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Lhasa Cultural World Heritage Tour 5 Days

Lhasa Cultural World Heritage Tour  
Trip Duration : 5 Days
Trek Length :
Trip Rating : Easy
Maximum Altitude : 11,998ft
Activity : Cultural tour
Lodging : Hotels
Transportation : by Vehicle and Flight
Begins & Ends : Kathmandu
Best Season : April-Nov
Trip Date :
Land Cost :
Single Supp :
Group Size : 2-16 Persons

Featuring: Ancient monasteries, palaces, historic sites and scenic vistas
Best season: Cultural tours around Lhasa are best from April to November.

Lhasa Highlights

Lhasa culture tour via Kathmandu is one of the best trip choices if you wish to travel comfortably and have limited time. A scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa provides a purely awesome experience amidst spectacular views of the mighty Himalayan range. This journey takes you to Lhasa, the majestic Potala Palace, the former home of the Dalai Lamas; Drepung Monastery, the biggest monastic school of Lhasa, accommodating 7,700 monks at its peak; Jokhang Temple, the holiest shrine of Tibet situated in the heart of Lhasa; Norbu-Linka, Sera and Ganden Monasteries. We will visit the Tibetan Medical Center, where ancient Tibetan medical practice is still practiced, and the Barkhor Market filled with attractive traditional souvenirs where nomadic traders, pilgrims and visitors alike gather together.


Day 1 Kathmandu to Lhasa flight
Breakfast at hotel and transfer to Kathmandu Airport for flight to Lhasa.
Meet at Gongkar Airport and transfer to Lhasa. Along the way we can see view of Tibetan farming and traditional houses with colorful prayer flags at the hilltops, which is for all the prayers on the flags taken away in to the universe. We cross two holy rivers Tsangpo and Kyichu flowing in two different valleys which have fantastic views and various types of wild birds joyfully swim there. As we enter Lhasa valley, we can see the enchanting scenery as well as all these new construction of ever growing city in the sky. Arrive at your hotel and check in. Then depart for an excursion to see the energetic Bhakor market.
Overnight Kyichu Hotel or similar. Meals: None.

Day 2 Lhasa: Potala Palace and Drepung Monastery
Breakfast at hotel and depart to visit Potala Palace, which is one of rich cultural heritage monuments in the world located at the top of Red hill in Lhasa valley found in 7th century by Yarlung king of Tibet. According to legends the king found a hermitage pavilion at the top of the hill (location of Potala Palace) where he took meditation for awhile and then later became residence of many kings thereafter. Later on it was divided into two parts, red palace and white palace. The red palace for religion where all the Buddhist relics is stored, making it one of most sacret spiritual pilgrimage in Tibet. So every Tibetan comes to visit there and pay worship. The white palace is living quarter of the Dhalai Lama, and it is for political activities by the successors of the Dhalai Lama. It was winter palace for him before his exile to India. Afterwards, you’ll visit the Drepung Monastery, which is the largest monastery of Tibet. Once it was the seat for more than 10 thousand monks. Many of the Gaden thrown holders were produced from this monastery. In the afternoon, you will get to see the Potala palace, the winter palace of the Dalai Lamas and the seat of the local Tibetan government.
Overnight: Kyichu Hotel or similar. Meals: B.

Day 3 Lhasa: Jokhang temple and Sera Monastery
Breakfast at hotel. In the morning, do easy excursions to visit Jokhang temple, which is one of the oldest temples in Tibet founded by the 33rd King of Tibet in the 7th century. This temple was built for the statue of the Buddha brought by the Nepalese princess. Once you get in the temple, you can see the famous Newari arts of Nepal. In the afternoon, you will get to visit the Sera Monastery, which is one of the largest monasteries of Tibet. There you will see the debating of the monks in the court yard. You can take pictures of the monks there.
Overnight Kyichu Hotel or similar. Meals: B.

Day 4 Ganden to Drak Yerpa
After breakfast, we go to explore the magnificent Ganden Monastery and its Ganden kora. Here we are rewarded with unforgettable views of Kyi-Chu (the Lhasa River) and the valley. The city of Lhasa is nowhere in sight, which gives this place a wonderful feeling of remoteness. On a clear day, we’ll be able to spot the snow-covered high Himalaya in the distance.

Afterwards, we head to Drak Yerpa Hermitage Cave. Built on a hillside with more than 80 meditation caves, Drak Yerpa is described as the "life tree" or spiritual axis of Lhasa. The site had a powerful spiritual heritage; having been visited by Songsten Gampo, Padmasambhava, Yeshe Tsoygel, Padampa Sanggye, and Asisha, it was the home of several hundred hermits, monks, and nuns before the Cultural Revolution. Tucci in 1949 describes it: "Yerpa appeared suddenly before my eyes as a bend of the road, a cascade of small white buildings along steep overgrown cliffs. One could have thought one was not in Tibet. Giant junipers and tufts of rhododendron topped a thick tangle of undergrowth, brushwood and grass victoriously fighting the hard barrenness of rocks. The cliffs were riddled with burrows and caves, some of which were so high up on the fact of the abrupt hill that it would have been risky to climb them."
Overnight Kyichu Hotel or similar. Meals: B.

Day 5 Depart from Lhasa
Breakfast at hotel and transfer to Gongkar Airport for a flight to Kathmandu or Chengdu for onward journey to China. End of Lhasa tour service. Meals: B.

Essential Information:

Chinese Visa:
The Chinese Embassy changes the visa rules from time to time. Normal visa fee at present is US$45 per person and additional US$14 per person for US Passport holders. If the visa is to take on the same day an additional fee of US$35 will be applicable.

Tibet Transportation:
2-3 persons are transferred by land cruiser and van. Four person and up are transferred by using mini van and bus.

Flight Connection to Lhasa, Tibet:
Kathmandu to Lhasa flights are on Tue, Thu, Sat and Sun. These flight days are current and subject to change without prior notice.

Kathmandu - Lhasa roundtrip airfare US$596 per person.
Airfare is current and subject to change.

Kathmandu to Lhasa roundtrip airfare US$596 per person.
Airfare is current and subject to change.



Tour Cost Includes:

  • Four night accommodation on twin sharing with daily breakfast,
  • Sightseeing tours as per itinerary,
  • Entrance fees to monuments as per the itinerary,
  • English speaking local guide service,
  • Private ground transfers,
  • Tibet travel permit.

Tour Cost Excludes:

  • Kathmandu-Lhasa roundtrip airfare US$596 per person (Airfare is current and subject to change),
  • Departure tax in Kathmandu US$17 and departure tax in Lhasa US$11,
  • China visa fee US$45 per person and additional US$14 per person for US Passport holders and express visa processing fee US$35 per person,
  • Nepal visa fee Single entry US$50 per person for 30 days and Multiple entry US$80 for 60 days,
  • Expenses of personal nature,
  • Meals such as lunch and dinner not mentioned in the itinerary,
  • Beverages both alcoholic and non-alcoholic,
  • Expenses of personal nature, charge for photography,
  • Travel insurance and emergency evacuation charges.

Kathmandu stopover and trip extensions, please inquire for details.



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