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  • 5 Days Classic Lhasa Group Tour with Yamdrok Lake
  • Tibet Yamdrok Lake
  • Lhasa Potala Palace
  • Lhasa Jokhang Temple
  • Lhasa Barhkor Street
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  • 5 Days Classic Lhasa Group Tour with Yamdrok Lake
  • Tibet Yamdrok Lake
  • Lhasa Potala Palace
  • Lhasa Jokhang Temple
  • Lhasa Barhkor Street
  • Lhasa Drepung Monastery
  • Lhasa Sera Monastery
  • Tibet Yamdrok Lake
  • Tour Code: AOT-TGT-A

  • Travel Route: Lhasa - Yamdrok Lake - Lhasa

  • Features: World Heritages, Architectures, Religious Sites, Nature Wonders, Lakes, Mountains

  • Tour Type: Small Group of maximum 12 travelers, guaranteed departures;

  • Guide & Driver: English-speaking guide, experienced driver with a regular tourist vehicle

  • Accommodation: 4 nights at Standard Hotel

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In our 5-day Classic Lhasa Tour with Yamdrok Lake, you will discover all the highlights of Lhasa. Being one of the highest cities in the world, Lhasa is a unique and fascinating destination that offers a blend of cultural, spiritual, natural, and adventure experiences.

As the center of the Tibetan Buddhist world, Lhasa is home to some of the most significant religious sites, including the Potala Palace (a World Heritage Site), Jokhang Temple (the Spiritual Heart of Tibet), and Sera Monastery (Famous for Daily Monk Debates). Besides, This tour will also take you to one of the world's most beautiful lakes - Yamdrok Lake (Holy Lake). Besides photographing its stunning beauty and pristine turquoise waters, you can also get a great view of the snow-capped mountains surrounding it.

With an altitude of 3,650 meters above sea level, Lhasa is relatively low compared to other high-altitude regions, such as Everest Base Camp. Most people who visit Lhasa do not experience any serious altitude sickness symptoms. So, Lhasa is suitable for almost every guest to enjoy a worry-free experience in the City of Sunlight. Join us and start your Lhasa Tour in 2024!

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Itinerary Day by Day

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Day 1 Arrival in Lhasa | Airport Pick-up and Hotel Check-in
Altitude: 3650m | Distance: 100km, about 1.5 hours’ drive

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.

Arrival Ideas: Lhasa is located in the southern part of the Tibetan Plateau and southwestern China. Traveling to Tibet is convenient by air, railway, or road. There are five airports in Tibet, with Lhasa Gonggar Airport being the most popular for flights from Chengdu (which is also popular), Chongqing, Xian, Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Kunming, Xining, Shangri-La, and other cities. One international airline even connects Lhasa and Kathmandu. Moreover, travelers can take the train to Lhasa from Xining (21 hours, the starting point of the Qinghai-Tibet Railway), Lanzhou (24.5 hours), Chongqing (35.5 hours), Chengdu (36.5 hours), Xian (31 hours), Beijing (40.5 hours), Shanghai (47 hours), Guangzhou (52.5 hours), Shigatse (2.5 hours), Nyingzhi (4 hours), and other cities.

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.

Attractions

Have a good rest to get used to the altitude

Transportation

Arrive in Lhasa by yourself; pick-up service while in Lhasa

Dining

None

Accommodation

Standard Hotel in downtown Lhasa

Day 2 Lhasa City Tour | Lhasa Traditional Handicraft Art Center, Sera Monastery
Altitude: 3650m

Today, have fun in the Lhasa Traditional Handicraft Art Center for a close touch of Tibetan culture, and you will experience Tibetan Buddhism by witnessing the Monks' Debating in Sera Monastery.

