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5 Days Lhasa Winter Tour from Nepal by Air

Tour Route: Kathmandu - Lhasa

Trip Overview:

This is a 5-day short winter tour to Lhasa city starting from Kathmandu, Nepal. Enjoying the quick and convenient flight to Tibet from Kathmandu across Himalaya, you will get to the holy snowy land in a breeze. With cozy sunshine warming the capital city, you will sightsee the popular must-sees in Lhasa, including Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Sera Monastery, Norbulingkha Palace etc. Besides, a day visit to the nearby Ganden Monastery will add more fun to this journey.

  • Tour Code: TTO-TT-TWT05

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  • Tour Type: Private tour with private guide and vehicle

  • Time to Visit:

Highlights:

  • Enjoy the only one international flight to Lhasa from Kathmandu, with chances to Himalayan peaks en route.
  • Enjoy the gorgeous view of the valley while doing the kora around Ganden Monastery.
  • Go down into the bowels of the Potala Palace, the impressive but spiritless citadel of the Dalai Lamas.
  • Join the shuffling, murmuring pilgrims around the shrines of the Jokhang Temple, the spiritual heart of Tibet.
  • Nice visit to the Norbulingkha Palace, to see the iconic beautiful Tibetan garden.

Daily Itinerary

Day 1: Fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa over Himalaya

Take the flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa in the morning. The air journey is just around 2 hours. You will be shocked by amazing Himalaya mountain range, the mountains which over 8000m are just moving across you, and you cannot see the side of the snow-capped mountains.

After arrive in Lhasa Gonggar International Airport, your tour guide will await you outside the arrival area. You will be transferred to your stay at Lhasa. In the afternoon, you need to stay at hotel to acclimatize the high altitude.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day 2: Lhasa Tour to Visit Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street

The tour will begin from UNESCO World Heritage site - Potala Palace, which is also the winter palace of Dalai Lama. It's situated at 12,139 feet above sea level. It's a 13-story high building that contains over 1,000 rooms, various statues, stupas, murals and artifacts. Then continue to Jokhang Temple, another UNESCO World Heritage site. It’s a spiritual center for Buddhists in Tibet. Next to the temple there is Barkhor Street, filled with pilgrims and street vendors, selling traditional Tibetan items such as prayer wheels and jewelry.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day 3: Lhasa Tour to Visit Norbulingkha Palace, Tibet Museum and Sera Monastery

After breakfast, we will head to visit the Norbulingkha Palace, the summer palace of Dalai Lama. It is a representative of Tibetan garden with pavilions and ponds. And there are many rare and valuable treasures in Norbulingkha Palace. Then we will go to the Tibet Museum nearby Norbulingkha Palace. There you can learn the customs of Tibetan people, and Tibetan history, culture and so on.

In the afternoon, you will visit Sera Monastery. It was one of the “three great” Gelug monasteries of Tibet and was founded in 1419. The highlight is the Monks debate at around 3 - 5 in the afternoon.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day 4: Day Tour to Ganden Monastery

Today, we will drive about 60 kilometers east of Lhasa to the Ganden Monastery, which is one of the “Great Three” Gelugpa monasteries of Tibet. It was founded by the Great Tsongkhapa in 1409, and there is the tomb of Tsongkhapa in the monastery.

You can trek Lingkor (circle) around Ganden Monastery to see the Great Tsongkhapa’s meditation cave and many religious figure statues, as well as the beautiful view of Lhasa valley.

In the afternoon, drive back to the Lhasa.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day 5: Depart from Lhasa

Our guide will transfer you to the airport or train station and help you get on board.

What’s included?

1. Free shuttle between airport/train station and Lhasa City (3 times a day)

2. Excellent local Tibetan English-speaking tour guide

3. AC tourist vehicle all through the trip in Tibet

4. All permits application service, and delivery the permit to your hotel in China before getting into Tibet

5. Drinking water provided daily

6. Welcome dinner at local Tibetan restaurant

7. Admission fee of all tourist attractions listed in Itinerary, including Potala Palace ticket booking service

8. Tibet tourist map & eco-friendly drinking bottle

9. Special dedicated authentic local custom experience: visit local teahouse, stone caving market. etc

10. Charge of handing all services in your tour, government tax

What’s excluded?

1. International flight to and out of China

2. Domestic flight / train to and out of Lhasa (If you need ticket booking service, please leave your requirements in the Online Inquiry form.)

3. Meals (Tour guide will organize the dinning for you but please pay on site for around 3-5 USD per meal.)

4. Accommodation in Lhasa (You are high recommended to book your favorite hotel in Lhasa online, or choose our hotel package from only 8 USD a night)

5. Tips and gratitude to the guide and driver. If you are satisfied with their service, you may consider tipping them at an amount you find it suitable

Trip Notes

  • 1. How to Get the Tibet Travel Permit?

