Itinerary Details of this Trip
- DAY 1 Lhasa Arrival
Accommodation: Stay overnight in Lhasa
Highlights: Welcome to Lhasa! Today upon your Lhasa arrival, you will be greeted by your Tibetan guide and escorted to hotel. Rest of the day you will have a good rest to acclimatize the high altitude.
Tips: As the altitude of Lhasa is up to 3,500meters, so it is reconmended to avoid strenuous activities or alcohol drivking for the first few days, taking NO shower upon new arrival is advisable. New commers usually have different level of high altitude sickness symptom, the best treatment is to drink more water, have enough rest , if necessory you can ask the guide to bring you some oxgen bags to better acclimatize. These measures will help you to overcome or prevent the sickness.
- DAY 2 Lhasa (B)
Accommodation: Stay overnight in Lhasa
Highlights: Today you will visit the famous Potala Palace, Tibet Museum, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street
---Potala Palace: Which is the worldwide known cardinal landmark of Tibet. The massive structure itself contains a small world within it. Mostly it is renowned as residence of the Dalai Lama lineages
---Jokhang Temple: Which is the most sacred shrine in Tibet was built in 7th century and located at the heart of old town in Lhasa. Every day, pilgrims from every corner of Tibet trek here from long distances to worship.
---Barkhor Street: The Barkor is a popular devotional circumambulation for pilgrims and locals. The walk was about one kilometer long and encircled the entire Jokhang. It is a place full of religious atmosphere and a world of exotic articles As a symbol of Lhasa, it is also a must-see place for visitors.
1) Some visitors might feel a bit hard to breath when climbing the Potala Palace, so please just take the climbing slowly.
2) Some places are not allowed to take photos, please kindly inquire your guide for details.
3) When shopping around Barkor Street, you can compare and bargain for the unique souvenirs
4) During the summer time, the musical fountain show at the Potala Plalace Square is 19:30—22:00PM.
5) Please bring water, a hat, sun cream, and sun glasses for today’s tour as you will be at outside for a long day.
- DAY 3 Lhasa (B)
Accommodation: Stay overnight in Lhasa
Highlights: Today’s morning you will visit the famous Norbulingka Park---the former summer palace of Dalai Lama. Then proceed to visit Drepung Monastery . Afternoon visit to Sera Monastery and return to Lhasa.
---Norbulingka Park: Which is a palace and surrounding park in Lhasa, It is built from 1755 and served as the traditional summer residence of the successive Dalai Lamas from the 1780s up. Norbulingka is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and was added as an extension of this Historic Ensemble in 2001.
---Drepung Monastery: 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) from the western suburb of Lhasa, the Drepung Monastery is known as the most important monastery of Gelugpa in Tibetan Buddhism. It is considered one of the 'Three Great Monasteries' (the other two are the Ganden Monastery and the Sera Monastery. Covering an area of 250,000 square meters (299,007 square yards), it held 7,700 monks in total and possessed 141 fazendas and 540 pastures in its heyday, and is the largest-scale monastery among the ones of the same kind. Seen from afar, its grand, white construction gives the appearance of a heap of rice. As such, it was given the name 'Drepung‘, which, in the Tibetan language, means 'Collecting Rice.
---Sera Monastery: Which is built in 1419 and considered as one of the top three most famous monasteries in Lhasa, along with the Drepung Monasteryand the Ganden Monastery. Sera Monastery is nestled beneath the mountain, it consists of a Buddhist temple, sutra recitation hall and monastery, monastic house, Kang village, and the famous Living Buddhas’ palace. The well-ordered architecture is in tune with its natural surroundings. Sera monastery is well-known for its almost daily 'monk debates' which are popular with visitors. In the afternoon, the monks gather in a central courtyard and debate points of Buddhist learning.
1) Today’s road condition is good. The tour involves some easy walking and climbing
2) Please bring water, a hat, sun cream, and sun glasses for today’s tour as you will be at outside for a long day.
