Lhokha Prefecture Travel Guide

Lhoka Prefecture is also called as Shannan Prefecture. The prefecture covers an area of 79700 square Kilometers. It is located on the south of Lhasa Prefecture, west of Nyintri Prefecture, east of Shigatse prefecture and north of Bhutan and India. The topography averages at 3700 Meters above sea level, making it lower than the Lhasa and Shigatse prefecture. The population of the Tsedang city was 330,100 in the year 2007.

The prefecture is located on the middle and lower reaches of the Yarlung river valley. The river valley makes it the most prosperous in Tibet, with plenty of fertile farmland for agriculture. Lhoka prefecture is often regarded as the birthplace of Tibetan civilization. It is the ancient historical background with first Palace, first Buddhist Monastery, earliest farmland and Also the first Lhamo (Tibetan Opera) and the Cham dance are said to be performed in this region.

Due to its rich fertile soil and the plenty of water resources. The prefecture is prosperous in its agriculture products. Tsedang in the main City of the prefecture. The Yamdrok lake, Samye Monastery, Yumbulhakhang, Traduk Temple, Mindrolling Monastery and Chonggye.


Getting to Lhoka

The airport of Tibet, Lhasa Gongkar Airport is located in Lhoka Prefecture. The airport is just over 96 Kilometer to the main town of the prefecture, The Tsedang Town. All the inter and intra prefecture roads in Tibet are paved. The region is accessible from all the region of Tiet Via road journey. Now the new express high way from the Lhasa to Tseadng via the Ganden Monastery monastery reduce the travel journey from 4 hours to a half an hours.

Train to Lhokha

So far there is no train running through the Lhokha Prefecture. But in the coming year, there will be railway lines running through the Lhokha prefecture once the Tibet-Sichuan railway line is completed. Right now the trains are only available until the Lhasa and Shigatse.

Flights to Lhokha

Lhasa city airport in the western end of the prefecture. this makes the prefecture access to all the flight to Tibet as it is to the Lhasa prefecture. There are 30 different daily flights from other parts of China to Tibet and two daily flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa. The flights are coming in from Chengdu, Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Xining, Shangri la, Chongqing and Guangzhou to Tibet. The most number of flights are available from Chengdu to Lhasa.

High Altitude Sickness and Elevation

The average elevation of the Lhokha Prefecture in 3700 Meters above sea level, making it one of the lowerest of all regions in entire Tibet. It is recommended for travelers to start your Tibet travel from the prefecture if you have a group member of the elderly. It is very common for travelers to suffer from the high Altitude sickness upon arrival in Lhokha. It might take a day or days to acclimatizations in Lhokha. For some, it can be severe and for some, it could be little breathlessness while climbing the stairs.

There are many locally produced Medicine for the high elevation; Some local Tibetan Medicine.  We are in no position to recommend the medicine, But we would highly recommend consulting their doctors about the plans to go to Tibet and bring their own medicine. We want to suggest you the same.

Tibet Travel Permit for Lhokha Prefecture

Though we will take care of all the required Tibet Travel permit for Lhokha Prefecture. If you would like to know in detail about the permit requirement to Prefecture. Here is the information.

If you are visiting the Lhokha prefecture, Alien’s Travel permit in addition to the primary Tibet Travel Permit. It usually takes about 12 days in getting that basic permit done. We will make your permit before your Arrival in Tibet and the Aliens permit will be applied by your tour guide upon arriving at the Tsedang Town.

But you must keep in your mind the permit situation is different as per the mode to transportation into Tibet as follow:

  1. If you are taking a train from other cities in China beside Chongqing. You have required only the photocopy of your Tibet permit. Hence we will send you a copy in an email, and you can make the printout.
  2. For the train from Chongqing to Lhasa. The Train station in Chongqing will need to see your original Permit. For this, we will have to send you original permit to your hotel in Chongqing.
  3. Taking the flight to Tibet from any part of China, we will need to send your Original Tibet travel permit. Any airport in China will require to see your original Tibet travel permit before boarding into the flight.
  4. The permit will be at the border with your tour guide for all the travelers coming from Kathmandu to Tibet.  If you are taking the overland journey from Nepal to Tibet, your guide will be at the China custom at the border port with the permit. For the flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa, your tour guide will be with the permit waiting for you at the China Custom counter in Lhasa Airport.

