Lhasa & Ganden Monastery Tour

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Two hours driving from Lhasa takes you to the stunning location of Ganden Monastery, set in a natural bowl high above the braided Kyi-chu Valley. Brought back to life after nearly total destruction in the Cultural Revolution, the collection of restored chapels centers in Tsongkhapa’s tomb, and offers a delightful Kora path that will soon have you breathing hard from the altitude.

Day 1 Arrival in Lhasa (3680m)

Our staff will greet you at Lhasa Airport/Railway Station to transfer you to the hotel. From Lhasa Airport to downtown Lhasa, it takes about one hour. It’s about 20 minutes driving From Lhasa Railway Station to your hotel. In order to adapt to the high altitude soon, you'd better have a rest and don’t do strenuous exercise. If you feel good, you can visit the Potala Palace Square, far view the Yaowang Mountain and take a panoramic view of the Potala Palace. Remember to drink lots of water, eat light and high carbohydrate foods help you adapt the high altitude better. 

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Day 2 Lhasa Suburb

After breakfast, our tour guide will first take you to visit Drepung Monastery which is the world's largest monastery that housed for over 10,000 monks; it was the resident of the Dalai Lama. After lunch, you will continue to visit the Sera Monastery which was founded in 1419 by Tsongkapa's disciple Jamchen Choeje. The most attractive thing of Sera Monastery is Buddhist Scriptures debating held in the courtyard between 15:00 - 17:00 from Monday to Saturday.

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Drepung Monastery
Sera Monastery
Day 3 Lhasa City

In the morning our guide will meet you at the hotel and take you to visit famous Potala Palace, the cardinal landmark of Tibet and the masterpiece of Tibetan architecture, it was first built by 33rd King Songtsen Gangpo in the 7th century and rebuilt it later in 17th century by 5th Dalai Lama, now it is a museum and world heritage site. 

In the afternoon, we will go to visit Jokhang Temple in the center of the old Lhasa city. Jokhang Temple is one of the most sacred temples in all over Tibet and it is always bustling with earnest local pilgrims since from early days. After that you will take a walk around the Barkhor street which is the one of the most devotional circuit as well as crowded central market of Lhasa, Barkhor Street is located in the old area of Lhasa City Tibet, it is a very ancient round street surrounding the Jokhang Temple and the locals are always proud of it. As a symbol of Lhasa, it is also a must-see place for visitors.

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Potala Palace
This shrine is sacred to the Sakyamuni's 8 years sculpture. Blessing by Sakyamuni himself.
Day 4 Lhasa - Dark Yerpa – Ganden(3800m)- Lhasa, 160km, approx 3hrs

A day's excursion outside of Lhasa city takes you to Ganden Monastery; it is located on Wangbur Mountain on the southern bank of Lhasa River which is about 50km northeast of Lhasa. Ganden Monastery is the most special one of six major monasteries in Tibet, it is made of the Gelug sect of Tibetan Buddhism founder of tsongkhapa personally set up in 1409, and it’s a global sect of the ancestral monastery and quite worth to see if this is your first time to travel in Tibet.

On the way, we will also visit the less-known-by-tourists Dark Yerpa hermitage. Drak Yerpa is only a short drive to the east of Lhasa, Tibet, and consists of a monastery and a number of ancient meditation caves that used to house about 300 monks. The entrance to the Yerpa Valley is about 16 kilometers northeast of Lhasa on the northern bank of the Kyichu. From there, it is another 10 kilometers to the famous ancient meditation caves in the spectacular limestone cliffs of the Yerpa Valley. There is an ancient sky burial site opposite the main caves.

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Drak Yerpa
Ganden Monastery
Day 5 Depart from Lhasa
Today your guide and driver will escort you to the Lhasa Airport or Railway Station for your next destination. Before your departure, we will appreciate if you can spend a few minutes to evaluate our services either by filling the feedback form or simply send us an email when you back home, tour ends.

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Hello, we are planning to go to Lhasa from Bejing at 18th April 2018. We are interested in the 4 days small group tour or this 5 day tour. In both cases we like to stay in 4 star hotels. - How much does the the small group tour cost at the specified date? - How much does this 5 day tour cost at the specified date? Best Regards, Carolin




Dear Carolin,

Thank you for sending us an inquiry! For this small group tour, according to our booking police, although we don’t have this date listed on our tour plan, we can open a small group tour for you as you have two persons and intend to book it 45 days before tour starts.



We will arrive in Lhasa on November 10 and depart on November 16. Hope to do this 5 day tour. Thanks.




Dear Farrah,   

Great to hear that you are interested in taking our 5 Days Lhasa & Ganden Monastery Tour in Nov, if you arrive in Lhasa on 10th Nov for this tour, the tour will be ending on 14th Nov instead of 16th Nov. I will send you the itinerary and cost of it by email ASAP. Amy 

Lan ***


5-6 days depart from Chengdu by the end of September




Dear Lan Anh, if you plan a 5-6 days tour in Tibet, except the Lhasa & Ganden Monastery Tour, you also can consider the Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Group Tour - 6 Days(G03). I'll send you details via email. Regards, Julie



Dear Sirs, I am interested in this Lhasa tour. My wife and I would be arriving to Lhasa on Sunday September 10th, from Beijing, and leaving Lhasa (back to Beijing) on September 14th. Kindly let me know the price of this tour with two options: - With hotel (4 stars) - With no hotel Also, please let me know whether you would be arranging our Tibet visit permits. Thank you and best regards.




According to your clarification, I recommend you take our 5-day Lhasa-Namtso-Lhasa. The price is $890/person with 4-star hotels. And the price is $700/person without hotels.







Wendy Bao您好!根据您的时间和要求,建议您选择我们5天-拉萨市内和郊区行程


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