Touring to Tibet is one of the most exciting and exhilarating experiences in the world, and this year, there are more tours to choose from to make your trip to the Roof of the World an amazing experience. Here at Explore Tibet, we have tailor-made our Tibet Small Group Tours based on our many years of experience and have chosen the itineraries for the top eight Tibet tours to suit the needs of most of the traveler. Similarly, we have a wide range of private tours, with basic itineraries that can be personalized to make your trip to Tibet an experience you will never forget.
Tibet Small Group Tours
4 Days Lhasa Highlight Group Tour
One of the best ways to explore the capital city of Lhasa is one of our amazing four-day tours that give you the best of the highlights of this City of Sunshine. A great way to further explore the cultural and religious significance of the center of modern Tibetan civilization, this awesome tour gives you the best of Lhasa, in all its glory. Take in the stunning sight of the Potala Palace before heading up your steps to explore inside of the palace, and then head into the city center to visit the sacred Jokhang Temple. Built in the 7th century, this ancient temple is the most sacred building in Tibet, and houses one of the oldest known statues of Buddha. Around the temple, you will get the chance to take on the kora route, which follows the roads of Barkhor Street around the sacred site, used by pilgrims visiting the temple to pray and perform their ritual kora every day.
You will also be able to discover the two main monasteries of the Gelug Sect of Tibetan Buddhism within the city, Sera and Drepung. These two monasteries are part of the three major monasteries of this school, and are important in Tibetan Buddhism. Both monasteries have colleges for training the young monks, and one of the most spectacular sights is the afternoon debates of the monks in Sera monastery. Exciting and energetic, these debates are an integral part of the training of the young monks, and allow them to better understand the philosophical and theological aspects of the Buddhist sutras.
6 Days Cultural Experiences Group Tour
Another great Tibet tour that can give you some great insights into the religious and cultural aspects of the Tibetan way of life, this unique 6-day tour takes in the amazing sights of Lhasa for the first two days, while you acclimatize. You will get to tour around the Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple, and join the devout Tibetan pilgrims on their ritual kora walk around the sacred temple, along Barkhor Street.
Then you will head out of the capital on the fourth day, to explore further. The tour takes you first to Lake Yamdrok, one of the Great Three Sacred lakes of Tibet, before heading to Gyantse to visit the 32-meter Kumbum Stupa. Then it is on to Shigatse, where you will stop for the night. In the morning, you will explore the second largest city of Tibet, as well as visiting the amazing Tashilhunpo Monastery, seat of the Panchen Lama and an important monastery in Tibetan Buddhism, as well as being significant in Tibetan culture and history.
Then you will head back to Lhasa by taking the direct route that follows the beautiful Yarlung Tsangpo River Valley, one of the largest rivers in Tibet, which will later become the Brahmaputra River, and empty into the Indian Ocean. The trip back to Lhasa takes around six hours, and the rest of the day and evening is yours, before you leave the plateau on the following day.
8 days Tibet Overland Group Tour to Kathmandu
An amazing overland tour that starts from the Tibetan capital of Lhasa and takes you across the vast Tibetan plateau, this trip ends with a visit to the exotic capital of Nepal, Kathmandu. The tour starts in Lhasa, with a couple of days of sightseeing while you acclimatize. You will get to visit the stunning Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple, among other local sights, before leaving the capital to head west.
Once outside Lhasa, you will head through Gyantse and Shigatse to reach the spectacular Qomolangmat Base Camp and the Rongbuk Monastery. Staying overnight at the base camp tent guesthouses, you will have plenty of opportunity to get the best photos of the world’s highest mountain, before heading back to the friendship Highway and on to the beautiful Gyirong Valley. Here you will stop over for the night before being taken to the border with Nepal at Gyirong Port. There you will cross over the Resuo Bridge into Nepal, where you can get transport to the exotic city of Kathmandu.
8 Days Qomolangma Base Camp Group Tour
Another great tour, this 8-day trip takes you out of Lhasa, after acclimatizing and visiting the sights, and on to Shigatse, passing by the Karola Glacier for a closer look and the stunning Kumbum Stupa in Gyantse. After visiting the Tashilhunpo Monastery, the seat of the Panchen Lama, you will travel on to the awe-inspiring Qomolangma Base Camp, at an altitude of more than 5,000 meters, and the delightful Rongbuk Monastery.
