5 Day Lhasa to Yamdrok Lake Tour
- karuola glacier
- yamdrok lake
- Itinerary Details
Your private driver and guide will be ready for you when you arrive in Lhasa. Sit back in a comfortable van, leave the hassles to your guide, and enjoy a trouble-free transfer to your Shambhala Palace hotel.
Today we will start off with the fantastic Potala Palace, which historically served as the winter home of the Dalai Lama. It was first used in the 7th century by the 33rd king of Tibet. The most valuable collections in the Potala Palace are the gilded burial stupas of the former Dalai Lamas and the meditation cave of the 33rd great king of Tibet.
After lunch, we will move on to the Jokhang Temple, which was also founded in the 7th century by the 33rd great king of Tibet to promote the Buddhist religion. Inside you can see the statue of the Buddha Sakyamuni as he was at the age of twelve – this is perhaps the most venerated object in Tibetan Buddhism. Around the temple is Barkhor Street where you can perform the “Kora” (a religious circuit around a sacred building or mountain) with pilgrims and locals. The Barkhor market is also a great place to pick up locally made handicrafts and souvenirs.
This morning we will visit the Drepung Monastery – one of the great three Gelug monasteries of Tibet. Founded in 1416 by Jamyang Choge, on Tosngkhapa’s main disciples, the Drepung Monastery is home of Ganden Palace, which formerly served as the Dalai Lama’s palace before later moving on to the Potala Palace.
In the afternoon we will move on to see another of the great three of the Gelug monasteries in Tibet – the Sera Monastery. Founded in 1419 by another main disciple of Tsongkhapa, Jamchen Chojey, the main attraction of this monastery is the lively scene of the monks debating Buddhist scriptures in the courtyard behind the monastery in the afternoon.
After breakfast, drive about 2 hours to the holy lake, Yamdrok Lake. On the way enjoy the marvelous scenery around Karuola Glacier, one of three continental glaciers in Tibet.
Have a picnic of sandwiches, vegetables and fruit by the beautiful Yamdrok Lake. The lake is decorated by many islands and natural resources. As a major water-bird habitat in Tibet, it’s also a great place to see hundreds of swans and gulls in summer.
After breakfast, your private guide and driver will take you to the airport for your departure.
- Tour Cost
|Class/Price for Per Person||
|Economic Class (3-Star Hotels)||530 US$||630 US$||650 US$||720 US$||530 US$||530 US$|
- Service Included
Transportation in Tibet: Ranging from minivan to minibus depending on the group size and trip route (Car Gasoline is included);
Accommodation as listed in the itineraray;
Meals specified in the itinerary (Breakfast &lunch);
Guide: Excellent local Tibetan guide fluent both in Chinese and English;
Insurance: Liability travel Insurance and Vehicle seat insurance;
All entrance ticket fees for all tourist sites listed in the itinerary;
Meals not specified in the itinerary; (Due to the limited condition, we don't include meanls for the whole trip, you are free to choose whatever you like to eat and our guide will give you suggestion based on your interests; Generally, the cost rangs from 30RMB-60RMB per person per meal);
All Entrace tickets to the sightseeing places listed in the itinerary;
Personal expenses, like laundry, phone call, snacks, soft drinks (please do the best to avoid the alcoholic beverages during your Tibet trip), optional tour activities, etc.
Other expenses caused by flight delay、cancellation, visa delay or other objective reasons (like natural disaster, war, etc) ;
Expenses not included in the inclusion;
Tips to the guide and driver (Generally, the driver should be tipped at least 20 RMB per person per day and the guide will be at least 30RMB per person per day);
- Trip Notes
1.Tibet Travel Permit;
You will need a Tibet Entry Permit. Its cost is included in the tour quotation. Send your passport and China visa copies to us 20 days in advance, and we will apply for your permit once you book a Tibetan tour with us. In our experience, we can virtually guarantee to get your permit during times when Tibet is open to foreign travelers.
We’ve selected heritage hotels in the more traditional area of Lhasa, near Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street, so that travelers can experience more of the local life and culture. If you prefer to stay in a hotel with special oxygen supplies, other hotels in Lhasa are recommended (as above).
The accommodation in Dingri is poor (see above).
Our English-speaking guides are natives of Tibet with good knowledge of Tibetan culture, history, and Buddhism. Most are trained to offer Western-standard service.
Enjoy local Tibetan, Western Chinese and Nepalese food on the tour.
You will have standard western hotel breakfast in Lhasa, and specially prepared breakfasts outside of Lhasa: including butter, bread, coffee, tea, etc.
After the first day, lunch is included every day. Your guide can recommend some good local restaurants for dinner. Outside Lhasa, we suggest you have dinner in the hotels where you are staying.
Before your trip, ask your doctor for any suggestions in relation to altitude sickness and bring some medicine just in case. The most popular altitude medicine among foreigners is Acetazolamide/Diamox.
We recommend that during the first two days after arriving in Tibet, visitors should keep warm, not take a bath, not smoke or drink alcohol. Drink plenty of water (>4 litres per day) before going and at altitude, and eat lots of vegetables and carbohydrates. Slow down, even if you feel energetic. Moving slowly is the best way to avoid altitude sickness.
If you don’t feel well after entering Tibet, go and see a doctor as soon as possible. There are doctors in major hotels in Lhasa, and you can call your tour guide for help at any time. We offer a free oxygen bag in the car.
6. What to Pack
Seek medical advice about altitude effects and pack any medicine you might need. Sunglasses, snow glasses, hats, lip balm, sun block, walking boots, and down jackets are all recommended.
Comfortable private cars/vans with experienced drivers will be arranged for you. All our vehicles meet the requirements of the Tibet Tourist Bureau, and are equipped with GPS and speed-limiting equipment.
Take into consideration the time you need to apply for your Tibet Entry Permit. It’s best to book a tour with us at least 30 days before your tour starts.