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5 Days Journey to Lhasa and Yamdrok Lake


Brief Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Lhasa and rest for acclimatization   
Day 2: Lhasa highlights tour: Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Streets, Sera Monastery
Day 3: Lhasa highlights tour: Potala Palace, Norbulinka Palace
Day 4: Lhasa-Lake Yamdrok-Lhasa
Day 5: Depart Tibet for next stop

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Day1 Lhasa Arrival

Arrival in Lhasa by train or airfare, rest for altitude in Lhasa [with altitude of 3650m]
Upon arrival in Lhasa railway or airport, you will meet our guide and be transfered to hotel in downtown Lhasa. After checking in hotel, you’d better rest well for high altitude acclimatization. Travel tips: you are suggested to prepare some altitude medicine such as "Diamox" before arrival, or buy some necessary high altitude medicine after arrival to help get well acclimatized. However if you feel quite good, you may walk little bit in Barkhor Streets area or Potala Square to have first impression of Lhasa. You can spend the afternoon wandering around the Barkhor, Tibet’s ancient market area that surrounds Jokhang Temple. Each day thousands of Buddhist pilgrims make their way around this sacred temple.

Accommodation in Downtown (to be reconfirmed by consultant): House of Shambhala or Shambhala Palace/Tashi Nota Khangsang Hotel or Ganggyan Hotel or Yak Hotel.

Day2 Lhasa: Jokhang Temple, Barkhor streets, Sera Monastery 

You will explore the Jokhang Temple, the holiest Buddhist temple in the Himalaya's. Founded in the 7th centrary, Jokhang Temple houses the most sacred statue of Buddha. You will work your way through this fascinating temple alongside Buddhist pilgrims from the faraway regions of Tibet. The sound of pilgrims chanting mantras fills the air as does the smell of yak butter candle offerings. In the afternoon, you will go to the 600 year old Sera, one of Tibet's largest Buddhist monasteries. Each weekday afternoon starting at 3pm, Tibetan monks engage in Buddhist philosophy debates and this is really fun to take photos or videos.
Accommodation in Downtown (the same as above, to be reconfirmed by Tibet tour consultant)

Day3 Lhasa: Potala Palace, Norbulinka Palace (Winter and summer palace of Dalai Lamas)

You will start the day by exploring the Potala Palace, Tibet's most iconic building. Towering above Lhasa with more than 1000 rooms, the Potala Palace served as the winter residence of the Dalai Lamas for hundreds of years. Another visit is to Norbulinka.
Norbulinka which means "treasure garden" in Tibetan language, is located in the west side of Lhasa, a short distance from the southwest of Potala Palace. It is marked as the world’s highest, largest and best-preserved ancient artificial historical and cultural garden. As part of the ‘Historic Ensemble of Potala Palace’, it is also recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. While the Potala Palace is known as the winter palace of Dalai Lamas, the Norbulingka Palace is known as the summer palace. Situated at an elevation of 3650 meters above sea level, Norbulingka palace holds 374 rooms. It contains a large collection of Italian chandeliers, Ajanta frescoes, Tibetan carpets, and many other artifacts. Besides, it is also a natural garden with kinds of flowers, trees, animals and even herbs and some rare plants. 

Accommodation in Downtown (the same as above, to be reconfirmed by Tibet tour consultant)

Day4 Lhasa-Lake Yamdrok-Lhasa (260 kms beautiful landscape journey)

Yamdrok Lake, also called Yamdrok Yumtso, is a lake with two long arms of water, making it look like a scorpion from the sky. This shape means you can never see its shape from around it. From Gyantse, you can see one arm, and follow it until it disappears around a bend in the shore which makes it difficult to estimate the size of the lake.

Day5 Final departure

Scheduled shuttle bus transfer to the airport or train station. If your flight or train is in the afternoon, enjoy the free time in the morning! You can walk around the ancient Barkhor Streets; do some necessary easy shopping for your family and/or friends and/or love before being transported to the airport or station.

Dates & Price

 5 Days Lhasa Yamdrok Lake Highlights Tour Price

  • April5-April 30   US$ 635 per person   
  • May1-June 30   US$655 per person
  • July1-Aug.31     US$755 per person
  • Sept.1-Oct.10    US$735 per person
  • Oct.11-Oct.31    US$655 per person
  • Nov.1-Jan.20 next year US$625 per person


  • Price Per Person is on twin-share room basis;
  • Price may vary depending on your individual requests;  
  • The value in US Dollars is based on the currency exchange rate: 1USD=6.95 RMB
  • Comfortable Hotels in Lhasa Downtown we will choose (it depends on room availability): House of Shambhala, Shambhala Palace, Tashitakgye hotel, Heritage hotel,Tashi Nota Khangsang Hotel or Snow Heaven Hotel, Lhasa Ganggyan Hotel or Yak Hotel, etc, this is to be reconfirmed by your travel consultant.

Service Details

Price includes
  • Comfortable Accommodation (House of Shambhala, Shambhala Palace, Tashi Nota Kangshang Hotel or Ganggyan Hotel or Yak Hotel or same category hotel)-this is to be reconfirmed by your travel consultant);
  • Tibet travel permits;
  • All entrance ticket fees for all tourist sites listed in the itinerary;
  • Knowledgeable English-speaking Tibetan local tour guide shared in your group;
  • Shared vehicle with reliable Tibetan local driver;  
  • All lodging listed in the itinerary; If you travel individually, you will need to share one room with another tourist; while if you prefer to stay in one room by yourself, you will have to pay the single room supplement.
  • Group tours only include a welcome dinner after your arrival in Tibet.
  • Tourist accident/casualty insurance
Price excludes
  • International flight to and out of China;
  • Domestic flight/train to and out of Lhasa. (We can provide you the domestic flight/train ticket booking service at the BEST discount price, please contact us our travel experts for the details.)
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary; usually it costs about USD3-15 per person for one meal in TAR (Tibet Autonomous Region).
  • Tips and gratitude to tour guide and driver;
  • Personal expenses, like laundry, phone call, snacks, soft drinks (please do the best to avoid the alcoholic beverages during your Tibet trip), optional tour activities, etc.

Notes: If tourists want private pick up or drop off, they are required to pay extra 400RMB/car for one way transfer

Be altitude sickness free! Here are some suggestions for you to prevent AMS.

  • Avoid catching a cold before entering Tibet;
  • Try to have a good sleep at the night before flying to Tibet;
  • Drink lots of water-This is a must; begin drinking more water than normal before arriving in Tibet;
  • Avoid tobacco and alcohol;
  • Avoid intense physical activity on the first couple of days after arrival in Tibet;
  • Walk slowly and drink extra fluids after getting off the airplane;
  • Light and high carbohydrate meals are recommended for more energy; Don't drink   alcohol or smoke;
  • Climb up to higher altitude slowly;
  • Avoid sedatives;
  • Prepare some medicines as per doctors’ suggestion.

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