11 Days Lhasa and Basum Tso Lake Tour

Tour Route: Lhasa -Bayi Town - Basum Tso Lake - Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse - Shegar - Kyirong - Kathmandu
11 Days Lhasa and Basum Tso Lake Tour
Duration 11 Days
11 Days Lhasa and Basum Tso Lake Tour
Accomodation Hotel BB
11 Days Lhasa and Basum Tso Lake Tour
Start Lhasa
11 Days Lhasa and Basum Tso Lake Tour
End Kathmandu
11 Days Lhasa and Basum Tso Lake Tour
Transportation Flight & Private Vehicle
11 Days Lhasa and Basum Tso Lake Tour
Max Altitude 5,248 m
11 Days Lhasa and Basum Tso Lake Tour
Best Season April - November
11 Days Lhasa and Basum Tso Lake Tour
Group Size 1 - 15
Grade Easy

Trip Overview

The 11-day Lhasa and Basum Tso Lake tour is the perfect combination of experiences. You get to visit the great monasteries and UNESCO World Heritage Sites, dive into the cultural and way of life aspects, and explore harmonious village life along with the dense forest and different wildlife.

This tour also highlights the variety of natural beauties in Tibet, including vast grasslands, pristine lakes, and snow-capped mountains. After gliding over the magnificent scenery of Eastern Tibet, you will carry unforgettable memories back home.

In addition to the stunning views and sightseeing of all the historical sites, you will feel amazed and at home as you experience the kind hospitality of the Tibetan people.

We at Tashi Delek have organized the itinerary so that you can enjoy the tour of famous and historical places safely and easily.

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 the two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Potala Palace and the spiritually serene Jokhang Temple.
  • Witnessing the breathtaking views of the surrounding town 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.
  • Worship a 26m tall stupa of Buddha made with gold in the Tashilimphu Monastery.
  • Witness the Eastern Tibet’s largest lake, Basum Tso Lake.
  • Explore the 2500-year-old King Cypress tree in the Great Cypress Nature Reserve Area.

Detailed Itinerary

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Day 01

Fly to Gonggar Airport and drive to Tsedang O/N Hotel (BB)

Once you land at Gonggar Airport, one of our representatives will pick you up and drive you to the hotel. You will be briefed about the itinerary and meet the other tour participants. You can rest in the hotel or stroll around the hotel.

Overnight at Lhasa.

Day 02

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

Once you have a decent breakfast, we will visit the renowned Potala Palace.

Potala Palace was built in the 17th century by the fifth Dalai Lama. From here, one can have a fantastic view of the entire city. It is also the residence of the Dalai Lama. The stories connected with the Palace will mesmerize you. It used to be the epicenter of Tibet’s temporal and spiritual strength.

Later, we will have lunch and then visit the famed Jokhang Temple. It has priceless cultural artifacts, including a statue of Buddha Shakyamuni. Many Buddhists gather here daily from around Tibet to burn incense as a form of worship. Every crevice of the Jokhang Temple reveals its spiritual importance, and you can witness the architectural combinations of three different communities: Tibetan, Indian, and Nepalese.

Later, we will end our tour today with a visit to Barkhor Market. The street is round and surrounds the Jokhang Temple. It is home to an unusual goods marketplace and many religious environments. When you are touring Tibet, you must visit this street.

Overnight at Lhasa.

Day 03

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

You will have breakfast at the hotel, and then our guide will drive you to one of the largest Tibetan monasteries, Drepung Monastery. The Drepung Monastery is the most significant Gelugpa monastery in Tibetan Buddhism, located at the base of the Mountain Gambo Utse. This monastery holds around 10,000 monks, 540 pastures, and 141 fazendas. It is also famous for its other name, “Rice Heap.” When viewed from a distance, the monastery’s imposing white structure resembles a pile of rice.

Later, we will visit another large monastery, Sera Monastery, located at the base of Tatipu Hill. Its three principal structures are Tsokchan Hall, Dratsang College, and Kamtsan Dormitory. Those rooms have unmatched paintings, exquisite statues, fragrance fabric, and scriptures inscribed in gold powder. Also, lively discussions on Buddhist philosophy are held in this location, which sets it apart from the other well-known monasteries in Lhasa.

Overnight at Lhasa.

Day 04

Drive to Bayi Town O/N Hotel (BB)

After breakfast, we will head towards Bayi Town, known as Nyingchi. You’ll also view the breathtaking Mila Pass(5013m) and the picturesque Niyang River landscape.

