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Kathmandu to Lhasa tour

Kathmandu to Lhasa tour

Trip at a Glance

  • Country

    Country: China

  • Trip grade

    Trip grade: Easy

  • Destination

    Destination: Lhasa

  • Activities

    Activities: Cultural Sightseeing

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation: Hotels

  • Meals

    Meals: Breakfast included

  • Transportation

    Transportation: Private vehicle/Plane

  • Maximum altitude

    Maximum altitude: Lhasa (3,656 m)

  • Group size

    Group size: 2 pax min

  • Trip Start / End

    Trip Start / End: Kathmandu

  • Best Season

    Best Season: Mar-May, Sep-Nov

Kathmandu to Lhasa tour offers a glimpse into the cultural and spiritual wonders of Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet. Although it is a relatively short visit, you can explore some of the most iconic attractions and experience the unique Tibetan culture. 

Tibet is a high-altitude region, and it’s important to take the necessary precautions to acclimatize and minimize the effects of altitude sickness. It’s also recommended to check the latest travel regulations and requirements for visiting Tibet, as there are specific permits and restrictions in place. 

Lhasa is a city of great cultural and historical significance, and exploring its ancient temples, monasteries, and palaces offers a profound experience of Tibetan Buddhism and the unique Tibetan way of life. Enjoy your Lhasa tour and immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of Tibet.

TRIP  HIGHLIGHTS  

  • Arrive at Lhasa Gonggar Airport, where you will be greeted by your guide and transferred to your hotel.
  • Take the rest of the day to acclimatize to the high altitude (3,650 meters) and rest to minimize the effects of altitude sickness. 
  • Visit the iconic Potala Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the former residence of the Dalai Lamas.
  • Explore Jokhang Temple, the holiest shrine in Tibetan Buddhism, located in the heart of Lhasa.
  • Stroll around Barkhor Street, a bustling marketplace filled with shops selling Tibetan handicrafts, religious artefacts, and traditional clothing and overnight stay in Lhasa.

Itinerary

Day 1: Fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa (3,656 m)
Day 2: In Lhasa - Sightseeing (3,656 m)
Day 3: In Lhasa - Sightseeing (3,656 m)
Day 4: Fly from Lhasa to Kathmadu (1300m)

Upon your arrival in Lhasa, Tibet, you will be greeted at the airport or train station and transferred to your hotel. Take the rest of the day to acclimate to the high altitude and explore the surrounding area at your leisure.

Hotel

Embark on a full day of sightseeing in Lhasa, starting with a visit to the iconic Potala Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and former residence of the Dalai Lama. Explore the intricate halls, chapels, and prayer rooms adorned with stunning artwork and religious relics. In the afternoon, visit the revered Jokhang Temple, considered the holiest site in Tibetan Buddhism. Take a stroll around the Barkhor Street, a bustling market lined with shops selling Tibetan crafts, souvenirs, and religious items.

Hotel
Breakfast included

Continue your exploration of Lhasa with a visit to two prominent monasteries. Begin at Drepung Monastery, once the largest and most influential monastery in Tibet, and admire its grand architecture and serene surroundings. Then, head to Sera Monastery, known for its lively debates among the monks. Observe this unique Buddhist tradition and explore the monastery’s various halls and courtyards. In the evening, you may have the opportunity to witness a traditional Tibetan cultural performance.

Hotel
Breakfast included

Bid farewell to Lhasa as you transfer to the airport or train station for your onward journey. Reflect on your unforgettable experiences in the “Roof of the World” and carry the memories of the ancient Tibetan culture and breathtaking landscapes with you.

Breakfast included

What is included?

  • Airport pick-up and drop services by private transportation.
  • Guided sightseeing tour as per the itinerary.
  • All ground transportation by a private vehicle.
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfast.
  • Necessary Tibet Travel Permit
  • Entrance and monumental fees
  • Remuneration to the English-speaking city guide.
  • All government and local taxes.  

What is not included?

  • International airfare.
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Nepal entry visa fee – Visa can be obtained upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu.
  • Expenses of a personal nature (phone calls, laundry, bottled water etc.).
  • Lunch and dinner expenses.
  • Bar bills, alcoholic drinks & beverages.
  • Tips for a tour guide or driver.  

FAQ's

1. What are the 3 Nights 4 Days Lhasa Tour?
The 3 Nights 4 Days Lhasa Tour is a short and compact tour that allows you to explore the highlights of Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet (China), within a limited timeframe. This tour offers a glimpse into the unique culture, history, and spirituality of Tibet.

