Fall in Love with the City of Sunlight
5-Day Tibet Winter Tour
Many people have a wrong impression that it is too cold to visit Tibet in winter. Actually, Tibet has plenty of sunshine in winter. You will usually not feel too cold during daytime in the capital city. Lhasa enjoys the reputation of being "the city of sunlight".
Furthermore, winter is a low season for tourism. You will see fewer tourists and more local Tibetans and pilgrims in Lhasa, because it is the slack season for farming/herding. Some say, you will see more of the real Tibet in winter.
During this 5-day private Tibet winter tour, you will experience the must-sees of Lhasa without the tourist crowds, have more chances to interact with local Tibetans, enjoy an exclusive view of a plateau lake with blue ice, and have a free hotel upgrade.(xz-1a)
Tour 'Wow' Points
Discover the Stories and the Secrets of Building the Potala Palace
Discover the architectural miracle when you step up into the Potala Palace. Survey the impressive Buddhist artwork housed in the palace and listen to the stories behind it. But also view the palace from a less touristy angles.
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.
Follow in the Footsteps of Pilgrims at Barkhor Street
Feel the piety of Tibetan people in Jokhang Temple. Experience Tibetan daily life in a local market. Get to know the history of Lhasa as you visit the most famous traditional Tibetan architecture. Enjoy a cup of Tibetan sweet tea in less-touristy Ani Tsangkhung Nunnery.
Lie down on the Blue Ice and Enjoy the Sunshine
Hike to see a hidden small lake surrounded by mountains with a huge glacier. Step out onto the blue ice, which is only possible in winter.
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About China Highlights
Since 1998 we've guided everyone ranging from US presidents, Australian Geographic and retired backpackers. Our goal is to create unique trips that take you off-the-beaten path, helping you discover China in a more authentic way. Our motto: "Discovery Your Way!"
Top of the World!
From our welcome at the airport with the traditional Tibetan scarves to our departure 3 days later, out time in Lhasa was nothing short of fabulous! Our guide, Tenzin was exceptionally energetic, knowledgeable and friendly. He made sure our time was spent experiencing the many wonderful sites as well as learning about the history and culture of this exciting place.Thank you to China Highlights and their local partners, in particular our fabulous guide Tenzin for organizing and executing a most wonderful trip! more
Itinerary Quick Look
Here is a suggested itinerary. We are happy to customize a tour according to your interests.
Your personal local guide and driver will meet you at Lhasa's airport/train station. You will be transferred directly to the Shangri-La hotel in a comfortable, no-smoking car. Sit back and enjoy a trouble-free transfer, and your guide will assist you with hotel check-in.
Start your Lhasa tour at Norbulingka, which used to be the summer palace for Dalai Lamas. Nowadays, it's a public park, where many local people come to camp and picnic in summer. The plants there will help you feel more oxygenated at the high altitude.
Enjoy a visit to Drepung Monastery, the living quarters of the Dalai Lamas before the reconstruction of the Potala. Learn about the Gelug (Yellow Hat) sect of Tibetan Buddhism, which emphasizes the religious discipline the most.
In the afternoon, visit Sera Monastery, comprising a great sutra-chanting hall, a college, and 32 living sections. Watch the monks' lively daily debate, held at 3pm (except on Sundays), which is a way for the monks to learn and analyze sutras and scriptures.
Step up into Tibet's most famous landmark — the Potala Palace — to see exquisite murals, decorated statues, and antiques. The red and white palace buildings under the pure blue sky constitute the most iconic picture of Tibet.
Enjoy a relaxing city walk in the afternoon, including visiting Jokhang Temple, the spiritual heart of Tibetan Buddhism, and strolling around Barkhor Street to find some interesting and non-touristy corners where the local lifestyle thrives.
Have a chat with the nuns and enjoy a cup of Tibetan sweet tea in a tranquil nunnery at the end of the walking tour.
The fourth day will be a long day, but it is worth it for this exclusive experience…
You will drive out of Lhasa to holy Lake Yamdrok. The blue sky shares its color with the lake water. If it snows, it could be a wilderness fairyland picture.
Continue driving to Karola Mountain. There, you will hike about 1 hour to find a small hidden lake, surrounded by the mountains. The lake water is frozen in winter and appears blue if it is sunny. You even can sit and lie on the blue ice in late January and February. A glacier paves the slope of the mountain on the opposite side of the lake.
As your Lhasa trip comes to end, your tour guide and driver will pick you up from your hotel and transfer you to the airport/train station for departure. Your guide will assist you with luggage and check-in, and see you off at the security check-point.
—the Icing on the Cake
Boutique hotels are recommended to enrich your travel experience.