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Taking a flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa is the quickest way to reach the holy land, especially if your time is limited. For those who seek a shorter trip, we recommend our 4-day Lhasa Essence Tour from Kathmandu. However, for those who wish to spend more time exploring the region, we offer a Kathmandu to Lhasa overland trip via Gyirong Border with visits to Mount Everest, Shigatse, Yamdrok Lake, and more.

Lhasa is a city unlike any other in China, boasting a unique blend of natural beauty, spiritual significance, and cultural heritage. As one of the highest cities in the world, Lhasa is known as "the Land of Gods" and the spiritual center of Tibet. With a history spanning over 1300 years, Lhasa is a treasure trove of cultural and religious sites, including the iconic Potala Palace, the revered Jokhang Temple, and the bustling Barkhor Street. These landmarks offer visitors a glimpse into the rich and vibrant traditions of Tibetan Buddhism, providing the opportunity to explore a city that is truly one-of-a-kind. Go with us now!

You Can Experience “Must-see & Must-do” with This Tour
Highlight 1: Come to the Sunlight City to marvel at the world famous holy center - Potala Palace comprising the White and Red Palaces built on the Red Mountain.
4 Days Kathmandu to Lhasa Tour by Flight
Highlight 2: Give yourself some quiet moments to view in front of the “spiritual heart of the city” and see the numerous local Tibetan Buddhists and pilgrimages worshiping devoutly in front of Jokhang Temple.
4 Days Kathmandu to Lhasa Tour by Flight
Highlight 3: Travel outside of Lhasa city to one of the “great three” Gelug university monasteries of Tibet - Sera Monastery to explore exceptional Buddhist religious complex and see the famous debate among monks on the Buddhist doctrines.
4 Days Kathmandu to Lhasa Tour by Flight
Highlight 4: Find the reasons why Barkhor Street is a true reflection of Tibetan culture and spirituality and join in the pilgrims along the lively street walking clockwise while spinning prayer wheels and chanting mantras.
4 Days Kathmandu to Lhasa Tour by Flight
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Lhasa (4 Days)

Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street, Dadong Village, Sera Monastery

Itinerary Day by Day

Day 1 Kathmandu to Lhasa by Flight | Pick-up Service & Hotel Check-in

On this day, you will catch your flight to Lhasa from Kathmandu. Tashi Delek! Welcome to Lhasa, the capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region! Upon your arrival at the airport in Lhasa, the tour guide and driver will meet you at the exit, and then escort you to the hotel in downtown Lhasa (100km, about 1.5 hours’ drive) . You can have a good rest to get used to the altitude (3,650m) in your hotel and get ready to explore Lhasa with your guide the next day.

Kathmandu to Lhasa Flight Latest Info:
At present, there is no direct flight available from Kathmandu to Lhasa. However, we recommend traveling from Kathmandu to Tibet via an overland trip that takes you through Gyirong Border. This scenic journey offers a fantastic opportunity to discover the natural beauty and cultural wonders of Tibet, making it an unforgettable experience.

Kind Reminds:
1. It is good to avoid altitude sickness by slowing down, keeping warm, drinking water frequently, avoiding showers for the first one or two days, taking it easy, and sleeping well.
2. You should always follow your doctor's advice regarding altitude based on your health condition.
3. Be sure to let your guide or the hotel staff know whenever you feel unwell or need help. The people there are always willing to help and are good at dealing with altitude sickness.

Day 2 Lhasa City Tour | Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street

Altitude: 3650m

Today you will explore Lhasa for its brilliant architectures, culture, and history, then stroll through the famous Barkhor Street with locals and experience the daily kora life of Tibetans.