- DAY 4 Lhasa / Namtso Lake / Lhasa (B)
Distance: 440km Drive: 8 hrs Elevation: 4730m
Accommodation: Stay overnight in Lhasa
Highlights: This morning you will get up early to catch a 4hrs drive to visit the Tibetan holy lake---Namtso Lake. The high plateau sceneries of yaks, sheep, grasslands, snow mountains will certainly impress you. After spending some time at Namtso Lake,you will be driven back to Lhasa. On the way back, you can choose the optional paid-on activity to enjoy the Yampajain Hot Spring (optional).
---Namtso Lake: Which is the second largest saltwater lake in China only after Qinghai Lake. Namtso Lake was selected as one of the five most beautiful lakes in China by Chinese National Geography magazine. Its touching beauty should not be missed by any visitors there. In Tibetan, Namtso means 'Heavenly Lake.' It is considered one of the 3 holy lakes in Tibet and famous for its high altitude (4730 meters), vast area (1961 square kilometers) and beautiful scenery. In clear weather the water is a miraculous shade of turquoise and there are magnificent views of the nearby mountains. The wide open spaces, dotted with tents of local nomads, are intoxicating.
- DAY 5 Lhasa Departure (B)
Highlights: Today our guide will send you to train station or airport for your next destination. Your lifetime Tibet tour is completed now.
Price & Dates of this Trip
Price from: $489
Price Conditions: the quotation above is based on 3-star accommodation, 4 people at low season. Welcome to contact us for the exact quotation for you and your group.
TibetTravelExperts’s Service and Value
Travel Insurance: We provide a limited Accident/Casualty Insurance in Tibet through China Life Tourist Accident/Casualty Insurance which only covers accidents that occur within Tibet. This policy’s indemnity is relatively low, so if you would like a more inclusive plan, then it is best to purchase one in your home country before your departure.
Refund Policy: Cancellations made…
30 or more days prior to departure result in a 90% refund 29-15 days prior to departure result in an 80% refund 14-7 days prior to departure result in a 70% refund 6-2 days prior to departure result in a 50% refund Less than 2 days prior to departure or a no show result in no refund.
Note: Additional cancellation fees, if applicable, imposed by the service providers other than TibetTravelExperts.com (i.e. flight ticket booking, train ticket booking, hotels reservation, etc.) will be deducted from the money refunded. While this is the official policy, in cases where our customers face unexpected and unavoidable problems, we can sometimes offer a more generous refund.
Before the trip: Before your trip, feel free to contact our Travel Consultants for any further information you need. All of our tours are fully customizable, so if you are not satisfied with any part of a tour pakage, just let us know and our expert Travel Consultants will do their best to design the perfect tour for you.
During the trip: If you have any questions or concerns during your trip, please do not hesitate to contact us. Your Travel Consultant will do his or her best to resolve any problems you have and ensure that your trip runs as smoothly as possible.
After the trip: Once you have returned home and have had a chance to settle back in, we’d love to hear from you. We welcome your comments, suggestions, pictures, and whatever else you want to share with us about your trip. We are always striving to improve our customers’ experiences, and also love to hear about their adventures!
Travel FAQs of this Trip
Service Information - What is a private Tibet tour package?
Private Tibet Tour Package means you will have your own private local tour guide, private vehicle and private driver for your group. You don't have to share the vehicle with others. You tour guide will take care of only your group. With the help of your private tour guide, you will see more in Tibet, communicating with locals to learn about Tibetan lifestyle and culture.
You have the flexibility to arrange the group activities accorddingly, such as changing the visiting order of attractions or extending the visiting time of certain place. You can also stop on the road as you need.
If you are traveling with your family or a group of friends, a private tour for your group is ideal. As you have more people in the group, the price won't be much higher than a join-in group tour. It is a good way to save money and enjoy ultimate service.
In Tibet, the overall accommodation situation is not as good as many other parts of China. There are only a few star hotels available in Tibet. In remote areas like Mt. Everest base camp, Mt. Kailash, only guesthouse or tents are available for travelers.
We hand-picked the hotels in each city and areas for you to ensure you have reasonable places to stay while travelling in Tibet. They are in convenient locations and are as comfortable as the locale can provide. We also tend to use hotels with strong Tibetan features.