Lhokha prefecture averages 3,700 meters (12,100 ft) above sea level. here the climate is mild and generally warm and temperate. With precipitation during the driest month, the rainfall in the prefecture is significant. The rainfall averages 1121mm and average annual temperature is at 15.9°C.


Best times to visit.

The best time to come to Lhokha prefecture in April to Mid June and September to November. During those days it is warmer and no rainfall on average.

If you would like to enjoy Tibet without many tourists. Winter is an excellent time to come to Lhokha.

Hotels in Lhokha Prefecture

Image Coming Soon

Samye Monastery Hotel

The Samye Monastery Hotel is a basic hotel run by the monastery. Though it is not a highly reviewed hotel but it is the best in the town. If you would like rather fancy accomodation, you can go to Tsedang town.

Tsedang Hotel

Tsedang Hotel

The Tsedang hotel is the three star in Tsedang town in Lhokha prefecture. The hotel has all the modern amenities including hot running water, wifi, and free breakfast.

Yulong Hotel

Yulong Hotel

This is another three star hotel in the town. The Hotel centrally located and has all the required modern Amanities in the room. They also provide free breakfast.

Equipment, and Packing Checklist


  • Comfortable, broken-in hiking shoes or hiking boots with Spare laces
  • 3 or 4 pairs of hiking pants ( at least 1 pair of waterproof/windproof hiking pants
  • *1 pair of comfortable tennis shoes, flip-flops or croc-style sandal to wear
  • 2 or 3 pairs of cotton socks
  • 3 or 4 pairs of wool socks
  • 4 to 6 pairs of underwear (*trekker should bring some spandex or non-chaffing underwear)
  • 1or 2 sets of thermal underwear (tops and bottoms)
  • 1 set of warm pajamas for overnight
  • Mid-weight or heavyweight winter coat ( down recommend for treks and any Tibet Travel in the month from October to April) 
  • Lightweight hooded rain jacket for treks and any travel done from April thru October
  • Warm Hat
  • Warm gloves
  • Scarf (Optional)
  • Sun Hat with the wide brim
  • 2 or 3 fleece tops
  • 4 to 5 T-shirt (Mixture of short and long sleeved. *Wicking shirt should be used for treks.)


  • *1 lightweight, quick0drying towel
  • *Gaiter (optional for trekkers)
  • *bandana (optional for trekkers)
  • *mid to heavyweight sleeping bag of -12°C to -18°C (10°F to 0°F)
  • Sunglass with UV Protection
  • Protection small flashlight (torch) or headlamp with extra batteries
  • 1 liter Nalgene bottle
  • Small thermos for tea/hot water
  • *day pack that is 30L to 40L in size ( Only if you are trekking)
  • *2 durable trekking poles ( Only if you are trekking)
  • 1 or 2 small plastic bags for dirty clothes, etc
  • Personal Hygiene and Toiletry items
  • Sunblock/ Sunscreen that is SPF 35 or higher
  • Lip balm that contains sunscreen
  • Skin moisturizer (optional)
  • Anti-Bacterial hand sanitizer
  • Small hand-held mirror (Optional)
  • Deodorant
  • Feminine products
  • Shaving products
  • Travel size Soap and Shampoo
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Wet wipes
  • 2 to 3 rolls of toilet papers
  • Nail clipper
  • Band-Aid and moleskin for blisters
  • Earplugs
  • Cotton buds/Q-tips


  • Medicine to treat travelers Diarrhea
  • Anti-biotic ointment for minor cut or blisters
  • Personal Tylenol, ibuprofen, cold medicine, antihistamine, etc
  • Diamox / Acetazolamide (Optional….contact your doctor for details)
  • Medicine if you are prone to motion sickness (optional)
  • prescription drugs (contact your doctor)


