Central Tibet Tour: A captivating journey through ancient traditions and breathtaking landscapes

Tour Route: Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse - Tsedang - Samye
Central Tibet Tour: A captivating journey through ancient traditions and breathtaking landscapes
Duration 08 Days
Central Tibet Tour: A captivating journey through ancient traditions and breathtaking landscapes
Accomodation Hotel BB
Central Tibet Tour: A captivating journey through ancient traditions and breathtaking landscapes
Start Lhasa
Central Tibet Tour: A captivating journey through ancient traditions and breathtaking landscapes
End Lhasa
Central Tibet Tour: A captivating journey through ancient traditions and breathtaking landscapes
Transportation Flight & Private Vehicle
Central Tibet Tour: A captivating journey through ancient traditions and breathtaking landscapes
Max Altitude 5,100 m
Central Tibet Tour: A captivating journey through ancient traditions and breathtaking landscapes
Best Season April - November
Central Tibet Tour: A captivating journey through ancient traditions and breathtaking landscapes
Group Size 1 - 15
Grade Easy

Trip Overview

This Central Tibet Tour journey takes you from Lhasa city, Gyantse, and Shigatse to Tsedang, the center of Tibetan civilization. There, you will see the most revered palaces and monasteries in Tibet and discover the secrets of Tibetan Buddhism.

The tour’s main highlights are the visits to Yungbulakang, the country’s first palace, Samye Monastery, the country’s first monastery, and Tradruk Temple, where visitors can view the magnificent Thangka paintings.

With breathtaking landscapes and its culture and traditions, this is undoubtedly a once-in-a-lifetime tour. We at Tashi Delek have organized the itinerary so that you can quickly enjoy the tour of famous and historical places.

Contact our expert directly to learn more about the packages and customization of itineraries.

Trip Highlights

  • Discover Tibet’s rich history, culture, architecture, and art.
  • Explore Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
  • Experience the everyday routine of the locals by visiting their residences & teahouses and worshiping among the Tibetans.
  • Witness the debate of monks in Sera Monastery.
  • Witnessing the breathtaking views of the Lhasa city and snow-capped mountains from Drepung Monastery.
  • Visit Barkhor Street, a famous market in Tibet, to get a taste of the native way of life. The Street has numerous shops offering traditional and cultural items.
  • Explore Tashilhunpo Monastery, the Panchen Lama’s home and the biggest monastery in Shigatse.
  • Enjoy Samye Monastery, the earliest monastery in Tibet, with its marvelous circular structure.
  • Enjoy the splendor of towering passes and blue alpine lakes.

Detailed Itinerary

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Day 01

Fly to Gonggar Airport then drive to Lhasa O/N Hotel (BB)

Our representative will pick you up from the airport and take you back to the hotel. Once you freshen up, you can stroll around Lhasa.

Overnight at Lhasa.

Day 02

Lhasa - Visit Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Market O/N Hotel (BB)

You will have breakfast in your hotel. Our guide will take you to the UNESCO World Heritage site, Potala Palace. This is the most famous structure in Tibetan architecture, towering over Lhasa and having more than 1,000 rooms. King Songtsen Gampo was the first to construct the palace in the 7th century. In the 17th century, the fifth Dalai Lama reconstructed the current Palace as his residence. Since then, the palace has functioned as both the local Tibetan government’s administrative hub and the winter residence of the Dalai Lama. You can witness the incredible collection of exquisite Tibetan paintings, stupas, and eight former Dalai Lama’s burials.

Later, we will have lunch and then visit the sacred Jokhang Temple, the most revered and bustling Buddhist temple in Tibet. It was constructed around 647 AD and is located 2 kilometers east of Potala. The greatest Tibetan monarch, Tsrong Tsang Gampo, built the temple to keep the Buddha image that his Nepalese bride, Bhrikuti, had brought from Nepal. Later, the king’s other wife, the Chinese Princess Wencheng, moved another picture, the Jowa Zakyamuni, in the Jokhang by which this temple got its name where Jokhang means ‘chapel of the Jowo.’ Thousands of pilgrims from around Tibet travel great distances daily to pray here.

We will wrap our day with a visit to Barkhor Market, a fascinating market encircling Jokhang, where one can purchase traditional or religious Tibetan items as souvenirs. You will be attracted to the aura of the sacred atmosphere, the numerous stores offering sacred items, and the never-ending stream of pilgrims.

Overnight at Lhasa.

Day 03

Lhasa - Visit Drepung Monastery, Norbulingka Palace and Sera Monastery O/N Hotel (BB)

In the early morning, you will eat a decent breakfast at your hotel; later, our guide will pick you up and take you to two of the three great Gelug monasteries in Tibet, Drepung and Sera Monastery.

Drepung Monastery, built in 1416 by Jamyang Choeje, is located around 8 kilometers west of Lhasa’s city center. Being one of the three pillars supporting the Tibetan state, the Drepung monastery is one of the most significant monasteries in Lhasa.

In the evening, we will visit the Sera monastery, founded by Tsongkapa in 1419. One can witness the Buddha’s brilliant rock painting and the three sand Mandalas. Also, the Tibetan religious literature printing house is worth visiting.

Overnight at Lhasa.

Day 04

Drive to Gyantse, visit Khumbum Stupa and Pelkhor Chode O/N Hotel (BB)

After breakfast, we will follow the Friendship Highway to Gyantse. After crossing Kamba La Pass(4794m), we will witness the tranquil, turquoise-toned Yamdrok Lake. Yamdrok-tso Lake is one of Tibet’s holiest, cleanest, and most unpolluted lakes. As our journey continues west, we will encounter Karo La Pass(5045m). We will reach the town named Nangartse, where we will have lunch. After lunch, we will drive for hours, and in the afternoon, we will reach Gyantse.

