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Lhasa & Yamdrotso Lake Tour

5 Days
From USD630
Lhasa - Yamdrotso - Lhasa
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Group Size:
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This trip is a perfect choice for first-time visitors who would like to not only experience the most important Tibetan cultural attractions but also enjoy the treasures of plateau scenery. First, you will pay a visit to Lhasa city, home of famous monasteries and devout Tibetans, and explore the top tourist spots such as Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Bakhor Street, Drepung Monastery, etc., then you will enjoy the stunning plateau scenery of Yamdrok-tso Lake. As one of the top 3 holy lakes in Tibet, dazzling Yamdro-tso is at an altitude of 4441 meters. It lies tens of meters below the road and shows a fabulous shade of deep turquoise. You will see some Tibetan villages nearby and the huge Mt. Nojin Kangtsang(7191m) in the distance.
DayRouteAttractions & Activities AccommodationMeals
1 Arrival in Lhasa (3650m) Pick up and transfer to the hotel Lhasa, 3★/4★
2 Lhasa Sightseeing Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery Lhasa, 3★/4★ B, D
3 Lhasa Sightseeing Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street Lhasa, 3★/4★ B
4 Lhasa - Yamtrok -Lhasa, 230km, Approx 4hrs 40mins Yamdrok Lake Lhasa, 3★/4★ B
5 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 1.5 hours. 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, 3★/4★

Today is your first day of sightseeing on the high plateau. In the morning, the first station is the Drepung Monastery, which is the largest 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 covers the hillsides. It's the highest-ranking monastery in the Gelug Sect.

Then after lunch, you will head to the Sera Monastery, which is another one of the ‘Great Three’ Gelug monasteries. It is famous for the Buddhism activities of "Monks Debate" from around 3 to 5 PM in the afternoon. Also, the three sand Mandalas and colorful Rock Paintings of Buddha are worth your appreciation.

Stay overnight in Lhasa, 3★/4★

  • Meals:
  • Breakfast
  • Welcome Dinner

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, 3★/4★

  • Meals:
  • Breakfast

After your amazing journey in Lhasa city, the next destination is the Yamdrok Lake. Not long after having breakfast, we will pick you up in the hotel. The travel distance is about 105 kilometers away from Lhasa. On the way, you can have a glimpse of Ngachu Valley in the morning lights, and after pass over the Kamba La Pass (5030m), we will finally arrive at the holy lake Yamdrok.

Located in the north of the Himalaya Mountains, Yamdrok Lake is the largest fresh lake in the district with an area of 675 square meters. According to local Tibetan, the lake is the transformation of turquoise earrings scattered by Goddess. You will be stocked by the natural beauty but can’t get a whole view here. If you look it on the map, you will find the lake panorama like a shape of eardrop surrounded by the mountain. The scenery appears different color of blue from different moment in one angle as a dreamland. Looking around, you can also find other scenery. Local animals are walking along the fertile lakeshores and Tibetan villages can be seen in the valleys near Yamdrok Lake.

In the afternoon, we will drive back to Lhasa.

Stay overnight in Lhasa, 3★/4★

  • Meals:
  • Breakfast
Your tour ends today. Your tour guide and driver will drop you at the Lhasa Gonggar Airport or Lhasa Railway Station for your next destination.
  • Meals:
  • Breakfast

Cost & Calendar

All prices are in US Dollar / Person

Economic Class (3-Star Hotels)

2022-09-01 ~ 2022-10-07 2022-10-08 ~ 2022-10-31 2022-11-01 ~ 2022-12-31
USD750 USD680 USD630

Comfortable Class (4-Star Hotels)

2022-09-01 ~ 2022-10-07 2022-10-08 ~ 2022-10-31 2022-11-01 ~ 2022-12-31
USD800 USD730 USD680


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2022-12-06 USD630 open for booking Book
2022-12-13 USD630 open for booking Book
2022-12-20 USD630 open for booking Book
2022-12-27 USD630 open for booking Book

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 $30 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

Booking Policy

Confirmed Dates12-working-day prior
Dates Listed1 Person, 90-day prior
2 Persons or above, 60-day prior
Not ListedA minimum of 2 persons, 90-day prior
3 Persons or above, 30-day prior
Our Service

*Lodgings: 4 Nights, twin room en suite in 3★/4★;

*Meal: 4 Breakfasts & 1 Welcome Dinner;

*Travel-licensed vehicle according to group size & season as itinerary needed including gas and parking fee;

*Free Lhasa Railway Station transfer at all time on first & last day;

*Free pick-up from airport to hotel at 9:30 am and 4:00 pm on the first day;

*Free drop-off from hotel to airport at 6:00 am and 12:30 pm on the last day;

*Guide: experienced local English-speaking tour guide;

*Attractions: all entrance fee mentioned in itinerary;

*Permit: Tibet Tourism Bureau Permit (TTB);

*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. Each of you is suggested to tip them 5-10 USD/day in total;

* All the commission and tax charged by PayPal, Bank, and government when making payment. (e.g. PayPal --- 4.2%. 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 first & last day from Lhasa Airport/Railway, thus there may not always have guide presence but 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 travellers; if any attraction visits have to be cancelled due to the same reasons above, GTT won't be held responsible for the refund except certain attraction entrance fee which will be solely decided by GTT.

