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Luxury Travel in Tibet? It’s Possible!

When you think of Tibet, it probably images of rustic snow-covered mountain tops, sweeping rocky plateaus and yaks meandering in the streets. Perhaps you’ve heard about the nomads living in tents, roaming from place to place? Well, you’re not wrong! This is the beauty of Tibet, tucked high up in the Himalayas, with an average altitude of around 4,500 meters above sea level.

Tibet is a tranquil place where time stands still and as a visitor you can enjoy a sneak peek into the remnants of a bygone era. But that doesn’t mean your Tibet tour to the “rooftop of the world” needs to be as arduous and grueling as the landscape itself or as minimalistic as the traditional Tibetan lifestyle. Instead of the basic accommodation, a tour of Tibet can be done in luxury, with the best five-star hotels, top Tibetan restaurants, outstanding services that cater to all your needs, and a very personalized service.

Luxury Tibet Tour with Best Hotels

If luxurious hotels are your accommodation of choice, then Lhasa has a number of five-star hotels that can accommodate all of your needs, from luxurious rooms and suites to classic fine dining and awesome amenities to suit all tastes.

St.Regis Lhasa Resort

The St.Regis Lhasa has stunning views of the majestic Potala Palace (a sight you simply can’t miss) and is a mystical haven with luxurious rooms and its own golden energy pool and Iridium spa. Decorated in traditional Tibetan style, the St.Regis exudes all the modern comforts of a luxury hotel. With three restaurants to choose from, you can dine in the Chinese restaurant Yan Ting, while the chef prepares an exciting array of authentic Cantonese, Sichuan, Hunan and Tan Fu cuisine overlooking the resorts shimmering man-made lake. Or try Social, the resort’s all-day dining restaurant with stunning floor to ceiling windows, showcasing the amazing Lhasa views.

St.Regis Lhasa Resort
From Luxury St.Regis Lhasa Resort, you can have a resplendent distant view of Potala Palace at night

The Si Zi Kang is one of Lhasa’s top restaurants. Dine in a relaxed setting where Tibet’s long and vivid history wraps around you for a rare and relaxed experience through ancient artifacts, paintings, smells, sights and sounds. They also have a deluxe wine bar - Decanter by Haut-Brisson - with outdoor seating in the warmer months or cozy indoor seating for those cooler months. Relax on plush leather sofas and sample exquisitely aged cognacs and fine cigars.

Intercontinental Lhasa Paradise

The Intercontinental Lhasa Paradise is an architectural dream made up of seven pyramid-like structures including a giant glass atrium lobby and over 470 rooms with views of the Lhasa river valley and spectacular mountain landscape. Dine out at Feast, the hotel’s all-day dining restaurant with an array of western and Asian favorites, including a live cooking station. Long Xuan is the resort’s Chinese restaurant, boasting authentic spicy Sichuan flavors, enjoy a cocktail in the Moonlight Lounge, or test the ancient art of tea drinking in the delightful Cha Lounge.

Intercontinental Lhasa Paradise
Intercontinental Lhasa Paradise

Lhasa Manasarovar Hotel

One of the most exquisite five-star hotels in Lhasa, the Lhasa Manasarovar, named for the sacred lake in Ngari Prefecture, has some of the best views of the beautiful Lhasa River, yet is close enough to the station and the center of the city to be able to easily tour around the Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple. With 190 luxury guest rooms, including presidential suites and deluxe Tibetan suites, the hotel also features a fully equipped gym, sauna, and pool, and a five-star restaurant serves a selection of the best Tibetan, Sichuan, and western cuisines.

Lhasa Manasarovar Hotel
Lhasa Manasarovar Hotel

Shangri-La Hotel

The Shangri La oozes elegance and harmony nestled in the shadows of the world famous Potala Palace. Here you can dine in Shang Palace or the all-day dining restaurant, Altitude, which also features live cooking stations with a variety of international cuisines. Lodgers Lounge and Shambala are ideal for a relaxing drink and light meal overlooking the rugged mountains. Shambala serves imported beer, whiskies and cocktails with mouthwatering Yunnan and Tibetan style tapas. All dining areas draw their decor from Tibetan culture and Lhasa’s unique landscape. The Shu Garden serves authentic Sichuan cuisine and delicious hot pot and has ten private dining rooms with stylish and intimate settings.

