 pm.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day 3: Lhasa River & Monasteries

Shoot Lhasa city and Lhasa River at sunrise. Photographers are advised to get up at 5:00 am and drive to the outskirts of Lhasa for wonderful sight of the whole Lhasa city and Lhasa River at sunrise (around 6:50 am).

Then, they can proceed to visit Norbulingka, Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery in the afternoon.

They can shoot lamas’ life, traditional Tibetan buildings and paintings at these sites.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day 4: Lhasa to Shigatse via Gyantse

Shoot beautiful sceneries on the way from Lhasa to Shigatse. Famous sites are Yamdrok Lake, Karola Glaciers and Gyantse Dzong. The best place to shoot the lake is Khambala Pass, where visitors can get a bird's-eye view of the turquoise lake.

Stay overnight in Shigatse.

Day 5: Shigatse to Tingri

Shoot Tashilhunpo and Sakya monasteries. Photographers are advised to visit the two most important monasteries in Shigatse area.

Stay overnight in Tingri.

Day 6: Tingri to Everest Base Camp

Get up early to shoot the sunrise over Himalayas and the sunset over Mt. Everest. On the way from Tingri to Everest Base Camp (EBC), photographers can take fantastic pictures of Himalayas at Gyatsola Pass (5260m) and Pangla Pass (5200m), and then shoot the magnificent Mount Everest at sunset at EBC if the weather is good.

Stay overnight in Everest Base Camp.

Day 7: Everest Base Camp to Shigatse

Shoot Mt. Everest at sunrise. Both the sunrise and the sunset are the highlights of the tour to Everest Base Camp. Rongbuk Monastery is also a wonderful place to take photos of the world’s highest peak.

After breakfast, photographers are recommended to drive back to Shigatse.

Stay overnight in Shigatse.

Day 8: Shigatse to Lhasa

Shoot Yarlung Tsangpu River. Driving back to Lhasa along Sino-Nepal Friendship Highway, photographers can take pictures of beautiful Yarlung Tsangpu, Tibet's biggest river.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day 9: Lhasa to Namtso Lake

Shoot Namtso Lake. On the way from Lhasa to the lake, photographers can stop at Nagenla Pass (5190m) to take pictures of the whole lake and its surrounding mountains before moving on to Tashi Island to shoot sunset.

Stay overnight at the lake shore of Namtso.

Day 10: Namtso Lake to Lhasa

Shoot the sunrise over Namtso. Photographers should get up very early and walk to Tashi Island to take pictures of the heavenly lake at sunrise, and then drive back to Lhasa.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day 11: Depart from Lhasa

Depart from Tibet. If photographers take a train out of Tibet, they will have opportunities to take photos along the world’s highest railway, Qinghai-Tibet Railway.

Service Guide

Service Included:

  • Tibet travel permit and all other necessary permits to Tibet;
  • All entrance ticket fees for all tourist sites listed in the itinerary;
  • Personal knowledgeable English-speaking Tibetan local tour guide;
  • Personal comfortable, clean and safe vehicle with reliable Tibetan local driver; vehicle ranging from 4WD land cruiser to minibus depending on your group size;
  • All lodging listed in the itinerary; it’s your decision about the accommodation class: luxury 5-star international hotel, comfortable 4-star hotel, economic 3-star hotel or budget hostel, guesthouse or tent. Please tell us your accommodation preference when submitting the enquiry; we will arrange the best-value hotels for you.
  • Domestic flight/train tickets listed in the itinerary;
  • All meals listed in the above itinerary;
  • Tourist accident/casualty insurance;
  • First aid kit;

Service Excluded:

  • International flight to and out of China;
  • Chinese visa (Note: we could help you with the Chinese visa application, like providing the invitation letter, presenting the hotel or domestic flight reservation copies, etc that you may need. )
  • Domestic flight/train not listed in the itinerary. (We can provide you the domestic flight/train ticket booking service at the BEST discount price; please contact us our travel experts for the details.)
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary; usually it costs about USD3-15 per person for one meal in TAR (Tibet Autonomous Region).
  • Tips and gratitude to tour guide and driver;
  • Personal expenses, like laundry, phone call, snacks, soft drinks (please do the best to avoid the alcoholic beverages during your Tibet trip), optional tour activities, etc.

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