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Lhasa Tibet Tour

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Short Lhasa Tibet Tour
Trip Duration 6 Days
Max-Altitude 3800m
Group Size 1-15
Start & End Point Kathmandu
Trip Difficulty Easy
Best Season Spring and Autumn
Trip Price
US$ 3200
US$ 2800 Per Person
Trip Introduction

Overview of Lhasa Tibet Tour

Yearning for a taste of the mystical Himalayas, but short on time? This expertly crafted Lhasa Tibet Tour condenses the magic of Tibet into an unforgettable 6-day adventure. Immerse yourself in the vibrant tapestry of Tibetan Buddhism, explore iconic landmarks steeped in history, and witness the breathtaking panorama of the world’s highest mountains.

Your Lhasa adventure begins with acclimatization. Take a day to adjust to the high altitude before diving into the city’s vibrant core. Explore the sacred Jokhang Temple, a spiritual centre buzzing with pilgrims circumambulating its walls. Witness the captivating debates of monks at Sera and Drepung Monasteries, gaining insights into the heart of Tibetan Buddhist philosophy.

Travel beyond Lhasa on a scenic journey to Shigatse via Gyantse. Witness the dramatic landscapes of the Himalayas unfold before your eyes, capturing stunning vistas of the world’s highest peaks. Spend a full day exploring Shigatse, Tibet’s second-largest city, soaking in its unique atmosphere.

This Lhasa Tibet Tour caters perfectly to travellers seeking a captivating introduction to Tibetan culture and history, those yearning for an authentic Tibetan experience even with limited time, and photography enthusiasts seeking to capture the essence of the Himalayas.

Don’t miss this opportunity! Book your unforgettable adventure today and unveil the captivating beauty of Lhasa on this short and immersive escape.

Trip Schedule

Itinerary of Lhasa Tibet Tour

Flight 4-6 hours
Accommodation 3-Star Hotel
Meals Breakfast
Max-altitude 3656m

Your Short Lhasa Tibet Tour kicks off! Upon arrival in Lhasa, the heart and soul of Tibet, our experienced local guide will greet you at the airport or train station, ensuring a smooth transfer to your comfortable accommodation. Lhasa marks the starting point of your exciting 6-day exploration.Potala Palace

Taking it Easy: Spend the rest of the day acclimatizing to the high altitude. Lhasa sits at a lofty elevation, so take it slow and allow your body to adjust to the thinner mountain air. Explore Lhasa’s unique atmosphere at your own pace, perhaps wandering the vibrant streets or soaking in the tranquility of a local teahouse. This ancient city offers a captivating glimpse into Tibetan culture and history.

Get ready to delve deeper tomorrow! Your expertly crafted itinerary for this Short Lhasa Tibet Tour promises a captivating exploration of iconic landmarks, breathtaking mountain vistas, and a glimpse into the heart of Tibetan Buddhism.

Car 4-6 hours
Accommodation 3-Star Hotel
Meals Breakfast
Max-altitude 3656m.

Today, your Short Lhasa Tibet Tour delves into the heart of the city! Prepare to be awestruck by the iconic Potala Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a symbol of Tibetan Buddhism. Explore its grand halls and chambers, once the seat of the Dalai Lama for centuries.

Next, journey to the sacred Jokhang Temple, the spiritual heart of Lhasa. Witness pilgrims circumambulate its walls and soak in the atmosphere of profound devotion. Immerse yourself in the vibrant local scene on Barkhor Street, a bustling market where pilgrims and locals alike come together.Kumbum Stupa

Get ready for a day filled with more cultural and historical exploration tomorrow! Your expertly crafted itinerary promises a captivating journey through the wonders of Lhasa and beyond.

Car 4-6 hours
Accommodation 3-Star Hotel
Meals Breakfast
Max-altitude 3656m.

