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The Ancient City of Lhasa

This is the ideal short trip to explore the ancient city of Lhasa and some of its surrounding monasteries and other cultural highlights. We include visits to the Jokhang, the Norbulingka (the Summer Palace of the Dalai Lama), the famous Potala Palace as well as side trips to the nearby monasteries of Drepung, Sera or Tsurpu. Sera Monastery is located approximately 5km north of the Jokang and includes 19 hermitages, including four nunneries, which are all located in the foot hills north of Lhasa. Visiting these ancient Buddhist sites, including Samye, the first monastery established in Tibet, will give you a fantastic insight into both ancient and modern life within Tibet. This short trip can also be added before or after any of our other Himalayan departures.


7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners
Airport transfers day 1 and day 8
English-speaking local guides throughout
Basic hotel accommodation in Lhasa
All scheduled sightseeing and entrance fees
Emergency medical kit
Pre-departure Information Guide, with all you need to know for your trip
Bottled Oxygen for emergency use
Explore ancient Lhasa, one of the highest cities in the world
Experience the majesty of the Potala Palace
Journey to surrounding sites like Samyes, Tibet's first monastery
Gain an insight into the contrasts of modern and traditional Tibet
Discover the revered Jokhang temple and Norbulingka, Summer Palace of the Dalai Lama
Tour Provider World Expeditions
Number of Days
Price From
AUD $2,690
Start Location
Chengdu, Tibet
End Location
Age Range
Avg. 30+
Group Size
2 to 6
Tour Style
Tour Themes
Physical Rating
Tour departure dates
16 Apr 201923 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $2,690
20 Apr 201927 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $2,690
23 Apr 201930 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $2,690
27 Apr 201904 May 2019AvailableAUD $2,690
30 Apr 201907 May 2019AvailableAUD $2,690
03 Sep 201910 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $2,770
07 Sep 201914 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $2,770
10 Sep 201917 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $2,770
14 Sep 201921 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $2,770
17 Sep 201924 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $2,770
21 Sep 201928 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $2,770
24 Sep 201901 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $2,770
28 Sep 201905 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $2,770
01 Oct 201908 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $2,770
05 Oct 201912 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $2,770
08 Oct 201915 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $2,770
12 Oct 201919 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $2,770
15 Oct 201922 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $2,770
19 Oct 201926 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $2,770
22 Oct 201929 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $2,770
26 Oct 201902 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $2,770
27 Oct 201903 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $2,770
02 Nov 201909 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $2,770
05 Nov 201912 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $2,770
09 Nov 201916 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $2,770
12 Nov 201919 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $2,770
16 Nov 201923 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $2,770
19 Nov 201926 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $2,770
23 Nov 201930 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $2,770
26 Nov 201903 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $2,770
30 Nov 201907 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $2,770
03 Dec 201910 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $2,770
07 Dec 201914 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $2,770
10 Dec 201917 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $2,770
14 Dec 201921 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $2,770
17 Dec 201924 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $2,770
21 Dec 201928 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $2,770
24 Dec 201931 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $2,770
28 Dec 201904 Jan 2020AvailableAUD $2,770
31 Dec 201907 Jan 2020AvailableAUD $2,770
Day 1
This morning we take the one hour flight from Chengdu to Lhasa. On arrival at Lhasa Airport you will be transferred to the city – a drive that takes around two hours. The afternoon is set aside to rest and acclimitise.
Days 2-4
Three days are scheduled in Lhasa to appreciate its rich cultural history. We include visits to the Jokhang, the Norbulingka (the Summer Palace of the Dalai Lama), and the famous Potala Palace. We also include visits to the nearby monasteries of Drepung and Sera.
Day 5
Located 170km Southeast of Lhasa in the picturesque Yarlung Valley, the Tsedang region is home to many historical sites (approximate driving time is 2-3 hours). We will visit Thadruk Droma Monastery which houses a famous pearl Thangka. We will overnight at a local hotel.
Day 6
Samye Monastery was the first Buddhist monastery built in Tibet. It is nestled in a spectacular valley and a visit to Tibet would not be complete without a visit to this significant site. The first Tibetan monks were ordained at Samye, and are known as the ‘Seven Examined Men’. Our visit to Samye is a highlight of our entire journey. Overnight at local hotel. (It is approximately 2 - 3 hour driving time from Tsedang to the Sayme Monsastery.)
Day 7
The drive back to Lhasa is approximately 2-3 hours and we will arrive in Lhasa around 1:00 pm. The rest of the day is at leisure in Lhasa.
Day 8
This morning we make the drive back to Lhasa Airport for our return flight to Chengdu. On arrival in Chengdu our trip concludes.