This short tour focuses on Lhasa in Tibet, the Roof of the World, once hidden behind the great Himalayan range and unknown to the world. This land of snow and mountains has exerted an awesome draw on travellers and adventurers ever since. Its majestic scenery, mysterious and exotic religious culture, and wonderful people will reward you with an indelible life long memory!
UNLEASH YOUR MOJO: ON THIS 4-DAY TIBET EXPERIENCE ON THE ROOF OF THE WORLD.
The Tibet Auonomous Region at 4,000m above sea level, is the largest and the highest plateau in the world. Known as the ‘Roof of the World’ it takes pride in the splendid natural landscape, snow-capped mountains, vast expanse of forest and pastureland, numerous rivers and lakes, and rare species of animals and plants. There are more than 2,700 temples and monasteries, the most famous of which are the Potala Palace and Jokhang Monastery.
Visit Potala Palace, located on the top of the Red Hill. Built in the 7th century, this 13-story main building, 117 meters in height, consists of two parts, the Red Palace and the White Palace. It is the headquarters of the Dalai Lamas and is a treasure house of traditional Tibetan culture with a collection of Buddhist statues, murals, Buddhist scriptures, and jewellery.
Also visit Jokhang Palace, located in central Jokhang Monastery. Erected during the 7th century, it is the oldest-wooden-and stone structure in Tibet. The monastery enshrines the statue of Sakyamuni, relics since the Tang Dynasty, and statues of King Songtsen Gampo and Princess Wen Cheng. The large scripture hall is the centre of the imposing monastery, symbolizing the centre of the universe.
If desired, also enjoy a private trek to the Drak Yerpa caves. Additional activities in and around Lhasa can be arranged according to your interests, such as private meditation sessions, visits to homes, guided hikes, visits to important monasteries outside Lhasa, and more.
This private tour is the ideal introduction to Tibet and Tibetan culture.
(4 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
Lhasa & surrounds
Day 1 – Arrive
Lhasa, Tibet Private arrival transfer to hotel for 3 nights.
Day 2 – Explore
Lhasa & Surrounds Full-day private touring with guide and driver.
Day 3 – Explore
Lhasa & Surrounds Full-day private touring with guide and driver with option for day hike.
Day 4 – Depart
Lhasa Private airport transfer.
Check In: 14:00h
Check Out: 12:00h
The true price is customised based on final choice of hotels, travel dates, and other custom preferences. All prices exclude international flights.
Price Includes: hotels, airport transfers and transportation within the country, unique experiences guided by local experts and 24X7 support during your trip.
Make this your holiday
Getting There Beijing Capital International Airport, about 12 miles (19 kilometres) northeast of the city centre, is served by numerous international carriers from the UK. Taxis at the airport are plentiful; the ride into town costs about $20 and can take anywhere from half an hour to an hour and a half, depending on traffic. For the adventuresome there's also a train that whisks you in 23 minutes to a fairly central station in Beijing from which you can cab it to your hotel.
By Air to Lhasa Travel by air to Lhasa is the most convenient but it offers little time to acclimatise to the altitude. We recommend that you spend one or two days in Lhasa before undertaking any rigorous walking tours. The Lhasa Gonggar Airport (LXA) connects with major destinations in China as well as Kathmandu in Nepal. The airport is 38 km from Lhasa city.
By Train to Lhasa Another option these days is to travel by an air-conditioned train to Lhasa, the highest rail journey in the world. The average altitude along the Tibet railway is 4,600m with temperatures dipping down to -30C. The oxygen in the air is about half of what it is at sea level. The train journey takes about 45 hr from Beijing and 48 hr from Shanghai.
By Road to Lhasa The easiest way to travel by road to Lhasa is to take an overland tour from Kathmandu. The journey on the rough Himalayan road called the ‘Friendship Highway’, takes about five days. The itinerary is generally fixed but a private tour can be arranged if you travel in a group of four people or more.
Airport Transfers Taxis are plentiful, clean and cheap. Be warned however that almost none of the drivers speak or read English so make sure you always have a copy of your destination written in Chinese. It's sensible also to have the phone number of someone who speaks English and Chinese in case you get into difficulties. If you are travelling with AwimAway, transfers from an airport in China are arranged by our representatives who will meet you at the arrival lounge and transfer you to the hotel.
Getting Around Aside from cabs, the subway is by far the best way to get around Beijing and also the best way to beat its increasingly gridlocked traffic. All the signs are in Chinese and English, but make sure you have figured out the name of your destination in Chinese. If you get lost, ask. Chinese are friendly and willing to help. Hint: The younger the person is the more likely he or she is to speak some English.
When to go The best time to visit China is during autumn (September to early November) when the skies are clear and the weather is at its comfortable best. The days are warm, sunny and dry with clear skies and pleasantly cool evenings. Local Beijingers describe this short season as tiāngāo qìshuǎng (literally ‘the sky is high and the air is fresh’).
The second-best time is spring, late March to mid-May, when winds blow away the pollution but also sometimes bring clouds of scouring sand for a day or two, turning the sky a livid yellow (great for pictures). From May onwards the mercury begins to surge well over 30°C until the rains arrive. The months of July and August are sultry and humid.
The best time to visit Lhasa is in summer and autumn (March to October) when the weather is warm. During spring and winter, it can be windy and extremely cold. Lhasa has a reputation of “sunlight city” with long sunny days all year round.
High Altitude: Travelling in Tibet is an adventure involving high altitude and can be strenuous. While most visitors have only minor effects from altitude, we strongly advise the guests to consult their doctors particularly those that have known heart, lungs or blood diseases. Mild headaches, slight fever, loss of appetite, insomnia, and stomach disorders can take place in the process of acclimating. Please consult your doctor in taking diamox as a preventive drug for altitude sickness. Drinking lots of water, high carbohydrate diet, eating lots of garlic, taking more rest than usual and deep breathing does help in acclimatising. We strongly advise that you read more on altitude sickness.
Tipping Hotel and restaurant bills include service charges amounting to 20%. There is no need to add anything further to this. In fact tipping is so rare that waiters will run out into the street to return the money you must have accidentally left on the table. Speaking of money, bring lots of it or hit the ATMs regularly. Cash is still king in China and credit cards something of a novelty item.
However, tipping of your guide or driver is a purely personal matter. The bottom line in determining whether or how much to tip is to ask yourself how much effort our representative has taken to make your China travel experience more enjoyable.
Passport/Visa Visas are required to enter, exit or transit through Chinese territories. The most common is a single entry 30-day visa. Multiple entry, 60-day and 90-day visas are also available. Passports must have a minimum of six months validity. Enquiries should be directed to the nearest Chinese embassy or consulate.