  • iPod/iPad/Kindle(optional)
  • Batteries for personal items (Camera, Flashlight, etc)
  • plenty of memory cards for your camera
  • passport/ money holder
  • extra copy of your passport and Chinese Visa (Make an Extra copy of your travel permit in Tibet)
  • Protein bars, Chocolate, dried fruit or Other snacks of your choice.
  • Electric outlet adapter for China
  • Small notebook with pen
  • 3 to 4 small zip-lock bags

Festival in Lhasa Prefecture

Losar Tibetan New Year བོད་ཀྱི་ལོ་གསར།

Losar, The Tibetan New Year 

Losar means Tibetan New year. This is one of the most important festivals in the entire years, similar to the Christmas in West and Spring festival in Other parts of China. During the Tibetan New year, we will make sure every one of back home to celebrate it…

Discover More

Saga Dawa Festival

Saga Dawa

Saga Dawa festival is a month-long festival which is commemorated on the fourth month of the Tibetan lunar calendar, Buddhist all over the commemorate the life of Buddha. Many travel website and many other websites regard it as the celebration…

Discover More

Ongkhor festival

Ongkhor Festival

Ongkhor is one of the most important festivals for Tibetan farming communities in a year. This festival is the celebrations to bring good luck for the annual harvesting from the Farmland. The festival is normally celebrated…

Discover More

Attractions on Lhokha Prefecture

Samye Monastery བསམ་ཡས་

Samye Monastery

Samye Monastery is the first Buddhist Monastery in Tibet. It is found Tibetan King Trisong Detsen in the 8th century with the Help from Guru Rinpoche

Mindrolling Monastery སྨིན་གྲོལ་གླིང་དགོན་པ་

Mindrolling Monastery

Mindrolling Monastery is one of six great monasteries of Nyingmapa sect of Tibetan Buddhism.  Located South of Yarlung Tsangpo river near Tsedang…

Tsedang རྩེ་ཐང།


Tsedang is known as the ancient capital of Tibet. It is a home of Tibetan civilization. It has been the capital of till the rule of Songtsen Gampo…

Chimphu མཆིམས་ཕུ་


Chimphu is the mediative hermit above the Samye Monastery. It is said to be the hermit for Guru Rinpoche in the 8th century…

Yamdrok Lake ཡར་འབྲོག་གཡུ་མཚོ་།

Yamdrok Lake

Yamdrok Lake is one of the four holy lakes in Tibet, besides Lhamo Lha Tso, Namtso, Manasarovar. The lake is located 116 km from Lhasa…

Serchen Lhatso Lake

Serchen Lhatso Lake

Serchen Lhatso Lake is Medro Serchen, The local deity of Medro Dongkhar. This lake is a pilgrim site. It is located 149 Kilometers from Lhasa …



Chonggye is the small town in the south of Shanan Prefecture. The town is known for its burial site for Tibet Kings like Songtsen Gampo and Trisong Detsen

Yurlung Tsangpo Valley

Yarlung Tsangpo Valley

The cradle of Tibetan Civilization. The Yarlung valley where we believe Tibetan Evolve from Monkey father and Ogress Mother. It is located south of Lhasa city…

Dorjee Drak Monastery རྡོ་རྗེ་བྲག་དགོན་པ།

Dorjee Drak Monastery

Dorjee Drak Monastery is one of six great monasteries of Nyingmapa sect of Tibetan Buddhism.  Located north of Yarlung Tsangpo river near Samye Monastery….

Drak Yangzong and Dzong Kumbum

Dorjee Drak Monastery

Dorjee Drak Monastery is one of six great monasteries of Nyingmapa sect of Tibetan Buddhism.  Located north of Yarlung Tsangpo river near Samye Monastery….

Dranang Monastery གྲ་ནང་དགོན་པ་

Dranang Monastery

Dranang Monastery is a small Sakyapa Monastery located 48km east of Lhasa Airport. It is well known for its rare wall murals of Indian and Chinese Fusion of Art…

Yumbulhakhang ཡུམ་བུ་བླ་སྒང།


Dranang Monastery is a small Sakyapa Monastery located 48km east of Lhasa Airport. It is well known for its rare wall murals of Indian and Chinese Fusion of Art…

Recommend Tours In Lhokha Prefecture

Ganden to Samye Trekking tours
Discover More
Tracing the footprint Guru Rinpoche Tour
Discover More
11 Days Lhasa-Tsedang-Shigatse-Namtso Lake tour
Discover More
Discover More

Our Special Arrangments

For maximum exposure to Tibetan Culture, religion, history, and crafts. We have extensive special arrangements to give you good cultural and traditional experiences.