Shangri La Hotel in Lhasa
Shangri La Hotel in Lhasa

Unique Culture Experiences on Luxury Tibet Tours

Taking a luxury tour of Tibet means that you are able to experience things that a normal or small group tour is unable to accommodate, thanks to the ability to customize your itinerary to suit your own personal desires whilst in Tibet.

Taking cooking classes under the guidance of Tibetan Mama

Tibetan cuisine is wholly unique to the plateau region, and is unlike any other food you have ever tasted. Developed alongside the natural environment of the plateau and the availability of the ingredients, you can spend a day in the hands of one of Lhasa’s top Tibetan family-owned restaurants and learn the unique cooking skills from a traditional Tibetan Mama. The classes include learning how to make the Tibetan staples, such as momos, tsampa, and yak-butter tea, and you will be able to sample your own creations at dinner.

Experiencing Thangka painting in person under local masters

Thangka painting is an art that has developed over thousands of years, and is an important part of Tibetan Buddhism. Listed by UNESCO as part of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Tibet, thangka painting is still done y hand in the traditional way, using ancient paint and color recipes that have been handed down over hundreds of generations of Tibetan Thangka Masters. You will get the chance to learn how to pain thangkas, as well as studying the art forms used and the style of the paintings with one of Tibet’s top Thangka Masters in Lhasa.

Experiencing the traditional art Thangka painting
Experiencing the traditional art Thangka painting under the guidance of Tibet painting masters.

Tasting precious Tibetan food which can be hardly tasted by local ordinary residents

Tibetan cuisine is one of the most underrated cuisines in the world, and many people have never tried the delicious recipes of the Tibetan plateau. Here, you will be able to sample some of the most unique dishes in the world, made from only local ingredients sourced from across Tibet. You can eat lunches in some of the most exciting traditional Tibetan restaurants in Lhasa, and dine in the evening on traditional Tibetan evening meals, such as the Tibetan Hotpot, while enjoying the traditional Tibetan performances and shows.

How about the Services on a Luxury Tibet Tour?

All of our tours include excellent services. On the Luxury tours, however, you will be transported in perfect safety in luxurious high-end vehicles, traveling in perfect comfort and luxury to each and every destination, with a professional driver and your experienced Tibetan guide. Our guides are all multi-lingual, and we can provide guides that can speak English, German, French, Japanese, and Hindi.

Our VIP customer care is second to none, and we can easily cater to all your needs and whims with no problems, and for the times when you are traveling outside the city to the more remote areas, we will provide you with a professional chef to prepare all your meals, even if you are staying in one of our luxury camping tents, complete with mattresses. For those that are trekking, the camp will be set up when you arrive, and the chef will be ready with some of the most delicious dishes you can imagine after your arduous trek.

Our customer care also includes health care, a regular oxygen supply, drinking water for the whole tour, and fresh fruits daily, to name just a few of our luxury services. Raincoats, umbrellas, tea and coffee, additional clean blankets, and comfortable sleeping bags are also provided as part of the service, as well as toilet tents for those camping.

What else can WE do on a Luxury Tibet Tour?

As well as visiting Lhasa, there are plenty of other excursions you can take while on one of our luxury tours of Tibet, from luxury treks and self-drive tours to luxury photography tours to some of the region’s most stunning destinations and a very in-depth tour of the most famous mountains, lakes, and wildlife habitats.

Take exclusively customized trekking tour off the beaten route from Tsurphu to Yangpachen

One of the most scenic treks in Tibet, the route to Yangpachen and the Hot Springs from the Tsurphu Monastery in the northern area of Lhasa is the ideal way to experience luxury trekking in Tibet. The route takes you across the rolling grasslands and stunning alpine tundra, with sweeping mountain panoramas and the spectacular Tibetan mountain monasteries.