Your Short Lhasa Tibet Tour ventures deeper into the world of Tibetan Buddhism today! Begin your exploration at Drepung Monastery, one of the largest and most significant monastic institutions in Tibet. Explore its sprawling complex and learn about its rich history.Jokhang Temple

Next, head to Sera Monastery, renowned for its lively and engaging monk debates. Witness these unique traditions, offering a glimpse into the intellectual side of Tibetan Buddhist philosophy.

Conclude your day at the beautiful Norbulingka, the summer residence of the Dalai Lamas. This sprawling palace complex offers a serene escape with its gardens, lakes, and captivating architecture.

Prepare for a change of scenery tomorrow! Your expertly crafted itinerary promises a journey beyond Lhasa, where breathtaking landscapes and cultural encounters await.

Car 4-6 hours
Accommodation 4-Star Hotel
Meals Breakfast
Max-altitude 3845m.

Get ready for a change of scenery! Today, your Short Lhasa Tibet Tour embarks on a scenic journey to Shigatse, the second-largest city in Tibet. Marvel at the turquoise waters of the sacred Yamdrok Lake, a sight revered for its beauty and spiritual significance.Drepung Monastery

Explore the historic town of Gyantse, known for its imposing Kumbum stupa and the Pelkhör Monastery complex. Immerse yourself in the spiritual significance of the Palcho Monastery, a unique structure housing three distinct religious traditions: Buddhism, Bon, and Hinduism.

Settle down in Shigatse and prepare for another day filled with cultural discoveries tomorrow!

Accommodation Local Teahouse
Meals Breakfast

Today, your Short Lhasa Tibet Tour delves into the heart of Shigatse! Begin your exploration at the Tashi Lhunpo Monastery, a sprawling complex and seat of the Panchen Lama. Witness its towering golden statue of Buddha and immerse yourself in the monastery’s vibrant atmosphere.Short Lhasa Tibet Tour

Journey back to Lhasa through the scenic Tibetan landscapes, soaking in the breathtaking panoramas of the Himalayas.

A Farewell and Free Time: Spend the rest of the day at your leisure in Lhasa. Explore local markets for unique Tibetan souvenirs, or wander the vibrant Barkhor Street once more. Perhaps savor a traditional Tibetan meal or simply relax and reflect on your unforgettable journey.

This concludes your amazing Short Lhasa Tibet Tour! We hope you’ve had an unforgettable experience exploring the magic of Lhasa and beyond.

Accommodation Local Teahouse
Meals Breakfast

As the final day of your unforgettable Short Lhasa Tibet Tour dawns, it’s time to bid farewell to this remarkable land. Depending on your departure schedule, you can squeeze in some last-minute exploration to truly maximize your short adventure in Lhasa.Mustang Jeep Tour (9)

Perhaps visit a local handicraft workshop and witness the creation of unique Tibetan souvenirs, or immerse yourself in the cultural experience of a traditional Tibetan tea ceremony. Savour the flavours and aromas while reflecting on the whirlwind adventure you’ve embarked on during this Short Lhasa Tibet Tour.

Our experienced guide will then ensure a smooth transfer to Lhasa Gonggar Airport or the train station for your onward journey. We hope you’ll take home cherished memories of your time exploring the magic of Lhasa and beyond on this Short Lhasa Tibet Tour.


Added Insights

Includes/Excludes

What's Included?

  • Accommodation: Enjoy comfortable accommodations in Lhasa and Shigatse throughout the tour (twin sharing basis).
  • Transportation: Reliable private transportation will be provided for all your journeys within Tibet, including airport transfers, sightseeing tours, and intercity travel.
  • Entrance Fees: All entrance fees to monasteries, temples, and other cultural sites mentioned in the itinerary are covered.
  • Tibet Travel Permit: A crucial permit for travel in Tibet is included in the tour package.
  • English-speaking Guide: A knowledgeable and experienced English-speaking guide will accompany you throughout the tour, sharing insights into Tibetan culture, history, and Buddhism

What's Excluded?

