Tibet Lhasa Tour – 5 Days

Trip Facts

  •  Trip Duration:  5 Days
  •  Activities:  Tours
  •  Country:  Tibet
  •  Group Size:  Min. 02
  •  Price:  1100 US $
  •  Trip Style:  Tours
  •  Diffculty:  Easy
  •  Best Season:  April-May, June-July, August-September, October-November
  •  Transport:  Private

Overview

Tibet Lhasa Tour, the shortest possible tour of Lhasa, is very popular amongst international travelers. The tour begins and ends in the heart of Tibet, Lhasa, and covers popular landmarks of this beautiful city such as the Dalai Lama’s Potala and Norbulingka Palaces, the Tibet Traditional Hospital, and Barkhor Bazaar. We also visit a number of impressive Tibetan monasteries in Lhasa like Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery, and Jokhang Temple. They are all amazing monasteries with a history and religious relevance of their own. This trip also takes us further to the outskirts of Lhasa where we visit the 15th century Ganden Monastery and explore the Drayerpa Cave, which is still a meditative sanctuary for Tibetan monks.

 

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Full Itinerary

  • 01

    Kathmandu/Lhasa (By Flight)

    Morning you will fly for about an hour over the panoramic Himalayan Ranges to the capital of Tibet. “Lhasa”. Lhasa at an altitude of 3,650 Mt, is situated on the north bank of Kyichu River. Lhasa in Tibetan means “Place of the Gods”, the residence of the Dalai Lama., on arrival you will be met by the local representative and transferred to your respective hotel. (60 km/1hr). Full rest in the afternoon to acclimatize. Overnight at hotel in Lhasa.

    ( (3,650m/11,972ft)) (Hotel)
  • 02

    Lhasa sightseeing: Potala Palace, Norbulingka Palace and Tibet Traditional Hospital

    We begin sightseeing in Lhasa after breakfast. Today is the day we visit the beautiful Potala and Norbulingka Palaces. Built in the 17th century, Potala Palace provides amazing views of the entire city and houses the private quarters of the Dalai Lama, numerous grand state rooms and chapels. Norbulingka Palace is the summer palace of the Dalai Lama and houses what is considered to be the largest man-made garden in Tibet. Next, we visit the Tibet Traditional Hospital which is the center for the treatment, training, research and production of Tibetan medicine. Overnight in Lhasa.

    (5 - 6 hours) (Hotel)
  • 03

    Ganden Monastery and Drayerpa Cave

    In the morning, we drive to Ganden Monastery, located at the top of Wangbur Mountain (3,800m) in the Lhatse County, 57km east of Lhasa. It is the oldest and one of the ‘great three’ of the six Gelug Sect monasteries in Tibet. Ganden Monastery has extremely delicate and fine murals and sculptures. It also keeps a suit of armor decorated with gems, which was worn by Emperor Qianlong and was bestowed to the monastery as an offering to Tsong Khapa, founder of the Gelug Sect. During the afternoon, we drive to Drayerpa Cave located in a beautiful valley with a stunning landscape. There are more than 30 caves for Lamas who wish to meditate in a silent environment. In the evening, we drive back to Lhasa and spend the night.

    (5 - 6 hours) (Hotel)
  • 04

    Lhasa Sightseeing: Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Bazaar

    fter breakfast we visit Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Bazaar.  Drepung Monastery, which was built in the 14th century, is believed to have sheltered around 10,000 monks in the past but as of now there has been quite a declination resulting in only a few hundred. The history, culture, and religious beliefs of the Tibetan people are strongly concentrated and centered in this marvelous monastery.  Sera Monastery is a preserved monastery of white-washed walls and golden roofs. Jokhang Temple is another important sacred site which unravels more deep-seated mysteries of Tibetan Buddhism. We further stroll through Barkhor Bazaar (market). With its open air stalls, shops and crowd of pilgrims, it is the nerve centre of Lhasa. Overnight in Lhasa

    (5 - 6 hours) (Hotel)
  • 05

    Final departure

    Our tour in the beautiful Lhasa City comes to an end today. There is nothing else to do but stroll around the Lhasa streets, shop for souvenirs or just rest in our hotel room. A representative from Community Trek will take us to the Lhasa airport for our onward journey.

Cost and Services

Included in the Cost

  • All necessary Tibet travel permits
  • Pickups and drops from airport and hotel
  • Private vehicles for transportation
  • Accommodation in Lhasa on twin- sharing basis with breakfast
  • English- speaking, trained and experienced Tibetan guide
  • All fees for sightseeing and visits to monasteries as outlined in the itinerary
  • All applicable taxes and service charges

Not Included in the Cost

  • Accommodation in Nepal or mainland China
  • Chinese visa fee
  • International flight(s)
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals other than breakfast in Tibet
  • Tips for guides and driver
  • Nepal visa

Accommodations

We will be staying at Kyichu Hotel which is a 3-star, centrally-located hotel in Lhasa. It is also possible to upgrade to a better-graded hotel by paying an additional cost. All accommodations are on a twin-shared basis. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost 330 USD.

Meals

Only breakfasts are included in this trip. We are expected to pay for lunches and dinners on our own. Breakfast will be taken in the same place we stay for the night. Similar arrangements can also be made for dinner. Lunch will be taken en route to the next destination(s). We recommend our guest(s) to budget Yuan 60 to Yuan 100(US$10 to US$16) for lunch and dinner every day. Our food will include Tibetan bread, dal (lentil soup), Bhat (rice), tsampa porridge and other simple local foods.

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