In the morning, you can walk up to the Potala Palace to explore. Not only is it the landmark of Tibet, but it is also the traditional residence and winter palace of the Dalai Lama (1649-1959). After climbing 365 steps from the gate of the Potala Palace to reach the Red Palace, you will arrive at the highest palace in the world at an altitude of 3,700m, where you can enjoy an excellent panoramic view of Lhasa city. As you explore the principal halls, chapels, and shrines of past Dalai Lamas in the Red Palace, you will be amazed and moved by its remarkable paintings, gorgeous jeweled works, skilled carving, colorful ornamentation, and the mystery stories behind the treasures. Inside the Potala Palace, you will meet many Tibetan pilgrims who come from afar to pray at this sacred site, making it a lifetime destination for them. You can also ask your guide to provide more stories about Songtsen Gampo, the 33rd king of Tibet, who first built the Potala Palace in the 7th century for his marriage to Princess Wencheng of the Tang Dynasty. Please note that the visit order may be adjusted based on the visiting time specified on your Potala Palace ticket. All visitors are required to visit the palace with a tour group and remain inside for one hour. Please be advised that photography is prohibited inside the palace.

After exploring the Potala Palace Museum, move to the 1300-year-old Jokhang Temple, the spiritual center of Tibet and a world cultural heritage site. It is said that the Jokhang Monastery is built for King Songtsen Gampo's two brides: Chinese Princess Wencheng and Nepal Princess Bhrikuti. "Jokhang" means "House of Buddha", it houses the statue of the life-size 12-year-old Sakyamuni which is the treasure of the Buddhism world. That is why Buddhist pilgrims take it as the holiest destination. The time seems to stand still when you watch them pray in front of the temple during the day and night.

Afterward, take a walk on busy Barkhor Street near the Jokhang Monastery, which was a place for Buddhists to do a kora (pilgrim circuit) in ancient times. Nowadays, it has become a thriving local market where you can drink a pot of yak butter tea, dress in Tibetan clothes for photos, and pick up some local Tibetan, Nepalese, and Indian handicrafts and souvenirs.

Day 3 Lhasa Surrounding Tour | Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery

Altitude: 3650m

Today you will enjoy the culture tour of Lhasa via a visit to two of the "great three" Gelug university monasteries of Tibet, the Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery.

In the morning, drive about 35min (12km) to visit Drepung Monastery which was the largest Tibetan monastery (Gelug Sect, Yellow Hat) in Lhasa. It used to be Dalai Lama’s palace before he moved to the Potala Palace in the 17th century. Now it is famous for Drepung Shoton Festival held each August, people come to offer yogurt to the monks who finished the 100 days’ meditation while enjoying the grandest Buddha (thangka) unfolding ceremony. Besides the unique architecture and amazing buildings, you can watch monks debating in Tibetan Buddhism vibrant and active with expansive gestures, clapping, and stamping. After Drepung Temple, you will have about a 2-hour Tibetan culture tour, which includes an introduction, Tibetan incense making, and block printing.

In the afternoon, drive another 40min (14km) to visit Sera Monastery. Step on one of the most beautiful monastery compounds, and its white stone roads and walkways makes you feel almost Mediterranean. The highlight of Sera Monastery is watch the monks’ debate at around 15:00 - 17:00 (except Sundays). It is an interesting form of debate, you can see one monk, the questioner, standing while the answerer or group of answerers, sitting. The standing monk will ask question and slap his palms and stomp, each action has its special meaning, such as activating wisdom, and are not meant to be aggressive.

After that, be escorted back to your hotel in Lhasa.

Day 4 Lhasa Departure | Hotel Check-out and Airport see-off

It is time to end your 4-day Tibet Lhasa tour from Kathmandu. You will have some free time in Lhasa and explore more on your own till your guide escorts you to the airport/train station for your flight or train to your next destination. 

Extension Ideas: If you prefer to travel longer in Tibet, you can extend your trip to other highlighted parts of Tibet, including Shigatse, Gyantse, Everest Base Camp and Mount Kailash.

Thank you for choosing Asia Odyssey Travel for your China tour, and we are always here working for you and hope to see you again for your next trip to China/Asia. Safe journey!

