Upon arrival at the Lhasa Gonggar Airport, a representative from Himalayan Sherpa Adventure will greet you and help you get to the designated hotel. After reaching the hotel, you will have time to refresh and take a rest in the afternoon to acclimatize. Later, you will receive a short briefing about the tour, followed by a complimentary welcome dinner with your guides. Overnight in Lhasa. Bed and breakfast included.
Ultimate Lhasa Tour
The Ultimate Lhasa Tour explores both the natural landscapes and cultural sights of Tibet and is perfect for anyone who is interested in the Tibetan culture, religion, monasteries, and nature. During this tour, you will get a chance to explore the capital city of Tibet Autonomous Region– Lhasa. Well known for its beautiful red-and-white Potala Palace, which once served as His Holiness Dalai Lama’s winter home, Lhasa is a world-famous site that holds historical interest, especially related to Buddhism. In Tibetan, Lhasa means the “Place of the Gods”. Other historical locations include the Jokhang Temple, Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery and many more.
Introduction of the tour:
“Ultimate Lhasa Tour” explores both the natural and cultural sights of Tibet and is planned for anyone interested in the Tibetan Culture, History, Monasteries, and Natural Landscapes. During this tour, you will get a chance to explore the capital city of Tibet Autonomous Region– Lhasa. Well known for their beautiful red-and-white Potala Palace, which once served as His Holiness Dalai Lama’s winter home, Lhasa is a world-famous site that holds historical interest related to Buddhism. In Tibetan, Lhasa means the “Place of the Gods”. Other historical locations include the Jokhang Temple, Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery, and many more. Once a sovereign country, Tibet now falls under the control of China. However, through this trip, you will be able to witness the undying Tibetan tradition, local lifestyle, and lifelong history of the Tibetan ethnic group in this region with its vibrant rich culture. This fun-packed tour will take you around various top tourist destinations and an adventurous journey to the historical places and cultural heritage.
Our brilliant tour guides will explain the history of Tibet in detail while showing you around the beautifully preserved city of Lhasa within the limited time of our tour. For this tour, we have selected the best places to give you the ultimate time of your life in Lhasa. At 12,139 ft above sea level, you will tour the Potala Palace built by the famous Tibetan King Songtzen Gampo in the 7th century which still holds the rank of the highest palace in the world. You will additionally tour the three Gelug monasteries which were established by Jamchen Choje in 1419. During this time, you can meet, converse, and meditate with the local monks. You can find devotees from different areas of Tibet gathering together in this temple to pray.
This tour is also a great opportunity for seekers to learn about Buddhism as you can find the practical use of spirituality and religion in this region. With the rich history and culture of the people, you can discover the teachings of Buddhism and explore the multiple Tibetan ancient civilizations. During our visit to Norbulingka Summer Palace, located 1 kilometer west of the Potala Palace and constructed in 1755 by the 7th Dalai Lama, you will witness the changes in the recently renovated palace, zoos, botanica gardens, and more. Another great monastery included in this tour is Drepung Monastery which was constructed in 1496, located five kilometers from Lhasa. This historical monastery perhaps holds the rank of being the biggest and richest in terms of religious teachings in Tibet as the Dalai Lama’s were trained here. Tibet Museum is an excellent place where you can learn about the history, culture, and other aspects of the people inhabiting Lhasa. You can find numerous people circumambulating during your visit to Lhasa, as a common practice among Tibetans to rinse their sins away and pray for peace around the world. Overall, this tour will give you an experience which you cannot find in any corner of the world.
Day 1: Arrival in Lhasa, Tibet (3,650 m)
Day 2: Lhasa City Tour (3,700 m) 2-3 hours walk
After breakfast and a short briefing on the itinerary, you will start the day with sightseeing around Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple. Potala Palace, built beautifully atop of a single hill, is one of the most famous destinations in all over Tibet. Being the former winter home of the 14th Dalai Lama, Potala Palace holds a high value to many Tibetans and Buddhists around the globe. Jokhang Temple houses some of Tibet’s most valuable sacred artifacts– a golden Shakyamuni Buddha which was gifted by the Chinese Princess Wen Cheng on the event of her marriage to the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo. We will also visit the Barkhor Street Market, where you will get to experience the local vibe of the city and experience Tibetan culture. Many Tibetans circumambulate on this one-way circled praying road in the hope to defeat evil practices or sorrowful pains and lead the prayers to obtain the infinite virtues along with intellectual consciousness. Once the sightseeing is over, you will be transferred to your respected hotels and this will conclude the second day. Overnight in Lhasa. Bed and breakfast included.
Day 3: Lhasa Monastery Tour (3,700 m) 2-3 hours walk
After breakfast, you will begin sightseeing around the Sera Monastery, Barkhor Market, and Jokhang Monastery. Founded by Sakya Yeshe in 1419, Sera Monastery is one of Lhasa’s great three Gelugpa monasteries. Here, you will get an opportunity to debate and converse with monks and get a glimpse of the Tibetan monks’ daily life while exploring this historical Buddhist academy. Sitting in a northern suburb of Lhasa at the base of Pubuchok Mountain, Sera monastery covers 28 acres/11 hectares of land. During its former prime time, the monastery held 5 separate colleges of instruction, where more than 5,000 monks resided. But in comparison, the monastery is significantly smaller today. Unlike many other historical places that were destroyed, the Sera monastery managed to escape complete loss from the inevitable damage and has undergone restorations. When you visit, you will be able to observe the surviving three functioning educational institutes of Sera. Once the sightseeing is complete, you will get a chance to explore the city and shop or perform your activities. Overnight in Lhasa. Bed and breakfast included.
Day 4: Final Departure or Join another tour/trek (3,650 m)
After breakfast, you will have time to pack your luggage and belongings. Our agents will help escort you to the airport 3 hours before your departure time.
What's Included ?
- All airport and hotel transfers
- Hotel stay in Lhasa, Tibet on Bed & Breakfast basis
- Professionally trained and experienced tour guide and assistant guides
- Welcome Dinner
- All ground transportation to Tibet in our private company vehicle.
- All required government taxes
- Entrance permit fees for all the Heritage sites and National park
- Tibet entry permit
- Activities in Tibet as planned in the itinerary
What's Excluded ?
- Meals in Tibet
- Tips for guides and drivers
- Extra night accommodation if required
- Excess baggage charges
- Personal expenses (telephone calls, internet, laundry, personal gear, etc)
- Personal Insurance– travel and rescue insurance
- Airfare for international and domestic flights
- Rescue services
- Chinese visa *US $175 for Americans and US $85 for other nationals*
- Services not mentioned in the “Included” section
- backpack / Rucksack (waterproof)
- Sleeping bag -10* C
- A few pieces innerwear.
- Windstopper jacket
- thin gloves & think gloves
- Daun Jacket
- A warm fleece
- windproof trouser
- Duffel bag
- trekking shoes
- one comfortable shoes
- fewT shirts/ long and short sleeve shirts.
- few pairs ski underwear
- Slipper & Sandals
- Lip balm
- pairs woolen socks.
- pairs of Trekking Socks
- Towel & hand towel
- Water bottle
- Trekking poles