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Lhasa City Essential Group Tour

4 Days
From USD490
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Tour Type:
Group Tour
Group Size:
Max 12
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The 4-day Lhasa highlights tour is a short Tibet tour, which is suitable for those who have limited time but still want to have a high-quality travel experience. Despite being a very popular destination for travelers, you will have the local Tibetan English-speaking guide to take you through the best parts of the holy city Lhasa and get the most out of every minute to appreciate its prominent historical architecture of Potala Palace, the mystical Jokhang temple, sprawling Drepung monastery and Dalai Lama's royal garden Norbulingka. In addition, you can gain an in-depth understanding of the history of Lhasa, experience the life of the local Tibetan people, and wander leisurely in the old quarter of Lhasa city.

DayRouteAttractions & Activities AccommodationMeals
1 Arrival in Lhasa (3650m) Pick up and transfer to the hotel Lhasa, 3★/4★
2 Lhasa Sightseeing Drepung Monastery, Tibet Museum, Norbulingka Lhasa, 3★/4★ B
3 Lhasa Sightseeing Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street Lhasa, 3★/4★ B
4 Lhasa Departure Send off to the airport/train station B

Daily Itinerary


When you arrive in Lhasa, our staff will pick you up at Lhasa Airport/ Railway Station and transfer you to the hotel. From the airport, it takes about 1 hour. From the train station, it only takes 20 minutes. Afterward, it's better to relax and take it easy on the first day to get acclimatized to high altitude and alleviate the jet lag. You might go to the local market and wander around the city on your own but try not to overtax yourself.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

After breakfast in the hotel, the tour guide will take you to Drepung Monastery, the biggest Tibetan monastery that housed more than 10,000 monks in the past. Drepung means Rice Heap in the Tibetan language. The entire monastery is large in scale and the white buildings cluster and cover the hillsides. It's the highest-ranking monastery in the Gelug Sect.

In the afternoon you will first visit the Tibet Museum. Here you can see life scenes, exquisite clothing, house architecture, and festival customs, etc. to explore the special and mysterious Tibetan customs. Then you will visit Norbulingka, which is a typical Tibetan-style royal garden, the summer resort of the Dalai Lama.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

  • Meals:
  • Breakfast

On your third day, you will be feeling much more acclimatized to Lhasa’s high elevation. It is an excellent idea to spend the day exploring the Potala Palace, which is the winter palace of the Dalai Lama. 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. It's best to explore the inside of the Potala in the morning for 2-3 hours. Afterward, you may walk the pilgrimage route around the Potala Palace.

In the afternoon, you will head to the Jokhang Temple, which is well known as the center of Tibetan Buddhism and features Buddhist prayer wheels, reclining deer, and golden sutra streamers, etc. Also, you can see many pilgrims praying in front of the temple and doing kora.

After visiting the Jokhang Temple, you will stroll in the old alleys of Barkhor Street, where you can drink sweet tea, chat with locals and even bargain with the street vendors to understand the real-life in Lhasa.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

  • Meals:
  • Breakfast
Your tour ends today. After breakfast, you will be free in the morning. Our staff will transfer you to Lhasa Airport/Railway Station.
  • Meals:
  • Breakfast

Cost & Calendar

All prices are in US Dollar / Person

Economic Class (3-Star Hotels)

2024-06-01 ~ 2024-06-30 2024-07-01 ~ 2024-10-10 2024-10-11 ~ 2024-10-31 2024-11-01 ~ 2024-12-31
USD570 USD590 USD520 USD490

Comfortable Class (4-Star Hotels)

2024-06-01 ~ 2024-06-30 2024-07-01 ~ 2024-10-10 2024-10-11 ~ 2024-10-31 2024-11-01 ~ 2024-12-31
USD610 USD640 USD560 USD530


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No desired date of departure? Please send us an inquiry and we will try to arrange your tour according to your plan.

Discount Policy

You may only enjoy one of the advantageous policy, not both.

Option A:3 or More to Join the Same Group$15 Off / person
Option B:Tour in Apr~Oct
  • To book 6-month prior tour starts 5% Off / person
  • To book 3-month prior tour starts 3% Off / person

Our Service


* Lodgings: 3 Nights, twin room en suite in 3★/4★;
* Meal: 3 Breakfasts;
* Travel-licensed vehicle according to group size & season as itinerary needed including gas and parking fee;
* Lhasa Railway Station transfer at all times on first & last day;
* Pick-up from Lhasa Gonggar Airport to your hotel at 9:30 am, 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm on the first day;
* Drop-off from your hotel to Lhasa Gonggar Airport at 8:30 am, 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm on the last day;
* Guide: experienced local English-speaking tour guide;
* Attractions: all entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary;
* Permit: Tibet Tourism Bureau Permit;
* Travel Agency Liability insurance;
* Government Tax;
* Express delivery fee of Permit (eg. SF. Express);
* Food & lodgings for guide & driver;
* Oxygen tank for emergency use;
* Two bottles of mineral water per person per day;


* International flight to and out of China;
* Domestic flight/train to and out of Lhasa; (We can help you book the domestic flight/train ticket at the BEST price. Please contact us for details.);
* If you miss the free transfer schedule due to flight delay or cancelation, then you are required to pay a private transfer from USD 80/vehicle/time;
* Lunch & Dinner are not included but we will recommend some good ones for you according to your requirements. Usually, it takes 3-10 USD per person for each meal;
* While the gratuity for guide and driver is NOT mandatory, it is expected. Based on their service, you can tip them on the last day of the tour. You are suggested to tip each of them 5-10 USD/day in total;
* All the commission and tax charged by PayPal, Bank, and government when making payment. (e.g. PayPal --- 4.4%. Wire transfer --- 2%);
* Personal expenses;
* Anything not mentioned in the Inclusions;


