This is the Classic tour itinerary to visit Lhasa and the holy lake Namtso lake. Meanwhile, if you are not used to the high altitude, then this is one of the best itineraries that cover the all the main tourist sites in Lhasa like Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkor street, Drepung and sera monastery. Of course, the highlight of this tour would be the one of the must-see attractions sacred lake Namtso.The heavenly lake is the second largest alpine saline lake in Tibet with an altitude of 4,718 meters above sea level. Its surrealistic beauty will take your breath away in no time. Just as a tourist noted:" It is one of those rare places on Earth where you feel the beauty of Nature as something material. You can drink the air and taste the wind admiring mountains in a place where you feel reluctant to leave."


D 1Arrive in Lhasa, pick-up service.

Arrive in Lhasa  by train/flight, the guide will meet you and transfer to your hotel, enjoy the view of Yarlung Tsangpo River(Bhamaputra river, the longest and largest river in Tibet)  and Lhasa river on their way to Lhasa.

Have a rest and get acclimatized to high altitude in the rest of the day,  for visitors eager to explore this mysterious land, you can visit the Potala Square, where you will enjoy the fountain with different colors and get amazing photos of the Potala and around, but please BE NOTED TO SLOW DOWN YOUR PACES, as for the new-comers of Tibet,  to get acclimatized to the high altitude is crucial for the next few days' activity. 

Traffic: Private car/bus.
Accommodation: Lhasa

D 2Lhasa Tour - Potala Palace, Johkang Temple, and Barkhor Street (B, D)

Today, we will firstly visit the Potala Palace which is the winter palace of the Dalai lama. It was completed in the 7th Century during the reign of the 33rd great king of Tibet. The most valuable collections of Potala Palace are the gilded burial stupas of former Dalai Lamas and meditation Cave of the 33rd great king of Tibet.

After lunch, head to Jokhang temple which was founded in the 7th century too. Inside the temple, the real image statue of Buddha Sakyamuni at the age of twelve is on display and considered to be the treasure of the temple. Outside of the temple, groups of pilgrims making prostrating in front of Jokhang Temple. The famous Barkhor street is encircled the Jokhang temple, where you can do kora (a religious meditation circling a building or mountain considered to be holy) with pilgrims and locals, and explore the old market.

Afterwards, we can taste Tibetan tea with locals in tea house; then have a welcome dinner.

Time permits, you may  visit Tibetan handicraft art or Tibetan Traditional Medicine center, in the evening you can enjoy Tibetan Culture Show for the nightlife.

Traffic: Private car/bus.
Accommodation: Lhasa
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Tibetan Pilgrim at Jokhang Temple

    Tibetan Pilgrim at Jokhang Temple

  • Potala Palace.

    Potala Palace.

  • Potala Palace

    Potala Palace

  • Jokhang Temple

    Jokhang Temple

D 3 Lhasa Tour - Drepung and Sera Monastery (B)

In the morning ,you are going to visit Drepung monastery which is one of the “Great Three”Gelupa (Tibetan Buddhism Yellow Sect) monasteries of Tibet. It was completed  in 1416 by Jamyang choge, one of the main disciples of Tibetan Buddhism Yellow Sect founder,Tsongkhapa. The monastery has the biggest kitchen of all the monasteries , and you can visit some Buddhist Sculpture Carving workshops near Drepung. 

In the afternoon, visit Sera Monastery which is another one of the “Great Three” Gelupa monasteries of Tibet. It famous for  the Monks Debating Scripture at around 3- 5Pm. afterwards, we can vsiit  the Tibetan sutra  printing house; inside the monastery, you can see three sand Mandalas and colorful Rock Painting of Buddha too.

Traffic: Private car/bus.
Accommodation: Hotel in Lhasa
Meals: Breakfast
  • Monk Debating at Sera Monastery

    Monk Debating at Sera Monastery

  • Drepung Monastery

    Drepung Monastery

D 4 Lhasa to Namtso Lake (250km, 5 hours ) (B)

After having breakfasts in the hotel, we will start driving from Lhasa to Namtso Lake, one of the four holy lakes of Tibet and also the highest saline lake in the world. On the way, you can see snow-capped Nyenchen Thanglha Mountain Ranges and lots of nomads and their tent with grazing yak and sheep densely-populated on the flourishing grassland ( in summer) . The world-known Sky-road Qingzang Railway paralles to the road  we are driving on,  with snow mountais as its background;  while standing at the famous Lagenla Mountain Pass(5190m), you can view the stunning vista of holy Namtso Lake. 

Then we can do leisure trek around Tashi Island and enjoy sunset of Namtso. In the evening, we enjoy night view of the milky way at the lake shore. 

Stay overnight at Namtso Tent Guest house

Traffic: Private car/bus.
Accommodation: Namtso Tent Guesthouse
Meals: Breakfast
  • Namtso Lake

    Namtso Lake

  • Namtso Lake

    Namtso Lake

  • Qingzang Railway

    Qingzang Railway

  • Qingzang Railway

    Qingzang Railway

D 5Namtso Lake back to Lhasa via Yampachen (230km,5 hours )

Enjoy the sunrise view of the Namtso Lake at the lake shore, you can trek along the lake shore to Tashi Dor Island to explore the meditation caves. Drive to Dumxung to have lunch.

In the afternoon, you may enjoy Yangpachen hot spring (Optional,Price $25 not included in package) and have both indoor and outdoor swimming pool filled with hot springs water. Finally, head back to Lhasa.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Traffic: Private car/bus.
Accommodation: Hotel in Lhasa
  • Namtso Lake

    Namtso Lake

  • Namtso Lake

    Namtso Lake

D 6Departure from Lhasa(B)

After having breakfasts in the hotel, the guide will help you check out the hotel and transfer you to the airport or train station, leave Lhsasa for your next destination, end the mysterious Tibet tour.

Traffic: Private car/bus.
Accommodation: Not Involved
Meals: Breakfast


Dates 1 Person 2 Persons 3-6 Persons 7-9 Persons Single Supplyment
Apr-Jun. 750
750 750 750 110
Jul.-Aug. 850 850 850 850 130
Sep.-Oct.15 800
800 800 800 120


  • Professional English-speaking guide.

  • A car or van by the group size with an private driver.

  • Airport (or train station) pick-up/drop-off service.

  • All necessary Tibet travel permits, including Tibet Entry Permit, Alien Travel Permit, Border Pass.

  • Accommodations in 3 to 4 star hotels as listed in the itinerary, based on twin-sahring room.

  • Hotel breakfasts.

  • Entrance tickets to the scenic spots and activity as listed in the itinerary.

  • A bottle of Oxygen for each tourist in case of the altitude sickness.

  • All the Service Charge and taxes.


  • China visa, you should prepare it before arriving in Lhasa.

  • Air tickets and train tickets arriving at and leaving Tibet.

  • All lunches and dinners, the guide will help you order your food during the tour.

  • Personal expenses such as laundry, shopping, optional activities, etc.

  • Tips to guides and driver for their excellent service.


  • Shuttle Service between hotels and Airport/Train Station:

The free airport/train pick-up time is as follows on the day the itinerary begins (From airport to hotel, Fixed departure):

Pick up tourists at 10:00 am; 13:30 pm; 17:00 pm

The free airport/train drop-off time is as follows on the day the itinerary closes (From hotel to airport, Fixed departure):

Pick up tourists at your hotel at 06:30 am;  08:00 am; 12:00 pm 

All the shuttle service from/to the train station on the date of tourists' arrival and departure would be free.

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