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4 Days Lhasa Impression Small Group Tour: Explore the Heart of Tibet and Mingle with the Locals

Tour Route: Lhasa

Potala Palace Jokhang Temple Local Tibetan in Lhasa Monk Debates in Sera Monastery Tibetan Lama in the Monastery Group Photo in Jokhang Temple Pilgrim in front of Jokhang Temple Drepung Monastery Longwangtan Park
Potala Palace Jokhang Temple Local Tibetan in Lhasa Monk Debates in Sera Monastery Tibetan Lama in the Monastery Group Photo in Jokhang Temple Pilgrim in front of Jokhang Temple Drepung Monastery Longwangtan Park

Tour Code: SG005C

Tour Type: Join-in Small Group Tour (Min 1 to Around 12) i

Tour Service: Tibetan Local Tour Guide & Driver

  Time to Vist: Available All Year Around i

Trip Level: Easy Trip for All Ages i

What Makes Our Lhasa Trip Different?
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Overview & Highlights of this Trip

Tashi Delek! The 4-day Lhasa tour is well-crafted to soothe your nerves and will give you the quintessential experience of Tibet travel. Mingle with locals and savior the local delicacy in the tea house; soak up the vibes of air of holiness during Barkhor Kora; visit the most iconic Buddhist sites like Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple; witness the lively monk debate in Sera Monastery and go for a leisurely hike in Drepung Monastery, etc. It’s a fantasy to the real explorer.

As the most celebrated local Tibet travel agency in Lhasa, we offer you the widest range of choices for hotels to suit all pockets and tastes. You have greater flexibility for upgrading your service. Our multi-lingual and dedicated Tibetan guides will keep you entertained in high spirits and show you the door to the heart of Tibetan Buddhism. Since we are the only Tibet travel agency with offices in Lhasa, Kathmandu, and Chengdu, we can easily help you get a Tibet Permit (for free) for Tibet entry from all directions and offer viable plans for the extended tours to Nepal and other parts of inland Chinese cities.

Those fleeting moments and great memories you had in Lhasa will pave the way for your next adventure in Tibet.

  • Jokhang Temple Pilgrimages

    Highlight 1 of this Trip: Experience the power of belief by visiting the Jokhang Temple.

  • the Potala Palace in Lhasa

    Highlight 2 of this Trip: Admire the Potala Palace, the UNESCO World Heritage Site and the landmark of Lhasa.

  • Barkhor Street Kora

    Highlight 3 of this Trip: Follow the ancient Barkhor Kora route around the Jokhang Temple.

  • Visit Tibetan Monastery with Tibetan Guide

    Highlight 4 of this Trip: Explore the lives of Tibetan monks and their practices by visiting monasteries with our Tibetan guide.

  • Drepung Monastery

    Highlight 5 of this Trip: Visit Drepung Monastery to explore the largest Monastery in Tibet.

  • Lhasa Cultural and Religious Treastures

    Highlight 6 of this Trip: Appreciate the cultural and religious treasures by visiting the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Lhasa.

  • Monks Debate in Sera Monastery

    Highlight 7 of this Trip: Witness Monks debate in Sera Monastery.

  • Lhasa Teahous

    Highlight 8 of this Trip: Experience the daily life of local Tibetans in the traditional Tibetan Teahouse.

Itinerary Details

Trip at a Glance

Day 1: Lhasa Arrival

Day 2: Lhasa Day Tour

Day 3: Lhasa Day Tour

Day 4: Lhasa Departure

Day 1: Arrival in Lhasa

Welcome to Lhasa !

When you arrive in Lhasa, whether by train or flight, our friendly Tibetan guide will greet you with a Hada (the traditional Tibetan ceremonial scarf) and warm blessings.

Then, the guide and the driver will take you to your hotel in downtown Lhasa. You may view the Yarlung Tsangpo River/Brahmaputra River (the Longest and largest river in Tibet) and Lhasa River.

After settling into your hotel, take some time to rest and adjust to the high altitude.