  • Flights: International and domestic airfare are not included.
  • Visa Fees: Any visa fees or costs associated with obtaining entry to Tibet are not included.
  • Travel Insurance: We recommend purchasing travel insurance for peace of mind; however, the cost is not covered in the tour package.
  • Meals: Lunches and dinners are not included, allowing you to explore the culinary scene and discover Tibetan cuisine at your own pace and budget.
  • Personal Expenses: Any personal expenses such as laundry, phone calls, internet charges, spa services, souvenirs, etc., are not included.
  • Gratuities: Tipping is not customary in Tibet, but small gratuities for your guide and service providers are always appreciated if you feel they went above and beyond.
  • Additional Activities: Any additional activities not mentioned in the itinerary are not included.
Good to Know

Essential Information - Lhasa Tibet Tour

Highlights you won’t want to miss on your Lhasa Tibet Tour:

  • Explore Lhasa, the Heart of Tibet: Discover the majestic Potala Palace, once the seat of the Dalai Lama, and marvel at its grand halls and chambers. Witness the spiritual heart of Lhasa at the sacred Jokhang Temple and soak in the vibrant atmosphere of Barkhor Street, a bustling marketplace where pilgrims and locals come together.
  • Delve into the Monastic World: Unveil the secrets of Tibetan Buddhism at Drepung Monastery, one of the largest monastic universities in the world. Witness the lively and engaging monk debates at Sera Monastery, a unique glimpse into Tibetan Buddhist philosophy.
  • Journey Beyond Lhasa on Your  Lhasa Tibet Tour: Travel to Shigatse, the second-largest city in Tibet, on a scenic journey. Admire the turquoise waters of the sacred Yamdrok Lake, a sight revered for its beauty and spiritual significance. Explore the historic town of Gyantse, known for its imposing Kumbum Stupa and the Pelkhör Monastery complex.
  • Uncover Shigatse’s Treasures on Your Short Lhasa Tibet Tour: Immerse yourself in the grandeur of Tashi Lhunpo Monastery, the seat of the Panchen Lama, and witness its towering golden Buddha statue.
  • Experience Local Culture Throughout Your Short Lhasa Tibet Tour: Soak in the rich Tibetan culture, witness traditional customs, and interact with the friendly local people throughout your tour. Explore local markets for unique Tibetan souvenirs and handicrafts.Nepal Tibet Bhutan Tour

Best time to take on your Short Lhasa Tibet Tour

For the most enjoyable experience, consider these factors:

  • Pleasant weather: The ideal season falls between April and May and September to November. During these periods, you’ll encounter warm days with clear skies, perfect for sightseeing and outdoor exploration.
  • Avoiding Monsoon: The monsoon season in Tibet typically occurs from June to August, bringing occasional rain showers. While it can add a touch of scenic mist to the mountains, some high-altitude roads might be temporarily closed.
  • Fewer Crowds: If you prefer a less crowded experience, aim for the shoulder seasons (April-May and September-October), when tourist numbers are lower than during the peak summer months.Short Lhasa Tibet Tour

Here’s a quick breakdown of the best times for your Lhasa Tibet Tour:

  • Spring (April-May): Enjoy pleasant temperatures, vibrant scenery after winter’s snowfall, and fewer crowds.
  • Summer (June-August): Lush landscapes, vibrant festivals, but potential for rain and larger crowds.
  • Autumn (September-November): Clear skies, comfortable temperatures, stunning fall foliage (at lower altitudes), and fewer crowds compared to summer.
  • Winter (December-March): The coldest season with potential snowfall, but offers stunning winter landscapes and the most affordable prices. However, some attractions might have limited hours or be closed entirely.

Remember, the best season for your Short Lhasa Tibet Tour ultimately depends on your preferences.

Obtaining a Hassle-Free Tibet Visa

Before you begin your adventure, securing a Tibet Travel Permit (often referred to as a “Tibet Visa”) is crucial. Unlike mainland China, foreign tourists require both a Chinese Visa and this special permit to enter Tibet. Due to specific regulations, obtaining a Tibet Travel Permit requires the assistance of a company with expertise in Tibet travel, like Alpine Luxury Treks.