In 3- or 4-star hotels in cities and towns like Lhasa, Tsetang, Shigatse and Gyangtse, you do not need to worry about sanitation. Though, it is a fact that traveling in Tibet is a bit hard. If you are going to remote areas like Mt. Everest or stay near the lakes, it is best to bring a sleeping bag to ensure that you have a nice sleep en route.
For trekking and cycling tours: 1, Stay in local hotel or guesthouse. 2, Stay in tent. (Camping facilities will be provided) 3, Stay in local Tibetan’s family.
Breakfast: If you are staying in a star hotel, breakfast is usually included. If you are staying in a guesthouse or tent, breakfast is not included.
Lunch and Dinner: We don’t usually include lunch and dinner in our tour itinerary. We do arrange lunch or dinner for you at your request though. However, we prefer to give you the freedom to choose the food you want and pay on the spot. From our previous customers' responses, we find that most of our clients prefer to leave the dinners open on their own so that they can enjoy some time to themselves. They can choose either to go to a local restaurant for a little adventure or to have a simple dinner in the hotel where they stay. They may also prefer to choose a restaurant which appeals to their own unique tastes.
We have created a list of our favorite restaurants in Tibet and hand-picked some local restaurants to recommend to our customers. In Lhasa, you can choose Chinese food, Western food, Tibetan food as well as Nepalese food and Indian food. In "off-the-beaten-road" destinations, choices are limited. Our tour guide will be more than happy to recommend good restaurants for you and take you to the restaurants available according to your tastes and preferred style of dishes. Soon you’ll develop your favorite Tibetan dishes!
Meals arrangement in trekking and cycling tours:
Service one: (recommended if you only have 1-2 people in your group and the trekking day is less than 3 days) Our tour guide will take you to a local supermarket to buy the food you need for the trekking. You will need to bring some cash with you. We recommend energy bars, chocolate, water, fruit, and cookies. If the trekking length is less than 3 days, bringing food along can be a good way to lower the costs.
Service two: Some of our tour guides are able to cook for customers for a little bit extra service charge. You can contact our travel consultants to see if it is possible to arrange this service for you. It can be difficult to arrange this service for you in peak season, so we can’t guarantee this service at the moment; however, we will try our best to provide this service for you.
Service three: (recommended if you have 5-6 people in your group) We highly recommend you hire a cook for the trekking tour. As you will trek for average 5-6 hours per day which requires lots of energy, it is important to have proper meal during the trekking section. If you like, we will hire a chief to follow your tour and cook for you during the trekking. They can make sure you have hot food during trekking. They will carry all necessary cooking items and equipment including stove and utensils with them. Some cooks will teach you how to cook as well and make cakes with the group on the last day.
You can communicate with your cook and let them know what kind of meal you prefer. You may prescribe the menu for cooking and tell the cook whatever requirements you have.
Daily meal arrangement for your reference: Breakfast: coffee, milk, eggs, bread; Lunch: rice and vegetables; Dinner: noodles or Spaghetti with vegetables;
Our Tour Guide and Driver Information
Local Tour Guides Our tour guides are born and raised in the regions we visit so they know all the potential difficulties and how to avoid them. They are highly trained, speak excellent English and know the local myths, traditions and history which they will share with you. Wherever you travel, our guides are the key that unlocks each destination and make the trip memorable and unique.
Private Driver and Vehicles Our drivers have many years of driving experience in the areas and are very reliable. With Travel China Tibet, you can rest assured that we only use the highest quality vehicles available. We use mainly private vehicles, to ensure we get to our destinations as swiftly and smoothly as possible, as well as allowing the freedom and flexibility to stop and look around or stretch your legs.
If the tour is mainly around Lhasa, we usually choose to use a minivan as the road condition around Lhasa is pretty good, and the minivan costs less as well. If the tour is covering places with poor road conditions or the distances are quite far, we also offer 4WD off road vehicles.
Notes: Tipping is not traditional in China and was actually illegal until the 1980s. While Chinese do not expect tips from other Chinese, they have come to expect tips from Western travelers. Due to this, it is highly recommended that you tip your tour guides and drivers as they are aware that it is a “Western custom” and may worry that you were not happy with their service if they do not receive a tip.
Packing List: What should I bring along with me on the tour?
