Explore the best of Lhasa and Tibet.

Best of Lhasa Tibet Tour

Explore the best of Lhasa, Tibet!

Enjoy this tour which covers the major tourist sites like The Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Bakor Street and Sera monastery in Lhasa. Certainly, Lhasa is an interesting capital of Tibet, for native Tibetans and China. It has a cool mashup of cultures. Rolling hills, rocky mountains and pretty lakes are there in Lhasa. Tourists will also be able to visit one of the four sacred lakes in Tibet – the Lake Namtso, which has an altitude of 4718m. 

Its stunning beauty is surrounded by magnificent views of the Nyenchen Tanglha snow-capped mountain range. This range is also home to the Tibetan nomads that live in harmony with their animals and their natural environment. The Lhasa Tibet Tour Package offers wonderful experiences.

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Trip Facts

duration Duration 6 days
trip-difficulty Trip Difficulty ? Easy
trip-difficulty Highest Point 4300 m.
Average Group Size 2-10
trip-code Trip Code BLTT
trip-code Start Point Lhasa
trip-start-point Trip End Point Lhasa
trip-accomodation Accomodation Hotels
trip-meals Meals As Mentioned
transportation Transportation On Private Basis

Trip Highlights

    • Ganden Gompa.
    • Potala Palace: Winter palace of the Dalai Lama.
    • Jokhang Temple: Spiritual Center for Buddhists in Tibet.
    • Sera Monastery: One of the “great three” Gelug monasteries of Tibet, the hot attraction is monks' debate.
    • Drepung Monastery: it used to be a seat of central government until the 5th Dalai Lama built Potala Palace.
    • Namtso Lake: It is the “Heavenly Lake” which is one of the four holy lakes of Tibet and also the highest salt lake.

Trip Overview

Your best Lhasa Tibet tour starts with your arrival at Lhasa airport. Our guide will meet and greet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. On the second day, you will visit Lhasa city for sightseeing. Potala Palace and Barkhor Street are the major places in Lhasa that you will be visiting during the day. Besides that, you will also get to visit the Jokhang Temple of Lhasa city.

On the third day, you will explore the two major monasteries around Lhasa, Sera and Drepung monastery. Drepung monastery was also used as the Dalai Lama's palace before moving to Potala Palace. Similarly, talking about Sera monastery, it is one of the oldest monasteries of Tibet which was built in 1419 A.D. On the fourth day, you will visit Namtso lake, which is about a 4 hours drive. It is one of the four heavenly lakes of Tibet.

During your fifth day you will drive back to Lhasa, and on the way will visit Yangpachen hot water spring. After enjoying the hot water spring of Yangpachen we will continue our drive towards Lhasa. Meanwhile, this is an optional activity and you can also choose not to visit this place. On the sixth day, we will say farewell to you from Tibet with some happy memories.

Facts of Best of Lhasa Tibet Tour

Name of Tour

Best of Lhasa Tibet Tour

Duration

5 Nights and 6 Days

Type of Tour

Sightseeing

Trip Level

Easy

Activity

Cultural Spiritual Experience 

Accomodation

Hotel

Transportation

Jeep/Van/Flight

Highest Altitude

4,300 Meters

Highest Point

Yampachen

Best Time

  • May

  • June

  • October

  • November

Places to Visit

  • Lhasa

  • Namtso

  • Yampachen

Major Attractions

  • Potala Palace

  • Jokhang Temple

  • Sera Monastery

  • Drepung Monastery

  • Namtso Lake

  • Yampachen Hot Spring

 

Potala Palace

The tour will begin from the UNESCO World Heritage site – Potala Palace. It is also the winter palace of the Dalai Lama. It is situated at 12,139 feet above sea level. It is a 13-story high building that contains over 1,000 rooms, various statues, stupas, murals and artefacts. There are two places at the top of the hill. One is painted White and another is painted Red. 

The white palace serves as the office of the Tibetan government, assembly halls, and the Dalai Lama's residence. Meanwhile, the red palace serves as the house of prayer by the Dalai Lama. There are a total of 9 bodies of previous Dalai Lamas which were mummified and preserved. The bodies of the Dalai Lama from 5th to 13th are preserved in this palace. 

Jokhang Temple

Then, continue to Jokhang Temple, another UNESCO World Heritage site. It’s a spiritual centre for Buddhists in Tibet. Next, to the temple, there is Bakhor Street, filled with pilgrims and street vendors, selling traditional Tibetan items such as prayer wheels and jewellery.

Built-in the 7th century, it took 3 years to complete the temple. The Jokhang Temple is the spiritual centre of Tibet and the holiest place of destination for Tibetan Buddhist pilgrims. Only after the 15th century, the temple was named Jokhang Temple before that it was named after the name Resa.

Barkhor Street

Barkhor street is one of the most important as well as the oldest streets in the capital. Situated at the heart of Lhasa, it is also known by the name Bakhor street. Although it is an area of narrow streets and public streets, Tibetans call it a holy road. The reason is that you can witness pilgrims walking or progressing body length by body length along the street. Meanwhile, it is an ideal place for those who want to learn about the Tibetan economy, culture, religion and arts.