We Streamline Your Tibet Visa Process

Planning your dream vacation shouldn’t be stressful. Alpine Luxury Treks simplifies the process of obtaining your Tibet Travel Permit for your Lhasa Tibet Tour.

Our expert team handles all the visa complexities, including:

  • Required Paperwork: We’ll guide you through the necessary documents and ensure everything is in order.
  • Liaison with Authorities: We handle communication with the relevant Tibetan authorities on your behalf.
  • Timely Permit Delivery: We prioritize receiving your Tibet Travel Permit well before your trip commences.

Why Choose Alpine Luxury Treks for Your Short Lhasa Tibet Tour?

  • Hassle-Free Visa Processing: Let us handle the complexities, allowing you to focus on getting excited about your adventure.
  • Expert Knowledge: Our team is here to answer any questions you may have about the visa process and your trip.
  • Seamless Experience: We take care of all logistical arrangements, ensuring a smooth and unforgettable Short Lhasa Tibet Tour.Drepung Monastery

Relax in Comfortable Accommodations:

During your Short Lhasa Tibet Tour, you’ll be comfortably accommodated in well-regarded 3-star hotels in Lhasa and Shigatse. These hotels provide a welcome respite after a day of exploring, offering amenities like comfortable beds, private bathrooms, and often even heating (essential for Tibet’s high altitude).

This  Lhasa Tibet Tour offers an unforgettable opportunity to experience the essence of Tibet in a concise yet enriching itinerary. Don’t miss this chance to create memories that will last a lifetime!

Fitness Level for the Short Lhasa Tibet Tour:

This Lhasa Tibet Tour is designed to be accessible to travellers with a moderate fitness level. Here’s a breakdown of what to expect:

  • Moderate Walking: Be prepared for moderate walking distances throughout the tour, as you’ll be exploring various monasteries, temples, and other historical sites. The terrain can be uneven at times, so comfortable walking shoes are essential.
  • Acclimatization: Lhasa sits at a high altitude (3,656 meters or 11,998 feet). It’s crucial to allow your body time to adjust to the thinner air. The itinerary incorporates rest days and avoids strenuous activities during the first few days to aid acclimatization.
  • Optional Activities: Some optional activities on the tour, like hiking to higher viewpoints, may require a slightly higher fitness level. Discuss these options with your guide beforehand to ensure they are suitable for you.

Overall, a healthy lifestyle and a sense of adventure are more important than peak physical fitness for this tour. If you have any concerns about your fitness level or pre-existing medical conditions, consult your doctor before booking the Short Lhasa Tibet Tour.Jokhang Temple

Packing for Your Short Lhasa Tibet Tour:

To ensure a comfortable and enjoyable experience on your Short Lhasa Tibet Tour, here’s a recommended packing list:

Clothing (for High Altitude):

  • Layers: Pack layers of clothing that you can easily add or remove to adapt to the changing temperatures in Tibet.
  • Thermal Underwear: Thermal underwear is essential for warmth, especially during the evenings and at higher altitudes.
  • Fleece or Wool Sweater: A warm fleece or wool sweater will provide additional insulation.
  • Waterproof Jacket: A lightweight waterproof jacket is crucial for unpredictable mountain weather.
  • Windbreaker: A windbreaker will help shield you from the wind, especially at higher altitudes.
  • Hiking Pants: Comfortable and convertible hiking pants are ideal for exploring various terrains.
  • Longjohns: Consider packing longjohns for extra warmth, particularly if you tend to feel the cold easily.

Footwear:

  • Comfortable Walking Shoes: Sturdy and comfortable walking shoes with good ankle support are essential for exploring uneven terrain.
  • Warm Socks: Pack plenty of warm socks made from wool or synthetic materials.