Spending a night at the Rongbuk Monastery guesthouse, you will be able to get up early in the morning to get the best view of the sunrise on the eastern slopes of Mount Qomolangma, before traveling to the base camp itself for the best experience in the world, before returning to Lhasa to end the tour in the region’s capital.
10 days Easier Acclimatizing Tibet EBC Small Group Tour
For those that are worried about altitude sickness, this amazing 10-day tour takes you from the beautiful capital to the Qomolangma Base Camp in a slightly longer tour, allowing you to acclimatize to the increasing altitudes at a slower pace, giving your body an easier way of getting used to the higher elevations.
The tour starts in the capital city of Lhasa, and allows you to acclimatize for two days while touring the city, before heading out to visit the beautiful Lake Yamdrok on the way to Gyantse. After stopping the night, you will then visit the second city of Tibet, Shigatse, and tour the spectacular Tashilhunpo Monastery. Then it is off to Rongbuk Monastery, near the Qomolangma Base Camp, passing through the small town of Shegar and stopping to visit the Shegar Fort and the ancient Sakya Monastery.
After a night in the monastery guesthouse at Rongbuk, you will be able to rise early to see the stunning view of the world’s highest mountain as the rising sun hits its eastern face, before heading to the base camp itself for more photo opportunities. After stopping over for the night in the tent guesthouses at the base camp, you will head back to Lhasa, stopping along the way in Shigatse.
15 Days Tibet Mt Kailash Small Group Tour
For those that are a little more adventurous, this spectacular 15-day tour of Tibet includes a three-day trek around one of the most awesome sites in the world, Mount Kailash. The tour starts in Lhasa, with a couple of days of acclimatizing and sightseeing, then heads out of the city, heading to Shigatse, via Lake Yamdrok and Gyantse. The tour then heads in a slightly different direction to most, heading to Lhatse and the Sakya Monastery, before winding its way northwest through Saga to the small village of Darchen, in Ngari Prefecture.
Darchen lies between the sacred Lake Manasarovar, one of the Three most Sacred Lakes and the unique pyramid of black rock that is Mount Kailash. The most sacred mountain in the world, Kailash is sacred in four different religions, and is considered to be the earthly representation of Mount Meru. Here you will take part in a grueling three-day trek around the kora route, which circumambulates its way around the mountain, staying at the monasteries of Drirapuk and Dzultripuk along the way.
After the trek, you will then stop at Lake Manasarovar, before heading back through Saga to reach the Qomolangma Base Camp and Rongbuk Monastery. There you will get chance to take photos and explore the area of the base camp and monastery, before heading back through Shigatse to Lhasa.
While Small Group Tours may be suitable for most people, if you are planning on visiting places that are not available on our Small group Tours, then you will need to book a private tour of the plateau region. Private tours are just that, and will only include yourself and anyone else you book on the tour with you, such as family or friends. These Tibet tours can be personalized and customized to meet your individual or party requirements and can take you to almost anywhere in Tibet that you wish to travel, for as long as you want to travel there. Our different private tours include:
Mt. Qomolangma Adventures :( 4 different trips)
Cultural & Spiritual Tours :( 6 different trips)
Mt. Kailash Pilgrimages :( 4 different trips)
China Tibet Train Tours :( 4 different trips)
Tibet Trekking Adventures :( 5 different trips)
Overland Journeys :( 4 different trips)
Biking Tour :( 1 trip)
There are also another 12 different day-tours that you can add to an itinerary to make it even more expansive.
Customizing your tour is a great way to get the best out of your trip to Tibet, and allows you to visit areas and places that most Small Group Tours do not travel to. We also have a selection of pre-set private Tibet tours, which can be customized to suit your needs, based on our many years of experience:
8 Days Mt Qomolangma Base Camp Tour
7 Days Yamdrok Lake Camping Tour
17 Days Mt. Kailash Pilgrimage Tour
10 Days Ganden to Samye Trekking Tour