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Lhasa and Yamdrok Lake Tour Overview


  • Trip Code: CT-10098
  • Package: Lhasa and Yamdrok Lake Tour
  • Duration: 5 Day(s)
  • Trip Level:
    Beginner
    Requires no prior experience and fits for people with basic physical ability
  • Start At: Lhasa
  • Ends At: Lhasa
  • Best Season: April to November
  • Trip Route: Lhasa - Yamdrok Lake - Lhasa

Lhasa and Yamdrok Lake Tour Highlights

  • Experience the perfect fusion of the classic Lhasa tour with a scenic drive to Yamdrok Lake.
  • Embark on a full-day excursion to Lhasa, known as the "land of the Holiness."
  • Explore the majestic Potala Palace, the esteemed winter palace of the Dalai Lama.
  • Visit Jokhang Temple, home to revered statues of Shakyamuni Buddha.
  • Engage in a serene circular walk around the sacred Jokhang Temple.
  • Wander through the bustling Barkhor Street, a renowned pilgrim circuit in Lhasa.
  • Attend a mesmerizing prayer ceremony at Drepung Monastery, one of the world's largest monasteries.
  • Witness the intellectual prowess of Buddhist debates at the esteemed Sera Monastery.
  • Indulge in the breathtaking view of Yamdrok Lake from the scenic S307 pass between Lhasa and Gyantse.
  • Embark on a picturesque drive from Lhasa to Yamdrok Lake, one of Tibet's three sacred lakes.
  • Pause for a short stopover at Kamba La Pass, a magnificent mountain pass in Tibet.
  • Delight in birdwatching along the tranquil banks of Yamdrok Lake.
  • Bask in the serenity and marvel at the turquoise-blue waters of the lake.
  • Take leisurely strolls along the shores of the enchanting Yamdrok Lake.
  • Admire the stunning scenery of the holy lake, framed by majestic snow-capped mountains.
  • Spot fascinating wildlife such as wild goats and foxes in the grasslands surrounding Yamdrok Lake.
  • Capture a photo of the Tibetan Mastiff, a beautiful breed of dog.
  • Immerse yourself in the ancient Tibetan culture, traditions, and lifestyle.
  • Gain insights into the rich traditions of Tibetan Buddhism and its profound significance.

The Lhasa and Yamdrok Lake Tour offers a captivating blend of cultural exploration and breathtaking natural beauty. This five-day adventure takes visitors on a captivating journey through the historic landmarks of Lhasa city, including the iconic Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street, Drepung, and Sera Monastery. Additionally, the tour includes a scenic drive to Yamdrok Lake, one of Tibet's three holy lakes, renowned for its awe-inspiring setting amidst rugged mountains. Suitable for all ages and available year-round, this tour promises an unforgettable experience for travelers seeking a perfect mix of spirituality and natural splendor.

The Lhasa and Yamdrok Lake Tour seamlessly weaves together Tibetan culture, spirituality, and natural beauty. From exploring the architectural marvels of Lhasa to embarking on a scenic journey to the enchanting Yamdrok Lake, visitors are treated to an unforgettable adventure. Whether standing in awe of the Potala Palace, engaging in the vibrant atmosphere of Barkhor Street, or reveling in the tranquility of Yamdrok Lake, this tour promises to leave travelers with cherished memories that will last a lifetime.

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Altitude
Day 1 Arrival in Lhasa, Tibet (3,650m/11,980ft) Tibet (3,650m/11,980ft)
Day 2 Lhasa Tour - Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, and Barkhor Street
Day 3 Lhasa Tour - Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery
Day 4 Day Trip to Yamdrok Lake (4,441m/14,570ft) Yamdrok Lake (4,441m/14,570ft)
Day 5 Departure from Lhasa, Tibet

Lhasa and Yamdrok Lake Tour Itinerary


Day 1

Arrival in Lhasa, Tibet (3,650m/11,980ft)

Arrival in Lhasa, Tibet (3,650m/11,980ft) - Transfer to Hotel and Tour Preparation Welcome to Lhasa, the spiritual land of Gods! Upon arrival at Lhasa airport, our Tibetan guide will greet you and assist you with the transfer to your hotel. Enjoy a scenic one-hour drive along the riverside to Lhasa, allowing yourself to acclimatize to the high altitude. Take some rest and prepare for the upcoming tour.

Overnight stay in Lhasa.

Maximum Altitude: Tibet (3,650m/11,980ft)
Day 2

Lhasa Tour - Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, and Barkhor Street

Begin your Lhasa tour with an early start. Explore the magnificent Potala Palace, an iconic landmark of Lhasa, and the former winter residence of the Dalai Lamas. Marvel at the exquisite architecture, vibrant artworks, and religious treasures within the palace. Next, visit the sacred Jokhang Temple, where you can witness the holiest statue of Buddha, and take a leisurely walk around Barkhor Street, known for its bustling market and traditional Tibetan handicrafts.

Lhasa City

Overnight stay in Lhasa.

Day 3

Lhasa Tour - Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery

In the morning, visit two significant monasteries in Lhasa. Explore the vast Drepung Monastery, once home to thousands of monks, and admire the monastery's grandeur and spiritual ambiance. Afterward, visit Sera Monastery, famous for its philosophical debates and vibrant Tibetan Buddhist culture. Observe the monks engaging in enlightening discussions and explore the monastery's impressive architecture.

