4 Days Lhasa Cultural and Spiritual Tour-Tibet Travel

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Price: from 400 USD Explain>>
1. Based on double occupancy.
2. Comfortable hotels in cities and guesthouses in some remote places.
3. Flight and train are not included.
4. Tour cost is only for reference, please inquire for detailed quotation.
5. The more people, the cheaper cost.
Trip Length: 4 days / 3 nights Trip outline: Lhasa-Potala palace-Jokhang temple-Sera-Drepung monastery Activity: Cultural Spiritual Experienc Season: Summer, Autumn, Spring, Winter Trip Level:      Explain>>

In order to make it easier for you to choose the right trip, we have graded our trips with certain Trip Level System from 1 to 4 according to the degree of activities and altitude. We have also suggested the most suitable groups or individuals for each Trip Level.
In the Trip Overview of each itinerary there is also a brief description of what the Trip is like.
Our staffs at the Explore Tibet are always happy to answer any questions you have and guide you to the trip that best suits your interests and level of fitness.
1. Easy
Light walking and hiking that is suitable for all level of fitness, generally altitude range between 3500m/9800ft to 4000m/13000ft. Hotels and guesthouses accommodation.
Suitable for family with kids and senior groups.

2. Moderate
May included moderate level of hiking, biking, horse riding and maximum altitude of 5000m/16000ft. Hotels and guesthouses accommodation.
Suitable for family with kids bigger than 12 years, individual having average level for fitness.

3. Moderate to Strenuous
May include high altitude hiking up to 6 hours, long hour driving and sometimes overnight at around 5000m/16000ft, require a moderately high level of fitness, camping and basic lodging facility.
Suitable for adult family, individuals physically fit and have experiences of high altitude trekking.

4. Strenuous
May include high altitude trekking and mountaineering, camping and basic lodging facilities, altitude range from 3600m/9800ft to 6000m/19000ft.
Suitable for adventures and individual with physically fit and healthy.

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Lhasa Travel is a short and simple Lhasa Tibet Spiritual Tour that takes you through the best part of the holy city Lhasa by appreciating its prominent historical architects of Potala Palace, mystical Jokahng temple, sprawling Sera and Drepung monastery, your arrival to Lhasa will be greeted by the lovely blue sky and impressive glimpse of gigantic Potala palace perched on small mount called red hill, while during the couple of days acclimation and jet-lag alleviation, you will be deeply overwhelmed by visiting numbers of world heritages and mystical temples during your Tours to Lhasa, both Potala palace and Jokhang temple are main focal points of Tibetan pilgrims since centuries ago, nevertheless the bustling street around the Jokhang temple is one of the most devotional circuit known as Bakhor and you will have great chance to walk shoulder to shoulder with devoted pilgrims came from allover Tibet in your Lhasa tours, moreover, visiting Drepung and Sera monastery elaborate your understanding about the Tibetan Buddhism and its practices; it is a real pleasure to explore the busy cobbled lanes twisting around the aged buildings in the sprawling monasteries of Drepung and Sera monastery. That's why the Lhasa Tibet Tour is special and cheap tour in Tibet.
Explore Tibet is a Tibet based Travel Agency which is highly recommended by Lonely Planet & TripAdvisor.
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Day Trip Outline   Activity Accommodation
Day 1 Arrival in Lhasa (3680m)   Pick up and transfer to hotel, rest at hotel Hotel in Lhasa
Day 2 Lhasa sightseeing   Bakhor streetJohkang TemplePotala Palace Hotel in Lhasa
Day 3 Lhasa sightseeing   Sera MonasteryDrepung Monastery Hotel in Lhasa
Day 4 Depart from Tibet   Send off to train/airport  

NOTE: Hotels can be upgraded or downgraded based on your requirement, please check more hotels in Tibet HERE
Tour Cost Included:

Tour Cost Includes:

- All necessary travel permits to Tibet;

- Entrance ticket fees for all the sight spots listed in the program;

- Private transportation in Tibet: Ranging from 4WD land cruiser to bus depending on the group size and trip route (car gasoline is included), SEE VEHICLE PHOTOS HERE;

- Private guide: English speaking local Tibetan guide;

- Lodging: available from 5 star hotels to budget guesthouses, SEE HOTEL PHOTOS HERE;

- Pick-up and send-off services at the beginning/end of the tour;

- Liability travel insurance;

Tour Cost Excluded:
Tour Cost Excludes:

- Travel insurance covers trip cancellation and emergency evacuation(recommended);

- Expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, phone call, etc.);

- International and domestic flight/train.(Note: we accept flights and train tickets bookings in advance, please check the updated cost and ticket availability with your travel consultant);

- Meals that are not specified in the itinerary (Averagely a meal in Tibet cost USD5 per person);

