3 Day Lhasa Highlights - Small Group Tour

Attention: by choosing this selection, you are paying to book a private room on top of what you have already purchased previously (i.e. paying to not share a bedroom with another tour guest).
Here is the perfect solution for those whose time is limited but are still determined to make the trip of a lifetime. Extravagant Yak has tailored a three day tour of Lhasa to include many of the key cultural and historical highlights, complimented by authentic experiences of Tibetan life. Sip sweet tea with the local old-timers after visiting the Dalai Lama's former residence. Barter in the age old Barkhor Bazaar after joining religious pilgrims from distant parts of Tibet on a visit to the most venerated of all pilgrimage destinations: Jokhang Temple.

This is a long weekend not soon to be forgotten! Three days is all it takes: depart Chengdu on Day 1 and return on Day 3. We bring the roof of the world within easy reach. In the hands of a capable and engaging Tibetan guide who looks after all the details for you ensures you don’t return more tired than before you left. Bring a friend, your partner or your family.

If you desire a full course cultural experience packed into a few days, this tour will not disappoint.

Potala Palace, Lhasa

*pricing based on a min. group size of 4.

3 Days

Upcoming Group Trip Dates: 

  • May 1 - 3, 2023
    Register by March 20, 2023
Key Destinations

Jokhang Temple, Potala Palace, Norbulingka, Sera Monastery debates


Private vehicle

Starts / Ends

Starts and ends in Chengdu

  • Chengdu to Lhasa return airfare
  • Tibet Travel Permit (TTP)
  • Private vehicle and driver
  • All Lhasa transport, including airport pick-up and drop-off
  • All accommodation based on double occupancy (2 nights)
  • Extravagant Yak English speaking Tibetan guide
  • All meals
  • All activities and entrance fees (per itinerary)
Not Included
  • International airfare to Chengdu
  • Medical, travel, and trip interruption insurance
  • Passport and visa fees
  • Activities not included in the trip itinerary
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Souvenirs, laundry, items of a personal nature

DAY 1 - Chengdu - Lhasa (Flight)

Accommodation: House of Shambala, Lhasa

Your tour commences with meeting your Extravagant Yak representative at Chengdu Shuangliu airport. Today you are flying to the roof of the world (3700m)! It is hard to find such a short flight anywhere else on the planet where the geography, climate, elevation, and culture changes so dramatically. After a short rest at your hotel, it is off to the heart of this ancient city for a walk through the lively Barkhor Bazaar that surrounds the venerated Jokhang Temple. It is an exotic experience to mix with nomads and religious pilgrims who have converged from all over Tibet. Heading inside the temple itself will give you a taste of what’s to come.

barkhor square lhasa

DAY 2 - Lhasa

Accommodation: House of Shambala, Lhasa

This morning will take you on a leisurely stroll through the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Norbulingka, meaning "Treasure Park." The central feature of this 89 acre park and gardens is Norbulingka Palace - the traditional summer residence of the successive Dalai Lamas. After lunch, it is a short drive to the foothills north of town where Sera Monastery sits. This includes the fascinating experience of seeing monks engage in their daily practice of religious debate. A full day already, an afternoon rest will precede a later dinner. During dinner, the enjoyment of traditional Tibetan music and dance will leave you with the sense you've passed through a time portal to an ancient past. 

DAY 3 - Lhasa

Accommodation: House of Shambala, Lhasa

This morning, the crown of Lhasa awaits as you begin your tour of the 17th century Potala Palace, the former chief residence of the Dalai Lama. Containing over 1000 rooms, 10,000 shrines, and 200,000 statues, any length of time in this historic engineering wonder is considered an abbreviated tour. A well deserved rest after lunch will be appreciated before you bid farewell to this magical land, heading to the airport for your early evening flight.

*Your tour concludes upon departure from Lhasa.