Lhasa Tours - Journey of The Forbidden City
US $1675

(TripID #NV-00 94)

Trip Overview

Lhasa “The Forbidden City” is the spiritual and political capital of Tibet Autonomous Region, and also a central administrative station for Communist Chinese Government in the region. Former abode of Dalai Lama (Living God for Tibetans) and some of the most ancient Buddhist culture and traditions, Lhasa has long been kept away from the foreign tourists and media. Heinrich Harrer's account of Tibet in "Seven Years in Tibet" gave first idea of the city, its culture, traditions and lifestyle, to the western world.

Few of the most revered and historical monuments to take a look during in Tibet are; Potala Palace (Winter Palace), Nobulingka (Summer Palace), Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery, Ganden Monastery, Tashilhunpo Monastery and Jokhang Temple.

This trips aim is to introduce you the intriguing details of Tibet and its centuries old cultural and architectural wonders. One get to observe the nomadic lifestyle of remote Tibetans villages and mingle with them during the overland tour in the outskirts of Lhasa.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01:
Fly to Lhasa (3650m/11,972ft), 1 hr flight
Day 02:
Sight seeing in Norbulinka, Sera and Jokhang Temple
Day 03:
Sightseeing in Potala palace and Dreprung Monastery
Day 04:
Fly from Lhasa to Kathmandu, (1,300m/4,264 ft)

Detail Itinerary for Lhasa Tours - Journey of The Forbidden City

Day 01: Kathmandu to Lhasa (3650m/11,972ft), 1 hr Trans Himalayan flight
After breakfast transfer to intl. airport for your flight to Lhasa, one of the most dramatic and scenic short flights in the world. Upon arrival at Gonggor airport we'll be met by our local Tibetan representatives and assist you to transfer to Lhasa after an hour drive. On arriving in Lhasa it's time to check in at the hotel and the remainder of today is at leisure to relax and acclimatize at Lhasa. Over night stay in budget hotel in Lhasa on twin sharing accommodation.
Day 02: Sight seeing in Norbulinka, Sera and Jokhang Temple.
Today we take time to explore the heart of Tibet, the holy and Forbidden City of Lhasa. Explore Norbulinka Palace, in Tibetan 'beautiful gardens' and the summer palace home for the 7th to the 14th Dalai Lama. At serene Sera Monastery, enjoy watching the monks animatedly debating the Buddhist scriptures and see the wonderful collection of ancient murals and statues as well as scriptures written in gold powder, wonderful scroll paintings, tapestries and Thangka that can be seen throughout. Join the medieval bustle of pilgrims, worshippers, performers and traders in and around Jokhang Temple, the most revered religious structure in Tibet. Follow the pilgrimage circuit along the ancient streets of the old town around Barkhor Bazaar and return back to same hotel for overnight.
Day 03: Sightseeing in Potala palace and Dreprung Monastery
Today we explore the vast halls and chapels of impressive Potala Palace, former home of the Dalai Lamas and an awe inspiring landmark that dominates the skyline over Lhasa. After visit Potala palace enjoy the solemnity of holy Dreprung Monastery, once the largest monastery in the world and now the largest and richest monastery in Tibet, founded in 1416 and a place of study for many of the most learned lamas and enjoy the day and return back to hotel for overnight.
Day 04: Fly from Lhasa to Kathmandu
After breakfast drive to Gonggor airport to fly back to Kathmandu. We'll pick up you at airport and transfer to hotel. Remaining time rest and relax at the hotel or walk around the Thamel area and overnight at hotel.

We wish you a wonderful Himalayan adventure with us!


US $1675 per person
US $ 0 Single Room Supplement

All prices are in US dollars and do not include international airfare, unless otherwise noted.

Cost Included:

Airport Pick Up & Drop Services:
  • » Drop to Airport » : transferred to intl. airport for your flight to Lhasa
  • » All the pick up and drop as per the itinerary
Trip Briefing & Information:
  • » We provide you Eco-friendly Tour file consisting broad trip information 
Sight Seeing:
  • » Sightseeing » : Sightseeing in Potala palace
Accommodations & Meals:
(All twin sharing basis) 
(Single room also served with extra charge) :
  • » Accommodation in Lhasa on twin sharing basis with breakfast
Flight / Transportation:
  • » Hotel arrival and departure transfer by private vehicle
  • » Transport » Kodari (Tibet boarder) to Kathmandu transportation by comfortable vehicle
  • » Lhasa to Zhang-Mu transfer by non AC Land Cruiser (4WD TOYOTA)
Tour permit :
  • » All necessary Tibet travel permits
National Park Fare:
  • » All fees for sightseeing and Monasteries as per the itinerary
First Aid:
  • » N/A
Tour crews :
  • » Guide » : Government Registered, well trained English speaking Tibetan guide
Porter Equipment :
  • » N/A
  • » Guide » : Company provide insurance for our guide as per state law.
Tour Equipment :
  • » Nepal Vision t-shirt
  • » Nepal Vision adventure certificate 
  • » All applicable taxes and service charges

