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Lhasa & Yamdrotso Lake Group Tour

5 Days
From USD630
Lhasa - Yamdrotso - Lhasa
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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
3 Lhasa Sightseeing Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street Lhasa, 3★/4★ B
4 Lhasa - Yamdrok - 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

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 at 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 passing over the Kamba La Pass (5030m), we will finally arrive at the holy lake Yamdrok.

Located in the north of the Himalayan 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 the Goddess. You will be stocked by the natural beauty but can’t get a whole view here. If you look down from above, you will find the lake panorama like the shape of an eardrop surrounded by the mountain. The scenery appears in different colors of blue from different moments in one angle as a dreamland. Looking around, you can also find other scenery. Local animals are grazing 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)

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Comfortable Class (4-Star Hotels)

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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$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

Our Service


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

*Meal: 4 Breakfasts;

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

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

*Free pick-up from Lhasa Gonggar Airport to the hotel at 9:30 am, 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm on the first day;

*Free drop-off from the hotel to the airport at 6:00 am, 8:30 am and 12:30 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. 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 --- 4.4%. 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 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 Hilb***

Hello, I would like to visit Lhasa, I know that a Tibet Permit is necessary and linked to a tour. I will arrive in Lhasa from Beijng on October 20 and will fly to Xi'an on October 22 in the afternoon. Can I still participate in a group tour in Lhasa and perhaps travel to Yamdrok Lake by train for a day? So October 20 in the afternoon in Lhasa, October 21 to Yamdrok Lake and October 22 in the morning in Lhasa? Perhaps you have an interesting and affordable tour for me? Thank you in advance.

Answered by Jennie 2023-09-22

Dear Hilb****,

We can arrange a Tibet tour for you on 20 October. For most tourist guests, we usually arrange a 2-day tour in Lhasa to get used to the high altitude. We can also arrange the attraction of Yamdrok Lake on the second day for you but there may be a risk of altitude sickness. Please let me know your idea.

May I know your flight time so that I can give you a customized itinerary?

And do you have a China visa now? It will take 5 working days to apply for the Tibet Travel Permit along with your China Visa and passport and several days to express the permit to your hotel in Beijing.

Asked by Isab***

Dear great tibet tour travel agency, I am a solo traveler and interested in booking the Lhasa & Yamdrotsko Lake group tour with you, starting 10.10.23 I already have a valid Chinese visa, entering 4.10. to Chengdu. Is it correct that you could provide the tibet special permit? What kind of information do you require? I am motivated to take the train to Lhasa and flying back to chengdu or if possible directly to shanghai. Can you recommend me a good train connection so that I arrive on time for our tour? and support me in finding a good flight back? Is there anything else I need to consider/ need to know?

Answered by Beatrice 2023-09-05

Dear Isab****,

Thank you for sending us an inquiry!

We can arrange your Tibet tour and provide you with a Tibet travel permit. We need your passport and China visa copy to apply for your permit. And taking a train to Lhasa is a good way to help you adapt to the high-altitude environment. There're direct flights to Chengdu or to Shanghai. You can take a train from Chengdu to Lhasa departing on 8 Oct then you can reach Lhasa on 10 Oct. For flight back, there're multiple options going to Chengdu and 2 options going to Shanghai. You can book flights according to our group tour send-off time.

Lhasa to Yamdroktso Group tour departs based on two occupanies. Maybe you can also consider the confirmed Lhasa to Shigatse group tour departing on 10 Oct, which will also visit Yamdroktso.


Asked by Em***

Hi, my friend and I will arrive Lhasa on Oct 17 and want to join the 5 days tour. is it possible to upgrade to 5 star hotel (may be Intercontinential). Please send me quotation. thanks

Answered by Mery 2023-08-19

Dear Emm***,

For 5 Days Lhasa & Yamdrotso Lake group tour, we can open one for you on 17 October if you are booking now. We can arrange InterContinental Lhasa Paradise for you too.

Asked by Thom***

Dear Great Tibet Tour, We are interested in the tour 5 Days Lhasa & Namtso Lake Group Tour We are living in Changchun and would like to arrive 03.09 Lhasa. We think the best option to travel is via Beijing. Can you offer train / flight including the tour starting 03.09?

Answered by Mery 2023-08-02

Dear Thom***, 

For 5 Days Lhasa & Yamdrotso Lake group tour, we don't have a confirmed departure date on 3 September and the tour date is very close, we can't open one for you. But we can open a simi-group tour for you: 4 days group tour+one-day Namtso private tour.

We can book the flight from Changchun to Lhasa via Beijing for you but need to confirm ASAP as there are limited tickets. The train ticket from Changchun to Lhasa via Beijing is difficult to book now, I suggest you consider a train to Xining then to Lhasa.

Asked by THAM***

HI, We are Malaysians travelling from kuala Lumpur. can you kindly arrange the chinese visa n tibet permit. would like to spend 2 days in Chengdu n then fly to Lhasa tor 5 days Lhasa n Yamdrotso tour. kindly arrange, tq

Answered by Beatrice 2023-04-12

Dear Tham Lai ***,  We can arrange your Tibet Travel Permit. For your China visa, we can provide supporting documents such as a tourism invitation letter and a tourist contract. Right now, it takes at least one week to make a China visa application appointment and its process takes 5 working days. And for your Tibet travel permit, it takes 7 working days. In total, it takes about 20 days. I suggest you visit China and Tibet in May as there's no time for obtaining a China visa then a Tibet permit in April.

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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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