- Gratuities for the guide and driver:

A short flight into Tibet offers a panorama of the snowy Himalayan ranges and snow-covered Tibet plateau. If you take the train to Lhasa of Tibet, it emerges into the high plateau by crossing the mighty Thangu la pass(5231m) get you to Lhasa with beautiful sceneries along the route, at your arrival at the Gonggar airport or Lhasa Train Station, you will be greeted by our Tibetan guide and driver and transfer to your hotels in Lhasa city, from the airport to Lhasa it is about 60km and it takes less than an hour through the recently built highway, from the train station it is only 25km and it takes about a half-hour, check-in the hotel and take it easy for the rest of the day to acclimatize and alleviate the jet lag. Overnight in Lhasa.

Attractions; Jokhang temple and bustling Bakhor street and Sera monastery.

Today is your first day on the high plateau and some of you may have a little headache which is very common for travelers by the high altitude, so drinking enough water and mild activity in the first few days is recommendable. In the morning our guide will meet you at the hotel and take an easy visit to Jokhang Temple in the center of the Old Lhasa city. Jokhang temple is one of the most sacred temples all over Tibet and it is always bustling with earnest local pilgrims from early days. After that, you have time to walk around the Bakhor street which is the one of the most devotional circuit as well as crowded central market of Lhasa, during the old days it is the most famous local market but now it is changed to tourist gift shopping center. The amazing day will be ended with a visit to the Sera Monastery, it is built in the fifteenth century by the Jamchen choji Sakya Yeshi who is the disciple of Tsongka pa, few different monastic colleges in Sera is home to several hundred monks from different part of Tibet, the famous Buddhist philosophical debates among the monks are happening every day in the afternoon except Sunday. Continues acclimatize and alleviate jet lag rest of the day. Overnight in Lhasa.
Attractions; Potala palace and Drepung monastery.

Today we will visit the famous Potala Palace, the cardinal landmark of Tibet and the masterpiece of Tibetan architecture, it was first built by 33rd King Songtsen Gangpo in the 7th century and later in the 17th century rebuilt by the 5th Dalai Lama, since then it was home to the Dalai Lama and his government. Walking through the long stairs is quite challenging but it is worthwhile to leave your footsteps in the spiritual palace of God of compassion which listed in the world heritage in 1994. And in the afternoon, we will visit the Drepung monastery, once the world's largest monastery that housed for more than 10,000 monks, it was the resident of the Dalai Lama prior to Potala Palace, but several destructions were taken place in a different time but still, you have lots of things to see by walking through numbers of the narrow and twisted lane through the monk’s apartments is thrilling. Continues acclimatize and alleviate jet lag rest of the day. Overnight in Lhasa.


Today our guide and driver will send you to the Lhasa airport or Lhasa train station and it is time to say your goodbye and depart to your next destination. Before your departure, we will appreciate if you can spend a short time to evaluate our services either by filling the feedback form or simply send us an email. The trip ends

Tour Cost Includes:

Tour Cost Includes:

- All necessary travel permits to Tibet;

- Entrance ticket fees for all the sight spots listed in the program;

- Private transportation in Tibet: Ranging from 4WD land cruiser to bus depending on the group size and trip route (car gasoline is included), SEE VEHICLE PHOTOS HERE;

- Private guide: English speaking local Tibetan guide;

- Lodging: available from 5 star hotels to budget guesthouses, SEE HOTEL PHOTOS HERE;

- Pick-up and send-off services at the beginning/end of the tour;

- Liability travel insurance;

Tour Cost Excludes:
Tour Cost Excludes:

- Travel insurance covers trip cancellation and emergency evacuation(recommended);

- Expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, phone call, etc.);

- International and domestic flight/train.(Note: we accept flights and train tickets bookings in advance, please check the updated cost and ticket availability with your travel consultant);

- Meals that are not specified in the itinerary (Averagely a meal in Tibet cost USD5 per person);

- Gratuities for the guide and driver:

Tibet is a country, which is different from any other places around the world, just because of its political sensitivity, rich culture diversity and peculiar geographical formation. Although this means it is not the easiest place to travel, which is also what makes it so special.

To make your trip worry free and indisputable, here we have carefully collected all the essential information that will give you a clear image of the trip as well as logistics during your stay in Tibet, this also will be helpful for your trip preparation before you leave, so please go through it and make sure you are well prepare for the trip, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact our tour consultant or write us on sales@exploretibet.com


Legitimate Claim;

As we mentioned above, Tibet is politically very sensitive and any political activities are restrictedly prohibited, so we always advising our clients to keep away from any political conversations or activities that bound against the policy of People’s republic of China. Your involvement in such activities would influence the whole group as well as future of all your guides, driver and the company. If any one does, then we have the full right to cancel the trip and we are not responsible for so caused hassle and costs.