Gyantse is the third largest historical city of Tibet, where we will visit the famous Khumbum Stupa and Pelkhor Chode. Khumbum is home to a massive 35-meter-tall gold-domed stupa and homes with many chapels and frescoes depicting Tibetan Buddhism. In Tibetan, the Khumbum signifies 100,000 pictures.

Then we will visit the Pelkhor Chode monastery, situated in the Nyangchu river valley. Although the monastery has several distinct buildings, its 108 chapels spread across multiple stories and its historic Dzong, or fort, make it the most well-known. The monastery’s architecture blends Tibetan, Han, and Nepalese styles.

Overnight at Gyantse.

Day 05

Drive to Shigatse, visit Tashilimphu Monastery & Local Market O/N Hotel (BB)

After having breakfast, we will leave for Shigatse, the second-largest town in Tibet. We will stop by two places: Gyantse Fortress and Shalu Monastery. Gyantse Fortress is one of the finest dzongs and was built in 1390. Shalu Monastery, a small monastery, is about 14 miles south of Shigatse. Chetsun Sherab Jungnay founded it in 1040, and for many years afterward, it was renowned as a hub of academic study and psychic arts instruction.

Once we reach Shigatse, we will visit Tashilimphu Monastery, established in 1447 and regarded as the highest monastery in the Gelukpa lineage. Due to its long history as the official residence of Panchen Lamas, the monastery is well-liked by pilgrims. The monastery is an intriguing, expansive blend of halls, chapels, and other buildings built in the classic Tibetan monastic architecture. You can view the enormous statue of Future Buddha, which is 26.2 meters in height and 11.5 meters in width. It is adorned with priceless pearls, turquoise, coral, and amber. It is the most enormous statue of its type on the planet.

Overnight at Shigatse.

Day 06

Drive to Tsedang Visit Yambulakhang & Tombs of King O/N Hotel (BB)

Today, after breakfast, we will visit the Tsedang, a historically rich town at 3100m above sea level. This place is home to some of the most significant and ancient Tibetan cultural monuments. Once we reach Tsedang, we will visit the Yambu Lakhang Palace, first built for a Tibetan monarch on a steep mountaintop. Here in this Palace, we can view the ancient artifacts and learn more about Tibetan Buddhism’s culture and history. While inside the Palace, we might be astounded by the sound of monks chanting and the view of witnessing Yarlung Valley from the Yambu Lakhang’s summit.

Later, we will drive towards Chonje Valley to view the King’s Tombs. This burial place offers a unique viewpoint on the region’s religious and historical development.

Overnight at Tsedang.

Day 07

Drive to Samye, visit Monastery, then back to town visit Tandrku Monastery O/N Hotel (BB)

After breakfast at Tsedang, we will drive towards Samye Monastery. We will first cross the Yarlung Tsangpo River on a boat and then travel in trucks and tractors. The monastery holds great religious and historical significance as it was the first monastery in Tibet and the birthplace of Buddhism. A trip to Samye is essential to any journey across central Tibet.

Later, we will drive back to Tsedang to visit the Tandruk Monastery, one of the first Buddhist monasteries in Tibet. King Songtsan Gampo built this monastery during his rule in 641 A.D. Eventually, it became King Songtsan Gampo and Princess Wencheng’s Shannan winter residence. The pearled Tangka, “Avalokitesvara at his rest,” is the most notable of all the artifacts and relics housed at this monastery.

Overnight at Tsedang.

Day 08

Drive to airport for flight to onward destination

After having breakfast, you will be transferred to the Gonggar airport to catch the flight to your home or any other destination.

Date and Price

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Please Note

We have updated our dates and price list, which you can find above. But if you cannot find a perfect date for the trip or want to customize it, then you can Contact Us here.

Also, we are offering a discount for those travelers who come in a group of 3 or more. You may also get a discount if you book the trip earlier. Contact Us for more.

Cost Includes

  • Airport transfers to hotel.
  • Accommodation on a twin-sharing basis.
  • Private and public vehicles used for the trip
  • Any required permits and entry fees during the trip
  • Professional guide, profound in English, and approved by the Tibetan Travel Bureau.
  • All meals that are mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Any applicable government taxes.

Cost Excludes

  • Any International flights and China Visa Fee (not included in the trip)
  • Travel and medical insurance or any evacuation during the trip.
  • Any gratitude or tips in any form to guide, porters, or any other.
  • Personal expenses like phone calls, groceries, liquors, etc.
  • Extra day staying or traveling expenses other than those mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Any expenses incurred due to unforeseen events such as illness or a delayed or canceled flight.

We value your well-being and comfort trip

Surely, you may have researched a lot regarding the trip to Mt. Kailash and have gathered much more information. But, with all the information and your confidence in completing the trip will not be enough. We, our team, and guide with years of experience will do anything to make sure that you are safe and you experience a comfortable travel. Also, we have some other value-added services that will assure you had the perfect trip of lifetime.


Hotels and guest houses are available for lodging on this Central Tibet Tour. We will book you a 3-star hotel for this tour, but if you want a more luxurious one, you must mention it earlier, which may cost you extra.

Hospital and medical facilities

Hospitals and medical facilities are entirely available. This tour is leisurely, and you do not have to walk for hours to get somewhere. Our guides are professionals and ready for any emergencies.

Communication facilities

After you reach Tibet, you’ll need a Chinese SIM card. Once specific procedures are completed, Chinese SIM cards can be purchased and recharged while traveling. Lhasa has internet facilities, but you can also use a Chinese SIM card to connect to the internet.

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