Enjoy an extensive tour of the historical Lhasa City. This short six days Lhasa City tour is suitable for those who have limited time but are ready to experience a journey of their lifetime! Indulge in an adventurous journey exploring the ancient monuments and artifacts of the city and bask in the magical ambiance of the desert-like Tibetan plateau.
The week-long Lhasa City Tour begins with a sightseeing tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu. Embark on an adventurous trans-Himalayan flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa. Upon your arrival in Lhasa, you will meet your tour guide who will accompany you throughout your stay in Lhasa.
The Lhasa City tour of the historical Lhasa City begins with a journey to one of the most popular destinations of Potala Palace. The 16th Century building that once served as the winter residence for the Dalai Lamas remains as a museum today. The tour advances towards Barkhor Street, home to the local market where you can find almost anything.
You can enjoy an excellent evening tour of Barkhor Street and shop for souvenirs. A narrow alley from the street will take you to Jokhang Temple, one of the most revered and oldest Buddhist sites in the city. The temple is revered by Tibetan pilgrims and is considered a spiritual center of Tibet.
The Lhasa city tour continues with a visit to two of the three Gelug monasteries, Drepung and Sera Monastery. You will get to explore the legends of King Songtsen Gampo and trace the history of Buddhism in Tibet. Drepung Monastery is one of the three Gelug
monasteries located in the city. Sera Monastery, one of the three Gelug monasteries, is home to 19 hermitages, including four nunneries. Jamchen Chojey of Sakya Yeshe of Zel Gungtang founded it in the 14th Century.
High Route Adventure specializes in custom tours around Nepal and Tibet. Our all-inclusive tour package covers entire transportation, quality meal, the most elegant hotels, an experienced tour guide, permits, and a team of dedicated staff.
The beautiful view of the mountains and lush forested hills will welcome you upon your arrival in Kathmandu! After touching down at Tribhuvan International Airport, you will meet a representative high Route Adventure. He will greet you and then drive you to your hotel. You will stay in one of the most elegant three-star rated hotel in Kathmandu. You will visit our office to discuss the tour. We will assess your documents to prepare VISA and permits. In the evening, you will go for a lavish welcome dinner in one of the Nepali restaurants in the city. Overnight in Kathmandu.
It is a tour preparation day where we will prepare to get the VISA and other necessary documents for the tour on your behalf. You will embark on a beautiful sightseeing tour of Kathmandu City with an experienced tour guide. He will take you to some of the most popular and frequented tourist sites around the valley, such as Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath, Kathmandu Durbar Square, and Boudhanath. Also known as the “City of Temples,” Kathmandu is home to thousands of Hindu temples, some dating over 500 years. The guided tour will take you to different destinations. Overnight in Kathmandu.
The tour of Lhasa kicks with a scenic trans-Himalayan flight from Kathmandu to Tibet. After enjoying your breakfast, you’ll drive to Tribhuvan International Airport. Embark on a scenic one and a half hour flight to Lhasa. Enjoy the aerial tour of the massive snowcapped peaks such as Langtang, Dorje Lakpa, Everest, Makalu, and Kanchenjunga en route to Tibet. Once in Tibet, you will witness the desert-like landscape sprawling for miles. Upon arrival in Lhasa, you will meet your tour guide who will take you to your hotel. Enjoy a delicious dinner in the market-square of the city. Overnight in Lhasa.
Before embarking on a tour of Lhasa, you will enjoy your breakfast at the hotel. Your tour guide will accompany you throughout the tour and take you to some of the most important sites in the city. Potala Palace is a Dzong fortress located at the heart of Lhasa. The 5th Dalai Lama built it in the 16th Century over the Red Hill. It remained the winter house for the presiding Dalai Lamas until the 1950s. This magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Site has thirteen stories of buildings and over 1,000 rooms, 10,000 shrines, and about 200,000 statues. Although you won't get to explore each corner of the massive palace, you will visit a few of the famous places such as the Dalai Lama’s residence, office, library, and prayer rooms.
The tour advances towards the market area, Barkhor Street. Here, you may witness many local pilgrims circumambulating on the street. Barkhor Street makes way towards Jokhang Temple, also known as Qoikang Monastery. The 6th Century building came into existence during the reign of King Songtsen Gampo. The locals highly revere it. You'll exit the temple and begin exploring the magnificent sight of Barkhor Street. After exploring the market and enjoying your lunch at one of the local diners, you'll start strolling and head back to your hotel.
Today, you will embark on a tour of two of the most revered and popular Buddhist sites in the city. After enjoying your breakfast, you’ll drive towards Drepung Monastery. Drepung is one of the ThreeGelug monasteries and also the largest monastery in the entire region. It lies precisely at the foot of Mount Gephel. The large monastery can house almost 10,000 monks at a time. Because of the dwindling numbers of monks lately, you may only find about 3,000 of them in the monastery. After witnessing the large prayer halls, garden space, magnificent architecture and statues of Buddha, you'll embark on a tour of Sera Monastery.
Sera Monastery is also one of the three Gelug monasteries which lie in the Wangbur Mountains, almost 2.5km north of Lhasa. Founded in the 14th Century by Jamchen Chojey of Sakya Yeshe of Zel Gungtang, it remains home to the Great Assembly Hall and three colleges. It serves as the home to nineteen hermitages and four nunneries. The day ends with a delicious dinner.
On the last day of the tour, you can indulge in some souvenir shopping before heading towards the airport. A scenic trans-Himalayan flight will take you back to Kathmandu. Bid farewell to the magnificent sights of Potala Palace and pristine Tibetan plateau as you make your way over the mountains and into the lushly forested valleys of Nepal. You will check into the hotel and get ready to leave for the airport right in time of your flight back home.
You can travel to Tibet at any time of the year. However, August and September are the best months to go to Tibet. Also, the beginning of April until November is a good time to travel to Tibet. The weather is pretty stable and is perfect for activities like hiking and trekking. You can get the best views of the beautiful landscape and enjoy your trip to the fullest.