This street of Lhasa has preserved the ancient city full of traditional outlook and lifestyle. No tickets are required to visit this street but you will need to walk clockwise from the beginning to the ending point. It will take about 20-30 minutes to complete one round of this street which encircles the popular Jokhang Temple.

Drepung Monastery

In the morning, tourists are going to visit the Drepung monastery. It is one of the “three greet” Gelug monasteries of Tibet, founded in 1416. Ganden palace is used as the Dalai Lama’s palace in the Drepung before moving to the Potala Palace. 

Drepung monastery is the most important temple of the Gelug Sect of Buddhism. It was built by Jamyang Chojey but later on it was extended by the fifth Dalai Lama. Meanwhile, with an area of 250,000 square meters, It is the largest temple in the world and one of the three greatest temples of Tibet.

Sera Monastery

In the afternoon, we will visit Sera Monastery. It is also one of the “three great” Gelug monasteries of Tibet. It was founded in 1419. The highlight is the “Monk’s debate” at around 3 – 5 in the afternoon. It is one of the three greatest temples of Tibet that lies about 2.01 kilometres north of the capital.

Situated at an elevation of 4,000 meters above sea level it was built by Jamchen Choje. Meanwhile, you will need at least 2 hours to explore this monastery. It is also one of the greatest seats of learning in the Mahayana Buddhist Tradition. This monastery got its name because the hill behind the monastery used to be filled with wild roses which are called by the name Sera in the Tibetan language.

Namtso Lake

Namtso lake is one of the most popular lakes in Tibet. Besides that, it is also the second-largest saltwater lake in China. This crystal clear blue water lake is frozen until May. Because of that, it is not favourable to visit this lake before May. The total distance from Lhasa to Namtso lake is 112 kilometres.

The best time to visit Namtso lake is during the months of May to September. You will need to pay a fee to explore this lake. 120 RMB per person for peak season (May to October) and 60 RMB per person during off-season (November to April)

Yampachen

Yampachen is one of the most popular places in Tibet for hot springs. It lies at an elevation of 4,500 meters above sea level. Meanwhile, the mountains surrounding this area are from 5,500 to 6,00 meters above sea level. This long and narrow graben basin which covers an area of about 450 square kilometres is 90 kilometres long and less than 10 kilometres wide.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01

Arrival In Lhasa

After arriving in Lhasa, our local tour guide will welcome you at the airport/train station, then transfer the guests to the hotel. Acclimatize the high altitude in the hotel. Overnight in Lhasa.

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transportation Transportation On Private Basis
Day 02

Lhasa Sightseeing

Wake up early and have your breakfast. After that, we will move towards the sightseeing of Lhasa city. There are various places to visit in Lhasa and one day is not enough to visit this capital city of Tibet. Because of that, during the first day of Lhasa sightseeing, we will explore some of the popular palaces and the Temples. Jokhang Temple, Potala Palace and Barkhor Street are the places that you will be exploring during this day.

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Day 03

Lhasa Monastery Sightseeing

Drepung and Sera monastery are two of the most popular monasteries in Lhasa. During your third day in Tibet, you will visit these two monasteries. Both of these monasteries are the most significant as well as the vintage monasteries of Lhasa. Drepung Monastery was built in 1416, whereas Sera monastery was built in 1419. Because of that, these two monasteries are ideal places to know the past and the present tradition and culture of Tibet.

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Day 04

Drive to Namtso Lake

Drive from Lhasa to Lake Namtso. On the way, clients will see Nyenchen Tanglha (snow mountain ranges) and lots of nomads with yak and sheep grazing nearby. Namtso Lake is the “Heavenly Lake” which is one of the four holy lakes of Tibet. This lake is also the highest salt lake. One can do a very relaxing trek around the lakeside and Tashi Island. Overnight stay at Namtso Guest room.

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Day 05

Drive to Lhasa via Yampachen

After breakfast, clients will enjoy a morning at the lakeshore and trek along to Tashi Dor Island to explore the meditation caves. Afterwards, drive to Damxung to have lunch. In the afternoon, tourists may enjoy Yangpachen hot spring (optional) and both indoor and outdoor swimming pools filled with hot spring ́s water. Then head back to Lhasa.

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Day 06

Departure

Transfer clients to the airport or train station.

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Services Includes

    • All necessary travel permits for Tibet (excluding the Chinese visa).
    • Tourist bus/minibus/jeep transportation with the experienced local driver during the tour.
    • Tourist bus/minibus/jeep transportation between the airport/train station and Hotel at the designated period of time.
    • Experienced Local Tibetan private guide.
    • 4 nights of 3-star hotel twin sharing accommodation with breakfast (B.B), 1 night Lake Shore Guest House Dorm with a humble facility without breakfast.
    • One welcome or welfare dinner.
    • All admission fees of tourist sites as listed in the itinerary.
    • Oxygen bottle provided during the trip.

Services Excludes

    • Chinese visa.
    • Lunches and Dinners.
    • Tips to driver and tour guide.
    • Single room supplement if clients request a private room in a hotel.
    • Tibet visa fee. ($85 for the rest of the world, $175 for US and Canadian citizens).

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