Emergency contacts:

Being a responsible company, we are always available for 24 hours a day, in case if you need any emergency help. It is best to first call your designated travel coordinator or sales person (whose contact numbers are will be listed on your tour agreement), for any reason if you are not able to reach to him/her then please ring us on the below numbers;

Lhasa Head Office: (0891)-6329441 (the area code 0891 is not necessary if you are calling from Lhasa)

Chengdu Office: (028)-86262365

Note: office working time is 9am – 7pm from Monday to Friday.

Sonam Jamphel (Sales Manager) 0158890904080 or 013398000993 (Available for 24 hours a day)


Chinese Visa

Every one should have the valid passport (with minimum 6 months validity) and Chinese visa to travel into China and the Chinese visa is also valid in Tibet, generally the Chinese visa is can be applied either by your self or use a visa service agency in your home country, but the visa application and requirements are little vary in different countries, so please check with your regional Chinese Embassy or consulate for the most up-to-date visa requirements.

NOTE; It is your responsibility to obtain the Chinese visa, so just for your information it is better not to list Tibet as your travel destination on your visa application form, just list Chengdu or Beijing, whichever your in-bound city is as your travel destination. If you enter Tibet from Nepal then you don’t need the Chinese individual visa and please check the next line for what you need.


If You Enter Tibet From Nepal

If you enter Tibet from Nepal, then the permit and Chinese visa formalities are slightly different, to enter from Nepal, you don't need the Chinese individual visa and instead you should obtain the Tibet group visa from Chinese Embassy in Nepal, you can’t apply it directly and you should have a local Nepalese agency to apply for it, so our Nepalese partner agency will assist you for that application, normally the application takes 2 to 5 working days for different cost and it only can be applied when you arrive in Nepal, because your original passport is needed along the application. More about the Tibet Group Visa and cost please check here


Tibet Travel Permit and Its Process

Tibet travel permit is compulsory for all the travelers to visit Tibet and it can be obtained within 15 days prior to the trip starting dates, once you have booked the tour with us, we will obtain it for you which is included in the tour package. We need clear scan copies of your Chinese visa and passports to apply for the permit.

For more detail and latest permit updates, please check here


Etiquettes and Taboos:

Cultural Considerations: Be aware that your cultural values may differ from those of locals. These may include different concepts of time, personal space, communication, etc., which are not wrong or inferior, just different. Making the extra effort to respect local customs and cultural differences will enhance your interactions with locals during your time in Tibet and contribute to building mutual respect between locals and tourists.

Appropriate attire: Most Tibetans are pretty conservative from our western perspective so it is always polite to wear long pants at all times (guys and girls). If you wear shorts in rural villages or the Bakhor district in Lhasa you will get stranger looks than normal! Women should wear long pants or skirts. Shirts should not be revealing and bras should be worn. Unfortunately, many tourists ignore these cultural norms and can be seen in towns and villages wearing shorts and revealing summer attire; while it may be comfortable, it is not appropriate, especially when visiting monasteries. Don’t be shy to inform other tourists of the proper dress for monasteries; perhaps they are not aware of the cultural considerations and etiquette.


Itinerary Disclaimer

Generally we adhere to the original itinerary that we described but sometimes little alterations can be born due to the situations that are beyond our control. On the other hand, to make our trip for your personal experiences and flexible, we allowed our clients to make minor changes by discussing with us (office staff) and guide (field staff). The trip detail itinerary is a general guide to the tour and region, and any mention of specific destination or activities is by no means of guarantee that they will be encountered or carried due to the local circumstances and climate.


Keeping in touch with folks at home

If your family members or colleagues or friends want to connect with you during the tour, then you can either provide your guide mobile number to reach you during the trip or if you don’t know your guide number at the time, please don’t feel hesitate to provide our company contact numbers listed in the Emergency Contact section and we can find a way to reach you through guide mobile.



To provide you the maximum flexibility of what, where and when to eat, we generally doesn’t include meals in the tour cost except breakfast included at the hotels, but our local guide will suggest you good local restaurant per your requirements. In the cities like Lhasa, Tsedang, Gyantse, Shigatse and Zhangmu you can find good restaurants serve wide range of Tibetan food, continental food, Nepalese food, Indian food and Chinese cuisine, but in Tingri, EBC and remote places, there is a limited choice for noodles and pan cakes. Approximate cost of a meal in Tibet is USD3 – USD10 per person/meal depending on your requirement.