In the afternoon or evening, your guide will meet you with traditional Tibetan gifts, provide travel instructions, and introduce your group members.

If you need any help or specific needs, feel free to visit our service center at Lhasa Gang-Gyan Hotel.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Overnight in Lhasa
  • Tibetan tour guide greets you at Lhasa Airport.

    Tibetan tour guide greets you at Lhasa Airport.

  • Lhasa River

    Lhasa River

Day 2: Lhasa Tour - Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery (B, D)

Today is Tibetan Monastery Day! You’ll have a full day to explore the largest monastery in Tibet, delve into the knowledge of Tibetan Buddhism, and immerse yourself in the daily life of Tibetan monks.

In the morning, you’ll explore the largest monastery in Tibet - Drepung Monastery, which was once the home to over 10,000 monks. As you walk through the Coqen Hall, your guide will provide detailed explanations of the worldview of Tibetan Buddhism and introduce notable figures in Tibetan Buddhist history.

Next, you’ll visit the renowned Loseling College (or an equivalent), offering a glimpse into the study and life of Tibetan monks. Explore their dormitories to gain insights into the Tibetan monks' daily routines and living conditions.

In the afternoon, you’ll head to Sera Monastery, another of the ‘great three’ Gelug monasteries of Tibet, to witness the famous Tibetan Monks Debate (15:00 - 17:00, from Monday to Saturday). Your guide will intricately explain how Tibetan monks engage in these debates to acquire knowledge and advance in their academic degrees.

After today’s tour, enjoy a welcome dinner with your group members.

Overnight in Lhasa
Breakfast | Welcome Dinner
  • Visit Potala Palace on a sunny morning

    Visit Potala Palace on a sunny morning

  • Sincere pilgrims prostrating in front of Jokhang Temple

    Sincere pilgrims prostrating in front of Jokhang Temple

Day 3: Lhasa Tour - Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street (B)

Today’s Highlight is a visit to UNESCO World Heritage Sites Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple, providing a glimpse into the daily beliefs and lives of the people of Lhasa.

After breakfast, your first stop is the Potala Palace, where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the Lhasa Old Town. Discover the lives and stories of the Dalai Lamas through history within the palace, and the extraordinary treasures it holds. The most valuable collections of Potala Palace are the gilded burial stupas of former Dalai Lamas and the meditation cave of the 33rd great king of Tibet.

After touring the Potala Palace, you will visit Longwangtan Park at the foot of the Potala Palace. Here, you can appreciate the majestic Potala Palace from a different perspective and engage in local Tibetan folk activities.

In the afternoon, you will head to the heart of Tibetan religion - the Jokhang Temple. Inside you can see the statue of Buddha Sakyamuni at the age of twelve. Outside, you can see pilgrims making prostrating in front of Jokhang Temple. Around the temple is Barkhor Street, where you can do kora (a religious circle of a building or mountain) with pilgrims and locals, and explore the old market.

Next, follow your guide to one of the liveliest indoor Tibetan tea houses in Lhasa. Sip traditional Tibetan sweet tea alongside local Tibetans as your guide shares insights into Tibetan social dynamics and daily life.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Overnight in Lhasa
  • Potala Palace is always the No.1 attraction for travelers visiting Tibet.

    Potala Palace is always the No.1 attraction for travelers visiting Tibet.

  • A Tibetan pilgrim is worshipping  Jokhang Temple

    A Tibetan pilgrim is worshipping Jokhang Temple

Day 4: Depart from Lhasa (B)

Today marks the end of your Tibet tour.

Please make sure to verify your departure flight/train details with our guide in advance. And your guide will take you to the airport or train station.

Thank you for choosing Tibet Vista, and we extend a warm welcome for your return to Tibet in the future.

  • Bid farewell to Lhasa, and may you have a safe and pleasant journey back home!

    Bid farewell to Lhasa, and may you have a safe and pleasant journey back home!

  • Your guide will escort you to Lhasa Railway Station if you depart Tibet by train.

    Your guide will escort you to Lhasa Railway Station if you depart Tibet by train.

