The Ancient City of Lhasa
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A short journey to the ancient Tibetan capital of Lhasa
This is the ideal short trip to explore the ancient city of Lhasa to appreciate its rich cultural history. We include visits to the Jokhang, the Norbulingka (the Summer Palace of the Dalai Lama), and the famous Potala Palace with side trips to the nearby monasteries of Drepung, Sera or Tsurpu.
- Explore the Potala Palace
- Visits to the Jokhang and Norbulingka
- Visit Sera and Drepung Monateries
- Visit Tsedang in the Yarlung Valley, and Samye Monastery
Day 1 Fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa
This morning we take the one hour flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa. On arrival at Lhasa Airport you will be transferred to the city – a drive that takes around two hours. The afternoon is set aside to rest and acclimitise.
Days 2-4 In Lhasa
Three days are scheduled in Lhasa to appreciate its rich cultural history. We include visits to the Jokhang, the Norbulingka (the Summer Palace of the Dalai Lama), and the famous Potala Palace. We also include visits to the nearby monasteries of Drepung and Sera.
Day 5 To Tsedang
Located 170km Southeast of Lhasa in the picturesque Yarlung Valley, the Tsedang region is home to many historical sites. We will visit Thadruk Droma Monastery which houses a famous pearl Thangka. We will overnight at a local hotel.
Day 6 Visit to Samye Monastery
Samye Monastery was the first Buddhist monastery built in Tibet. It is nestled in a spectacular valley and a visit to Tibet would not be complete without a visit to this significant site. The first Tibetan monks were ordained at Samye, and are known as the ‘Seven Examined Men’. Our visit to Samye is a highlight of our entire journey. Overnight at local hotel.
Day 7 In Lhasa
Day at leisure in Lhasa
Day 8 Return flight to Kathmandu where trip concludes
This morning we make the drive back to Lhasa Airport for our return flight to Kathmandu. On arrival in Kathmandu our trip concludes.
- 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners
- Flight Kathmandu to Lhasa and return
- Airport & transfers day 1 and day 8
- English-speaking local guides throughout
- Basic hotel accommodation in Lhasa
- All scheduled sightseeing and entrance fees
- Emergency medical kit
- Pre-departure Information Guide, with all you need to know for your trip
- 8 day trip
- 7 nights hotels
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Good quality walking shoes and a day pack are required on this trip. A comprehensive pre-departure list will be provided on booking.
What You Carry
In your daypack you will need to carry extra warm clothing (depending on the altitude, location and weather), a rainjacket, water bottle, camera gear, valuables and personal items such as sunscreen, lip-eze etc.