Discover More

Responsible Tourism

I-Tibet travel and Tours is fully committed to responsible and Sustainable tourism practice in Tibet. Our privilege to be able to host you in Tibet also makes our responsibility in protecting nature and contributing back communities.

As a Local Tibetan travel agency in Lhasa. Our staffs are 100% local Tibetan tourism professionals. Additionally, We only use local Tibetan guides, other tours crews, and local business. 100% of the travel money goes to locals. Besides, We use 3% of the net profit into Environmental and social initiatives.

Being Tibetan, We know how vital the Tibetan environment is for the entire world. Mountains, glacier, and rivers are all cherished in our culture. We do our best to reduce the environmental impact of your tours in Tibet.

Following are Our ways:

a) No Small plastic bottles in the tour

All the drinking water are provided in the bigger container. So all visitors are asked to bring his/her own water bottle. In this way, we reduce hundreds and thousands of small plastic bottles. All the bigger containers are provided back to the manufacturer for reuse.

b) Incentives for practice

Incentives are given to guide and drivers. Who follow our strict directories on ethical practice towards sustainable and responsible tourism practice.

c) Staff Training every winter

Winter is a low season in Tibet tourism.  We provide skill training required for the practice of Responsible and Sustainable tourism practice, first Aids and emergency first responder training. One of our managers is certified Humanity Supply Chain management by fritz institute. We work closely with individuals from institute like Tibet Eco Travel initiatives and Local Tibet Red Cross society and other NGOs.

d) Tree Plantation

Some portion of the tour money  are save for our 1000 Tree plantation project. We will plant trees when we will have enough funds.

e) Smaller group size

All our tours are a small group to reduce environmental Impact. Since traveling in a smaller group has less impact on committed in an area than a big group. Therefore all our tour groups are small.

f) Trekking tours and environmental care in the wilderness of Tibet

During your trekking Tours, you will be walking across a very fragile ecosystem.  We do take extra care in our trekking tours preventing environmental effects. Following are how are take care of our environment our trekking tours.

1: We nothing leave mother behind.

We make sure we take all our rubbish and leave nothing behind.

2: We protect the grassland

A little destruction of Tibet’s fragile environment is irreversible. So, in the trekking tours, we will not make drainage surrounding your tent. Instead, we will provide trekkers with a better tent with bathtub style floors which prevent water from getting into the tent. We don’t put a small tent toilet. Even if we try to put the grass back, it is not the same. So when you are answering your nature called please enjoy the view.

3: Collecting the garbage along the way.

We have a saying in Tibet, “if you can’t help, don’t harm.” Here is our helping part. We always have extra yaks carrying the Garbages, our yak men will be collecting while waiting for the clients at the campsite. Yak man walks faster than all, and they have free time at the camp. While cook prepares for meals and drinks, We pay yaks men’s incentives in collecting the rubbish around the camp.

I-Tibet travel and tours, identify its self as a social enterprise.  For this, we dedicate 3% of our annual net profit to Social and environmental projects. Every winter we buy winter clothes for small children and donate to schools. In this way, besides donating winter cloth, we are also encouraging them to go to school.

It is important to make our guest understand Local Culture, Beliefs, and Ethics. Hence it will make it more comfortable during Our special tour arrangements. Like, your home visit, culture programs, and our others.

Sustainable toursim in Tibet

I-Tibet travel is local Tibetan travel agency based in Tibet. Being register in the year 1991, as Tibet Whole world international travel Co.Ltd.  Makes one of the oldest Tibetan travel agency in Lhasa. Thus we can to make all the Document require for your Tibet travel including travel permits. Our service includes wide ranges of Tibet tour packagesTibet group tour for Budget Travel. Also, You can book your Tibet flight tickets and Tibet train tickets. So, We hope you will choose a Local Tibetan travel agency to travel to Tibet.

Discover More