*Single Supplement: our quote is based on twin rooms. For single travellers, single supplement is required at the time of booking. If later we manage to match you with another traveller to share the twin rooms, the single supplement will be refunded.

Typically Asked Questions from Our Clients

Asked by Joan***

when i started planning with Tibet as destination, there were 3 of us, but now , the other 2 are backing out. is there a problem with one lady travelling?

Answered by Beatrice 2019-11-03

Dear Joanne Ng,

Thank you for sending us an inquiry!

There's no problem for a lady traveling in Tibet alone, as the crime rate in Tibet is very low. All the Tibetan people believe in Tibetan Buddhism, which guides them to be kind and honest. The only concern about the safety in Tibet is to be careful of the pickpockets, who're not actually Tibetans. Here's an article about traveling in Tibet alone,

As a solo traveler, you can join our group tours, which offer a budget price based on several travelers. Please let me know when you are going to visit Tibet, how long you are going to stay in Tibet, and if there is any your desired destination. I can recommend some tour packages for you.

Best regards,


Asked by dami***

hello, I would like to prepare a trip from Chengdu to Tibet around Lhasa and Namtso lake from November 14th (arrival date at Lhasa) to November 19th (back to Chengdu), I will book flights myself, but I have some questions : 1. we are two traveler, one chinese Citizen from Chengdu, one foreigner from France with working visa in china (Hangzhou), can we get the permit to go there ? 2. we would arrive with morning flight and leave on morning flight, can we have a tour during this period of 5 days, including lhasa, namtso and others? 3. what is the price for us if only one is foreigner and one chinese Citizen, can we get preferred price since she doesn't need any permit ?

Answered by Cherry 2019-10-15

In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to visit Lhasa and Namtso Lake from Nov.14th to Nov.19th. May I remind you that if it snows the road to Namtso Lake will be closed?

We can apply for Tibet Travel Permit for one foreigner from France.

We can give a discount for the Chinese Citizen who doesn't need the Tibet Travel Permit.

Asked by lawr***

Hi there We are a family of 4 adults and would to visit the following places in Lhasa 1) Potala Palace 2) Jokhang Temple 3) Barkhor Street 4) Drepung and sera Monastery 5) Yamdruk Lake We arrive in Lhasa on Nov 30 and depart Dec 05. We will apply the china Visa by ourselves but require to apply the necessary Tibet permits. Please also quote for 4-star hotel.

Answered by Catherine 2019-09-27

In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to have 5 Days Lhasa & Yamdrotso Lake Tour from Nov.30th to Dec.5th. There are 6 days in total, may I arrange one-day free time for you in Lhasa or would you prefer to join our 6 Days Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Group Tour?

Asked by Vojt***

Dear Madam or Sir, I would like to ask for details for this guided 5-days trip from 2019-09-30 to 2019-10-04. We are two men, and we would like to fly from Kathmandu. Can you send us a price offer and you can arrange some cheap flight tickets for the flight from Kathmandu and back? Price includes all the paperwork for documents, VISA etc. that is needed to get to Tibet? So we dont need to go to some embassy or some office. Thank you, Best regards Vojtěch Hojač

Answered by Catherine 2019-08-27

In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to have 5 Days Lhasa & Yamdrotso Lake Tour on Sept.30th. We can open this tour for you. You don't need to go to embassy by yourselves. We will handle China Group Visa and Tibet permit for you. Please prepare two photos (passport photo size with white background) for china group visa application and plan to stay at least 3 working days in Kathmandu to obtain it. Here is the itinerary,

Asked by Marc***

I am travelling alone and would like to join a group during this time.

Answered by Catherine 2019-06-23

In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to have 5 Days Lhasa & Yamdrotso Lake Tour on Aug.1st. We happen to have a fixed tour on that date.
Kindly note, usually, we start to process the Tibet permits one month before departure.

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We are back to Shanghai now. Tibet was great and Tibetans are nice. Your driver was very nice and his driving was super nice too.. better than in China! Car was clean as well. I think we definitely could have seen more things and do more visits..  Wish to visit Tibet again next time ! ....

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