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General

Immerse yourself in the heat of Lhasa-the Barkhor streets and walk with many Tibetan pilgrims from all over Tibet. The easy tour begins with  Jokhang Temple, Barkhor streets and Sera monastery on the first day. After the proper high altitude acclimatization in the first two days, you will slowly climb up the many stairs to visit the landmark of Lhasa-the world famous Potala Palace on day 3. And you will have the opportunity to visit the the summer palace of Dalai Lama-the Norbulinka. This 5 day Lhasa Lake Yamdrok journey covers the top highlight tourists attractions but you do not visit monasteries one after another. This sets it apart from any other similar tours and it is absolutely one of the best 5 days group tour.

Monday/Thursday Day 1: Arrival with scheduled pick up

Upon arrival, your guide or driver will greet you and transfer you to the hotel of your own arrangement for better acclimatization (Fixed pick up from airport to hotel: 9:30 am; 1:30 pm; 4:30 pm, Pick up from train station: varied depending on customers’ arrival time. If your arrival schedule differs, you will need to take an airline shuttle bus at CNY 30-35 per person by yourself). Relax for the rest of the day or stroll along the area at your leisure. 

Tuesday/Friday Day 2 (Breakfast): Lhasa: Tour of Jokhang Temple, Barkhor streets and Sera Monastery

Your English speaking Tibetan local guide will meet all group members at the lobby of Yak Hotel at 9:25 am with all group members name lists to be checked and reconfirmed one by one. And all clients should get to this hotel lobby at least 5-10 minutes in advance. Your Tibetan local guide will take all group members to leave at 9:30 am on time and walk together slowly to visit the must see attraction of Jokhang Temple and Barkhor streets in the whole morning between 9:30 am and 12 o’clock. Jokhang Temple was founded in the 7th century by the first great Buddhist king Songtsen Gampo. As the most sacred temple in Tibet, Jokhang is situated in the heart of Lhasa city and attracts many pilgrims from around Tibet to worship and walk around. The walking around Jokhang Temple following pilgrims from all over the Tibetan plateau is a must-needed experience.

The Barkhor Street market is a must see cultural highlight for tourism in Tibet, comprising of a series of circular streets that encompass the Jokhang temple along with numerous merchants and vendors offering a wide variety of local Tibetan arts, crafts, and tasty cuisines.

The Barkhor street market provides tourists a pivotal insight in multiple aspects of Tibetan culture by the vast assortments of authentic Tibetan products easily available to purchase at the visitors discretion. The Barkhor market is constantly alive and thriving with activity as the countless vendors and shops present a utopia of local Tibetan arts, crafts and cultural specialties.

Meet your guide at Yak Hotel lobby at 2:55 pm, your van/mini bus driver, your guide and all of you will leave at 3 pm for Sera Monastery. Sera Monastery is one of three great universities of Gelugpa Sect. Colorful debates on Buddhist doctrines are held here every afternoon except for Sunday and this is distinctive from the other famous monasteries. 

Wednesday/Saturday Day 3 (Breakfast+Dinner):Lhasa: Summer/Winter Palaces of Dalai Lama: Norbulinka and Potala Palace

You will start the day by exploring the Potala Palace, Tibet’s most iconic building. Towering above Lhasa with more than 1000 rooms, the Potala Palace served as the winter residence of the Dalai Lamas for hundreds of years. Another visit is to Norbulinka. Norbulinka which means ‘treasure garden’ in Tibetan language, is located in the west side of Lhasa, a short distance from the southwest of Potala Palace. It is marked as the world’s highest, largest and best-preserved ancient artificial historical and cultural garden. As part of the ‘Historic Ensemble of Potala Palace’, it is also recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

While the Potala Palace is known as the winter palace of Dalai Lamas, the Norbulingka Palace is known as the summer palace. Despite the title of World Heritage Site and natural scenery, people also take it as a unique historical attraction in Tibet. The construction of Norbulingka began in 1755 by the 7th Dalai Lama, Kelsang Gyatso. The primary function of Norbulingka Palace is to cure the health problems of the 7th Dalai Lama. Then it became the summer residence of Dalai Lamas. During the Chinese Cultural Revolution, the Norbulingka complex suffered from terrible damage.

Enjoy a welcome Tibetan group dinner together. Guided sightseeing tour ends today. 

Thursday/Sunday Day 4:(Breakfast) Lhasa-Lake Yamdrok-Lhasa (260 kms beautiful landscape journey)

Yamdrok Lake, also called Yamdrok Yumtso, is a lake with two long arms of water, making it look like a scorpion from the sky. This shape means you can never see its shape from around it. From Gyantse, you can see one arm, and follow it until it disappears around a bend in the shore which makes it difficult to estimate the size of the lake. Yamdrok Lake is one of Tibet’s three sacred lakes and the largest lake in southern Tibet. The other two famous and holy lakes are Namtso Lake and Lake Manasarovar. It is also called Coral Lake, or Green Jade Lake. The lake is surrounded by snow-capped mountains and it is a natural wonder that you shouldn’t miss in Tibet.

Friday/Monday Day 5: (Breakfast) Depart Lhasa

Scheduled drop off by shared vehicle to airport at 6:30 am; 8:30 am; 12:30 pm. To train station: depending on customers’ departure time.

