Memories of the Holy Land

LH03: 5 Days Private Tour of Lhasa - Yamdrok Yumtso Lake
Tour Type: Private Tour, any parts of the itinerary can be customized
Guide & Driver: English-speaking guide & experienced driver with an air-conditioned vehicle
Meals: 4 western buffet breakfasts, 3 lunches

Tour Highlights:
  • Visit the Potala Palace - an important symbol of Tibetan culture and history
  • Observe debating sessions of Buddhist doctrines among the Lamas in Sera Monastery
  • Marvel at the stunning views of Yamdrok Yumtso, one of the three holy lakes in Tibet
  • A visit to a Tibetan family will offer you a chance to witness the local lifestyle
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Day 1 Arrival in Lhasa
Welcome to Lhasa, one of the highest cities in the world. Our guide and driver will meet you at Lhasa airport and accompany you to the hotel. Then we would like to suggest you stay at the hotel and acclimate to the high attitude of 3.650 meters (11,975 feet).
Day 2 Lhasa
Our clients in front of Potala Palace
The first site we arrange today is the Drepung Monastery, which consists of a group of old white buildings located at the shadow of the black mountain layer upon layer, looking afar like a huge pile of rice. In Tibetan, it symbolizes prosperity. 

After lunch, we will go ahead to the Sera Monastery, which contains a large deal of historic relics like Buddhist sculptures, books, Thangka scrolls, etc. However, the highlight is watching the monks debating in the courtyard. They choose one topic and put forth different views from what they have studied. It is interesting to see them debating with vigor and passion. Afterwards, we move to the Norbulingka Park. Norbulingka was the summer palace of Dalai Lama in the past and now it is designed as a beautiful and huge garden in typical Tibetan style. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 3 Lhasa
Pilgrims prostrating themselves in front of the Jokhang Temple
The true highlight of this private trip comes when you enter the Potala Palace, which is the largest scale of architecture complex in Tibet. It was originally built in the 7th century and rebuilt in the 17th century. The rooms, halls, paintings and statues inside have been well kept and restored, which gives a good view of bygone era. Please pay attention that there are hundreds of steps leading up to the top of Potala Palace, but you will get wonderful views of Lhasa from the higher floors. Then you will visit Tibet Museum, where more than one thousand precious exhibits like jade, ceramic, textiles, musical instruments, traditional medicine and many others are displayed, all of which show you the history and culture development of Tibet. 

In the afternoon, we first arrange the Jokhang Temple, which is regarded as the holiest in Tibet Buddhism. Every day this temple gets very busy as there are always hundreds of pilgrims prostrating themselves on the pavement out in front of the temple. Many people pray there all day long to show their devotion, truly inspiring. You can also go up to the roof area and look around you will find the Barkhor Street surrounding the temple. The street is lined with small shops selling jewellery, clothing, carpets, and other trinkets. It is a unique experience to wander through it. Today's last stop is a Nunnery. You will get to know about the Buddhist nuns.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 4 Lhasa - Yamdrok Yumtso Lake
Yamdrok Yumtso Lake
In the morning, you will visit a local Tibetan family home. After lunch, you will be transferred to visit the Yamdrok Yumtso Lake, also called turquoise lake as the water color just like the turquoise. It takes around two hours driving from Lhasa, but it is definitely worth the time as the road is really beautiful and you can take your time to stop for great photos. The magnificently holy lake lies between grand mountains with snow on the tops. The water looks dazzling under the sun. It is really a stunning view and the ambience is gorgeous. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 5 Departure from Lhasa
Our guide and driver will escort you to the airport and see you off according to your flight time. Wish you a nice trip onward! 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
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  • Prices are per person in US Dollars based on double occupancy.
  • Any part of the itinerary e.g. tour length, activities & hotels can be tailored to your individual interests.
Price Includes
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfasts
  • Lunches as itinerary specifies
  • Private English-speaking guide
  • Private driver & air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entrance fees to tourist sites
  • Tibet Travel Permit
Price Excludes
  • Airfares of arrival and departure
  • Entry visa fees
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips or gratuities for guides and drivers
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Questions & Answers
Asked by Mark from USA | Jan. 14, 2020 15:18Reply
Hello. If I am from the US and I visit Beijing on the 144 hours visa free entry, that is enough time for me to go to Tibet for a 4 day tour of Lhasa. Can I get a Tibet Travel Permit, or are those only issues for people who first have a Chinese Visa?
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Answered by Thomas from USA | Jan. 14, 2020 22:50

Well, if you want to tour around Tibet during the stopover, then you cannot enjoy the 144 hours visa free policy. You need to apply for the China Visa in advance in your country.
In addition, tourists need to have Tibet Travel Permit first.
Asked by Ann from UK | Oct. 02, 2017 10:44Reply
Can you give any advice on flights?
Can you fly to Paro from a foreign country, e.g. Nepal or India, or do you have to arrive from a Chinese airport?
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Answered by Lee | Oct. 09, 2017 01:34

Do you mean Paro in Bhutan? You can fly there from a foreign country, like Nepal or India and do not need to arrive from a Chinese airport. As I know, there are direct flights from Katmandu, New Delhi, Calcutta to Paro.
Asked by Chin from SINGAPORE | Apr. 05, 2017 21:30Reply
Is Feb/March a good time to visit Tibet?
I am looking to arrange a tour to Tibet but have heard that Feb/March time isn't the best time to go. Is there a rule against this or is it merely a guideline?
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Answered by Nicole | Apr. 05, 2017 21:46

Generally in February, it will be very cold in Tibet and it is not a good time for travelling. It is also not suggested to visit in March as it usually does not open for foreign tourists. You may consider visiting Tibet from April to November.
Asked by Roberto from CANADA | Aug. 03, 2016 03:20Reply
Train ride from Chengdu to Lhasa
Is there anyone taking train from Chengdu to Lhasa? I want to book train to Lhasa, is it possible? Or flight is better?
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Answered by Kelly | Aug. 03, 2016 03:54

According to my experience, the train journey to Lhasa is very long, around 44 hours, you may feel tired and bored for such a long trip. Also, the train tickets can only be bought 60 days prior to the departure date at the train station, and it is easily and frequently chartered by the government officials. Therefore, I think flight might be a better choice for you.
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