Cost Excluded:

  • » Nepal » Nepal entry visa fees is not included
  • » Chinese visa fee (US$ 175 for the US citizens and US$ 85 for the other national people)
  • » Intl. airfare KTM-LXA-KTM & all departure taxes
  • » Accommodation and meals in Kathmandu
  • » Meals other than breakfast in Tibet
  • » All cold drinks and any beverages are not included on trip price.
  • » Drinking Water » : Drinking water is not included in the trip price. 
  • » You have to make your travel & rescue insurance by yourself before leave for travel. 
Optional Excursion:
  • » Provide such service with extra charge on your request. 
  • » Optional Excursions » Our optional excursions are culture trips, ethno trips, and festival trips, monastery meditation with Lama & monks, nature medicine trips, bird watching, sports, farming trips and other incentive trips as per the client’s interest.
Trekking Equipment:
  • » N/A
  • » Tips for driver, guides and porters are not included in the cost.
  • » Personal expenses e.g. phone calls, laundry, bar bills & extra porters.
  • » Hot Shower in during the trekking period is not included.
  • » Cost arising out of landslides, road blockade, and rescue of any form, cancellation of flight or reasons beyond our control.
  • » Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section. 

Departure Dates for Lhasa Tours - Journey of The Forbidden City

We provide a series of fixed departure trek, tour and expeditions in Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet and India. If you are single and wishing to be with a group, you can join our fixed departure schedule. If the schedule dates are not convenient for you, contact us & let us know; we are more than happy to customize our trips to suit your needs. If any individuals or group doesn’t want to join with our other group, we can operate as per your wish and requirement. We are ground operator of these Himalayan destination and able to arrange your trip as per your interested date and choice.

Note: All Departure Are 100% Guaranteed If you are booked you are going

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Useful information before joining this trip

Tour Group

In our tour group the minimum number will be 2 persons and the maximum number will be 10 persons. For single also we organize the trip with single supplement (except some region most require minimum 2 persons), also you may join with our group in Kathmandu but make sure before you book the trip and concern more than 11 persons it doesn't mean we are not operating, we do on request. To keep the limit group size which means we can provide a best services and personal take care to our valuable clients.

Physical Requirements

Travellers who are making their plan to travel in the Himalaya, this most require a good health condition and physically fitness with mentally refreshed. You are reaching in the high Himalaya and depends on your trip you are starting your tour from 1000m/3280 feet to 5550m/18204 feet approx. So, health is a most essential part for your adventure travel. Nepal Vision treks most require your medical fitness certificate prior to your booking. Before the trip booking with us we suggest to consult with your Medical Doctor and in his/her references go for your trip booking process with us.

Our Tour Staffs

For our tour group, there will be one Tour guide & driver in Kathmandu sight seeing and in Tibet their will be one Tibetan Guide and driver during the Tibet visit. In fact during the Kathmandu visit our guide will be fluent English speaking as well treated you as a well coming good hospitality. During the visit in Tibet all the Tibetan guide recruit by the Tibetan tourism council and there is shortage of guide. They speak good English and don't aspect good hospitality like as Nepal. Our all guide is very good and well treat during the journey.

Meals and Accommodation

We provide on twin sharing accommodation with private bathroom in Kathmandu as per your requested categories, which is as Hotel Blue Horizon (standard hotel)/Hotel Marshyangdi (3 star hotel)/ Yak & Yeti (5 star deluxe) or similar. While visiting in Tibet we provide the twin sharing accommodation on Hotel Flora (budget hotel)/ Hotel Sambala (standard hotel)/ Hotel Lhasa (deluxe hotel) or similar in Tibet. As per your hotel requested in Nepal we'll provide the similar categories in Tibet part.

During the visit in Nepal and Tibet we provide you breakfast only. Lunch and dinner are excludes in the price except well come dinner.

Clothing and Equipment

While you traveling Himalayan country this is most essential to know what to bring with you and what are the essential clothing and equipments during the travel. Basically, we suggest bringing based on season and altitude. During the trip you'll needed down, medium fabrics and good hiking boot. Generally find the equipment list below for your personal use during your travel with us,

A pair of light hiking/trekking boots depend on your season and altitude, a pair of sandals, 2 pairs of woolen socks and some pair of hiking socks, 1 medium poly pro shirt, 1 pile jacket, 1 down jacket, 1 woolen hat , a pair of sunglasses, a pair of glove with liner, a pair of woolen gloves, 1 trekking pack 3000 cubic inches capacity, sunscreen lotion SPF 10 to 25 and sunscreen stick SPF 10 to 30, some reading books (optional), 1 walkman (optional) and music tapes (optional), a one liter water bottle, a pair of trekking poles as per your physical condition , 1 flash light with few sets of batteries, 1 sleeping bag (-5 to -20) depends on your season and altitude, 2 t-shirts and one long sleeve t-shirt, 1 trekking baggy pant, rain poncho, nail cutter, Swiss knives etc. are the recommendable to bring with you. Also most of the equipments can buy or hire in Kathmandu.