Tour Cost & Schedule in 2024

Class/Price for P.PNov.1 to
Next Feb.28
Mar.1 to
May 31
Jun.1 to
Jul.10 to
Aug.21 to
Sept.20 to
Oct.11 to
Economic Class 509 US$ 549 US$ 599 US$ 639 US$ 599 US$ 639 US$ 549 US$
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Please Note:

If you couldn’t find a tour date suitable for your travel schedule in the above form, please contact our travel experts and they will help you plan a delightful vacation to Tibet at the BEST local price.


1.) 5% off for those booking the tour together with other two travelers (3 or 3 above in total) at the same time;

2.) 5% off for those booking the tour 3 months in advance.

3.) Please kindly be aware that the two discounts mentioned above cannot be enjoyed simultaneously.


From Tibet travel permits to local accommodations and transportation, we've got you covered. While train and flight tickets to Tibet are not included, we ensure seamless and 100% guaranteed booking for your convenience.

Your Tibet tour experience starts with us!

Price Inclusions:

Tibet Travel Permit and all required local travel documents for this tour (excluding expedited processing fees);

Local tour transfers, 5-29 seats comfortable tourist vehicle according to the group size;

All entrance ticket fees for all tourist sites listed in the itinerary;

All meals listed in the itinerary;

Knowledgeable English-speaking Tibetan local tour guide shared in your group (For prices of tour guides in other languages, please inquire);

All hotels listed in the itinerary or equivalent three-star hotels. Upgrades are available for an additional fee. (Single room supplement required when not sharing the room);

Free shuttle between Lhasa Railway Station/Lhasa Gonggar Airport and the downtown hotel;

Service Charge & Government Taxes;

Arrangements including planning, handling, operational, and communication charges;

Tourist accident/casualty insurance;

Additional services include fine Tibetan souvenirs, a tourist map, portable oxygen, medical oxygen in the vehicle, bottled mineral water, and more.

Price Exclusion:

China Visa (If you need visa assistance services, especially for Chinese Group Visa from Nepal to Tibet, feel free to contact us for more details.);

International flight to and out of China;

Domestic flight/train to and out of Lhasa (If you need us to book the domestic flight/train tickets, please contact us for the details.);

Single Room Supplement: Hotels default to double occupancy with twin-bedded rooms. If you prefer a single room or room sharing isn't possible, a single room supplement is necessary. Please consult the travel consultant for specific pricing details.

Meals not listed in the itinerary;

Tips for the guide and driver. If you are satisfied with their service, it is suggested to tip $7 (50 RMB) per day per person to be shared between the driver and the guide;

Other expenses caused by force majeure events (such as natural disasters, traffic control, loss of valuables, visa delays, flight delays or cancellations, etc.);

Personal expenses, like laundry, phone calls, snacks, soft drinks (please do your best to avoid alcoholic beverages during your Tibet trip), optional tour activities, etc.

Lhasa City Trip Notes

1. How far in advance should I book the Lhasa City small group tour?

To ensure a smooth journey, it is recommended to book the tour at least 15-20 days before departure.

Of course, booking 1 or 2 months or even earlier will help us apply for necessary travel documents on your behalf and make advance reservations for accommodations.

Additionally, early booking provides the opportunity to enjoy early bird discounts.

The earlier you book, the better prepared you'll be, and you won't be troubled in a rush.

2. What are the necessary travel documents for a Lhasa City small group tour?

To visit Lhasa, you need to have both Chinese Visa and Tibet Travel Permit in advance.

We’ll take care of the Tibet Travel Permit as part of our tour package. Simply follow our guidance, and there’s no need to worry about the process.

3. How to apply for the Tibet Travel Permit and how long can I get my Tibet Permit?

Once you book your Lhasa to Kathmandu tour with us, simply provide scanned copies of your Chinese Visa and a valid passport (with at least 6 months of validity).

If you traveling with a work visa, you will need proof of employment in China, and a study visa requires proof of your study in China.

Generally, it takes 7-14 working days to process the Tibet Travel Permit. Once the permit is successfully issued, we will mail it to your address in China 3-5 days before your Tibet trip, ensuring you can smoothly board the train or flight to Tibet.