    The Tibet Travel Permit is essential for any Tibet tour. We help to obtain this permit free of charge when you book your Tibet tour through us. Simply send us copies of your passport and China visa at least 20 days in advance. Once we receive your documents, we will promptly process the permit application with the Tibet Tourism Bureau. After obtaining your permit, we will notify you and send it to your hotel in mainland China.

    In exceptional cases, our staff can personally deliver the permit to you at the airport or railway station. With years of experience in handling Tibet Travel Permit, we assure you a smooth visit to Tibet by ensuring the acquisition of your permit.

  • 2. Where to Stay in Tibet?

    Accommodation facilities and services in Tibet might not match those found in the coastal and central parts of China. However, there's a diverse range of hotel options available. However, you can choose from a wide range of hotel options. In big cities like Lhasa and Shigatse, from cheap and clean youth hostels to distinct Tibetan-style 3-star and international 5-star luxury hotels, you will find one that suits your interests and budget.

    As you travel to remote areas of Tibet, such as EBC and the Mount Kailash region, the accommodations tend to be more basic. Some may have air-conditioning in the hotel, while others may only offer electric blankets in the guesthouses. Nonetheless, we always handpick cozy and safe accommodations for you along your itinerary in Tibet, ensuring a pleasant night's stay for your Tibet tour.

  • 3. How about the Guiding and Tipping in Tibet?

    Our English-speaking guides are natives of Tibet with good knowledge of Tibetan culture, history, and Buddhism. Most are trained to offer Western-standard service. Throughout your stay in Tibet, we will monitor your health and provide prompt assistance to you. If you encounter any trouble, please do not hesitate to contact them or our customer service manager.

    Travelers' tipping to Tibetan guides and drivers is seen as extra gratitude for their excellent service, much like what you do in the West. Normally, a tipping amount of 7 USD per day is acceptable. The basic principle is rewarding good service with fair pay.

  • 4. How are the Toilets in Tibet?

    Undoubtedly, for many Western tourists, using toilets in Tibet can be a challenging experience. Therefore, it's advisable to moderate your expectations. If you travel to Lhasa by Tibet train, both western-style and squat toilets are available onboard. Staying in hotels rated above 3 stars in cities like Lhasa and Shigatse ensures access to standard Western flush toilets, eliminating any discomfort.

    However, when visiting attractions like Yamdrok or Namtso or outdoor sites like EBC, you're likely to encounter smelly and unclean pit toilets. It's recommended to carry sufficient toilet paper for such occasions.

  • 5. How is the Weather in Tibet? What to Pack for Visiting Tibet?

    One of the notable weather features on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau is the significant temperature fluctuation between day and night. In Lhasa, the annual temperatures range from -2℃ to 12℃ (spring), 9℃ to 22℃ (summer), 7℃ to 19℃ (fall), and -7℃ to 9℃ (winter). Ensure proper clothing, such as thermal tops, a fleece jacket, breathable underwear, a down jacket, jeans, a beanie, and other essentials.

    Moreover, essentials like sunscreen, lip balm, and sunglasses are crucial to shield yourself from the intense, blinding sunlight of the plateau. Staying hydrated by drinking more water and including vegetables in your diet is advisable to prevent dehydration during your travels in Tibet.

  • 6. How to Prevent from Altitude Sickness in Tibet?

    For first-time visitors to Tibet, whether arriving by flight or train, allowing ample rest is crucial for quick acclimation to the high altitude in Lhasa. Avoid rushing to explore the streets or attractions independently. Walk at a slower pace and refrain from exerting yourself by running or jumping. Spending at least two days in Lhasa before venturing to places like Shigatse or Namtso allows for better acclimatization. If you experience any discomfort, inform your guide, and they will assist you.

  • 7. Are There some Dos and Don'ts while Touring Tibet?

    Photography is generally prohibited in monasteries. If you wish to capture images of Tibetan pilgrims, kindly seek their permission or maintain a considerable distance while taking photos. Swimming and fishing are prohibited in the sacred lakes of Tibet. Avoid discussing sensitive topics like politics. According to policy, international tourists are not permitted to travel alone in Tibet.

    While navigating Barkhor Street, adhere to the custom of walking clockwise. Refrain from exploring unfamiliar trails. Take proactive steps to preserve Tibet's delicate ecosystem.

    Given that Tibetan Buddhism profoundly influences the lives of Tibetans, always show reverence and respect for their unique customs. If uncertain about any practice, it's advisable to seek guidance from your tour guide before proceeding.

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