Our itinerary specially tailored considering with a high degree of minimization of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). Normally, altitude sickness stars from 3,600 meters/11808 feet and there is no problem below this standard. During your trip this is a best solution go slowly with body acclimatization. Consider in the higher altitude there is less oxygen in the air. Suppose, crossing high passes more than 5,000 meters/ 16,400 feet, there is 50% less oxygen than at sea level. Your body needs many days to acclimatization during the travel in high Himalaya.

Check out "Altitude illness" by Dr Jim Duff.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is most essential if you are going to travel in the Himalaya; which protect your financial securities and compensate your lost property as well as life security. We are requesting to bring your travel insurance with you. Travel insurance should cover helicopter evacuation to be required and in case of any emergency, we talking with your insurance company then provide the evacuation for your life safety. Unless here in Kathmandu available on request.

Climate and Weather

In fact, Nepal is best time to travel in autumn and spring season but in the Tibetan climate is not as harsh as many people imagine it to be. It is suitable for travel to Tibet from April to the beginning of November, and the best time is August and September. But if you only stay in Lhasa, you can go there anytime of the year. Sun radiation is extremely strong in Tibet. The sunlight in Lhasa is so intense that the city is called Sunlight City. The thin air can neither block off nor retain heat so that the temperature extremes can be met in daytime and the same night respectively in Tibet. However it is not impossible to visit the holy snow land. May, June and September are the tourism season in east Tibet.

Most annual rainfall comes in the rainy season that starts from June to September. Usually it rains at night in Lhasa, Shigatse and Chamdo area. The rainfall may block roads and make travel difficult but the scenery at the time will be the best.

Passport and Visa Requirements

Before you traveling check your passport and validity date. You most require a valid passport to visit out of country. Passports most have at least 6 months validity after finish date of your trip. We most require your copy of full passport details with correct spelling written in your passport or scan copy is most preferable.

In Nepal you will require a visa which can be obtained in advance from the Nepalese Embassy from your country or you can get on arrival at the airport in Kathmandu with a cost of US$30 which is single-entry tourist visas and valid for up to 60 days and can be extended to a maximum of three months for an additional charge. But on arrival please get a multiple entry visa. Please visit for more information: nepalimmigration.gov.np/content/visa-info.html

During the Visit in Tibet Chinese Government require original passport to obtain the Chinese visa most take from Nepal and even if you have already obtain from your county this visa doesn't work travelling from Nepal. Recently, they providing visa on Monday, Wednesday and Friday on evening valid till 20 -25 days in total and we most require our passport copy before your arrival. Without Package tour this is worthless try to visit Tibet. It means you are not allow to travel alone.

Permits and fees

In Nepal, you most require a permits and fees to enter a certain areas such as World heritage sites, National Park, restricted areas along climbing as well. All the trip prices are including the cost of relevant permits and entrance fees. Incase of any such conditions we will inform you if required any additional permit fees before you make a booking with us.

During the Visit in Tibet, they require the Chinese visa fees, Tibet special permit, and Everest permit as well as charge each monastery while you enter. This major fee includes in our package tour.

Health and Medical Information

Our all staffs are well experienced travelers and sharing since 1 ½ decade to achieve the traveler's ambition. In fact, we specialized in the Himalayan travel and we all are from Himalayan region with plenty of local knowledge, which is a key factor to provide the standard service to our clients. Our all services based on client's safety and satisfaction. We provide the high range of quality services and personally taking care during the trip. Each of our guides carries medical kit bag for occurring incidents during the travel. As a result we have best recommendation from our previous clients.

Environmental Concerns

We are highly sensible to protect our natural environment and participating with many environmental clean up campaigns. Our responsible tourism carries good message to the locals and we insists and train them do's and don't, how to keep good environment etc. Besides this tourism industry has an obligation to protect and preserve the natural environment for future generations as well.

To find out more about the clean-up campaigns and environmental awareness events we've run with KEEP, please click here for more information.

Our Experience

Nepal vision trek has been stabilized in 1992 with Govt. registered company based in Kathmandu, Nepal and we are working in adventure travel in the Himalaya of Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan and India carries long experience and built up own history in tourism. Our long experience in adventure travel, we are even more dedicated to fulfill our clients' requirement and always sincere with clients gratification. We are also delighted to say that many of our clients return again and again to travel with us and many of our new clients are through recommendations and word of mouth from happy and satisfied clients who have previously traveled with us.