In the morning, enjoy the experience in the Lhasa Traditional Handicraft Art Center, fully immerse yourself by making Tibetan incense, Tibetan calligraphy, and the secrets of block printing. Tibetan incense is typically burned as an offering during religious ceremonies and rituals in Tibetan Buddhism. The ingredients used for Tibetan incense usually include juniper, sandalwood, cedarwood, cinnamon, cloves, and various medicinal herbs. Besides learning how to make Tibetan incense, you can also participate in writing your own name in the Tibetan Language with the help of a local teacher, and engraving and printing it out. Handmade Tibetan incense and printed text can be taken home as a souvenir of the Tibetan cultural experience. This evening, you will enjoy dinner with the group, featuring Tibetan cuisine.

In the afternoon, drive approximately 7km (about 20 minutes) to visit Sera Monastery, which is one of the three great Gelug university monasteries of Tibet. It offers the opportunity to experience Tibetan Buddhism up close. The highlight of Sera Monastery is watching the monks' debate, which takes place around 15:00-17:00 (except on Sundays). The debate is an interesting form of exchange, where one monk acts as the questioner, standing while the answerer or group of answerers sit. The standing monk asks questions and slaps his palms and stomps, each action having a special meaning, such as activating wisdom, and are not meant to be aggressive. You will also have the chance to attend prayer ceremonies, visit meditation halls, and learn about the monastic way of life. It is a must-visit destination to gain insight into the beliefs and practices of Tibetan Buddhism.

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2 Iconic Sites

Transportation

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Dining

Breakfast

Accommodation

Standard Hotel in downtown Lhasa

Day 3 Lhasa Culture Tour | Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street, Tibetan-style Featured Dinner
Altitude: 3650m

Today, it is the time to explore Lhasa by visiting the world-famous Potala Palace, a World Heritage site and the picture behind the 50 RMB. And then, you will explore Lhasa by visiting Jokhang Temple, a world cultural heritage site renowned for its brilliant architecture, culture, art, and history. Finally, you can stroll through the famous Barkhor Street with locals and learn more about 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.)

Located in the heart of Lhasa for over 1300 years, the Jokhang Temple is an important pilgrimage site for Buddhists from all over the world. Famed as the spiritual center of Tibet, it is said that the Jokhang Monastery was built for King Songtsen Gampo's two brides: Chinese Princess Wencheng and Nepalese Princess Bhrikuti. "Jokhang" means "House of Buddha", and it houses a life-size statue of the 12-year-old Sakyamuni, which is considered a treasure of the Buddhist world. This is why Buddhist pilgrims consider it the holiest destination. The Jakhong temple is also renowned for its beautiful architecture. You can admire the intricate carvings, colorful murals, ornate decorations, and details of the building, which is a masterpiece of Tibetan architecture. Time seems to stand still as you watch people pray in front of the temple during the day and night. (Please note that the visit order may be adjusted based on the reservation of your Jokhang Temple Ticket Reservation.)

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.

In the evening, enjoy a group dinner featuring delicious Tibetan cuisine, specially offered by AOT team.

Attractions

3 Iconic Sites

Transportation

Coach

Dining

Breakfast,Dinner

Accommodation

Standard Hotel in downtown Lhasa

Day 4 Lhasa to Yamdrok Lake Tour | Yamdrok Lake, Xiazhulin Temple
Altitude: 4440m | Distance: 300km, about 5 hours’ drive

This morning, head to Yamdrok Lake from Lhasa (125km, about 3 hours) to appreciate the amazing natural landscapes .Then pay a visit to the quiet Xiazhulin Temple on the way back to Lhasa for a panoramic view of the Yarlung Zangbo River.

When reaching Kampala Pass (4,797 meters), you’ll have a breathtaking view of Yamdrok Lake (a freshwater lake) down below as well as spectacular views of the holy Mt. Nyenchen Khangsar in the distance. You'd better have your camera ready to capture its beauty. It is one of the four largest sacred lakes in Tibet along with Lhamo Latso Lake, Manasarovar Lake, and Namtso Lake. Yamdrok Lake offers stunning views of the Tibetan plateau and is said to be able to help Tibetans find the reincarnated soul of the Dalai Lama. Moreover, you will be happy to see dressed-up Tibetan mastiffs/dogs, goats, and yaks there. It is optional for you to pay 5-10 yuan to pose with and take photos of them, for local Tibetans, it’s a subsidy income for their family.