For clothing, we suggest casual style and layered clothing because temperatures in Tibet vary greatly during a day. Down coat is necessary if you go beyond Lhasa and Shigatse to remote areas, e.g. the Everest Camp or further to Mt.Kailash. Sun glasses, sun block,moisture cream are necessary too.
For food, 2L of water each day, and some snacks. We also find the energy drink Red Bull is a great energy boost while traveling in Tibet.
For medicines, we suggest that you take some pain-killer pills with you and enough medicine for colds, diarrhea, nausea and fever. Some nasal ointment andthroat-moistening pills will be of great help for those who are sensitive tochilly weather conditions. Please consult your doctor prior to your travel toTibet. Medicine is a must for travelers to Tibet.
Note: You don't have to worry about your luggage in trekking tours as we could hire abelly boy and Yak and Yak man to carry your luggage for you during the trekking section of the tour. It is an optional service.
High Altitude Sickness Info: How to prepare for high altitude adjustment?
Anxiety is the common cause of mountain sickness. Our customers age range from 20 years old to 70 years old, there is no evidence that suggests that age has anything to do with the occurrence of mountain sickness.
Taking a Tibet tour with Travel China Tibet, our tour guide will take care of you and give advice on how to avoid high altitude sickness on arrival. A bottle of oxygen will be prepared for each person for emergency use when the tour includes visiting places like Mt. Everest, Lake Namtso, Mt. Kailash and activities like trekking and biking. Always remember that if you have any problems or feel uncomfortable, please tell your guide immediately or contact our travel consultant.
Tibet Travel Permits and China Visa
All foreign tourists and Taiwan tourists must apply for a Tibet Entry Permit issued by the TTB (Tibet Tourism Bureau) for entry to Lhasa or any other parts of the Tibet Autonomous Region.
We will take care of all necessary Tibet permits in all of our Tibet tours. It is included in the price quotation and it is part of our tour services. It's advisable to apply for your travel permits at least 10 days prior to your entry date. The earlier, the easier for us to get a permit for you.
Please tell us your real occupation when applying a tibet travel permit. Journalists and people involved with political matters (such asdiplomats and government officials) require more complicated procedures to beissued a permit.
A valid passport and a valid China visa is needed when applying a Tibet travel permit. The cost of a Chinese Visa is not included in our tour, so you have to apply for your China Visa in your country by yourself. If you have any question in terms of applying a China visa and filling out the application form, feel free to contact our Travel Consultant.
Questions About Attractions and Tour Activities
Acclimatize: We suggest that you take it easy for your first few days in Tibet. Don't push yourself physically since your body will require some time to get used to the high altitude.
Photography: When photographing Tibetans, please be sure to get their permission first. Also, when inside the religious sites, please be aware that if photography is permitted. It is not allowed to take pictures while inside the halls of Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple. Make sure you bring a flashlight if you want to see the inside of the monastery, though please ask for permission when taking pictures in the monastery. Some Monastery might charge visitors a 10-30RMB fee for taking pictures. Please ask your tour guide if you are not sure.
Free time: During the free time of your trip, like the rest of the first day and the last day before departure, you can walk around on your own and do some shopping if you wish.
Best time to visit Tibet
Best time to go:
Peak Season: June, July, August, September (June to October 15th ) In July and August, the crowds will be considerably larger and the costs for vehicle, food, accommodation, and tour guides are higher. June-August generally has great weather, though during July and August, Tibet tends to be extremely crowded as many Chinese travel there for their summer vacation. As July and August is the peak season to travel to Tibet. We highly recommend you avoid those two months to reduce the costs.
Best Value: April, May, and Late October to November (April 16th to May 31st) Late April to Early June, late October to November is the best value time to go, as the weather still nice and the cost is considerably less. The tour costs between this time is usually a few hundred dollars cheaper than peak season.
Shoulder Season: Late November December, January, February, early April (Nov 16th to April 15th) December-February tends to be a slow period for travel to Tibet. The weather is generally quite cold, though there will be no crowds like there are during the peak season. Another benefit to traveling during the shoulder season is that prices are considerably lower. The view might not be as vivid but you can enjoy another side of Tibet.
Note: Above information applies to most Tibet tours. For specific best travel time, please contact our travel consultant.