Accessories:

  • Sunhat: A wide-brimmed hat is necessary for sun protection at high altitudes.
  • Sunglasses: Sunglasses with UV protection are essential for the bright sunlight in the Himalayas.
  • Scarf: A scarf can be versatile for providing warmth and protecting your neck from dust.
  • Gloves: Pack warm gloves for the cooler evenings and mornings.
  • Lip Balm: Protect your lips from dryness with high SPF lip balm.

Other Essentials:

  • Daypack: A small backpack is ideal for carrying essentials during day trips and sightseeing.
  • Water Bottle: Staying hydrated is important, so bring a reusable water bottle.
  • Camera: Capture the stunning scenery and cultural experiences on your tour. (Extra batteries and memory cards are recommended)
  • Personal Toiletries: Pack your usual toiletries, but be mindful of restrictions on liquids in carry-on luggage.
  • Cash: While some places accept credit cards, it’s wise to carry some Chinese Yuan (CNY) for smaller purchases and entrance fees.
  • Universal Adapter: If you’re travelling from outside China, pack a universal adapter for your electronic devices.
  • Medications: Pack any medications you require regularly, along with prescription medications (with a doctor’s note if needed).
  • Quick-drying towel: A quick-drying towel is a lifesaver for drying off after washing your face or hands, especially in rooms that may lack central heating.
  • Cash in small denominations: While some shops may accept larger bills, having smaller denominations of Chinese Yuan (CNY) will be helpful for taxis, street vendors, and gratuities.
  • Book with good maps and information: A guidebook with detailed maps and information about Tibetan culture, history, and etiquette can enhance your experience.
  • Binoculars (optional): If you’re an avid nature observer, consider packing binoculars to spot wildlife or admire mountain vistas.
  • Snacks (optional): You may want to pack some energy bars or snacks for in-between meals, especially if you have specific dietary needs.
  • Ziplock bags: Packable ziplock bags are versatile for organizing your belongings, protecting electronics from dust, or bringing back small souvenirs.
  • Comfortable clothes for evenings: Evenings in Lhasa can be chilly, so pack comfortable clothes to relax in after a day of exploration.

Remember: Double-check baggage allowances for your airline and factor that in when packing.Kumbum Stupa

Currency Exchange for Your  Lhasa Tibet Tour:

The official currency of Tibet is the Chinese Yuan (CNY). While some shops in tourist areas may accept US Dollars (USD) or Euros (EUR), it’s recommended to exchange your currency for CNY beforehand to avoid any hassles or unfavourable exchange rates.

Here are some tips for exchanging currency for your Short Lhasa Tibet Tour:

  • Exchange before you travel: Exchange a small amount of cash (enough for initial expenses like airport taxis or meals) to the Chinese Yuan (CNY) before you depart for Tibet. Banks or currency exchange offices at your home country will typically offer better rates than those in Tibet.
  • Exchange at the airport: Most international airports have currency exchange counters. While the rates may not be the most competitive, it’s a convenient option to have some CNY on hand upon arrival in Tibet.
  • Exchange in Lhasa: Lhasa has several banks and authorized money changers where you can exchange your currency for CNY. Look for reputable establishments with clearly displayed exchange rates.

Tipping on Your Short Lhasa Tibet Tour:

Tipping is not customary in Tibetan culture. However, if you feel your guide or service providers have gone above and beyond, a small gratuity is always appreciated. If you do choose to tip, a small amount in CNY is sufficient.

Basic Tibetan Phrases for Your Short Lhasa Tibet Tour:

Learning a few basic Tibetan phrases will enhance your experience on the Short Lhasa Tibet Tour. Here are some helpful phrases to get you started:

  • Greetings:
    • Tashi Delek (你好吗 hǎo ni ma): Hello / How are you?
    • Kye Raap Su (ཁྱེད་རང་སུ་ yin rang su): Nice to meet you (formal)
  • Essential Phrases:
    • Dhjetse (དགེ་རྩེ་ / gé cuì): Thank you
    • Thok tuchhe (ཐུགས་རྗེ་ཆེ་ / thūi rje che): Please (lit. great kindness)
    • Lap (ལགས / lag): Yes
    • Ma yin (མ་ཡིན་ / ma yin): No
    • Ta shi (དེ་གང་ཡིན / de gang yin): What is this?
    • Ka tso (ག་ཚེ་ / ga ce): How much?
  • Directions:
    • Gong ma (གོང་མ་ / gong ma): Upstairs
    • Ma rap (མར་འོག་ / mar og): Downstairs
    • Yol kha (ཡོལ་བ་ / yol kha): ToiletPotala Palace

A few tips for using Tibetan phrases:

  • Pronunciation can be tricky, so don’t be afraid to practice beforehand.
  • Tibetans appreciate the effort to speak their language, even if your pronunciation isn’t perfect.
  • A smile and a respectful gesture go a long way when communicating.
Most asked questions

FAQs about Lhasa Tibet Tour

The Lhasa Tibet Tour is designed to be accessible for travellers with a moderate fitness level. Here’s what to expect:

  • Moderate Walking: Be prepared for moderate walking distances throughout the tour as you explore various monasteries, temples, and historical sites. The terrain can be uneven at times, so comfortable walking shoes are essential.
  • Acclimatization: Lhasa sits at a high altitude (3,656 meters or 11,998 feet). It’s crucial to allow your body time to adjust to the thinner air. The itinerary incorporates rest days and avoids strenuous activities during the first few days to aid acclimatization.
  • Optional Activities: Some optional activities on the tour, like hiking to higher viewpoints, may require a slightly higher fitness level. Discuss these options with your guide beforehand to ensure they are suitable for you.

Overall, a healthy lifestyle and a sense of adventure are more important than peak physical fitness for this tour. If you have any concerns about your fitness level or pre-existing medical conditions, consult your doctor before booking the Short Lhasa Tibet Tour.

To ensure a comfortable and enjoyable experience, here’s a recommended packing list for your Lhasa Tibet Tour:

  • Clothing (for High Altitude): Pack layers of clothing, thermal underwear, a fleece or wool sweater, a waterproof jacket, a windbreaker, convertible hiking pants, and long johns (optional).
  • Footwear: Sturdy and comfortable walking shoes with good ankle support are essential. Pack plenty of warm socks made from wool or synthetic materials.
  • Accessories: Wear a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses with UV protection, a scarf, warm gloves, and high-SPF lip balm.
  • Other Essentials: Pack a daypack, reusable water bottle, camera with extra batteries and memory cards, personal toiletries, some Chinese Yuan (CNY) in cash, a universal adapter (if needed), and any medications you require.
  • Additional Considerations: A portable power bank, headlamp, quick-drying towel, cash in small denominations, a guidebook, binoculars (optional), snacks (optional), ziplock bags, and comfortable clothes for evenings are all optional items to consider bringing.

The official currency of Tibet is the Chinese Yuan (CNY). While some shops in tourist areas may accept US Dollars (USD) or Euros (EUR), it’s recommended to exchange your currency for CNY beforehand. Here are some tips for exchanging currency:

  • Exchange a small amount of cash to CNY before you depart for Tibet.
  • Exchange currency at the airport upon arrival (rates may not be the most competitive).
  • Exchange in Lhasa at banks or authorized money changers (look for reputable establishments).

Tipping is not customary in Tibetan culture. However, if you feel your guide or service providers have gone above and beyond, a small gratuity in CNY is always appreciated.

Learning a few basic Tibetan phrases will enhance your experience. Here are some helpful ones:

  • Greetings: Tashi Delek (Hello/How are you?), Kye Raap Su (Nice to meet you – formal)
  • Essential Phrases: Dhjetse (Thank you), Thok tuchhe (Please), Lap (Yes), Ma yin (No), Ta shi (What is this?), Ka tso (How much?)
  • Directions: Gong ma (Upstairs), Ma rap (Downstairs), Yol kha (Toilet)

Remember, even a few phrases will be appreciated by the locals!

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