Price: What’s Included & What’s Excluded

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The above price is based on a private tour for 2 people. Price varies depending on travel date, group size, hotel class, program in your itinerary and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate.
Price varies depending on travel date, group size, hotel class, program in your itinerary and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate.
Professional licensed English-speaking local guide
Private Vehicle: Experienced drivers & air-conditioned vehicles
Hotel accommodation with breakfasts (3-star standard)
Meals: Breakfasts plus featured meals - Tibetan welcome banquet in Lhasa & The world’s highest altitude hot pot experience at EBC (if you take the tour to EBC).
Admission tickets, activities listed in the itinerary
Tibet Permits: Tibet Entry Permit, Alien Travel Permit, Border Pass, etc.
Pick up and Drop off Service: The pick up and drop off service are free from 7:00am to 22:00pm on the pick up and drop off date.
Oxygen and Water: A container of Oxygen per person for emergency use; 2 bottles of drinking water per person per day (300ml); 4L Medical oxygen cylinder with car
Our service from tour planning, handling, operational and finishing your trip

What’s Excluded?

International airfares
Entry visa fees
Personal expenses
Single room supplement
Recommended optional activities
Arrival/departure flights or train on the first and last day
Tips or gratuities for guides and drivers

Important Trip Notes for Booking a Private Tibet Tour

Do I need to get a Tibet permit to visit Tibet? How long does it take to obtain?
All foreign travelers are required to obtain a Tibet Travel Permit to visit Tibet. The permit can only be applied for through a registered travel agency in Tibet (we are local based Tibet travel agency with office setting in Lhasa) and is required to purchase flight or train tickets to Tibet. The permit is necessary to enter Tibet and visit certain areas within the region, including Lhasa and Mount Everest Base Camp. Travelers should plan ahead and allow sufficient time for the permit application process, as it can take one to two weeks to obtain the necessary permits.
All foreign travelers are advised to make their bookings at least one week in advance and send the necessary documents to us for obtaining the permits. However, if you plan to visit Mount Kailash, it is recommended to book at least two weeks in advance, as it may take longer to obtain the necessary permits.
How do I book a private Tibet tour?
It is very simple to book a private Tibet tour. Select the tour you are interested, and click “Make an Enquiry for Free”. Tell us your demands and likes while submitting the form. During this process, you don’t need to pay immediately. After sending us your requirements, one of our professional travel experts will get back to you within 0.5 to 24 hours. When all the information have confirmed, then you make the deposit. Please feel free to contact the travel expert directly if you have any questions prior to booking.
Combine Your Tibet Tour with Other Destinations in China
The above itinerary is the sample one that most travelers would go like that. The tour can be customized based on your likes, interests and budget. At the same time, if you want to extend this tour, just tell us your favored destinations and things to do. Our professional travel experts will redesign the trip totally for you at the best price. Tell us your ideas now >>
In a private tour, it means you will transfer to the tourist attractions in one city by private vehicle. The private car we selected is spacious, comfortable and air-conditioned. And the driver we use are very experienced. As for traveling between two destinations, we use domestic flights (economy seat) or high speed trains (second class seat, usually less than 6 hours). The local guides and drivers will pick you up at the airport/train stations, and escort you to the hotel.
“B” stands for breakfast. You will have it at your hotel in the morning.
“L” stands for lunch. The restaurants we will arrange for you are all designated tourist restaurants approved by local tourist administration bureau. All are in good sanitary conditions. Your guide will assist you with ordering the dishes.
“D” means dinner. All dinners are excluded in the itinerary. You have the chance to taste some authentic Chinese food and local snacks.
If you have special dietary requirements (vegetarian, halal, kosher, Indian, or gluten-free), please let us know before your booking. We will try our best to take care of you.

Accommodation & Hotel Condition for Your Tibet Tour

Lhasa Recommended 3 Star Hotel
Shigatse Recommended 3 Star Hotel
EBC Accommodation
Have a good sleep everyday is very important during your China tour. In a private tour, you can decide on your own which hotel class you want - luxury 5 star, comfortable 4-star or economic 3-star.
All the hotels in each destination we selected are at good location, close to commercial street or tourist attractions. And, all the hotels we use have a business relationship for many years and they have windows, air-conditioners, hot water, showers, wifi... (except for basic accommodation condition when travel to Mount Everest) to ensure you luxury and comfortable sleep experience. The staff can speak English and they will provide you the high quality service. If you have any requirements, you can ask them to help.

