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4-Day Lhasa Highlights Private Tour

Written by LancyUpdated Apr. 7, 2024

Capture the Spirit of Lhasa

For many travelers, a Tibet tour is high on the bucket list. But some might worry that it is not an easy trip due to the long distances, high altitude, and complicated travel permits. Actually, we could make your Tibet tour as easy and comfortable as a regular weekend getaway.

On this 4-day Lhasa highlights tour you will not only visit the most spectacular sites in Lhasa, such as the Potala Palace, Sera Monastery, and Jokhang Temple, but also delve deep into its history and experience local Tibetan people's lives with activities like a walking tour in the old quarter of Lhasa city.

An oxygen-infused hotel room, oxygen bottles available during your tour, restaurants selected for you with local features, and Tibet Entry Permits are also included.

Tour 'Wow' Points

Unlock Stories of the Mysterious Dalai Lamas in the Potala Palace

Step up to the highest palace in the world. Witness the architectural miracle containing the regal heritage of Tibet. Listen to stories of Dalai Lamas who lived in the palace. View the palace from the four best angles.

a monk with red dress on Potala Palace
Potala Palace

Watch Monks Debate and Take In Rock Thangka Views

Catch a unique study activity of Tibetan monks with a timely visit to Sera Monastery. A monk debate is unlikely to be seen in other monasteries. Explore the hill behind, which is usually unknown to tourists to enjoy the thangka on the big rocks and the monastery outlook.

monks' debate
thangka on rocks

Catch a Glimpse of the Daily Life of Local Tibetans on Barkhor Street

Visit a local market on Barkhor Street. Get an authentic impression of Tibetan life from their daily goods. Some of them might be beyond your imagination.

Tibetan people on Barkhor Street
local market

Be a Tibetan Nomad for One Day

Visit a Tibetan pasture near Lhasa city. Hike from a village where Tibetan nomads live in winter to their summer pasture. Experience horse riding, milking yaks, making butter, and printing prayer flags.

yaks on the pasture
Tibetan nomads

Enjoy a Cup of Tibetan Sweet Tea in a Less-Touristy Nunnery

Get away from the tourists and have a rest in a peaceful nunnery with lovely flowers.

Tibetan sweet tea
Ani Tsangkhung Nunnery with flowers

Learn to Cook a Traditional Tibetan Meal

Learn from a Tibetan chef both about the local ingredients and making Tibetan dumplings with yak beef.

a lady on the bank of Lake Yamdrok
small island on Lake Yamdrok

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Itinerary Quick Look

Here is a suggested itinerary. We are happy to customize a tour according to your interests.

DAY 1 Arrive in Lhasa (elevation 3,650 m)

Your local private driver and guide will be ready and waiting for you at Lhasa airport/train station. You will be transferred directly to your hotel.

DAY 2 Lhasa | The Holy City and Its People

Pilgrimage to the Potala Palace in the morning. Discover the unique construction technology for building the palace when you step up. Enter the white palace and red palace to see exquisite murals, decorated statues, and antiques. Listen to stories of the famous King of the Tubo Kingdom and the Dalai Lamas.

View the palace from four selected angles, which will allow you to fully enjoy the beauties of the palace.

Have a walking tour in the afternoon. Visit Jokhang Temple and explore Barkhor Street including its local market, admire traditional Tibetan architecture, and take afternoon tea in peaceful Ani Tsangkhung Nunnery, all the while getting to know the history of Lhasa and its people's daily life.

In the evening, learn to make a Tibetan dinner with a local chef's guidance in Tibetan Family Kitchen restaurant.

DAY 3 Lhasa | The Essence of Tibetan Buddhism

Option 1:

Enjoy a visit to Drepung Monastery, which is the biggest monastery devoted to Tibetan Buddhism. Learn about the biggest school of Tibetan Buddhism: the Gelug School.

In the afternoon, visit Sera Monastery, comprising a great sutra-chanting hall, a college and 32 dormitories. Watch a monks'debate and enjoy their special "debating dance". Don't miss the colorful thangka-style murals on the rocks on the hill behind and the great panoramic view of Lhasa city from the monastery.

Option 2:

If your interest in Tibetan people's lives is more than lamaseries, and if you come between May and early October, you can choose to have a pasture day tour near Lhasa city. Hike from a nomads'village where Tibetans winter to their summer pasture. Try some rustic Tibetan food for lunch in a Tibetan nomad's tent. Experience horse riding, milking yaks, making butter, and printing prayer flags.

DAY 4 Lhasa Departure

We will ensure your tour is finished off smoothly with an escorted Lhasa airport transfer.

Hotel Selection

—the Icing on the Cake

Boutique hotels are recommended to enrich your travel experience.

lhasa shangri-la hotel
the hotel room with Potala Palace view
FromCNY6,050 / USD840p/p Based on a private tour for 2 people. Price varies depending on program, travel date, number of people and chosen hotel

Price includes:

  • Tibet Travel Permits
  • Private air-conditioned business car with big windows and ample space
  • English speaking local guide
  • Activities, hotels, and meals listed in the itinerary
  • 24/7 helpline for while you are traveling

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