Once you reach Bayi town, you can rest the remaining time or stroll around in the evening.

Overnight at Bayi.

Day 05

Explore Basum Tso Lake then back to Town O/N Hotel (BB)

Today, we will visit Basum Tso Lake or Lake Draksum Tso, a holy lake at Nyingma School. The lake is incredibly dramatic, with the reflected pictures of snow-covered mountains rising above 6000 meters. You can see the number of tiny islands in the lake where Lamaist temples are built. This lake is a collection of beauty, religion, and alluring mythology. If you want to explore more, you can visit the Tsodzong Monastery near the lake’s southern shore.

After exploring the Basum Tso Lake, we will drive back to Bayi town.

Overnight at Bayi.

Day 06

Visit Town, Lulang Forest (Great Cypress Nature Reserve) then back to Lhasa O/N Hotel (BB)

Today, we will visit two forest areas: Great Cypress Nature Reserve and Lulang Forest. Great Cypress Nature Reserve is about 15 km southeast of Bayi town in Pagqi. The main attraction of this reserve is the 50 meters tall, and about 2500-year-old King Cypress tree is located.

Later, we will visit the Lulang Forest, 75km east of Bayi, also known as Eastern Switzerland. This deep forest of 15 square kilometers is home to various wildlife. If fortune favors you, you may be able to take in a distant, panoramic vista of one of Tibet’s most exquisite mountains, Mt. Namcha Barwa (7782m).

Later in the evening, we will return to Lhasa.

Overnight at Lhasa.

Day 07

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

You will have breakfast in your hotel, and then we will drive towards Gyantse (about 260km from Lhasa). We will pass through the Gampala Pass(4790m), famous as Karola Glacier, from which we can view Holy Yamdrok-tso Lake(4400m) before reaching the lake. Later, we will get there and witness the blue Yamdrok Lake, a freshwater lake, take some photos, and enjoy the stunning panoramas.

Later, we will continue our journey to the west to reach Gyantse, the third largest city in Tibet. Once we get there, we will visit the Pelkor Chode monastery, which is home to the magnificent Kumbum Stupa and historical paintings. Enjoy a breathtaking view of the famous Gyantse Dzong fortification overlooking the valley from the summit of the Kumbum.

Overnight at Gyantse.

Day 08

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

In the early morning, we will visit the Tashilimphu Monastery, the residence of the Panchen Lama. His Holiness, the First Dalai Lama, built Tashilimphu in 1447, translating to “mountain of happiness.” Its main attraction is the tenth Panchen Lama’s stupa-tomb. Other attractions are the Kelsang temple, Maitreya Buddha’s most enormous statue, and wall paintings.

As you stroll through the monastery’s hallways, you will be mesmerized by the exquisite decorations that evoke the tantric philosophy of Tibetan Buddhism.

Overnight at Shigatse.

Day 09

Drive to Shegar O/N Hotel (BB)

After breakfast, we will drive towards Shegar (4350m). We will pass by Tsou-la Pass (4500m) and Gyatso-la Pass (5220m) on the route. We also stop by the Sakya monastery.

There is a high possibility of altitude sickness here in the Shegar. Tingri or Shekar Dzong are other names for the city.

Overnight at Shegar.

Day 10

Drive to Kyirong O/N Hotel (BB)

After having breakfast, we will move towards Kyirong Border. On the way, you will pass through the rural areas of Tibetan Province. Enjoy the scenic view of mountains, forests, and streams.

Once you reach the Kyirong border, the guide will complete certain formalities, and then you will be driven to Syabrubesi, where you will rest for the day. In the evening, you can stroll around the streets of Syabrubesi. Syabrubesi is also the base point to go for Langtang Trekking.

Overnight at Syabrubesi.

Day 11

Drive back to Kathmandu

You will have a decent breakfast, and then we will drive back to Kathmandu. Within a few hours, we will reach Kathmandu and drop you off at your hotel.

You can rest the remaining time of the day or stroll around markets like Ason and New Road to shop for something beautiful to take back to your home.

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 for three nights on a twin-sharing basis.
  • Private and public vehicles used for the tour
  • Any required permits and entry fees during the tour
  • Professional guide, profound in English, and approved by the Tibetan Travel Bureau.
  • An English-speaking representative will take you to Kathmandu from the Kerong Border.
  • 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 trek. 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.

You will also need Nepali SIM cards in Nepal. You can purchase a SIM with your documents and a photo.

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