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  • Lhasa Drepung Monastery
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  • Lhasa Sera Monastery
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What Travelers are Saying about This Tibet Tour

Let’s see what our customers said about the above Tibet trip and you can browse the recent reviews and opinions on tour arrangements, tour guides, drivers/cars, attractions, dining, hotels... And, you can learn from their detailed itineraries for further planning your China tour! Read and get inspired now!
China Tour Review
Rating: star star star star star
Reviewed on May 29. 2023
Unforgettable Experience in Holy Tibet
My Tibet tour was an unforgettable experience. The stunning natural beauty of the Tibetan plateau and the rich cultural heritage of the region left me in awe. Our knowledgeable guide showed us around the famous Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, and other important landmarks and provided insights into the local customs and traditions. The tour was well-organized and comfortable, and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for an authentic and enriching travel experience.
Tibet Tour Review
Marcin T
Rating: star star star star star
Reviewed on May 22. 2022
8 Days Trip to Mount Everest and Lhasa...
I recently went on a Tibet tour and was blown away by the breathtaking scenery and fascinating Tibetan culture. The tour was well-planned and our guide was friendly and knowledgeable. We visited the iconic Potala Palace, explored the bustling Barkhor Street, and hiked in the stunning Himalayan Mountains. It was a physically demanding trip, but the experience was worth it. I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone looking for an adventure in a unique and beautiful destination.
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Jade X
Rating: star star star star star
Reviewed on April. 2023
Lifetime Experience to Mount Everest!!!
My trip to Tibet Mount Everest was an experience of a lifetime. The breathtaking views of the world's highest peak and the stunning Himalayan range left me speechless. Our guide was knowledgeable and helpful throughout the trip, and the accommodations were comfortable. We also had the opportunity to visit the Rongbuk Monastery, which provided a unique insight into the local culture. I highly recommend this tour to anyone looking for a memorable journey to one of the world's most iconic destinations.
Tibet Tour Review
Rating: star star star star star
Reviewed on Oct. 2022
Lhasa, Glimpse of Mt. Everest, Manasarovar Lake & Mt. Kailash - 10 Days
I should thank Daria of ASIA ODYSSEY TRAVEL for organizing a tailor made trip for us to visit Lhasa, Manasarovar Lake and Mt. Kailash. She took special care to our requirements and was following with us in organizing our travel permit to Ali regions in the last 8 months. It was worth the wait and she managed to get the first permit for foreigners in the last 1 1/2 years, due to Covid travel restrictions. Our guide Mr. Tashi was very good in explaining in English. He was also very useful in helping us through out the trip and coordinating with the travel agency.
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Peter J
Rating: star star star star star
Reviewed on Aug. 2022
Excellent holidays
We had a great holiday. They listen to our needs and adapt the trip according to our desires. The guides are excellent and very effective. I recommend and I will certainly reuse them for the next vacation.
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Sylvan G
Rating: star star star star star
Reviewed on July 2022
An Exceptional Tour with AOT - Highly Recommended!
Every aspect of the tour was well-organized and professional, and our tour guide Tony was a true gem. She was knowledgeable and friendly and took care of every small detail to ensure we had a great time at every destination. The hotels, transport, and activities were all top-notch, and we felt well taken care of throughout the trip. We have already recommended Asia Odyssey Travel to our friends and family, and we will definitely use their services again. Thank you for making our vacation so memorable and enjoyable!
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Mini L
Rating: star star star star star
Reviewed on Mar. 2022
First adventure in China
This was our first adventure since moving to China and it did not disappoint!!! Guilin and YangShuo are some of the most beautiful places on earth. If you are thinking of going - don't think, GO!! It's truly a magical area with some of the most scenic scapes I've ever experienced.
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Rating: star star star star star
Reviewed on Jul. 2021
Professional and quality service. Excellent trip!
Our trip to Guilin with Asia Odyssey Travel was AWESOME! Seriously, stop trying to plan a trip yourself and book through them. They took care of everything and made the trip ideal for us and the activities we enjoy.
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Tour Code: AOT-TTB-020
Travel Route: Kathmandu - Lhasa
Features: History, Culture, Religious Sites, Monasteries

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