Lhasa, literally translating to ‘land of lha’ (lha is the highest in the 6 classes of all the sentient beings), can also be called ‘the real-life Tibetan utopia’, Lhasa is the centre of all this buzz about Tibet and whatever it comes along with. Located at 3568 m from sea level, the small yet holy city of Lhasa dates back to the 7th century when the 3rd king of Tibet Songtsen Gampo first built he raised the first structures on the site of what is now the Potala Palace on Mt. Marpo-ri. But many archaeological pieces of evidence say Lhasa to be a human habitation centuries before the king.
Located at an altitude of 3,490 m, Lhasa is the capital of Tibet Autonomous Region and one of the highest cities in the world, it’s habitat to over 400,000 people of different ethnic groups like Tibetan, Han Chinese and Hui people (Muslims from Xinjiang). The holy city owns many important Tibetan Buddhist sites such as Potala Palace, Jokhang-Ramoche Temple, Sera-Drepung-Ganden Monastery, and much smaller sites like Drak Yerpa, Tidrum Nunnery etc.
Lhasa will be the first destination of most of the Tibet travelers. Therefore, we Yarlung Expedition Team highly recommend you to take easy time while you are in Lhasa, it is for acclimatizing the altitude. If your plan is to visit Mt. Everest or Mt. Kailash, then it is good to prepare everything from Lhasa. As you may not able to get the things when you are in remote parts of Tibet.