* Tibet Tourism Bureau Permit (TTB) usually takes about 12-working-day to apply. If you couldn’t provide the required docs & info on time, an extra handling fee will be charged. Please consult your travel consultant for details;
* We reserve the right to change the itinerary order and attractions in Lhasa;
* If you prefer to book your own hotels over those included in our group tour, please meet the rest of the group at their daily hotel on time. We don’t include the transfers to your own hotels;
* We need to pick up and drop off all  members of the group on the first & last day from Lhasa Airport/Railway, thus there may not always have a guide presence but a driver;
* Due to the special nature of Tibet travel, any unforeseeable and unavoidable objective circumstances, including but not limited to natural disasters, war, terrorism, riot, civil commotion, strikes, public health emergencies, government action, major traffic jams, delay or cancellation of flight/train, attractions temporarily closed. etc., resulting in a change of itinerary, the increased cost will be paid by travelers; if any attraction visits have to be canceled due to the same reasons above, GTT won't be held responsible for the refund except for certain attraction entrance fees which will be solely decided by GTT;
* Single Supplement: our quote is based on twin rooms. For single travelers, a single supplement is required at the time of booking. If later we manage to match you with another traveler to share the twin room, the single supplement will be refunded;
* All members of the same group must be with the same tour guide during the whole trip. So all members must follow the same itinerary and visit the same attractions. If anyone requests to change the scheduled arrangement for own reasons, you need to get permission from other members and accept the possible payment change if any;

Typically Asked Questions from Our Clients

Asked by SHIN***

Hi, I'm planning to travel China from June 15 to 23.

I would like to visit Lhasa from June 17 to 21. 4 days Lhasa trip seems good to me.
For the moment I only have a flight ticket from Tokyo to Chengdu on June 15th. I haven't bought a ticket to Lhasa yet.

If I book your 4 days tour, will you arrange the tibet permit ?

Answered by Merry

Dear Maki****, 

For 4 days Lhasa City Essential Group Tour, we have one departing on 20 June. Are you joining in? Or you may join 4 days group tour on June 16 with an extra cost of a private send-off as other tourists have a longer trip.

We can help you apply for your Tibet permit if you book the tour with us. It usually takes 12 working days. 

Asked by Benj***


I would love to get to Tibet. I will be in Kathmandu from 9th - 18th of August. And I would love to book a tibet tour. (4-6 days)

2 questions for Visa conditions do you need my physical passport 3 days in advance once I arrive in kathmandu?
I would take Comfortable Class

2nd question
Could you also support me with booking flights from Kathmandu to Lhasa and back, or a bus or train if possible.

Answered by Emily

Dear Benj****,

We can arrange a Lhasa City Essential Group Tour in August for you. If you want a longer trip, please let me know. I will answer your questions one by one.

1. Yes, it usually takes 3 working days to obtain the China Group Visa. Please note that entering Tibet directly from Kathmandu needs to apply for a China Group Visa, which requires 4 applicants to present at the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu to collect fingerprints together. 

As a solo traveler, I suggest you enter Tibet from Kathmandu via Chinese cities, such as Chengdu/Kunming. It needs a China visa which can be obtained in advance.

2. Yes, we can help you book the flights or other transportation. The flight from Lhasa to Kathmandu is out of the China Group Visa's restriction, and it departs on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

Asked by Pari***

We are planning to fly out from Bangkok, Thailand and Chen Du and maybe take a train to Lhasa. Can you help with the transfer train? Or would you suggest flying?

Answered by Emily

Dear Pari****,

We can arrange a Lhasa City Essential Group Tour for you. 

Both trains and planes are good options for traveling to Tibet. Taking a train can help you acclimatize to the high altitude and allow you to enjoy the scenery along the way, but it takes about 34 hours. Flying, on the other hand, only takes about 2 hours, but it is relatively more expensive. We can help you book the train tickets if you book with us. Please note that the Chengdu-Lhasa train only departs on even days. 

Asked by Giul***

I woukd like to haver more info please on How to book the tour whats inlcuded. About the Tibet permit and how mamy people Will be in the group and Also what are the prices/options if we want to have a private tour Just for the Two of US. Thank you

Answered by Beatrice

Dear Giuli****,

We can arrange your Lhasa City Essential group or private tour departing on 20 Sep. For a group tour, there are usually 3 to 5 people in a group. And we will obtain the Tibet travel permit for you if you book with us. 

Asked by Appl***

4-5 days start from 2 May, 1 person, prefer to stay with Tibetan family hose or guesthouse, and travel by bicycle is also ok.

Answered by Merry

Dear Apple, 

Up to now, we don't have any 4 Days Lhasa City Essential Group Tour departing on 2 May. As the tour date is close, we can't open a group tour for you, but we can arrange a private tour for you departing on 2 May. Or you can join 9 days group tour departing on 3 May and we can send you off on 5 May.

For group tours, we arranged the hotel uniformly. If you prefer a guesthouse, there's an extra cost of pick-up and send-off. In addition, most guesthouses in Lhasa can't receive foreign tourists. Foreign tourists are not allowed to stay overnight in a Tibetan family.

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