Tsurphu to Yangpachen trekking
Off the beaten trekking route from Tsurphu to Yangpachen provides you with expansive view of alpine tundra and sweeping mountains.

The trek is a unique balance of Tibetan nomadic culture and the beauty of the grassland wildlife, as well as seeing the herds of yaks and flocks of sheep that can be found grazing on the Tibetan prairie. Lose yourself in the heavenly grasslands and tundra along with the stunning wildlife of the Tibetan plateau.

In-depth mountain,lake and wildlife tour

For those that are interested in the unique wildlife and natural landscapes of the Tibetan plateau, we offer a luxury tour of Tibet’s famous Mountains, Lakes, and wildlife Preserves that will literally blow your mind. Take a tour in a luxury SUV across the plateau to visit Mount Everest, Mount Kailash, Lake Manasarovar, the ancient ruins of the Guge Kingdom, and the scattered lakes and rivers of the plateau, as well as the stunning wildlife of the prairies and grasslands of northwestern Tibet. Heading to some of the most off-the-beaten-track destinations, you can also take a large loop tour from Lhasa, heading through Shigatse, Ngari, and Nagqu, and into places most people never even see.

Self-drive tours to Tibet

Self-driving in Tibet and China is a unique experience that can only be done on a luxury tour, and this VIP experience is one of the most spectacular for driving enthusiasts. We can make the arrangements for the luxury vehicles, trucks, or motorcycles to allow you to make the drive across Tibet yourself, and can even arrange for the driving permits required for driving on a self-drive tour, using your own international driving license. We can even help with bringing your own vehicles to China and all the immigration processes, making this one of the most spectacular adventures in the world. Your tour can begin in either China, usually Sichuan Province, or Nepal, and you can enter Tibet under your own steam.

Making your car speed on Tibet Plateau must be a lifetime experience.
Making your car speed on Tibet Plateau must be a lifetime experience.

Luxury photography tour

Tibet is renowned for its stunning landscapes and beautiful scenery, and there is no better place in the world for this luxury photography tour. Focusing on the main highlights of the Tibetan plateau, the stunning Tibetan attractions, humanities, and arts, you can experience the sunrise over the Potala Palace, or the sunset over Lake Namtso. Take photos of Mount Everest in all its many phases, experience the unique Saga Dawa Festival at Sacred Mount Kailash, or take in the fierce and extravagant monastic debates at Drepung and Sera monasteries. Get your lenses ready for some of the world’s most spectacular and unique sights.

Our guests are taking pictures of the beautiful grassland scenery with professional cameras
Our guests are taking pictures of the beautiful grassland scenery with professional cameras.

Conclusion

Taking a luxury tour of Tibet is the experience of a lifetime, and there is no better way to experience the breathtaking beauty and unique culture of the Tibetan plateau than by luxury vehicle, staying in five-star hotels, and camping out like the adventurers of old, with mattresses to sleep on and cooks to prepare your meals. Experience this luxurious decadence only with us in Tibet.

Luxury trips to TibetOur clients are enjoy Tibetan hotpot in their luxury tour.

St Regis Lhasa ResortThe luxury bathroom in St Regis Lhasa Resort

Intercontinental Lhasa ParadiseAll-day Dining Restaurant in Intercontinental Lhasa Paradise

Lhasa Shangri-La HotelLhasa Shangri-La Hotel

Master Catherine Jigme

About the Author - Master Catherine Jigme

With exceptional passion and outstanding leadership, Mrs. Catherine has dedicated herself to Tibet inbound tourism and China tour for 15 years. As one of the handful females who see great potential of Chinese inbound tourism, Catherine has made great contribution to promoting Tibet tourism and enhancing the employment of Tibetans and prosperity of local Tibetan community.

Over the years, she travelled overseas with Tibet Tourism Bureau many times to promote Tibet tourism. Currently, Catherine works as the marketing director of Tibet Vista, an opinion leader behind the whole team of Tibet Vista.

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