Available departures

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Overview Of This Tour

Immerse yourself in the heat of Lhasa-the Barkhor streets and walk with many Tibetan pilgrims from all over Tibet. The easy tour begins with  Jokhang Temple, Barkhor streets and Sera monastery on the first day. After the proper high altitude acclimatization in the first two days, you will slowly climb up the many stairs to visit the landmark of Lhasa-the world famous Potala Palace on day 3. And you will have the opportunity to visit the the summer palace of Dalai Lama-the Norbulinka. This 5 day Lhasa Lake Yamdrok journey covers the top highlight tourists attractions but you do not visit monasteries one after another. This sets it apart from any other similar tours and it is absolutely one of the best 5 days group tour.

Lhasa Group Tour Brief Itinerary (every Monday and Thursday)

  1. Mon./Thu: Arrival with scheduled airport pick up (9:30 am; 1:30 pm; 4:30 pm), rest for acclimatization, accommodation (optional)
  2. Tue./Fri.: (Breakfast): Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Streets, Sera Monastery (No tour on Sunday) accommodation (optional)
  3. Wed./Sat.: (Breakfast+Dinner):Potala Palace, Norbulinka Palace, guided sightseeing tour ends, accommodation (optional)
  4. Thu./Sun.: (Breakfast): Lhasa Lake Yamdrok Journey with a group of friends, accommodation (optional)
  5. Fri./Mon.: (Breakfast): Depart Tibet for next stop (shared and scheduled transfer)

Departure & Return Departure Point

  • Tour Departure Date (Day 1-arrival date): Fixed Departure on Every Monday and Thursday
  • Day 2 meeting point: 9:25 am at Lhasa Yak hotel lobby (nearby Dunya Restaurant, 5 mins walking to Jokhang Temple)

Lhasa Group Tour Discount Policy:

  1. 5% off for those booking the tour together with other two travelers at the same time;
  2. 5% off for those booking the tour 3 months in advance;
  3. The above preferential policies can only be enjoyed by either one of them, not both.

Responsible Tibet Tourism

  1. Each booking generates US$5 per person as donation to Tibetan Deaf people association (we organize deal travelers Tibet tour every year and recommended by Joel from deafnation.com:USA and many others)
  2. Traditional Tibetan welcome dinner and we use Tibetan owned restaurants and Tibetan accommodation as many as possible.
  3. Pay more attention to interaction and activities with local communities rather than just tour: hanging praying flag, dining in Tibetan Tea House, Tibetan accommodation, Tibetan restaurants, etc.

Lhasa Group pick up and drop off exception

  • If travelers come and/or leave by train, train station pick up and/or drop off is included.
  • If travelers' pick up/drop off time is not as our fixed scheduled time, they need to pay private transfer for 60USD/car.
  • If travelers are less than 3 per transfer, we may use public transportation vehicle like airline shuttle bus or taxi.

Service Details

Price includes
  • Tibetan local tour guide shared in your group (English-speaking);
  • Accommodation (Optional as per the prices, your Tibet travel consultant will reconfirm with you 7 days before arrival date per final group booking status)
  • Tibet entry travel permits;
  • Tibet entry permits delivery to your departure city address (or airport) in China;
  • All entrance ticket fees for all tourist sites listed in the itinerary;
  • Shared vehicle with reliable Tibetan local driver;  
  • Group tours only include a welcome meal after your arrival in Tibet.
  • Pick up from airport to hotel: 9:30 am; 1:30 pm; 4:30 pm (1-3 pax per booking by shared shuttle bus, while shared van or mini bus for 4 or more people per booking)
  • Shared drop off to airport at 6:30 am; 8:30 am; 12:30 pm
  • Pick up/drop off service from and/or to train station: varied depending on customers' arrival time.
  • Shared vehicle between Hotel and Norbulinka/Potala Palace, Sera Monastery (1-3 pax by public taxi or bus, while van or mini bus for 4 or more travelers according to final group size)
  • Tourist accident/casualty insurance
Price excludes
  • International flight to and out of China;
  • Domestic flight/train to and out of Lhasa. (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.)
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary; usually it costs about USD 3-15 per person for one meal in TAR (Tibet Autonomous Region).
  • Tips and gratitude to tour guide and driver (10-20 USD per person to guide, 5-10$ per person to driver is recommended but not compulsory);
  • 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.

Notes: If tourists want private pick up or drop off, they are required to pay extra 400 RMB/car for one way transfer

Be altitude sickness free! Here are some suggestions for you to prevent AMS.

  1. Avoid catching a cold before entering Tibet;
  2. Try to have a good sleep at the night before flying to Tibet;
  3. Drink lots of water-This is a must; begin drinking more water than normal before arriving in Tibet;
  4. Avoid tobacco and alcohol;
  5. Avoid intense physical activity on the first couple of days after arrival in Tibet;
  6. Walk slowly and drink extra fluids after getting off the airplane;
  7. Light and high carbohydrate meals are recommended for more energy; Don't drink    alcohol or smoke;
  8. Climb up to higher altitude slowly;
  9. Avoid sedatives;
  10. Prepare some medicines as per doctors’ suggestion.