Travel Reviews of this Trip
Feed back to Travelchinatibet.
This being my second trip to Tibet with your company. Overall services are satisfactory & recommendable. Will definitely recommend to others.
- Ms. Tioe
When I was looking for a 7 day tour of Tibet that included the train journey from Chengdu to Lhasa I came cross www.travelchinatibet.com and selected a tour that suited my requirements. When I took this information to my travel agent so she could organise this tour in conjunction with a 14 day tour of another company, she informed me that they do not deal with this particular travel agent, but that she could find something similar for me. The tour she came up with was much more expensive so I decided to deal with www.travelchinatibet.com myself. After making contact and after a number of e-mails had passed between us, I was satisfied that everything was to my requirements and using PayPal, settled my account. After my 14 day tour with the other company was over, I visited the office of the Travelchinatibet travel agent in Chengdu to settle the rest of the account and I was warmly welcomed by the friendly staff at their office. Bruce in particular was very helpful in every respect and I left the office confident that everything would work our just fine and it did!
I can highly recommend this company and I wish it all the success it deserves.
- John Kamm
My wife and are now back in the US. We greatly enjoyed our trip. The guide, Joyce, and driver in Urumqi and Turpan were really great. Also, the Silk Road Vines hotel in Turpan is wonderful. Kucha was not a great success as the guide was not engaged and in order to access the most interesting caves you have to pay a ridiculous amount of money. Also, the hotel is dirty and without any character. Your service in organizing things was excellent and greatly appreciated.
Dear Bruce and the Travelchinatibet Team,
As our trip to Tibet took place last week, herewith me and my friend Radek would like to serve a testimony for you.
We would like to express our gratitude for the custom-made Tibet trip you prepared and executed for us. First, the planning phase went smooth and you managed to include all our wishes in the itinerary. I realized how sincere you are regarding the work, when you called me at 10PM, to inform the permit is issued. But the fact that you picked up your telephone on Sunday morning, to help us find the permit in the hotel, truly deserves our gratitude. In Tibet itself, everything was as good, or even better than we expected. Here special thanks should be stated to our guide Jinmei.
He took a really good care of us, he has a very good command of English and we established a good understanding with each other. He was all the time surprising us with some small details we would miss/overlooked on the streets without him. Thanks to him, we tried almost everything edible from Yak, sit in a local teahouse, discovered small streets and places in Lhasa and Shingatse, and eventually bought a real souvenirs from Tibetan craftsmen. He and the driver were very patient when we frequently asked to stop and take pictures of the high-passes we were crossing. But the biggest asset of Jinmei is the fact that he is a Buddhist. Therefore, while visiting monasteries on the way, instead of a textbook knowledge, he was giving us real explanations of the rituals we were witnessing. That was one of the biggest values of this trip. Once again, thanks Jinmei!
And then, the ride back to Beijing, in a hard sleeper train, turned out to be as exciting as the previous days . Moments when the whole train car was playing cards with us will be unforgettable :)
To sum up, a big thank you needs to be stated from our side, thank you for a great adventure.
- Kris & Radek
Thank you for your help in making our once in a lifetime trip to China so special. We returned safely and have recuperated from the time change. Here is our brief evaluation of the trip.
We appreciated always having the guides present upon our arrivals in the different cities. We also were very pleased with the accommodations both in terms of locations, cleanliness and amenities, perhaps with the exception of the cruise ship Victoria which has seen better days. The food was fine though we noticed the chosen establishments catered to tourist almost exclusively and the menus were very similar from one place to another. A little more variety and choice would have been appreciated. The breakfasts at the hotels were great!
Our guides in Xian and Guilin were excellent. They knew so much about history and culture and customs and were enthusiastic about their job. Lee in particular in Guilin was with us from early morning to late evening. Our guide in Chongqing was with us for only a few hours and was quite busy doing business on his cell phone so we learned very little from him though he did take us to the designated areas on the itinerary.
Our guides in Shanghai (turned out we had 2) were fine. They tried to accommodate our requests to the best of their ability.
The itinerary seems to cover the areas quite well. We did get to see a lot and were busy the whole time. It was nice to have free days in both Beijing and Shanghai.
Thank you again.
- Art & Louise Grim