How to Book

While you have chosen your trip, contact our head office by mail or phone to check the availability dates, groups or any remaining question you may have. We are happy to help and reply responsively as soon as possible. We'll hold your booking with us before your final decision. Please read properly our trip booking terms & conditions before your booking and fill up the booking form (download from our website) along with the appropriate deposit of 20 % per person in advance and payment made through the bank transfer or submit your credit card (visa/master card) details with booking form. When you choose the method of advance payment in an appropriate way, a signed and completed booking form will still be required for confirmation of booking. Bookings will only be confirmed once we receive a completed and signed booking form along with appropriate payment.

The final balance for your booking will be on arrival in Kathmandu. We will invoicing you after your arrival for the final balance along with other final pre departure details as appropriate. Your final invoice will show the price based on the previous quote at the time of invoicing.

We wish you a wonderful Himalayan adventure with us!

Clothing and Equipment

Trekking in Himalaya means uphill and downhill walking in remote part. So your health and physical fitness plays the vital role for completing this trek. If your level of fitness is good and your health is excellent, you can join this trek even you never done trekking in the high Himalayan region.
Credit cards are not accepted in during your trekking period so you have to use only Nepalese Rupees cash. In Kathmandu and other major cities modern banking facilities are available.
  • Valid Passport – must be valid for up to 6 months after you return from your tour, keep a separate photocopy with Nepal visa.
  • Travel insurance, keep a separate photocopy
  • Return flight tickets
  • Insurance coverage policy
  • Cash and Traveler’s Checks, keep numbers and proof of purchase separate
  • Emergency contact numbers for T/C’s, banks, insurance, family contacts.
  • Bring a pen and a diary
The teahouse accepts Nepalese currency so you must have enough Nepalese currency with you.
You can get money exchange at your hotel or we will recommend you the better place where you get good exchanging rates. So once you are here in Kathmandu consult with your dealing manager for money exchange.
Nepal Immigration accepts US dollars only for visa. Please bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs
In the tea house trekking arrangement, they will provide private rooms. And most of the places, the bathrooms are shared and running water facility.
Most of the tea houses we get electricity facility in during the trekking period. You can charge your electronic devices.
No there is not any extra fees charges during the trek.
If you need to purchase some gear or supplies you can get it in Thamel area in Kathmandu. In Thamel you can get different international brand as well as local brand.
Our airport representative will be waiting you at the arrival gate of the airport holding your name so find your name at the arrival gate of the airport.
Mountains weather is difficult to predict. Although; at night it is generally more cool and the days are warm. Winter (January and February) will be colder but the days can be warm if the sun is out. There will be bit of snow during the month of January, February and December. It is also important to make sure that you can stay warm and dry in just about any conditions. Expect the unexpected! Average Temperatures in Nepal (in Degree Celsius)

Height Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May
Katmandu 16/28 14/26  7/22 1/20 1/18 4/20 7/25 12/28 16/30
1000 m 20/28 16/25 11/22 6/20 5/19 8/20 11/25 15/29 17/30
2000 m 13/22 10/21 4/17 1/14 0/13 1/14 4/18 8/22 12/23
3000 m 11/19 6/18 1/15 -2/13 -3/12  -1/13 2/16 5/19 8/20
4000 m 1/13 -3/12 -8/8 -10/6 -12/4 -10/5 -6/9  -3/12 -1/13
5000 m -1/10 -6/8 -11/6 -13/4 -18/3 -14/5 -8/7 -4/11 -2/12
In Tea House trek you will served a variety of local foods including such items as Tibetan fried bread, soups, momo’s (steamed dumplings), daal- bhat (lentils and rice), tarkari (steamed, fried, or curried vegetables), potatoes (prepared in dozens of ways), pastas and even a version of pizza. Meats are rarely eaten although you may have canned tuna or sardines and the occasional yak stew. Breakfasts typically consist of eggs (prepared in many ways), hot porridge, muesli, toast, peanut butter and honey.
A backpack (also called rucksack, knapsack, packsack, and pack) is, in its simplest form, a cloth sack carried on one's back and secured with two straps that go over the shoulders.
It is difficult to wash your clothes in during your trekking period.
Bring Diamox (altitude sickness medicine) and your personal medication with you.
A trekking holiday should never be about making it to the final point quickly. Along your trekking we can add days at your request with additional costs to cover guides, porters, accommodation and food if you inform us prior enough time to manage extra day/s trekking.
The weight limit for the trek is 15kgs/33 pounds (LBS) per guest, as it is the maximum weight that the porters can carry. It is also important to note that "hard" luggage poses a problem: soft "duffel-bags" are recommended.

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