5 Days Lhasa Tour from Kathmandu by Air

Kathmandu - Lhasa - Ganden - Lhasa

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About 1.5 hours’ direct flight from Kathmandu, Lhasa concentrates the most significant monasteries and the most extinguished architecture of Tibetan plateau. During this tour, you can explore the winter and the summer palace of Dalai Lama: Potala Palace and Norbulingka, visit Jokhang Temple, Drepung and Sera Monastery, and stroll on Barkhor Street to experience the authentic life of local Tibetans and pilgrims. What’s more, you will go to Ganden Monastery which is about 60km away from the prosperous Lhasa City to admire the grandeur building complex and appreciate the panoramic view of Lhasa Valley during the Ganden trekking.

Itinerary Day by Day

Day 1: Fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa

When you arrive in Lhasa, your tour guide will hold a board with your name on it at the exit to welcome you. A private car will take you to the reserved hotel. You may view the Yarlung Tsangpo River/Bhamaputra River (the longest and largest river in Tibet) and Lhasa River on the way from airport to Lhasa. Then, you can take a good rest at hotel to acclimatize to Tibetan plateau environment.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day 2: Lhasa Sightseeing: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, and Barkhor Street (B)

Today, you’ll pay a visit to the famous Potala Palace, the world culture heritage. You can explore its audience halls, the jeweled and golden burial chortens (stupa tombs) of past Dalai Lamas, and tremendous number of Buddhist frescoes, thangkas, combinations of mandala, etc.

Then you will head to the holiest temple in Tibet, the Jokhang Temple, built during Songtsen Ganpo's reign by Princess Wencheng of Tang dynasty, 647 A.D. Here you can observe sincere pilgrims making prostration in front of Jokhang Temple. While entering inside the temple, you can see the holiest statue of Buddha. Around the monastery is the famous Barkhor Street, where you can do the kora with pilgrims and locals.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day 3: Lhasa Sightseeing: Norbulingka Palace, Tibet Museum, and Sera Monastery (B)

In the morning, you will visit Norbulingka Palace, the summer palace of Dalai Lama. Built by the 7th Dalai Lama and served both as administrative centre and religious centre, Norbulingka is a unique representation of Tibetan palace architecture and is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then you will visit Tibet Museum near Norbulingka Palace, which can provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the development of Tibetan culture, religion, and history.

After lunch, you will visit Sera Monastery, one of the “Great Three” Gelug monasteries in Tibet. It was founded in 1419 by Tsongkapa's disciple Jamchen Choeje, and the highlight of this monastery is the monk debate around 3-5pm.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day 4: Ganden Monastery (B)

Today you will take car ride to Ganden Monastery about 60 kilometers northeast of Lhasa. As one of the "Great Three" Gelugpa monasteries of Tibet, it was founded by Great Tsongkhapa in 1409. On the way, you can appreciate the beautiful view of Kyichu River. While driving up to Ganden along winding mountain road, you can catch the far view of splendid monastery complex on the top of the mountain.

You can also trek Lingkor (circuit/kora) around the monastery, pay a visit to the Great Tsongkapa’s meditation cave and the tomb of Tsongkhapa, the founder of Gelupa order, and enjoy the stunning view of Lhasa Valley.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day 5: Depart from Lhasa (B)

Your guide will pick you up at hotel and drop you off at the Lhasa Gonggar Airport on time.

Service Inclusion

  1. Tibet travel permit and all other necessary permits to Tibet;
  2. All entrance ticket fees for all tourist sites listed in the itinerary;
  3. Personal knowledgeable English-speaking Tibetan local tour guide;
  4. Personal comfortable, clean and safe vehicle with reliable Tibetan local driver; vehicle ranging from 4WD land cruiser to minibus depending on your group size;
  5. All lodging listed in the itinerary; it’s your decision about the accommodation class: luxury 5-star international hotel, comfortable 4-star hotel, economic 3-star hotel or budget hostel, guesthouse or tent. Please tell us your accommodation preference when submitting the enquiry; we will arrange the best-value hotels for you.
  6. Domestic flight/train tickets listed in the itinerary;
  7. All meals listed in the above itinerary;
  8. Tourist accident/casualty insurance;
  9. First aid kit;

Service Exclusion

  1. International flight to and out of China;
  2. Chinese visa (Note: we could help you with the Chinese visa application, like providing the invitation letter, presenting the hotel or domestic flight reservation copies, etc that you may need. )
  3. Domestic flight/train not listed in the itinerary. (We can provide you the domestic flight/train ticket booking service at the BEST discount price; please contact us our travel experts for the details.)
  4. Meals not specified in the itinerary; usually it costs about USD3-15 per person for one meal in TAR (Tibet Autonomous Region).
  5. Tips and gratitude to tour guide and driver;
  6. Personal expenses, like laundry, phone call, snacks, soft drinks (please do the best to avoid the alcoholic beverages during your Tibet trip), optional tour activities, etc.

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