Lhasa & Drigung Til Monastery & Tidrum Nunnery Tour

6 Days
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Private escorted tour with guide & vehicle at your service exclusively and the itinerary can be tailor-made to your exact liking.

This 6 days private tour not only can allow you to visit the main tourist sites in and around Lhasa City but also will lead you to go to see the Ganden Monastery and then drive to enjoy the famous medical hot-springs in Tidrum and have a look at the Drigung Til Monastery. Drigung Til Monastery is the head monastery of the Drigungpa School of the Kagyupa order and the most famous sky burial site in central Tibet. It sprouts from a high, steep ridge overlooking the Zhorong-chu Valley. The 180-degree views from the main courtyard are impressive and a serene stillness pervades the site.

Day 1 Arrival in Lhasa (3680m)

Our staff will greet you at Lhasa Airport/Railway to transfer you to the hotel. From Lhasa Airport to downtown Lhasa, it usually takes abt 1.5hrs; from Lhasa Railway Station, abt 20mins. After transferred to the hotel, the rest of the day you will be free to wander around the city on your own but try not to overtax yourself. The first day's well-rest is crucial to acclimatize high altitude. Remember to drink lots of water, eat light, and not to shower if you can help it.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Day 2 Lhasa sightseeing

Today's tour will begin to visit the famous world heritage Potala Palace. It’s situated on the Red Hill of central Lhasa; Potala Palace is the highest ancient palace in the world, reaching 3,767.19m at the topmost point. The most valuable collections of Potala Palace are the gilded burial stupas of former Dalai Lamas and meditation Cave of the 33rd great king of Tibet.

In the afternoon, take an easy visit to Jokhang Temple in the center of the Old Lhasa city. Jokhang temple is the most sacred temple in all over Tibet and it is always bustling with earnest local pilgrims. After you visit the temple you have time to walk around the Barkhor street which is the one of the most devotional circuit as well as the crowded central market of Lhasa since from a long time, in the early days it is the most famous local market but now it is changed to the tourist gift shopping center.

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Potala Palace
The golden roof of Jokhang Template. From here,  you will also have a good view of Potala Palace.
Day 3 Lhasa sightseeing

Our guide and driver will pick you up at the hotel in the early morning and then drive to visit the Drepung Monastery which is located at the foot of the Mountain Gambo Utse, 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) from the western suburb of Lhasa, the Drepung Monastery is known as the most important monastery of Gelugpa in Tibetan Buddhism. It was founded in 1416 by Jamyang choge, one of the Tsongkhapa’s main disciples.

After lunch, you are going to visit the Sera Monastery which is located at the foot of Tatipu Hill in the northern suburb of Lhasa City; Sera Monastery is one of three famous monasteries in the city along with the Drepung Monastery and the Ganden Monastery. One of the main attractions of Sera Monastery is debating. As a part of their study, lamas must participate in debates to further their comprehension and proceed to more advanced levels of study. The debating usually is held at around 3 - 5 in the afternoon except for Sunday.

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Drepung Monastery
Sera Monastery
Day 4 Lhasa - Ganden - Tidrum, 170km, approx 5hrs

Drive about 50km northeast of Lhasa to Ganden Monastery in the morning. It is one of the three principles Gelugpa monasteries in the Lhasa district. Ganden is listed as one of Tibet’s cultural relics, under the special protection of the State.

After sightseeing, continue further northeast to Tidrum Nunnery via Medro Gongkar in the afternoon. Tidrum Nunnery with its medicinal hot springs has a great location in a narrow gorge at the confluence of two streams. The delightful hot springs (free of charge) are surrounded by wooden canopies. It is said to be rich in minerals, including sulfur, coal, and limestone; a mixture of properties that locals say can cure everything from rheumatism to paralysis.

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Ganden Monastery
Tidrum Nunnery
Day 5 Tidrum - Drigung Til – Lhasa, 150km, approx 3hrs

About a half-hour drive from Tidrum takes you to Drigung Til Monastery overlooking the Zhorong-chu Valley. Please, be fully aware that the formidable and mysterious sky burial site nearby, is not allowed for visit or photograph due to religious reasons. Please respect the custom of local Tibetans. 2~3 hours later, we’ll drive back to Lhasa.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Buddha in Drigung Til Monastery
Drigung Til Monastery
Day 6 Lhasa departure
Your tour ends today. Our guide and driver will collect you from your hotel to transfer to Lhasa Airport/Railway Station for your next destination.

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I arrive in Chengdu the 29 Auhgust and I have until the 12 September to do my tibet tour. Please help me, proposing me a product. Thanks




Dear Daniel dos Santos Sebastiao, thanks for your inquiry! According to your information, I've already sent you an itinerary for your reference by email. Please check!



Hi there, I'm planning to travel on my own, from Switzerland to China/Tibet and then I would like to go Nepal if possible. I would fly back to Switzerland from Nepal. I would travel in January or April, I haven't decided yet. Kind regards.




Dear F.lona

Thanks for sending us the inquiry about your Tibet Tour!

You can fly back to Switzerland after your Tibet trip. Great Tibet Tour is specialized in arranging Tibet travel for foreigners, as well as other parts of China & Nepal. So if you would like to travel in Nepal, we would love to arrange one for you. Could you please tell me how long you will be there?

The tour you submitted on our website is the private tour, so the cost of it might be more expensive for one person. So I advise you join in our group tour. The 6-day Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Group Tour. Of course, if you prefer the first one, I would love to arrange it for you as well. Before that, I need you to provide more information. What kind of accommodation do you want? Could you confirm the period you will stay in Lhasa?

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Hello, My boyfriend and I graduate in September and are going for a 6-month backpack trip in Asia. We would like to go to Tibet around February. Before this stop we would be in Nepal and we would like then to leave to Beijing. Do you have a proposal for us? Thank you very much




Dear Ménard Eugénie, according to your route, I personally suggest you go like Beijing-Tibet-Nepal, it’s much easier than the route Nepal-Tibet-Beijing, I will email you soon with more info about this. 



I would like the cost of your Lhasa tours. Myself and my friend (polish) have chinese working visas. What other permits do we require?




Dear Gillian, taking our 6 Days-Lhasa & Drigung Til Monastery & Tidrum Nunnery Tour, you just need Tibet Entry Permit,we need both your passport and China visa copies to apply for it for you. 

This is a private tour, so i will send you the tour cost with detailed cost inclusions & exclusions by email soon. 

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