Enjoy a short tour of Tibet where you will begin your journey in the lovely Yarlung Valley, through which flow the rushing waters of the great Tsangpo (Brahamaputra River). While experiencing the scenic wonders of the Yarlung Valley, pay an enlightening visit to the Nyingmapa monastery at Samye (the first Buddhist monastery in Tibet). Heading over high mountain passes and sacred lakes you will visit the cities of Gyantse and Shigatse. Discover the monastery at Tashilhunpo (home of the Panchen Lamas) and the amazing chörten of the Kumbum. You will end your journey with three wonderful days in the magical environs of Lhasa, the Tibetan capital, its skyline dominated by the majestic ramparts of the Potala Palace. While in Lhasa, visit Tibet’s holiest temple, the sacred Jokhang; wander the adjoining Barkhor, the maze of shops and stalls that encircles the Jokhang, and join with Tibetan pilgrims as they ritually circumambulate the Barkhor and Jokhang koras.

Outline Itinerary

Day 1 | Chengdu

Welcome to Chengdu! Before departing for a flight to Lhasa tomorrow, enjoy the city’s many sights.

Day 2 |  Tsedang

Fly to Tibet and drive to Tsedang, where you will visit monasteries and an ancient castle.

Day 3 | Yarlung Valley

Explore the scenic Yarlung Valley before visiting Samye Monastery, Tibet’s first monastic institution.

Day 4 | Gyantse

Drive along the old trade route to Gyantse, set in the fertile Nyang-chu Valley

Day 5 | Gyantse – Shigatse

Explore Gyantse and Shigatse

Days 6-8 |  Lhasa

Before your short tour of Tibet comes to a close, visit Lhasa’s most important and iconic sights, including the Potala Palace, the Barkhor Bazaar, and Jokhang.

Day 9 | Departure

Trip Dates & Pricing


This is a private journey offered from April through October

2 Travelers:                      $6,545 per person

Single Supplement:       $1,285 per person

Internal China Airfare: $276 per person

NOTE: Land Price is based on Double Occupancy and
Internal Airfare is subject to change by airlines.


Activity Level

Touring will reach altitudes of more than 16,000 feet as we drive over high passes with sleeping elevations between 11,500 ft to 14,000 ft. This tour is subject to mountain weather (high winds, cold mornings) and other high mountain hazards. Circumstances may mean that some days could be long and arduous for some people. Anyone with a history of medical problems, particularly cardiac or respiratory, should consult a doctor before considering this tour.