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5 Days Lhasa and Tolung River Rafting Tour

5 Days Lhasa and Tolung River Rafting Tour

(TRT003) Lhasa


The Tolung Chu, only one hour from Lhasa, is a fun place for whitewater rafting in Lhasa. For those only have a short time in Lhasa, rafting along this river is strongly recommended for it can be added into any itinerary including Lhasa.

Insider Tips: Due to the latest regulation, whitewater rafting tours are now not available for international tourists, for safety concerns. (updated, Aug, 28, 2017);

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at Lhasa & Acclimation

Upon your arrival at Lhasa airport or train station, you will be greeted by your Tibetan guide and escorted to your hotel in Lhasa. From airport to Lhasa city, it only takes half an hour of driving along the Lhasa-airport highway. Driving along the Brahmaputra river, you will not only amazed by the spectacular plateau scenery, but also have a chance to see a great variety of wild birds. If you take the train to Lhasa, normally you will arrive in the late afternoon or evening, 20 minutes drive will take you to your hotel in Lhasa city. Check into hotel, have a good rest to acclimatize the high altitude.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day 2: Lhasa Sightseeing - Potola Palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor

In the morning, go to visit the famous Potala palace and explore the grandest of this myriad chapels, you will experience its audience halls, the jeweled and Golden burial chortens (stupa Tombs) of past Dalai Lamas, and tremendous number of Buddhist frescoes, thangkas, combinations of mandala, etc. In the afternoon, pay a visit to the holist temple in Tibet, the Johkang Temple, built during Songtsen Gonpo's reign by princess Wencheng of Tang Dynasty, 647 A.D, and its famous Barkor Kora.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Day 3: Lhasa Sightseeing - Drepung Monastery/Sera Monastery

Today, you will visit two important monasteries in Lhasa, the Drepung and the Sera. Drepung monastery is situated at the foothill of a mountain and was founded by Jamyang Choeje in 1416. It was once home of 10000 monks and Ganden podrang in Drepung is famous for it was the government centre during the fifth dalai lama and later moved to the famous potala palace during the fifth dalai lama. After having lunch, continue to visit the Sera Monastery, which was founded in 1419 by Tsongkapa's disciple Jamchen Choeje. The most attractive is its Buddhist Scriptures debating held in the courtyard mostly around 6:00 - 7:30 in the afternoon.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day 4: Tulong River Rafting

Depart from Lhasa at around 9:00am and drive one hour to Tulong River for a whole day rafting. Tolung Chu is only 1 hour from Lhasa. It is a fun and perfect introduction to whitewater rafting in Tibet. The lower section is class 2/3 continuous and scenic. It is in the same valley as the Qinghai - Tibet highway and the train but the river is mostly out of site from the road. The upper section is full on class 4+ (5) in high water and fun class 4 boulder dodging in medium/low water. The normal put-in is just below the gnarly class V corner about 5km before Yangpachen. Most of this run is road side so you can scout on the drive up. In late afternoon, drive back to Lhasa. Overnight in Lhasa.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day 5: Departure from Lhasa

You will be driven to Gonggar Airport for your flight to next destination.

Service Guide

Service Included:

  • Tibet travel permit and all other necessary permits to Tibet;
  • All entrance ticket fees for all tourist sites listed in the itinerary;
  • Personal knowledgeable English-speaking Tibetan local tour guide;
  • Personal comfortable, clean and safe vehicle with reliable Tibetan local driver; vehicle ranging from 4WD land cruiser to minibus depending on your group size;
  • All lodging listed in the itinerary; it’s your decision about the accommodation class: luxury 5-star international hotel, comfortable 4-star hotel, economic 3-star hotel or budget hostel, guesthouse or tent. Please tell us your accommodation preference when submitting the enquiry; we will arrange the best-value hotels for you.
  • Domestic flight/train tickets listed in the itinerary;
  • All meals listed in the above itinerary;
  • Tourist accident/casualty insurance;
  • First aid kit;

Service Excluded:

  • International flight to and out of China;
  • Chinese visa (Note: we could help you with the Chinese visa application, like providing the invitation letter, presenting the hotel or domestic flight reservation copies, etc that you may need. )
  • Domestic flight/train not listed in the itinerary. (We can provide you the domestic flight/train ticket booking service at the BEST discount price; please contact us our travel experts for the details.)
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary; usually it costs about USD3-15 per person for one meal in TAR (Tibet Autonomous Region).
  • Tips and gratitude to tour guide and driver;
  • Personal expenses, like laundry, phone call, snacks, soft drinks (please do the best to avoid the alcoholic beverages during your Tibet trip), optional tour activities, etc.

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