Lhasa Tour

  •   Trip Grade: Easy
  •   Meals: lunch, breakfast and dinner
  •   Accomodation: included
  •   Transportation: included


Lhasa is considered to the political, economic and spiritual center of the beautiful Tibet. It houses most important cultural treasures and heritage sites and has maintained its natural and cultural beauty over the years. Hence, Alpine Paradise Treks, and Expedition brings forward the Lhasa Tour package. Experience Tibetan culture and heritage at the capital of Tibet and experience the life of people living here with the Lhasa Tour.


The Lhasa Tour starts with a spectacular flight across the Himalayas from Kathmandu to Lhasa. Views of Mt. Everest and the entire Himalayan range are surely set to leave you reeling. Lhasa is home to the holiest of Tibetan Temple called Jokhang. Visit the marketplace of Barkhor Bazaar and get an insight about the religious Tibetan Life. Visit the Norbulingka Palace, the summer palace of Dalai Lama in the 4-day itinerary. Also, visit the Sera and the Drepung Monastery, both important Gelugpa monasteries which have both housed over 10,000 monks in the past.


This short tour offers the sights and atmospheres that are exotic, unique and unusual. Spiritually awakening and soul-stirring Lhasa Tour can be customized, or simply follow the carefully formulated itinerary of Alpine Adventure Treks and Expedition for the experience of a lifetime. Return home with the exotic impression and memories of Lhasa, only to wish to come back for more.

OutlineĀ  Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival and visit to Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street

Day 2: Visit to Potala Palace and Drepung Monastery

Day 3: Tour of Ganden and Drak Yerpa Monastery

Day 4: Visit to Sera Monastery and Norbulingka Palace

Day 5: Tour of Namtso Lake and surrounding monasteries

Day 6: Return to Lhasa and visit to Tibet Museum

Day 7: Departure from Lhasa

Day 1:

  • Arrive in Lhasa and check into your hotel.
  • Rest for a few hours to acclimate to the high altitude (Lhasa is over 3,600 meters above sea level).
  • Visit the Jokhang Temple, the most sacred temple in Tibet. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is filled with intricate Tibetan art and architecture.
  • Take a stroll along the Barkhor Street, a bustling marketplace filled with shops selling traditional Tibetan handicrafts, clothing, and souvenirs.

Day 2:

  • Visit the Potala Palace, the former residence of the Dalai Lama. It’s an impressive structure with over 1,000 rooms, and it’s also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Visit the Drepung Monastery, one of the three great monasteries of Tibet. It’s located on a hillside just outside Lhasa and has many chapels, temples, and courtyards to explore.

Day 3:

  • Drive about 70 km outside of Lhasa to visit the Ganden Monastery, which is located on a hilltop overlooking the Kyi-chu Valley. The scenery is stunning, and you can explore the many chapels and temples within the monastery complex.
  • Afterward, visit the Drak Yerpa Monastery, which is built into a cliffside and has been a site of meditation and retreat for over 1,500 years.

Day 4:

  • Visit the Sera Monastery, one of the three great monasteries of Tibet. You can watch the monks debate Buddhist philosophy in a courtyard surrounded by beautiful buildings and colorful prayer flags.
  • Visit the Norbulingka Palace, which was the summer residence of the Dalai Lama. It’s surrounded by beautiful gardens and is a great place to relax and take in the scenery.

Day 5:

  • Drive to Namtso Lake, one of the highest lakes in the world, and located about 250 km from Lhasa. The scenery along the way is stunning, and you can explore the many temples and monasteries around the lake.
  • Spend the night in a tent or guesthouse near the lake.

Day 6:

  • Enjoy a sunrise view of Namtso Lake before heading back to Lhasa.
  • Visit the Tibet Museum, which has exhibits on Tibetan history, culture, and religion.
  • Enjoy a traditional Tibetan dinner and cultural show in the evening.

Day 7:

  • Depart Lhasa and return home.


  • Accommodation (6 nights)
  • Transportation (private vehicle or public transportation depending on preference)
  • English-speaking tour guide
  • Entrance fees to attractions (such as Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Sera Monastery, and Tibet Museum)
  • Meals (breakfasts and some dinners depending on the package)
  • Drinking water
  • Oxygen supply for altitude sickness



  • Airfare or transportation to Lhasa
  • Visa fees and travel insurance
  • Tips for tour guide and driver
  • Optional activities or excursions not listed in the itinerary
  • Personal expenses such as souvenirs, snacks, and additional meals outside of the package

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Here are some essential equipment and FAQs for a tour of Lhasa:

Essential Equipment:

  • Comfortable, sturdy shoes for walking and hiking
  • Warm clothes and layers (as temperatures can vary greatly)
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat for sun protection
  • Portable oxygen for altitude sickness (can be purchased in Lhasa)
  • Camera or phone for taking pictures
  • Portable charger for electronics
  • Waterproof jacket or poncho in case of rain
  • Snacks or energy bars for hiking and long drives
  • Cash for tipping, souvenirs, and additional expenses



  • Is a permit required to visit Lhasa?

Yes, all travelers to Tibet (including Lhasa) need to obtain a Tibet Travel Permit through a licensed travel agency. The permit is usually included in the tour package, and the agency can help arrange it.

  • What is the best time of year to visit Lhasa?

The best time to visit Lhasa is from April to October when the weather is mild and dry. However, it can get crowded during peak season (July and August), so it’s recommended to plan ahead and book accommodations and tours in advance.

  • How high is Lhasa, and will I experience altitude sickness?

Lhasa is located at an altitude of 3,656 meters (11,995 feet), and many travelers may experience altitude sickness. It’s recommended to spend a few days acclimatizing before engaging in any strenuous activities, stay hydrated, and take portable oxygen if needed.

  • What kind of food can I expect in Lhasa?

Lhasa offers a variety of Tibetan and Chinese cuisine, including yak meat dishes, momos (dumplings), tsampa (roasted barley flour), and butter tea. Some restaurants also offer Western-style food, but it’s recommended to try local dishes for an authentic experience.

  • What should I wear when visiting temples and monasteries in Lhasa?

Visitors are expected to dress modestly when visiting temples and monasteries, and to remove shoes and hats before entering. It’s recommended to wear comfortable shoes for walking and clothes that cover the shoulders and knees