Located 15km away from Lhasa Airport, Xiazhulin Temple, Gelug Sect of Tibetan Buddhism, is small and quiet compared to other popular ancient temples. With an altitude of 3200m, Xiazhulin Temple is the best spot to view the Yarlung Zangbo River (the Brahmaputra River), which is one of the longest rivers in Asia, spanning about 2,900 km. Tibetans consider the Yarlung Zangbo River to be a holy river. It originates in the Himalayas of Tibet and flows through several countries, including India, Bangladesh, and Myanmar, before emptying into the Bay of Bengal. Xiazhulin Temple is also famous for the body of the auspicious goddess that it enshrines. It is said that she was born a thousand years ago and was 12 years old when she passed away. After passing away, her body naturally shrunk to only one cubit high, sitting in a Tara posture, with one eye even slightly open, as if she were half asleep. Legend has it that she is the true incarnation of the auspicious goddess Green Tara, who was later enshrined in this temple. The Lamas inside the temple are kind and happy to answer questions and explain the wall paintings there.

Attractions

2 Iconic Sites

Transportation

Coach

Dining

Breakfast

Accommodation

Standard Hotel in downtown Lhasa

Day 5 Lhasa Departure | Hotel Check-out and Airport Transfers
Altitude: 3650m | Distance: 100km, about 1.5 hours’ drive

It is time to end your 5-day Lhasa Group Tour. And your guide will escorts you to the airport/train station for your flight or high speed train to your next destination.

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!

Attractions

Hotel check-out and airport transfers

Transportation

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Dining

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Price: What’s Included & What’s Excluded

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The above price is based on a group tour for 2 people sharing one standard double-bed room in 3-star hotels.
Price varies depending on travel date, group size, hotel class, program in your itinerary and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate.

What’s Included:

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Professional licensed English-speaking local guide
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Tourist Vehicle: 7-23seats (If it’s less than 4 travelers doing Lhasa city tour, we will let tour guide to take a taxi instead. Taxi fee will be at the tour guide expense.)
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Hotel accommodation with breakfasts (3-star standard)
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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).
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Admission tickets, activities listed in the itinerary
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Tibet Permits: Tibet Entry Permit, Alien Travel Permit, Border Pass, etc.
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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.
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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
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Our service from tour planning, handling, operational and finishing your trip

What’s Excluded:

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International airfares
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Personal expenses
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Single Room Supplement
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Recommended optional activities
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Arrival/departure flights or train on the first and last day
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Tips or gratuities for guides and drivers

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In a Tibet group tour, there are two main types of accommodation choices on a Tibet group tour: basic standard and comfortable. In major cities like Lhasa, there are a variety of accommodation options available, ranging from 3 star to 4 star hotels. In more remote areas, such as near Mount Everest or Mount Kailash, the accommodations may be more basic, with simple guesthouses or tented camps. We will email you the detailed hotel arrangement after your booking.

If there is a single room due to gender reasons, we will arrange a triple room (or double standard room with and extra bed) or pay the single room supplement by the yourself.

Important Trip Notes for Booking a Tibet Group 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 Many Tourists Travel in a Small Group Tour? Where Are They From?
Typically, small group tours in Tibet will have 2-12 travelers, and you will have the opportunity to meet and travel with tourists from different parts of the world. This can be a great chance to make new friends and connect with people from different cultures and backgrounds.
Can I have my own group tour?
Yes, if you are traveling with a group of friends or with your family, you can customize your own group tour. Please contact your professional travel consultant to discuss and arrange a customized group tour that meets your needs and preferences.
Meals
“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. Lunches are usually included if you have a full day tour in one destination. Your guide will assist you with ordering the dishes. If you will travel from one city to another, lunches are excluded and you can ask the guide for some suggestions about where and what to eat.
“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.
Cancellation Policy
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