Loafing around Lhasa: Natural Hot Springs, Palaces, and Monasteries

Lhasa, the capital of Tibet, is one the tourist hotspots in China, thanks both to the city’s grand cultural heritage and to the incomparable natural heritages of Tibet. Centered around the heritages in and around Lhasa, this package gives you an opportunity to experience the holiness and grandeur of Lhasa as well as some reinvigorating dips in a few of natural hot springs around Lhasa. You also visit Namtso Lake, one among the highest altitude in the world.

As you explore Lhasa, you stumble from one stunning cultural heritage to the other, watching the man made majesties in the likes of Potala and Norbulinka Palaces. Among the ones topping the list are the Jokhang Temple, Yumbalakhang Palace, Drepug and Ganden monasteries. You also get chance to hang around the mysterious caves around the city. All the while, a picturesque scenery of snow-capped mountains make a magnificent backdrop. Besides, you will familiarize yourself with varieties of people, from the cultural and religion loving Tibetans to the Buddhist pilgrims from different parts of China, to the explorers and adventurers to the businessmen, from Nepal and India in this fast growing metropolis of China.


Day 1: Fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa, and drive to Tsedang (3700m)

Day 2: Tsedang sightseeing

Day 3-5: Drive to Lhasa and Lhasa Sightseeing

Day 6: Drive from Lhasa to Terdom Hot Spring

Day 7: Drive from Terdom Hot Spring to Reting Monastery

Day 8: Drive to Namtso Lake

Day 9: Drive from Namtso Lake to Lhasa

Day 10: Fly from Lhasa to Kathmandu


Day 1: Fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa, and drive to Tsedang (3700m)
In a little over an hour, the flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa takes you over the majestic Himalayan peaks and land you at Gongar International Airport. From there we move on to Tsedang, the seat of the first Tibetan king Nyatri Tsenpo, among whom a number of popular legends have grown.

Day 2: Tsedang sightseeing
The highlight of our visit today will be Yambalakhang Palace, believed to have been built by the first king of Tibet and then the Chendruk temple. Our stopover for the night will be near Samye Monastery, an impressive piece of architecture sitting upon a hill

Day 3-5: Drive to Lhasa and Lhasa Sightseeing
We reach Lhasa, have lunch and start our exploration of this wonderful city. A couple of days in this city will feel like a flash of a moment , since it has a lot of cultural and religious heritage going back to hundreds of years. We may start with a visit to Sera Monastery. Then we will see the sheer majesty of Norbulinka Palace, Jokhang Temple, and take a stroll through the Barkhor Market steeped in its ancient aura. Then there will be Potala Palace and Drepug Monastery and so many other small and big monasteries, other monuments, and marketplaces bustling with traders and consumers.

Day 6: Drive from Lhasa to Terdom Hot Spring
Before reaching the natural hot springs in Terdom, we visit Drayerpa Cave, Ganden Monastery, Drigung Tel Monastery en route.

Day 7: Drive from Terdom Hot Spring to Reting Monastery
Reting monastery is a must see if you are interested in exploring the depth of spiritual heritage and itsantiquity in Tibet. The monastery was the seat of the guru of the Dalai life in the past.

Day 8: Drive to Namtso Lake
We reach the one of the highest altitude located lake today, considered sacred by the people. This is a massive lake with nearly 2000 square kilometers in area. Watch this immense beauty and take a stroll on its side in the afternoon. In the evening, you will stay at a hotel near the lake.

Day 9: Drive from Namtso Lake to Lhasa
We return to Lhasa today, but not without making a visit to a nearby hot-spring. Take a dip in it to reinvigorate your body and spirit. Then drive to Lhasa and spend your night in the fabulous city.

Day 10: Fly from Lhasa to Kathmandu
Today we return from Lhasa to Kathmandu, again over the majestic Himalayas.

Health and Fitness Requirement:

This trip requires you to be in good health and physically fit.

Travel Insurance:

  • Make sure that you are insured against cancellations, accidents, health, emergency evacuation and loss, theft of, or damage to, baggage and personal effects.
  • In emergency situations, we will arrange for a helicopter rescue, medical treatment and after care for you. All these costs shall be borne by your travel insurance company.

Documents required:

  • Visa for Tibet
  • Scanned copies of passport sized photo and passport of each participant
  • Travel insurance

Health and Fitness Requirement:

This trip requires you to be in good health and physically fit.

Travel Insurance:

  • Make sure that you are insured against cancellations, accidents, health, emergency evacuation and loss, theft of, or damage to, baggage and personal effects.
  • In emergency situations, we will arrange for a helicopter rescue, medical treatment and after care for you. All these costs shall be borne by your travel insurance company.

Documents required:

  • Visa for Tibet
  • Scanned copies of passport sized photo and passport of each participant
  • Travel insurance



Country: Tibet
Duration: 10 days
Grade: Moderate
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