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.
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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What Our Customers Said
Lhasa Tibet Adventure
Coco helped us plan our ideal trip to recent trip Tibet. She was informative, patient, and helped us tailor the trip to our own needs. She made excellent suggestions and supported us with the permits, travel itinerary, and even flights. She is an incredible asset to the China Highlights Team! Our local guide Tenzin was also excellent and flexible with us each day. I was hit with some altitude sickness and Tenzin helped me get oxygen and medicine needed. He worked with us each day to help us eat local foods and recommended ideal times to visit sites to minimize wait times. We were able to see everything on our list and eat excellent food. Thank you Coco and Tenzin!more
Oct 2021, Samantha Jane
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
Aug 2019, anaI39VU
Great time with the Best Guide Norbu
I can’t say enough good things about China Highlights as they organized everything for us - the visa, guide and itinerary. When I asked for changes to make sure we saw the debates (none on sundays) they made the change. When my daughter was suffering from altitude sickness itinerary was adjusted to give her more time to recover. We had a fantastic guide - Norbu. His background was as interesting as Lhasa. While all of the guides we have had so far have had good English command, some are harder to understand than others making it hard work at times. Norbu’s English is embarrassingly good (as I have no capability in any other languages and am dependent on others learning English). He was very kind to my daughter while she was struggling. I highly recommend you ask for him as he will add to the enjoyment of your tripmore
Jul 2019, 913WorldTraveler
LHASA - TIBET WITH KELSANG FROM CHINA HIGHLIGHTS
KELSANG was our Guide Tour in LHASA - TIBET. His English was great and he was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Since he picked us up from the airport till we left LHASA, KELSANG had always a smile, showed us his heart and soul and accommodate all our needs. We had a great time with KELSANG! All places mentioned above are unique and very special! Our experience in Tibet was stunning and we will not forget it for the rest of our lives! We will highly recommend KELSANG as your local guide tour in TIBET and ask for ALISA when contacting China Highlights as she will organize your tours as no one else will! Believe me!more
Jun 2019, Fabian D
china highlights is well organized(Tibet and Beijing)
I could say so many wonderful things about China Highlights; they have great qualified, knowledgeable guides and drivers, they understand the flight in and out and work around it beautifully, the prices are good, and the correspondence is top notch. Bit tops I would say, is they are efficient and organized. It can be a little worrisome planning a trip to the other side of the world. My agent through the whole process was Coco and she couldn't have done better. She answered every question, before and during the trip.more
May 2019, Tim S
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.