Drepung Monastery

Overnight stay in Lhasa.

Day 4

Day Trip to Yamdrok Lake (4,441m/14,570ft)

Prepare for an exciting day trip to the breathtaking Yamdrok Lake, located in Nangartse County, Shannan Prefecture. Enjoy the scenic drive and marvel at the free-flowing Yarlung Tsangpo River and charming settlements along the way. Make a short stop at the picturesque Kamba La Pass (4,794m) to admire the stunning view of Yamdrok Lake and capture its turquoise beauty. Continue your journey to the lake's shore, where you can witness the changing colors of the water and enjoy panoramic views of Mt. Nyenchen Khangsar. Immerse yourself in the serene environment, spot local wildlife, and witness the beauty of migratory birds.

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Return to Lhasa for an overnight stay.

Maximum Altitude: Yamdrok Lake (4,441m/14,570ft)
Day 5

Departure from Lhasa, Tibet

Today marks the end of your Lhasa and Yamdrok Lake Tour. After breakfast, check out from the hotel, and our guide will accompany you to the airport for your onward journey. If you desire, you can extend your trip to explore more cultural sights in Tibet or visit neighboring countries such as Nepal, India, or Bhutan.

Not satisfied with this itinerary? CoreTreks offers a customized itinerary option that allows you to personalize your trek according to your preferences and requirements.

Lhasa and Yamdrok Lake Tour Cost Mentions

Trip Includes


  • Tibet travel permit and all necessary permits for Tibet
  • Entrance fees for all tourist sites mentioned in the itinerary
  • Knowledgeable English-speaking Tibetan local tour guide
  • A comfortable and safe vehicle with a reliable Tibetan local driver (4WD land cruiser to minibus depending on group size)
  • Accommodation in hotels of your chosen class (5-star luxury, 4-star comfortable, 3-star economic, or budget hostel/guesthouse/tent)
  • Domestic flight/train tickets as per the itinerary
  • All meals specified in the itinerary
  • Tourist accident/casualty insurance
  • First aid kit

Trip Excludes


  • International flights to and from China
  • Chinese visa (assistance available for visa application)
  • Domestic flights/trains not mentioned in the itinerary (discounted booking service available)
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary (USD 3-15 per person for meals in Tibet)
  • Tips and gratuities for tour guides and driver
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, phone calls, snacks, soft drinks (alcoholic beverages should be avoided during the Tibet trip), optional tour activities, etc.

Please note: We can assist you with the Chinese visa application and provide discounted booking services for additional domestic flights/trains.

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The tour commences with two days of sightseeing in Lhasa, where visitors delve into the heart of Tibetan Buddhism. The UNESCO World Heritage site, Potala Palace, serves as the first stop. As the former winter residence of the Dalai Lama, this magnificent palace showcases the opulence and grandeur of Tibetan architecture. Visitors can explore the Dalai Lama's former living quarters, meeting rooms, and religious chambers, while also enjoying a panoramic view of Lhasa city from its majestic heights.

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The tour continues to Jokhang Temple, a revered pilgrimage site that offers a glimpse into Tibetan cultural and ritual practices. Inside the temple, visitors can witness the sacred statue of Buddha Sakyamuni, believed to have been created when he was just twelve years old. For a breathtaking view of Lhasa City and the Potala Palace, visitors can ascend to the temple's rooftop. Outside, the famous Barkhor Street invites visitors to partake in the age-old tradition of kora, a spiritual circumambulation, while engaging with locals and pilgrims and indulging in souvenir shopping.

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The tour also includes visits to two prominent monastic complexes, Drepung and Sera Monasteries. Drepung, once the world's largest monastery with thousands of monks, offers an opportunity to explore its monastery halls, assembly areas, and impressive Buddha statues associated with the Dalai Lamas. Sera Monastery, located just north of central Lhasa, is renowned for its unique Buddhist debates. Visitors can witness lively intellectual exchanges among the resident monks, creating a vibrant and enlightening atmosphere.

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After immersing in the cultural treasures of Lhasa, the tour embarks on a scenic drive toward the mesmerizing Yamdrok Lake. Traveling over the 4,500-meter mountain pass of Kamba La, visitors are greeted with a spellbinding vista of the turquoise-colored lake set against a backdrop of snow-capped peaks. Yamdrok Lake, considered one of the world's most beautiful lakes, captivates with its pristine waters and stunning surroundings.

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According to local mythology, Yamdrok Lake was formed by the scattered turquoise jewels from a goddess's earring, which she bestowed upon the Tibetan people. The shape of the lake is said to resemble an earring. Additionally, it is believed that after the passing of the Dalai Lama, senior monks perform sacred rituals and toss holy objects into the lake to identify the reflection of the deceased Dalai Lama's soul, adding an aura of spirituality to the already awe-inspiring landscape. Each year, countless pilgrims from across Tibet visit the lake, drawn by its beauty and spiritual significance.

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Yamdrok Lake is a treasure trove of natural wonders, offering visitors a feast for the eyes. Its crystal-clear waters vary in color, transforming under the sunlight's position and intensity. Along the lakeshore, avid birdwatchers can spot various species, including pigeons, yellow ducks, cormorants, swans, and the majestic bar-headed goose. The picturesque scenery encompasses snow-capped mountains, islands, pastures, and temples, creating a complete package of natural splendor.

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