2. What are the major highlights of the 3 Nights 4 Days Lhasa Tour?
The major highlights of the 3 Nights 4 Days Lhasa Tour include visiting iconic landmarks like the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, and Barkhor Street, exploring the ancient Sera and Drepung Monasteries, and experiencing the traditional Tibetan way of life. How long does

3. How long does the 3 Nights 4 Days Lhasa Tour last?
As the name suggests, the 3 Nights 4 Days Lhasa Tour lasts for 4 days, including the arrival and departure days. This short duration focuses on exploring the main attractions of Lhasa.

4. Is the 3 Nights 4 Days Lhasa Tour suitable for all travelers?
Yes, the 3 Nights 4 Days Lhasa Tour is suitable for most travelers, including families, individuals, and groups. Since it involves limited travel and less time at high altitudes, it is a good option for those who may be concerned about altitude sickness.

5. Do I need a Tibet Travel Permit for the Lhasa Tour?
Yes, you will need a Tibet Travel Permit to enter Lhasa. This permit is required for all foreign travelers visiting Tibet and is usually arranged by us.

6. Can I extend the tour beyond 4 days?
Yes, it is possible to extend the Lhasa tour beyond 4 days if you wish to explore more of Tibet’s attractions or include additional destinations. Some travelers may opt for longer tours to visit places like Yamdrok Lake or Everest Base Camp.

7. What is the best time to go on the 3 Nights 4 Days Lhasa Tour?
The best time for the 3 Nights 4 Days Lhasa Tour is during the spring (April to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These months offer relatively stable weather and clear skies, providing a more pleasant travel experience.

8. What level of physical fitness is required for the Lhasa Tour?
The Lhasa Tour is suitable for travelers with a moderate level of physical fitness. It involves some walking and exploring historical sites, but there are no demanding hikes or treks included in the itinerary.

Equipment


When preparing for a Lhasa tour, it's important to consider the unique environment and altitude of the Tibetan Plateau. Here's a packing list to help you have a comfortable and enjoyable trip:

Clothing:

  • Layered clothing for changing weather conditions.
  • Warm and waterproof jacket.
  • Fleece or down jacket for chilly evenings.
  • Thermal underwear.
  • Long-sleeved shirts and T-shirts.
  • Comfortable and durable pants.
  • Hat, gloves, and a scarf.

Footwear:

  • Sturdy and comfortable walking/hiking boots.
  • Insulated and waterproof boots for cold and wet conditions.
  • Thick socks to keep your feet warm.

Altitude Sickness Prevention:

  • Prescription medications or over-the-counter remedies for altitude sickness (consult your doctor).
  • Diamox (acetazolamide) or a similar medication if recommended by a healthcare professional.

Travel Documents:

  • Passport and visa.
  • Photocopies of important documents and extra passport photos.
  • Permits (e.g., Tibet Travel Permit).

Money and Payment:

  • Sufficient local currency (Chinese Yuan).
  • Credit/debit cards.
  • Small bills for tips and small purchases.

Electronics:

  • Voltage converter and plug adapter (China uses Type A and Type I sockets).
  • Mobile phone and charger.
  • Camera, extra batteries, and memory cards.
  • Power bank for recharging devices.

Toiletries:

  • Basic toiletries.
  • Sunscreen and lip balm with high SPF.
  • Hand sanitizer.
  • Wet wipes.

Medications:

  • Any personal prescription medications.
  • Basic first-aid kit.
  • Pain relievers and altitude sickness medication.
  • Water purification tablets or a water filter bottle.

Travel Gear:

  • Backpack or daypack.
  • Duffel bag or suitcase with wheels.
  • Water bottle.
  • Sunglasses with UV protection.
  • Headlamp or flashlight.

Miscellaneous:

  • Travel guidebook and maps.
  • Travel pillow and earplugs for a comfortable rest.
  • Snacks for the journey.
  • A small sewing kit and duct tape for minor repairs.

Tibetan Culture and Etiquette:

  • Modest clothing, as Tibet is a conservative region.
  • Learn some basic Tibetan phrases and customs.

Be respectful when visiting monasteries and temples; modest clothing is often required. Remember that the packing list can vary depending on the time of year you're visiting Lhasa. Summers can be warm, but evenings are cool. Winters are very cold, and there can be snow. Altitude can also affect your comfort, so be prepared for the thinner air by taking it easy the first few days.

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