experience the best of lhasa
This tour to Tibet is designed for people who want to experience the best of Lhasa either as a stand alone trip or as an add on to one of our other Tibet Journeys. Our Discover Lhasa journey is available as a 3 night, 4 night or 5 night option.
Lhasa has been the political capital and spiritual heart of Tibet for centuries. Pilgrims from all corners of the vast plateau travel for months to reach this holy city - the 'Place of Gods' as the name translates to - to make offerings and visit the sites of worship. Lhasa isn't only about religion though, it's also home to three UNESCO world heritage sites and plenty more important historical buildings and monuments. Lhasa is a melting pot of Tibetan culture - where you can see the noble old aristocrats interact with wild horsemen from Kham and nomads from the outer edges of Amdo. Get swept up in the atmosphere of Lhasa on this unforgettable journey.
Your journey begins in Chengdu as you fly to Lhasa. Explore the Barkhor Market, visit the Jokhang Temple, Drepung and Sera Monasteries as well as the Potala Palace and Norbulingka. Enjoy traditional Tibetan Music and mix with pilgrims before returning to Chengdu. 4 and 5 night options also visit Ganden Monastery and the historic Yarlung Valley.
For small groups, family vacations or independent tourists, travel to Lhasa for a unique Tibetan experience you'll never forget.
3 night journey
Maximum elevation: 3,700m
Availability: Late April/May/June & September/October
Minimum group size: 2 people
* Price is per person, based on a group of four (twin share).
Single room supplement available on request.
Find out approximate trip price in your own currency here
This trip is also available as a 4 or 5 night trip. Contact us for prices.
- Return flight between Chengdu and Lhasa
- Tibet Travel Permit (TTP)
- All transport, including airport pick-up and transfers
- Private vehicle and driver
- All meals
- All accommodation, based on twin share
- All entrance fees and activities as included in itinerary
- Excellent english speaking Tibetan guide
- Use of a cell phone with local number for duration of the trip
Chengdu to Lhasa: Your tour begins with pick up in the morning at your hotel for a shuttle to Chengdu airport for your flight to the roof of the world (3700 m). There are very few flights in the world where the geography, climate, elevation, and culture changes so dramatically. After checking in at your hotel, we head into lively Barkhor Bazaar that surrounds the venerated Jokhang Temple in the ancient heart of the capital. Mix with nomads and religious pilgrims who have converged from all over Tibet. Altitude: 3,656 m Overnight: Lhasa.
Lhasa: To help with acclimatisation, we start the day with a leisurely stroll through the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Norbulingka , meaning "Treasure Park." Visit the Norbulingka Palace and gardens which was the traditional summer residence of the Dalai Lama. After lunch, take a short drive to Sera Monastery in the foothills north of Lhasa. Here we have the fascinating experience of watching the monks engage in their daily practice of religious debate. Later at dinner back in Lhasa, enjoy a display oftraditional Tibetan music and dance. Overnight: Lhasa.
Lhasa: Begin the day with a tour of the 17th century Potala Palace, the former residence of the Dalai Lama. This amazing palace has walls as thick as 5 meters and contains over 1000 rooms, 10,000 shrines, and 200,000 statues. After lunch, visit Drepung Monastery, historically, the most significant monastery in Tibetan Buddhism. Drepung used to be the seat of political and religious power in Tibet and is home to over 15,000 monks and is one of the most prestigious Buddhist institutions in Tibet. Before dinner, there is an optional visit to a Tibetan rug factory to see how these beautiful rugs are made. Overnight: Lhasa.
Lhasa to Chengdu: Join pilgrims on an optional early morning walk around the Jokhang Temple. After breakfast, take your shuttle to the airport for your flight back to Chengdu and departure from the roof of the world.