Destination Guide & Recommended Reading List:

Tibet is a unique travel destination with some special considerations. It is highly recommended that you undertake some background reading before travel to Tibet. The more you learn about your destination, the more rewarding your travel experience will be. While we include a recommended reading list, which you can refer to for in-depth information, the following is a recommended reading list that might be helpful for you.

Tibetan History | Tibetan Culture & Arts | Tibetan Religion |


Lhasa and the TAR:

  • Tibet: The Lonely Planet Country Guide
  • Trekking in Tibet: A Traveler's Guide by Gary McCue
  • Tibet Handbook: Moon Travel Guide
  • Fodor's Nepal, Tibet, and Bhutan: Expert Advice and Smart Choices: Where to Stay, Eat, and Explore On and Off the Beaten Path
  • To a Mountain in Tibet by Colin Thubron
  • The Mount Kailash Trek by Constance Roos/Sian Pritchard-Jones
  • Trekking Tibet by Gary McCue/George Schaller
  • The Heart of the World, A Journey to the Tibet's Lost Paradise by Ian Baker
  • My Journey to Lhasa by Alexandra David-Neel 


Kham and Amdo regions:

  • Footprints Tibet Handbook by Gyurme Dorje
  • Lonely Planet China (See Yunnan, Sichuan, Qinghai and Gansu Provinces)
  • Bradt Guide Tibet by Michael Buckley


Domestic Flights and Trains to Tibet

There is only one international flight to Tibet, which is from Kathmandu (Nepal), and then there are lots of flights from different cities in Mainland China like Chengdu, Beijing, Shanghai and so on. Please Check Flight Schedule and Cost Here

There is no international train to Tibet and all the trains are from Mainland China like Chengdu, Beijing, Shanghai, Xining and so on. Please Check Train Schedule and Cost Here


Responsible Tourism Initiative: 

Tourism has the potential to have positive and negative effects on the local environment and peoples. Making a conscious decision about how you travel can make a difference. Whether you are traveling to the Amazon rainforest or to Mt. Everest Base Camp, taking the initiative to reduce negative impacts and help sustain local communities is the responsible thing to do. Read more how we practice Responsible Travel


How & What To Pack

It is important to pack light and effectively, specially when you travelling to a new place, you need to know some necessary items should be carry with, depending on the length of your trip and where you go, you can get away with a minimal amount of clothing. One medium-large backpack or rolling duffle and a day pack should be just right for a 2-4 week trip. We suggest you to check our packing guideline here


Complaint & Feedback

We are always trying to provide the best service that can achieve a memorable Tibet tour for you, but sometimes you might be dissatisfied with some arrangement as different people has various aspirations and requirement, so please let us know instantly and we will try to solve everything right away to avoid repeating mistakes unknowingly. As we are looking for every single opportunity to improve our services, so your valuable suggestions and constructive complaints are very much appreciated. 



“We enjoyed our trip and the experiences were above expectations. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE!!”

 ---From Paola Erba & family (Italy) , traveled on 8th August, 2012.


“Our guide and driver were excellent always glad to help, went out their way to make our experience the best”. 

----From Alberto Zuniga (Costa Rica), traveled on 24th May, 2012.


“Visiting Tibet was a dream comes true for us, and particularly for Colin, who has wanted to visit the Potala Palace since he was a child. We've been to other Buddhist countries and regions -- Sikkim, Nepal, and all over Southeast Asia -- but Tibet seems particularly remote and starkly beautiful. We don't know anyone else who has been to Tibet."

-- From James & Colin (USA). Traveled in Oct 2012. 


“We were extremely pleased with our guide and itinerary, our guide gave us good suggestions for activities when we were on our own, responded well to our requests and was adaptable, and was good company for these few days. he talked with local people and monks to give us more interesting experiences.”
----From Ruth Rosenfeld and her son (USA), traveled in May, 2011.


“Overall very enjoyable experiences, thanks to our knowledgeable and caring guide. We look forward to coming back next time.”

----From QuynhTien Cao & Gia Chan Vuong (Australia), traveled in December, 2011.


“Base camp was very nice. The stay with a Tibetan family very interesting. “

----From Silke Neumann (Germany), traveled on 15th May, 2012.


“Overall had a great trip and were very happy with the driver and the guide. Especially Phurtse was always available to help and was very knowledgeable, especially on the monasteries and temples. Greatly enjoyed the personal touch on my birthday from Phurtse and Explore Tibet. Thank you.”

----From Janie Neumann (Germany), traveled on 15th May, 2012.


“We had a wonderful time travelling in Tibet and i thank you for making our trip so fabulous.”

----From Margaret (Australia), traveled in April, 2012.


“We had a wonderful time traveling in Tibet and i thank you for making our trip so fabulous. You are an amazing and special man Sonam Jamphel.”

 ----From Amon Clerc  (Australia), traveled in April, 2012.

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