4. What is the altitude of Lhasa? Will I get altitude sickness on this tour?

The altitude of Lhasa is 3650 meters above sea level. If you are visiting Lhasa for the first time, there is a potential risk of experiencing altitude sickness.

But don’t worry. Following our itinerary, the sightseeing visits start on the second day, allowing you enough time to acclimate to the high altitude upon your arrival.

It's advisable to avoid strenuous exercise upon your arrival in Lhasa. Instead, take the opportunity to rest in the hotel on the first day.

Remember to stay hydrated by drinking more water and minimizing alcohol and smoking.

5. When is the best time to visit Lhasa?

Lhasa is a top destination for year-round travel in Tibet. Even in winter, the daytime temperature hovers around 10°C, not as cold as many people might think.

The best months to visit Lhasa are from April to October when you can enjoy the most pleasant weather and temperatures.

Summer, particularly from July to August, marks the peak season for Tibet tourism. During this time, both domestic and overseas tourists flock to most attractions in Lhasa. Barkhor Street may be filled with tourists, creating a lively and dynamic atmosphere.

August, in particular, coincides with the Shoton Festival, offering a unique opportunity to experience Tibetan festival culture. If you plan to visit Lhasa during the Shoton Festival (August 4, 2024), make the reservation as early as possible

On the other hand, winter is the best time to experience the tranquility of Lhasa at the best price. With fewer crowds, you can explore sites, monasteries, and ancient streets at your own pace. Many hotels and flights to Lhasa also offer significant discounts in winter. Moreover, from November to February, most attractions in Lhasa have ticket-free policies.

6. What to wear for a Lhasa City small group tour?

No matter when you visit Lhasa and nearby Drak Yerpa, you need to prepare warm clothing for the cold night at the Tibetan Plateau. To ensure comfort, opt for warm, windproof outerwear, and consider layering to adapt to temperature fluctuations. In summer, lightweight clothing is suitable, while during spring and autumn, it's advisable to wear at least three layers (undershirt, sweater, outerwear). In winter, prioritize warmer clothing with wind protection. Additionally, due to strong ultraviolet rays, don't forget to wear sunglasses and a hat.

7. What to pack for a Lhasa City small group tour?

Besides the clothes to take, here are some more things to prepare for your trip to Drak Yerpa.

Personal Care: Pack your essentials such as a toothbrush, toothpaste, facial cleanser, towels, and other personal toiletries. Since there are no shower facilities at Everest Base Camp, consider bringing wet wipes for convenience.

Skincare: Due to the dry climate in Tibet, pack lip balm, moisturizing cream, and hydrating masks to prevent skin dryness and cracking.

Sun Protection: Don’t forget to bring sunscreen and sunglasses for effective sun protection against the strong UV rays in Tibet.

Additional Necessities: Considering the long distances between attractions in Tibet, bring a U-shaped pillow for a comfortable journey. Also, having a thermal flask ensures you have hot water whenever needed.

Common Medications: Take essential medications like motion sickness pills, gastrointestinal medicine, anti-inflammatory drugs, cold medicine, and other medications for emergencies. Include adhesive bandages and eye drops. (Consult your doctor and carefully follow medical advice when taking medication.)

Electronic Devices: Bring your phone, camera, power bank, and any other necessary electronic devices. If you plan to bring a drone, check with our travel consultant in advance. Tibet operates on a 220V voltage.

Cash and Cards: Alipay and WeChat Pay are widely accepted in Lhasa. Credit cards can be used in some large hotels, restaurants, and shopping malls in Lhasa. However, in some small restaurants and shops, cash may still be necessary. It's advisable to carry a small amount of Chinese yuan and at least one bank card with you.

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Potala Palace Jokhang Temple Local Tibetan in Lhasa Monk Debates in Sera Monastery Tibetan Lama in the Monastery Group Photo in Jokhang Temple Pilgrim in front of Jokhang Temple Drepung Monastery Longwangtan Park
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